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Installing windows xp with 2 new sata wd 150g 10k 16m raptors to NO avail...

I recently bought 2 new sata 150g raptors with secure connect 7pin, 4g of patriot viper 240 pin ddr2 sdram, ddr2 800mhz pc2 6400. My mobo is a ecs k8m890m-m.

When I recieved the hd's, they did not come with jumpers or software. So I did not think of it. I installed both and my ram & started fresh with xp install. That is where my probs started. I have looked everywhere on the net to find a good jumper setting illustration, but I cannot find. My installation will not complete and my pc keeps looping and not installing completely. Please help

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Re: Installing windows xp with 2 new sata wd 150g 10k 16m...

I guess you are trying to install Windows XP in RAID 0 configuration. If so, you need to do several steps:
1. Configure the bios to work as RAID 0
2. Download the RAID driver from the mobo vendor site, copy it onto a floppy disk and have it ready for when Windows asks for it.

See this link for detailed example

In SATA there is no master/slave configuration, so there is no need for jumpers.

I hope this answers your question.

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