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Connecting internal SATA HDD as external drive

Q: Connecting internal SATA HDD as external drive

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G2030 @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3967 Mb
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Antivirus: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2013, Updated and Enabled

I am trying to connect an internal SATA HDD as an external drive for use as a backup medium for my system.

To connect the HDD, I am using a cable-set, consisting of a power-adapter, a cable adapter (6" long, 4-pin to SATA power fitting), two-sided femaile receptacle and ribbon-cable data fitting with a shielded UBS cable attached, 6" ribbon-cable.

With no power on, I connect the power-adapter and assorted cables and adapters to 125V AC power and to a USB port of my computer and to the SATA HDD. Everything seems to fit, mechanically.

I apply power to the computer and to the assembled SATA HDD components. The computer starts normally, but I do not notice any vibration, stirring, whirring of the SATA HDD. Also, when the computer is full booted, and I look at My Computer with Windows Explorer, I find that it does not recognize the presence of anything at a USB port, particularly not my SATA HDD.

I have tried fully booting the computer and connecting the HDD to the USB port afterwards, as I might a memory stick, but it is not recognized and, perhaps more significantly, the HDD's motor cannot be heard nor felt.

What do I know? I know that the power-adapter works. I know that when I connect another internal HDD which is an IDE type, using just the power-adapter and the shielded multi-receptacle USB cable, all works well.

The only connection differences with the SATA drive are the need to use the short 4-pin adapter cable and the short ribbon cable.

What is the problem, anyone?

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A: Connecting internal SATA HDD as external drive

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Pentium 4 3.0ghz Windows Vista Ultimate
I have a brand new 500GB WD SATA2 WD5000AAKS
Its works perfectly fine in the drive bay, (Healthy, Active Primary partition) everything seems normal.

I put it into this SATA Enclosure. Windows recognizes the drive when I plug it in like normal, but if I go to my computer, disk management, or if Vista is trying to shut down or start up, Vista just hangs. As soon as I unplug the drive or turn it off everything goes right back to normal. The drive is recognized in 'safely remove hardware' with a drive letter and all, and I can even safely remove it.

The same thing happens in XP though XP does not hang up. The drive shows up in disk management as a healthy partition, and I can even delete the partition and format it but it will not show up in my computer. Same results on another XP computer

I have put a Maxtor 300GB drive in the enclosure and a WD 160GB and they both worked perfectly.

Ubuntu seem to see it fine, though it said it was a "read only" drive. (ubuntu newbie)

I've googled all I could with no luck. Could it be jumpers? I wouldn't know what to change or how for that matter, but the different settings for this drive can be seen here

Any help is greatly appreciated!
 

A:Solved: WD SATA drive works Internal but not External

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Hey guys im looking to get more hard drive space and was wondering if anyone could help me with the pros and cons of getting and internal drive or an external drive and also the differences between pata and sata drives? i use my pc for audio and video apps so i need something big around 300gb-400gb.I would use the drive for playing back and recording audio and video so it needs to be as fast as possible. ive been looking at the carillon ad-1 external drive.here as far as i can tell the only advantage of external is that it is transportable, but they all seem to be more expensive. Also my current drive is partitioned into system and audio, is it possible to unpartition them into one again without reformatting the drive? as i would use my old drive as system and the new drive for audio.would this be possible?can someone reccomenda drive for me?thanks for yout time.regards will
 

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could someone maybe suggest what t0o look for in a hard drive. cheers
 

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I am having a problem with unwanted installations to external hard drive when it seems i have no control over where program or microsoft updates install. actually the worst problem was when windows live updates and installations went to external. i did not discover this until recently and this explained why i have had to reinstall vista several times. i can always unplug the external if necessary but i would rather not. i asked western digital why this happens and they told me that since my internal hard drive is smaller than external that vista seems to not have solved this installation glitch yet. i prefer to use my external as storage for files and backups etc. does anyone know how to make my system recognize main drive as the smaller one. i hope this is clear enough to merit an answer. i have already suffered through a 3 day phone help with tech finally telling me to reinstall vista, which i did and it solved several other problems but not the int/ext installation issues.
thank you
fran

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I would recommend backing up your data to the external drive. Shutting down. Unplugging the external drive. Reinstalling Vista on a clean setup. Boot up with the DVD and remove the partitions from your internal drive. Shutting down. Turn on and install starting fresh.

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Will my external WD hard drive (used for backups) work with a PC that has internal SATA drives only ?
 

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Hello, My WS external hard drive mini usb connector fell off.

Iv'e tried to weld It back to the usb adaptar on the external hard drive, but without succssess.
thus Iv'e totly dissconnected the usb adaptar from the hard drive and tried to connect It directly to the pcs motherboard via a SATA connection.
The Drive shows up on my computer as D: and seems to be empty...
From what Iv'e read from the web, WD drives could It be the encrypted, In that case how do I deal with It?
If you know somthing that might help, It'll be great.

Please help the info on this drive Is very important

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HI,

I purchased an adapter on Ebay that was supposed to allow me to connect my ide hard drive to my sata mobo connectors. My mobo has primarily sata but it has one ide which is already connected to my ide hard drives.

I have tried everything I can think of. connecing this and that, reversing connections, nothing workd. The instructions I was given were awful and the person I purchased is not helpful in answering questions. He hasn't responded.

Once connected I can't get it to show up in the bios The hard drive is an IDE Seagate 400gb drive. I am connecting to a sata connector on my mobo. I already have two other sata devices connected, they are two dvdr's .

My computer specs are listed above in the computer icon. The converter I purchased is listed here:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=300473666570&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT

Is there a trick to doing this?

Thanks.
 

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I'm looking at a Sabrent EC-UEIS7 Hard Drive Enclosure - 3.5" IDE/SATA to USB 2.0, eSATA in order to use one of my now internal Sata drives as an 'external' backup device.

If I turn the external power off on the back of the external Sata enclosure with my extra old Sata connected in it...will that drive then be safe from any virus/malware attacks from within my system (or online) even if the external enclosure Sata cable is still connected to the main PC?

I'm assuming if I have the power switch switched off on this external enclosure with my Sata drive...then nothing can read/write to the Sata drive in this external case ?

Thanks...TRinAZ

A:Safety of internal 3.5 Sata IDE in external Sata case for backups

Yes, that is correct. The HDD must have power and data to function in any capacity.

If there is no power going to any drive then they can not read or write anything even if the data cable is attached.

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Hi there! I hope I'm in the right forum.
Here's my issue.

We're running Windows 2003 R2 using native Windows DNS

I need to create a DNS entry that will allow our internal users to connect to an external IP. There is no FQDN, just an IP.

I tried a CNAME entry but it would not resolve, I also tried an A record but again it would not work.

I can access the external site by plugging in the IP into a browser but for our users here that will not cut it. They need a user friendly name they can remember that resolves to the external IP

Any help?

TIA,
Dave
 

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My motherboard is an ASRock A785GMH/128M
I just bought an external backup drive* that can take eSata - Would I have to make any adjustements to hook it up via the Internal sata ports? Should I have it inside the case to protect it from charges or is the enclosure enough?

*SimpleTech ProDrive 1TB USB 2.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800, and 3Gb/sec eSATA Silver Quad Interface External Hard Drive 0S00026
 

A:Hooking external into internal Sata

It won't be affected by electricity in the case. It is grounded.
 

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I have had this desktop for years without any issues. I use external speakers connected to the audio jack in the back. Once you plug in external speakers (or headset), the internal speakers get disabled as expected. Last night my PC automatically installed the Windows Anniversary Update (Feature update to Windows 10, version 1607). After this update, now both my internal speakers and external speakers are working at the same time! I cannot seem to disable the internal speakers without also disabling my external speakers. Lowering the volume affects both sets of speakers as well. I tried disabling audio and re-enabling but that didn?t help. How can I get back to my original audio behavior where connecting the external speakers (or headset) to the back 3.5mm jack would automatically disable the internal speakers? Thanks.

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A friend gave me a broken laptop. Really broken - dvd drive ripped out, squawking hard disk and worst of all - shattered lcd. I found an old CD-ROM drive, bought a new 2.5" hard disk, added some more RAM and connected the VGA port to an external monitor and presto - new lapt...er...desktop computer! It's a Compaq X1005EA too, only a couple years old.

The laptop lcd is shattered and replacing it would cost too much. The video card is obviously fine since it's been used via an external monitor for the past 9 months. It looks as if the connectors to the lcd screen aren't broken; I've disconnected the power connector but when on, the still-in-place lcd shards light up in a lovely jagged acid rainbow, so at least that one works.

Here's my question - is there a way to connect a 2nd external monitor to this laptop, via an adapter (or combination of adapters) to the internal video card, in effect replacing the broken lcd screen? This would give me the sweet multi-monitor setup I crave.

Thanks in advance,

Jacob
 

A:Connecting an external monitor to internal laptop video card?

You could buy an adapter that will split off to the external monitor and make two lines therefor two monitors
 

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My old Laptop (Windows 7 Professional 64-bit) 's GPU died. It had a SATA III HDD (WD Blue 750GB Mobile Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 9.5 MM 2.5 Inch - WD7500BPVX). Because the GPU died, I couldn't get the files off. (External monitor didn't show anything either). My new PC is an ASUS X55UA Windows 10 Home 64-bit (Amazon.com: ASUS F555UA-EH71 15.6 Inch, Intel Core i7, 8GB, 1TB HDD Laptop, Windows 10 (64bit): Computers & Accessories) with the following per Speccy:

Manufacturer Seagate 1TB drive (ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB)
Heads 16
Cylinders 121,601
Tracks 31,008,255
Sectors 1,953,520,065
SATA type SATA-III 6.0Gb/s
Device type Fixed
ATA Standard ATA8-ACS
Enclosure I bought/trying to use: I/O Magic I35USBSP 3.5" IDE SATA USB 2.0 HDD Enclosure | StaplesŪ

When I plug the USB 3.0 cord into my USB slot, it shows up as drive E, and says it needs to be formatted. Disk Management lists it as RAW format. I can't access any of the files or get it to "mount", which I think is what is supposed to happen?
All of my old schoolwork, med files, taxes, etc are on there. :/. I am kind of freaking out. I will make backups from now on.
Can anyone provide assistance? Please?

A:Can't transfer old Internal SATA III drive onto a new PC

Run a chkdsk. Maybe that helps.

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My daughter has a Dell Dimension 4550 with a 30 gb hard drive and a 500 gb external drive currently connected via a USB connection. It seems the external drive cannot be used as a home for Microsoft applications (Powerpoint, etc.) or used by the system as working space for burning a DVD. Would these kinds of things be available if we added an E-SATA controller and connected the external drive via that (it does have that option)?
 

A:Is E-SATA treated like an internal drive?

Sounds like you'd be way better off if you could clear your internal drive, getting rid of some clutter. I do realize that 30 gig isn't much, but I've worked with less. Surely there are many files in that 30 gig that are either completely unnecessary or there are user files that can be moved to the external. Best bet is to clear space on your internal so you'll have more room for applications and temporary space for burning DVD's.
 

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My old Laptop (Windows 7 Professional 64-bit) 's GPU died. It had a SATA III HDD (WD Blue 750GB Mobile Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 9.5 MM 2.5 Inch - WD7500BPVX). Because the GPU died, I couldn't get the files off. (External monitor didn't show anything either). My new PC is an ASUS X55UA Windows 10 Home 64-bit (Amazon.com: ASUS F555UA-EH71 15.6 Inch, Intel Core i7, 8GB, 1TB HDD Laptop, Windows 10 (64bit): Computers & Accessories) with the following per Speccy:

Manufacturer Seagate 1TB drive (ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB)
Heads 16
Cylinders 121,601
Tracks 31,008,255
Sectors 1,953,520,065
SATA type SATA-III 6.0Gb/s
Device type Fixed
ATA Standard ATA8-ACS
Enclosure I bought/trying to use: I/O Magic I35USBSP 3.5" IDE SATA USB 2.0 HDD Enclosure | StaplesŪ

When I plug the USB 3.0 cord into my USB slot, it shows up as drive E, and says it needs to be formatted. Disk Management lists it as RAW format. I can't access any of the files or get it to "mount", which I think is what is supposed to happen?
All of my old schoolwork, med files, taxes, etc are on there. :/. I am kind of freaking out. I will make backups from now on.
Can anyone provide assistance? Please?

A:Can't transferold Internal SATA III drive onto a new PC

Run a chkdsk. Maybe that helps.

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if I hook up a extra internal hard drive and it has virus can it affect my computer
 

A:connecting another hard drive internal

Yes it can . . but if your antivirus is up to date it should catch it . . there were some older viri that could load into memory at boot, but those have not been around for a while. . . attaching it to the secondary channel ( the one with the optical drives) for cleaning usually causes the fewest issues. after that you can attach to the primary channel . . be sure and set jumpers correctly.
 

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My HP nc6320 has a knackered hard drive. I'm looking for a replacement but can't locate one.

The original is a Seagate Momentus 5400.3 - 60G Serial AT or SMART SATA.
The specs say up to 120G 5400 rpm
Anyone know either where to get one or is there an available equivalent ...e.g. WD

Many thanks
 

A:Looking for replacement disk drive (internal SATA)

Here's three, two are WD.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ... 600030585 600003341&IsNodeId=1&name=5400 RPM
 

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Hey ppl!
Appreciate all help and tips offered
I'm Steve and new to real know how of PC systems. I do know a fair bit and good with installations etc etc so I really don't mind being treated as a newbie but an absolute Virgin Mary.

Now the question is...
I have an external hard drive/media player of which I have taken apart and removed the hard drive from within and connected into my PC in place of my DVD drive.

This is all working absolutely fine but I have no SATA data ports left on my mother board to reconnect my DVD drive.

Can I buy a splitter and extra cable? Will it work as normal with this hard drive and original DVD drive?

Also I have removed another DVD drive from an old PC of which I would like to install and run along side both hard drives and resident DVD drive. This connection is a conventional/old skool ribbon connection. I am happy that it can be connected with data and power easily but the problem I face is will it run along side everything else? Would I need some sort of software where I can run both DVD drives at once?

Thanks ppl and I look forward to getting these problems solved and I apologise about the essay you have just read!
Steve

A:Adding internal sata hard drive help!!

Originally Posted by Scorpionsteve


Hey ppl!
Appreciate all help and tips offered
I'm Steve and new to real know how of PC systems. I do know a fair bit and good with installations etc etc so I really don't mind being treated as a newbie but an absolute Virgin Mary.

Now the question is...
I have an external hard drive/media player of which I have taken apart and removed the hard drive from within and connected into my PC in place of my DVD drive.

This is all working absolutely fine but I have no SATA data ports left on my mother board to reconnect my DVD drive.

Can I buy a splitter and extra cable? Will it work as normal with this hard drive and original DVD drive?

Also I have removed another DVD drive from an old PC of which I would like to install and run along side both hard drives and resident DVD drive. This connection is a conventional/old skool ribbon connection. I am happy that it can be connected with data and power easily but the problem I face is will it run along side everything else? Would I need some sort of software where I can run both DVD drives at once?

Thanks ppl and I look forward to getting these problems solved and I apologise about the essay you have just read!
Steve




Steve one way you could get around that would be to buy an external enclosure. It would use USB instead
Ken J+

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Hi,
Im new to the forums, hope someone can help?
I am looking at adding one of these SATA HDs ....

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/13973...ffset=30&review_type=both&review_order_by=RUF

.....Into my HP Pavilion PC, (a6150)

Am I right in thinking all I would need is the drive itself and the below 2 items?

http://tinyurl.com/8rlxx8

As its OEM is there anything I need to be aware of (I realise theres no manual, retail packagain etc)

Thanks for any responses
 

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I built my desktop about 4 or so years ago, don't put all that many hours on it, used WD drives. Recently had to unplug one before it quit altogether and one of the other 2 is getting pretty noisy.

Started researching for a good dependable drive, with new models coming out so frequently what was a good drive last year may not be true any more.

I had looked at Seagate Barracuda LP 5900 rpm drives, but have read some user reviews that say they haven't lasted long for some users. Haven't read any reviews of the WD LP 5400 drives yet.

Seek time isn't as important as drive dependability - don't want to have to buy 2
drives just to ensure I don't lose data. I know drives can fail, but being you folks
probly have a good read on what's considered the most reliable new drives in the
1 to 1.5 TB size, I'm asking.

Thanks!!

EDIT: Kept reading reviews, WD Green or Blue or Black didn't exist yet last time i got into this in depth.
Read a bunch of reviews, decided on the Black because of the warranty & reviews.
Wanted a 1.5TB but they don't make a Caviar Black in that size.
But a good price at $99, I'll probly add another one sometime later.
 

A:Need 1 or 1.5 TB internal SATA drive, new ones don't have good reviews?

We have several hundred Seagate, Western Digital, and Samsung drives out there with nary a problem. Failure rate in the first year is lower than our old numbers on 80 GB and 160GB. It is true that there were a few problems on the early 1.5 1 TB drives, but since the advent of the 3.0 devices with 1 TB up to 1.5 TB, there have been no issues. 2 TB drives are a different issue, however.
 

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I solved a similar problem in Win 7 by uninstalling an Advanced "6G" Storage Controller and letting Windows install its generic driver but I have no idea what to do in Win 10 because of the dumbed down way everything behind the scenes is displayed, which appears not to have anything remotely resembling such a thing.
Anyone else having similar issues? Or am I doomed with my now-almost-extinct 2009 Alienware machine?

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Originally Posted by Ex_Brit


I solved a similar problem in Win 7 by uninstalling an Advanced "6G" Storage Controller and letting Windows install its generic driver but I have no idea what to do in Win 10 because of the dumbed down way everything behind the scenes is displayed, which appears not to have anything remotely resembling such a thing.
Anyone else having similar issues? Or am I doomed with my now-almost-extinct 2009 Alienware machine?



A few questions come to mind: is the drive plugged into a eSATA port on the computer and its cable rated as SATA II? Or is it in an External USB drive case that is plugged into a USB 2.0 port or maybe a USB 3.0 port?

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I have a SATA 1 TB Maxtor drive that is giving me issues. When the drive is plugged in it prevents Windows from booting even though there is no OS on this drive. I am running Windows 7 RC from a Raptor Drive. When I take the drive out my computer boots up with no issues at all.

Now normally I would assume there is a problem with the drive, but I had been using the drive fine up until about 4 days ago when this started happening, but the drive still spins when I turn my computer on, and in the boot menu my computer still recognizes the drive and can read the drive's size. My computer just stops at "Verifying DMI Pool" Sometimes it makes it past that and will make it to the Windows 7 screen then it will go to black and say "Checking Disk" and it will start to scan but eventually the progress will stop and it will just sit there.

Any ideas?

UPDATE:

I put the drive in a SATA enclosure. When plugged in my computer recognizes there is a new USB device plugged in but the Hard Drive still does not show up in My Computer or in Disk Management. Drive still spinning though.

Re-formatting or accepting the drive is lost is my last option. I have a lot of important data on this drive. If I have to I would find a way for someone to fix it.
 

A:Internal SATA Drive Prevents Windows from booting

I do hate to be the bearer of bad news but it does sound like the drive is dying,

you can try the old trick of freezing the drive connecting it quickly and seeing if you can get it to be read enough to get the data off it.

im sure other TS members have their own ways of recovering dying drives, but that one works for me.

Also try and download the makers test tool for it and use that to test it with, if its under warranty you may be able to get it replaced, however the data is gone.
 

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Hi Everyone!

I have on my computer two SATA drives and one IDE drive.
I use the IDE for windows, one SATA for programs and games and the other SATA for documents, downloads, music etc.
My IDE and program SATA are both working fine. but the doc SATA keeps shutting down every now and then. what I do to fix it is open the computer box, playing with the SATA cables until I hear the drive come back to life, my computer is 'stuck' for a few minutes and then everything is ok for a while until it happends again.

does anyone can thing of something?
Thanks alot
Chaim
 

A:Sata internal Hard Drive continues to shut down

Sounds like the power cable to the drive that is acting up needs to be replaced. . . the newer ones have a much improved latching gizmo
 

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I'm using 1 hard drive for O.S. which is Raptor, and another 500Gig Seagate SATA2 for storage. For some reason I can't see Seagate, only Raptor. Under My Computer Seagate is not showing up, but under Computer Hardward, it's showing as working properly.

Does this have something to do with MBR? I have XP Pro on Raptor NTFS and I want to use Seagate as storage drive. What can I do? How can I unselect Seagate as Master Boot Record so it'll show under My Computer as Data drive?

Please help!

A:Internal Sata Hard Drive won't show up under My Computer

Hi, vmarkary. Welcome to TSF.

Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Disk Management.

Do you see your drive on the list of drives? if so, post screen grab.

Thanks.

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Hi,

Recently I added additional internal HDD (WD 2TB SATA3 64MB Green) as a secondary storage.

The original SATA cable connector is:
SATA3_0 - WD 1TB
SATA3_1 - Samsung DVD-RW
SATA2_2 - Empty
SATA2_3 - Empty
SATA2_4 - eSATA connector cable from computer's casing - Empty
SATA2_5 - eSATA connector Cable from Computer's Casing - Empty

I rearranged the cables to:
SATA3_0 - WD 1TB
SATA3_1 - WD 2TB
SATA2_2 - Empty
SATA2_3 - Samsung DVD-RW
SATA2_4 - eSATA connector from computer casing - Empty
SATA2_5 - eSATA connector from Computer Casing - Empty

Once done, the motherboard BIOS only detects both the HHD. It doesn't detect the DVD-RW anymore. Before this both the HDD and DVD-RW was working fine.

I tried changing the DVD-RW's SATA cable to a new one, tried connecting the DVD-RW in other SATA2 port but still same.

Note: I didn't change any setting in BIOS.
BIOS Setting:
In "Standard CMOS Features" all IDE Channel 0-3 is set to "AUTO" hardware detection.
In "Integrated Peripherals":
- PCH SATA control mode is always been [AHCI]
- SATA Port0-3 Native Mode is always been [Enabled]

Please help me to solve this problem. I want the BIOS and Win 7 to detect the Samsung DVD-RW as well.

My system:
CPU: Intel i7-2600 3.4 Ghz
MB: GA-P67A-UD3P(rev. 1.0) - BIOS Ver : F4
VGA: Sapphire Toxic HD6850 1G
RAM: Corsair DDR3 2*4GB 1600 MHz
OS: Win 7 64-bit SP : 1
Power Supply : 600 W
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A:BIOS not detecting Internal SATA DVD/CD optical drive

Apart from the detection on the screen, does the drive seem to work normally? If so, I would leave it alone.

If not, the drive has likely failed... it doesn't take much for an optical drive to go bad.

Final test? Does it work in another computer?
 

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Hello All!
I would be so grateful if anyone could help me. I've been trying to work this out online and have trouble deciphering all the technical computer language! Basically I want to connect my old internal hard drive to my laptop as there are files I would like to access. I bought a sata usb cable and thought it would be a simple case of plugging it into the hard drive and then into my laptop and it magically working.. but it doesn't. Instead it either doesn't respond or says something about drivers?? Do i need to install a new driver? How? Help! Haha. One more thing the laptop is Windows 7 and the hard drive was XP, does this change things?

If anyone could help me I would be so unbelievably grateful.

Thanks!
 

A:Connecting an old internal hard drive to my laptop?

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I have a sony vaio VGN-NR330E that I have just bought a new hard drive for (doing a fresh install of vista) and the internal optical drive spins up but won't boot off the cd, and after a blinking cursor says O/S not found, so i tried it on an external usb drive, and it didnt boot, same black screen followed by O/S not found. I tried booting from a knoppix live cd that worked on another computer and it wouldnt boot either. I have no idea of any what to do, since it wont boot off of an external HDD internal optical drive, external optical drive, and any help is greatly appreciated.

A:sony vaio vgn-nr330E won't boot to any external drive, or internal optical drive

What are the current boot options...as set in your BIOS?

http://www.ehow.com/how_8022156_change-bios-settings-sony-vaio.html

If not listed as the first boot option...it's unlikely that the system would boot from either drive.

Louis

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Is it possible to have pre-installed vista on your internal drive then buy a new external drive, install XP on it and then boot that drive to use XP?
 

A:Running Xp on an external hard drive with Vista installed on internal drive.

Yes this is possible as long as your BIOS supports booting from USB.
 

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I have a 2TB Western Digital My Book Essentials, it's filled with tons of old photos, movies, docs, games, and I'm scared to think of what else. The SATA to USB connector broke on it, so I took the drive apart and put it inside my computer. I opened up device manager because it wasn't showing up automatically and the 2TB is showing up as unallocated, I'm freaking out now because I'm scared the data was somehow deleted.

What do I do?

edit: I realize also this isn't directly related to Windows 8 (besides the fact it's the OS I'm on), but I don't know where else to post it. I'd also like to say that I had a really deep feeling the drive was going to break continually for about two weeks before it happened, so if you have a similar feeling about something, don't ignore it!

A:External hard drive shell broke, salvaged internal drive

As long as your hard disk is still spinning & recognized by Windows, the data in your hard disk is still there, just the File Allocation Table got corrupted, You'll have a good chance to recover your data. What you need is a data recovery program, I use this program in the past:

Data Recovery Software Products - Runtime Software Products

In the mean time, leave this hard disk alone, do not initialize or format it when Windows offers to do so.

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I have a SATA harddrive installed internally, but Windows 8 shows an Eject icon for it, I want to disable this behaviour.
In Windows 7 I can do that by adding this in the registry :
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\msahci\Controller0\Channel0]
"TreatAsInternalPort"=dword:00000001
But in Windows 8 this can't work. apparently the MSAHCI driver has been replaced by StorAHCI driver in Windows 8. After some research, I found out that you can set some parameters for StorAHCI driver here:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\storahci\Parameters\Device
Apparently it has a TreatAsInternalPort parameter too, and the IgnoreHotPlug parameter is also interesting.

So my question is, how can I treat my hard drive as internal drive ??

A:How to disable ejecting internal SATA drive ? or How to use TreatAsInternalPort for StorAHCI ??

Install the  Intel Rapid Storage Technology:
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/SearchResult.aspx?lang=eng&keyword=%22Intel+Rapid+Storage+Technology%22"A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

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One of my computers is configured with four SATA (non-RAID) drives. (I've used this setup for about a year). The other day, I noticed that one of the drives (main backup) was missing all of its data. The drive still shows up in Disk Management as (D:"healthy') as well as in Windows Explorer. However, a right-click "Properties\Local Disk PropertIes" check, shows the drive as having zero bytes; an indication that there is no data on it. Additionally, a direct click on the drive letter initiates "The disk in drive D: is not formatted", etc. This has caught me completely by surprise, as the drive showed no early warning signs of impending failure at all. (BTW, the drive is a WD 640MB). Could it be that the data on the drive is now kaput?

I hesitate to deploy some of the many software data-recovery methods I currently have, because of creating irreversible data-lost condition. (Experience tells me that I may be screwed already). [choke]

If anyone has experienced this problem or know of a possible solution, please feel free to chime in. Thanks.
 

A:Solved: Internal SATA Hard Drive Data Has Vanished!

Sudden death of a drive is not an impossible thought, and would be my first bet. Sounds like the file system got the first bit of damage, as it's not a case of slowly deteriorating to a corrupted, useless state... In other words, it's not completely dead, but what's dead in it makes all the other healthy parts useless.
Just my thoughts, can't know for sure...
 

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I saw an older post where the user was trying to remove the option to eject SATA drives.  I have a very similiar issue but from the previous post I do not see direct solution.  I have placed a 2nd SSD SATA drive in the media bay.  Windows has no issues seeing the drive upon powering up.  When I close the lid, which at default puts the laptop asleep, upon opening and signing back on the second hard drive is missing.  If I restart the drive reappears.  I changed the action when closing the lid to power off the laptop but when I powered it back on the hard drive was still missing.  Again, going through a restart resolves the immediate issue. Can someone give me a solution that ultimately would be to remove the option to eject the hard drive from the Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media?  I also tried a solution about a Registry entry with no success. https://superuser.com/questions/12955/how-can-i-remove-the-option-to-eject-sata-drives-from-the-wind... Lenevo T540pWindows 10 Pro - 1709 (OS Build 16299.309)

A:How to turn of Eject function for internal SATA drive in media bay

I don't have a T540p or similar to test, but the first thing I would do is look in the event log and see if the drive is throwing a message when you sleep or resume

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I bought a Maxtor Ultra ATA internal hard drive, and want to install it as a backup drive in my HP m1170n. However, the m1170n requires an SATA hard drive. Is there a converter, adapter, etc. that I can buy to make the Ultra ATA compatible with the m1170n? Please provide specific model numbers for any suggestions, if possible. Also, please advise about how much it should cost and if it is easy to install. Many thanks.
 

A:Ultra ATA Internal Hard drive to computer that requires SATA

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hi,

how do you boot norton ghost from external usb dvd drive instead of internal dvd drive when you start up the comptuer? i notice that the internal drive can read the norton ghost cd but when i place the cd in my external usb dvd drive, it doesnt work, the computer cant read that there's a disk in there.

i pressed F2 and change the boot sequence so that the external usb drive would boot first but its not working, what am i doing wrong?

A:how to boot norton ghost from external usb dvd drive instead of internal dvd drive?

Try putting your usb dvd in the 1st usb port at rear of PC (has to be 2.0 of course) and don't have any flash drives or other usb devices plugged in and try it

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Why do files moved to an external drive not behave the same as those same files in an internal drive? I noticed that if I do anything to a file that is in an external drive, that file can not be saved under the same name (read only). In order to do so one must save it internally and then copy or move it to the external drive.

So I did just that--I copied a file from taken from an external drive, saved it in the internal one and then copied it back to the external one. Now if I r-click the propeerties of these 2 same files and then go to the 'Security' tab a difference is immediately apparent: The internal one has -1- System & -2 My-computername (user-PC\user and -3- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators) with all 3 accounts allowing all (full control, read, write, etc..). While the external drive has in Properties; -1- System -2- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators) and -3- Users (user-PC\Userrs) with this final 3d one (and different one) with no Allow for "full control, or modify or write.

So how does one have all its files in this external drive behave and be equal to all the same files in the internal drive?

Since -3- Users (user-PC\Userrs) in the external drive is that which is differnt from the internal drive I was wondering if it is OK to delete this Permission or 'attribute' or whatever it is called and create instead one equal to the one in the internal drive -3- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators)? ANd of course doing so in one go and not f... Read more

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Why do files moved to an external drive not behave the same as those same files in an internal drive? I noticed that if I do anything to a file that is in an external drive, that file can not be saved under the same name (read only). In order to do so one must save it internally and then copy or move it to the external drive.

So I did just that--I copied a file from taken from an external drive, saved it in the internal one and then copied it back to the external one. Now if I r-click the propeerties of these 2 same files and then go to the 'Security' tab a difference is immediately apparent: The internal one has -1- System & -2 My-computername (user-PC\user and -3- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators) with all 3 accounts allowing all (full control, read, write, etc..). While the external drive has in Properties; -1- System -2- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators) and -3- Users (user-PC\Userrs) with this final 3d one (and different one) with no Allow for "full control, or modify or write.

So how does one have all its files in this external drive behave and be equal to all the same files in the internal drive?

Since -3- Users (user-PC\Userrs) in the external drive is that which is differnt from the internal drive I was wondering if it is OK to delete this Permission or 'attribute' or whatever it is called and create instead one equal to the one in the internal drive -3- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators)? ANd of course doing so in one... Read more

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Hello all, This is an ASUS P5P43TD-Pro socket 775 Q8400, latest BIOS release. Works normally in all known other aspects. Windows 7 Enterprise, x64. 16GB memory. BIOS settings all "auto", i.e. no OC or anything of the sort. On-board LAN, Serial, parallel, IEEE all disabled. NVidia 220 video card, also set for defaults. There are six internal SATA ports (native ICH10R), with five fixed internal drives connected. The sixth port goes to an external SATA tray intended for hot-plugging bare drives. The BIOS does not distinguish between fixed and removable drives as some newer BIOSs permit. All you get to set is IDE emulation or AHCI. The drives are all set for AHCI to enable hot-swapping. The SATA driver in Windows is the Intel RST recommended by ASUS for this board. I have not allowed it to update to more recent versions. All this stuff basically works, but there's one screwy problem I can't seem to resolve. Out of the four drives that typically get hot-plugged into the external bay, three of them work exactly as you'd expect them to. The OS detects them and mounts them with a drive letter (H:, which is the next in line). No problem. ONE of the four drives causes this weird problem where it actually causes a dismount of one of the fixed drives. Not only a dismount, but it disappears from the list of devices too. And to make it even stranger, the new drive mounts with the correct drive letter (H), even though it knocks off the drive designated E! A... Read more

A:Hot-plug external drive = forcibly dismounts internal drive. Why??

That's a first time hearing an issue like that, I am puzzled as well, I'd look at BIOS settings and drivers as cause or bad drive electronics on the ONE.

Is there something different about that one?

I would have your co. pay for another drive in that situation and probably perform destruction procedures on the one not working, or DoD procedures to wipe it if it's under warranty before RMA'n it.

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Hi there, i have recently bought a new Sata DVD drive for my desktop machine, it came with no instructions or cables.

I have a Sata cable which connects into my PSU, does the drive also have to be connected to the motherboard?

I have attached a picture of the cable i have.

Many Thanks
 

A:Connecting Sata DVD drive

You'll need a SATA data cable to connect the drive to a SATA port on your Motherboard. If your motherboard does not have SATA ports, you will need to install an adapter in an available PCI or PCI express (preferred) slot. Search for "pci sata card" or "pci express sata card"
a picture of the connector is here:
http://www.satacables.com/html/internal_sata_signal_data_cabl.html

You can get just a data cable, or a combo data/power adapter, a picture of that is here:
http://www.usb-ware.com/sata-data-power-adapter.htm

HTH

Jerry
 

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I've had hard drive issues before and been able to solve them via device manager and disk management etc, but this one has me stumped, I'd very much appreciate some ideas!
A bit of relevant background - I have a HTPC running Windows 7 with two 2TB Western Digital Green Power HDD's connected by sata. They both work fine, and I've had no trouble with either.
Today I bought a dual sata USB hard drive enclosure to put them both in, as I'd like to take my film collection with me hooked up to my laptop every now and then.

I installed them both in the enclosure, plugged the usb lead into my laptop, and waited for the usual recognition sounds and autoplay pop-ups etc.
However when I went to My Computer, only one was showing, my drive named "films 2".
The LED on the enclosure to show activity was only lit on the left side, which meant it wasn't picking up both drives. I went into disk management and device manager, and the "hidden" drive was nowhere to be seen.

I double checked the connections on the enclosure, and powered down and up again, and distinctly heard both drives spin up, one immediately after the other.
I then connected the enclosure to my HTPC, only for the same thing to happen.

Next I plugged in JUST my "films 1" drive into the enclosure, and it did spin up but no glimmer of recognition in Windows, device manager or disk management! Whereas when I plug in just "films 2", it is recognised fine.
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A:Peculiar issue with sata hard drive when changed from internal to usb enclosure

Sounds like the enclosure may be bad, what model is it?

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Not really sure what to do here...

a while back I ran out of HD space on my Dell Dimension with 80 GB hard drive, I work in Audio... So I bought an internal Sata 500 GB drive and was told it would perform better in live tracking sessions to make it the new master drive, and it seemed easy enough so I went through the process at the time to have the BIOS make it the new drive and move everything over...

however, when I ran windows again most of my programs worked fine but a few started with error messages, yet still started anyway. But now I need to update and uninstall some programs and when I try to do this, for example Microsoft Office (which i own and have the official CDs for!) it says the original installation can't be uninstalled due to there being no uninstall information... this happens with a few other programs as well. What is my best bet to getting these off my machine? I can't even re-install these programs because they detect previous versions already installed, but they're nonworking versions that tell me to reinstall. Any help would be appreciated, If I didn't supply enough specific info just let me know what else I might need to list. I'm running windows XP sp3.

A:I installed a new SATA internal HD and made it my boot drive, now have program probs

Try the Revo uninstaller. http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_..._download.html Be sure to use the Advanced option to remove all traces in the Registry as well.

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I have an e machines T2042 with 2GHz and 40 GB hard drive. It came with a dvd drive and a cd rw. My brother-in-law has an extra internal zip drive (don't know details) that he can give me but I don't has any extra space. Can I use it externally and what would I need. He has offered to modify my case, but he is a high schooler who thinks he knows more than he really does.
thanx
 

A:internal/external zip drive

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I am looking to purchase a HDD for backup purposes but I am not sure which is best, an internal drive or an external.

I know external via usb are portable but this is not a neccesary requirement.

Do they work the same or do I have to configure an internal drive to get it to work? I have read about partitioning etc. Is this going to be too much hassle?

Any comments please
 

A:Internal or external drive?

Externals have a habit of overheating if left running for long periods. An internal with a fan keeping it cool is a much better idea in my opinion.
An internal will also be quicker too.
 

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I think I am going to replace my dvd/cd-rom drive and would like to know what kind is better an internal drive or external? or does it matter? Just wanted to know.
 

A:internal or external cd/dvd-rom drive?

Doesn't really matter, need a little technical proficiency to put in an internal is all. External gives a little more flexibility on placement if there's a more convenient place than in the tower, but it also takes up a little bit of extra space.
 

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Why do files moved to an external drive not behave the same as those same files in an internal drive? I noticed that if I do anything to a file that is in an external drive, that file can not be saved under the same name (read only). In order to do so one must save it internally and then copy or move it to the external drive.
So I did just that--I copied a file from taken from an external drive, saved it in the internal one and then copied it back to the external one. Now if I r-click the propeerties of these 2 same files and then go to the 'Security' tab a difference is immediately apparent: The internal one has -1- System & -2 My-computername (user-PC\user and -3- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators) with all 3 accounts allowing all (full control, read, write, etc..). While the external drive has in Properties; -1- System -2- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators) and -3- Users (user-PC\Userrs) with this final 3d one (and different one) with no Allow for "full control, or modify or write.
So how does one have all its files in this external drive behave and be equal to all the same files in the internal drive?
Since -3- Users (user-PC\Userrs) in the external drive is that which is differnt from the internal drive I was wondering if it is OK to delete this Permission or 'attribute' or whatever it is called and create instead one equal to the one in the internal drive -3- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators)? ANd of course doing so in one go and not file after ... Read more

A:save file on external drive not the same as internal drive

Dear pintree3,
I've noticed that you posted the same "verbatim" in techguy.org with no answer forthcoming!
external drive behave and be equal to all the same files in the internal drive - Tech Support Guy Forums

Can you please bring more clarity to your query? That will start the juices running in all of us here to ponder and post. Sorry if i sounded rude.

regards!

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Hi all

I had an old laptop that died by water damage, its OS was Vista. I removed its internal hard drive as it contains valuable photos. I read that you can convert internal hard drives into external USB ones so I purchased the necessary 2.5" sata case from ebay, put it all together and plugged it into my new Windows 10 laptop. The new laptop does not want to acknowledge the drive. I changed the drive letter to one that wasn't used, 'M' in this case, it shows as Drive M on my file manager but when I click on it it only asks me to put a disk into the drive. I have run a couple of scanning programs on it, Stellar Phoenix data recovery and Recuva with no luck. I do not want to lose the data that was on there so can anyone help with any solutions?
Many thanks!!
Sarah
 

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I have a HP Pavillion laptop computer. I needed to replace my hard drive, the salesman at the store said I could buy an external hard drive and remove it from the case and use it as an internal. I did that. Now I get NTLDR is missing. I ordered recovery discs from HP but nothing happens when I try to use them. HP said I need to format the new hard drive but I don't know how. Can someone help a beginner?
 

A:Solved: how to format an external drive to be an internal drive

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