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Old 09-17-2005, 02:31 AM   #1
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I've got a machine which currently has 2 standard ATA133 drives and 1 SATA drive - when i install XP on this machine it will only ever format the SATA drive (which i want to install XP on) when the other ATA133 drives are disconnected. If the drives are connected then XP setup creates a raw partition and will not install the OS. Can anyone explain that? I don't really wanna have to open up my machine anytime i want to re-install
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Old 09-17-2005, 07:34 AM   #2
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XP WILL NOT INSTALL ON SLAVE DRIVES. You MUST set oen of the ATA133 drives as a Master of an IDE channel inorder to install.
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i have done - one master, one slave. It is the SATA drive that I want XP on
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Old 09-17-2005, 08:28 AM   #4
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i have done - one master, one slave. It is the SATA drive that I want XP on
OK, make SATA the primary channel through the BIOS. That should cure this ailment.
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