I own a HP system, I don't usually buy brand name systems but this system had all that I required.
It came with a 500gig HD (Sata) and preinstalled Vista Premium and no backup disks. The harddrive has a factory recovery partition, unfortunately to recover my system using this partion also requires re-installing all the trial software the system came with.
I've downloaded all the chipset drivers pertaining to my machine and burnt them to a cd.
Among the chipset drivers is my Serial ATA Controller Driver. I'm purchasing Vista Ultimate not the upgrade. I want to format and install Ultimate thus also getting rid of the trial software.
The installation will be on my Sata harddrive C: I'm assuming that 'll be asked to press F6 to load any third party drivers. I'm also assuming that if I don't install my Serial ATA Controller Driver at this point then the installation might fail... Am I right in this assumption?
I'm new to Sata but with the help so far you've given me I'm beginning to understand, thankyou. I'm not new to installing systems but I am, to Vista and Sata.