New ATX Desktop with SATA Drives

Posted on 2004-08-11
Last Modified: 2010-04-25
I am building a new Mini Tower using the Antec Sonata mini tower. It has the Gigabyte 875P P4 Titan series Mb and a Pentium 4 3.20E GHz, 1.4Vmax,  System Bus 800MHZ, 1mb L2-Cache processor. It also has a 1 gig of ram and an AGPTEK GF FX5200, 128M DDR TVDVI  graphics card ans two SATA drives. One is the WD360GD-00FNA0. The other is the WD1600JD-00GBB0. If I don't set them up raid-0, when I try to load the O/S they cannot be found. If I do set them up raid0 they can be found but cannot be formated. The O/S claims they are damaged. This is all brand new from Computer builders warehouse and this is my first experience with SATA drives. There are no IDE drives in the tower.
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ID: 11777227
If they're not the same size, it's a waste of space on the larger one to configure as RAID-0.  When you try to install the OS on a non-RAID confiuration, do you hit F6 to load the special drivers?

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ID: 11777250
Actually I do not. Do I need to D/L special drivers from western digital?
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ID: 11777325
No, the drivers should have been provided with your motherboard, since your SATA controller is part of it.
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ID: 11777368
You may have broken the code. I have a cd with the M/B but could not get it to fire up. It has SATA drivers on it. I will try copying them to floppy and see what that gets me. I'll let you know how it warks and thanks for getting me out of the wheel spinning mode.

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ID: 11777793
Now it's stating that "The file txtsetup.oem could not be found." and of course there is no such file on the disk. Their website has been no help so far.
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Callandor earned 500 total points
ID: 11777870
Does the CD have a utility to make a floppy with the drivers?  If so, that would include any files needed.

Author Comment

ID: 11778098
No floppy create utility. I am considering putting an ide drive into it to get an O/S on it because the CD appears to be windows driven.  The other thing I notice is that when I try to boot up with the CD in the tower, it appears to boot to the CD but the screen is dark as if it can't utilize the graphics card but I cant see how to enable vga or anything of the sort nor how to load the graphoics driver without the O/S already being up. The graphics card appears to work with bios and the windows 2000 cd but no further. I think I might try my XP cd one more time before I go any further.

Thanks for asking the questions it helps me get more ideas.

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