Boot Sata HDD from PCI card on Matsonic MS8308EP mobo

By Nej921 ·
Hi all,

I have a circa 2003 Matsonic MS8308EP mobo. It's an old board I'm using as a project and I'm trying to make the most of it. I have installed a Sata PCI expansion card which recognises and accesses a 500Gb Sata drive under XP. The OS boots and runs from my existing IDE drive.

I had loaded drivers into the IDE drive copy of windows XP for PCI card and Sata drive.

I would like to know if it is possible to boot from this Sata drive even though my current Bios doesn't show the Sata drive, it is usable once XP has booted and loaded from existing IDE drive. My mobo Bios boot options are IDE, cdrom, SCSI, network, USB FDD.

I might be trying to put the "cart before the horse" as the Bios can't point to PCI Sata card until XP drivers are loaded and XP can't load until PCI Sata drive is recognised and located.

Is it possible to boot from PCI card if mobo Bios doesn't have option?

Any help greatly appreciated.
Many thanks.

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Yes it is possible but you need to load XP onto this SATA Drive

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Boot Sata HDD from PCI ca ...

When the First Blue Screen Appears you need to press the F6 Key and wait till you are prompted to insert a Floppy with the PCI Card Drivers copied to it's Root. That means no folder just the drivers on the Floppy.

If you do not have a floppy you can Slipstream a Install Disc by following the directions here


Or download thew above Article as a PDF from here


Or use nLite available fro free download here


If you chose to use nLite make sure that you read the directions for use on their Web Site here


It would also prove useful if you remove the IDE Drive before doing this as the Hardware Default Boot Drive will always be a IDE Drive before a SATA in a situation like this. So if you leave the IDE Drive in the system you'll need to leave it there as the Basic Start Up Files are copied to it's root and if it fails or is removed the system Will Not boot.


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SCSI (f6) driver install

by edwardspratt In reply to Boot Sata HDD from PCI ca ...

I remember using a driver that I loaded during the installation process (I think it was F6 and was for the SCSI drives) that allowed me to install the driver for the PCI external card. Although I was using SATA, it was at the same time. If I remembered right, used a USB drive formatted as a floppy (with the HP format utility) and placed the driver for the card on the USB drive. The computer thought the USB was a floppy and let me with no issues. I had to try each option from list that came up until something worked.

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