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SATA drive to IDE via adapter - HDD not recognised

Q: SATA drive to IDE via adapter - HDD not recognised

Hi all

I've searched for the answer to this query, but haven't found exactly what I'm looking for. Apologies if this is a duplication and I've missed it.

The HDD died in a spare PC a while ago and when I finally got round to buying a replacement I unfortunately bought a SATA one instead of an IDE. In an attempt to prevent more money wastage, I decided to try an adapter to try and get the new HDD working.

I've connected it all up, but when I try and install an OS the HDD is not recognised. Can some kind soul please talk me through any possible solutions or have I just cocked up (again ) and wasted my money.

Thanks in advance

Preferred Solution: SATA drive to IDE via adapter - HDD not recognised

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: SATA drive to IDE via adapter - HDD not recognised

XP does not natively support much new hardware, including SATA drives.

If you have an adapter, then none of the BIOS tips in what follows apply to you. You need the driver.

Installing XP on a SATA drive
Install Windows XP on SATA without a Floppy
Resolving "Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows XP Installation
"Many newer BIOS 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 (Verbiage will vary by manufacturer)" - Courtesy of simpswr.

BIOS settings to try:
Claymore said:

you can change the controller settings in the BIOS.

Restart the computer and enter the BIOS.
The location and type of setting will vary with the make and model of the motherboard.
Here are some:

MAIN menu
Select IDE Mode instead of AHCI Mode


SATA Drive Configuration
Select Compatibility (Mode) instead of AHCI (Mode)


Disable Auto
Enable Combination


Set to PATA mode

IDE Function Setup
OnChip IDE => Disabled
SATA DMA transfer => Enabled

Onboard Device
SATA => Disabled

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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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Hi all,

I had a pc with a SATA drive installed running XP. It got a virus that i couldn't shift and so decided to go to W7.

Bought a new machine etc and now wanted to connect the SATA drive via USB to get the uninfected files off.
The issue i now have is that none of my new equipment recognises the drive.
it does the sound to recognise that something is plugged in, but nothing else - i looked in disk manager, it shows nothing.

When i plug into a W8 machine, it's pretty much the same.

I naughtily plugged it into my work laptop to check (running W7) and it asked fro admin rights (IT protection) so couldn;t open it there either.

Can anyone help here? i'd be so chuffed as it contains all my private work, and family stuff on it.


A:SATA drive not recognised

Hello robbydog. Welcome to the forum.

What are you using for a USB to SATA connector?

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I have just built a new computer as follows:

Intel P4-640-3.2 CPU
Gigabyte GA-8I945P Pro Motherboard
Leadtek PX6800GS TDH Geforce 256MB Video Card
2 x Western Digital HDD WD2000JS 200GB SATA2
Corsair RAM 1GB (2X512MB) 240-pin DDRII 667 (PC-5300)
Antec NeoHE 550 PSU
Pioneer DVR-110DSV DVD-RW

I have installed XP SP2 (using a Promise SATA Driver on floppy) and everything is working fine, except I cannot access the second SATA drive.

It is recognised in BIOS and in the Device Manager in XP it shows both drives, however Explorer only displays the main drive.

Being a new drive it isn't formatted yet...but how do format it if I can't access it???

A:2nd SATA drive not recognised

You need to create a partition or volume on the drive and assign it a drive letter first. Right-click My Computer and go to "Manage" from the popup menu. Go into Disk Management - you should see the new drive listed as "Unallocated Space" (or something like that). Right-click that and go to "Create Partition". Set it as a Primary partition using all the available space, give it a drive letter, and select the "Format" option while you're at it. Once it's done, you should have your new space.

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Hi there everyone. My first visit to the site so I hope someone will be able to help me out.
I have just rebuilt my computer with msi K9N6PGM2 motherboard, sempron 2.2GHz processor, a maxtor IDE HDD and my old IDE DVD drive. This was loaded with XP Home with sata disabled in bios. Now my dvd drive has broken, I have replaced it with a new LG sata dvd/rw.
I have been into bios and enabled the sata/raid but I still cannot see the drive in "my computer" (all it says I have is the C drive HDD and a non-existant A drive floppy) - the raid and another "unknown" controller are both new to, and marked with a "!" in control panel-device manager - but without a disc drive I can't update or install any new drivers from CD. What have I forgotten to do? why is the drive invisible? ought I to have loaded something from the XP disc before I disposed of the old drive?


A:SATA dvd drive not recognised

Set the SATA controller to IDE and see if you can use the SATA DVD drive. I have 3 SATA hard drives and a SATA CD/DVD burner paired with an IDE burner, all devices are active, and show in the bios as IDE devices

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i saw so many people complaining about the SATA problems on old mobos, so;

i just bought a new WD 400gb SATA drive, and i wished to use it on my MSI KT6V-LSR.


i followed the instructions on my mobo guild, i enabled it on the bios, and also installed the RAID drivers etc from the cd, however my bios does not detect the drive, also when i go to the device manager under SCSI and RAID controllers, VIA SATA RAID Controller has an exclamation mark, reason given: "This device cannot start. (Code 10)." i have reinstalled the drivers and installed them again, however no luck.

edit: just went through the WD knowledge base, found what i was looking for:

so for all you people out there who are having the problem of undetected volumes, try the method i used:

if ur mobo doesnt support SATAII, fix ur jumpers to limit speed, check ur HDD manufacturers website for more info,

after doing this it should show up on ur bios, and ur device manager, however on my situation it wasnt showin up as an accessible volume, which puzzled me, until i realised how easily it was fixed.

just go to computer management through your administrative tools and access disk management, easy sailing from there just let windows initialise the HDD, and format it fully. sit back relax have a coffee ... or a beer

now to reformat these three new 750gb's i just got

going to be here for ages i tells ya.


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Motherboard: gigabyte GA-EP43-UD3L

i have installed windows 7 and it will not show the second hdd under my computer. it says in my bios that the drives are in channel 1 master and slave. my drive with windows 7 is master and the other with my files is in slave (in the bios, cmos setings)

should i put the sata in AHCI mode or leave as ide also should i enable port 0-3 native mode?

right now on the mobo my drives are hooked up like this:

motherboard connections

[sata2_3] sata2_0
sata2_4 ^sata2_1^
sata2_5 sata2_2

^xxxx^ is master [xxxx] is slave i hope this is clear enough

thanks in advance im getting a bit confused

A:Help getting second sata drive recognised?

Have you formatted the SATA drive? Is that where tho OS is?

A un-formatted HDD will NOT show in "My Computer", or "Computer" in Win 7.

Disconnect the IDE drive altogether. Set the HDD detection mode of the board to auto.

Win 7 will run a SATA drive as SATA natively.
I think your board has an auto detect mode for the HDDs. Let me know if this isn't so.

See, here's where I'm confused. If Windows can't detect the hard drive, then Windows can't be installed on it. Because if it was, Windows would have formatted it during the install. And it OBVIOUSLY would be detected.

So, (at least given the context of your original post), of course the computer won't boot from the new drive, since it doesn't have an OS to boot from. Capesh?

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Good evening you lovely people,

I have a thorny problem which I have tried to solve with manufacturers' help to no avail. I would very much value your advice on this one.

I built a pc last year and it has worked very well, very stable no problems at all. I just wanted to add a 2nd SATA drive to the system to transfer my music and video / photo files to.

The config is an Abit KV8 socket 754 / Athlon 64 - 3000 / 1024mb geil memory / WD 120 GB sata Hdd plus an old WD IDE 25GB hdd as slave. Radeon 9200 video card with 128mb on board. OS Win 2000 pro.

So last week I added another 120GB WD sata hdd, tried to boot and the POST didn't complete, but pressing a button gave me a boot from the IDE drive.

I disconnected the 2nd hdd and all was well again.

I tried connecting the 2nd sata drive on the fly and win2k just hung.

I have since d'l'd the latest BIOS from Abit, re-booted and once the settings in the BIOS were changed it boots fine to the sata drive and works ok.

Re-connected 2nd sata drive feeling confident and the post went through ok (now has a 2nd stage post for the raid controller), but half way through loading win2k I got a BSOD with a message (well, half a message as the video card didn't allow the whole thing) saying I had a virus or I should disconnect any new hdd or hdd controller I had installed, and then re-boot.

I disconnected the 2nd sata drive, re-booted, and all was fine again.

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A:Help please - 2nd sata drive not recognised

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Hey folks hope someone can help me. I have recently bought a seagate 320gb sata drive which i am trying to run alongside 2 seagate ide drives. I downloaded disc wizard and floppy drivers for the drive from the seagate website but disc wizard will not find the drive in windows. The bios can see the drive and shows it as primary master sata. I also have tried to install xp on to it using the floppy drivers and pushing f6 on setup but the drive will not appear in setup. I have tried with both ide drives present and not present but am now running out of ideas. This the first time i have used sata and therefore have no experience with them.
my motherboard is an asus ps400d - 2.4 pentium (overclocked at 3)

A:Sata Drive is not recognised

SATA drives

I am trying to install 2 SATA WD drives but don't want to use Raid. In the Bios I have IDE enables but have SATA cables,is this correct. I have tried it in both modes. After hitting F6 it recognizes both drives in the boot sequence. After attempting to install XP and hitting enter to install the OS I get a blue screen that tells me cannot continue no hard drives detected and to make sure all connections are secure and drives are powered on. Have also run WD diagostics zero out drives and ran with no errors. I am attempting to NTLDR fix disk that came with this site. Any comments that can help me!!!

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I have a slight problem, have have an old tiny pc that still works great. it has the following:
first international computer inc. P4M-800M motherboard
Pentium 4 - 2.99Ghz CPU
Phoenix technologies LTD 6.00PG bios
i would like to simply change the existing IDE hard drive for a SATA
i have a 1GB SATA hard drive that i have used in a caddy for backup so i know it works.
the problem is when i try to plug it into the motherboard, when i turn the pc back on it freezes on the first screen, not even allowing me to enter bios (which i have already checked and it says IDE SATA). there are two SATA ports on the motherboard marked SATA 1 and SATA 2, have tried both - same result. have unplugged the IDE (natrally) still with same result. don't really want to upgrade if i can help it. can anyone help?

A:sata drive not recognised


According to the information, it uses Award BIOS v1.5

1GB or is that a 1TB drive ?
What is the Make and Model of the hard disk ?

It looks like the system was designed for Win9x/ME and Windows 2000 ans subsequently supported Windows XP.

It is very possible that the BIOS can not handle the SATA drive geometry.

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i have an msi p4mam-v mb (8235 chipset) and when trying to format xp does not recognise the sata hard disk. I dont have a floppy drive and have used nlite to create a cd with the drivers but that didnt work either.
I was wondering if there was a way to set the bios so that the xp installation will see the hard drive?
thanks for any help in advance,

A:sata hard drive not recognised

You cant really do anything in BIOS other than ensuring SATA/RAID are enabled . Windows needs to load the drivers . During XP Setup loading files I presume you are hitting F6 when prompted ?

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I bought a Seagate 2Tb internal 3.5 inch drive intending to install it in my desktop as a secondary drive. The desktop currently has two 500Gb disks in a Raid 0 (striped) array. One SATA port is free and I connected the new disk to this. The system did not recognise the disk so I put it in a caddy to check it. The disk was recognised over the Caddy's USB connection and I took the opportunity to format it NTFS.

I put the newly formatted (and empty) disk back into the desktop for a second attempt.

Results as follows.

Disk Management does not show the new disk:

But Device Manager shows the new disk as ST2000M001-1CH164:

The ST2000M001-1CH164 entry disappears and reappears when I detach and reattach the SATA cable, proving the disk is powering up and the SATA connection is OK.

Although ST2000M001-1CH164 shows up in Device Manager all is not well. First, here is the detail for the (working) C drive:

And here are the details for the new drive:

- Notice one panel says no drivers are installed, another says the disk has the same drivers as the working disk. I tried clicking Update Drivers but it comes back and says they are already up to date. I tried Disable/Enable but that didn?t do anything.

I tried Seagate?s Seatools utility but couldn?t get anything meaningful from it:

I tried the BIOS next. The new disc shows under the Boot tab:

Hard Disk Drives
1st Drive [RAID: Intel Volume 0]
2nd Drive [RAID: ST2000DM001-1]

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A:Secondary SATA drive not recognised

It shows it as RAID because the whole contoller is in RAID mode, however non member disks are supported normally in this mode. Have you installed the latest ICH10R driver for your version of windows from the intel website? This may iron out compatibility issue with mixed mode drives on the controler. It's not quite the same as the F6 setup driver or the built in windows driver.

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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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hi everyone, this is my first post since joining and I have high hopes that someone can help. provided that my external drive is running before i boot it is recognised and is useable, but if i switch it on after booting then it is not recognised. i understand that this procedure is similar to 'hot swapping' with a usb connection and for this to work with a SATA drive 'AHCI' has to be enabled in the bios setup. my bios has four settings available - native ide which is the default setting that i normally use, raid, legacy ide and ide-ahci. i set it to the last option which would appear to be the one i need and the only difference that it made was to increase the boot time from a normal 1 minute to in excess of 5 minutes. i tried all the other settings in turn and none of them did what i want, which is to be able to switch the drive 'on' and 'off' as i need it. i also found in another forum that 'msahci' driver should be loaded at boot time ( it is normally not by default) microsoft KB922976 refers. the bios file and the motherboard drivers are up to date. so can anyone see anything that i have missed or perhaps it is not possible.

A:E-Sata drive not recognised by Windows 7 after booting

Turn off all Legacy IDE and USB settings in the bios

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I bought a SATA drive and seperate external enclosure, but I've been unable to get XP to recognise as a drive. The enclosure is USB 2, into my USB 1 port. When connected I get the "safely remove hardware" icon, but no recognition of a drive in My Computer, Computer Managementc. I've tried it with an ATA drive, the enclosure works fine, and I've tried the SATA drive in another PC, again no problems. Partition Magic won't start up, saying I have a "Bad Partition Table"(!) The only things I can think of are

1. I have no SATA on my laptop and
2. it might be a dodgy SATA cable (although I think that's unlikely)

Any suggestions? I am at a complete loss as to what to do! Thanks in advance!!

A:External SATA drive not recognised as harddrive

TomMcLaren said:

1. I have no SATA on my laptop andClick to expand...

I`m thinking you might need a PCMCIA card like this - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16815108109 but not necessarily that particular one.

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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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Hello Seven forums,

I have been trying for a day or so and have finally run out of ideas as to what to do with the problem below.

I have recently purchased a Samsung 64 bit 470 SSD so I can upgrade my Asus K53SJ (Win 7 Home Premium, 8 Gig RAM. i5 2410 CPU) laptop.

I have purchased a Conrad USB 2 SATA enclosure so I can format the new SSD and then clone the O.S.... then take out the internal 2.5 WD Blue Scorpion 640 SATA drive and pop in the new SSD. (this is just for my O.S and music programs)

When I plug in the USB SATA enclosure with the SSD in... it does not show up, ie windows does not respond in anyway to the new device being plugged in.


When I go to Control panel-Hardware and sound-devices and printers section there is an Icon an present titled USB to ATA/ATAPI Bridge. I then click on the Icon and it is shown as disk drive.

I have been to hardware manager and it is shown in the drive section as Samsung 470 series SSD USB Device, also in the usb section as mass storage device.

So Win 7 is kinda not being a good girl and finding it naturally as it should.

Lol, this is driving me crazy, how do I get the drive to be recognised so I can format it and then clone the O.S?

I have tried the following:

A multitude of USB cables, Powered USB Hub, plugged in the drive on diff usb ports on the laptop.

The darn thing is still not reacting in anyway...

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A:USB SATA Eclosure with SSD installed drive not recognised fully.

Try this, The drive needs to be initalized and formatted. Right click on computer, select manage, in the left column select disk management select your SSD, it probably will not show up top but will below, You should bet a message about initalizing the drive. I am assuming this is a new drive. Formatting will erase all data on it. After that process is complete and a drive letter assigned, it will show upp in computer(windows explorer). See if that works.

EDIT: You may find this tutorial intresting. Transferring the OS to SSD. You may have a problem with space and depending on what program you do the clone with, Alignment may be an issue. The best program to use sis Paragon Migrate. Unfortunately it is not free, $19.95, but it works perfect.

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Hi I've got a major problem with my SATA II HDD. (Sorry if this topic has already been posted please link me to it). My computer's ben working normally for months, but this morning when I turned it on it didn't see my hard drive and asked me to insert a bootable media device or HDD and restart. I'm running Vista and have tried using the vista DVD start-up repair function but it doesnt work. I've got an ASUS P5N7A-VM motherboard and the hard drive is a 500 GB Seagate SATA II HDD. I've got a lot of imprtant files on that hard drive. What can i do?

A:500GB SATA II Hard Drive not Recognised at Boot Anymore

is it detected in the bios?
if not then try pluging the data lead into another port on the motherboard

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I have just recieved the dvd rewriter drive I purchased on ebay I dont know if I was careless reading the write up, but the back socket looks like a sata socket is there such a thing as an adapter to change sata to ide. Thanks.

A:dvd drive adapter sata to ide

Heres one; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812186007

Or shop around with keywords "SATA to IDE adapter" at pricewatch.com and tigerdirect.com.

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All the other problems seem to be the other way around.

My 2 DVD writers are on the primary IDE port. Had 2 x 80GB HDD's on the 2 SATA ports. Upgraded 2nd HDD to 320GB. No problems. Decided to use left-over 80GB HDD as backup disk. Installed an adapter. Plugged into secondary IDE port on motherboard. Did CMOS changes.

Booting up has three (seemingly random) results:
1. Boots up normally
2. Boots, but takes 6 minutes from "Starting Windows" to password screen
3. Never gets past "Starting Windows". This is the most common.

When it boots up normally I can use the drive. Formatted it. Changed label. Did system image.

Anybody had any success doing this?

Later edit: Tried with PCI SATA adapter and that works 100%.

A:SATA drive on IDE port with adapter

is Sata <-> IDE adapter set to master/slave or cable select? may help

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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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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 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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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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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.

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

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

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

My computer specs are listed above in the computer icon. The converter I purchased is listed here:

Is there a trick to doing this?


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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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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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I just bought a new Gateway LX Series system. It has a 1 terabyte hd. I have a separate 320 gig Western Digital eide (?) not sata hd from my other pc. My new machine has Vista ( I know, I am waiting for the Windows 7 upgrade disc) and my old machine runs XP Home. I bought a tool called R-Driver III. It says it is a USB 2.0 to SATA IDE cable. It is supposed to allow me to connect my 320gig ide hd to my new 1 Terabyte SATA hd so I can transfer files without having to burn to disc. I have approx. 300 gigs of files to transfer. After connecting the 320gig hd via usb to the Gateway, the only thing that registers is the "remove hardware" feature. It is not listed in the "my computer" feature or anywhere else that I can find. I tried to hunt down some documentation for this tool with no luck. Any ideas to help me solve this would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,


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I have bought a convertor card with cabling so my slave IDE 80gb Hard Drive will fit into one of the SATA ports on my new M/B. The only IDE port is currently taking both my main Hard drive (250gb) and a DVD/RW.

BIOS allows me to play around with various configurations for SATA/IDE, but whatever I choose, Windows XP does not recognise thethe 80gb drive.

Not sure what else to try. I loaded all the drivers off the m/b disc.

E6600 Intel processor
Gigabyte 945PL-S3 m/b (4 SATA, 1 IDE ports)
1gb RAM
250gb, 80gb hard drives (IDE)

Any help appreciated. Thanks

A:IDE HDD not recognised through SATA

Why don't you just buy an internal IDE card?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N=2000150410 1193212548&bop=And&Order=REVIEWS

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Please can anyone help?

I am trying to install Windows XP but it doesn't recognise my HDD during installation. The RAID option also says it won't work because no floppy drive is available.

However, the BIOS detects the HDD so I'm not sure why Windows doesn't.

I wiped the drive to start again, but no success.

If I don't use win xp and allow computer to continue, even though the HDD is empty, I receive a message saying 'NTLDR is missing'.

Any ideas?

A:Sata Hdd Not Recognised By Win Xp

What Motherboard is it?

If it's a Via /SiL etc controller you'll need to borrow a FDD from someone, make the RAID floppy {the files will be on the Motherboard CD, or you can download them from the manufacturer}, hit F6 when prompted etc etc.

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Please help.
I have just bought a Sata/Ide to usb converter, but when I plug my harddrive into the usb port of any computer (vista or xp) it beeps and installs the Drivers and even adds the little safely remove hardware icon down in the system tray. but I can't find the hardrive in my computer or in administrative tools. I have tried an IDE hardrive,a 2.5 inch sata hardrive and a cdrom drive, why is it not working.The Adapter is Brand New, I have only just opened it.

A:Sata/Ide to usb hardrive not recognised

Check for it in Device Manager?

I remember my friend had one of those and had to return it for the same reason.


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This has been driving me mad!

I have a samsung sata hdd i want to install in to my mb:
Board: MICRO-STAR INTL, CO.,LTD. MS-7037 Ver 0A
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 12/13/2004

The info that came with the drive says there are no drivers needed and that once regonised i need to format the drive.

I have enabled the seraial ata setting in my bios to auto, and also tried legacy mode.

it is plugged in to sata 2 with no jumpers, if plugged into sata 1 the computer does not boot past the first screen with the maxdata logo

I have ran an updater from the micro star site and installed the updates.
I am wondering if the controlers need updating on my MB, they are:

Intel(R) 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 24D1
Intel(R) 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 24DB

but i cannot find any drivers for them.

I have tried un plugging my main ide hd in the hope that the sata recognises the disk but this has not worked. Im running out of optiond before i go to a very expencive computer shop.

any help would be mint


A:SATA HDD not recognised in BIOS

Is the current boot drive ide or sata?
If you are in Windows, you need to go "Run,diskmgmt.msc, OK and see if it shows there. It probably will so you need to partition and format it there.

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Hello all,

My old HDD started clicking, so I installed a new HDD and installed a fresh WinXP on it.

My setup has got 3 HDD's. The main one (new one) is a 500 Gb, IDE-connection with 3 partitions and I also have another 2 x 160 Gb, both with 2 partitions, these 2 drives are SATA.

I had both SATA drives disconnected during WinXP installation to prevent any issues of drive designation and installing. After the installation was complete I reconnected them and now I can't see the drives in Windows.

Looking at Device Manager I can see the there are 2 yellow question marks with "RAID Controller" behind them under other devices. The drives do not appear under "Disk Drives". Should I install new drivers for the drives?

I am suprised to have this problem, because I've not had this problem the last time I installed WinXP on my old IDE-HDD (the one that's clicking).

I'm not sure if it's a problem, but under my old setup the 2 drives had a designation of F: , G: , H: and I: . Under my new setup the 3 partitions created are designated C: , F: and G: . Could this be conflicting?

Any ideas,

Many thanks,


A:2 SATA drives not recognised by Win XP

Quite a mess you got there. 1 500GB IDE, 2 160GB SATA and 7 partitions. You need to activate the partitions on the SATA drives. I wonder if the SATA drives manufacturers installation software will see the SATA drives. Have you run the drive installation software?

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I wanted to know if there is a way to connect a SATA hardrive to an older motherboard that has no SATA connection

A:Adapter to connect SATA HD to motherboard with no SATA connection?

You can always use one of these PCI SATA adapter cards: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...ESTMATCH&N=-1&isNodeId=1&Description=pci+sata

A computer as old as you're describing will likely have an old type standard PCI slot, and NOT a PCI-E (PCI express). be certain to verify which slot you have, before you make a purchase. These are two entirely different interfaces, which are not interchangeable.

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The mother board is an ASUS P5Q? I know the adapter is working because I can hook the cable that comes from the case to another sata slot shut down turn the enclosure on and boot and I have a third hard drive. But that is not how I would like to do it. If the mother board would recognize the enclosure it would give me an icon in the tray to shut it off and I would not have to reboot to back up something.

Thank u for any help

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I have my HDD installed in SATA slot 1 but the bios and Nero InfoTool both reconise it as being in Secondary Master mode.

I need the HDD in primary Master and my optical drive in Secondary for best CD Writing performance.

AMD Athlon64 3400+, ~2.4Ghz
ASUSTek K8N-E Deluxe, Rev 1.05
CMX512-3200C2, XMSv1.1, 5,2,2,2
WD Caviar SATA WD800JD-23JNA1
Liteon CDRW SOHR-5238S, FW4S04

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Hi, i've searched everywhere and have found many problems similar to mine but none with a solution i can apply.

Last night my computer was ravaged by a virus. I ran malwarebytes, detected some viruses which included registry entries, deleted them and when it was done was asked to reboot. Also recieved a message saying some things couldn't be removed. When i restarted, xp got to the bit just before the login page and rebooted. It does this continuously. It also does this in every form of safe mode.

I ran kaspersky rescue disk and deleted 3 more trojans, but still xp got to the same place and the computer restarted. When i tell the computer not to restart on system failure i get an error message something along the lines of "fatal error, login process failed at (whole heap of numbers)"or something like that.

Figuring that the virus or possible the registry entries i deleted had damaged my system i have been trying to run a windows xp recovery disk, but when i press r for repair my c drive is actually my e drive that i use for storage that doesn't contain my system files.

From what i have been able to figure out, this is because my c drive is a sata drive and not recognised by windows xp recovery.

I've read people have been able to go into bios and make it so that the drive is read as ide (at this point i really don't know what i'm talking about), but when i go into bios it says sata is enabled in ide mode.

Basically i am at my wi... Read more

A:Solved: XP won't boot, SATA not recognised

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My Maxtor 250gb SATA HDD is not being recognised at its true size

When i come to intall my OS it says it is only about 130gb. Once instaled operating system and on windows it still appears the same size. Formating does not appear to cure this problem.

I relise that most HDDs dont actualy appear to be at their marketed size - i would be happy with 230gb but not 130gb.

Whats up?

im sure i saw a fix for this somewhere i just cant remember where it was.

Thanx for any help

A:SATA HDD not being recognised at actual size

Hi Goldengypsy and welcome to the TechSpot Forum :wave:

Isnt this something to do with having to have SP2 installed in XP so that the drive is recognised as the correct size.?

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hi there, im back for help again.

my dads pc wont boot. its a sata hard disk which is detected upon boot. however i dont even get the windows splash screen.
in the bios - the hd doesnt show up. safe mode doesnt work neither does last known good settings. i put the xp disk in and attempted to do an (install followed by a repair ) rather than system console.

nothing works because the xp disk claims no hard drive exists.

is it cos its serial ata. im not exactly sure if its got raid setup etc although i do possibly remeber a viaraidtool popup that might have come up on the odd times ive been over and used my dads pc to educate him on eBay.

anybody got an idea. sorry i dont have specs.

thank you once again

A:xp bootup error- no hd recognised (sata)

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I have just bought a WD 1200JD Sata HDD. Installed it and enabled jumpers for SATA on MOBO. So far BIOS does not recognise the disc (I have searched) and if I go to the RAID SETUP on boot up the drive appears. When windows XP Pro starts it wants to install RAID controller. However it can't automatically find this.

Not sure what I need to do.

I currently have a IDE ATA WD1200JB HDD installed as master too.

Should BIOS recognise the drive? It does'nt so do I need a update? My MOBO is Asus A7N8X-E DELUXE. Surely not as my MOBO comes with SATA capabilities.

Do I need to use RAID with SATA? This is only optional right?

How can I get windows XP Pro to recognise it? Was thinking maybe need new service Pack, but I'd rather not! Could anyone explain what the RAID CONTROLLER is?

Hope this is clear guys.



A:Sata Disk Not Recognised In Bios

you have a raid setting turned on, either in your bios or via jumper(s). if in doubt, reset your bios following the procedure outlined in your board's manual.

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Hello. I just bought Seagate SATA 250gb. Conntected it to the computer, installed via hyperion pro latest version 5.20a but now my hdd is recognised as VIA RAID CONTROLLER not as hdd. How can I fix this problem?

Here is a picture prikachi.com/files/295680N.jpg

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The following notebook/laptop does not have a LAN port:

Lenovo 100S-14IBR


Hence I have purchased a USB-LAN adapter as I do not have wifi where I live.

The adapter I am using is:

Sitecom USB LN-030 v3 001


The adapter is not being recognised by the laptop.

If you have any suggestions as to how I can resolve this matter, I would be grateful for your help.

What I have done thus far:

(1) I have reinstalled Windows 10.

(2) I have installed the relevant drivers from the Lenovo website.

(3) According to the Sitecom website as well as the seller from whom I purchased the mentioned adapter, no drivers from Sitecom are required in regard to Windows 10.

Where do I go from here?

Thanks in advance,


A:USB-LAN adapter not recognised

To get the built in driver activated, you may need to run windows update.

Can you take the laptop to a public WiFi area, connect to adapter and search for a driver online?

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Hello, The following notebook/laptop does not have a LAN port: Lenovo 100S-14IBR http://www.amazon.de/Lenovo-100S-14IBR-Notebook-Celeron-Prozessor/dp/B01AK5SZ74?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redire... Hence I have purchased a USB-LAN adapter as I do not have wifi where I live. The adapter I am using is: Sitecom USB LN-030 v3 001https://www.sitecom.com/de/usb-20-network-adapter/ln-030/p/73 The adapter is not being recognised by the laptop. If you have any suggestions as to how I can resolve this matter, I would be grateful for your help. What I have done thus far: (1) I have reinstalled Windows 10.(2) I have installed the relevant drivers from the Lenovo website.(3) According to the Sitecom website as well as the seller from whom I purchased the mentioned adapter, no driversfrom Sitecom are required in regard to Windows 10. Where do I go from here? Thanks in advance, Dom

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Hello, I've bought a lenovo 510-15isk laptop, so far, great laptop!But i have a question. Where normal the dvd drive is now a empty tray, i knew that when i purchased the laptop.You can insert there a another hdd in the plastic housing. ( there are holders inside for the hdd and you can read the maxium thickness of the hdd)But you need a sata and power adapter from the hdd to the motherboard. My question, is there a adapter from lenovo, and does someone have a serialnumber?I've searched online and read the manual but couldn't find anything so far. Best regards,  

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