This is an explanation of how to install Windows XP64 to a Serial ATA hard drive. The computer configuration I am discussing involves the following hardware and software.
1) I have one 200 Gigabyte, Maxtor 6Y200MO Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives.
2) The Maxtor SATA drives connection is through the onboard Silcon Image Sil3512 controller located on a Gigabyte GA-K8N Pro nForce3 150 chipset (Also known as the GAK8NP, GAK8N Pro, GA-K8NP, or sometimes simply called the Gigabyte board with the Sil3512 driver problems.)
3) One copy of Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition (Pre-Release Software) generously donated to me by Uncle Bill for 360 days per evaluation kit license key!
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Find the driver for the SATA controller, which is the device that is going to talk to the Serial ATA hard drive. Here is what you need to do (I will try to keep this as short and concise as possible). Go visit the www.siliconimage.com webpage and find the storage products section then locate the Serial ATA section find the Sil3512 (SATALink 2-Port PCI Host Controller). You need to navigate though all of the links until you get to the support section and then you need to find downloads for the Sil3512 Serial ATA controller. Download the SiI3x12: Serial ATA (SATA) 64-bit Windows RAID Driver the release version I ran into was 11/26/2003.
Extract/Unzip the driver and put it onto a floppy disk, all files are important and should be placed on the floppy. Make sure all hardware is correctly plugged into the motherboard and that the motherboard has power! Place the Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition disc into the correct drive on the computer, at the same time place the floppy you just created into the correct drive on the computer. When the computer starts make sure you hit delete or whatever combination of keys that allow you to change the bios settings. Make sure RAID is enabled not IDE in the motherboard setting for the Serial ATA controller (Even if you only have one hard drive like my installation use the RAID settings). Check your boot order settings to make sure they are disc drive first, then other devices.
After you save and exit boot from the disc drive so that the Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition installation begins. Be ready to press F6 quickly so that you can load that wild and exciting controller driver that is on the floppy! Your computer will now magically be able to detect your Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives. Life is now good, world peace should suddenly be around the corner, and the computer will have a slow operating system on a very fast hard drive, congratulations!
I would like to take a moment and talk about other things to consider before beginning the formatting process. Make sure you have the Ethernet controller drive, multimedia audio controller driver, PCI simple communications controller, IDE RAID controller, and if you are truly a computer guru you will probably need your UPS driver. The drivers on your motherboard disc are useless! Make sure you connect to the internet and download Windows 64bit drivers for all of the devices you plan on using.
I will update this later today…