Re: Trying to use DOS boot disk to format SATA hard drive...

Posted: 01-12-2009, 10:00 PM

"peter" <> wrote in message
> XP needs the SATA drivers during the setup and will only look for them on
> the floppy drive.
> XP during the installation is quite capable of partitioning and formating
> your hard drive.
> As such there is no need to use a DOS boot disk..which if you let XP
> format to NTFS will not even
> see the drive
> Vista will also format the partition you install it on but to NTFS
> choice
> I normally use BootIt Ng
> it has a 30 day free it and extract it to a floppy
> or CD
> start System and boot of floppy/CD then be sure to not install but run it
> off the floppy/CD.
> peter
If SATA is set as IDE in BIOS, no drivers are needed. That's
usually the default on motherboards.

Re: Trying to use DOS boot disk to format SATA hard drive...

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Re: Trying to use DOS boot disk to format SATA hard drive...
Posted: 01-12-2009, 10:35 PM

"Ismael" <> wrote in message
> Thanks for the responses. Is there a way to use either the Vista or XP
> setup discs to change the active partition?
> If I continue to use my DOS boot up disk (I don't remember every having to
> add the SATA driver to the DOS boot disk) to see the fat32 partition that
> XP created and, renamed, or move files will data corruption occur?
> Ismael
One thing you should know is that Vista will not install into
a FAT32 partition, only NTFS. Also, give Vista at least half
the 120GB. Your best bet is to create and format your FAT32
partition using DOS, then install XP using the SATA drivers.
You can then use Disk Manager to create your FAT32extended
partition and virtual drive, then create and format the primary
NTFS partition for Vista. If you go with 30-40GB for XP, 20-30GB
for your extended, and 60GB for Vista, you should be okay.
Just remember, XP can't format a FAT32 partition larger than 32GB.

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