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How to Install SATA Drivers After Windows has been Already Installed?

October 24th, 2011 No comments

Many people don’t know that they can install and use SATA drivers on their Windows XP computers, even after Windows XP has been already installed and working. Most people think that it’s only possible to install SATA drivers when XP is being installed, and that too only with a floppy.

New computers nowadays never have a floppy drive, and floppies are now obsolete. But when you install Windows XP, it gives an option to insert a floppy to install third party drivers. Even though Windows XP supports USB, there seems to be no way to tell the XP setup to look for third party drivers in locations other than A drive.

So, what do you do in such a case when your computer has a SATA hard drive but you don’t want to install latest Windows versions like Vista or 7?

If you enable the SATA native support in the computer’s BIOS without installing the SATA drivers in Windows XP, you’ll get a blue screen of death (also called BSOD). This is because XP doesn’t have the correct hard disk drivers installed.

One option, which most people use, is to disable the native SATA support in the computer’s BIOS, in turn, making the system think that there’s no SATA hard drive, but an IDE hard drive. This works well in most cases, but enabling SATA support can slightly increase performance and battery life in case of laptops.

So, how nice would it be if there was a way to install the SATA drivers even in an already installed Windows XP system? Luckily, there is a way, but most people are  unaware of it.

Below, you’ll find a step-by-step procedure to install the SATA drivers in an already installed XP system.

1. First, you need to know the exact hard drive controller model no. of your computer. If you know it and are sure, you can skip to step 3.

2. Download, install and run Belarc Advisor from here. Read this post if you don’t know how to download and install Belarc Advisor. The information we are interested in Belarc’s output is the controllers section as shown below.

Belarc_Advisor_Controllers

3. Once you’ve identified the hard disk controller of your computer, download the latest controller drivers from your computer manufacturer’s website.

4. Extract the zipped driver file to a suitable folder on your hard drive. For example: C:\HDDriver.

F6_Floppy_Driver_Zip_File   F6_Floppy_Extracted_Folder

5. Now, open the Device Manager by typing devmgmt.msc into the Run dialog box and hitting Enter on your keyboard.

Run_Dialog_Box_devmgmt.msc

6. Under IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers, you should see something like Intel 82801GBM (ICH7-M Family) Serial ATA Storage Controller, as shown in the below image.

Intel_HDD_Controller_in_DeviceManager

7. Right-click on the above driver in Device Manager and click on ‘Update Driver’ in the menu that pops up.

Intel_HDD_Controller_in_DeviceManager_Update_Driver

8. Select “no, not this time”, when asked to connect to Windows Update.

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9. Select “Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)” and click ‘Next’.

Update_Driver2

10. Select “Don’t search, I will choose the driver to install” and click ‘Next’.

Update_Driver3

11. Click on "Have Disk” and browse to the location where you extracted the SATA drivers you just downloaded from the manufacturer’s website.

Update_Driver4   Update_Driver5

12. Select the iaAHCI.inf driver file and click ‘Open’ and then click OK on the “Install from Disk” dialog box, to confirm. You’d get a list of SATA AHCI controller drivers.

Update_Driver6   Update_Driver7

Warning: Selecting the wrong controller for your system will cause it not to boot and will give you a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)! Make sure to select the correct controller for your system. If you are still unsure, click cancel and do not update your hard disk controller driver.

13. When you’ve selected the right controller, click on ‘Next’. You’d get a warning that installing the device driver is not recommended. Just click on ‘Yes’ to continue installing the driver.

14. Click on ‘Finish’. When asked to restart your computer, click ‘Yes’. When the computer restarts, go into the BIOS setup by pressing the required key (mostly F1, F2, Del or F10).

To know more about how to enter the BIOS/CMOS setup, view this YouTube video.

15. Once you’re inside the BIOS setup, enable the setting which says something like SATA Native Mode. Save the changes and exit the BIOS setup.

16. Once Windows starts up, it will find the new SATA hard drive. Wait until it tells you to restart the computer. Click ‘Yes’ when it asks to restart. After the restart, you should be done and can use your computer normally.

How to Turn Your iOS Device into an External Drive for Your Windows PC

October 13th, 2011 No comments

You use the operating system and associated gadget that best fits your needs.  Thus it’s not so uncommon to maintain both Windows PC for the heavier work and an iOS mobile device like an iPhone or an iPad for when you’re on the go. The problem however is how to get the two almost mutually exclusive types of machines to work together. Fortunately, there are various solutions available and the following outlines a method to turn an iOS device into an external drive for a PC that’s running on Windows XP.

The essential intersection between your PC and your iOS device would be a cloud-based storage and file management service like Avatron’s Air Sharing. Since this service supports WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning), to get your Windows XP connected to this service you can use Windows’ WebDAV client support feature called Web Folders.

Web Folders

WebDAV support was introduced as early as Windows 98. With XP, the feature was enhanced and allowed for shared directories to basically function as a separate drive. Take note that you should have Microsoft’s Software Update for Web Folders installed first. You can easily get this driver update from the Microsoft website. Once you’re done putting in this latest patch proceed with creating a new connection with Air Sharing.

  1. Select My Network Places from the Start menu
  2. Click on the ‘Add a Network Place’ option found in the Network Tasks left- hand panel of the window. This will open the associated wizard utility.
  3. Select the option ‘Choose another network location’.
  4. The succeeding dialogue box will ask for an address. Enter the IP address for Air Sharing. The format should be: http://x.x.x.x:8080.
  5. If you’ve turned on password protection in your Air Sharing account, you may be prompted to enter your username and password.
  6. Designate a name for this new connection.
  7. On the final dialogue box of the wizard check the ‘Open this network place when I click Finish’ option.

NetDrive alternative

This is a third-party drive mapping program that can be an alternative to the method shown above. This program carries the benefit of being able to use the iFolders protocol. Here are the steps for connecting to Air Sharing using NetDrive.

  1. Download and install the program.
  2. After installation the program’s icon should appear on your system tray. Double click this to launch NetDrive.
  3. Click on the ‘New Site’ button found at the bottom of the main section of the program’s interface.
  4. Enter your Air Sharing information on the form to the right of the main section.
  5. Click on the ‘Connect’ button at the bottom of this right-hand panel. You’ll be prompted to enter a username and password but you can simply click ‘Ok’ if this hasn’t been set yet.
  6. Your iOS device registered on Air Sharing will then appear on windows explorer as a separate drive.

Connecting a device from a different platform to your Windows XP PC can be risky. So it’s important to remember in all of this that a device’s smooth operation and functionality is significantly dependent on the driver or software application enabling it. In this case, making sure that you have Microsoft’s patch for WebDAV client support is critical. One way to guarantee this is to use a utility program that can automatically find and install the correct driver for your system and update any outdated drivers as well. One such utility program is available right here. With such an application you can maintain the integrity of your system even when cutting across different operating systems.

Sources: Using Web FoldersUsing NetDrive

 

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VSuite Ramdisk Free Edition Driver Update

June 3rd, 2010 No comments

Almost everyone who uses a computer wants to keep their system updated in order to increase productivity and excitement. When a computer has the most efficient and fast CPU, GPU and RAM, then users can get the most out of it. However, most of them just aren’t receiving the best deal.

The hard drive is an integral part of any computer that lags behind when it comes to speed. This is true since this component is made mainly of mechanical parts, unlike to RAM’s and CPU’s, which are generally electronics. As a result, software applications have sluggish and undesirable performance. For that reason, VSuite Ramdisk provides the ultimate and easy solution for this kind of problem.

This program uses smart software algorithm that effectively makes a hard drive within an existing RAM. This significantly boosts your computer’s speed as it reduces access time to files and shows a big enhancement in its overall performance. After all, with lessened number of access, we should be able to prolong the hard disk’s service span. This can be useful, especially if users make a lot of downloads of over the internet. Furthermore, Vsuite Ramdisk offers solution for issues on 32-bit Windows XP with 4GB of RAM, enabling all of the installed RAMs to be functional.

VSuite Ramdisk 1.18.1531.1240 was released on June 03, 2010. It comes with a free downloadable edition, but if you prefer something more out from this software, you can purchase of its three other editions that should fit your needs. This version of this software, however, may contain unspecified updates, enhancements or bug fixes.

You can download the free edition from this site, or you can click on this link if you would prefer to purchase the other editions. This software is compatible with Windows 2000, Windows 2003 as well as Windows XP.

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WD Drive Manager Driver Update

May 21st, 2009 1 comment

Western Digital Corporation, or WD, is one of the biggest computer disk drive manufacturers in the world. Every WD hard drive comes with one to five years warranty. It’s included in the retail price, but this provides the customer the choice of buying an item with longer warranty span on its website.

The present industry standard warranty is three years, while its other competitors used to offer 5 years of warranty for all its drives. The manufacturer just decided to move it back to its three-year warranty due to its bulk (bare/OEM) consumer-level drives.

Along with each hard drive comes the software called the WD Drive Manager. This program installs the Drive related light, button and RAID Manager program for Windows, replacing the former WD Button Manager program.

If you’re using an old model computer, then your system may no longer be supported by the latest driver updates from WD. However, you can still download version 2.111 (May 21, 2009) by simply clicking on this link. This driver update can be installed on computer systems that run on Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows Vista.

Aside from using the appropriate driver update for your storage device, you might also want to check the rest of your system by using the Driver Update Utility.

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Disc Ejector Driver Update

May 2nd, 2009 No comments

CD and DVD drive related problems happen more often than other computer hardware issues. If you try to double press the eject button twice, it will only keep the CD or DVD inside rather than to come out. As much as possible, do not press the eject button more than once to prevent damage on your CD/DVD drive or media disc.

If the drive is playing or reading information from the media disc, just give it a few moments to terminate any programs safely until it comes out of the drive. However, if the hardware is not playing the disc, see if the power supply is connected properly to the socket and to the back of the drive.

Restart your computer and try to insert some other discs. If the disc is not ejected after this, restart the PC again, enter the system’s BIOS and see if the drive is registered in the BIOS. Sometimes you have to enter CMOS and enable the drive. If the BIOS still doesn’t register the hardware, it could mean an ATA drive failure.

In some cases, the entire computer shakes and produces noise as the CD’s and DVD’s spin. See if the drive is properly mounted with screws. If the problem only occurs on a few discs, then the problem is more likely on the discs and not on the hardware.

However, if you notice that the problem is with the drive, then you might as well contact a computer support center or you could go online to get some troubleshooting instructions. But before you open your computer, see to it that no software is disabling your drive.

One way to check this is to reboot your PC and hit the eject button on your drive before the system loads right after restarting. Some media player application can lock the eject button. You may want to disable the eject button lock or you can use a disc ejecting software.

Disc Ejector is a small utility software that runs in background and lets you control disc drives using the taskbar. A lot of users damage their disc drives by pushing the tray when inserting a CD or DVD. This program prevents unintentional damage to the drive by automatically opening and closing the drive tray. This is a handy tool for laptop users since it includes features such as scheduled autoclose, enable or disable autorun, view drive & disc information, browse as well as disc insert notification.

You can download the 15-day trial version of Disc Ejector v1.1 or you can purchase its full version for only $10.00. This driver update was released on May 02, 2009 and it is now compatible with Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista as well as Windows 7.

Once this software is installed on your computer, a CD icon will appear and right clicking it will give you options like opening and closing the drive tray.

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File Attributes Driver Update

February 12th, 2009 No comments

Each file is stored in a directory and uses an entry that describes its characteristics, including its name and size. The directory entry has a pointer of the file location on the disk. One of the characteristics stored for each file is a set of file attributes that provides information about on the operating system and how they are used.

For instance, the OS records the file’s size, extension, the date it was created as well as when it is recently modified. File permissions are recorded as well. In some cases, other attributes can be changed or added, including comments and other labels.

The use of attributes is manageable, which means that any software application can access the directory entry to check the files’ attributes, allowing them to come up with wise decisions on how to treat the file. For instance, a file management program’s deleting tool that comes across a read-only system file would at least warn the user before deleting it. The following are brief descriptions of each attribute contained by each file and directories.

Read-Only. read-only programs would usually deletion or modification. In some cases, it can still allow users to modify or delete the file, only after confirmation.

Hidden. if the file is marked hidden, then it is hidden from view under normal circumstances.

System. Any file that has this attribute is critical and more serious than that with read-only flag. Such files are not to be altered or deleted from the disk.

Volume Label. All disk volume can have an identifying label. The volume label is stored in the root directory as a file entry along with the label attribute set.

Directory. This is the bit that differentiates between entries that describe files and those that describe subdirectories within the current directory. In theory you can convert a file to a directory by changing this bit. Of course in practice, trying to do this would result in a mess–the entry for a directory has to be in a specific format.

Archive. This is a special bit that is used as a “communications link” between software applications that modify files, and those that are used for backup.

Most of the attributes for files can be modified using the DOS ATTRIB command, or by using third-party software, such as the File Attributes 3.1. This program lets you modify all the attributes of files or directories instead of those that are only shown in file properties.

The program also supports various skins and keeps the position of the windows that were viewed when they are reopened. Compared to its previous version, File Attributes 3.1 has an improved user interface. This software is compatible with Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows NT, Windows XP as well as Windows Vista.

File Attributes 3.1 is a disk storage driver update released on February 12, 2009. It comes with a 30-day trial period, but you can purchase its full version for only $9.99.

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aar81xx_win2k8_x64_b11989_cert.exe Driver Update

November 17th, 2008 No comments

Adaptec Windows SATA Storport Driver is also known as aar81xx.sys. This driver file goes along with other products for Windows 2000, Windows XP and Server 2003 Adaptec Embedded Serial ATA Family Driver.

The aar81xx.sys is usually found in directory of C:\Progam Files\Common Files by default. This file is executable and it contains drivers of up to 108,648 bytes in size. You could also find 12,800 bytes, 22,016 bytes, 15,458 bytes, 34,358 bytes, 15,578 bytes as well as 45,311 bytes of this file.

Moreover, aar81xx.sys is also notorious in making the following error messages whenever the system is shutting down:

“The instruction at “0x059a2df” referenced memory at 0x059a2df” the memory could not be written. Click OK to terminate the Program.”

The properties of aar81xx.sys error differ greatly, ranging from poor PC performance, hard disk space shortage to total system failure. Therefore, it is highly advised to fix this kind of error once detected. Here are some of the problems that you could experience when you have an aar81xx.sys error.

  • Slow system start up
  • Failure to launch related programs
  • Frequent program crashes
  • Radom system restart
  • Program lock-ups
  • PC shutdown errors

In case you get an aar81xx.sys error, it is possible to resolve this problem by deleting the below files and folders manually.

  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\PAV\
  • =%UserProfile%\Application Data\defender.exe
  • %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Temp\kjkkklklj.bat
  • %Documents and Settings%\All Users\Application Data\mswd\db.avdb

For Windows 2000 and Windows XP platform, %UserProfile% refers to the C:\Documents and Settings\ folder, for Windows Vista or Windows 7, the folder is C:\Users\.

On the other hand, if you have doubts in fixing the problem manually, you might want re-install the program or simply look for the appropriate driver update. File errors are often caused by more than one missing or corrupted file and copying just one file could cause more issues.

The 64-bit version of aar81xx is a SCSI driver for 64-bit Windows operating systems. This was released on November 17, 2008 and it supports the following driver models:

  • Adaptec HostRAID Management Processor Device (Pseudo)
  • Adaptec AAR-1420SA Serial ATA HostRAID Controller
  • Adaptec AAR-1430SA Serial ATA HostRAID Controller

This driver update package can be installed on any computer systems with Windows 2000 x64, Windows XP AMD64, Windows 2003 x64 or Windows NT x64. This also comes in a .zip file, and it is also recommended for you to have an archiving software on your computer, like WinZip, WinRar or 7zip. You can download this driver package by going to this download link.

It is very important that you take some preventive measures in order to prevent the aggravating aar81xx.sys errors or other issues and for you to enjoy an error-free computer in the long run.

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adp3132_win2k8_x86_b12088_cert.exe Driver Update

November 17th, 2008 No comments

The adp3132.sys is an Adaptec SATA HostRAID system driver file. This usually goes in the system32 directory along with the other driver files. If this system file is located somewhere else, then it could be a virus, Trojan, worm, or spyware. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you download and run a full system scan to check whether adp94xx.sys is still working.

There are cases that this file is removed by accident. However, after this file has been deleted, you could get a lot of adp3132.sys error messages whenever your computer starts.

  • Virus attacks. Viruses can attack .exe files within the system and make some changes on the Windows registry, thus resulting in adp3132.sys error
  • The computer is infected by spyware and attempts to harm your computer resources, causing errors to the existing files.
  • Conflicting programs. In some cases, exe files of different genuine applications may conflict with each other and could cause exe errors.
  • Incorrect program downloads. There are possibilities for PC users to download broken, incomplete or corrupt files that could show exe errors after the installation.

In case you’re getting these errors regarding the adp94xx.sys file, it is best that you re-install the program or simply look for the appropriate driver update. File errors often resulted from more than one missing or damaged file and copying just one file could cause more issues.

The adp3132 SATA HostRAID Adapter is a Windows SCSI driver package developed by Adaptec. This driver update package 1.5.12088.0 was released on November 17, 2008 and supports the following driver models:

  • Adaptec AAR-1220SA Serial ATA HostRAID Controller
  • Adaptec AAR-1225SA Serial ATA HostRAID Controller
  • Adaptec HostRAID Management Processor Device (Pseudo)

Adaptec SATA HostRAID system driver can be installed on any computer with 32-bit Windows 2000, WindowsXP, Windows 2003 or Windows NT platform. It also comes in a .zip file, so make sure that you also have an archiving software, such as WinZip, 7zip or WinRar, installed on your computer. You can download this driver package by clicking on this download link.

It is very important that you take some preventive measures in order to prevent the aggravating adp3132.sys error messages or other serious issues so as to enjoy an error-free computer.

 

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adp94xx_win2k8_x86_b11698_cert.exe Driver Update

November 17th, 2008 No comments

The adp94xx.sys is an Adaptec SAS/SATA Storport system driver file. This usually goes in the C:\Windows\System32 directory along with the other driver files. If this system file is located somewhere else, then it could be a virus, Trojan, worm, or spyware. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you download and run a full system scan to check whether adp94xx.sys is still working.

In some cases, the adp94xx.sys file can be deleted by accident. However, once this file is deleted, you might get a lot of adp94xx.sys error messages every time your computer starts.

  • Virus attacks. Viruses can attack .exe files within the system and make some changes on the Windows registry, thus resulting in adp94xx.sys error
  • The computer is infected by spyware and attempts to harm your computer resources, causing errors to the existing files.
  • Conflicting programs. In some cases, exe files of different genuine applications may conflict with each other and could cause exe errors.

Incorrect program downloads. There are possibilities for PC users to download broken, incomplete or corrupt files that could show exe errors after the installation.

In case you’re getting these errors regarding the adp94xx.sys file, it is best that you re-install the program or simply look for the appropriate driver update. File errors often resulted from more than one missing or damaged file and copying just one file could cause more issues.

Adaptec (adp94xx) SCSI Adapter is a Windows driver package developed by Adaptec. Driver update package 1.5.11698.0 was released on November 17, 2008 and it supports the following driver models:

  • Adaptec HostRAID Management Processor Device (Pseudo)
  • Adaptec ASC-48300 SAS/SATA Host Adapter
  • Adaptec COMSTOCK SAS/SATA Controller
  • Adaptec AIC-9410w SAS/SATA Controller
  • Adaptec ASC-44300 SAS/SATA Controller
  • Adaptec ASC-58300 SAS/SATA Controller
  • Adaptec AIC-9405 SAS/SATA Controller

This driver update package can be installed on any computer with 32-bit Windows 2000, WindowsXP, Windows 2003 or Windows NT platform. It also comes in a .zip file, so make sure that you also have an archiving software, such as WinZip or WinRar, installed on your computer. You can download this driver package here.

It is very important that you take some preventive measures in order to prevent the aggravating adp94xx.sys error messages or other serious issues so as to enjoy an error-free computer.

 

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adp94xx_win2k8_x64_b11698_cert.exe Driver Update

November 17th, 2008 No comments

The adp94xx.sys is an Adaptec SAS/SATA Storport system driver file. This usually goes in the \Windows\winsxs\amd64 directory along with the other driver files. If this system file is located somewhere else, then it could be a virus, Trojan, worm, or spyware. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you download and run a full system scan to check whether adp94xx.sys is still working.

  • Mistaken removal. In some cases, the adp94xx.sys file can be deleted by accident. However, once this file is deleted, you might get a lot of adp94xx.sys error messages every time your computer starts.
  • Virus attacks. Viruses can attack .exe files within the system and make some changes on the Windows registry, thus resulting in adp94xx.sys error.
  • The computer is infected by spyware and attempts to harm your computer resources, causing errors to the existing files.
  • Conflicting programs. In some cases, exe files of different genuine applications may conflict with each other and could cause exe errors.

Incorrect program downloads. There are possibilities for PC users to download broken, incomplete or corrupt files that could show exe errors after the installation.

In case you’re getting these errors regarding the adp94xx.sys file, it is best that you re-install the program or simply look for the appropriate driver update. File errors often resulted from more than one missing or damaged file and copying just one file could cause more issues.

The 64-bit adp94xx is a SCSI adapter is a Windows AMD64 driver package developed by Adaptec. Driver update package 1.5.11698.0 was released on November 17, 2008 and it supports the following driver models:

  • Adaptec HostRAID Management Processor Device (Pseudo)
  • Adaptec ASC-48300 SAS/SATA Host Adapter
  • Adaptec COMSTOCK SAS/SATA Controller
  • Adaptec AIC-9410w SAS/SATA Controller
  • Adaptec ASC-44300 SAS/SATA Controller
  • Adaptec ASC-58300 SAS/SATA Controller
  • Adaptec AIC-9405 SAS/SATA Controller

This driver update package can be installed on any computer systems with Windows 2000 x64, Windows XP x64, Windows 2003 x64 or Windows NT x64 platform. It also comes in a .zip file, so make sure that you have an archiving software on your computer as well, such as WinZip or WinRar. You can download this driver package here.

It is very important that you take some preventive measures in order to prevent the frustrating adp94xx.sys error messages or other serious issues as well as to enjoy an error-free computer.

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