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How to add a SATA2 hard drive to IDE-only motherboard.

Q: How to add a SATA2 hard drive to IDE-only motherboard.

Hello all,

I just got a SATA2 1TB HD but my motherboard (MSI KT3 Ultra I think) only has IDE ports. What's the cheapest solution to link the two but still utilizing SATA2? I could go USB2.0 (solution: external enclosure + USB2.0 PCI card since my MB only supports 1.1) but I would much have the faster connection of SATA2. Also, if I do have to add a SATA2 PCI expansion card, it should recognize the whole TB right? I know in some instances with older MB's, if you plug in a HD it will only register X amount of GB's. Any input is very much appreciated. Thanks!

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A: How to add a SATA2 hard drive to IDE-only motherboard.

Buy a quality sata controller card. Yes, the card should "See" the full size of the drive as long as you read the specs on the card and it says it will recognize drives of that size.

I use and recommend either promise or highpoint controller/raid cards. There are cheaper ones however you get what you pay for.

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Today, in my Optiplex 780 Desktop with Win 7 Pro 64-bit and 8GB RAM, I cloned my hard drive from old drive to new drive.  To do that, I went into BIOS (which is the A14 version), went to Drives, enabled SATA2, and plugged the new empty hard drive into the SATA2 socket on the motherboard.  The original drive has always been in the SATA0 socket, and the CD-DVD has always been in the SATA1 socket.
The clone went well (using Macrium Reflect Free in a USB stick).  When I took out the old drive and connected the new cloned drive to the original SATA0 socket, the Optiplex gave me errors on the reboot.  It said it was missing a drive in SATA2 and did i want to Continue, go into System or run Diagnostics.  After a few reboots with that error, I went back into BIOS - Drives and disabled SATA2.  Then reboot went very well without errors, a few times.  All good.
However, those errors aren't right.  I should be able to enable SATA2 in BIOS and not get errors just because no actual drive is plugged into the SATA2 socket on the motherboard.  (That's how it works in a different Dell Optiplex 3010 I have).
So what's going on?  Why am I getting this error?

A:BIOS enable SATA2 Drive makes boot error if no actual HDD in SATA2 socket - Optiplex 780 Win 7

Greetings,Thank you for reaching us here. Sorry to know that you're facing issues with the system. I request you to share pictures of the error that you get, while SATA 2 is enabled under BIOS.Also, please share the system service tag, registered owner's name and email via private message, so that I will review the details and assist you further. You could send a private message by hovering the mouse cursor on my username and by adding me as a friend.

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Sometimes when i boot up my windows 7 home premium 64 bit computer it gets to the boot page before windows even loads. it doesnt register that the hard drive is there at all but it registers my other sata device (my disk drive) however when i turn the computer on and off a few times it does eventually boot fine and the sometimes it will boot fine several times in a row before the problem repeats itself.

can anyone help me this is driving me mad and its ruining the which i spent a lot of time and money building.


A:sata2 hard drive boot issues

Hi and welcome.

Please fill out your system specs so that we have a better idea of what kind of hardware you have. It's easier to help that way. Thanks.

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The Problem:

When I start copying a file of roughly 100MB or more from my primary hard drive to a secondary one, or even if I'm copying it to itself, the copying progress bar zooms along at a normal rate. The little green blocks and the time remaining are what you'd expect. Then as it gets to a certain point, it slows down and down and down. The time remaining that might have been 5 seconds doubles and doubles and before you know it it's got several minutes remaining. What started out as a 5 or 10 second estimate, becomes a 7 minute estimate, and the file really does take more than a minute to copy.

I've ran some disk performance check tools and ran chkdsk and find no problems. The file copy never fails. It's not only file copy operations either, I've noticed that when viewing a video of for example 350MB, if I drag the position slider along in 1 or 2 minute amounts, then the video instantaneously starts playing from the new slider position. If I drag the slider beyond a certain point, it can take a good second or two before it manages to start playing from the new position.

Now to the background info that should answer any follow-up questions:

- The machine is a dual-core E6600 Intel box, so it's not slow.
- The "system idle" process is rarely ever under 98% during these operations.
- If I have several copies occurring in parallel, they'r... Read more

A:SATA2 Hard Drive Performance Slow

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In my computer I have two Western Digital 500 GB hard drives. One drive failed and now I'm trying to install Vista on the other hard drive. But when I go to the hard drive selection screen when I'm installing Vista it has no hard drives available to select. I have the SATA controller drivers and hard drive drivers on a USB flash drive. Despite all this, Vista still does not recognize my hard drive. Help, Please.


Windows Vista 32 Home Premium Edition
NVIDIA G-Force 8600 GT Video Card
Intel Quad Core CPU Q6600 2.40 GHz
x3 Corsair 1 GB RAM

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Its for 45 dollars. I'm concerned that the price is so low there may be a catch, like it may not work in my system.

Here is what it says



A:If I get a sata2 hard drive for enterprise storage, will it fit in my machine

Well, 400GB means its got some age on it and it would seem that for that price it must be either used or refurbished. It would be nice to see the powered on hours reading before you buy.

If its advertised as new and its a trustworthy vender, then it is a great deal.

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I have been given a voucher ($200) for my local computer store as a birthday present and I want to know if it is worthwhile installing a SATA3 SSD on my Gigabyte PA 55 UD4 motherboard that only supports SATA2?

I won't be upgrading my motherboard for approximately 3 years when I purchase a new computer, so that is not an option. I guess it would future proof the hard drive but is it likely to last three years and more?

Would I notice a big difference between an SSD SATA3 and my Western digital 1 TB Green SATA2 connected to my existing motherboard?


A:Should I install SSD SATA3 on SATA2 motherboard?

Yes, it would be a huge difference. You would boot to windows in under 30sec.

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Hi everyone,

I'm looking at buying a Seagate CUDA 7200.8,300GB,7200RPM,8.5MS,SATA/150 NCQ Hardrive and want to know if it's compatible with my ASUS P5N32-SLI-DELUXE motherboard which has SATA2. I know they are 2 different things but I want to know if the motherboard is backwards compatible? Thanks heaps everyone in advance.

A:Is A SATA1 hardrive with NCQ, compatible with a SATA2 Motherboard?

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My laptop is Samsung NP530U4B-S02IN, whose specs are here:


I am planning to swap the 1 TB HDD (SATA2) with 512 GB SSD (SATA3).

But I am not sure whether the motherboard in my laptop is SATA2 or SATA3.

Does anyone know how to find it ?

Thanks in advance for your tips.

A:Is the motherboard in Samsung NP530U4B-S02IN laptop SATA2 or SATA3?

You already found it. Read.
HDD 1TB S-ATA II Hard Drive (5400RPM) with ExpressCache

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I have a new Seagate Barracuda 500gb Sata2 drive. It has XP Home (SP2) installed. It boots and runs well as long as my old IDE drive is connected.
In bios, with the IDE drive connected, both drives show correctly and I can set either as boot device.
With the IDE drive disconnected the SATA2 drive doesn't show in the HDD section on the boot menu setup. However if I press F11 at start of boot I get the chance to select the SATA2 drive and can boot from this.
I had bios 2.10 and have updated to 2.30 (the latest). Bios is set for SATA2 (non Raid) with normal SATA driving. Latest SATA2 drivers installed.
Any ideas gratefully accepted.
Thanks, Tony

AMD Athlon 64 3200+
1024mb RAM PC3200
XP Home (SP2)
Seagate Barracuda SATA2 500gb
Western Digital 250gb IDE
Nvidia 8500gt

A:Solved: Sata2 drive won't boot unless IDE drive also connected

Easiest way out of that issue is to reinstall XP with the old drive disconnected . . as it is now, your boot sector is on the IDE drive.

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Installing the sata drive via floppy disk during winxp setup got me on sata mode but the pc kept freezing every so often. During a resize job in partition magic 8 the pc froze and now i cannot access my data as a result. Reinstalling windows using the sata drive but set to emulate ide works fine until i installed the sata driver in windows because the pc freezes again.

My board is an Asus a8r-mvp mb (crossfire ready) supporting skt 939 processors.

What is causing the freezing ? is it a configuration problem or is my drive not up to the task of running in sata 2 mode ?

Assistance appreciated

A:sata2 drive

Does the drive have jumpers to change transfer rates?
Does the mobo support sata 2?

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I am wondering if someone can help me with this issue.

I had a desktop with ASUS P5GC-MX/133 motherboard installed with two physical hard drives - 1 IDE and 1 SATA2. A year ago I installed window XP SP2 on the IDE hard drive and used SATA2 as storage (not RAID). When I installed the window XP, I did not press F6 to load 3rd party drivers. And I used Device Manager to format the SATA2 drive and partitioned it into 4 partitions.

Last week, there was something wrong with the OS so I reinstalled window XP. However, after reinstalling the OS, the BIOS and window's device manager can detect the 320 GB SATA2 hard drive (but the drive did not show up in My Computer). However, instead of showing the 4 partitions where I have saved important data, it said that the hard drive is not ready.

Can anyone teach me how to get the partitions out and shown in My Computer?

Help is greatly appreciated!.


A:Issue with SATA2 Drive

See if your drive shows up under Disk Management. Right click on My Computer on your desktop and select 'Manage', then select Disk Management. Also if it shows up under device manager it should say "This device is working properly". You might want to check if the proper drivers are installed and update them if necessary.

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I've heard there were problems installing XP on a sata drive and you have to install something, but could someone point me in the right direction, right now I am getting the blue screen of death whenever I try to install windows.

Here are my specs:
Case: Antec Nine Hundred - Gaming Case with 200mm Top Fan
Sound: Philips ?
M-board: Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Dual Core
Power: Hiper 580W Type-R Modular PSU SLI/CrossFire Certified - Blue
GFX: nVIDIA GeForce 7300 256mb DDR2
HARD DRIVE: Seagate 400GB SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache
RAM: Kingston 1GB DDR 400MHz/PC3200 (KVR400X64C3A/1G) CL3 Unbuffered 2.6V x2
The error I am getting is:

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent harm to your computer.

If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drivew to make sure it is properly configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK /F to check for har ddrive corruption then restart your computer.

Technical Information:

*** STOP 0x0000007b(0xF78D2524,0xc0000034,0x00000000,0x00000000Click to expand...
Could someone please point me in the right direction.



A:Installing XP on Sata2 Drive

I have XP on quite a few computers with SATA drives. As long as you have the correct drivers , it works fine.

Here is some information that may help:

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My first question is can this Motherboard (intel Classic Series Desktop Board DG35EC) support a Sata 2 hard drive? Now I've already tried a Sata 1 and it picked it up fine but it won't pick up IDE or my Sata 2(weird I know).

So could I download an update onto my Sata 1 hard drive to update my motherboard to read my Sata 2 hard drive or will I have to get a new hard drive?

A:SATA2 drive, SATA1 MB issue

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I am trying to get my new WD sata2 drive to install. I am using the Asus M2N E SLI mobo. The bios recognizes the drive perfectly. I install the drivers from a floppy while installing windows. Windows sees the drive properly and installs without a hitch. Everytime after a perfect load of windows it boots to a blue screen saying Unmountable_Boot_Volume. This is my second drive as I RMA'd the last 1 for giving me the same error. Everything in the bios is set auto. I am really feeling at my wits end as nobody seems to be able to help me. This is my last hope.
Praying the answer is here.

A:New Sata2 drive wont install

Check the boot order in the BIOS.

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I suspect that my SSD drive , Intel SSD 320 120GB, does not operate at is full potential. It is plugged in the Sata3 device on my mainboard.

Looking at my Bios, I see that it is set to IDE. I did try to set it to the AHCI mode, but PC would not boot up

I did try the AS SSD Benchmark tool and I gorr a result of 163
It mention PCiIde BAD

Now, How do I know if my SSD drive is driven with Sata3. If not, how do I set it without re-installing Win 7

Any help appreciated


A:Is my SSD drive driven by Sata3 or Sata2: How to know

The 320 is a Sata2. If you want to go AHCI, you have to set the OS also to AHCI. AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista

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Erlier i booted my PC up into Xp to see a strange warning box come up. I can't remember what it said now but my mouse and keyboard didn't work.

I then pull the plug and fire it back up into XP again. only it get about 2 bars into the loading screen and a BSOD loads fo about a second and the machine restarts.

I booted into Vista to ask for help, i go into my computer and look a my other HDD it is still there but according to properties have 0 bytes space. I tried error checking it but windows said it could not access the drive.

I really need to get my SATA drive up and running again, if its possible.



A:250GB SATA2 Drive Not working! Please Help!

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Hi all,

I've just bought a Samsung 250GB SATA2 SP2504C hard drive with the intention of installing Vista on it. Problem is its not listed as one of the available drives during installation- just the other two, one of which is IDE and one is SATA. I've checked the Samsung website for Vista drivers but there are none, in fact there are no drivers full stop.

I've upgraded my SATA/RAID drivers for my mobo (Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9), but I've stopped short of flashing the BIOS, mainly because I'm a coward. The BIOS itself doesn't list the device as an IDE drive on any slot during the first POST screen, but it is listed on the following page as a RAID drive and the BIOS also lists the drive in the "order of booting" screen.

Most annoyingly of all, I can see the drive in Windows 2000, and I've been able to format it to NTFS. I've even seen it from a Linux distro, but sodding Vista with its 1 billion drivers cant pick it up.

Any help would be much appreciated.

A:SATA2 Drive not recognised during install

If it is using a Sata/raid card, you will need to load drivers during the install. I would check on the disk that came with it or on the website for a driver diskette creation tool.

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Hey guys, before I take this pc to the repair shop, I thought I'd give it a shot.

I recently purchased Samsung HD753LJ 750GB SATA2 7200rpm 32MB Hard Drive. The issue is that PC freezes when I try to copy large files.

I am a composer and audio files are quiet big. I was trying to copy folders from Western Digital mybook 500GB hard drive to this new samsung drive, and it basically hangs after 1GB or less. One time I was able to copy more than 40GB at once but again it stopped copying. However copying to main SATA drive(Seagate 320GB SATA HDD I am using 320GB HDD as the main master drive.) is no problem, I can copy all flawless, without any issues. Unfortunately I don't use RAID setup because some audio related softwares aren't so uptodate and tend to experience bad things

system hangs every time I tried to copy a big chunk. how it hangs is following.
1)copy files through teracopy
2)teracopy stops in the middle of copying process
3)some programs still work, but usually they all stop working eventually
and I can't restart so I have to do it manually, which I really hate to do it to this PC, since it's getting expensive and I need to work music with this PC. I don't want to buy another HDD to fix this stupid issue. btw I don't play any games on this. I built it specifically for audio use.

I tried just copying from C- D manually as well. but it also failed. The total file size average were 40-50GB. but I also tried to copy small chunks and sti... Read more

A:New SATA2 drive fails copying and freeze

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Hi guys,

Been having a recurring problem with my system regarding I/O device errors.
Ive got Vista Home Premium and when running the computer on moderate capacity, say FM2007 (RAM intensive game) and downloading a file i usually get these errors which foul up my system and actually prevent the system from rebooting from the start menu (it hangs on the "shutting down" screen).

Im fairly sure its not a failed HDD as i have replaced it twice, my drivers and such are up do date i believe, at least the important ones like BIOS and nForce. Most people seem to have this issue with CD/DVD drives and Floppy's and i cant seem to find much help out there for a SATA2 related issue.

Its my understanding that and I/O is a lack of power supply to the device, correct?
if this is so then is my 430W PSU sufficient for the system i have?

Core 2 Duo 6400
8800 GTS
80GB IDE & 320GB SATA2
p5n32 SLI_Premium mobo.

Thanks for any help that may be forthcoming.

A:I/O Device Error. SATA2 Drive. Vista

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Hi Peeps, I sadly had to dismatle my old xp desktop (sob sob cry cry) ...pause for a tender moment of remembrance.

Most of the internal guts were far from current so all I think I might be able to use is the sata 3.5" 80gb hdd.

The question is (at last he gets to the question !) it being a hdd that worked with win XP can I reformat it as one could with any external hdd ,considering I will be using it with a vista machine ?

I hope to use a usb to sata 3.5" adapter kit.

Any help would be as always gratefully received


A:sata2 internal hdd rejuvinated as external drive...but !

You may use it as a usb drive on vista or windows 7 without problem.I assume your going to use a hard drive caddy and external power supply and all should be well just format as you would any other memory device usually ntfs.

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Here, im like an amateur Technician. I know a lot of things, although there's something that really questions in my mind.

These are like the performance of my PC.

Normally, a hard drive can go like 32mb ( or more ) per second copying some files or something like that.

Installing Black Ops takes less than 4 or 10 minutes.

Loading a Counter Strike Source game takes around less than 2 minutes or something like that. ( For some reason. )
My friend's PC? its like fried.

Back then he told me that its not that slow. Of course i can see that it doesn't really seem to be so slow before.

After doing a format due to some reason that his PC became so slow, kinda realized that something weird is happening to his PC.

Loading a Counter strike game takes like 10 Minutes.

Installing Black ops took like an hour.

Loading a Modern Warfare 2 Mission takes like 5 minutes, In the middle of battle takes like 2 minutes. Frame Rate was really damn smooth, but its like when it reloads the sound file, it takes like a minute to load it.

Mid Battle of some game, shooting a shotgun one time sounded like BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZRRRRRRRRRRZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZT, then another shoot was normal.

We did another format, but it doesnt seem to budge.
One time his BIOS is telling him that his hard drive doesnt exist anymore in the system, so No boot. Next day, i opened it and checked the cables, and turned it on, it now tells me that it does exist.
So... Bad Hard drive? or Bad motherboard?

A:Bad Hard drive? BAD MOTHERBOARD!?

Have your friend run a diagnostic test on his drive.
It is best to use a diagnostic program from the drive's manufacturer.

However, I have found that Hitachi Drive Fitness Test works on most any hard drive.
Use the bootable Linux CD.

If the drive comers out clean, then you can start to suspect the motherboard.

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Hey guys, in couple days im getting a new MB, cpu, ram and case. I was wondering, can i put my old hard drive in, than just install drivers and bios for my new MB?

A:Different motherboard but same hard drive possible?

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I'm having trouble with my new system.

The system is as follows:

Asus P5N-D (nForce 750i)
Intel E8500 (Core 2 Duo @ 3.16 ghz, not overclocked)
4 gb of Ram (2 x 2gb)
XFX nVidia 9800 GTX+ 512mb - Latest Drivers
Samsung 500gb SATA HD
LG Optical Drive on ATAPI port
Corsair 650w PSU
External 750gb HDD on USB interface
Vista x64 SP1 w/ all Updates

I'm getting these errors in my system log (from disk or nvstor64):

The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk0\DR0.

A parity error was detected on \Device\RaidPort1.

Reset to device, \Device\RaidPort1, was issued.

I don't use a RAID - I'm running the Samsung 500gb drive that came with the system, but this sounds like either a bad motherboard or a bad hard drive. I'm not willing to go out and buy a motherboard and/or a hard drive to see if that's the problem so I'm hoping you can help. Please let me know how we can work this out, ASAP. I bought a nice, new fast gaming PC, so I'd like to actually play a few games.

I've ripped out and reinstalled the nForce drivers several times, including using DriverCleaner in Safe Mode to really get rid of them. I've installed the previous version of the nForce drivers. I've disabled command queing and write caching. I've tried another SATA port on the motherboard.

I've opened a topic on the iBuyPower forum (where I bought the system recently) in case there's more info there that might help:

http://www.i... Read more

A:Motherboard or Hard Drive?

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Hey guess i'm new but we'll save that.

So my laptop (compaq presario, 1.5 years old) was running very slow and choppy i ended up defrag etc. and ended up getting the blue screens of death. It was at the point the computer would work for 5-10 mins then BSOD. SOOO I reformatted totally wiped the hard drive etc. and did a fresh install of xp home (i was running pro before). Anyway, that went fine and I thought I was in the clear. Next thing I know same thing same BSOD:

0x000000F4 (0x00000003, 0x8244CDA0, 0x8244CF14, 0x805C749A)

While this happend for awhile, i began to get upset. Now the laptop is doing the PXE-E61 check media cable blah blah....

Long story short..I took it to get serviced..they told me nothing was wrong with ram OR the hard drive (wow thanks)

Then out of spite I took it somewhere else; the guy there basically just used an HD of his and installed XP and said..well it looks like a new HD is what you need. Tried that, but when I installed it...I still couldnt' get passed the media cable errors (which he didn't even have).

Yes i've tried changing boot orders etc.

Weird thing is..sometimes it will load windows...othertimes it won't? And usually when I try to install windows it says no hard disk found blah blah F3 to exit

Furthermore, in bios 9/10 times it will say NO IDE found for the diagnostic test, and only one or two times have I been able to run the test, both times giving an error something along the lines ... Read more

A:hard drive? or motherboard?

Well, if you replaced the HD and it still doesn't work right..

It could be a bad connection. Does your laptop use some kind of a tray or an adaptor for the hard drive? It may not give good contact. Maybe get another one?

I have also seen a ThinkPad that would lose the HD if you didn't bend the corner of the laptop right. Took it to the repair shop and had them re-solder all the hard drive connectors. Fixed it.

And yes, it could be plain bad HD controller.

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The other day we had a storm, the power went out for a few minutes. When I restarted the computer, my hard drive was bare, it wasn't even formated. This has happened when the power goes out (not all the time). What I'm trying to figure out is if it is the motherboard or the hard drive. I have a Western Digital WD1600-JB hard drive and an Abit KV8-MAX3 (VIA K8T800) motherboard.



A:Motherboard or hard drive?

Replace the hard drive... Then if the problem persists, look at replacing the power supply before going for the motherboard

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This is a similar situation as described in the locked post talking about doing a non clean install of windows after replacing the motherboard. The main difference is that Dell did a clean windows install on my original HHD during a warranty replacement of a faulty motherboard. Below is a post I made on another site in the hope of getting some help. Please excuse my very basic knowledge of computers when trying to answer my question.
I recently purchased a Dell Inspiron laptop as my main photo editing device. I was quickly disappointed in its performance despite being sold that this was my best option at the price point. The 8th gen intel i5, 8gb of ram and 2tb 5400rpm HDD was not up to the task of quickly processing large photo files. I replaced the standard hd with a 2tb SSD and was finally happy with the performance of my lap top.

A few weeks ago my computer shut down to an immediate black screen and would not start up again. I sent it back to Dell for warranty but decided it was best to return it with the original HDD. It was found to have a faulty motherboard and in/out board. Both were replaced and the original hdd was wiped and returned to factory settings. Now that i have the computer back i would like to reinstall the SSD and get back to work. Unfortunately despite being told otherwise, the computer will not boot up with the ssd installed. All that happens now is it goes to a blue screen and notifies me that a problem has occured and that windows needs to restart. ... Read more

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I had all the parts for my computer selected and then I noticed that the MB and the HD might not go together. Im not goog with campat stuff at all Im thinking of building a computer. Could anyone tell me if this Hard Drive will work with this motherboard?

MSI P4N SLI-FI Socket T (LGA 775) ATX Intel Motherboard

Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74GB 10,000 RPM 8MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive

A:Need help with Hard Drive to Motherboard

Yes, they should work fine. The motherboard has 4 sata ports, and that drive will take one of those ports. The motherboard also should come with the data cable, so you're covered in that area as well. The thing to consider is whether your power supply has a sata power connector, like this.

There are also molex(4pin) to sata adapters, so even if you don't have one, you can get an adapter. Sata drives can sometimes be troublesome to setup, but I doubt you'll have problems with that board, as it's newer and name brand.
Good luck on the system.

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My one-year-old out-of-warranty HP Pavillion dv1000 laptop (Windows XP Home) has been slow or unable to reboot, so I'm trying to diagnose it and figure out if I just need a new hard drive (where can I find instructions on upgrading a hard drive on this laptop?) or have to replace the whole laptop with a new one.

One of the problems found was the hard drive was in PIO mode, so I had to repeatedly switch it back to DMA mode (using the DMA-to-PIO registry hack or remounting the hard drive). This occurred weekly until I ran SpinRite, then it stayed in DMA mode for a month.

What I think is relevant from my Event Viewer Log include:

atapi event 9s: The device, \Device\Ide\IdePort0, did not respond within the timeout
atapi event 11s: The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Ide\IdePort0.
a single atapi event 26: The driver has detected that device \Device\Ide\IdePort0
has old or out-of-date firmware. Reduced performance may result. [I think this may
just be a generic message when it gets too many errors]
cdrom event 7: The device, \Device\CdRom0, has a bad block.
disk event 51: An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk1\D during a paging
disk event 7: The device, \Device\Harddisk0\D, has a bad block.
ftdisk event 57: The system failed to flush data to the transaction log. Corruption
may occur.

Recently the main hard drive went to PIO (even though it crashed while trying to burn a DVD, strange huh?) was unable to reboot u... Read more

A:Hard drive vs. Motherboard

It could be a bad drive, a bad connection or a bad controller.

Ideally, you would take the drive out of your laptop and test it with the manufacturer diagnostic utility.

In reality, you could just take the drive out, clean the contacts, put it back in and do the diagnostics in this computer.

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My Dell Inspirion 6000 Notebook has the dreaded Blue Screen with c000021a (Fatal System Error) and will not boot to Windows. This has happened numerous times and the problem has been resolved by reloading Windows XP and the drivers and software. The system will work temporarily, but eventually shuts down and returns to the blue screen. It seems Windows XP gets erased every time the system crashes. I'm assuming the problem is either my harddrive or the motherboard. How can I tell which one is causing the problem?

A:Hard Drive or Motherboard?

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this all started last saturday. I woke up and i was hearing clicking coming from my computer. I moved the mouse to get out of the screen saver and it froze up... I restarted and windows xp pro wouldn't boot up, it would just sit at the loading screen and i would watch the little blue thing go from right to left o.o after that i restarted and got into safe mode to try and run chkdsk. it stoped at 22% and the system started to freeze up, but i would move my mouse and move widows around... but thats about it. from there i rstarted again. the drive no longer shows up on the ata133 onboard controller.

I took the drive to a shop and they ghosted the drive to a new one. the guy mentioned that the drive was giving him some trouble and that it was definatly bad. Anyway, i got the new drive yesterday. I plugged it into the same spot and all worked well... until i was watching TV on the TV tuner card it started to freeze up again. the tv was still playing but i couldn't do anything, so i restarted and then couldn't get into windows... then the drive didn't show up. SO! i moved the drive over to the primary IDE controller where i am now, in safe mode cause windows xp still wont load (this time is seems to hang after i log in and durring "loading personal settings"). System specs:

Gigabyte 8PE667 Ultra (onboard promise ata133/raid)
p4 2.8ghz
1gb ddr pc2700
radeon 9700 pro
120gb Western Digital hd (system drive that originaly screwed up)
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A:Hard drive then maybe motherboard?

You could have some kind of virus that destroys your hard drives.

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When i went to turn my comp on it wouldnt fully boot up.. all that happend was the fan was running... no beeping or anything.. so i thought it was my power supply so i put a brand new one in and went to turn on the comp and its still doing the same thing.. so now im thinking its either the mobo or hd.. i have no clue how to figure this out so if someone could help me that would be great...

A:Motherboard or hard drive?

I'm having the same reply as you. One thing I hope for me its the motherboard. It suck if it was the HDD. Have so much stuff on the HDD.

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I have a Latitude 600 and when I turn it on, it may take up to 10 minutes or not at all. It will only stay on about 10 minutes or so then has a message saying preparing standby in order to eject.... The battery died just before this started happening. I have been in contact with Dell support 3 times...one said hard drive dying, another said motherboard, another said power supply...so which is it? I tried to do the test by pressing Fn and the power button but that does not work. I doubt this old thing is worth putting a new motherboard. I was also advised to never try working on a laptop myself..is it really that bad? Thanks

A:motherboard or hard drive?

Try replacing the power adapter first. Does the computer boot normally and are you able to access all of your files and folders. If the hard drive was failing those wouldn't be the symptoms in my opinion. Also go into the control panel and change the power settings to never hibrinate and to go into standby after say 60 minutes of inactivity and turn off hard disks after at least 60 minutes. See if those things help.

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I have a Dell XPS 4100 running Windows XP Pro with 2 hard drives 1)Western Digital(master) 2)Seagate(slave) both are 80 gig 7200 rpm. The problem I am having is this: When trying to access my Seagate drive a box popped up saying the drive needed to be formatted. It was already formatted to NTFS. When I tried to format another message said it could not be formatted. To make a long story short I somehow eventually was able to format the Seagate drive. Now when I boot up I get a message saying this drive needs to run check disk, which it does and then continues booting. I can write files to the drive but when I try to access them the PC will sometimes freeze. I purchased this drive about 6 months ago because a previous drive went bad. Can my motherboard be the cause of my drive issues? Thank you

A:Bad Motherboard or Hard Drive

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In PCs anything is possible, but I don't think the mobo causes it.
Rather, check the cables and the jumper-settings on the harddisks.
Those HDs would prefer a 80-wire flat-cable, rather than a 40-wire cable.
Check that the colourcoded connectors correspond to the instructions. Check that the red control-band is on the side of the connector where pin 1 is. Check all power-connectors.
Try another IDE-cable if you have it (or borrow one).
The first (WD) should be set to Master (or Master with Slave present), not to Cable-select. The second (Seagate) should be set to Slave, again not Cable-select.
Check in the BIOS that both HDs are recognised, write down their parameters.

In the Storage & Networking forum is a "sticky", get the HD-util for Seagate from there and run it.

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was wondering if it was at all possible to take the e-machines hard drive that has windows XP installed on it and run it on a new motherboard... and it be able to read the drives???

A:Hard Drive with XP to new motherboard/processor.....

you will be able to read the drives but you wont be able to run windows. You will need to reinstall windows on the hard drive after you install it in the new computer. then you will have to activate it also. It is also illegal to move the type of OEM version of WinXP liscensed to be installed on and Emachines computer on any other computer. It is called Piracy.

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This is what I want to do.Transfer everything from my ide on my computer to a sata drive on my computer and then use it in a new computer that I"m building.I had to slow down the drive to sata1 to get it to work in old computer.Drives are maxtor ide and Western Digital sata 2.I have both softwares.Running win xp pro all updates applied.Any help is going to be appreciated.

A:Changing Hard drive and motherboard

You can transfer files and data but you will need to install Windows clean on new build...fine to have files and data on the drive in a separate partition so you do not format the whole drive by accident and lose everything, or use sata drive for clean install and then jumper the ide drive as slave and use whatever you want from it in new build.

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I have a EP45-UD3L motherboard from Gigabyte. A few days ago I got some IDE to SATA cables to add some hard drives to my computer I already had one internal hard Drive hooked up with my current operating system on it. I wanted to hook up two more hard drives that I had from an old computer of mine. The first hard drive I tried to hook up was a Maxtor brand hard drive. I plugged it in booted up the computer and went to My Computer (Computer in Vista) the hard drive was not visible. So I tried hooking up the other hard drive I had witch was the main hard drive on my old compter a Sony VAIO. When I tried hooking that one up it tried to run Windows XP but could not. I did not know it would try to run Windows XP I just wanted to format it and use it as an extra hard drive. So I tried plugging my hard drive with Vista back in the motherboard. The motherboard won't recognize it at all no matter where I plug it in at. Strangely it does recognize the other two hard drives but the system disc won't boot up.

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My Aopen AX-33 motherboard will not detect my new Western Digital WD800JB hard drive unless it is the only hard drive in the computer. I've tried every possible ide configuration that leaves the old hard drive, that has windows on it, at primary master, and none of them work. The only way the computer will recognize the new hard drive is if the old one's removed. Help.

A:Motherboard not recognizing new Hard Drive

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Can't install win 7 stops at starting win insignia. Any Ideas on what the problem. And how to fix.

A:XPS 7100 new motherboard and hard drive

Are you booting to the windows 7 install disk and selecting Custom Install, Drive Options to allow windows to format the new drive? Read this for instructions--

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I'm thinking of buying a new hard drive and want to make sure my motherboard will support it.
I have a ECS K7S5A MoBo and I'm looking a buying a :

Hitachi Deskstar 7K80 80GB Hard Drive (Serial ATA II, 7200, 8MB)
Interface: SATA II (Serial ATA II)
Interface Type: Serial ATA - 7 pin
Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM
Cache Size: 8 MB
Maximum Transfer Rate: 3 Gbps
Access Time: 8.8 ms

Any help would be appreciated.
I just don't want to have to return it.



A:Motherboard Hard Drive Compatability...

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Quote from my friends problem
recently removed my computer drives - master and slave- when i went on holiday. I put the system back in order and recently noticed my slave drive has not shown up in "My Computer" list. I tried swapping the ribbon cables with no changes. So i swapped the position of both drives in case it was the power cable. Both are SATA so they use the same power cable. But still no changes. I removed the slave drive (F Drive) and placed it into an external caddie and booted up. It started to install driver for it and is running fine from there.

So after that, i re installed it into the PC and still no change. It simply does not exist. I have run the boot set up on startup and it is not listed there. It is simply a ghost to the PC.

Any ideas what it could be or how i could sort this issue out?

Also, in hardware profiles under show hidden drives, it is listed and clicking this states it is not connected.
Is there any solution that would help my friend solve his problem
N.B: please take that internal hard drive, instead of slave ...

A:Is it motherboard or hard drive or bios , which is the cause of this

recently removed my computer drives - master and slave

Both are SATA

There's some confusion from the start. There is no such thing as master and slave with SATA drives! Master and slave drives come from the old technology, EIDE (PATA) drives where you could have two drives attached to one "data" cable and one motherboard connector. With two drives on one data cable, there needed to be a way for the system to keep track of the drives, so one drive was designated as master, the other as slave. And this was determined by a jumper on the back of the drive and where on the cable the drive was connected.

But with SATA drives there is only one drive per data cable. Every drive has it own data cable and motherboard connector. So no master or slave designation is needed.

You can have more than one drive on a power cable with SATA, but that has nothing to do with master and slave - as again, no such thing with SATA drives.

The boot drive is determined by the boot order set in the BIOS.

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hey guys, unfortunately i can't get the name and model of my mboard, but i i have the specs of the current hard drive that's in the machine and that works perfectly:

i've never installed a hard drive before. could someone tell me how difficult it is?


Disk 0
Manufacturer Seagate
Model ST3160827AS
Size 160.0 GB
Firmware Version 3.42
Serial Number 4MT0P82A
Interface Serial ATA
Standard ATA/ATAPI-6 | ATA/ATAPI-6 T13 1410D version 2
Transfer Mode (Current / Max) SATA-150 / SATA-150
Features S.M.A.R.T., 48bit LBA, NCQ
Temperature 39 C (102 F)
Drive Letter(s) C: E:
Controller Buffer Size on Drive 8192 KB
Queue Depth 32
Removable No
Cache Enabled (Read / Write) Yes / Yes
SMART Support Yes
Attribute Name Attribute Value Worst Value Threshold Value Raw Data
Raw Read Error Rate (01) 062 048 006 000007ED9189
Spin Up Time (03) 097 096 000 000000000000
Start/Stop Count (04) 099 099 020 000000000787
Reallocated Sector Count (05) 100 100 036 000000000000
Seek Error Rate (07) 080 060 030 000522687E69
Power On Hours Count (09) 080 080 000 00000000461C
Spin Retry Count (0A) 100 100 097 000000000000
Power Cycle Count (0C) 099 099 020 0000000007B3
HDA Temperature (C2) 039 050 000 000200000027
ECC On The Fly Count (C3) 062 048 000 000007ED9189
Current pending sector count (C5) 100 100 000 000000000000
Off-line uncorrectable sector count (C6) 100 100 000 000000000000
Ultra ATA CRC Error Rate (C7) 200 200 000 000000000000
Multi Zone Error Rate (C8) 100 253 000 000000000000
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A:What hard drive is compatible with my motherboard?

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My Dell Dimension 4100 turns on but the green light does not light up...I can hear the fans running, I can open and close the dvd and cd parts...I can plug in my mp4 players and charge it..but the monitor does not show anything but a black screen. Nothing comes up.

Is my motherboard fried or did I crash my hard drive? I dont know what to try...my sister gave me the tower from her old compaq presario s4020wm but it wont work with my dell monitor. I also tried and old mv740 compaq monitor but that didnt work either. I thought I could use the old one until i got mine fixed (or bought a new one)

if I cant get mine fixed then can someone offer some advice on how to get the monitor to work with the compaq tower?

I am on my nephew's laptop and he is staying until tomorrow so after that, i wont be back for help so if I disappear...its not because I dont care, lol!

thanks so much for any advice...

A:did I crash my hard drive or fry my motherboard?

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I have a laptop and the motherboard is Dell 0rp6c8
How many internal hard drive can support ?

I used Speccy and it show that it has :
Slot PCI-E x16 "In use" and (5) Slots PCI there are (2) Available
does it mean I still can connect (2) hard drives ?

I would know the way to know that please !

A:How many hard drive can motherboard support ?

On a laptop you can only attach additional harddrives via USB or if you have a PCI-e slot. For the latter you need a PCI-e card - one like these:

Laptop Express Cards - Newegg.com

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Good Evening, I have a Dell Inspiron 15r 5520 intel core i5 6GB Memory originally with a built in Microsoft Windows 8.

Purchased in 2012
It has since been updated to Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. 
I upgraded to Windows 10 as soon as I found out Windows 10 was free for people who had Windows 8
Windows 10 was working fine until July and then that's when the Motherboard 'gave out'
I tested it and it said the Motherboard is fine it's just the HDD.
Well the Hard Drive and Motherboard overheated and both died.

I have replaced a Heat Sink AND Fan to attempt to save it (Yes, I used a rice size amount of Thermal Paste to reinstall)
So now I purchased a New 1TB (1000GB) 8MB Cache 5400RPM SATA 2.5" 9.5mm Notebook Hard Drive and that was fine.
I also purchased a replacement Motherboard for my Laptop, which came with no Software, leading me to purchase Microsoft Windows 10 Pro.
I have had trouble downloading the Windows 10 pro, as it would turn off during download and refuse to actually go on and give me the proper download for a while.
After 2 days of trying, I finally realized I had to remove the CD once it was installed, and Windows 10 Pro was installed on my computer. After a few downloads, Skype, Google Hangouts and Roblox(Online game) to be exact, the motherboard fried out.
I recently got a Motherboard on ebay from China and now I am trying a USA seller instead.

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I'm thinking about doing a complete upgrade on my computer.

All I really want to save from my original tower is my 128MB of RAM and the processor. My motherboard was the 'onboard' type, so I'll be needing several new parts. I have a Pentium II 400MHz processor that I want to keep. What type of motherboard should I buy (keeping in mind the $$$)? (make personal recommendations). What type of hard-drive (10GB+ of course)?

Also, if someone could point out a good site for rebuilding a PC with my specs, I'd appreciate it.

Oh yeah, would anyone know of a good place that I could get a full copy of WIN98 SE for cheap?

Thanks in advance for your help,


A:Upgrading motherboard, hard-drive

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