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Connecting SATA hard drives to existing IDE PC...?

Q: Connecting SATA hard drives to existing IDE PC...?


We have a PC here with a fried motherboard and the replacement is going to take a few days to arrive. In the meantime, we desperately need to get the userís data off the hard drives. (Sodís law Ė the user hasnít been backing up and the data is essential.)

This PC is the only one we have with SATA hard drives. Iíve bought a Q-Tec 350SA Serial ATA PCI Card. Apparently (in theory) if I fit this to another PC (with IDE) I can then plug the SATA drives in and backup the data on them. If I can do this, at least I can then set the user up on a spare PC until his new mobo arrives.

Iím just a bit nervous about actually doing this. Iíve never done anything more complicated than swapping hard drives or installing RAM and graphics cards and the like. Iíve hooked up laptop hard drives to desktops to remove data, but that was straightforward Ė plug Ďem in via an adaptor cable and they worked straight away.

The guy in the shop I bought the card from said that it should work fine, it shouldnít damage the hard drive or any of the data on itÖ but he wasnít 100% sure. He said itíll work great for connecting a brand new SATA drive to another PC, but wasnít completely sure about connecting an existing drive from another PC to remove the data. Iíve contacted Q-Tec via email but their standard response time is 48 hours, I canít find a telephone number to call and ask them, and the user is desperate to get this data off a.s.a.p.

So, should this be a straightforward process? Can I be reasonably sure that if I hook everything up together, it wonít mess up the hard drivesÖ? If anyone has any advice to offer, Iíd be very grateful.


Preferred Solution: Connecting SATA hard drives to existing IDE PC...?

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Connecting SATA hard drives to existing IDE PC...?

It should be very easy. First install the sata card into the working system. Install the drivers and make sure the device is installed correctly in device manager. Next shutdown and connect the drive. Note you will need a power adapter for the drive since sata and ide use different power plugs. The one exception to this is a WD drive; it has both power plugs on the back of the drive. If it is one of these, DO NOT use both plugs. Just install one power plug.

Once the drive is installed and power is connected to it, restart the system. You should see the drive in explorer / my computer; copy whatever you want.

The only problem you might have is some bios [ami] like to reset the boot device. If you have a problem, enter the bios and make sure the system still is set to boot from the original ide drive.

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Hi all

A friend of mine recently had his computer stop working and he has a lot of photos on his hard drive (SATA) that he wants saved. I took the drive in hopes of plugging it into my computer and then copying his pictures over and burning them to a disc.

My computer has Windows XP SP3, a Gigabyte nForce4 Sli mobo, two IDE hard drives and two external USB hard drives. Before starting I installed the updated mobo drives from the Gigabyte website and then I used a cable from my original mobo box with a four pin connector on one end and the plug for the SATA drive on the other. Then I used to cable labeled as SATA and then plugged it into the color coded connector on the mobo.

I rebooted and Windows recognized new hardware and said it needed to install new software (drivers I assume). It installed software and exited without errors but XP doesnt list the drive. I also dont see it under disk management.

I did go into the BIOS and everything labeled SATA is set as enabled. I am not sure what else I need to be looking at in the BIOS however. My mobo also has a manual that has setup information regarding SATA RAID (RAID 5) Function. I'll be honest and say I dont know what the heck that is and the manual looks difficult for a user like me. A couple of people told me that it should be plug and play with XP so I really wasnt expecting many problems with this.

I would really appreciated any help on this as to what I should be checking.


A:Adding a SATA hard drive to a PC with two existing IDE drives?

If the drive is physically fine the drive should work fine plugged into the motherboard. Does the motherboard have RAID and standard SATA connectors? It may be that with the drive connected to the RAID connector that you need to do some type of configuration prior to having the drive seen in Windows.

Another option if you still can't get it to work would be to use one of the SATA > USB docking units like:

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I'm looking for any advice on the replacing of my existing 80Gb raid drives which are 90% full. I've got two Seagate 250Gb internal drives on order and I'm using Windows XP Pro. I wish to do a fresh new install instead of a backup replacement to help weed out some "gemlins" that seemed to have crept into the PC over the years and don't want to leave. I've backed up all My Documents and other data programs and will install them after I get XP Pro up and running along with the upgrade to IE7. I'm looking for any caveats and other suggestions. Thanks in advance.


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I currently have 2 PATA hard drives installed in my system that both run off the same IDE ribbon cable. My MSI MS-7184 motherboard has 2 SATA connections and 2 SATA power supplies available. Would I benefit much by upgrading my hardrives to SATA ones? One of them holds the operating system and programs etc (160GB) and the other stores my mp3's (320GB). Would there be much speed gained or not enough for me to notice? Also would data be transferred faster if my PATA drives had one IDE cable each instead of sharing one? I seem to have 2 IDE connections on the motherboard.

A:Solved: SATA Hard Drives vs PATA Hard Drives

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Hi all,
This is a problem I've been struggling with for a day or two, and it's only now becoming apparent that this is a problem thats lots of you have had, but I've yet to find a definitive solution.

My friend has a Gigabyte GA-7N400Pro motherboard, and I recently fitted a brand new Hitachi 7K250 40GB SATA drive, which works perfectly. Enter 2nd 7K250 40GB SATA drive, connect it up, and.....2nd drive not seen in BIOS by the Sil chipset and Windows XP fails to boot. Remove the 2nd drive, and everything is ok again.

Now, I put this 2nd drive into my PC, which is a Gigabyte GA-7N400Pro2 and its detected fine. I've not tried connecting 2 SATA drives into my PC.

We've tried swapping cables, swapping connectors and nothing makes any difference.

In my research I've found numerous problems from NCQ drives not working with Non-NCQ controllers, to Sil chipsets having known problems and so on.

Help ! lol. Can anyone out there help with this frustrating problem. Does anyone know of a compatibility list of SATA drives with SATA controllers or motherboards ? Does anyone know what this problem is ?

...and just so no one responds with "Have you made sure WindowsXP has the SATA drivers installed"...this has nothing to do with Windows, the problem lies much further back at the controller not seeing the 2nd SATA drive.


A:Troubles connecting 2 SATA Drives

Try the known good drive on SATA 2 by itself...Does this change anything ? ?
That SATA 2 slot could be bad.


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I have two separate instances of Win8 running on two separate IDE hard drives (both Win8's restored from same exact backup image).

The one on the hard drive comected to the SATA port (via an adaptor) runs fine, but the one on the IDE connection (motherboard's only one), does not respond properly when a manual shutdown is initiated. Instead of shutting down the PC, it goes into sleep mode. This does not happen if an application (my backup software, for instance) is set to perform a shutdown after completing it's job. Only affecting manual shutdowns, but all of them.

So I am wondering if Win8 is lacking an IDE driver of some kind, and if there is a way to deternine this.

Seems strange to me that while both hard drives are IDE "underneath the hood", that the one connected throgh an adaptor is more easily being recognized by Win8, and curious if there is an easy fix.

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I have 2 IDE HDs installed and added SATA drive lately. SATA runs in IDE mode in CMOS. Problem is, even though SATA drive is recognized by BIOS, Disk Manager, Norton Ghost & System Works, it doesn't show in My Computer, causing problems with saving and opening files. Tried a couple of tricks (changing the drive letter,disconnecting & reconnecting the drive, reformatting etc. ) nothing seems to work. I use this SATA drive for storage and for now I have to drag the files down there manually.
I don't know if it's of any importance, but I have nVidia GeForce graphics card onboard.
Has anyone encountered this kind of a problem ?
Thanks Carl

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I purchased a Dell Inspiron 531S desktop and wanted to move my IDE 200 MB HDD from mo old PC to the Dell.

We tried connecting the IDE HDD as an external drive but the Dell would only recognize the case and not the HDD.

The TechSpot Q & A have saved me in the past so I hope someone can give me a solution

A:Connecting IDE Hard Drive to SATA PC

It dosen't have any IDE connections at all? You could always try a PCI card that will allow you to use IDE drives, however be warned that it would only be like ATA66.

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whats the difference between the two

A:sata ide hard drives

IDE are also called PATA (Parallel ATA) drives. They typically use 40- or 80- pin ribbon cables to connect to the system board.

SATA drives are "Serial ATA" drives, and provide much faster throughput, but use a different interface to connect to the system board (typically a 4-pin wire, non-ribbon cable).

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I currently have a 80gb seagate IDE hard drive. Fair enough, does the job pretty well.
I've been meaning to upgrade for a while and what I've seen around alot lately is SATA hard drives. New PSU, it has one SATA drive connector, my motherboard has two signal ones. The hardware is there just I have a few questions:

1. How easy is it to set up the drivers on XP Professional, I assume it can be done without wiping the system.
2. Can I still use the 80gb one? (It will eb used to boot off, the SATA will be used for storage)
3. How can I find out if my motherboard has SATA I or SATA II?

Also, if soemone could maybe give a step by step guide, that would be ace.


A:Hard drives IDE/SATA

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Hi all (first question!)

I've just got a new pc, and I deliberately only got 1 hard drive as I was going to take out the slave drive from my old pc. However, being a noob I didn't realise that the old drive (it says it's an ultra sata drive if that helps) is connected to the mobo using an IDE cable, wheras the new drive is connected using the newer SATA 2 thin red cable.

The question is, can I have a SATA 2 connected hard drive and an IDE connected hard drive on the same mobo? I particularly wanted to put in that specific hard drive as I copied all of the pictures of my son onto that drive.

the mobo in question is an ECS P965T-A: DUAL DDR2, S-ATA, x16 VGA, 3 PCI/3 PCI-EX.

Thanks in advance!

A:IDE and SATA Hard drives

If your motherboard has an IDE connector, sure (although Tedster will try to tell you otherwise).

You may get some booting issues depending on the braindeadedness of your BIOS and the Windows installation. The only way to find out is to try

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Just installed Win 8 but cant for the life in me get it to see the other Hard Drives or DVD Drives. The problem might be that 'Intel(R) C600/X79 series chipset 6-Port SATA AHCI Controller' has a little yellow icon against it. However I cant seem to get rid of it. Any Ideas?

A:OS Won't see other SATA Hard drives

Heh. I had the exact same issue on my first boot into Win8 Pro retail. For some reason, none of my other drives showed up. By SHUTTING DOWN, POWERING OFF, and REBOOTING, they magically appeared. You probably already have this fixed if you were the same as me.
If still there then your driver did not magically install itself and you need to go to your mobo's website for the right driver. If it fails due to Win8, try changing the compatibility mode in properties to Win7.

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I have a sata 250gb hard drive and a ide 80 gb hard drive. I heard that in sata there is no master or slave. So what do u do with the jumpers on the sata drive, Do you just take them off or what? I want to have a partition on the sata 125 and 125 and have my windows on it. My questions is how do i set sata so that my pc boots from it and the ide is set to slave as a storage drive. Also my bios does not recognize the sata it only shows the ide being as master and nothing as being slave. idk how to set this up.

A:help with sata and ide hard drives

The jumper on the SATA drive is probably to force compatibility mode, i.e., set the drive to 150MB/sec speed vs 300MB/sec speed, as some older controllers won't work with the faster drives. Info on the jumpers should be printed on the label, or in the documentation that comes with the drive.

If your BIOS doesn't see the drive, it may need the drive jumpered for 150MB/sec mode, or it could be the SATA controller has been disabled. You'll need to search through the BIOS to find the settings for the SATA controller. There should also be some way to specify the SATA drive as the first boot drive vs the IDE, but that may not be visible until the BIOS can see the drive.

Jumpers on the IDE drive don't need to be changed. The Master/Slave settings only refer to how the controller refers to the two drives that it controls, not whether SATA or IDE is first boot device.

If you want to install anything earlier than Vista onto the SATA drive, you'll need to provide SATA drivers during the install via a floppy drive, or create your own install CD with the drivers slipstreamed onto the CD. The drivers should be on the Motherboard driver disk, or can be downloaded from the MB/PC manufacturers web site. Note that some motherboards have a BIOS setting that puts the SATA controllers into an IDE compatibility mode, so that Windows setup can recognize the drive without separate drivers.

If you don't have a floppy, this article is a good reference: http://news.sof... Read more

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Hello All

What is the difference between the SATA Hard Drive and IDE?. Which one is the best to buy.

-Seagate 750GB Barracuda 7200.10 IDE Ultra/100 - HD-ST3750640A
-Seagate 750GB Barracuda 7200.10 SATA 3Gb/s - HD-ST3750640AS



A:Hard Drives(SATA or IDE? )

SATA is newer, faster, and better.
IDE (also known as PATA or ATA) is older and slower.

It is not recommended you mix the techonologies. It may or may not work depending on the motherboard you have. I have learned this from experience.

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I have a 80 gb Samsung HDD which has OS on it. I also want to install a SATA II 160 gb WD, but windows xp doesn't recognize the drive.

I have googled the problem, i think there could be a solution but they are so complicated for me. I should also say that I have an old motherboard which doesn't support SATA II.

After some searching on WD's website, I try to use a jumper setting but still there is the problem.
The setting I tried is like that:
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Any ideas?

A:IDE and SATA Hard Drives

I've had older boards that didn't see drives that were set for 3Gbps transfer speeds... see if the drive has a jumper to limit the speed to 1.5Gbps. That's what I have to do to get drives to work on my old Asus A8V-series boards.

Does the drive show in the BIOS, but not in Windows? If your SATA controller has a RAID mode, you may have to go into the BIOS and configure it for IDE instead of RAID operation. Either way, you may also need to install drivers for the SATA controller (with some boards, it will be different drivers depending on whether it's set as RAID or IDE).

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So I got a new hard drive for my new computer that is a SATA drive. My old two are IDE. I was wondering if it would be ok to put my IDE HD's in as slaves and leave my SATA HD in as the master... thoughts?

Also, if this were to work, how would I set up the IDE ones? Windows is on my 40 gig and my 80 gig has all of my games and stuff on it. I need to access both. Would I set both jumpers to slave and then just pick one to be on the end of the ribbon cable?

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Hi can anyone tell me if you can mix these drives.
I wanted to install my old drive as master which is IDE
and have my new disc as slave which is SATA
My motherboard supports both but I am unsure as to what the result would be.

This is my first build so any suggestions would be most helpful.

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I filled out a pc spec form when I joined, don't know if you guys can see it or not but I have two Sata II Drives;

1 x Western Digital 250GB (drive with Windows XP & all main apps)

1 x Maxtor 500GB (extra storage, games, films, misc)

about 4 months ago or maybe more my Maxtor started to click all the time when I played games and it would freeze the whole game up then a 'whirring' sound would come out of the drive then the computer would 'un-freeze' giving me less than 10 seconds to quit the game before the click happened again then when the game eventually quits and im back at the Desktop the clicking and whirring stops altogether and only happenes rarely when im browsing the internet or something although when I accessed some files on the Hard Drive it would click but not always, anyway so I have unplugged the Maxtor ever since that started to prevent any further damage to it.

So since then My Pc has been running smoothly until a couple of days ago when my Western started having the exactly same clicking problem in exactly the same manner! but not as frequent though I fear that if i do keep using my pc then the frequency will increase and I really don't know what to do about it.

I have been searching though the web and found out that some of the causes of this problem can be:

1. power surges

2. poor power supply (closely related to first cause)

3. poor condition of the cables

4. high magnetic interference from speakers for e.g. thou... Read more

A:Both My Sata II Hard Drives are Clicking, Can anyone help?

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Just bought a HDD on amazon and I was wondering if it comes with an SATA cable. It didnt say it did, nor did it say it didnt include one. If not, where could I buy one? Walmart? Best buy?

A:Do hard drives come with an SATA cable?

It depends. Often they are oem drives - no screws or leads included.

You might need screws, sata data cable and molex - sata power cable. They are usually very cheap on Amazon, Scan, Aria, etc.

I expect they have them in Best Buy.

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Well, I'm building a computer from scratch with one Serial ATA hard drive. Everything seems to be working great, until I try to install Windows XP. I load up and everything goes well. I get to the Windows XP Install screen, I press F6 to load my drivers. I do so. However my hard drive is still not seen! I'm streched to the end of my rope. I've tried a different SATA cables, both the SATA 1 and the SATA 2 ports on the motherboard, different floppies and the drivers that came with the motherboard CD and the drivers from the floppy.

My motherboard is an ASUS SK8V.

Any suggestions?

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Sorry I must not have sent the last post correctly. I am new to this site. So I will try again.
I was getting ready to upgrade to bigger hard drive or drives. Before doing that, I needed to take the old hard drives out to obtain some information off the labels. I did so, and while they where out, I cleaned the Mounting slots a little better than using just air.
Having done that I re-installed them both. When I turned on the power button, the button lit up and the fans were running. But it does not seem that the hard drives are getting any power, as I can't hear or feel any thing. Plus the computer is not booting.
I don't recall unplugging anything other than the two hard drives. But I also notice that I have a short cable bundle with two white plugs with three pins and one empty pin hole. on the other end a black connection with with five connector slots with one middle on blank.
That makes me think that I unplugged the power to the hard drive someplace along the ling. As I have a wire bundle that has two SATA power connectors. that are plugged in. But their are three white female plugs marked P4, P5. and P6 which are not connected to anything in that wire bundle. I don't know at this point if the power comes through that bundle from the power source. Of if I do not have the power plugged into the lope.

I hope that somebody can help me figure this out, and let me know if I burnt out the hard drives and have to start over with my recover disk reloading windo... Read more

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How would I close this post out. Dumb me had the monitor plugged into an unused VGA port. It only took me two and a half days to figure that out. I wanted to let others know to check and see if they have everything plugged in where it should be. Including the VGA or other monitor cables.

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I am currently running Ubuntu 11.04 on my HP (DV5 1110em) laptop from an external USB 2 Buffalo ministation hard drive, I have noticed my machine is equipped with an E-SATA port. Would using an e-sata external hard drive be any faster that the usb option ?.


A:USB.E-SATA external hard drives

Let's say the BUS is definitely faster on e-Sata. But if you really notice any improvement depends largely on your Hard drive.

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New Build-- Jan. 2007

Intel motherboard---BoxDG965WHMKR P965-retail
CPU- Intel E6600
MEM 1Gx2 Corsair Twin2x2048-6400 R
Hard Drives-- WD 74GB sata and WD 250GB sata
OS- Vista Ultimate

Everything seemed to work fine on the new build for a week or so. That is until I installed a promise
ultra 100 tx2 pci controler where I could add another hard drive(ide drive) Well, after that the system
would not even boot until I removed the pci controller card. Also, when it did boot, found no operating
system. I rebooted into bios and my two sata hard drives were missing. I have tried everything I can
but the bios will not recognize the sata hard drives anymore. However, the sata dvd-rw is recognized
and works fine. I have cleared cmos, have updated to new bios again, reinstalled drivers, still no sata hd in bios.
I even installed winxp pro on a (ide hd ,using the only one slot this mb has ) and everything works fine on winxp
but still bios will not recognize neither of my two sata hard drives. When I installed the ultra 100 controller in the
pci slot, did it mixup my controller drivers for the sata or what????????????????????? Have worked on this problem
almost 3 days. Any help would be very much appreshiated............

A:Sata Hard Drives Missing

First, if the BIOS can't find the drives, then your problem has got nothing to do with any software, including operating systems and drivers.

Try your SATA drives one at a time in another computer to make sure that they actually work.

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I had a Pentium III PC running Windows XP that I had installed a master hard drive which ran the operating system and programs, etc. and a larger slave drive that I have saved all of my data to for years. My PC recently broke down and a friend of mine gave me his Dell Dimension 4700 to use. Currently it has a Sata hard drive installed and connected to the primary ATA channel is a CD-RW and DVD-RW.
I want to use the slave drive out of my old system and I am not sure how to connect it. Does it have to be connected to the primary channel or can I use the secondary? And do I jumper it as the master or the slave since it has that sata drive already running?

A:Can you combine Sata and ATA hard drives?

You can definitely use PATA and SATA together. SATA and PATA drives are independent of each other therefore the jumper settings for Master and Slave are not based off the SATA drive, same as PATA drives connected to another PATA port. Master/Slave jumper settings only apply to drives connected on the very same cable. So if the hard drive is connected by itself on an IDE cable it should be jumpered as Master(or Single or Cable Select). If its connected with another drive on the same cable then you need to jumper one as Master and one as Slave(or both as Cable Select). As to which is Master and which is slave, doesn't really matter in most cases although most people prefer to have the HDD jumpered as Master. Additionally, the boot order in the BIOS will determine which drive will be used to boot the system, so make sure after adding the PATA drive that not only is that PATA/IDE channel enabled in the BIOS but that the boot order still has the SATA drive as the primary hard drive for booting.

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I have just fired up my first computer build. The monitor, keyboard, mouse, 3.5 inch drive, CD reader all work fine. The motherboard is an Aopen AX4SPE Max and the BIOS is a Phoenix Award V6.00PG.

I have installed two Western Digital WD360 Raptor SATA drives, configured as RAID0. The BIOS reports the status of this volume as normal and bootable with a size of 68.9GB. There are no other hard drives in the system.

I have installed Windows XP Pro and it finds only 34.4GB as total size of drive C. With RAID 0 it should see one drive of 68G.

When I formatted the drives, one took several minutes and the second less than a minute. I can't for the life of me, find my way back to the place allowing me to format the drives.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

A:SATA Hard Drives Problem

see if there is anything on this link to help


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I have a HP desktop PC that was factory fitted with a 160GB IDE hard drive. I have now added an internal 750GB SATA hard drive that will be used for data storage, the OS and Programs etc will stay on the IDE hard drive.
However, sometimes when I try to start the PC I get an error telling me that the 'BOOTMGR' cannot be found. I think the PC is trying to start from the SATA hard drive instead of the IDE one.
In the set-up (F2) I have set the PC to start from one of the DVD drives first and then the IDE hard drive but it does not appear to respect this, it always goes to the SATA drive.
How can I configure the PC to boot from DVD and then IDE and completely ignore the SATA hard drive?
The PC is running Vists Home Premium SP1, fully updated.

A:Configure IDE and SATA hard drives

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Hey I just built a computer and it works all fine nad nice but one thng...I have two sata hard drives but it only registers one and when I try raid it says it doesn't detect it (as in the raid drive...says only unknown drive....and in bios it detects both drives...

A:Solved: Sata Hard Drives

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I am running two SATA hard drives (not in RAID) and have a spare IDE hard drive sitting around, was thinking of using it but I am unsure if it will affect the speed or anything of the SATA drives?

My computer needs a format so would it be better when I format to install the OS on the IDE or the SATA?

Any advice will be appreciated

A:Mixing SATA with IDE hard drives?

You can easily mix ATA (IDE) and SATA hdd's.

It would be best to have the OS installed on the SATA as it is the faster HDD.

I currently have my OS on an 80GB ATA(IDE) and my storage on a SATA, but that's for my own reasoning. Best to make the most ofthe speed of the SATA drive. Just make sure when installing Windows that you WILL need to have the motherboards sata drivers on a floppy disc.

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Hi, I'm looking at buying a new SATA hard drive and would like to clarify a few things. First, I know there are SATA-150 and -300 versions. Is a motherboard restricted to just one or the other? If a motherboard can only use one, say 150, would a 300 work and just not run at its max? Also, I think it's the buffer (usually 8MB or 16MB) - which is better and what do they do? I very much appreciate any answers, thanks in advance!

A:Questions about SATA Hard Drives

SATA is fully backwards compatible. All SATA 150 devices will play nicely with SATA 300 devices (at SATA 150 speeds).

The buffer size is totally irrelevant. Look at seek times (less is better), sustained throughput (more is better) and warranty (more is better).

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BSOD with SATA hard drives- Viamraid.sys

Hello all- I just built a pc with these specs-
Socket 775 P4 3ghz hyper threading psu
Asrock 775v88 motherboard
dual 1gb memory
1x40gb seagate sata hard drive
1x200gb maxtor sata hard drive
dvd, dvd-r, floppy drives
external usb cable modem
Windows xp installed and updated successfully on the 40gb drive, but if I try to format the 200gb drive, or try run any programs from the 40gb drive, or even sometimes at bootup, i get a bluse screen with the following info-
Stop:0x000000D1 (0x00000030,0x0000007,0x00000000,0xF77909A0)
Viamraid.sys-address F77909A0 base at F7786000, Datestamp 4063e304
When I installed xp, I pressed F6 to install the drivers from the Asrock disk, which gave me the same blue screen, and then downloaded the sata drivers from Via.
I also tried removing each memory stick, and rebooting but still the same thing happened!!
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

A:BSOD with SATA hard drives

This is almost the exact same sort of issue I am having, was there any resolve ever?

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I've built 2 computers recentlly for relatives, and have used SATA hard drives instead of IDE. Both computers have back-up drives. Here's what is weird. The drives are visible in the BIOS, AND are visible in Device Manager of XP. However, I cannot see them under My Computer, so that means nothing can be saved into them and in effect they cannot be back-up drives.

How can I get the drives to show up under My Computer?


A:Can't See Back-Up SATA Hard Drives

You need to go into disc management and format and consign drive letters/names to them

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Anybody know cheap prices for sata150 hdds? preferably $30 or under.

Thanks for any help

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I have one of these motherboards


It seems the SATA HDD and DVD ROM can either work in IDE mode or with SATA mode selected in the BIOS, the HDD can only work in RAID mode.
Is it possible to select SATA mode default and how would I do it through the BIOS ?

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Hey. Last time I looked into this, it wasn't possible, but I thought I'd see if maybe technology has changed.

I have this motherboard:

I was wondering if there was a way to hook up 3 hard drives and 2 CD-ROM drives. I have a DVD-ROM and a DVD-RW, and I also have 3 IDE hard Drives. Is there a way to hook all this up at once? I read a little about this board having something called SATA capability. How does this work, and can I use my IDE drive on this port (with some sort of adapter or something)?

Let me know if anyone has any suggestions. Thanks.

A:Connecting 3 IDE Hard Drives

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I had a hard drive failure and bought a new Segate SATA Internal Hard Drive. As you can see it works fine. But I cannot get my second Western Digitial EIDE Hard Drive recognized. It has no operating system just ALL my personal files and stuff. I have tried every configuration I can think of with no luck. Any help greatelt appreciated!!

A:Connecting two different hard drives

Try turning on legacy IDE support in your BIOS. ACHI: IDE

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I have an internal controller card, which I have always used to connect optical drives, but from what I just read:

Today, the best way of providing support for up to eight IDE/ATA devices (four channels) is through the addition of one of these PCI-based cards. Doing so allows you the use of four channels, while taking only three IRQs (two by the original motherboard channels and one for the card). Support for the card is provided through a driver provided by the maker of the card. As an additional bonus, these cards usually support the latest Ultra DMA transfer modes, and support for large hard disks as well. If you have an older system, the best way to go is to put the hard disks on the add-in card to get support for high-speed transfers, and then use the motherboard's channels for slower ATAPI devices. And as if that weren't enough, these cards cost under $50!

IDE/ATA Channels and Resource Usage

I'm probably going to change that, and connect the hard drives to it instead...at least two of them, since my controller card only has two connectors. The reason that I'm posting this, is just that I want confirmation that this info is accurate and up to date?

A:Connecting Hard drives

Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister

I'm probably going to change that, and connect the hard drives to it instead...at least two of them, since my controller card only has two connectors. The reason that I'm posting this, is just that I want confirmation that this info is accurate and up to date?

The information on that page was last updated in 2004. I would not rely on it. Hard drives do not rely on IDE anymore but SATA which function much differently. You do not need to worry about whether you have enough IRQs available or worry about channels, master/slave, or anything like that.

Unless your PC is still running off of all IDE drives. And then it comes down to whether those cards are even made anymore.

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I've got a Toshiba A10 laptop that has recently fallen victim to several hardware issues, and instead of paying to fix it, I've decided to throw it out... but, I have information (several GBs) on the harddrive of the a10 that I would like to transfer to my desktop. Both have Windows Xp with identical updates, and the a10 can boot without difficulty and can transfer data, though anything else takes forever to accomplish because the fan is dead and the system compensates for the failure by slowing it down immensely. Can I connect the harddrives somehow? or any other methods will suffice? (burning CDs takes forever and my flash-drive is missing)

A:Connecting Two Hard Drives


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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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Hello, this is my first post here. I have an HP Workstation x4000 I use at work for Designing CAD Models. This is an old computer. My problem is that I am out of room on the Hard Drive. It is a 58 GB SCSI,68pin HP Hard Drive. My IT support guy purchased me a 1GB SATA Drive,Raid Card,enough Memory to fill the MEC Card, and Norton Ghost to flash over the new Drive. My problem is, the Card he bought will not fit into the Mobo. The ribbon in the Computer has an empty plug and a power plug,but they are for a 68 pin SCSI Hard Drive. Is there a cable made that I can use to simply plug the SATA Hard drive into the 68 pin ribbon,or do I need a card? Do they make such a thing? My boss is extremely frugal and doesn't want to hear that the best thing would be to replace the 12 year old computer! Thanks for any help you guys can give me

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My Main C drive might be on it's way out and I was thinking about switching with a 10000 rpm Hard drive. What would be a good HD for the price there price's are all over the place. I do not need a big hard drive I am just using it for Windows and some windows dependent programs. Any Ideas?

A:Review of the sata 10000 rpm Hard Drives?

You have very little choice, there's the Western Digital Raptors and VelociRaptors and thats it unless you go SCSI and then you need expensive controller cards to go with those.

Also for value the high capacity premium drives aren't that far off in overall performance, for example the Western Digital Black series of drives. The older 10,000RPM drives are now surpassed in performance by high performance 7,200 RPM drives.

If you want a really, really fast drive then look into Solid State Drives: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/920

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I have a Targa Ultra AN64 3700+. I had blue screen of death. I had to backup stuff from the drive so i disconnected it and used a USB Universal Drive to back up it to my onto my laptop.

Now the problem i have here is when I try to installed XP or Windows 7 it does not find the hard drives. It displays

Unkown Disk

<There is no disk in this drive.>

Things i have tired:

disable the SATA in the BIOS and still does not detect any of my hard drives.
re-enable it and it still can't find it.
When I go to Standard CMOS Features it can not detect any hard drives.
It detects it then it doesn't detect it. It comes and goes everytime. They don''t have any jumpers on them it came like that. It should be IDE 2 Master and IDE3 Slave.

I know some people are buying USB Floppy disk. I really don't want to buy anything else due to Christmas coming up.

Any ideas to get my PC going?

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Hi everyone

I am running WXP SP3 using 2 X 20Gb Hard Drives with Raid 1.

The Motherboard is GA-81945P-G, it has 4 x SATA II connectors.

One of the Hard Drives became faulty. I need to change it.

Hard Drives are becoming obsolete.

Instead of changing for another IDE Drive, I intend to get 2 X 128 SATA II SSds.

Although I know a little about PCs, I do not know enough to install and set up new Drives.

Can you guys give me detailed advice sufficient for a novice to successfully carry out this task ?.

Your help will be very much appreciated.

Many thanks in advance.

A:Change from IDE Hard Drives To SATA SSDs

I hsve 3 Corsair SSDs...I install/use them the same as I would any drive with SATA connections, with the exception that I reserve their use for operating systems/programs installed. I have a ton of other drives I use for data storage, backups, etc and I see no value in using SSDs for storage at this time.

No special requirements that I'm aware of, just newer/better technology.


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I have 2 ATA/IDE drives that I want to put in a 2 bay enclosure. I can't find any multi bay IDE enclosures I have checked Tiger Direct and Newegg. Where else can I look or is there an adapter or something that I can use or does it even matter?

A:ATA drives and SATA hard drive enclosures

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I apologize ahead of time if this belongs more in the Hardware thread. I'm not sure if this is related to my OS (Vista Ultimate) or not.

I've had 4 SATA drives running smoothly on my system for quite some time. Out of nowhere, yesterday, my PC kept booting from the DVD-ROM drive, so I went into the BIOS setup, only to see that none of my 4 SATA drives were even listed where they normally would be!! It simply lists the location, then says "[None]" where it should list the drives' manufacturer name (eg. ST500AS#####).

I go into the setup section for each drive location, and hit "Enter" on the "Auto-Detect HDD" option. A small dialog pops-up for about 5-10 seconds, saying it is detecting the drive, but returns no values for all the drive attributes - just zeros.

I've followed others' advice and stripped everything out but my boot drive, but the BIOS still doesn't detect it. I've booted from my Vista installation disc and troubleshot from there, but even that won't recognize that I have a HDD attached to the PC.

And yes, I've already verified - via attaching my boot drive to another computer - that the drive will load (obviously, as a slave) and show all the files contained on it.

I'm suspecting I may have a faulty mobo, but that's a guess at best. If anyone can help me troubleshoot this issue, I would greatly appreciate it. I will provide further details gladly, if needed. Thanks in advance... Read more

A:BIOS won't recognize ANY sata hard drives

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Ok heres my story. PSU went out on my computer and took the motherboard with it, comp would not power up even with new PSU.

I got a new motherboard, exact same model as before so my windows xp would work, installed it and it powered up. Everything gets recognized except my hard drives. I have 2 Western Digital SE 160 gb hard drives that had in a RAID. I have them both plugged into master just like it was on the other MB, I have 'set sata as RAID' set in the BIOS, I've checked the connections which seems pretty simple so I am at a loss. Am I missing something? I have never replaced a motherboard before so I am just wondering. Could my old PSU have taken BOTH HDs out along with the old MB? Thanks for any insight you can offer.

Here are my over all specs:
P4 3.6 ghz cpu
2 Western Digital SE 160 gb HDs
Windows XP Home

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I now have one hard drive on the end plug of the first ribbon cable, and one CD-RW on the end plug of the second ribbon cable. (The floppy drive is on its own cable.)

I want to install the hard drive from my previous computer into
my present computer, (Athlon 1.1 Mhz) temporarily, just long enough to copy some files from the old drive to the new one.

Yesterday, after several tries, I eventually managed to totally
disable my computer. Using a rescue disk, and reinstalling Windows Me, I eventually got it back in operation. I'm ready to try again, but I'd like to get it right this time. The previous computer is gone, so joining it to the new one by data cable is not an option, even if I knew how.

I now know enough to set the jumper on the old hard drive to "slave" but I am still unsure which drives go on which plugs.
Also, must I do anything to the "master" drive jumpers?
If I'm forgetting something else, please let me know.

A:Connecting multiple hard drives

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