WD Raptor 150GB 10k RPM SATA Hard Drives

logo.gifArgh! I have been reluctant to upgrade my desktop at home because in order for all parts to be compatible, I have to upgrade more than one parts. New mobo –> new ram –> PCI Express video card…etc. From past experience, I always ended up building a new computer with the idea to replace a few parts in the beginning.

I figured it was time to upgrade my Quantum Fireball 40GB 7200rpm E-IDE HDD with the newest and fastest 150GB 10,000rpm SATA drive from Western Digital (Raptor). The install of SATA drive requires the SATA driver to be installed separately since winxp does not contain SATA driver. The fastest and easiest way to do this is via Floppy, so I ended up having to buy a floppy drive so I could install the driver from the floppy provided by my mobo! Floppy drive serves absolutely no purpose for me other than this, so I bought the one with multimedia readers built into it, I tell you, it’s endless!

With a 4 year-old Socket 478 mobo, it was first of its kind to offer SATA/150, I knew from the beginning that I was going to have trouble getting it to recognize my brand new WD HDD. On my Abit IC7-G MAX2 motherboard, SATA 1 and 2 are controlled by “OnChip” Intel IC5HR while SATA 3 and 4 are by SiliconImage Sil3114 chip. Upon further research, 1&2 does not seem to recognize the drive (which is what I plugged it in) but 3&4 does, I can already foresee the endless problems I will encounter with this “small” project, I shall wait until I go home today to attempt this one more time.

A beast waiting to be unleashed if i can get it to work! UNLEASHED!

[UPDATE] It’s alive! It looks like the Intel IC5HR is not compatible with the WD SATA HDD, after plugging into SATA 3, the boot speed instantly improved and the lovely Silicon Image utility kicked in nicely and found the hard drive, phew. Hardware install would seem like childplay compared to what I went through during winxp install. The inconsistency of each install really amazed me, it was absolutely horrid! At least everything works… for now.

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