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Trouble migrating an IDE drive to SATA mobo

Q: Trouble migrating an IDE drive to SATA mobo

I was trying to figure out the best way to move files from my old PIII XP PRO desktop to my new Quad 7 box but then decided why not just move the drive over. (didn't remember that I might have used Windows Easy Transfer!)

The new Windows 7 64bit sata machine already had a 300gb sata drive as primary so I thought the 120 coming from the old computer might make a good storage partner/backup. (It might be better if they were the other way around....with the 300 as the 'backup'....but, so be it.

I bought an IDE to SATA adaptor to connect the old IDE drive to the sata mobo.
It seemed to work initially, although somewhat "sketchily"; the computer was slow to boot but I did eventually have both drives running OK and was able to access all files on both and see them both on my workgroup.

After a couple of shutdowns and restarts, though, the machine got increasingly slow/difficult to boot (sometimes only coming to life if I hit the spacebar on my keyboard (weird!)......then after three or four of these wonky boots, it wouldn't boot at all. I removed the added drive and after many shutdowns and restarts, the box finally started windows 7, but I swear it played the XP sign-on/splash screen music! At that point I realized/remembered that the XP Pro OS was still on the old drive....and now I see in another thread, that IDE drives somehow "overrule" sata drives. Ooops.

I think my Master Boot Record is botched up. (Booting takes longer than it did before.....and I swear the "login music" is wrong!) I don't even see a BIOS prompt when booting now; the computer goes from blackscreen to windows splash screen....no "F12 or F2" visible anywhere.

So, here are the questions:
1. Should I keep this drive? (I've invested in the adaptor and I'd hate to scrap both)
2. Can I hot-mount the old drive (connect it while the pc is running) so I don't risk another 'spooky' boot?
3. Is there a special setting for the jumpers on this 2nd drive...or are they different depending on the brand?
4. How do I get my BIOS prompt back...and what do I do once I get into it? (assuming I can.)

Complicating any rescue efforts is the fact that my Windows 7 disk is one of the popular (read: CHEAP) OEM versions that I don't believe provides all the REPAIR utilities that come with the full-blown copies. Any suggestions for fixing up my boot process OTHER than a full re-install? (I'm lazy...like most humans...and HATE the thought of all that backing up and reloading!)

Thanks a bunch for any and all tips/tricks/suggestions.

Preferred Solution: Trouble migrating an IDE drive to SATA mobo

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A: Trouble migrating an IDE drive to SATA mobo

hit f8 during boot up....go to advanced boot options....repair your computer...press "enter"...startup repair

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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:

Is there a trick to doing this?


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i am trying to upgrade my boot drive from ata to sata; since the new drive is sata, i just want to double check to see if there's any concern i need to be aware of before diving right in; ideally,i'd like to be able to just clone the data from the current drive (seagate ata 160g) to the new drive (seagate sata 160g) and making the sata the boot drive instead of formatting/reinstalling all programs again

- my motherboard is asus p4p800se (d865pe/ich5r chipset) and has 2 sata slots
- i currently have a plextor sata px712sa only; no floppy (i dont need floppy right? i'm not running a raid, just a plain sata)
- i'm on win2k pro sp4

thanks for any advice tips you have

A:Migrating From An Ata To An Sata Drive

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I'm wanting to upgrade to a better mainboard. I don't know much about SATA, but I've been using a SATA I hard drive very successfully through a pci controller card.

My question: If I get a new motherboard with SATA II headers, will it readily accept my SATA I hard drive? I can see how the reverse might not work, that is, not being able to connect a SATA II hard drive in a SATA I header, but maybe I'm wrong on that...?

A:Will SATA II mobo headers accept SATA I drive?

Yes, sata 3gb/s ports(commonly called sata II), are designed to be backward compatible. I'm using a sata I hd on my sata 3gb/s port on my chaintech vnf4/ultra, so yeah, it works.

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Machine configuration

Computer Type: Advanced Micro Devices 2180 MHz.
Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 6200 TurboCache™

BIOS Manufactured: American Megatrends Inc.
BIOS Date: 04/04/2006
BIOS Version: 080011
BIOS Size: 512 KB

System Manufacturer ECS
System Model MOBO K8T890-A
System Type X86-based PC

VIA SATA RAID Controller
Win2000 Promise Ultra133 TX2 ™ IDE Controller
Silicon Image SiI 3114 SATARaid Controller
Independent Dual Boot capabilities on two separate & independent drives, one on the MOBO EIDE controller the other on the VIA SATA RAID Controller on the same MOBO

I am attempting a clean installation of Windows XP on the SATA Drive but the system fails to recognize even the presence of the drive. This, even after stripping the system of all drives except this one, and after 'prepping' it to be bootable with MAXTOR prep. tools.

Was there ever a restriction on putting an O/S on SATA drives even on the MOBO? I have all the updates installed, "I think".


Installation of XP on MOBO/SATA drive

A:Installation of XP on MOBO/SATA drive

A clean install is one done to a hard drive...that has no prior XP install on it.

<<I have all the updates installed, "I think".>>

What updates to what?

There is no need to use any utility with the XP CD...to "prep" the hard drive.


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I was thinking of buying the 400gb seagate drive but im not sure whether it would work with my motherboard? (an AsRock 775i65GV). How easy would the drive be to install and will i need to but any extras with the drive to get it working? Cheers

A:Will my MOBO support a SATA drive?

Well does your board have SATA ports on it. Then the next thing to check would be if it does have SATA ports on it is the drive that you have picked out SATA or SATA2, and what is supposed by the board you have

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Basically, my IDE hard drive is really slow and noisy and I want to use my extra SATA hard drive on an old computer. However, the computer only has IDE connections... BUT! I have one of these:

I tried connecting my HDD to this via a SATA cable and powering the HDD via a molex to sata power cable. When I turn on the computer, it just tells me "Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter"

All I want to do is run Windows XP from it.

A:SATA HDD as the main drive on an IDE mobo?

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Machine configuration

Computer Type: Advanced Micro Devices 2180 MHz.
Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 6200 TurboCache(TM)

BIOS Manufactured: American Megatrends Inc.
BIOS Date: 04/04/2006
BIOS Version: 080011
BIOS Size: 512 KB

System Manufacturer ECS
System Model MOBO K8T890-A
System Type X86-based PC

VIA SATA RAID Controller
Win2000 Promise Ultra133 TX2 (tm) IDE Controller
Silicon Image SiI 3114 SATARaid Controller
Independent Dual Boot capabilities on two separate & independent drives, one on the MOBO EIDE controller the other on the VIA SATA RAID Controller on the same MOBO

I am attempting a clean installation of Windows XP on the SATA Drive but the system fails to recognize even the presence of the drive. This, even after stripping the system of all drives except this one, and after 'prepping' it to be bootable with MAXTOR prep. tools.

Was there ever a restriction on putting an O/S on SATA drives even on the MOBO? I have all the updates installed, "I think".


Installation of XP on MOBO/SATA drive

A:Solved: Installation of XP on MOBO/SATA drive

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I arrived here via One Click Answers seeking info about getting my ECS PT800CE-A MoBo to recognize a new, unformatted WD SATA II 2500WS hard drive (250 GB). Got directed to a thread about same problem with ASUS boards. Being my first visit, don't really know how to get back there after registering. UH...never mind-reopened a tab & found it. Was back in January 2005 with members PRELUDiCON, HoopaJoop, Gunny etc. Maybe some one has figured it all out better by now? Thanks to any help!

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Hi all,

I've looked all over the internet, contacted HP, and updated my Mobo BIOS, but to no avail. I have an HP Lightscribe DVD1070i optical drive that has one Serial ATA data connection, and one Serial ATA power connection. There are no jumpers for Master or Slave. I have an MSI K9N2G Neo Mobo with BIOS version 1.20. It is not detecting my SATA optical drive, but it is detecting my SATA HDD. The optical drive i have right now is an IDE drive which I would like to move to my secondary Desktop, but can't because it would leave my Main without a working Optical Drive. I was told by HP to install SATA controllers but I can't find anything like that for my Mobo on the internet. The MSI Live Update program doesn't even find anything for me. So, is there anyone who can help me with my dilemma?


A:MSI Mobo doesn't detect HP SATA optical drive

If it helps, HP has told me to connect my SATA drive to another computer, but I can't because there are all too old and don't use SATA.

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Hi. I know there has been some discussion about this before, but I think I'm in some kind of in-between status with this installation:

My motherboard is an Asus A7N8X Deluxe.
I already have 3 IDE HDD's hooked up and 2
IDE CD/DVD drives (w/no issues).

I am now trying to add a Samsung 1 TB SATA
(the jumper is correctly set on mobo), but the boot
sequence stops at this line:

Sil 3112A SATA RAID Controller Bios Version 4.1.50
Copyright (c)1997-2002 Silicon Image, Inc.
Primary Channel: Samsung HD103SJ
Secondary Channel: Drive Not Found

I cannot see the Samsung 1 TB SATA drive in
my Bios. My OS (XP) is installed on another drive (IDE drive) and operates fine when the SATA 1TB drive is unhooked.

What should I do next?


A:Asus A7N8X Deluxe mobo not recognizing SATA hard drive

Have you looked it up on the ASUS site?

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Greetings from Arlington, VA -

I'm having trouble getting my system to work with a new SATA drive. I've tried various BIOS ( settings, various jumper settings on the drives, and various connection arrangements among my three drives, but when ever I connect the SATA drive and change the BIOS setting to recognize it, i.e. turn to "Auto", my system will simply not boot and simply reports "F1 to continue or F2 to Setup." My OS is on D0 - ST3120026A LBA 120Gb on Ultra DMA5.

I've also look at trying to change the boot sequence, but the BIOS doesn't give me many options and doesn't even acknowledge the SATA drive; I'm limited to D0, D1, CD-ROM, or USB. Drives D0 and D1 are connected to a Promise Tech PCI Ultra100 IDE Controller TX2. I even tried removing both the controller card and drive it came with (D1 - WDC WD2000JB-00DUA3 200 Gb on Ultra DMA5), and connect drive D0 directly to the motherboard, but much to my dismay, my BIOS gave me the same response.

Any insights and assistance would be geatly appreciated!


A:Trouble with adding a new SATA drive

Please tell us the make and model of computer OR make and version of motherboard if a u-build.


Download and run Everest Home (it is free):


Once you download it, click on it and let it install and then run it from the icon on your desktop.

Click on the + sign beside 'Computer', then on 'Summary', then go to the VERY Top of the screen and click on 'report'.

Note: the 'Very Top' isn't one line down, it means what it says.

Cursor over 'quick report-summary' and then click on 'plain text' and then click on 'save to file' and change the 'save in' folder to 'Desktop' and then click 'Save'.

Clear all your open windows and on the Desktop click on that 'report.txt' icon - this will open it in a text editor
(probably Notepad) and then use your mouse to highlight ALL the 'debug' entries and delete them, then use your mouse to hilight all the remaining text then copy and paste it to here.
For future reference: once you open Everest, click on file, preferences, report and uncheck the 'include debug information in the report' box. People rarely want to see that stuff.


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i lost the floppy that came w/ my mobo so i went to the mobo's site (abitusa) and d/l their sata drivers here: http://www.abit-usa.com/products/mb/drivers.php?categories=1&model=175

step by step here is what i did:

d/l the drivers.

unzipped the file.

after unzipping the file it created a folder w/ drivers for intel, silicon, and via then there was a file called txtsetup.oem sitting in there w/ the sub folders.

I transferred the whole folder to a formatted floppy disk

rebooted machine, ran windows cd rom

pushed f6 to install sata drives

inserted floppy and pushed enter when prompted

a message appears that says could not find txtsetup.oem (even though i know it is on the floppy!)

am i missing a step???

i have a few ideas that could make this work...i was going to try these, but if someone could save me the headache i'd appreciate it!

i was thinking maybe use an unformatted disk, try copying just the "via drivers folder" to the floppy, etc... but can anyone think of why i am getting the could not find txtsetup.oem error???

A:Trouble installing SATA drive on XP HELP!!!

moved file to via folder and it worked

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Okay, so today I got a brand spanking new 160GB 7200 Sata Seagate Hard Drive. Put the cable into Sata port 2 installed the sata power supply, bios detected it. (NOTE: I have a 80GB sATA where WinXP Pro is loaded.) So I boot to windows, I didnt see the sATA drive in My Computer.

I opened Partition Magic 8.0, partitioned my new 160GB drive. Next I booted noticing that the 160GB is not being detected in the bios. Partition magic says : ERROR Batch file cannot be executed, because drive not detected in startup. SO I restarted my pc again and the brand new sata drive WILL NOT SHOW UP IN BIOS.

I tried EVERYTHING! Nothing can detect my new 160GB drive! Can anyone tell me how to reformat the drive manually? I really need help!

A:Trouble with 160GB SATA Drive

Not sure if this info will help

My motherboard is

MSI- NEO2-P (2 Sata ports) Intel ICH(Something) Controller

The malfunctioning Hard Drive is

SeaGate Barracuda10 ST3160815AS 160GB SATA 7.2K RPM

Bios is

American Mega Trends Award Bios

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I am having alot of trouble trying to get my laptop to accept xp, im not a computer geek by any means but I do know my way around more than just basics. I have done research to find out that I have to download drivers since xp is not supported on a sata drive, I learned to use and downloaded nlite, I researched several sites with info, drivers, links to more sites and has followed them to the T burned about 5 cd?s and still comes up with blue screen setup could not determine type of one or more mass storage devices. I press S to specify additional scsi adapters(im assuming this is right as if I press enter it eventually leads me to the blue screen says problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage and bottom has trouble code of 0x0000007b ) it says setup could not find a floppy drive on your machine to load oem drivers. pres esc to cancel loading oem drivers, f3 to quit setup.
I just want xp on my computer, I have 2 xp disk, both are xp pro however one is corporate with sp2 other is just single user disk. When I go through the integration It says it completed successfully, I dont' have another computer to check it out on.
computer is sony vaio vgn-CS320j, model pcg-3G5L 64 bit, but the windows xp is 32 bit, I have read I can put a 32bit on 64 system but not 64 on a 32 bit system so I should be ok on that. I think I?m not finding the right drivers or I?m simply leaving out a critical piece of information. Anyone that has done this be... Read more

A:Having trouble installing xp on sata drive

Since you don't have a floppy drive to complete the F6 > Press S > etc. installation of SATA drivers, you will have to install the SATA drivers though the use of a slipstream disk. You combine the contents of a Windows XP installation CD with the SATA drivers and make a new CD. Google for the exact procedure. There are several sites that explain how to do it.

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I have installed a second SATA drive, using the second SATA port on the MB. Device manager tells me that the drive is there and working, however it shows no file system and says the drive has not been initialized. What does this mean? I have partitioned/formatted disks in the past, but now I don't have a drive letter in Explore or MyComputer, so I don't know how to get to it. BTW, the drive (Hitachi) came with no disk. System: Pentium 4 3.0GHz, Windows XP Home.

A:Solved: trouble installing second SATA drive

From your post I guess you haven't yet partitioned or formatted this drive. Right click on My Computer and choose Manage followed by Disk Management. You should see your drive and then you can partition and format it.

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I have an older 30 GB SATA drive (FAT format) that I use for backups via USB. It works fine when I connect it to my Mac. When I connect it to my XP SP2 computer, device manager shows it's there without any conflict, yet I have no way to access it - there is no icon under My Computer for it.


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Hi there, I bet you've heard this question a million times but can any one help me install windows xp onto my new sata II hard drive?

I have decided to update my pc and i have put a sata drive in. Never used one before. On installing xp i get the bsod. I have been researching into this and found that i am missing some drivers as old copies of xp don't register sata drives. My motherboard detects the hard drive and so thats all cool. The problem is i don't know where to get a driver for it from? I've looked every where.
Here are my specs:

ASUS P5KPL-AM Motherboard
250GB Maxtor SATA II Hard Drive

I know that the pc is ok as I tried the old ide hard drive and everything was fine. I have also looked on the motherboard software disc and asus website for a driver for this but they don't have one or any makedisk.exe file!

A:Trouble installing XP on SATA II Hard Drive

Your motherboard may need a bios update in order to fully use SATA drives. You should only be using an XP Pro, SP2 install CD now. There are jumper pins on SATA drives that can be used to slow down data rates for compatibility on older motherboards

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My Box config

AMD athlon 64bit 2800+

ASUS K8-VX Mother board

want to upgrade to 500 gigs or if possible to 1tb Sata HDD

Problem is
1) Mother board is old done almost 3 years
2) I don't know what version of SATA will be supported
Please advise

Thanks in advance for your answers


A:Need to upgrade to SATA Not sure if it is sata or sata II which my mobo supports


I don't know why, but everytime I go to asus, they're hving site maintenance
Anyway see if you can click on Specifications there

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: AMD FX(tm)-6300 Six-Core Processor, AMD64 Family 21 Model 2 Stepping 0
Processor Count: 6
RAM: 16291 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon R7 200 Series, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 953 GB (206 GB Free); E: 149 GB (55 GB Free); F: 931 GB (360 GB Free);
Motherboard: ASRock, 970M Pro3
Antivirus: Norton Security Online, Enabled and Updated
I recently did a fairly major upgrade to my PC's hardware. I found a good deal on a sata3 1Tb SSD but then realize I would have to replace my motherboard in order to reap the maximum benefits from the SSD. After that my RAM seemed inadequate so I increased both the speed and the amount. After doing a google search on how to get my Windows 10 from my HDD to my SSD. I found a program (EaseUS Partition Master 13.5) that said it could migrate my system to the SSD without any hassle. So after completing that I rebooted went into the bios and switched the primary boot drive from the Raid set HDD to the AHCI SSD. But it would not boot So I went back into the bios and I saw that it had a RAID option for the SSD even though it is a single drive. And it does boot from that setting. Even after disconnecting the RAID HDD set my PC will only boot if the SSD is set to Raid. Now what I am curious about is: was it fact that I migrated Windows from a Raid set that caused My SSD to be read as Raid? The other thing is I have not noticed any increased in ei... Read more

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

A:trouble accessing hard drive via SATA cable


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Hi people, i wonder if you can help.
I have an ASUS A7V8X-X Motherboard and have been running it fine for a long while with 2 hard drives. I want to add a third so i bought a maxxor SATA drive and a SATA controller.

My situation is this. I can boot up with my primary IDE hard drive with the SATA disk with no problems.
But, if i also connect my 2nd IDE hard drive, boot up fails when windows starts with a continual beep - no breaks, just beeeeeeeeeeeep.
This isn't the usual POST beeping.

Any suggestions?

How could the second IDE hard drive conflict with the SATA drive?

A:Trouble adding SATA card and drive to system

If there is a resource conflict windows usually lets you know. I suppose one avenue to follow is that SATA devices can be set native or legacy. If I understand it correctly (and I may not!) setting it to native allows a wider range of system resources to be used. There is also another setting in BIOS that has something to do with this and I suggest you look at yoiur mobo manual.

How many devices can you have? I have Sata 1 and 2 on an Intel ICH5R controller and also Sata 3 and 4 on an onboard Promise controller. This allows me a wide choice.

Good luck.

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I know that since during a windows installation, certain libraries are installed specifically for certain types of chipsets/cpu's and that an abrupt hardware change can cause failures. I read on an article somewhere that you can migrate windows without hardware errors if you manage to get windows to operate on a politically correct mode similar safe mode to boot up with minimal functionality before installing the appropriate drivers for the new board.

I want to install my G41 intel mobo from an old am2 socket mobo, both cpu's are 64 bit capable and I was wondering if there would be any difficulties or questions during the migration. Overall I want to avoid a complete OS re-install.

A:Migrating from AMD mobo to Intel [Windows Server 2008 R2 x64]

I have had this procedure work only once perfectly by deleting anything that pertains to the original motherboard in the device manager before the swap like processors which your going from AMD to Intel and chipset drivers or any others you think might be ones to remove or disable or uninstall and then you could try starting in safe mode with networking the first start up and see how it goes but, have a plan for a fresh install just in case the swap does not work correctly and good luck,

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I have just started building a new computer. And I ran into a few problems. I'll first list out the stuff I put together.

-Asus P4P800SE Motherboard
-P4 3.2e GHZ processor
-Corsair PC3200 XMS Series 3200CPT 512mb Ram
-Samsung SP1213C 120 GB SATA harddrive
-Generic Floppy
-Geforce2 ultra (just for now)

I tried to boot up with win xp, but the DVD ROM would not boot up. It detects the SATA hard drive but it is listed as the third ide master (i cant change it to first ide master. it detects the floppy but the light on the floppy is always on. everything is plugged in correctly, i double checked and triple checked. Any suggestions? Thanks in advanced

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I have a DIY box with an Asus P5K-E mobo that provides SATA II ports. I upgraded to a pair of Samsung 850 EVO ssds and naturally got a great speed boost. Now I am getting greedy and thinking about doubling my gains with a SATA III controller card. I have been reading online and I am seeing indications that I may not get much if any speed boost that way. Would those of you experienced with doing what I am contemplating please chime in and tell me if you achieved improvement and if so what card did you use? I am running Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Home, one on each ssd, no RAID is involved.

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Hello, My Lenovo X220 is fitted with a i5 2520M, Centrino Wifi, Gigabit Ethernet and Ericsson F5521gw wwan. I would like to report a problem with migration to 1903. Yesterday, I initiated migration from Windows 10 1809 to Windows 10 1903. During process, at install time (auto reboot, then blue screen with percentage), at around 48%, system gave up with a BSOD, Pagefault in NDIS.sys and then stopped. On the next boot, system was restored to its previous state (1809). So I investigated and retried again and again. The solution was to remove any unneeded network hardware driver during migration (I kept Centrino Wifi). I even turned off Wifi (green switch) once download phase has ended. I also removed the graphic card driver. I think Ericsson F5521gw old 2011 Windows 7 driver was the culprit. Anyway, everything went ok, and I even installed it back after migration. Haven't tested it though. Thanks

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I am looking to purchase an SSDD (Newegg.com - Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F90GB3-BK 2.5" 90GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)) and am wondering if I will still see good speeds as my motherboard only has SATA II connections and the drive is SATA III.

A:Will I still see good speeds using a SATA 3 SSD on a SATA 2 mobo?

Yes sir you will. Regular hard drives don't even use the max bandwidth speed of Sata II, and its still tricky to get the full speed of Sata III, so you will notice a very good speed improvement with what you have. I have done this very thing in the past

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Umm, this was probably a stupid question, but, SATA II hard drives are easier to find than SATA hard drives. Could I just buy a SATA II drive for my netbook (which I think has a SATA HDD)?

The netbook is an Acer Aspire One D260.

A:Does a SATA II device work with a SATA mobo?

This will probably be ok but I would check with Acer first.

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problem - I bought a new 1 tb western dig HD that is sata ii (wd10eacs) and windows does not give it a drive letter.

I have a intel D101Dggc mobo whose specs say that there is a sata i connection. Can this be the problem - the sata 1 connection on the older moboi cannot process the new sata ii hd?

if not, what is a good way to tr shoot? The device mgr in windows put this drive name in the hard drive list.

A:can new sata II 1 tb hd work with a sata i mobo?

If the drive is detected then the SATA 1/5 versus 3.0 is not likely an issue.

But the drive needs to be initialized, partitioned and formated before it will get a driver letter and be accessible.

To do that you must use Disk Management and here's how: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309000/

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

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Hey Everyone,

I've just built a new PC for some intense graphics and video work, and I can't seem to get my old drive to work in any way.

This is a W7 Home Premium 64 Bit installation.

Before I took the boot drive out of the old case, I did the procedure for "System Out of Box Experience" as detailed in this thread:

Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

But when I put the old drive into the new system, it does not boot into Windows, it goes to the "Windows Error Recovery" screen, and when I try to repair it, it just tells me it can't be repaired. When I look at the logs it tells me 'startup repair cannot determine the cause of the problem'.

trying to boot into safe mode just results in the machine restarting itself.

I cannot use the install DVD to reinstall the OS because the HD won't boot.

I took the 'old' drive out and put in a blank HD and successfully installed onto the new drive, and am able to boot into this clean install of W7, but the Windows migration tool moves everything off an old drive but the applications (which, Windows Team, if you're reading this - that's an incredibly LAME omission) so I can't really use that feature without adding hours of hassle downloading and popping in DVD's and digging up serial #'s out of storage.

I called MS tech support, but it was clear that I, (in my limited knowledge) knew more than the CSR I was speaking to, who was reading from a "it your computer plugged in' script.... so I didn'... Read more

A:Migrating to a new MOBO, W7 "system out of box experience" fails

Cut your losses.

Decide which drive you want to put Windows 7 on and clean install to that drive. If your existing clean install to the "old" drive is OK, reinstall your apps to it.

Imaging or cloning is the only way to move installed applications from old drive to new drive and neither is always successful. You may have already failed at cloning or imaging, depending on what you mean by "Windows migration tool". The Windows "Easy Transfer" tool leaves a lot to be desired, if that is the tool you tried.

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I've been the author of this topic: Thoughts on a solid state drive?

That has convinced me I should seriously consider upgrading to an SSD drive for my windows.

However I want to do this without re-installing windows.

So here are my harddrive specs:

And here's a guide on how to do it: (there are some other guides but this one seems most solid)
Migrate system to a solid-state disk without reinstalling Windows with EaseUS Todo Backup software

My question is:
Do I need to buy a SSD drive that is from the same brand as my current hard drive? Or doesn't it matter what SSD I buy to migrate to? This is very important to know. Because I would like to make this smooth without much issues. And the last thing I would want is buying something that causes me to re-install windows.

And if so what SSD Drive should I best buy? Recommendations? Please provide links to the product pages.

A:Migrating to a SDD Drive, 1 question, does it matter which SSD drive?

No, you don't need the same brand.

Some SSDs will come with software that will clone your old installation to the new SSD.

Or you can use third party software to clone from the old drive to the SSD.

Or you can use third party software to make an image of the old installation and then restore that image to the SSD.

Or you can do a clean install.

Good choices would be the Crucial MX100, Samsung 840 EVO, or an Intel.

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Decided to upgrade Computer with an 128GB SSD with a plan of moving my Windows 7 O/S and a couple of regularly used games folders onto. I have 2 other HDD's in the set up.

Fitted the SSD and thats working fine.

Using Paragon's 'Drive Copy' Software I've gone to transfer my O/S from the C Drive onto the new SSD. It would appear that the local computer shop that 'upgraded' my PC a couple of years ago 'forgot' to partition the O/S from the rest of the rubbish on the drive, so now when I go to the transfer wizard it says that the C Drive is bigger than the destination drive. I've tried editing the files to move - but to no avail.

Have tried shrinking the C drive with Windows Disk Management but it is still too big. I've taken a full back up of the drive onto an external HDD - I've toyed with the idea of temporarily deleting everything except the O/S files in the C Drive - running the wizard and then moving the files back to the drive once the O/S is up and running from the SSD.

What are the best options?

A clean install of Windows 7 (or 8) onto the SSD and then link everything back up?

Can you retrospectvley partition the old drive and put the O/S files into the newly created partition?

I'm getting a bit confused!

A:Migrating O/S to SSD - Existing C Drive too big

Doesn't Drive Copy have the migrate to ssd feature?

There is a wizard for that in many paragon programs.

It allows you to exclude non o/s files from being migrated.

Or is that what you are using?

Have tried shrinking the C drive with Windows Disk Management but it is still too big. I've taken a full back up of the drive onto an external HDD - I've toyed with the idea of temporarily deleting everything except the O/S files in the C Drive - running the wizard and then moving the files back to the drive once the O/S is up and running from the SSD.

Might be worth moving as much as you can to the other partition before trying to migrate.

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I need help ( instuctions/ directions) how to migrate my present cdrive (40 g) t a larger drive ( 80 g) . I run xp home and have a amd 1.3 based machine.

A:migrating to a larger drive

Easy. Slave the drive and clone it. There are free utilities out there.

HD Clone




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After just 13 months my 500GB WD HDD has come up with fault code. I have ordered a new one. I have software on my current HHD which has licences etc., and would really like a solution whereby I can clone the current disk and replace that image onto the new disc without having to reinstall everything. Any ideas?


A:Migrating gard drive

plonker (that's me I'm referring to)!

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After just 13 months my 500GB WD HDD has come up with fault code! I have ordered a new one. I have software on my current HHD which has licences etc., and would really like a solution whereby I can clone the current disk and replace that image onto the new disc without having to reinstall everything. Any ideas?


A:Migrating Hard drive

Laptop or Desktop? If Desktop you can mount the new drive as a 2nd drive in the computer then use Macrium Reflect Free to clone the old to the new.

Laptop, you can mount the new drive in a external enclosure or buy a Universal USB hard drive adapter to connect the new drive via a USB port then use Macrium. I just bought this:


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Hey guys, I signed up here because I'm at my wit's end with the SSD I bought.

I used EaseUS Todo to clone my system partition to the SSD. Except that it's more like a copy rather than a clone, it gets its own drive letter. So the SSD System ended up being B: and I couldn't figure out how to change it into C: because Windows doesn't let you change the letter of the current System partition.

So I had the idea to clone the System again, boot from the second copy, and change the drive letters there. That worked, I now had one System C:, one E: and renamed the original HD System to X:. Plan was to delete E:, hide X: and just boot from C:.

I used EasyBCD to fix the boot options so the boot sector is on the new C: drive. It looks like this:

(I made two entries for C: to test the difference between C: and BOOT: but there seems to be none)

Except when I reboot from C: it doesn't keep the drive letters. C: is renamed to E: and the old HD system is back to being C: and if I unplug the HD the boot process breaks (because it doesn't find all the stuff it needs on C:)

When I boot from the second SSD system partition E: it loads the drive letters like I assigned them so I boot from E: and have the other SSD system on C: so it finds all the required files. Doing this I can unplug the HD without issue but obviously I don't want to keep two instances of the OS on the SSD.

Ultimately I want to get rid of the second system copy on the SSD and just boot from C:, maybe keep th... Read more

A:Migrating to SSD - drive letters?

When you "clone" your existing spinner Windows system to a new SSD (or any other drive, for that matter), you really are just making a copy. If you have a standard Windows setup, then you really have TWO partitions that must be copied to the new drive: (1) small 100MB system reserved, which is marked "active" on the spinner and is where Boot Manager lives, and (2) Windows C-partition (lettered C from its own perspective). BOTH of these partitions must be cloned/copied over to the new drive.

If the second drive is available simultaneously with the original drive, the copy process can be done directly. Macrium Reflect supports this process, as does Partition Wizard and other similar products. Of course both of the above designated partitions must be copied to the new drive.

Note that as long as you're still booted to your original Windows, that partition will always be assigned C and any other partitions on the same or any other drives will always be assigned D, E, etc. (although you can also change them if you want... just not C).

If both drives are not available simultaneously, it's often practical to take an intermediate "system image" backup (of both partitions, as mentioned above) out to an external USB 3.0 drive using software like Macrium Reflect, then remove the old spinner and install the new SSD. Then boot to the standalone boot CD version of Macrium Reflect and restore the "system image" (of both partitions) that you j... Read more

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I have a new HP Envy 17 that came with a 1 TB hard disk and wanted to install a SSD as the boot disk. It has Windows 8.1 Professional installed on it.

The HP has 2 disk bays with 2 motherboard sata connectors, one for disk 0 and one for disk 1.

I installed the SSD in the 2nd drive bay and connected it to the disk 1 connector. Booted up and ran AOMEI Backupper Standard v2.0.2. Using the Clone function I cloned disk 0 onto disk 1 (the SSD). As AOMEI compacted some of the partitions, the RECOVERY partition, for example, I ran MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition v8.11 to increase those partitions on the SSD to be the same size as on the original hard disk. This was just in case HP wanted to rewrite them there would be expansion room equal or greater than what was allocated on the original HP disk. Not likely I know!

The disks were then exchanged in the drive bays. The SSD connected to the sata connector for disk 0 and the original hard disk moved to the disk 1 connector.

I then rebooted. My recollection is that I ran Disk Management and things looked OK.

Subsequently I started loading software, MS Office, etc. and now, after feeling something is not right I looked at my drives with Disk Management again and I noticed the Windows (C:) drive is assigned to the original hard disk, NOT the new SSD. A copy of the Disk Managment screen is attached.

When I looked at the partitions using MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition v8.11 I realize the problem is that the Windows part... Read more

A:Problem Migrating to a SSD as C: drive

Originally Posted by pueo

I noticed the Windows (C drive is assigned to the original hard disk, NOT the new SSD.

You are right.

Originally Posted by pueo

How to make a partition active and bootable?

UEFI boot mode and GPT partition table on the SSD/HDD do not use boot sectors and do not require active partition to be set. UEFI firmware (BIOS) scan the drive for existence of the "EFI System Partition", then run "\efi\boot\bootx64.efi".

Remove the HDD from your computer.

If Windows does not start.

- Boot the computer using the Windows 7/8 installation media.
- On the first screen, press SHIFT+F10 to bring up command prompt.
- Boot the computer using the Windows 8 recovery USB flash drive.
- select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt.

- Run the following command at the command prompt.

bcdboot c:\windows

BCDBoot copies the boot files from the Windows partition to the EFI System partition and creates the BCD store in the same partition.

BCDboot Command-Line Options

edit: The ID for the recovery image partition type is incorrect, so do not wipe your HDD clean, until it has been corrected.

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I am hoping that someone can help me.
When I was adding a memory module to my motherboard, it somehow fried the motherboard and I can't use it anymore.
My computer had 2 drives in it (C & F). I managed to remove those 2 hard drives and put one in my wife's computer (F) and another one in another backup computer I had. My original hard drive (C) is now a slave in the backup computer and I can see the directory structure clearly. It had all programs and my documents. The F drive in my old computer was a slave and it is still a slave in my wife's computer. Here is my problem:
In my original hard drive (C), I had programs such as outlook 2007, frontpage, outlook express etc. I can reinstall those in my backup computer, however, I need to access the settings of those programs. I can see the directory structure of my old hard drive but when I try to run any of the programs on it, I get an error message saying that the program has not been correctly installed for the user and then the program exits. Is there a way of accessing the settings on my old hard drive which is now a slave? I cannot boot from my old hard drive anymore. I also cannot use the file and settings transfer wizard for some reason.
Incidentally, I have windows xp pro on both the backup and my old computers. I have windows xp home on my wife's computer.
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A:Help in migrating my settings to a new drive

When you install a program it makes many entries into the registery and puts its settings in certain folders. If you just try and run the exe from an old hard drive setup as a slave it won't work, as you are experiencing.

Most programs put settings in
C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\

So if you old hard drive is showing up as E:\ you would look in E:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\
In order to see these you may have to set explorer to show hidden files and system files. (View->Folder Options, look for the tab with the list of checkboxes)

Install the programs onto your backup/rescue computer. Then you should be able to copy the settings from your old hard drive to the current hard drive.
You might need to find out exactly what files you need to copy from the software maker.

And if you have issues trying to access a folder, and get an access denied error message read this.

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Is it possible to connect an ATA HDD to a MOBO designed for SATA HDD? If so is there any special adapters or cables that I will need? Thanks!


Yes, you will need an adapter to convert the SATA connection to ATA interface. This adapter will be connected to the IDE cable to change the other end to ATA interface in order for you to connect it to a SATA port of the motherboard. Here's an example: http://www.satacables.com/html/sata_to_ide_adapter.html

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I received my Biostar NF325-A7 this afternoon. It has 4 IDE connections and 2 SATA connections. I searched the forum and read the manual but I couldn't find any clear cut answer to this question. Can I install both IDE and SATA hard drives on this board. I have some of each in old computers.

Another question just occurred to me. Can I prepare the used Hard drives for installation in the new computer by deleting the old partitions then reformatting in the new computer?

A:IDE and SATA HD on the same mobo?

Yes to both questions.
I would only install the drive you want as your boot and OS drive,install your OS and use the option in the setup to format.
When you have that drive working then install the other drives .

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I have a mobo which supports 2 x ide and 2 x sata Hard Disks (Asus A8V Deluxe, agp)
I have 3 Hard Disks: 1 x ide and 2 x sata.
I m thinking get rid of the ide and stay just with those 2 X sata...
Is it a good idea?

A:2 sata in mobo

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im building a new computer and was wondering is it ok if i used a ide cable froom my other mobo with hd would that work because my mobo only came with sata cables and ide cables for my cd drive and stuff :chef:

A:mobo sata

Your old IDe cables should work just fine.

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I was just wondering I have a Intel D865GBF mobo and it supports both IDE and Sata drives. My question is, can I have both types installed at the same time? Also can I ghost from IDE to Sata? And can I boot from The Sata? Anything else that I should know along these lines would be greatly appreciated

A:Both sata and ide on same mobo

check your manual,some m/b you can use both ides with sata and others you cannot use eide 1 when using sata
otherwise everything works as normal from what i have read

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i just bought an a7n8x deluxe mobo for the serial ata that was available on it. It appears that it is more difficult than i thought to bring those sata devices to work. I explain :

i got that :

AMD 2500+ Barton
1.5gb Ram Dual
a7n8x deluxe ( sata 150 )
Western Digital 120gb
Maxtor 30gb
2 Dvd drives
graphic cards, and everything else that doesnt matter at all.

So, i installed RAID Controller from Microsoft with autodetection. Silicon Image is updated. My bios is updated to v.1008. Also, my new samsung 250 gb SATA 300 ( with the lil things to switch it 150 plugged in ) is plugged, detected but not working as hdd. So my real problem as you might know, is that my sata is not working... so my new hdd cant work.

i've tried :
my maxtor alone with samsung with jumper
my Western digital alone with samsung with jumper
samsung alone with jumper for 150
samsung alone without jumper
maxtor with samsung without jumper
western digital without jumper.

i also tried to installed windows only with the samsung connected, nothing else. Can't detect an operative hdd, so can't install. Windows cd tried to install raid controller and everything, nothings working.

Oh yeah, and my new asus drivers are on.

Another thing is that i got no floppy working. My floppy drive is broken, and i can't use it, and referring to my ASUS SATA installation's read me, i need one to install something to make those things working. Is there a way to i... Read more

A:Help --> Mobo + Sata

To me it would be simplest to buy a new floppy drive for $6-$8 (okay, plus shipping and maybe tax).

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Im wondering what the general consensus is for the best all around MOBO that has both USB-3.0 + SATA-3 implemented into it is..??

A:Best mobo with usb-3.0 + sata-3..?

There is no "best" ,,, There are about 1000 different motherboards out there... give us five or ten to choose from.

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