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Tip- SATA drive problems may be due to the cable

Q: Tip- SATA drive problems may be due to the cable

I've recently had problems with two SATA drives that were not recognized by the system and the problem is both cases turned out to be a faulty SATA cable.

These have got to be some of the worst designed connectors I've seen. Two of the four I've used have failed. The connector is very fragile and will spread open or crack along the side and not make contact if they are bent or bumped when attached to the drive or MB.

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A: Tip- SATA drive problems may be due to the cable

What manufacturer supplied the cables? I had 2 faulty IDE cables come with 2 separate motherboard companies the other day. usually when a drive is not working properly at the initial install.

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I want to transfer data from my hard drive in my laptop (Lenovo Y480) to a hard drive in my desktop. the cables for the sata adapter do not fit the hard drive from the laptop. Is there a different form for a 2.5 hard drive and a 3.5 hard drive?

A:sata to usb adapter cable dosen't fit sata hard drive in laptop?

Does the drive have an adapter need to remove to expose the SATA conenctors? I don;t see anything about the Y480 not having a standard SATA drive and laptop and desktop SATA connectors are the same.

Maybe post pictures of both the drive and your SATA cables.

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My old HP had a IDE drive that crashed. To put a SATA drive in, do I nedd to change the motherboard or the cables?

A:Can I install a SATA drive on and IDE cable

Both. If your board is not set up for SATA, you need to buy a PCI add-on card or new board.

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I currently have an SSD with the OS on it.

I have a 500GB hard drive about to fail that has all my games and programs.

I have a new 2TB HD and a SATA cable.

My question is what is the best way for me to move all my programs and games over to this new hard drive?



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OS: Windows 7: Home Premium 64-bit
External HD: Western Digital My Notebook Home Edition 1 Tb Model# WD10000H1CS-00

Problem: When I use the e-sata cable on my external HD half of the time I'll experience data corruption or what seems like data corruption exg. pictures will not open in Irfanview (gives a missing handle error etc.), picture thumbnails are wrong and show incomplete pictures. After I took the e-SATA cable off and put it back onto the setup I had before using the firewire cable I don't have the error handles and files not loading etc.

I like how the e-sata cable is a bit faster than the firewire cable but this is a problem I can't seem to understand. Can someone tell me what to do in this scenario?

I've seen things about the JMICRON drivers or something like that but I don't want to mess around with anything especially essential drivers if I don't know what I'm doing. also I might add that I am running everything in IDE. AHCI wouldn't work when I changed to that in the BIOS. I got a "cannot locate operating system" error.

A:Problems when using e-SATA cable with my External HD

could someone please help me try to understand what is wrong?

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SATA cable connection problems? This appears to be another P O (Planned Obsolescence) situation to persuade PC owners to buy a new PC.
I lost count long ago as to how many "dead" PC's with PATA drives that I have resurrected just by cleaning and tightening the Molex 4-wire DC power connections (which are raw copper inside.)
Now we have a similar situation with the SATA logic cables; even reputable brands. These cables are so loose that they have no firm contact, so it doesn't take much to make them fail. To remedy this condition, remove the cable, cut a piece of electrical tape about 3/8" to 7/16" long (and full width of the roll) and insert it into the end of the SATA cable connector, WITH THE STICKY SIDE AWAY FROM THE CONTACTS. Insert it as far as it will go, then carefully fold the tape back over the outside of the connector.This should result in a firm connection when the cable is re-installed. In the rare event that it is too tight, remove the electrical tape and use scotch tape or something a bit thinner.

A:SATA cable connection problems?

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I just made a mistake and put a locking type SATA cable in my computer and now cannot get it out. The idea is good but the design leaves a lot to be desired. I am afraid of damaging the motherboard by just pulling this thing out of the socket.

I have another identical cable to look at and experiment on and pressing on the metal device on the sides of the head does not do anything that I can see.

Is there a secret to getting these out of the sockets? Once out, I will not be using these again.


A:How to unlock SATA hard drive cable?

Actually, pushing the metal release does depress the two small latches. Try this. Depress the metal release, and put the connector INTO the board first and wiggle it around gently. Then, gently pressing it away from the metal catch, try to remove it.

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hi guys,

I have just built a computer with the following spec
intel 2.6 E5300 dual core processor,
gigabyte GA-73PVM-S2 motherboard with graphics and audio,
hanns g 19 inch widescreen monitor via dvi,
sony SATA dvd rw,
western digital 500 gb sata hard drive (WD5000AKS)
4gb corsair ddr2 ram

In Bios my sata hard drive is assigned as IDE and if I assign it as RAID or AHCPI it gives an error and I cant boot to XP. No big issue there. The hard drive is connected via a sata cable and so is the DVDRW. What I want to know is if my hard drive is working as a SATA drive. WHat is the way to check this please ? Just wanna make sure that the pc is at optimal.

Also, my SATA DVDRW only has two connections, as far as I can see, sata and power. My motherboard has a CD in, how do I connect a CD in cable to the DVDRW or is this not necessary because it is connected via a sata cable ?

many thanks

A:sata hard drive and cd in cable for dvdrw

anyone ?

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I finally loaded my window xp media center on my brand new Seagate 320gb SATA 3.0g/s transfer rate hard drive 7200.10 series and the next day the computer wont turn on at all dead. My thoughts were first the power supply went bad or bad power cable to power supply but after checking all connections and possible options i found out that it was hard drive related. I thought it was my hard drive at first because only when the power cable was connected was when the computer wouldnt power up at all and it would shut off if i tried to connect it while computer was running. The hard drive also smelled like an electrical fire so i thought i fried the mother board on the hard drive or it froze on me. I sent it back in the Seagate warranty and they gave me a factory repaired unit. I used a temporary hard drive (WD 60gb IDE not SATA)for the time being with windows xp proffesional on it and worked completely fine no problems at all. As soon as i got the new hard drive i found out that the new hard drive didnt fix the problem i had before and in fact it got worse. The computer will run but somewhere where the red cable connector meets the hard drive power connector is where it starts smoking and burning up. So im thinking it could be the power cable itself because i was using the same SATA power cable as before but im not totally sure yet? any suggestions

A:SATA hard drive power cable shorting?

You can have a defective connector. As a test, use a molex>sata power adapter to connect the sata drive to a standard molex connector ie the same one you used for the ide drive.

Next have you given the sata connector a VERY close inspection with a bright light?

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I have an apparent hard disk failure and I am planning to install a new disk, but I want to insert the failed disk into a disk caddy to attempt recovery of a few items of data which were not backed up.

There is however a clip which secures one of the cables onto the drive housing, and I have not encountered this type of clip in previous drive rescues. The clip is pictured in these linked images:


(The clip is the small metal protrusion at the very centre of each image)

I need to know how to remove this clip, please - preferable in a way so that it can be reinserted if I am in fact able to recover the drive. Any help much appreciated!

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hello! i recently got blackscreened on my old dell. it would boot up to the log in screen and allow me to pass but would not load from there. from what i read online, this SATA cable would allow me to access my hard drive on another computer to possibly save some files. when i plug it in to the new computer, it recognizes the drive but when I click on it i get "Access is denied." I tried to go to settings-security-allow user permissions to access. When I did that I could see some file names I recognized flash by on the screen but it still wont allow me access. any help is greatly appreciated!!

A:trouble accessing hard drive via SATA cable


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Don't have many of the specifics of the computer with me. Generally speaking, I have an older (circa 2006), but still pretty darned capable, Gateway FX Desktop. It's running Win7 on a SATA 2. Want to buy a new drive to dual boot with Win8. In general, are the SATA 3 drives backwards compatible with a mobo supporting no more than the SATA 2 data rate, etc? I think he answer is yes, but just checking. Would I need a different cable? I doubt you can even find much in the way of new (not refurbished) SATA 2 drives these days. I have found quite a few refurbished--e.g. this one. I will need very little storage. Don't want an SSD.

A:Older Computer: SATA Drive/Cable Question


Western Digital SATA III Desktop Drives are backwards compatible with SATA II Motherboards only with a jumper is set on pins 5 & 6.

You can check the JUMPER setting here:
WD Support / Installation / SATA & SAS / WD Blue / SE / SE16 (SATA II)

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Does anyone know what the cable length is when it's mounted at the very top of the case?  Is it 18 inches, 20, or neither?

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i have 2 old hard drive's with some data in them and im trying to retrive it back to my current computer.
one of the drive's works perfectly, but when i connect the second drive it kills the cable totally.
i cant use the cable anymore.. even for the first drive.
it happend for the second time already so i figured out the hard drive is the problem..
any ideas how to fix the problem? what should i do?

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Hi, i'm new to this site but very familiar with technology, i built this machine myself.
im currently running off my old HD but i want to reinstall windows onto my new SATA hardrive (160GB) this one is an IDE. The BIOS and Nvidia Raid config recognize the drive but the windows installation does not. I was reading this thread on this site that i foudn from google


because he has the same MB as myself but different hard drives. I am currently in the process of trying what he did but i do not have a floppy drive. I only have a 1 CD drive and a 16GB floppy drive. i'm going to try these routes first for the configuartion software but if not im going to see if i can find one laying around.

IF i cant find one and the CD/flash drive don't work is there another way to try the methods described in the previous web link?

*Hard Drives are Western Digital Caviar

A:Installation Problems of Windows XP onto SATA HD. SATA Drive not recognized.

Most newerBIOS allow an Alternate method for SATA . . Go into the bios and check the "Sata Operation" setting, change it to "Raid Autodetect/ATA if it is not already. Now try to install XP ( Verbage will vary by manufacturer )

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Hi, I offered my friend a hand to solve this strange problem with his serial ata port. It seems one of the Sata wont work properly, the hard drive has windows 8.1, with uefi bios available. The point is, after switching sata ports it boots from dvd by default, can I set to boot from hdd first,
? I tried a lot of times to set boot option #1 hdd
Boot option #2 to disabled but the system still boots from dvd, the next time I enter the bios appears by default dvd drive
I went to cd dvd boot option and set It to disable the drive
Then I went to hdd and set to default the hdd
I even disconnected and booted without the drive dvd
But there is not any changes. If I insert a boot capable disc into the drive, it boots from the dvd drive.
Thanks in advance for any help.

A:Hello, gigabyte motherboard after switching Sata cable would boot from dvd drive

Is the time and date correct?
This could be caused by one of these.
A connection problem between the motherboard and the hdd.
A problem with the operating system, like a problem with the MBR.  But you should receive an error message like boot device not found, or hdd not recognized.
A problem with the hdd.

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I just bought a couple Barracuda drives on eBay and want to install in my desk top LeNovo computer.
There is a couple cables free but only one fits the drive. The other 4-pin ones don't. There must be some sort of adapter for this.
Appreciate some help.

A:Cable(s) for SATA hard drive - Seagate Barracuda, in LeNovo

We would need to know which exact Barracuda drives you bought and your exact motherboard or atleast the model of the Lenovo in order to provide any useful guidance.

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Hi, I'm looking for a reliable power cable for a SATA hard drive, which one(s) would you recommend?

A:reliable SATA hard drive power cable recommendation

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were would I get a splitter canle for sata hard drive

A:Install second hard drive need a sata data cable splitter???

Hi, You can't split SATA data signals.  SATA power yes, but data no.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop. I recently developed hard drive trouble and have had to order a replacement.

Instead of installing Windows 7 all over again, with all the drivers, etc., I want to clone my existing hard drive to the new one.

I intend to connect one of the hard drives to my system via a USB SATA cable with the other drive connected inside my system.

To test this, I removed my hard drive and connected it using the USB SATA cable that comes with Seagate Hard drives (Amazon.com: Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Cable - USB 2.0 STAE100: Electronics)

I tried booting up my laptop using this setup.

The BIOS does detect the OS on the hard drive and attempts to boot from it, but flashes the BSOD when the Windows logo appears on the screen and reboots to a message that says that I should reseat the hard drive.
It then goes to a menu that asks me if I want to run startup repair or boot normally. Selecting "boot normally" repeats the process.

Any help? What can I do to rectify this problem? And more importantly, how can I make sure that my cloning process will go off without any trouble? I intend to use DriveImage XML for the cloning.

A:Unable to boot from Laptop Hard drive connected through USB SATA cable

Windows 7 will not boot and run from a USB drive.
However, that should not interfere with your ability to clone the drive using a USB connection.

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Hello, I have some issues with my c540 all in one touch. A couple weeks ago, I noticed a burning smell coming from inside the pc, and then a little smoke. There was also a clicking sound from the speakers after I turned it on. Of course I turned it off, and unplugged it all. I did some research then on my other pc, and found that this was/is an ongoing issue within this particular pc. Isn't anything being done about this, to ensure people don't end up being killed? Luckily, I caught it in time, and was able to purchase another sata cable on ebay, but I shouldn't have had to do that. What if I wasn't home? The whole house could have burned down, and our pets would have been here!! Again, I bought another sata cable, but I'm really on edge, fearing it will happen again.  I also have another question - where can I find a list of parts that are compatible with this all in one? I want to replace the ethernet card, if possible, as it's not very good, neither is the wifi. I would like to have someone within lenovo comment on the burned cable issue, and please don't say you don't know anything about it, it is apparently a huge and widespread issue.You can see the melted bit. This all happened after only being on for about 1-2 minutes.?This is the burned part on the internal metal casing near the MB. I scraped it, to see how bad it was.?

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Hi there, im wondering if there is anything wrong with running three hard rives off the same power source. Basically coming form my power supply (antec 550 watt) im looking to split a single molex into three SATA power cables for the three hard drives b/c i have the molex to sata power splitter to do so. This way the case can stay a bit neater. But am not sure of the reprcussions of doing so if any.

I can see in the case of a power surge that there might be an issue...but i think there would be an issue either way if there was a power surge. But other than that i think i should all right...i think. But id rather ask first and she what ya all say before i go killing three drives with one stone.
Also, with the SATA II data cables that have the metal latch for keeping from coming dislodged....can those work on drives that are only sata I. Well im sure they would work...but would the latch actually make the data cable from coming off easier if the drive isnt meant for it??
Any suggestions is greatly appreciated.

A:SATA / Molex Power and data cable hard drive question

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So i found an old sata hardrive that was stored for about 2 years.
While the computer was on, i tried to plugged the Hardrive in the SATA power connector cable, as soon as i plugged it in the power connector there was smoke coming from the connection and my computer immediately shutdown.

Can someone explain what happened? I though you could connect devices while the computer was on without any issues?

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Relatively new hdd disappears after some time.
(1Tb WD black sata3 jumpered to sata2)
All cables are sata click.
The drive is used for storage and is accessed only few times a month.
So is any way to test somehow what is the problem
hdd, cable or mb sata connector (GA-EP43-DS3L).
It's all start with annoying red hdd activity light lighting all the time when a drive disappears.
After a reboot all is back to normal for some time.
Tested a drive with hd tune pro and it seems ok.
-up normal
-down 1Tb missing

A:Sata Hdd / cable / motherboard sata / problem?

a few things to try first.

-use a different sata cable
-use a different power cable
-try the drive in a different sata port on the motherboard

my first thought was a motherboard fault, which it may well be but try the above first, if nothing else you can eliminate three things as possible faults in the mean time.

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I have recently upgraded to Windows 7 and installed onto a Sata 250g drive which runs with no problems. However i also have 2 x IDE drives i use as storage and as soon as i connect them and reboot the system just hangs for hours.

I have tried removing the sata drive and installing on the smaller (80gb) IDE drive and all goes well until i connect any other drive.

This driving me nuts as i need to access the larger IDE drive as it stores all my music and photo's etc.

I can run 7 on either drive but not when both types are connected.

Help please

A:Sata problems with IDE drive

Quote: Originally Posted by moults


I have recently upgraded to Windows 7 and installed onto a Sata 250g drive which runs with no problems. However i also have 2 x IDE drives i use as storage and as soon as i connect them and reboot the system just hangs for hours.

I have tried removing the sata drive and installing on the smaller (80gb) IDE drive and all goes well until i connect any other drive.

This driving me nuts as i need to access the larger IDE drive as it stores all my music and photo's etc.

I can run 7 on either drive but not when both types are connected.

Help please

make sure that the ide drives are set to master and slave and connect to their ribbon cable in the correct order. even though you have a sata drive on a lot of mobos if your ide drives are not jumpered correctly the system will just hang during hardware detection.

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I am not sure where to post this but here is the scenario ...

I have P4 2.4GHZ that I used for a long time without any problems.
Pioneer dual layer DVD drive and anothe liteon CD burner....
Now I have purchased new SATA 320 Seagate HDD all my other drives are
IDE not SATA ...

I have connected the new HDD installed win XP with service pack 2 ... no problems
so far I used the DVD rom to do all the installing ... ok WIn XP has booted up
for the first time .. I put a CD into it .. bang "G: i/o device error" I can't read it...
I've put audio CD into it .... works .. tried few other cd, dvds ... again error...

Ok to check the DVD rom I boot from my old HDD drive while SATA HDD is still connected
same problem ... DVD is not performing well ..

Ok I disconnect SATA drive boot up again .. everything is back to normal DVD rom reads all those cds and dvds ... ??????
I tried again booting from SATA drive .. I deleted all IDe controlers and DVD so that it can initialize again the drive ... which it does and all looks fine but again its slow and doesn't read some cds ... or if I try mounting an image from a CD it crashes ...

Does anyone have an idea what's going on? How can SATA drive cause DVD to go crazy and any ideas what I can try to fix this issue ?

thanks so much

A:DVD rom problems with SATA drive ??

did you have an ide hard drive that you removed, when you put in the sata drive ?
if so did you reconfigure your drives ?

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Hello All..

I am having some weird problems with my new seagate 300 Gig SATA drive..

First off I installed the drive, BIOS saw it, worked great for a few days..then I had to unplug my computer to move it...and all of a sudden I get on POST
SATA Drive 0 : cannot be found F1 to continute F2 for setup...something along those lines...
I went into setup and SATA was showing as unknown device..I tried to set both SATA drives to AUTO , no good...The motherboard of my computer has 2 slots for SATA connections I tried both of them..booted up ..no good....

So I finally gave up...was going to send drive back to seagate when all of a sudden..I started up my computer maybe 3 days later..and I could access the drive again!!
It worked for months after that...until....I had to unplug my PC again...
now i am going through the same exact issue....

Has anyone had this problem before, or have any advice?? I dont think the drive is bad, or the cable...but it is a possibility ...

A:SATA Drive problems

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I recently purchased an OEM SATA harddrive for my new computer (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822135106 ). Even though it was OEM, I expected it to at least come with a driver disc, but it didnt. The problem is, neither linux or windows will recognize the drive, and I can't find the appropriate drivers to use. It is however recognized during startup. I have checked the WD site, and tried both things they suggested, but neither have worked. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

A:New SATA drive problems

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Ok I just built a new rig. Specs are as follows:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 8400 3Ghz (33C)
HSF: Zalman CNPS-9700 LED
RAM: 4GB G. Skill PC2-6400 DDR2-800
MOBO: EVGA 780i 132-CK-NF78 (29C)
HDD: Samsung 200GB & 500GB SATA
AUD: Onboard Azalia HD 8.1
PSU: Antec PowerTrio 650W
CASE: Antec 900
MON: Samsung 24" 1680x1050 2ms
OS: Windows Vista Business SP1

Currently, I am unable to get my new Samsung DVD drive (SH-S203N from Newegg) to work with this system. When I attach it to the motherboard. Windows loads and after that it goes into a BSOD. Here is the Windows problem report:


Shut down unexpectedly

6/16/2008 5:35 PM

Not Reported

Problem signature
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.0.6001.
Locale ID: 1033

Files that help describe the problem (some files may no longer be available)

Extra information about the problem
BCCode: 1000000a
BCP2: 00000002
BCP3: 00000000
BCP4: 83C589C4
OS Version: 6_0_6001
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 256_1

Also, attached is the dump file for this error. I have the most current BIOS and video card drivers. I downloaded Windows debugging tools and still am unable to read the dump file. It says that the symbols are wrong. Even though I downloaded them as well.

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A:SATA DVD drive problems

RMA/ replace the drive

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G'day ladies and gentlemen,

I got a new PC for free awhile ago, and have a problem with Serial ATA, specs are as follows:

-P4 2.8ghz
-1Gb of RAM
- Nvidia GF 7600GS
-SB Live! SC
1x 80GB Maxtor IDE
1x 80GB Maxtor SATA
- Win XP SP2
The problem is that the SATA HD works at free will, 90% of the times when I boot up my computer, the SATA HD doesn't work, I have to turn the PC off and back on in order for it to work, power isn't a problem I believe(400W PSU), and once it works it works like a charm.
It's currently on SATA bus 0 (I only have 2 SATA ports, tried both) I had my OS on the SATA drive, however to reduce headache I placed my OS on the IDE drive for the time being, I have no idea what could possibly be faulty, the IDE has always worked like a charm, and I don't know what to blame the mobo or the HDD. Sad part is i don't have another SATA HDD to try it out, i have reset my bios settings already, problem wasn't solved.
Any ideas?

A:SATA Drive problems

Try disabling quick boot or configuring the hard drive delay option in BIOS.

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System Specs:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 3.0GHz Socket AM2
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe, nForce 590 SLI, Socket-AM2
A-DATA DDR2 PC6400 4096MB CL5 Kit w/two matched DDR2 800 2048MB
Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB SATA2
Western Digital Caviar SE16 160GB SATA2
NEC DVD±RW burner AD-7173 IDE Black OEM
OCZ GameXStream Powersupply ATX/EPS, (700W)
Club3D GeForce 8800GTS 640MB GDDR3,
Running on: Windows XP Pro x64.

The problem I am having is the 500GB HDD is not showing up in windows explorer, it shows up in the bios and it even shows up in the Device manager. The device manager thinks there is nothing wrong with it.


A:SATA Drive problems

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I have been running the following system for a few months now with no probs.

Celeron 2.4
Asrock P4VT8+ mobo (via PT800 chipset and VIA 8237 sata /raid controller)
512Mb elixir DDR400
DVD +/- RW
ATI 9200 graphics card
Belkin wireless NWork adapter
Floppy drive
Maxtor diamond plus 9 160Gb SATA hard drive with win xp pro sp2, AVG and router & windows firewall on.

The system was shut down normally after some browsing ( no updates or downloads - I think ).

Upon restart - windows start options screen appeared. Tried all the options one after the other. none worked. Now pc only boots to the win xp pro splash screen then restarts again and again. Tried repair install after loading SATA drivers (F6). Takes 15-20 minutes to inspect the hard drive and then reports the whole hard drive is unpartitioned do I want to install win xp on it!? (quitted with F3). Tried recovery console but hangs and does not show "C:\ windows". It looks as though the drive has been completely wiped!

In order to see if I can recover some data from this drive I then put this drive in another machine running XP pro on an IDE drive (SATA available on mobo). Even though the BIOS boot priority is IDE, CDROM, Floppy, it always tries to boot from the problem SATA drive even with sata DISABLED IN THE bios!

I put in a new IDE hard drive on the original system with problem SATA drive attached . Loaded XP ( no F6 etc this time), no probs all fine. SATA drive not seen in XP! Upon Re start... Read more

A:SATA Drive Problems

I think I would scan for viruses, trojans, etc.

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i have a siig sata pci card sc-sat212-s4 and my problem is that i was trying to install windows xp on a brand new western digital caviar se16 7200rpm 250gb hard drive and also a brand new samsung sh-s183 sata dvd lightscribe burner but every time i tried to install windows xp the cd wouldnt load and finally i tried everything but it would not work then when i only had the sata hard drive hooked up to the pci card it finally read the cd....the only problem was that the dvd drive was not hooked up only my old cdr which is EDIE was hooked up and i finally got windows xp on my new hard drive but when i hook up the dvd drive on to the other sata slot in the pci card it does not boot..... the screen shows me that the hard drive and the dvd drive are hooked up but it will not boot....when i disconnect the dvd drive it boots but then i cant use the dvd drive i can only use my hard drive and my old EDIE cdr when windows xp has already loaded i can connect th dvd drive to the other sata slot and it will work but i dont want to keep disconnecting and reconnecting the drive....if i wanted to do that i would have bought an external drive............so why wont my computer boot up???? how can i fix this????
do i have to buy another sata pci card?????

A:Sata Drive Problems

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I managed to get hold of part 01HY319 for my trusty T460 and all works fine. It looks like this and converts from an NVME M.2 drive (M-key) to SATA Express connection on the motherboard.  SATA Express is only x2 PCI lines (rather than the 4 you get with "full" NVME support) so I was interested in performance. Performance before with a 1TB Crucial MX500 SSD SATA drive was like this  Performance afterwards with the 01HY319 part and a 1TB Samsung 960 Evo NVME drive was like this  Hope this helps anyone considering the upgrade.

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Hi i have a Del Dimension 3000 with motherboard number E210882 and i need to change the factory  GREY FLAT CABLE TO A SATA CABLE SO I CAN USE A NEWER HDD but i don't kinow what this cable would be called or where i can find it.there are 39 pins in the motherboard and no SATA connectors in the MOBO just IDE connectors.
I'd appreciate your help on this!

A:Switching from an IDE cable to an SATA cable

There is no way to use a cable to install a SATA drive on a mainboard with no SATA support.
You'll need to install a PCI SATA controller (and you'll also need a MOLEX to SATA power adapter for the drive -- it's long past the time that SATA drives had MOLEX power connectors on them.

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Hi, I currently have a IDE dvd drive, and now want to install a Sata DVD drive. I had a card adapter (for sd, xd cards etc), but I did not have another Sata cable, so I have disconnected the card reader, and used the cable for the DVD drive.

Now when I start up the computer, it is continually coming up with "disk boot error please insert system disk and press enter". I have searched google and this forum, but don't understand a few things.

Firstly, I am using IDE cables for one of the DVD drives, and a Sata cable for the other. I was reading that is might be changing it to a master... Not exactly sure what this means, but in Bios, is says 0 Master: Old dvd drive, 2 Master: New DVD drive. What am I doing wrong for this to be coming up? I know the new one should be coming up as 0 Slave, but its not...???

I have disconnected the new dvd drive, and connected the old one (as it was), and it is still coming up with the same error... Have I dont something wrong?

Thanks in advance. I apologise if I haven't included all the information you need. Just reply back with what I have forgotten.

A:Connecting a new sata DVD drive - problems

Hi and welcome. Did you disconnect the hard drive?

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I have an ABIT KU8 motherboard and a Western Digital WD10EACS 1TB SATA drive.

I had my HD divided into two partitions: 10 GB partition and a ~990 GB partition.

I had XP installed on the 10 GB partition, patched to SP3. I may have actually cloned the partition from an old IDE HD when I upgraded to SATA, I can't remember.

I had an image of the 10 GB partition stored on the 990 GB partition which I tried to restore using Clonezilla (not for any reason, I just wanted to clear out some of the junk installed on my OS).

The process crashed as the image was corrupted, leaving the 10 GB partition corrupted. At some point during my messing around my BIOS settings may also have been wiped.

I first tried to re-install XP on the 10GB partition, but Windows setup did not seem to correctly identify the size of my HD. Having found out that this is a limitation of unpatched XP, I slipstreamed SP3 onto my XP install disk and was able to re-install XP.

However, even though XP had apparently installed, the PC would not boot from the SATA drive.
I tried wiping the HD with zeroes with WD Data Lifeguard and re-installing XP but with no change.
It is almost as if the motherboard is not even attempting to boot from the SATA drive.

I am also confused by the BIOS settings for the SATA drive.
There is an option to enable or disable the SATA controller which I set to enable.
There is an option to set the SATA mode to IDE or RAID which I set to IDE.

Under IDE channel 2 master, there is an opt... Read more

A:Problems re-installing XP on SATA drive

The mode should be IDE. Extended IDE should be AUTO.

I would suspect the partition information has become corrupted. If there isn't any data on the drive that you want/need, I suggest deleting the partitions, creating a new partition, format, and attempt a fresh install. I only use single partitions any more. No real reason to use multiple partitions, but it's just a matter of personal preference.

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I am having a problem (again) with a SATA drive: It is on a friends machine and has been running as a data drive for a few months with no problems.

Recently I tryed to install it as the master drive and loaded the operating system onto it, it initially appeared very slow and after a few hours it began to react strangely in that it would sometimes fail to boot, and also icons in my computer were slow to appear etc.

Now, admitadly, I did hook the old hard drive (OS still in tact) back up as secondary, and I disabled it in the bios - so when the computer boots it should not read from its boot sector, but in XP the drive is still recognised despite it being disabled in the bios (this used to work fine on a setup I used to have running xp and 2000). So maybe that is causing problems, I dont know.

To test the drive further I have installed it on my computer and loaded a clean instal of XP (using windows XPs dual boot facility). So far it hasnt given me any major problems, however it is still very slow to boot at about 1minute 25 seconds (from power on to the user logon screen)- and this is with only the minimum drivers loaded, and a firewall. Now that seems pretty slow to me, considering my SATA drive does it in about 58 seconds.

The only other problem I can see is that on the SATA drive, I have to have the "limit to 150MB/s" jumper connected - otherwise I cant get it to run at all, although I have read the motherboard manual, and Hi-speed sata is supp... Read more

A:Speed problems with SATA drive

I am having a similar problem with my WD Raptor. It runs at 10,000 rpm and it seems to be running slow. On the same system i previously had a WD 250GB and to be honest i cant notice much of a differencre at all between the two drives!!!

I limited the WD 250G to 150mbps to see whether there might have been a conflict between the Raptor at 150mbps and the 250GB at 300mbps. But still not much of a difference!!!

Recently i went into the BIOS and enabled 32bit Data Transfer and yeah I do see an improvement, but slight it is!!!

Maybe try enabling 32bit Data transfer for the SATA drive in the BIOS and see what happens???

How about running some Benchmarking software for the Hard Drive or Diagnostic software?

But yeah people i have a similar problem with my Raptor and another SATA Drive running slow.

SATA 150 or SATA 300 there isnt much difference at all. I did a similar question in another post and thats the advice i got. So i wouldnt sweat jumpering it to 150mbps. Also check out the motherboard manual and site and see whether your motherboard supports SATA 300 drives. Why not update the BIOS???

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I had the following spec PC:

Acer Aspire SA90
320Gb Hitachi HDT725032VLA380 SATA hard drive, partitioned into C: & D:
Intel Duo Core E4500 2.2Ghz processor
2 x 500Mb memory
Windows Vista SP2

Everything was ok with it, but it was a little slow and I was running out of disk space, so I recently replaced the existing memory with 2 x 1Gb memory Transcend PC2-5300 DDR2-667 memory strips, and added a second hard drive, a 500Gb Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS internal 3.5" SATA-300. I connected the new HD to the motherboard with a cheapo SATA data cable.

Shortly after installing these, I copied my entire iTunes library to the new drive, and set about ripping tons of my cds to the new drive, with the aim of checking through them to decide what I wanted on my iPod. There's barely anything else on the new (E: ) drive.

Then the problems began. On booting, the PC would sometimes be absolutely fine, and on other occasions, the E: drive would be missing under Computer. Other times, it would be visible, but without the free space and disc size noted, and if I double-clicked to open it, it was say drive not found, or not formatted.
On such occasions, I'd reboot, and lo and behold, the drive had returned.

Then I noticed that when I connected my iPod to the PC, sometimes, it would have problems syncing all the tracks, and some would have exclamation marks next to them. Checking the locations of the files, I'd find they were either completely missing, ... Read more

A:Solved: 2nd SATA drive having problems

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Hi all!

I just put a new Samusung Spinpoint 250g SATA 3.0 in my machine today to get a little more storage space.

It seemed to detect and install correctly. So I partitioned and formatted it.

After it finished, I had to shut down and plug in a case fan I unplugged to install the drive. Upon restart, the new drive started getting hammered. It is not set as a boot device in BIOS. It sat there like that for 2-3 mins. Then I heard my Raptors kick in and Vista booted normally.

Once in Windows, I went into Explorer to copy some files over, and the Samsung drive is gone. Not in Explorer, Device Manager, or Computer Management. The drive is still detected properly in BIOS and spins up when I start the machine.

I don't exactly know why I tried this, but you never know... I tried forcing the Samsung to 150 to match the Raptors thinking the controller may be freaking out. Didn't help.

Anyone know the cause, or more specifically, does it sound like it may just be a bad drive?

A:New SATA drive causing problems.

OK, I changed cables and tried a different motherboard connector and the boot time went back to normal. Also, I have access to the drive in Windows and it seems to be functioning properly.

However, now, at shutdown, it takes about 3-5 mins. The hard drive LED is solid the entire time and I know it's the Samsung. I could hear the Raptors getting hammered if they were, but this is near silent. It is a pretty quiet drive.

After the 3-5 mins of constant hammering, the Raptors chirp and finally the PC powers down.

Strange behavior really. Any advice would be appreciated.

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I run an Abit IS7-E mobo in my system. It has connectivity for SATA drives.

I just installed my new SATA drive and was quite happy until I noticed I have no power connector for it.

All my power connectors are the old type I suppose although my PSU is around 18 months old.

The power connector the drive needs looks like a SATA connection but wider. I have no idea what to do.

Is there a cable I can buy to convert the old power connectors into the new SATA type?

PLease help. Baffled.



A:Problems installing SATA drive

You need an adapter like this
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=98966&criteria=sata connectors&doy=6m1

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new here, but i have been doing a lot of trawling for help!

fairly new to this whole tech thing, so please forgive anything i write which is nonsense!
my setup - p4 3ghz, p4p800se mobo, 1gb corsair pc3200 ram , dvd writer, cd writer, 80gb seagate ide hdd (winxp sp2), geforce fx 5600,

my problem:
i have just bought a 160gb maxtor SATA hdd, but am having problems using it.
if i plug the drive into sata port, the pc hangs during bootup at the 'hit DEL to enter setup screen'
if i hit DEL the screen moves to say 'entering setup' but goes no further.
unplug the drive and everything works fine.

i was under the impression that sp2 contained all relevant drivers for sata drives. am i wrong? I have not specifically installed any drivers for sata controllers.
i am similarly unable to boot from the cd when this drive is connected.

i am open to suggestions as to how i can install and use this drive - do i need any additional drivers? do i need to install any 3rd party drivers from the mobo disc on a reinstall of windows?


A:installation problems with SATA drive

The Serial ATA controller is not automatically recognized during Windows 2000/XP installation. You will have to install drivers for the SATA controller to be able to install Windows 2000/XP onto a SATA drive. If you do not install the SATA controller drivers, Windows will not recognize the SATA drive.

The drivers for your SATA controller need to be available on a floppy disk otherwise you won't be able to install them during the operating system installation process. Should you only have a CD, copy the driver files onto a floppy before attempting to install Windows 2000/XP. If you do not know how to copy the drivers to a floppy you may go out to the manufacturer's website and download the driver onto a floppy.

During Windows setup, you will be prompted to press F6 to "install additional controller drivers", at this point insert the floppy diskette with the SATA controller drivers and follow the onscreen instructions.
After the drivers have been installed you can continue with the Windows installation.

You also mentioned that you weren't able to boot from cd when the SATA drive was installed. Look in your BIOS make sure cd-rom is 1st Boot Drive.

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Can anyone tell me if my drive is dead lol, im 98% sure that it is, but would like confirmation if anyone else can varify it, basically when you plug it in, the bios detects it, but says it cannot access drive, then bout 5 seconds after its turned on, it clicks 10 clicks, then stops for about 5 seconds, then does another 10 clicks, then the drive powers down, when windows boots up, i get the small popup that says drive detected, but it powers down before it can do anything, im guessing with it clicking its fairly bad but heh, as im not an expert if anyone could help or advise if theres anything i could do to revive it would be helpfull.. regards tom.

A:250gig sata drive problems

i think you are most likely right thinking its dead, the clicking will be caused by the arm trying to read the disk.
Has the HDD been dropped or hit very hard it may have dislodged something?
The best thing to do is either get it replaced by the store if new and you still have the receipt or take it to a repair centre they will be able to tell you the exact problem.

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Maxtor DiamondMax 10 160GB SATA Drive (Model 6V160E0)
Asrock K8upgrade-NF3 mobo - nforce3 250 Chipset
Fresh Windows Pro XP SP2

Bios is upgraded to the newest available from asrock.com.
SATA is enabled and set as non-raid.

XP is installed on my 40GB Maxtor IDE Drive.

XP displays the SATA drive on my computer. It will start formatting the drive but doesnt complete.
I had partition magic 8 previously installed yesterday (I re-installed windows this morning).
when partitioning with that it gave error #11117.

XP gave an error about Event ID: 11

I just bought this drive brand new, i've never used a SATA drive before so i have no experience with them.

Maxblast 4 on floppy fails to load. Bad command or filename.

I'm using diskmanager now to format the drive although i know it wont do it.

I've also downloaded 'big drive enabler' (something like that) from maxtor which enables 48-bit lba and launched that which said it enabled it fine.

This drive is for extra storage, Games etc.

I need help.
Thanks for any responses.

A:SATA Hard drive problems

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I recently installed a Seagate 2TB Barracuda Sata drive on my PC to use is as a slave drive, but the computer is not showing the drive when I click on My Computer, but
when I check the device manager, it is there. What's going on?

A:Sata Drive as a Slave Problems

Welcome to SF!!

Start > type 'diskmgmt.msc' and run it > it is listed there? (possibly saying unalloacated?)

If so, check this out:
How to Create a New Partition or Volume in Windows 7

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Hi there, I have a major problem and would appreciate some help.

Firstly my computer spec:

Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H
AMD Phenom X4 955
4 gig corsair ram
ATI 5830
Original windows 7 64 bit, bought through student offer.

I orignally built my system using 2 X Seagate Barracuda 7200 500 gig hard drives. Before I installed windows i set the motherboard as per the book to raid 0 using both drives as a single drive. I had a few issues with the install to those drives but in the end i did get it to work, I cant remember how though. As far as i know it did see the drives.

Then my motherboard gave up the ghost, i didnt want to lose the data on my raid 0 so i got another motherboard (the same model). I thought to be safe i would get an old drive and install windows to that first. I set the motherboard settings the same as before and it installed, i do recall i had to load drivers from the boot disc. The hard drive is an old Maxtor diamond max 10 sata 150 160 gig.

Next i plugged in the 2 500 gig drives in raid 0, luckily the computer saw them an i was able to extract my photos to a nas that i have. Now one of the 500 gig drives has a broken socket on the back and i thought this would be a good opportunity to get rid of it. I decided to keep the other drive. I formatted it through right clicking on the drive in my computer.

The plan was to get rid of the old 160 gig drive as it does make a little noise now and then and use the remaining 500 gig drive as the boot drive, later ... Read more

A:Major Sata drive problems, cant see HD

In the BIOS ... advanced > peripheral config > secondary sata controller > enabled?

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