Yes I know I need to load the third party raid drivers during setup. Let me explain; My IDE HDD died so I thought, fuck it, I'll get one of these new fangled SATA drives, it can't be that difficult and if anything it'll be better. Now I have a Gigabyte KA-G8N Pro Motherboard with Sillicon Image SATAlink controller. I've downloaded the Si3x12 drivers and slipstreamed them into an XP CD with SP3 aswell. When trying to setup windows, it will go through all the motions, detect the drive, then if I try to amend any of the partitions it tells me that it can't access the disk and gives me a BSOD. As it's just one drive, it's set to BASE in the BIOS. THere are no jumper settings or anything on the drive. Linux seems to detect it just fine and installs + runs ok but there is no support for my wireless card and there's no point having a computer with no internet access. I did install Knoppix onto the drive and haven't been able to successfully format it yet which could explain why XP is having problems accessing the drive. If I boot from the livecd will is there any way to format the drive completely ready for XP? I tried an application called "Killdisk" which apparently detects SATA drives but it won't find the drive. I also tried the recovery console but it won't repair the MBR for some reason. It did let me format the partitions to NTFS though. XP still won't let me past the partitioning stage. What the fuck can I do? I Think that the drive needs to be formatted so XP can create its own MBR but I can't find any bootable CD's that will detect a SATA drive.