SATA 300 western digital hard drive will auto format when i set the new bios for boot from disk w/ XP pro, wont it? i have tried to do so with an IDE hard drive recently, and it didnt boot from disk so i cant install windows.... thinking of getting a sata drive now.
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Re: auto format new hard drive in new custom pc
If you mean boot from cd with xp pro during setup you will have the opportunity to format drive either fat32 or ntfs use ntfs I have never done it but if you can do it partition your hard drive so that you can save personal file and programs on second partition then if you have to format drive again your files on second partition will not be lost
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You have to format a hard drive with a third party disk unless its a usb data drive Restart your computer During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS then using the arrow keys navigate to advanced bios features press enter change your first boot device to cd press escape then press f10 to save to cmos restart note this will erase you operating system you will have to have an operating system disk to load it onto you hard drive or create a partition to load another operating system note after you have loaded the operating system you should go back and change the first boot device to failsafe or optimised defaults after windows has loaded your computer will automatically restart it might restart 2 times one to finish the installation the next will be because the operating system is loaded and will boot from your cd hope this helps
there are no drivers required for a hard drive.
Windows 7 should automatically detect the new hard drive and it should show up in disk management to format or prompt you to format.
Check your cable connections again.
Otherwise your new hard drive may be DOA. Return it to the store that you purchased from.
No, you do not need to install a new driver as long as that is the same sata hard disk tha used to work in your Gateway computer. Just boot into your windows xp installation cd and let the setup continue.
Should you need further assistance, please let me know.
Look up the specs. on the mb and find out if it supports sata1 or sata2 drives.
Your motherboard should have four sata ports and you may want to change to another port.
Also, you may need to format this sata drive, booting from the ide drive. Windows takes a long time to format but may be the only answer.
Last, make sure your bios settings are sata as raid.
Hope this works for you, its a pain.
Windows XP does not have built in SATA drivers. You will need to download the XP drivers from Western Digital's website and install before the computer will allow you to format and use your new drive. Hope this helps.
Dear friend you i think you have to operating system in to hard drive.. Please... format the IDE hard drive... if IDE hard drive is Primary hard drive then go to the BIOS, In BIOS go Boot Sequence you may see there Hard disk Priority option.. Let set Sata hard drive as first one.. Then your computer Boot from sata Harddrive... thanks...
Please do this first.. Set sata as first hard Drive from BIOS Hard disk Priority Option.. then Format IDE Hard drive..
Thanks Sumon.. i think it will solve your problem..
a clean xp installation does not recognize sata drives at all. you can either use nlite to build a custom install cd, press f6 during setup to load additional drivers, try to change your sata mode from native to compatible in your bios or use your restore cds.