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Find Your Windows XP SATA Drivers

SATA HDD ConnectionUnderstanding SATA and finding the correct drivers

So what’s SATA about?

You used to be able to install Windows XP just fine on your previous computers without an SATA driver – right?

Correct, that’s because your older PC or laptop was using a previous standard, called IDE.

I won’t go into great detail here about SATA, IDE, etc here but will just give you enough to understand what they are and why you need a driver for the new SATA.

The rest you can read up on our old friend Wikipedia!

In all cases, your hard drive is connected physically to your computer’s motherboard via a cable.

Previously, this interface was known as an IDE interface and used a wide grey cable known as a ribbon cable.

Nowadays, there is a new interface which is cheaper, faster and tidier known as SATA.

Windows XP, was developed way before SATA and that is why you need a special driver if you want to install Windows XP on a newer PC using the newer SATA interface.

I’ve previously written a number of articles related to this –

Finding your SATA drivers

SATA Driver Finding Service by Rosco

If you need a little helping hand and want Rosco to find your SATA driver for you then learn more about this great new service by clicking here

Find My SATA Drivers For Me

 

The following sections show you how to:

  • Find out what Chipset Manufacturer you have
  • Downloading the appropriate driver
  • Some Examples from reader requests

The Chipset Is Key!

When looking for drivers for my readers I’ve found quite a few SATA drivers and made them available at the links below.

In order to know which one you need you first need to determine your chipset.

Regardless of the manufacturer of your computer, your system’s chipset will be manufactured typically by one of the major companies such as:

  • Intel
  • Nvidia
  • AMD
  • VIA
  • SIS
  • Broadcom

but most likely it’s Intel or AMD.

There are a few different options for determining your PC/laptop’s chipset.

  • Your PC or Laptop Manufacturer’s Website- on the support section of your PC/laptop manufacturers website you need to look for Product Information, Product Specifications, System or Technical Specifications.  I’ve listed a few of the major ones below.
    • For IBM/Lenovo – go to the Product Information section of their Support site and locate your exact model using the drop down fields.  Typically, the latest Lenovo/IBM’s are using Intel.
    • For HP/Compaq – enter your product description and model on their support page and then browse to the Product Information > Motherboard Specifications section for your model.  Recent HP/Compaq models are using a mixture of Intel, AMD and Nvidia.
    • For Dell – Go to Support > Downloads > Enter Model manually > Choose Windows 7 as the Operating System and browse to Chipset.  It will tell you the chipset manufacturer and model on the file download page.  Dell are using Intel mostly.
  • Windows Device Manager
    • If you can’t find out the chipset info from your manufacturers website then you can find out from within Windows, provided you can get into Windows!
    • If you can access Windows, right click My Computer > click Properties > Device Manager
    • Expand System Devices and locate the Chipset manufacturer and model
  • Windows System Information Tool
    • Another alternative is to use the System Information tool
    • Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Information
    • Locate your Chipset manufacturer in the System Summary.
    • If you can’t see it, try clicking Hardware Resources followed by I/O and scroll.  You should see the Chipset or SATA controller listed at the bottom.

Downloading The Drivers

Now that you know your chipset manufacturer, download the appropriate drivers.

I’ve made several drivers available for download but it is by no means all of them.

If you cannot find the correct driver on this site then you will need to find it on either:

  • your PC manufacturer’s website (some links above)
  • motherboard manufacturer’s website
  • your chipset manufacturers website (links provided below)

Chipset Manufacturers

Where did you find your driver?  Please take the time to let others know how and where you found your SATA drivers.  Use the discussion area below.

Discussion


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    1. Denise says:

      Hello, I was wondering if driver genius can be used to find the Chipset drivers besides other drivers to create a slipstream cd with sata drivers. It has the option to choose what system you want to find drivers for with what ever is installed in the computer it runs in.

  4. hemant says:

    hi i have sony vaio VGN-NW13GH laptop i want a sata driver for xp .can you help me, plz

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    1. shahid solanki says:

      Hi,
      I am unable to find my required driver, I have intel motherboard 945GCCR, in which i was using windows xp as a OS. please help

  6. shahid solanki says:

    I have the same issue, but could not find the sata driver,
    My motherboard is : Intel 945GCCR
    please tell me from where i download the required driver, share any link

    1. Rosco says:

      Hi Shadid…

      Here is your driver: http://bit.ly/oxZMhj

      This package contains the SATA driver for all 945, 946, 955, 975 Chipset-Based Intel® Desktop Boards.

      Extract the zip file…SATA drivers are located in the ‘All’ folder.

      R.

  7. rudi says:

    Hi Rosco,
    I have HP mini note 110-3557TU and failed to install XP SP2 on it. There was an error screen message that might suggest incompatibility with sata driver. Could u help me how 2 find out what Sata driver I need? I have checked HP website but found no motherboard information for this netbook. Thanks 4 ur help.

    R

  8. Jr Lorica says:

    hi,
    my motherboard: Intel-ATI 775Twins-HDTV.
    please help me.TIA

  9. trevor says:

    im haveing trouble finding my driver i have a nforce2 with a soltek motherboard

  10. Kondwani says:

    Hi I’m having trouble finding the SATA drivers for HP-G62 455TX.
    Intel Core i3
    Chipset: Intel HM55

  11. funzy says:

    hi can u find drivers for me please?? my motherboard is ASRock K7NF2…tnx

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  14. Mike says:

    Great info, Thank you

  15. James says:

    I have the HP Pavilion dv2915nr. I can’t seem to find the appropriate drivers. Can you help me out?

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  17. chris says:

    I have a toshiba satellite m55-s325

    It has a Intel Pentium M processor 1.73GHz, Mobile Intel 915GM/GMS, 910GML Express Chipset Family.

    I can’t seem to locate the drivers, can you help?

  18. Ionut says:

    hei,can you find the sata for amilo li 2727 ,pls ?

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  20. planesdean says:

    i have a dell inspiron 600m with a intel Mobile Chipset, v.5.00.1012, A06 chipset where can i find drivers?!

  21. geronimo says:

    Hi, I’ve been struggling with finding the right drivers for the ‘hard disk drives not found’ problem during windows xp installation. Would you help me please? My laptop is HP Pavilion dv2530ea. At the moment it has windows vista home premium but I want to install windows xp professional on it. Thank you in advance.

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