Ok im rather new to SATA hardrives and recently purchased a new
comptuer with a single SATA (WD 80GB) hardrive, the motherboard is a
chaintech summit motherboard s1689 ULi M1689 Nforce4.
the bios in the drive is a phoenix award 6.00 PG
anyways like i said im rather new to these drives and wasnt quiet
sure how to even go about isntalling windows XP on one. when i first
plugged the drive in and booted of my windows XP pro corporate repack
cd with SP2 included, the installer didnt even recognize that i had a
hardrive, ive read around and learned that you dont need the raid
driver included in the CD with the motherboard if you are installing on
just a single drive as the raid mode is disabled when it detects only
anyways what i ended up doing is, after poking around in the BIOS,
is turn on the sata submode from mass storage to ide mode (or something
along those lines) and after that windows detected the drive and
installed on it perfectly.
now comes my problem though, in the BIOS i have the boot sequence
set as cd then hardrive, and when my computer boots, unless it has the
windows cd in the drive i will get a disk boot failure, however if i
have the windows cd in there, after it asks me to press any key to boot
from the cd, and i dont, it will boot fine! this has totaly stumped me,
odviously i dont want to have to have the windows cd in my only cd rom
drive everytime i boot, so if anyone could please please help me i
would really apreciate it, thanks.