So Ive been without a carpc for atleast half a year now and finally yesturday I bought a new Hard drive, Motherboard and memory... Well i started putting everything together tonight and ran into a little problem. The new motherboard and hard drive is sata. while my old home pc is the older kind of connection. reason im saying this is because the way i used to put windows on a new hard drive was connect the carpc motherboard and hard drive to my desktop power supply and install it that way.
So question is: Now that all my new stuff is sata how do I got about putting windows on the new hard drive? Thanks!
power the hard drive since I dont have a SATA on my Desktop
windows CD in the drive and its boots from the windows CD to install the operating system?
Go to ebay and purchase one of these...
It allows you to hook your sata laptop hard drive to your desktop like a regular hard drive. Then install windows on it as usual. Once you are finished with the install, transfer your hard drive to your Car PC. The NTDLR file will be missing, but easily fixed using fixboot using recovery console...Thats how I did mine!!!!
Or in your case you could use this option to hook you cdrom to you new mobo via usb...
This way(assuming you don't have a cdrom in you Car PC setup) you can use your desktop PC cdrom. Then everything would work without doing anything else after Windows is installed. Hope these options help!!!
And that's what you should do, especially since you are going to all new (and different, I assume) hardware.
Did a little more searching on ebay for you...Here is your power solution....
This should be all you need to do your install like you are accustomed to with no extra work....What do you think?
Buy the adapter as locs4dayz above me suggested. It's cheaper to buy the power adapter (4pin molex to serial ATA) than it is to get a new power supply.
If you are installing Windows XP you will need the manufacturer's driver for your specific motherboard RAID chipset; aka SATA DRIVERS.
There are other options as a work around, one of them is to install Windows Vista and not worry about those drivers because the DVD already has them preloaded.
Don't fret, you can slipstream said SATA drivers using NLite onto a revised Windows XP installation CD. With XP, you are required to have a floppy drive on hand to install SATA hard disk drivers prior to the actual WindowsXP installation.
Slipstreaming is a way of integrating these specific drivers together into the installation so that you don't need to buy a floppy drive. However, if you do have a floppy drive, boot from the XP CD, and Press F6 to install the SATA (.inf driver file) that you just downloaded to a floppy disk, and proceed with the on screen instructions.
Nlite download- program used to integrate your drivers onto a REVISED XP installation CD.
Slipstream instruction guide:
Also, as an alternative, if your new motherboard has both of the SATA and IDE interface connectors. Install a fresh copy of Windows XP on to the old IDE drive, followed by the SATA drivers, and then install Western Digital's DataLife hard drive software.
After you're done with that, Plug in the new SATA hard drive and transfer XP to it using the DataLife program. Then disconnect the IDE drive, and upon reboot, change your target boot device to the SATA hard disk and you're set!
Download the Windows version of DataLife here: