Most motherboard from what people's been saying here and at PC stores I visited this morning said the same thing. DO the F6 deal and install the SATA floppy. If no floppy is available, your motherboard should detect the SATA drives with no problems. After Windows is completely installed, then install the SATA drivers from the utility CD that comes with the motherboard.
If that still doesn't work, then they told me to check out the motherboard's website and download any updates including SATA drivers or SATA RAID drivers that pertain to my motherboard.
I did find 3 version of the SATA driver that I downloaded first. Two of them didn't work, but one did. After I downloaded the necessary file, I just copied it too the floppy and that was the SATA driver disk. What a hassle.
I'm getting an Asus motherboard next, damn. Gigabyte is totally messed up in this case with the SATA installation. In all the stores that I went to and online, everyone said Asus was number one. Learned my lesson. Asus it is. I should do an RMA on the GIgabyte board I have now, but it's already installed now.
You can just imagine for people that are new who don't know what they're doing and they get their hands on this GIgabyte board. Sure I can go with the IDE route, but why go that way when I invested money to use SATA features off the motherboard? Shouldn't it be better than IDE? Gigabyte need to point this installation problem out by including a SATA driver floppy with the motherboard on it's next revision.
Today is yesterday's future....