View Full Version : Serial ATA 200gb Drive Installation
April 13, 2005, 11:13 PM
I would like to know how to setup a Western digital Serial ATA drive on Win2003 SBS Server. I have install win2003 svr on a machine an would like to add the drive to the system bu the driver that came with the drive and also on the web site is for win2000 does any one have any suggestions on how to get over this stumbling block.
April 14, 2005, 01:40 AM
Huh? I am sorry but i don't seem to understand what is your situation. From what i think i understand u have a machine with windows2003 small business server and possibly a SATA controller and u want to be able to add this hard drive to the SATA controller?
Please explain more indepthly, also hard drive don't normally come with drivers.
April 14, 2005, 02:46 AM
never heard of sata drives with drivers but chances are since it's sata (new) then seperate drivers are not needed for winxp up
April 14, 2005, 08:29 PM
Do you have all the windows updates on the server including the service pack? Is S-ATA enabled in the BIOS (assuming the current drive with 2K3 SBS is a P-ATA drive)?
April 14, 2005, 09:00 PM
yes it enabled in the bios because the system came with one installed
on which the OS is installed
April 14, 2005, 09:13 PM
Once the SATA interface is enabled in the BIOS you should be able to use the drive. The CD with the software that you're thinking are drivers are probably software tools for maintaining and configuring the drive and not drivers per se.
April 14, 2005, 11:25 PM
I have bought many, many,....... WD SATA drives none of which came with any software. Not even the Retail versions came with software.
April 15, 2005, 10:27 AM
just my thing. i installed my sata drive and went to WD's website and downloaded a specific formatting tool for the drive model, this software set up my drive nicely. Western Digital Data Lifeguard i think
good luck dood
April 15, 2005, 11:53 AM
I have bought many, many,....... WD SATA drives none of which came with any software. Not even the Retail versions came with software.that's because you bought WD, buy Seagate next time :D
April 15, 2005, 12:32 PM
Seagate has drive utilities as well. Seatools Desktop for setting up (formatting, partitioning, etc) and Seagate DiscWizard for testing... The Setup tool makes it very simple (If you've never done a installation before).
April 15, 2005, 12:36 PM
seatools for seamen.
I like seagate, I dont have any drives from them though.
April 17, 2005, 10:39 PM
that's because you bought WD, buy Seagate next time :D
Yeah i buy them as well, but for some reason i prefer the WD in IDE and SATA, however if am buying a SCSI drive there is no question, as it has to be a Seagate drive.
April 18, 2005, 02:33 PM
is me one nuh fully trust SATA yet?
(not saying i wouldnt get one :icon_mrgr )
April 18, 2005, 07:05 PM
sata reach level 2 and you still don't trust it? just the cables alone were enough to get me to switch, no more jumpers!
April 18, 2005, 08:44 PM
mek you wonder how soon til level 3 eh?
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