I ran into this message also during my last install with XP on a raid disk being detected as a software raid array when it wasnt.
If you get this error with the one that the yast install partitioner wont be able to change the partitions without loosing data, then you will need to partition it under windows like I did. I try to make 3 if posible for swap / and /home. Then you can install like normal.
Once the partitions are already there just make sure during the install that stuff is being put in the right place and you dont have to worry about SuSE touching your windows partitions and no chance of data loss. Back up to be careful tho
after that the smb kernel should run perfectly with SATA.
I've had to go through this method twice and worked fine for me, the problem is the install partitioner somehow sees software SATA raid and freaks out. the kernel, however works with it just fine.