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How do I disable the SATA drive or enable IDE emulation on a Toshiba LatitudeD820 (MK1246GSX)?

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This is done in the BIOS configuration. After installing Windows you need to install thr Toshibs device drivers including the SATA driver.
You can download any/allthe Windows XP or Vista device drivers for your model laptop from the ToshibaWEB site from their download page. Make sure you enter the model of your laptopso you can get the correct drivers. Please click on this link: - http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/home.jsp
http://blitware.com/adpages/driverfetch/manufacturer/?manufacturer=Toshiba&gclid=CMOVxNCBx6ACFSgnawodoHNGbA

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