I've been reading about installing a SATA hard disk and I had a few questions.
I understand when you install your OS, in my case it will be XP, during install you want to hit F6 to install the SATA drivers.
Is it true these must be installed from a floppy disk? I have a floppy, it's currently disconnected. My motherboard came with a install CD, no disks. Browsing the CD I do see a directory for RAID.
What is RAID?
On the manufacturer website for my mobo below,
it lists Intel SATA raid driver, the file is 7mbs which obviously won't fit on a floppy.
Is there another file I need to use?
My MOBO is a Elitegroup ECS 848p-a. It does not say anything about what version it is, so I'm guessing it's V1.0. Any help locating the correct file or files for SATA drivers would be appreciated.
I also noticed my MOBO says it supports serial ATA and next to that on the box it says 10/100. Many of the hard disks I've seen say 10/150 or higher. Can I still use those and they will just operate at a slower speed?
Sorry for all the questions, I really don't know much about anything other then IDE. I just realized today that SATA drives use a different power cable that you have to have on your PSU or get some type of adapter.
Any help with any answers would be appreciated.