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Problem connecting Sata hard drive via controller card

Q: Problem connecting Sata hard drive via controller card

HI there, i'm having trouble with a new hard drive i bought, it's a seagate 80gb sata, my motherboard only accepts ide connectors so i bought a controller card with sata ports connected one cable (bought seperately) to the hard drive and another through a convertor to the power. When i start up windows it recognises the raid controller, that in turn recognises the hard drive but it seems to be under a seperate interface, the normal bios does not recognise the hard drive as slave or master or at all for that matter! Have i connected it wrong or is there something i'm missing? Thanks in advance for any help!

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I Can't Install a sata hard disk with a PCI sata controller card.?
My mb is MSI KT4V with AMD athlon 1800.My bios is AMI.
There is no option in my mb for a sata hard disk so i brought the sata pci cotroller card.
In post it shows the raid in my pci slot but cant detect my hard disk. It is a Segate 7200 rpm 160 gb hard disk.My sata pci controller card come with a driver cd but i cant install its driver in dos mode. and i think its for the windows version.
How can i install the single sata drive in my comp.
please help me...

A:Can't Install Sata Hard disk With PCI SATA controller card

Probably some fakeraid BS..
You have to enter the RAID BIOS and configure the drive as a RAID0 array or something similar. If it doesn't detect the drive in the RAID BIOS either, look over all your cables. Make sure you have power to the hard drive and suchlike.

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I built myself a new server last year. It didn?t have to be fancy and it wasn?t for data backup as much as just being a storage system. I bought some new hard drives to go with it. It was running perfectly fine between September 2014 to August 2015. One of my hard drive suddenly became unreadable. Every time I tried to reinitialize it in Computer Management, it kept on saying ?Device I/O Error? or something like that. I tried several different partition managers/recovery programs and none of them could read it. It was a Seagate so I tried Seagate tools. The only test that showed it had a problem was the long generic test. So, I just figured I got the 1 in 1,000 hard drives that went bad. I got myself a new one and, in under 24 hours, it stopped being readable as well. I did some further research and found a suggestion to try it in a different SATA port along with a different SATA cable. I did that via a SATA PCI card I had but still couldn?t setup the drive in Computer Management. However, my partition manager could read it and possibly attempt to recover the data on the hard drive. This leads me to think it?s some type of SATA controller problem.

My motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-H97M-D3H. As I said, I use it as a server. It?s never under a heavy load. The most activity I?ve attempted to do with it is host a Minecraft game I?ll admit I don?t run fans on my hard drives. But, from what I?ve read, they don?t need it unless they run really hot for long per... Read more

A:Hard Drive (or SATA controller) I/O error

you could try checking the drive on one of those PCI/SATA>USB adapters and seeing if it works like that, or trying it in a different system. If it the drive works like that then I'd say try updating your BIOS to see if that fixes the problem.

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

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

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

A:Connecting IDE Hard Drive to SATA PC

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

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

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

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I think I need a IDE hard drive controller card,
I have been having problems swopping between a sata hard drive and a ide hard drive,
I have found some information regarding using a thing called a IDE hard drive controller card,
will this fix my problem,
and if they do work is there any draw backs with using one of them?
thanks very much with your help in advance.

A:what is a IDE hard drive controller card

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I recently purchased a 250gb western digital 7200RPM Ultra ATA-100 hard drive. At the time of the purchase I also purchased a new motherbaord (Chaintech S1689 Socket 939), a new CPU (AMD64 3400+) and 512 mb of pc 3200 400mhz ram. I've been getting lots of problems, including this stop message 0x0000009C, as well as problems unzipping/unraring large files. They are often found to be corrupt, when I know the file could not possibly be corrupt (such as downloading a trial version of Office 2003 directly from the microsoft website). Someone recommended that I should buy a hard drive controller card. I really had no heard of these cards before he mentionned it. Do I require one? What do they do? My system seems to acknowledge that the amount of space on my hard drive is 250gb.

A:Do I Need A Hard Drive Controller Card?

If I do need a card, will this suffice?


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I've managed to use XP setup to partition and install XP on my new sata hard drive BUT XP doesn't install the correct driver - so when the system reboots the hard drive isn't recognised.

I can't get nlite to work on my laptop to slipstream the driver onto an XP installation disk...

I tried manually including the driver using a walkthrough from http://unattended.msfn.org/unattended.xp/

- but I couldn't get it to work...

Ideally I'd like to find an alternative to nlite which is capable of installing the drivers onto the xp disk for me...


Anyone know of a really clear guide on how to prepare an unattended windows xp disk?

A:Problem installing drivers for sata controller on boot drive

have you tried loading with f6
have you set the sata to be seen as ide in the bios

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I have installed a Suba SD-SATA150R card with a WD SATA drive. It works, but there is no hard drive light at all. The light worked with the IDE drive I took out.

The card uses a Silicon Image chip. The mobo is ECS N2U400-A.

Is a dark hard drive light normal when using a PCI SATA card?

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my pc has an sata pci card (i dont really know the brand but the chipset is silicon image); it works fine except that it gets stuck when i tried to connect a big hard drive (750G) to it; if a 750G is connected to it, it just blinks before POST and I cant even get into BIOS, it works fine for drives <300G; I just wonder if it's possible to update the firmware of the card or something to make it see larger drives.


A:Solved: sata pci card not able to see 750G hard drive

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Hello. Got a question and I do not know the answer nor can I find it.

The mainboard on my setup is a BIOSTAR TA790GX128M. I currently have 4GB DDR PC6400 memory (2 sets of 2X1GB Matched Sets) that I am upgrading to 8GB of DDR PC6400 memory (2 sets of 2X2GB Matched Sets) as I am getting ready to install Win 7 Pro 64 bit and I wanted the extra memory. This board has 6 SATA II slots limited to 3Gb/s. As I have an external drive that I use for storage (1TB and it is almost full with my .wav music files from my digitized LP's), I got a Speed Dragon PCI Express Combo Card so that I can use eSATA function on the drive instead of USB to connect to the computer (eSATA being faster than USB V2.0). The card says the PCIe is limited to 2.5Gb/s but I have read where the SATA II ports, even though listed as 3Gb/s, operate at a much lesser speed.

I know I need to upgrade my mainboard/cpu/memory to current standards, but I can't do that right now. It will be about a year before I can upgrade the MB/CPU/Mem.

This controller card is in the PCIe slot (one of 2 - PCI Express Gen 2 X 1) and not only does it have the eSATA port but there is also a SATA II port on it as well.

I am getting a SSD that is SATA III (Samsung EVO) for the new OS and am wondering if I should hook it up to the SATA II port on the PCIe controller card to use the PCIe slot instead of hooking the SSD to one of the 6 SATA II ports on the mainboard. Four of the 6 ports are already in use (2TB HDD, 2TB HHD, 350GB H... Read more

A:SATA II or SATA II via PCIe Controller Card

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Perhaps not a question for sevenforums, but I'd figure you guys would either have the answer, or be able to direct me to the answer. I purchased a Silicon SiI3512 SATA Raid Controller purely to have 2 extra SATA ports which I am using to connect to my case's external drive bays. I have flashed the bios of the controller and updated the driver to put it in "Base" mode so it is not using RAID. I did extensive research on this and it appears that I have this part right. For now, I am trying to connect a WD1600BEVT 2.5" SATA-II hard drive to one of these ports and am having some difficulty. I can see the drive, but when I try to format the drive in Windows, or a command prompt (using the windows recovery DVD) it hangs. I am wondering if this is a compatibility issue with a SATA-II drive on a SATA-I controller, however, most of the forums I have read state that if there is a compatibility issue, the controller won't even recognize the drive. I searched around to see if there was a way to force the HDD to SATA(150), but the jumpers on this drive are for SSC and RPS. Is there a way to fix this or do I need a drive that is capable of forcing SATA-I speeds? Perhaps even a controller capable of at least SATA-II since that is the minimum of all new HDDs?

A:SATA-II Drive on SATA Raid Controller?

SATA II drives are typically not backwards compatible with SATA I ports, especially on add-in cards UNLESS they have what is called "autospeed negotiation". This determines the max speed of the drive and tells it to compensate if it's too high (use SATA 1 vs 2). Unless there is a jumper on your drive, which it doesn't sound like there is, then the add-in card does not have autospeed negotiation. This is taken from Problems encountered installing SATA 3.0 Gb/s hard drives on SATA 1.5 Gb/s controllers.

I suggest finding an addin card that supports SATA II like this card: Newegg.com - Rosewill RC-211 Silicon Image 2 port SATA II PCI Express Host Controller Card&#40;RAID 0&#47;1&#47;JBOD&#41;

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Hiya all!

I have a few problems on my head, and they start with a 2x WD HDD and ends with a 2x Seagate HDD.


Anyhow. here is my problem

The WDD are the green version, the one that changes speeds between 54 and 72 RPM, right, and my seagates are the Black Version 72 solid.

My problem is, the other day, BOTH of my seagates Black started slowing down, click sound, freezing, attempting to speed up the speed and return to normal operation, as for the Green WD's, well, nothing's wrong! (I will attach a wav file for you to listen to the sound)

This is the second pair of Seagate blacks that I am changing and I don't know what to do to make my HDD's work at optimal.

The 4 HDD's are hooked up with the same cable
ex: the power cable that runs out of the PSU is connected to the 2 WD HDD's AND the 2x seagates as well.
Maybe the problem is with the voltages? cause in that case, it should be the WD Green's that should parish, not the Seagate blacks...

Help me out please...

Running on:
Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H
stock SATA Cables.
PSU 700W Coolermaster RS-700-PCAA-E3

A:Hard drive problem? Maybe a bad HDD Controller?

Can you disconnect the WD drives from power and see if that improves the situation. The heads can park if the power is flaky, causing clicking from the parking.

Have you tested the drives with seagate's seatools program. If not, go to their website and download and run it.

Seagate 7200.11 drives have been problematic. Maybe they are OK now though they do have a history.

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Hi, I recently bought a WD 500GB hard drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073 and I installed it in my computer. I have a 150gb raptor already installed in my computer and I have windows XP installed. The computer works perfectly, except the fact that the hard drive is not detected by windows. I have the asus p5n32 sli se deluxe mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131031 . The hard drive is detected in bios, but it is not detected in windows for some reason. It's not in my computer, device manager, or disk management. I have been trying to get the disk formatted for a while now, but have yet to be successful. I have tried switching the sata cables out and switching to sata port 1, which is where the raptor is connected, but it's just not being detected during windows setup or anything. I have the sata ports enabled. I just don't understand why bios can detect the drive, but disk management can't. Any and all help is appreciated.


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I just recieved the hard drive yesterday and it boots up fine until I begin installing programs or multitasking at which point the computer freezes.

I restart the computer and it says that my hard drive is undetected. I can reconnect the cable to the hard drive and it reboots fine but the problem still persists.

Is there anything I can do short of replacing the hard drive?

Thanks in advance.

A:Problem with SATA Hard Drive

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I bought a Dell computer a while back to fix up. The only problem with it was that it lacked a hard drive. I bought a SATA hard drive, which I then realized I needed a controller card to connect it to. I bought one and hooked it all up, but it wouldn't get recognized by the BIOS.

I was able to load a version of windows onto the drive... but it doesn't work very well.

I can't fit all of the drivers of the driver cd onto a floppy disk, so I'm kind of at a loss. ANY help would be appreciated!

A:SATA hard drive problem - Help!

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ok i have a 20g ide hard drive and its full, so i now have a re certified western digital 320g sata drive but the thing is neither xp or the bios of my asrock motherboard can detect it and yes i have installed the drivers but it still could be a driver problem so any suggestions on what to do next?

A:new hard sata drive problem

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i just built a new computer and i had 500gb sata hard drive
but when i was installing windows xp
there was only 130,000mb unpartioned space
anyone know what i can do?
thx in advance

A:sata hard drive problem!!!

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I have a Dell XPS 400, The primary hard drive crashed. I bought a new hard drive (Barracuda 3.5 internal hard drive) 500 GB. I also have a second hard drive installed already. The Dell operator told me how to install it even though he wasn't suppose to. I have it installed but my computer keeps coming up with a message that I am running out of disk space but it is on my secondary hard drive. Why isn't the computer pulling off from the 1st hard drive that I just installed. I have been going crazy for 3 days now and can't figure it out. Please Help.

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I purchased this add-on card for my older AMD 2400mhz 1gb ram box. This is the computer with Win7 on the 500gb Pata IDE hard Drive. I wanted to add a 1TB Sata drive since the MB does not have sata. The card has 2 sata connections, 4 USB ports, & 1 IDE connection. It just plugs into an empty PCI slot. For some reason Win7 does not detect the card & when I try to install the drivers Win7 says cannot detect any hardware. The card has VIA VT6421A chipsets.

Power by VIA Chip - SATA RAID + ATA133/100 + USB
Internal Interface 1 x Serial ATA 150 + 1 x ATA 133
External Interface 1 X SATA 150
External Interface 4 X USB 2.0 Port
2 Ports SATA supports RAID 1/0 0+1, and PIO mode 4/3/2/1/0
Support 24 bit hard disk mode >147MB (Please check with Microsoft website for enable 24 bit Mode)
Support IDE bus Ultra DMA at ATA 133/100Mbytes/sec PCI burst rate
Support maximum PCI bus master data transfer rate of 266MB/sec.
PCI interrupt sharing and coexists with main board IDE controller
100% Plug and Play
100% Brand New
Requirement Support Windows 95, 98, 98SE, ME, NT4.0, 2000 and XP
Here is the item on eBay

PCI 3 in 1 Card 2X SATA RAID + 1X IDE ATA 133 + 4X USB - eBay (item 160309427900 end time Jan-14-09 10:01:13 PST)

A:Sata PCI I/O Controller add-on Card

Quote: Originally Posted by McBlzr

I purchased this add-on card for my older AMD 2400mhz 1gb ram box. This is the computer with Win7 on the 500gb Pata IDE hard Drive. I wanted to add a 1TB Sata drive since the MB does not have sata. The card has 2 sata connections, 4 USB ports, & 1 IDE connection. It just plugs into an empty PCI slot. For some reason Win7 does not detect the card & when I try to install the drivers Win7 says cannot detect any hardware. The card has VIA VT6421A chipsets.

Power by VIA Chip - SATA RAID + ATA133/100 + USB
Internal Interface 1 x Serial ATA 150 + 1 x ATA 133
External Interface 1 X SATA 150
External Interface 4 X USB 2.0 Port
2 Ports SATA supports RAID 1/0 0+1, and PIO mode 4/3/2/1/0
Support 24 bit hard disk mode >147MB (Please check with Microsoft website for enable 24 bit Mode)
Support IDE bus Ultra DMA at ATA 133/100Mbytes/sec PCI burst rate
Support maximum PCI bus master data transfer rate of 266MB/sec.
PCI interrupt sharing and coexists with main board IDE controller
100% Plug and Play
100% Brand New
Requirement Support Windows 95, 98, 98SE, ME, NT4.0, 2000 and XP
Here is the item on eBay

PCI 3 in 1 Card 2X SATA RAID + 1X IDE ATA 133 + 4X USB - eBay (item 160309427900 end time Jan-14-09 10:01:13 PST)

This card works with Vista x86 and x64. Usually you do not need to install drivers, although the drivers are on the CD or here :-
http://drivers.softpedia.com/progDow...oad-... Read more

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hello out there

just wanted to ask a few things about installing a sata pci card

i was thinking of using sata harddisk and my p4vmm2 is 5 years old i think...

no problems with the ecs board just wanted to improve my drives

so what do i need except for the pci sata card ??

can i boot from the sata drive?

i was thinking of ghosting my ide drives to the sata drive..

any suggestions is very much welcome


A:SATA controller PCI card

Well, getting a sata controller is not a problem. It will usually have its own BIOS that will load when it is plugged in. Just make sure that if you do have any IDE drives plugged in while using the sata controller, turn them off as direct boot devices in the regular bios. This way the sata pci card will pick the new drives. Also make sure that when you install windows to the sata drive, have a floppy disk with the SATA controller drivers on it, and tell windows setup that you want to install additional drivers.

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In our SBS we have a SATA controller card to manage 6 hard drives. The 2 SATA connectors on the motherboard are open. I recently bought a external drive dock that came with an internal/external connection to be plugged into the motherboard. When doing this and connecting the dock to the computer it would not recognize it. With the drivers not being an issue, is it possible that the motherboard SATA connections are void after adding in the controller card? I haven't been able to restart to check if they are disabled in BIOS, but wouldn't think they would have been.

A:SATA controller card

1. what make and model of Sata controller is it? What model Server is it?

2. Most Sata controllers are not hot pluggable, you must shut down the server, turn on the external drive then start the server, a pain I know, but most consumer Sata controller cards do not support hot plug or hot swap.

3, Consult the user manual for the card.

4. There will be a bios utility during post for the Sata card, this is what you will use to configure an additional drive.

5. It will be a layered bios, in other words there may be more than one bios that posts, the motherboard bios will post first, then any add in cards that have a bios will post, depending on what slot the card is in the order of the add in card post sequence, each bios post will should show you what keystrokes to use to enter them.

5. If you are not experienced with this advanced hardware, I suggest you get a consult before doing anything, you could destroy the raid array experimenting with settings and lose all your data.

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My machine has both older and newer hardware, running win98 with plenty of ram and processor power. What I want to do is add a large, 320 gig SATA-150 hard drive to the mix using a controller card. I will want to put winXP on this drive and use it as a mutlimedia storage drive--mainly storing music files in wave file format. I'm new to SATA and I understand that now there is SATA II, which, if I understand correctly, provides an even greater data transfer rate.

My question is this: Will a SATA II controller card accept a SATA 150 hard drive or are we talking about incompatible interfaces? I might guess that this would work, but would like to know for sure.

You might be wondering why I wouldn't just get a SATA 150 controller card? Well, given that computer technology is always being improved upon with new standards on the horizon, I just wouldn't want a 320 gig SATA drive to become obsolete too quickly. Comparabley-sized SATA II drives are a little pricey, so I won't be going there right now. At least I'd have the appropriate controller card when SATA II becomes the norm.

Any input about SATA compatibility and any other info on this that you can give me would really be appreciated.



A:SATA II controller card

SATA150 and SATA300 devices are interchangeable no problem.

Mind you, there is virtually no speed difference between SATA150 and SATA300. The interface speed is meaningless, it is the hard drive itself that dictates the data rates. Plus, there are no desktop drives that can do sustained transfers over 100MB/s, so it will be many years before SATA150 actually becomes a bottleneck (perhaps when we get hybrid hard drives with huge solid state caches).

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I had a question about these controller cards. I wish to purchase one of the newest burners and it is only available with a SATA interface now currently until I can afford a better one my computer doesn't have SATA on it.

Is it possible to use one of these cards to attach the burner to it or is it only for hard drives?

This may seem like an odd question but I ahve been out of the loop on the computing world for a bit.

Thanks in advance for any help

A:SATA Controller Card

SATA is SATA... no difference between hard drives or optical drives, or any other SATA devices

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My external hard drives are SATA III, but they connect via a SATA II controller card, to my SATA II motherboard. I'm wondering if the hard drives would perform much better if they were connected via a SATA III controller card to the same SATA II motherboard? A card such as this one"


A:SATA III Controller Card

I have an ASUS U3S6 that my C300 ran off (past tense because flashing the BIOS made it un-bootable) Read speeds were def higher on the card but I gotta say, overall, I can't tell any difference now I'm running it off a SATA 2 port.
EDIT: I posted some benches here (SATA 2) Show us your SSD performance

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I am using a PCI interface SWEEX FD000050 card with the SIL3112ACT144 chipset.
This card is discontinued.
Need working SWEEX FD000050 cards against cash.
Please advise of other SATA controller cards with this chipset.


A:SATA Controller Card

Instead of doing that, just get a mainstream card like a promise or highpoint card. You can install the card and driver; once installed you can move your existing install to the promise/highpoint card. No need for a reinstall.

At least you will always be able to get one of these cards. I have been using both promise and highpoint cards in builds for years without ever seeing one fail.

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Since my current computers are older and do not have any Sata ports on them I was looking to get a good cheap (and perferably non-raid) controller card, PCI only.

So I was wondering if any of you out there had an suggestions for some. Money is somewhat of a factor as well...

Any help is always greatly appreciated

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hey i am havin a problem accessing my 300G harddrive it's "WDC WD32 00JD-60KLB0 SCSI" that is my "storage harddrive" where i got my games an music files on there how do i gain access to that.

it would be a great help if u can help me with a "step-by-step" guide for that so i can do it myself after when you have told me how to do it...

Thank You

P.S Mohammed Arfan

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Hey, I'm trying to retrieve data off a friends hard drive so they don't have to bring it in to a store. I've done this in the past with the same computer and other drives but for some reason it isnt working.

I have a WD and it is set to the master setting, the Maxtor which is faulty is set to Slave. My BIOS is set to boot HD1 first and it does list the drives as having the proper Master/Slave settings.

However when windows (XP Pro) tries to boot, I get an error asking me to insert system disk, which is the same error from when my friend tried booting her HD.

It's almost as if its booting the Slave drive first otherwise Windows should be loading.

Any suggestions? Thanks!

A:Problem connecting second hard drive

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I've just built my self a new PC and installed a 160GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 SATA hard drive.

Windows XP found it fine during install and formatted it. Everything works ok, but in Windows it says that the drive is only 127GB in total.

I'm using an MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum motherboard http://msicomputer.co.uk/Products.aspx?product_id=703538&cat_id=77 , AMD 64 4000+ processor and 2GB RAM.

The board has 2 ATA-133 IDE sockets and 8 SATA sockets split between two RAID controllers - in BIOS it lists the hard drive as the 4th IDE Master, even though its in the first SATA socket. (I have nothing on the 1st IDE channel and a DVD ROM/DVD writer on the 2nd).

I've also noticed that in Windows the drive is listed as the secondary device on the SATA channel - there's no primary.

Apologies if this is a bit confusing - I haven't had any experiencing using SATA drives before and am a bit stuck as to what's causing the problem. Any advice will be much appreciated


A:Solved: SATA hard drive problem

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I am having some problems with a pc I built before christmas and it seems to be with the hard drive. It was originally working OK and then it started to freeze and when you rebooted it could not find the hard drive. I brought it home to check it out, checked all the cables and turned it on and it worked fine for me, no freezing or not finding drive. I had it for 3 days, on most of the time, rebooted it often, carried out diagnostics on the drive and it seemed to be fine so I returned it.
Two weeks later the same thing happens again, so again I bring it home, connect it up and it works fine for me, at the moment I have had it for 3 days and it has worked flawlessly.
The spec is: Maxtor 80GB SATA; sempron 2800; ASUS K8V-MX motherboard; 512Mb PC3200 crucial memory; Windows XP SP2.
Has anyone any suggestions as to what is going on here?

A:Intermittent SATA Hard Drive problem

Check the cables? Bad PSU? Overheating? And of course, malfunctioning SATA controller (overclocking?).

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Hi, i've been trying all day to install Windows XP (home edition) on to my new Seagate 80GB SATA Hard Drive. Im connecting it to a Gigabyte GA-K8NE motherboard with a 3GHZ AMD Sempron. Here's whats been happening....

1. Start PC and Boot to the Windows XP installtion CD
2. Press F6 to addtional Drivers
3. Use a floppy and load Nvidia RAID Utillity and Nvidia Storage Control
4. Windows setup contiunes BUT then say its can't find Mass Storage device, Press F3 to restart...blah blah blah
5. And lots of loud swearing follows!!!

Can some please guide me as the Gigabyte website is actually rubbish!!!

A:Problem's installing XP on a new SATA Hard Drive


Are you actually doing a RAID or do you just want to install Windows Xp on the new SATA HD? If you are just installing XP then don't press F6 and just install XP. It probably can't find a Mass storage Device because you need at least 2 HD's to implement RAID.

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I purchased a Syba Silicon Image 2-Port SATA PCI Controller Card (Manufacturer Part No. SDSATA150R) about one year ago. I installed Windows 2000 and installed the SATA drivers fine (F6, S, etc.) using the provided cd. Now, however, I am attempting to re-install windows 2000 on the same machine, and do not still possess the drivers cd (lost it somewhere along the way).

Below are the steps I took, and the error I received. Please let me know what I am doing wrong, and the correct way to install the driver without the cd that came with it.
I went Here and downloaded the file: SIL3112 RAID driver set ver for Windows 98 / 98SE / ME / NT 4.0 / 2000 / XP
I extracted the zip to my desktop (different computer), opened up the winall folder and copied the 9 files to the root of a blank floppy.
I ran windows 2000 setup on the comp in question using four boot floppies, pressing F6 at the beginning of the first floppy
I hit S to specify an additional device, entered the disk I had created, and selected the second option (NT and 2000)
Error received: "File \si3112r.sys caused an unexpected error (4099) at line 1211 in D:\nt\private\ntos\boot\setup\oemdisk.c."
I remade the windows boot floppies and the SATA driver floppy to make sure the trouble wasn't a bad disk. Received the same error each time.

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I have a 500GB WB Blue series HDD with a damage data plug and can't be used.


There's a listing on ebay for a WD 500GB HDD controller card that looks identical to the one on the HDD I have. The listing quotes the card for a


Would the card feasibly work with my HDD may I ask ?

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I've been searching through the forums and have found a few situations similar to mine but not quite; I've tried a few of the suggestions I've seen that are applicable but thus far they haven't helped.

Here's what's up:
I am and always have been running XP home.
I was running a Dell Dimension 8250; I had a 120 Gb IDE hard drive in it being used as a secondary storage device. It worked fine. I upgraded to the system I have detailed in my profile. It's boot drive is the new Seagate and works fine. In the Dell, I formatted the Maxtor completely and then connected it to my new comp via the PCI IDE controller card I have installed. BIOS recognizes the Maxtor correctly; according to my user's manual (and what I've found actually looking), I can't do absolutely anything to configure my IDE storage through the BIOS because it does everything automatically.
XP does not see the drive in any capacity, from My Computer to Disk Management.

The Maxtor is on the slave connector of the IDE cable and it's jumpers are set to slave. The PCI IDE controller card is functioning properly.

I still have the original Maxtor installation CD and floppy. The floppy says to pop it in the drive, along with the CD and reboot. I have done this and the Maxtor software doesn't recognize that a Maxtor is in there.

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A:IDE HDD to SATA mobo through PCI IDE controller card

Never mind; I got it worked out.

Long story about RAID controllers and poorly labeled/missing drivers!

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Can any one suggest what Sata card i need to add extra hard drives to my system I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit


A:I want to add a Sata Controller card to my system

for the M2N-MX SE, You will need a PCI type.

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Hi , i have read on some forums that some sata pci controller cards are not supported by windows seven, so my question is ,
Q- Does anyone know which type or brand of sata pci cotroller card is supported by windows seven?


A:Sata Pci controller card for windows seven

PCI cards? You are aware that these only support legacy SATA-150 standards... so I doubt anyone has built one for a few years now, nevermind making a Windows 7 compliant card!

In short, don't waste your time looking... sorry

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So here is the situation. I have recently added a second drive to my system. Previously, I had a single PATA drive set up and running windows just fine. I have now added a SATA drive that is connected via a Silicon Image 3114 controller card. I have no problems using it as a secondary drive. It is visible from within windows and I have full access to it.

Here lies the problem. I want to use the SATA drive as my primary drive and install windows on it. So, I disconnected the PATA drive (so as not to accidentally overwrite anything on that drive), I booted from the windows XP install CD, pressed F6 to install the drivers, but when I get to the next step to select where to install windows, it says that no drives exist.

My guess is that my BIOS is not detecting that I have a SATA drive installed using a controller card. I'm not sure.

So, does anybody have any remedies for this issue?

A:Booting from SATA with Controller Card

Windows has got nothing to dowith BIOS - it uses its own drivers for everything. It is Windows that cannot detect your drive. Maybe you loaded the wrong drivers?

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Because I'm short on SATA slots, I would like to be able to connect a SATA harddrive via a controller card, but the ones that I have will make the drive available to the OS, but not to Boot Priority in the BIOS. Actually, the drive doesn't appear in the regular BIOS screens at all, just on the additional RAID screens nor is it listed in the Device Manager, even though it does appear in Disk Management.

I currrently have 3 SATA controllers, beyond the main one that most of my harddrives are connected to...2 SIIG 3132 SoftRaid 5 controller (one of which is onboard), and a VIA VT6421 RAID card. What kind of controller card do I need to make it's harddrives bootable?

A:Bootable SATA Controller Card

You may have to enable a feature in the motherboards BIOS called Interrupt 19, or INT19.
this feature allows Add-on controller cards to be access by the BIOS and booted from.

That is what I needed to do on my older machines with Adaptec SCSI cards and my Promise SATA card.

Interrupt 19 Capture
Common Options : Enabled, Disabled
Quick Review
Interrupt 19 is the software interrupt that handles the boot disk function. It is typically handled by the motherboard BIOS although it can also be handled by the optional boot ROM BIOS in some IDE/SCSI host adaptors. When enabled, this BIOS feature allows the ROM BIOS of these host adaptors to "capture" Interrupt 19 during the boot process so that drives attached to these adaptors can function as bootable disks. In addition, it allows you to gain access to the host adaptor's ROM setup utility, if one is available.
When disabled, the ROM BIOS of these host adaptors will not be able to "capture" Interrupt 19. Therefore, you will not be able to boot operating systems from any bootable disks attached to these host adaptors. Nor will you be able to gain access to their ROM setup utilities.
If you use separate IDE/SCSI host adaptors, you should enable this BIOS feature if you wish to boot from any drive attached to your host adaptors. It will also allow you to gain access to any ROM-based setup utilities.
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Dear friends,

recently, I have some problems with a new hard disk I bought (SATA). I thought that my mobo had a sata controller but it did not. So, I bought a new PCI card and I connected my hard disk to it. Everything was fine but after a week some errors appeared and when my PC started it showed that it could not recognize the hard disk.
Then I thought it might be the controller and I replaced it with another one (different brand). Again things were fine for 2-3 weeks when sometime - again - during startup, my PC could not recognize the hard disk (showing the same errors).
The status now is that sometimes it recognizes the hard disk and sometimes not. This is very annoying !
Do you have any ideas what might be wrong ? Is it possible the second PCI SATA controller card being defective ?
Thanks in advance for your comments.

A:SATA hard disk controller

Perhaps its your IDE Cable, Check to see that its plugged in securely, (That the cables are out of the way, and not getting hot or stuff).

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Hello everyone
I installed Windows 8.1 on my 5-year-old PC and I have a flag on the right-bottom end of my screen. When I click on it, it says I have: "1 Message", which is: "Solve a problem with your hard drive controller".
When I open the Action Center, it gives more information on the problem. It says:
"Your hard-disk controller isn't working properly because a compatible driver is not available for this version of Windows."
When I click afterwards on the button "View message details" in the Action Center, it says in the middle of the window: "Opening Solution".
After a bit less than a minute I see a message on the screen, that says:
"This solution could not be downloaded.
Most likely causes:
Your computer was unable to download the solution at this time. Check to make sure your computer is connected to the Internet, and then try to download the solution again later."
And the Internet is working just fine.
My PC, including motherboard, is 5 years-old (GYGABYTE Model: GA-P55A-UD4P (rev. 1.0)), and the latest drivers is of Windows 7 version.
I have to mention that I haven't encountered in any problem since I installed Windows 8.1 so far.
So, Is this really an issue?
Should I do anything to solve this issue?
Thank you for reading and trying to help me

A:Action Center: "Solve a problem with your hard drive controller"

Depends on which controller it's talking about.
If it's the Intel controller, try updating it from the Intel Download Center ( http://downloadcenter.intel.com )
If it's the Marvell controller, see if they have an update available at http://www.marvell.com/support/downloads/search.do
If it's the Gigabyte controller, then there's not much else you can do.
If that update search doesn't help, then there's 2 things that you can do:
- live with it
- purchase a new, Win8.1 compatible motherboard
Compatibility is a rather vague thing.  The system can work just fine for the longest time, then all of a sudden an update can cause it to stop working.
Since Windows is reporting a problem, I'd suspect that you'll experience the compatibility problem sooner rather than later.
If you decide to live with it, be sure to implement a rigorous backup program - as there's no telling what will happen to the system once the incompatibility is revealed.
The problem here is that the storage controller runs the hard drive - where everything is stored.
Good luck!

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I have a 2 1/2" mini external hard drive, that I haven't used in several weeks or more, that I now can't seem to get my computers to recognize when plug it into a USB port. I've tried it with the desktop I'm using to write this post, and also a netbook that has a Windows 7 64bit OS, and neither computer will recognize it in "My computer" or under "Disk Drives" in the Device Manager.

The first couple times I plugged it into my desktop I at least got a "found new hardware" reaction, and an installation wizard window appeared to load the appropriate software for it (which it couldn't find), but now all I'm getting is an audio beep or two when I plug it in, but no other recognition. What am I missing here?

Firstly, I don't recall the hard drive formerly needing any special installation or drive software, but my memory's not worth a tinker's damn these days so I'm not really sure. I thought I remembered it as a plug and play that provoked a window asking which alternative of options, such as, "View files?", etc. Also, I can't find the original hard drive cable that came with the purchase, but I do have a Type A USB to mini 5 pin replacement cable that I'm using for this now. It's the only cable of it's kind that I currently have so I can't try an alternative cable at this point.

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A:Problem connecting an external USB hard drive

What is the make and model # of your 2 1/2" mini external hard drive?

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Computer: Dell Dimension 5100. 6 years old.
Current hard drive: SATA 250GB (think it's SATA 1). Dell web site says its ATA-133

Looking to: Replace the hard drive due to faults

Question: Can I fit a SATA 3 hard drive in this computer? Would this just work at SATA 1 speeds because of the old mainboard? Most of the hard drives listed for sale are now SATA 3.

Thanks for any replies.

A:Solved: SATA 3 hard drive to replace a SATA 1 hard drive?

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I have bought a new Maxtor SATA 120 Gig hard drive. I am having a problem getting the system to see it.
I am using a ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe motherboard which has 2 SATA connections. When I try to install windows XP I get a message saying hard drive cannot be found.
Using the auto detect in CMOS does nothing and I have set all configurations to default, nothing happens.
adding RAID drivers on install has no effect either.
I cannot get the motherboard CD to boot, although the CD is set as 1st boot.
Power is going to the HD, which I have had inspected by PC World to check it's ok, which they confirm.
The only time I can see the name of the HD is in the SATA configuration window.
I only want to use one hard drive so I have not used any of the RAID configurations.
Any advice please? Thanks

A:Solved: Sata Hard Drive Install Problem

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Any ideas?

I've an ASRock K8Upgrade-1689 board with on-board SATA controller which works fine with my SATA hard drive until I disable either the on-board LAN or Audio in the BIOS. The hard drive then mysteriously becomes invisible to the board. Bit scared of flashing the BIOS but will be brave if it's a good idea!


A:Sata hard drive and on-board audio problem

Cheers Rick

Had a stiff drink and flashed the BIOS! No problem, and can now disable the audio and LAN with no complications. Thanks for your help

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