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Can old oem sata hard drive be replaced with a new current generation sata III hdd on an 8 year old xps 8100 with an i7 chip??

Q: Can old oem sata hard drive be replaced with a new current generation sata III hdd on an 8 year old xps 8100 with an i7 chip??

I have to replace my original hdd on my 9 year old Dell XPS 8100. The desktop has an i7 chip so I'd hate to replace it with a new i7 PC because they are expensive.The bad drive is an esata drive. I notice that current crop of hdd's seem to be sata III drives. Will the old Dell PC mother board on the desktop support the new sata III drivesIf I replace the bad hard drive would I be able to restore the W7 OS and all my data by using a macriumbackup file on the desktops external backup drive?
Thanks for your help!

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A: Can old oem sata hard drive be replaced with a new current generation sata III hdd on an 8 year old xps 8100 with an i7 chip??

Any 3.5" SATA drive will work.
As long as the system is in working order, and you purchase a SATA data cable for the additional drive, you should have no trouble cloning the existing drive to a new one.

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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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The time has come for me to wipe the hard drive and re-install Windows 7 following a recent disastrous download that's effectively knocked out my Internet Explorer 11 and rendered Internet browsing difficult. My system has since become unstable and progressively slow and unfortunately, for some reason, I am unable to Restore to any previous installation. As I have loads of files I want to access, I've decided get a new Hard Disk and run the original H/drive (if possible) from a SATA drive Docking Station. So essentially, I would like to know if my Dell DXC061 will run and support a new Seagate 1Tb SATA3 7200rpm Barracuda. My BIOS is Ver. 2.4.0 dated 05/24/07. I have opened the CPU to see that the current drive connectors appear similar to those on the SATA Docking Station and think my old drive will fit it. However, it's now occurred to me that its possible the newSATA 3 drive may not be compatible with my BIOS or Motherboard. Any help or comments please? Incidentally I have most of my most useful files backed up on an external drive, so all, hopefully is not lost.

A:Upgrading Hard Disk from SATA to SATA 3 Drive

You need a SATA3 port to connect a SATA3 HDD to be fully compatible.

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

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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 Windows XP sp2 on a Hitachi 80 GB SATA drive partitioned as drive C: and drive E: with ntfs. The operating system is on the C: partition and other programs are on the E: partition. I purchased a larger 250 GB Hitachi SATA drive and installed it as drives D: and F: I want to transfer Windows xp from the 80 gb drive to the 250 gb drive and activate the 250 GB drive as the boot drive.

I copied the files from the E: partition to the F: partition. How do I transfer Windows from the 80 gb drive to the 250 drive and boot from the new drive.? I want to use the 80GB drive as a Linux drive and multiboot Windows xp and Ubuntu Linux .

Romeo Dais

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I have a Seagate Barracuda 300 gig drive. I had it installed on mb that doesn't support higher transfer rate. I have a new comp with a new board. I took out the drive changed pin settings and installed in new board. (Running Vista 64 in new comp) I'm not exactly sure what happened as I wasn't paying close enough attention, but the short of the story is the drive had unallocated space. Fearing I lost my data, I reset the pin to the slower rate and installed back into my old comp. It showed up as blank as well. I read an article in PC Stats about recovering data. I followed the directions and got my data visible again. Now I'm gun shy about pulling the little pin and putting back into the new comp. Any ideas would be great. (note-running xp in old comp).

I forgot to add the question....thus the edit. Will changing the pin change the way the drive is read by the os? Or will using vista change the way the drive is read.

PS Ive searched forum after forum and haven't found info on the topic regarding the pin. If this thread was already discussed I do apologize.


A:Will changing transfer rate pin affect current partions on sata drive

Nope, changing the transfer rate setting will not affect the disk contents.

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

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

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

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

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Hi, i'm new to this site but very familiar with technology, i built this machine myself.
im currently running off my old HD but i want to reinstall windows onto my new SATA hardrive (160GB) this one is an IDE. The BIOS and Nvidia Raid config recognize the drive but the windows installation does not. I was reading this thread on this site that i foudn from google


because he has the same MB as myself but different hard drives. I am currently in the process of trying what he did but i do not have a floppy drive. I only have a 1 CD drive and a 16GB floppy drive. i'm going to try these routes first for the configuartion software but if not im going to see if i can find one laying around.

IF i cant find one and the CD/flash drive don't work is there another way to try the methods described in the previous web link?

*Hard Drives are Western Digital Caviar

A:Installation Problems of Windows XP onto SATA HD. SATA Drive not recognized.

Most newerBIOS allow an Alternate method for SATA . . Go into the bios and check the "Sata Operation" setting, change it to "Raid Autodetect/ATA if it is not already. Now try to install XP ( Verbage will vary by manufacturer )

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Hi guys,
My old A215-S4747 has a Toshiba SATA drive (200 GB, model name: MK2035GSS) in it. However when i look at device manager, the drive appears to be configured over IDE bus, rather than SATA bus. I know, old motherboards were providing such option in order to eliminate compatibility issues with older OSes like XP, however this machine has Vista (SP2) by factory default.

I wanted to upgrade the drive (it's really aged) with a new faster SATA drive, but i couldn't find any option to configure it as SATA (not IDE) under BIOS!

I'm attaching screenshots here, and really disappointed about it. If i bus brand-new SATA drive, will it be forced to run over IDE channel (UDMA 5 max) which is really slower than SATA.

It seems Toshiba left no such option in BIOS and configured drives automatically as IDE eventhough they're actually SATA-provided.

Screenshots here:






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hi. I want to change my laptop hard disk from SATAII to SATAIII and i don't know that mainboard support SATAIII? my laptop is pavilion dv6-6190se. thanks for your help.

A:changing hard disk ( sata II to sata III)

Hi,SATA-3 is reverse compatible with SATA-2 and 1 ports.Motherboard may have SATA-2 support and you put SATA-3 hard drive but it would operate within SATA-2 speed only.Run this tool to know motherboard supported SATA speed: http://www.piriform.com/speccyRegardsVisruth

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ok i have a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive and i need to the max of hard drive i can run or allow on my DEll Optiplex 740  small factor tower plus  also need help about if i can upgrade my  ADM Athlon Dual core Processor 4850e  and higher?

A:want to upgrade my hard drive Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive

Any 3.5" drive at 2T or under should work fine.  Upgrading the CPU would mean buying used - these CPUs went out of production not long after your system was current - and that was a decade ago.

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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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Hi guys,
My old A215-S4747 has a Toshiba SATA drive (200 GB, model name: MK2035GSS) in it. However when i look at device manager, the drive appears to be configured over IDE bus, rather than SATA bus. I know, old motherboards were providing such option in order to eliminate compatibility issues with older OSes like XP, however this machine has Vista (SP2) by factory default.

I wanted to upgrade the drive (it's really aged) with a new faster SATA drive, but i couldn't find any option to configure it as SATA (not IDE) under BIOS!

I'm attaching screenshots here, and really disappointed about it. If i bus brand-new SATA drive, will it be forced to run over IDE channel (UDMA 5 max) which is really slower than SATA.

It seems Toshiba left no such option in BIOS and configured drives automatically as IDE eventhough they're actually SATA-provided.

Screenshots here:






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I continue to troubleshoot hang-ups and slow performance from my trusty old Studio XPS 8100 now running Windows 10. Noticed the SATA HDD RAID 1 can't be optimized as it/they are incorrectly identified as SSD. Any advice on how to address this? Have downloaded the BIOS update supplied from Dell S8100-A05 but haven't installed it yet.Thanks in advance for any help!

A:Studio XPS 8100, Windows 10, SATA RAID seen as SSD

None of the available drivers for the 2009 Studio XPS 8100 would apply to the non-validated Windows 10 operating system. As to why Windows 10 is calling SATA-II drives as SSD, no idea. Perhaps another Windows 10 user who installed it on a 2009 system can post their thoughts.

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New build...installed XP Pro and used F6 to install proper drivers from Mobo CD...How can I tell if it's running at SATA 2 speed...3 Gig xfer rate...all device manager says is

A:How can I tell if my SATA drive is running at SATA 2 speed?


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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(RAID 0/1/JBOD)

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

A:W10 Recognizes My External SATA II Drive As SATA I - Why ?

Originally Posted by Ex_Brit

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

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

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Hi all,
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

A:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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I'm creating a slipstream SP3 XP Pro boot disk from OEM SP1a.
I'm installing this on a brand new system that I jput together with one SATA disk.
I had install issues with the original SP1, it would get stuck on "enetring windows setup, just prior to the agreement. ( press F8 page)

I don't think by slipstreaming SP3 into this will help with the SATA driver but figured I'd ask you guys. (?)

I don't have a floppy and I'm still trying to figure this SATA driver for clean install out. BTW, my motherboard is a P5n-D Asus.

A:SP3 Slipstream - does it have SATA Nvidia chip driver

Hello afterminute, Welcome to TSF!

Windows? does not have 3rd party SATA Drivers included.
You have to install these types of Drivers mid-way during the Setup..a prompt appears at the bottom of the screen for you to hit F6 to install them.
Hope this answers the query.

Kind Regards,

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What is a sata hard drive? Where does it connect to ( a serial port?) and when might it be used. Im using XP


A:What is sata hard drive

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hi folks
my hp pavillion dv2058ea came new with a western digital 120gb sata hard drive. i've decided to up grade to a western digital sata 250gb drive. i have updated to the latest bios on th laptop and i have created a floppy with the latest sata drivers from hp. when i tried to use the hp recovery discs they would not recognise any hard drive. bios does not show any hard drive either and when i put the old hard drive back it all works fine though bios only shows it in boot optios as 'notebook hard drive'. thinking that the recovery discs only work with the original hard disc i have purchased a windows xp with sp3 disc. set up proceeds and using the f6 option i instal the sata drivers and set up continues to the end. then when i click enter to instal windows the screen tells me no hard drive is found press f3 to exit setup. thinking i may have a faulty hard drive i tried it with a new hitachi travelstar sata drive but got the same results.
where am i going wrong folks?
all answers appreciated.

A:Xp not seeing my new sata hard drive

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Earlier posting said I had a sata samsung 120 gb and was trying to add a second one for storage. It would be a 160. First one is a 150 ata and second is a 3gb. I have set jumper to work with 150. Also jumpers on soyo ck8 dragon motherboard are set correctly. I formatted the 160 to a NTFS and when I tried to boot it would boot into windows then auto reboot. Never could get to disk management to see if disk was there. Any ideas?

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I've treated myself to a 200gb SATA drive. The boot drive is also SATA.

When booting up both drives appear. I can also see both if I go into the BIOS.

Once booted up I can see both hard drives in Device Manager but the 2nd drive doesn't appear in My Computer or Explorer.

Any ideas how I can get it to appear?


A:2nd SATA Hard Drive

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I'm a bit desperate here. I have a Sata Seagate barracuda 7200 320 Gb hard drive that wont work. it appears to try to start but it starts making a weird sound, almost like a car when its trying to start but can't. I was recommended to get a SATA to USB wire and tried it, but no luck. it tries to start for a while then stops all together. windows said a USB device malfunctioned. any ideas the drive isn't that old so i didn't back it up & there is a lot of data that I would hate to lose, some I don't even remember that may be important. any help will be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

A:Sata hard drive gone bad

You need a professional data recovery service (expensive) or an identical drive and mechanical ability:


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Hi there

I am thinking of getting new HD as the one i have is getting filled up too quickly.

The drive i have at the moment is "WDC WD800AB-00CBA1" which is an IDE drive and was thinking of getting a SATA drive as was advised by someone.

my motherboard is:


and says is is ok for SATA connectors.

The connector for the power cable is differant on the SATA drive and looks like i will need an adapted which i have a link below.


Is This correct?

I have a cable that i got with my motherboard which is red and has the following "Serial ATA 26AWG LIAN PENG" on the side which looks like the data cable for the SATA drive.

Also should i have any problems with the amount of HD space as some people can only see 137GB or less and if i get a bigger drive than that will i be able to see it all as i have Windows XP Pro with SP2 installed (or will install with the new drive alone)

A:SATA Hard Drive

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alright, so I have a SATA drive, that came in an external and had to be removed, sort of a long story but this means this HDD is out of warranty, anyways the little plastic piece that supports the flat pins on the HDD has broken off. The pins are still there, a bit bent but still intact. This causes the sata cable to be unstable inside the HDD. Is there a way to fix this without say super glue or scrapping the HDD? Thanks for any help.

A:SATA hard drive help

Alright, so I checked ebay for a dead hdd and no luck. So there anywhere else that might sell the pcb or a dead drive itself?

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Hi all,

Please can someone help. I have just bought (last night in fact) a 120GB SATA Hard Drive from Ebay. I needed a larger drive and I refuse to pay the stupid money that places like PC World are asking.

It was only "AFTER" I had won the auction that I realised that it might not be compatible with my Motherboard.

I have tried to find out what I am running already but no luck. Does anyone know how I can check to see if I can use this, or if it is possible to get a connector to use the SATA if I am running a IDE Motherboard.

Any help would be much appreciated.

A:IDE / SATA Hard Drive?

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A while back my gaming pc broke and i have a feeling its to do with the harddrive. I have a old computer in my room tht is donkeys old, bout 5 years old and i was wondering bout using the harddrive in there to replace it with the one in my gaming pc and see if i still has the issues. Only problem is i dont know what type of harddrive is in my old Pc.

How can i tell what type of harddrive it is?
I cant boot up the old pc tho so does it say what it is on the hardrive somewhere?


A:Is my hard drive sata or ide?

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I just recently aquired a Sata Hard drive off ebay used. First time ever messing with SATA at all and I am a little purplexed on how to hook it up to my computer.

It is a Wester Digital Caviar SE16 500 GB with model number WD5000AAKS-00TMA0 . It came with the Sieral Data Cable. http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1409

According to my mother board manual it supports

"- Supports two native SATA 1.5Gb/s devices
- Hot-swap capability, allowing disks to be changed without powering down the system.
- Supports SATA ATAPI devices "

My first question is what all is needed to hook it up to my computer?

Secondly my second question revolves around jumper settings. On the jumper settings there is a setting to bump the hard drive down to 150meg/s. Would this be needed since I have an older style SATA? I am a little confused on the rest of the jumper settings that are available for it. If someone would be willing to explain them to me I would be most grateful.

Thirdly I noticed when I installed my mother board driver that installed a Raid Controler on my computer and was wondering how that would impact my SATA hard drive and what exactly is raid? Thank you for your time in reading and responding to my question.

A:Sata Hard Drive Help

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I was getting an unmountable_boot_volume message and was unable to get into recovery mode or do anything so I went and bought a new hard drive (seagate barracuda) which I was planning to install as master and try and recover some stuff off the old drive. The problem I have now is that it appears I have no xp instal disks as Compaq do not issue them (preinstalled on partition - which I can't get to!) Can anyone suggest any help please? I don't have a floppy drive so can't boot from floppys!

All suggestions greatfully recieved!

A:Help with new SATA hard drive

Compaq will sell you the disc set, in most cases... less than $30 if you have the serial numbers, including shipping.

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Hi, I currently have my main (and only) hd (western digital 320gb) connected by SATA to SATA port 1. I've been getting the BSOD "process or crucial thread has been eliminated" for the past eon or so at random times when i'm on my computer. It has happened a minute after startup and it has happened after my computer has been on for 5 days. After researching the interweb for a solution to this annoying BS i've found that many ppl have had the same problem because their hard drives werent set up as master. So my question is can you set a SATA connected hard drive to master or is that only for IDE connections?

A:Hard drive on SATA 1

IDE (or actually ATA)


Also you should try Sata 2 port, and also possibly replace the Sata cable for your issue.

You should also run a Drive Diagnostics on your HardDrive. It may also be a partition fault, you may be able to check this with a GParted boot CD

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So I have yet to own a hard drive I like. All of the drives I've owned, from Seagate Barracudas, Maxtors, and now my Hitachi's have all had premature failures. And from all the reviews I'm reading of the nice new hard drives out, the fast ones, 3.0gB/s, 16mb buffer, SATA, etc, same thing! DOA, month-long lifespans, etc.
So it leaves me wondering, is there such thing as a fast AND reliable hard drive any more? And if not, how about just a reliable one? Is there some sort of esoteric circle of hard drives that only initiates are allowed to purchase and utilize?

My current RAID-0 array using Hitachi Deskstars in SATA-II is about to die. I'm getting instant reboots when working with large ammounts of data (which i do frequently) when the computer writes to the disks. They then take a long time to spin up during the RAID array test. I know for a fact one of the drives (if not both) are having problems, giving that click of death from time to time. The click also accompanies the reboots.

Actually, thinking back, i had to RMA one of my Hitachi's as it was DOA, too. Jeez.

SO, what is the best hard drive out there in terms of speed AND stability? What do you guys run? I'm tired of making doorstops (dead hard drives).

A:What's the best hard drive out there in SATA?

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I needed to see if anybody might could help me. I recently built a new machine with the following specs:

ECS 848P-A7, here's a link to it:


I've got a P4 2.66ghz processer with 1gig of RAM.

I've got one WD 160 drive currently running as my OS drive, on one of the IDE controllers, the other IDE controllers are running my DVD Burner and a CDROM.

This board has two onboard SATA ports. I recently purchaced a Maxtor 300gig SATA drive to use either at a data drive, or as my OS drive. My issue is as follows:

In the BIOS, I do not think that the SATA port is showing up as SATA. There is a selection that says "SATA MODE" and it is showing IDE. This option is NOT selectable, simply appears to be greyed out. I have sevaral selections for the port, disable, auto, enhanced, combined, SATA only. Any of these selections do NOT change this setting. I am running WinXP Pro w/SP2 and I am not seeing any SATA drivers liseted in device manager. I've gotten the drivers from the website, created the "F6" floppy, loaded XP to it, and it still doesn't show up as a SATA controller. I'm new to the whole SATA drive world so I'm curious as to what I should be seeing, and how I can fix the issue I'm having. It also appears that I have the newest BIOS for my motherboard. Any ideas are greatly apprecieated.

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I kow that they are not compatible.
My motherboard accepts both.

System components:
Windows XP Pro
Motherboard: GeForce6100SM-M
CPU AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+
Ram:Crucial 2-1GB 240-PIN DIMM DDR2 PC2-5300 667
Power Supply: Coolmaster RS-430-PMAR
(1)Wesern Digital Hard Drive IDE 80GB
(1) Seagate Baracuda 7200.10 Sata II 320GB
(1)Seagate Baracuda 7200.10 Sata II 80GB

Is it ok to have both hard drives installed (both have XP pro installed)?
I would boot up with one and disable (disconnect the cable) the other.
The reason I want to do that is I have important software on the IDE and did not receive any install discs when I purchased the computer 4 years ago.

A:Can I use a Sata II and IDE hard drive

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Ok I don't know what info to give you guys so just ask me what you need and I'll find out for you, but my problem is that apparently my old SATA hard drive "died". I just turned on my pc one day and it wouldnt boot. So I've bought a new hard drive (Seagate Barracuda 80gb SATA) and plugged it in and everything but Windows XP Setup won't recognise it. I looked on the BIOS and it will only detect IDE drives? But then at the same time a couple of the black screens that come up while booting show the code thing (something like "0 ST890345089 blargh" or somthing!) so the computer can see the hard drive is there but wtf? why does it tell me "setup did not detect any hard drives installed on your computer" ? Plus I have no floppy disk drive because HELLO its 2009, who has floppy drives anymore? What can I do? Any help would be much appreciated as I cannot live using this 112mb laptop anymore!

Thank you!

A:SATA Hard Drive

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I want to add a IDE hard drive to my Vista system which is SATA. The CMOS sees the hard drive but My computer sees it as a CD/DVD drive and will not format it. How do I format so the computer will see it.

A:Add a hard drive to SATA

Go to Start and type "diskmgmt.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter
Right click on the box for the disk (the one on the left) and select "Initialize".
That will wipe the disk and make it ready for formatting.

Then right click on it and select "Format"

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I just upgraded my 80 gb ide hard drive to 250 gb Sata drive. OK I knew I couldn't use the IDE cable with the original ide drive, so I bought the ide to Sata adapter. Now when powering up the PC BIOS tells me no ide drive detected to install windows. How do I solve this problem? Frustrated!

A:250 gb Sata Hard Drive

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Ok i just installed an SATA Hard Drive, but when i look at device manager it shows it as an ATA Hard Drive? I am running Vista Ultamite and yes i have downloaded the SATA Driver for my motherboard and istalled it but is there some setting i need to change to make my pc see it as an SATA or is the device manager just wrong Any help would be apreaciated

A:SATA Hard Drive

A SATA is an ATA drive--it just happens to be a serial one.

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I'm hoping this question is a simple one.

I just bought my first motherboard that supports SATA hard drives. I'm currently using IDE hard drives but would like to get a new SATA drive. Eventually, I would like to use the IDE drive as a 2nd drive with the new one as the C: drive. Now, I understand the concept of master/slave 0 and master/slave 1 using the IDE cables. What will I need to do to make the SATA drive the C: drive and the IDE drive as the D: drive? I hope my question is clear.

Thanks for any help.

A:SATA hard drive

I know one way to do it but your IDE drive would be "E" instead of "D"---

I have SATA drives in my computer--both harddrive and optical DVD burner--
with SATA drives there are no case select or master and slave--
each SATA drive hooks up to the motherboard individually--
so you can hook as many SATA drives as you have SATA data headers--
I have 4 on my motherboard.

but any way- when you buy your SATA hardrive --only install this SATA harddrive--
then clean install windows on to this SATA harddrive--
then once you have your computer up and running and everything checks out okay
then go back and install the IDE harddrive and set it to cable select---
the bios should recognize the second harddrive and windows will give it a drive letter
of "E"--
this should work-- I don't think you would have to jump it for slave--so if windows
doesnt like the second hardrive jumped as "CS" then leave it with no jumper
and see what happens.

but I think if you had both the SATA harddrive and the IDE harddrive installed at the
same time when you installed windows then windows would want to install on the
IDE drive natively.

so just use the SATA drive when you install windows--then install the 2nd IDE harddrive after your computer is running okay

does your new motherboard have 2 IDE headers or just 1??
on my set up your IDE DVD burner would be letter "D"
if you have 2 IDE headers then you could use 2 IDE ribbons--one for the DVD burner and... Read more

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I just bought a seagate hard drive, and I have never used Sata before. I have a Gigabyte GA-7VT600-(-L) motherboard. I have Windows xp SP2 and I get this error:

Hardware Initiate failed, Please check device!!!

The Bios does not be installed.
Press <g> to continue!

I have pressed "G", then windows disk starts, I press F6, then press "S". Put in my floppy with my drivers, but they fail.

If anyone could help me, I would appreciate it. Thank you.

A:New Sata hard drive help.

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I have a gigabyte 8INXP motherboard with 2 on-board SATA interfaces - I think it's using sil312r.

Anyways, I have 3 SATA Hard Drives - Can I just buy another SATA Controller Card and add this to the motherboard so I can use all three SATA Hard Drives.

Any info appreciated,


A:SATA Hard Drive

Yes, but check the card manufacturer's website in case of compatability issues with some hardware, though I can't imagine there will be any :=). Highpoint and Promise are both popular I/O card manufacturers.

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I've searched the web and received a partial answer to this question. Hope someone here can help me. I want to build an external hard drive. A friend gave me a nice 2.5 inch external drive case that holds either a SATA or IDE drive, and I want to build the best and biggest external hard drive I can. I seems that SATA drives are newer and better than the old reliable IDE drives. It appears that not every PC can handle a SATA drive. How can I find out if my notebook can accept a SATA drive? Is it worth buying SATA over IDE?

Thanks much!

A:Ide Vs Sata Hard Drive

If it's an external, it doesn't matter. The PC only sees the USB interface. If the case will take a SATA, the PC will.

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Dear Friends,

I was visiting the market for purchasing a Hard drive for my PC P3, venders asked me the type of HD Sata or ID. I asked them about there definition but no one could give me proper answer. Can anyone give me information about these two terms and the usage of both drives?

A:What is SATA and ID about Hard drive?

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