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sata to ide adapter do not see PATA hard drive in the bios?

Q: sata to ide adapter do not see PATA hard drive in the bios?

some people change ide to ahci in the bios then it worked.

some people put drive on master, hey then it worked
Second PATA hard drive not detected in the BIOS? - Yahoo Answers

some people put drive on cs, hey then it worked
SATA to IDE Adapter, Drive Not Detected in BIOS - Hard Drives - Storage

What do I do to make it work for me?
The yellow led lights up
the sata cable plugged into sata port and tried multiple ports.
Under sata configuration I tried AHCI which caused windows to BSOD
I switched that back to IDE

This Asus p5qc has a PATA DVD drive lugged into MB IDE port
And a sata drive plugged into sata port.
And a sata drive plugged into sata port.

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A: sata to ide adapter do not see PATA hard drive in the bios?

Following this guide, i made it so windows boots ok with bios setting to AHCI
AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista

Still the bios does not show drive with adapter connected.
I have tried 4 HD and a dvd drive.

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I just removed a disabled SATA Hard Drive from a Compaq Presario computer and am about to purchase a new hard drive to replace it. I happened to have an extra hard drive, but it seems to be a PATA hard drive. Is it possible to use this drive? Or do I have to get a SATA hard drive? Thanks. Maggie

A:Solved: Difference between SATA and PATA Hard Drive?

As long as your motherboard has an IDE (PATA) connector on it, and you have an IDE cable to connect it, you can use a PATA (IDE) hard drive. I haven't seen a motherboard without an IDE connector on it so you should be OK. However, SATA is a much improved interface for hard and CD/DVD drives. Highly recommend you stay with it.

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There are these kind of converters available. I don't understand how such a converter can fit into the hard drive space for instance T43? Is there any kind of converter which fit?

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So then after I installed windows xp pro, I plugged in my 40g PATA IDE drive, and it would always select that as my master hard drive, as we know, my "should be master" drive is a 160g SATA drive. Any suggestions on how to have my 40g drive as slave, and my 160g drive as my master? My computer specs are listed in my signature. Thanks.

A:pata and sata drive, sata should be master, but pata is

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I have an old machine with only 2 SATA connectors and 2 PATA connectors. I need to install 3 hard drives. I don't have any PATA hard drives so I got an SATA->PATA adapter. I installed Win 8 on the hard drive connected to the adapter and it was running fine. I decided to replace the OS hard drive with a SanDisk 64G SSD and ran into problems.

So I decided to go for a fresh installation. I booted via a USB drive and installed Win 8.1 on the SSD. After reboot, it goes directly into recovery and reports an IO error. Has anyone seen this before? Thanks.

A:Boot goes to recovery. SSD via SATA->PATA adapter

Windows 8.1 is not happy on older PC's.
New Windows 8.1 requirements strand some users on 8

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

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

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

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

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Hello guys!We are trying to install a Crucial m500 960Gb SSD into the hard drive bay adapter for the w540.While the drive fits, once it's connected is not snug and kind of "rattles" inside the bay adapter.It turns out that you need one of this little adapter/spacers that are present in the actual main SSD that came with the machine.We've searched everywhere for the part number or even it's name, with no luck.
Here's the picture of the part:
Link to image
How can we get one?
Shouldn't this part be included in the Hard Drive Bay Adapter IV?
Thanks so much for your help!Nicolas E.
Moderator note: images totalling more than 50k converted to links per forum rules:  Lenovo Community Participation Rules

A:SSD "adapter/spacer" missing in ThinkPad 9.5mm SATA Hard Drive Bay Adapter IV for W540

No one has ever wanted to install a Crucial m500 SSD in the Hard Drive Bay Adapter?

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When using one of those adapters that allows one to connect a PATA hard disk to board with only SATA connections, how much loss in data transfer rate is there?

A:Adapting SATA board to PATA hard disk

The answer to your question is NONE ! You are relegated to the speed of the slowest device and in this case its the PATA Hard drive.

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I have been trying to recover files from a corrupted hard drive. No OS will boot on it, scandisk freezes on trying to correct index errors, HDD Regenerator shows no bad sectors.

The only option left that I can see is using an adapter and trying to pull the files off through a pc, but this hard drive, Seagate Momentus ST9160821AS, has a interface that I am not farmiliar with.

I do have an IDE converter for laptops but it interfaces with pins, and I cant find a converter that fits with this one, probably because its SATA NCQ. Is there another name for this kind of adapter that i can't find?

Here are some pictures of the interface, hope somone can give me some info on it.


A:SATA/NCQ Laptop Hard drive adapter

You could buy an external USB Sata enclosure for the notebook drive, and access it that way. This Seagate drive should be replaced under warranty (5 year)

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ok my friend has a device to be able to use a IDE internal drive externally
via the usb port i was wondering would something like that be able to be found for a sata drive. The case i have only has 2 slots for sata and it came with a dvd lite scribe burner and a HD both sata but I unhooked the burner for now so i can use my other sata drive that already had my apps and music,movies on it from another pc. the cd burner that is hooked up is a reg ide I dont know what the name of the device he is using or if it even has a name but its pretty neat has a power cord for it and you put the hard drive in it well slide it in and he hooks the internal drive to the usb port thru it.

A:SATA hard drive external adapter

This one.



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I just brought this product to get access to one of my hard drives and I am simply unable to get it working on my windows 7. the directions are useless, theres nothing about windows 7, only xp and vista. I seriosly hope theres a answer to getting this functioning for me. thanks for your help

A:sabrentz usb 2.0 sata/ide hard drive adapter

Hi frusterateDUDE, welcome to the forum
Have a look here; SABRENT USA / Computer peripherals and accessories / Product support page and see if they have newer drivers

I guess it is a cable device? more details would help

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i have a Dell 280 with a IDE Hard drive. I want to change to a Sata drive using one of these adapters. Dell has one for $17.99. Do these things actual work without reducing H/D speed and has any one used/ tried one?

A:Male ide hard drive to sata adapter

Add your link to the adapter, please.

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I am one of those people who like to gradually transfer over from one technology to another when the price is right. Well the price is right especially since SATA has been out for several years and PATA is an obsolete technology.

I have a PATA drive which is formatted for NTFS, not fat 32. I want to install it on a SATA 2 drive. I want to back it up with Ghost or Acronis and install it on the new sata2 drive.

Will this work? The drives aren't the same size either. Does it matter if it is Acronis or Ghost?


A:Can I use Ghost or Acronis to back up my PATA drive and install it on a SATA drive

If you have the drivers for the SATA controller installed on your Windows installation then there's rarely any issue cloning the PATA drive to a SATA drive, and there's no issue with cloning to larger drive either, both Acronis and Ghost support going to a smaller or bigger drive. The file system doesn't matter.

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I made the mistake of purchasing the wrong enclosure for my hard drive. I needed a 3.5 SATA and I ordered a rocket fish 3.5 PATA enclosure. I can not return it. I have read about converting but I am new to all of this hardware stuff
Is it possible to use the PATA enclosure with the SATA drive, and if so what converters do I need? Will there need to be file conversions as well?

Thanx in advance for your help!

A:Solved: SATA drive in PATA enclosure

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I would be grateful for any advice re replacing an internal DVD drive in my old (2001) desktop machine.

Am I right in thinking that a machine of this vintage would need a PATA drive, not a SATA drive?

Many thanks for any assistance!

A:PATA vs SATA DVD drive for 2001 vintage PC?

You are correct however the very best way to find out what is inside the case is to open the case and look.
Replacing a dvd drive is pretty easy. You will have a 40pin cable and a molex power connector each just pulls off. Remove the old drive and check the jumper setting. If it is the only drive on the ide cable, it should be the master device. Set the jumper on the new drive just like the old one was set. Now install your new drive. Connect the cables you removed and you are good to go. It really is that easy.

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Hello all,
I am trying to access my wife's macbook hard drive via my Windows computer using the Vantec SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter. The Apple techs said they could not get the drive to register when they hooked it up. However, we gave it a good drying with blow dryer.

The adapter works fine and all the correct drivers installed.

I am in disk management and the 250GB drive seems to be showing up. However, it is not showing up in My Computer and right click shows "assign a letter" is grayed out.

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A:SATA USB Adapter With Macbook Formatted Hard Drive

You are going to need a utility like MacDrive
to read the files. About all you can do directly from the windows management in this instance is format the drive. (which would result in the complete loss of data on the drive)

Also if any of the apparent moisture involved got inside the housing it's very possible the data is damaged beyond recovery. Since hard drives save data to the disk by creating what is essentially rust (iron oxide) manipulated magnetically on the surface.

There is likely a free utility out there that does the job. I just don't deal with mac's very often personally so it's not something I would be aware of, you might try google.

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I need to retrieve data from a SATA drive but can only achieve this if I can connect it as a slave drive to a machine with a master PATA drive. The motherboard will accept both devices. Is this possible? and if so how?

A:Master PATA drive Slave SATA drive-is it possible

Leave the pata as master, plug in the sata and reboot. OS will assign new drive letter to the sata and you should be able to see it.

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This is my current configuration:


C drive has Win7 80GB
D has half Winxp and half storage. Total size of D is 160GB

I want to put both C and D onto a single SATA drive of 240GB and make that SATA a dual boot.

I am using Acronis 15. How do I do this?

A:How do I backup and recover separate PATA's w/OS's into one SATA drive

"I am using Acronis 15"
Acronis what? They make more than one product you know!
Is it Acronis True Image, Acronis Disk Director or Acronis Migrate Easy?
Official user guides & documentation are here: http://www.acronis.com/support/?TS=4-0

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I have an empty 2.5" HDD bay and I'm looking to install my SSD. Since the computer does not come with an adapter, what adapter should I get?

Would this work:
Or do I need this:


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Interaction (interface?) between a Sabrent USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE Hard Drive Adapter Product Code: USB-DSC5 and my Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I am having an issue with the following situation:
When connected to IDE Drives Maxtor and Western Digital, and through the usage of Windows 7 it tellls me that the Hard Drive "is not ready". Is that a message originated by the Windows 7 software?
If so how do I go about "getting the disk ready" so i could change disk type or number or sizes of each partition and/or reformat?
I would appreciate your support to help me solve this unexpected report from the Windows 7 interaction with this adapter and the Hard Drives it holds, 40 GB and 80 GB IDE drives Maxtor and Western Digital. I am trying to use Windows (or some other third party software) to resize the partitions, change the disk type and eventually reformat.

Thank you kindlly

A:Clash between Sabrent 2.0 to SATA/IDE Hard Drive Adapter with Windows

Check the power & DATA cables.
When using IDE HD Drives, make there are set to master.

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

A:Deciding between external and internal drive pata versus sata?

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

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Hi Guys
I have just fitted a SSD drive in my computer windows 7 64 bit system, when I installed windows onto the new SSD I just unplugged my old hard drive and fitted the SSD and just installed windows 7 and all worked ok.
But after the new install was working I was told I needed to make a change in the BIOS to alter the settings from treat Sata as IDE to treat Sata as AHCI.
I did this and all was ok with the new drive the installation worked and the new drive is running ok.
But now I have since read that I should have made the bios change before installing windows nad should not be done after the install,
So do I need to reinstall windows 7 with the bios changes to treat sata as AHCI before I install or will it work ok it seems to be ok but im not sure now.
I was also under the impression that I could still have my old hard drive fitted and just select the hard drive I wanted to boot from as the computer started, I wanted to do this so I could still has access to all my old stuff if I needed it.
But now my old hard drive will not boot until I change the Bios back to treat Sata as IDE, so is this not going to work or will I have to change the bios each time I need access to my old drive.
Also I have an Asus P6T SE motherboard so can I plug the SSD into any Sata port or is it better to plug it into number 1 if so how do I find which one is number one.

A:SSD hard drive do i use Sata as IDE or AHCI in Bios

See this tutorial: AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista

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I just bought a wd 320 giga SATA hard drive. I have an asus a7n8x Deluxe motherboard. The SATA/Raid controller is installed or at least the bios says it is. The drive is recognized as the "primary", but it will not put it as the Master hard drive--only says it's the primary later in the bios post. Windows does not recognize it at all. When I try to install Windows XP, it says no hard drive detected, and tells me to hit F3 and Goodby. I have re-flashed the Bios about 2 dozen times with versions 1005 thru 1008 (the latest). I've changed the data cable. Nothing works. Anybody got a great idea i've missed? Would like to have the SATA, but will have to return it if I can't get bios to recognize it.

A:can't get bios to recognize new sata hard drive

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I have upgraded from Windows XP Service Pack 3 to Vista on a Toshiba Qosmio G35-AVA600 which has two 80GB SATA hard drives. In Windows XP the drive was seen as one 180GB hard drive. No problem.

After I installed Vista the second drive is not showing and I can't format it from disk management services because it is not shown.

The wierd thing is that I am not missing any files, but perhaps I had not used any space on the second hard drive, therefore I wouldn't be missing any files.

Also, after installing Vista I checked the BIOS and it does not see my second hard drive, nor does My Computer but it is there as I have made no hardware changes. All I did was upgrade from Windows XP Service Pack 3 to installing Windows Vista. I have the latest RAID drivers from Toshiba which was updated after I installed Vista. The latest BIOS was installed from Toshiba website BEFORE I upgraded and it WAS listed in the BIOS.

I've read the many threads on second ATA hard drives but no one mentions that their BIOS does not recognize the drive as well as Vista.

How do I fix this problem?? Any help at all would be greatly appreciated!!

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A:BIOS AND Vist Not Recognizing 2nd SATA Hard Drive

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my machine is i3 with 8 gb ram, 2 hdds (1tb sata & 40 gb pata) & sata dvd drive ... 1 tb sata has win 7 & 40 gb pata has xp installed ... use both drives separately ... i disconnect sata & use this pata drive only for net downloading ...

yesterday i got a new PSU, installed it ... bt now bios doesnt recognise my pata drive ... as this wasnt the case day-before ... what should i do to get it recognised ??? its working/spining ... if connected as slave, it doesnt even showup in win 7 ...

bios is old (1998-2009) ... has options like (on chip sata mode = disable, auto, combined, enhanced, non-combined)


A:Bios not recognising Pata drive !!!

You can try to load defaults in BIOS (either first screen or exit menu). Make sure to note current SATA mode, boot order etc.

It is worrying that it is not detected in BIOS, maybe the data cable is getting old and something broke while changing the power cord. Try reseating the data cable on both sides anyway. Or change it if you have a spare cable lying somewhere.

On a side note, you could use a Virtual PC software within Win7 to accomplish the same. Either XP or a Linux distro.

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Hi, can someone please help me?
After leaving my com for around 3 days i opened up mutiple programs and in the mean time was unrar-ing a file, in the middle of the process my computer freezed and i had to manual press the reset button on the computer, after i restart windows XP when to a grey progress bar something like scandisk i guessed but i am not sure since it has no writing and i naver seen it b4 on XP, but it got stuck so i pressed restart again, this time it went to the grey progress bar too and then start to load windows up normally but then u took ages and nothing was moving so i restarted my computer once more in the middle of loading and then my bios just got stuck at decting my drive, so i restarted it and then same thing happens so i waited this time and after around 5 mins or so there was none dected and the message "CMOS checksum error - Defaults loaded" F1 to continue I pressed F1 and it loads up my on board network and restarts the computer after a few times it no longer shows "CMOS checksum error - Defaults loaded" just a 5 min wait and said none detected and restarts the computer, with out letting me boot with cd or a drive. and the hard drive can be detected. when i took my harddrive off it would let me boot with cd / a drive without it auto restarting.

my hard drive is SATA Barracuda 7200.7 200 Gbytes model ST3200822AS
my mother board is MSI K8N Neo2 Ms-7025 (v1.X) ATX Mainboard
NVIDIA nForce 3 Ultra Chipset
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A:Bios cant find hard drive SATA after computer crash

Could you clear up a couple of things. Your title implies that BIOS does not see the SATA drive, but later you say it can be detected (typo?). Is the SATA drive plugged into the motherboard or into a connector card? You reset CMOS by moving the jumper or removing the battery? Your system may have crashed for a reason. If the drive is not detected in BIOS and connections and cables are OK it could be the drive.

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I have a Dell Dimension XPS 720. My PC has two sata hard drives and one IDE hard drive. When I boot the PC tells me that it doesn't detect any hard drive in sata 3. Then it asks me to press F1 to continue. But, when I get into my OS which is Vista Ultimate, I check 'My Computers' and my second hard drive appears. And sata hard drive works fine.

I've gone into BIOS. Each SATA port also lists the model number of the sata hard drive, but the sata drive I'm having problems with isn't listed and yes the hard drive sata port is set to 'ON'.

I should also note that I never used to have problems with this hard drive in the past. It used to show up on the BIOS drive list.

I need help fixing this problem.

A:Dell XPS PC BIOS does not detect my sata hard drive, but the Vista OS does?

If the drive is "seen" by the OS, it has to be detected by the bios. Swap the SATA drives and see if the bios now "sees" the former phantom drive

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Recently I decided to upgrade my hard disk storage space so I bought a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 160GB SATA hard disk drive. Upon installing the drive I entered the Bios and went into "Intergrated Peripherals" section and set the BIOS to recognize P-ATA + S-ATA drives. When I reboot the new Maxtor drive shows up in Windows Explorer and functions normally. Also in Windows Explorer, my CD/DVD drive appears. However when I put a cd in the drive and click on the drive in Explorer I get the message to "Insert a disc into drive F:". The drive will not read the disc. When I went into Device Manager the CD/DVD drive shows up and says that it is functioning properly. Strange.....
So, I rebooted and reset the BIOS to the setup defaults (ie. P-ATA Drive Only) and when the computer boots up now the CD/DVD drive functions normally but the Maxtor drive is now not recognized. I understandObviously the Maxtor drive is not recognized because the BIOS is set for P-ATA drive only, but why when the BIOS is set for P-ATA + S-ATA is the CD/DVD drive not recognized?

My computer specs are as follows:

Processsor: Intel Pentium4 3.2C GHz (478pin/FSB800)
Motherboard: MSI i865G ATX
Bios: AMI Bios
RAM: DDR SDRAM 1GB (512MB x 2 / PC3200)
Video:nVidia GeForce FX5700 128MB AGP
Sound: CREATIVE SoundBlaster Audigy2ZS Platinum Pro
Hard Disk1:160GB Ultra ATA HDD (7200rpm)
Hard Disk2:Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 160GB SATA
OS: Windows XP PRo

A:CD/DVD Drive not recognized in BIOS after installing SATA hard disk

No one going to take a stab at this one. Please, I need some help here. Any advice would be appreciated

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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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The geeks at Bestbuy tell me that i need a PATA hard drive to replace the bad ide that i have now. Is there anything different that i might have to do after installing and going by the DEll owners manual for re installing the operating system and the the drivers? I have read the book 119 times to make sure i know what i am doing, with very little previous experience, i am confident the new hard drive install will be very easy. It's just the rest of it i am a little concerned about. Thanks. I plan on doing all of this tomorrow morning. 1 more thing. How will this new and larger hard drive effect the computer in question, about 5 yrs old, will it run a little better?

A:PATA Hard drive....

As long as you have the installation CD for the operating system and the CD for the drivers you should be good to go.

I would make one suggestion, before you touch anything inside the case touch the metal of the case to discharge any static electricity you may have accumulated. Electrostatic discharges can kill some electronic components.

You probably won't notice any real difference in performance. The quickest way to increase the speed of the computer is to add more RAM.

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

A:Solved: SATA Hard Drives vs PATA Hard Drives

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hi all night stalker here i have a dell latitued d410 and i forgot the hard drive
password or the admim password and i have no dvd or cd rom drive for programs to debug it i did the cmos batt thing try passwords for the bios and do not want to flash bios also any ideals will help out alot.

Thank You


A:pata hard drive password

Hi Night stalker and welcome to the TS Forum :wave:

Which is it, the hard drive password or the admin password, both can be set, but one (the Harddrive) password cant be removed, the other can be removed with my software, you can use a floppy version (you dont say if you dont have a floppy) there is a USB key version (only works if your laptop supports booting from a USB device) or you can build a bootable hard drive.

Post back and let me know or visit the site in my Tag


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I'm working on a friends Dell Inspiron 8000 which came with a 20GB Hitachi IDE hard drive which now sounds like loose coins when it runs. I installed a new Fujitsu 120GB PATA drive. I've been able to reload Windows and make it boot from CD using the Windows disk, but, I can't get the BIOS to recognize the drive and therefor boot from the new hard drive.

Are the new "PATA" drives not compatible with older machines that came with IDE drives?

A:Solved: Newly installed PATA drive not recognized in BIOS

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I had to reformat this Dimension system with Windows 7 from XP. I had to install a sata dvd to do it. All is working fine except every time it boots I get this error: Drive 2 not found. Parallel ATA, PATA 0 (primary ide master)
F1 to continue or F2 to go to setup.

I went into bios and in boot sequence I set dvd as first boot device and SATA hd as second...nothing else is setup to boot
I then went to the drive list and the one I mentioned above is listed. I hit enter to modify and it only allows "on" or a grayed "off" It won't let me get the off selection I don't guess.
The bios is A04 and it is Dell system DV051.
How can I fix it so that error doesn't show.
Thanks in advance

A:When booting Dell E310 pc, bios cannot find pata drive 2 -error

You might be be looking at the wrong device to disable if the option to disable it is not selectable, Dell's need to have any channel/device not connected set to disabled or they will display the error you are seeing. Seems you need to disable the old PATA device, probably from the old PATA(IDE) optical drive that you replaced with the SATA one. How many drives do you have connected now?

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So after I did change to SATA AHCI mode in the BIOS, the main boot hard drive shows as a removable device in system tray. So how do I fix this issue, and I did follow the instructions in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 922976, and is found right here; http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976

A:after change to SATA AHCI mode in BIOS, the main boot hard drive shows as removable

There is nothing to fix, SATA drives are hot pluggable so that is all perfectly normal.

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Since changing to 7, I've had a really hard time cleaning infected hard drives. In fact, it's been impossible. With XP, I could connect the infected drive using a SATA/IDE-to-USB adapter, take ownership of the drive and get rid of the offending files. With
7, however, the drive isn't recognized until I initialize it which, naturally, will blow away everything on the drive. 
It's another MSoft catch-22. If I back up the data so it's safe to initialize, then I have to be able to access the data to back it up so I can initialize it, right? If I do that on the infected computer, chances are I'm backing up the virus anyway.
Same goes for old hard drives I have lying around. I'd love to see what's on them but I can't unless I first initialize them which precludes my ability to see what's on them. I don't have an IDE port on my desktop so some of these drives cannot be connected
Finally, I don't do this kind of stuff all the time anymore due to health reasons so it's not worth building a retro machine just for this purpose.
Is there not some kind of work-around for this or is another shining example of planned obsolescence? 

I'm out of my mind, please leave a message

A:Cannot "see" hard drive connected via SATA/IDE-to-USB adapter

Something must be wrong with your disks, there should not problems with connecting old sata disk with a sata-to-usb adapter.

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So I'm still dealing with this problem.... I've got my system running XPpro on a 20GB PATA with an extra 20GB PATA for storage, had it this way for a long time now.

Now after I purchase a WD 250GB SATA drive to throw in there for additional storage, it doesn't show up at all in Windows Explorer or Drive Manager. BUT it does show up fine in the BIOS. I've already formated to NTFS and partitioned it using XPs DOS setup CD. My system is loaded with SP2 and all the SATA drivers so there should be no reason for the SATA not to show up in Explorer.

So my question is.... In a system that uses both SATA and PATA hard drives, does the operating system have to run off the SATA in order for all drives to be present???

A:Using SATA & PATA HDDs in 1 system: have to use SATA for C:\?

Don't think so, usually it is the opposite.

Does the drive show up in the Logical Disk Manager?

It may just need a signature written to it.

(you can get to LDM by right clicking my computer -> Manage. It will be down the left side.)

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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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Asus A8N32-SLI deluxe mobo.

The SATA on its own works fine & so is the PATA, both working on XPsp2 home.

But when installed together the PATA takes over & boots as master no matter what settings (link) I use, even when in the Bios it shows as secondary.

Any way of make the SATA boot & use the PATA for backing up things in.

thanx .......nick

A:HDs sata, pata

Set the SATA controller to IDE in the bios. Then select any drive you want to be the boot drive in the bios boot first section... Simple

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Still running XP 32bit. Have Windows 7. CD drive won't work, (it's old) can't install Windows 7.
Old CD drive PATA. Hard drive is SATA. Both ports on Motherboard.
Buy SATA CD drive, plug into SATA port,(have more than the one HD plugged into) then throw out PATA drive and ribbon cable?
Don't know much about this kind of thing, sounds like it should work.
Looking for, yes new CD drive will work with SATA ports.
Or No,
If old (CD)drive was PATA must use a PATA replacement even if u have open SATA ports.
Did I say i don't know [email protected] about computers?
Just don't want to buy wrong CD drive

My first post, Thank You.

A:both PATA and SATA

A SATA CD drive should work fine if you have a SATA port for it on the motherboard.

But I'd get a DVD drive, not a CD drive. And I'd make sure it was a burner, not just a playback unit.

You can get an ordinary DVD burner for 15 to 17 bucks. Samsung, Asus, Lite-On, etc.

You could also install Windows 7 from a USB thumb drive, but if you have a DVD installation disc and need a DVD drive anyway, you may as well install from that disc.

You'd need a separate SATA port for any hard drive.

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Asus A8N32-SLI deluxe mobo.

The SATA on its own works fine & so is the PATA, both working on XPsp2 home.

But when installed together the PATA takes over & boots as master no matter what settings (link) I use, even when in the Bios it shows as secondary.

Any way of make the SATA boot & use the PATA for backing up things in.

thanx .......nick

A:HDs sata-pata

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If I have a Mobo that has PATA & SATA can I have my hard drive on PATA and install a SATA DVD burner without any probs. Sorry for the noob question.

A:Pata & Sata

Sure can, I've never seen any issues with doing something like this before. : )

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I have 2 PATA and one SATA HDs and have a MSI K8N Neo2 plat. To make the SATA as the boot/master drive can I just plug it in or will I have to go through the BIOS? I am new to SATA and wanna transfer all my files to the SATA once I have XP installed. My current configuration is 2 PATA on primary IDE. The SATA drive isn't installed yet.

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So I am in a class that requies us to do a researh now on a pata system you can have up to four drives if you wanted so the question is that on a pa you can only have up to four drives so on a Serial Ata System does it have the same requirmnents for drives as a pata or is it entirly different from the way the pata reads drives.

A:Pata and Sata

It actually depends on the motherboard in question and the number of controllers present.

With PATA you can have two drives per connector and it use to be that most motherboards came with 2 PATA controllers. But new motherboards may only with with one, and you can find many that have more then two.

As for SATA, you have one drive per connector, and the number of connectors is totally depended on what chipset is in use. You can have 2 or 10 or however many a controller supports or how many controllers are provided.

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What's your opinion of PATA to SATA converters? I have four devices, all pata and I want to convert them to SATA. Do they really work? Do they work well?

I'm looking at this


A:Pata to Sata?

That adapter does not change drives to sata.
It converts the pata connection so sata drives can be connected to it.
The adapters don't do anything to increase the speed of the drive or
the data throughput.
If you plan on upgrading to sata drives,you can get a PCI sata controller card.

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Does anyone know if a Toshiba MK8025GAS HD is SATA or PATA?

Will a Vaio K series notebook support SATA if it is not already one?



That hard drive is pata and no it won't support a replacement sata drive in place of.

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