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Universal ATA driver for Windows NT3.51/NT4/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7/ReactOS
With PATA/SATA/AHCI support

Current version is 0.45d8 -
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BusMaster_v45d8.rar/tgz ( bytes/ bytes). It is built at 2016.04.05
You can read about project history and current driver capabilities here .

Thanks to brave readers (and users), now we have list of bugs, troubles and solutions - the TroubleShooter


WARNING !!! This is beta-version only (though I use it at home and on computers of my friends ;). Thus, it worth making 2 copies of Hardware Profiles. One copy should use standard driver only (usually atapi.sys), another copy - UniATA only.
See below for installation guides

Installation for Windows XP
(for UniATA version 30 and higher)


1.  unpack 
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BusMaster_v45d8.rar/tgz ( bytes/ bytes) (for ex. to C:\temp\uniata) 2. My Computer -> Properties -> Hardware -> Device Manager 3. select device, chose it's Properties -> Driver Note: IDE controllers may be listed no only in 'IDE controllers' section, but in 'SCSI and RAID controllers' or 'Other devices'. 4. Update Driver -> Next 5. ( ) .... (*) Install from a list or specific location (Advanced) 6. Next 7. ( ) .... (*) Don't search. I will choose the driver to install 8. Next 9. Have Disk 10. enter path to .INF file for new driver If this is usual onboard IDE controller, use C:\temp\uniata\Release_Dist\uata_2kh.inf (or uata_xph.inf for v 30c) If this is IDE RAID controller or additional PCI IDE controller, use C:\temp\uniata\Release_Dist\uata_2k.inf (or uata_xp.inf for v 30c) 11. OK 12. chose in the list of available drivers the following line: Standard Dual Channel PCI BusMaster IDE Controller or Your IDE Controller Name 13. say 'Continue Anyway' for the question about missing digital signature. (YES, we want to continue the installation) 14. REBOOT your computer
Additional release notes you can find in archive (readme_xp.txt) or download from this location.

Installation for Windows 2000
(for UniATA version 25g and higher)


1.  unpack 
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BusMaster_v45d8.rar/tgz ( bytes/ bytes) (for ex. to C:\temp\uniata) 2. My Computer -> Properties -> Hardware -> Device Manager 3. select device, chose it's Properties -> Driver Note: IDE controllers may be listed no only in 'IDE controllers' section, but in 'SCSI and RAID controllers' or 'Other devices'. 4. Update Driver -> Next 5. (*) Search for a suitable driver for my device (recommended) ( ) .... 6. Next 7. [ ] Floppy disk drives [ ] CD-ROM drives [v] Specify a location [ ] Microsift Windows Update 8. Next 9. enter path to .INF file for new driver If this is usual onboard IDE controller, use C:\temp\uniata\Release_Dist\uata_2kh.inf or for UniATA versions below v30c C:\temp\uniata\Release_Dist\uata2kh.inf or for UniATA versions below v29a C:\temp\uniata\Release_Dist\uniata2kh.inf If this is IDE RAID controller or additional PCI IDE controller, use C:\temp\uniata\Release_Dist\uata_2k.inf or for UniATA versions below v30c C:\temp\uniata\Release_Dist\uata2k.inf or for UniATA versions below v29a C:\temp\uniata\Release_Dist\uniata2k.inf 10. OK 11. !!! IMPORTANT !!! You MUST chose the following checkbox: [v] Install one of the other drivers 12. Next 13. chose in the list of available drivers the following line: SCSI and RAID controllers | AlterWare | ....... or IDE controllers | AlterWare | ....... the keyword here is 'AlterWare' in Provider column 14. say 'Yes' for the question about missing digital signature. (YES, we want to continue the installation) 15. REBOOT your computer
Additional release notes you can find in archive (readme_w2k.txt) or download from this location.

Installation for Windows NT4
(for UniATA version 23b and higher)


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BusMaster_v45d8.rar/tgz ( bytes/ bytes) 2. Install driver using INF-file: a) Control Panel->SCSI Adapters b) select Drivers property sheet c) click on Add button d) click on Have Disk button e) enter path to UATA_NT4.INF or to UNIATA_NT4.INF for UniATA versions below v30c or ro OEMSETUP.INF for UniATA versions below v26e from UniATA distribution and click on OK button f) select "Universal BusMaster ATA/ATAPI Driver" from list and click on OK button g) enter path to UniATA.sys from UniATA distribution and click on OK button IMPORTANT !!! If you have installed IDE/ATA/BusMaster drivers from Motherboard's CD, you may need to uninstall them after UniATA installation. To ensure safity of IDE BusMaster installation/deinstallation please refer to points 1 and 6-8 of Manual installation for NT4 (see below). 3. REBOOT your computer
Additional release notes you can find in archive (readme_nt4.txt) or download from this location.

Installation for Windows NT3.51
(for version UniATA 37b and higher)


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BusMaster_v45d8.rar/tgz ( bytes/ bytes) 2. replace atapi.sys with uniata.sys 3. REBOOT your computer

Manual installation for Windows NT4
(for UniATA version prior 23b)


1. make a copy of your default Hardware Profile and set it as Default
   a) My Computer->Properties->Hardware Profiles
   b) select the Profile, marked as (Current)
      usually it's name is "Original Configuration"
   c) click on Copy button & name your copy (for ex. "UniATA")
   d) place UniATA profile at the top of list
      by clicking Up Arrow button
   e) click on Apply button

2. unpack archive with distribution

3. copy idedma.sys to your WINNT/System32/drivers directory from
   Release (or Debug ;) directory
4. import idedma.reg into registry (just press Enter on this file)
5. REBOOT your computer

6. disable "Universal ATA Driver" driver in "Original Configuration" HW Profile
   a) Control Panel->Devices
   b) select driver from list (idedma)
   c) click on HW Profiles button
   d) disable driver in appropriate HW Profile
      by selecting Profile Name from list and clicking
      Enable button
   e) click on OK button

7. disable "Atapi" driver in UniATA HW Profile

   IMPORTANT !!!

   If you have installed IDE/ATA/BusMaster drivers from
   Motherboard's CD, the initial state of "Atapi" driver
   would be "Disabled" !!!
   In this case you should disable that driver instead
   of "Atapi" !!!

8. set startup mode of "Universal ATA Driver" to Boot
   by clicking Startup button

You sould see the following:

--- Universal ATA Driver ---
Startup: Boot
HW Profiles:
  UniATA                 - Enabled
  Original Configuration - Disabled

       --- Atapi ---
Startup: Boot
HW Profiles:
  UniATA                 - Disabled
  Original Configuration - Enabled


9. REBOOT your computer
Additional release notes you can find in archive (readme_nt4_old.txt) or download from this location.
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