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BIOS enable SATA2 Drive makes boot error if no actual HDD in SATA2 socket - Optiplex 780 Win 7

Q: BIOS enable SATA2 Drive makes boot error if no actual HDD in SATA2 socket - Optiplex 780 Win 7

Today, in my Optiplex 780 Desktop with Win 7 Pro 64-bit and 8GB RAM, I cloned my hard drive from old drive to new drive. To do that, I went into BIOS (which is the A14 version), went to Drives, enabled SATA2, and plugged the new empty hard drive into the SATA2 socket on the motherboard. The original drive has always been in the SATA0 socket, and the CD-DVD has always been in the SATA1 socket.
The clone went well (using Macrium Reflect Free in a USB stick). When I took out the old drive and connected the new cloned drive to the original SATA0 socket, the Optiplex gave me errors on the reboot. It said it was missing a drive in SATA2 and did i want to Continue, go into System or run Diagnostics. After a few reboots with that error, I went back into BIOS - Drives and disabled SATA2. Then reboot went very well without errors, a few times. All good.
However, those errors aren't right. I should be able to enable SATA2 in BIOS and not get errors just because no actual drive is plugged into the SATA2 socket on the motherboard. (That's how it works in a different Dell Optiplex 3010 I have).
So what's going on? Why am I getting this error?

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A: BIOS enable SATA2 Drive makes boot error if no actual HDD in SATA2 socket - Optiplex 780 Win 7

Greetings,Thank you for reaching us here. Sorry to know that you're facing issues with the system. I request you to share pictures of the error that you get, while SATA 2 is enabled under BIOS.Also, please share the system service tag, registered owner's name and email via private message, so that I will review the details and assist you further. You could send a private message by hovering the mouse cursor on my username and by adding me as a friend.

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Hello, I have a ssd I have installed in this board which is the only, drive and also with OS. I was wondering if it makes any difference which sata2 socket I use sata2 0/1/2/3/4? I have it set to AHCI in bios already. I assume I should not, use the Gsata sockets? The location in hardware devices shows the drive to be located at location 0. I assume this means channel 0 since it shows channel 0 and channel 1 in hardware devices? Is that fine or should it be on channel 1 or, makes no difference? Thanks!

A:which sata2 socket to connect a ssd to on GigaByte p55m-ud2 board

Primary drive should always go in the lowest numbered sata port, in your case 0, TBH in your situation where you only have one drive it wont make much difference but if for example you had multiple drives and you plugged a secondary hdd into a lower numbered port than your OS hdd then when you installed windows all your boot info would be put on the secondary drive which is not a good practice and will lead to issues if you ever needed to change or remove the 2nd drive as it would leave the system unbbotable and in need of startup repair

The only time you would use a sata that is not controlled by the onboard chipset IMO would be if your board only had sata 2 (3gbps) and you had a 3rd party controller (gsata) adding sata 3 (6gbps) and you were adding a sata 3 drive

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Which is this


I like the options this board giving you the option using a full AGP 8X and a PCI x 16 express slot. This way I can easily transfer my current system to it and still have upgradability while saving money.

So does it look good?

A:Is the ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 Socket 939 a good board?

Yup, pretty decent board, especially at that price. Nice that it also has 2 SATA ports and 1 SATA2 port. If I remember correctly there a few frequent users here that have this board and they like it.

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Sometimes when i boot up my windows 7 home premium 64 bit computer it gets to the boot page before windows even loads. it doesnt register that the hard drive is there at all but it registers my other sata device (my disk drive) however when i turn the computer on and off a few times it does eventually boot fine and the sometimes it will boot fine several times in a row before the problem repeats itself.

can anyone help me this is driving me mad and its ruining the which i spent a lot of time and money building.


A:sata2 hard drive boot issues

Hi and welcome.

Please fill out your system specs so that we have a better idea of what kind of hardware you have. It's easier to help that way. Thanks.

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Hi guys,

Been having a recurring problem with my system regarding I/O device errors.
Ive got Vista Home Premium and when running the computer on moderate capacity, say FM2007 (RAM intensive game) and downloading a file i usually get these errors which foul up my system and actually prevent the system from rebooting from the start menu (it hangs on the "shutting down" screen).

Im fairly sure its not a failed HDD as i have replaced it twice, my drivers and such are up do date i believe, at least the important ones like BIOS and nForce. Most people seem to have this issue with CD/DVD drives and Floppy's and i cant seem to find much help out there for a SATA2 related issue.

Its my understanding that and I/O is a lack of power supply to the device, correct?
if this is so then is my 430W PSU sufficient for the system i have?

Core 2 Duo 6400
8800 GTS
80GB IDE & 320GB SATA2
p5n32 SLI_Premium mobo.

Thanks for any help that may be forthcoming.

A:I/O Device Error. SATA2 Drive. Vista

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I have a new Seagate Barracuda 500gb Sata2 drive. It has XP Home (SP2) installed. It boots and runs well as long as my old IDE drive is connected.
In bios, with the IDE drive connected, both drives show correctly and I can set either as boot device.
With the IDE drive disconnected the SATA2 drive doesn't show in the HDD section on the boot menu setup. However if I press F11 at start of boot I get the chance to select the SATA2 drive and can boot from this.
I had bios 2.10 and have updated to 2.30 (the latest). Bios is set for SATA2 (non Raid) with normal SATA driving. Latest SATA2 drivers installed.
Any ideas gratefully accepted.
Thanks, Tony

AMD Athlon 64 3200+
1024mb RAM PC3200
XP Home (SP2)
Seagate Barracuda SATA2 500gb
Western Digital 250gb IDE
Nvidia 8500gt

A:Solved: Sata2 drive won't boot unless IDE drive also connected

Easiest way out of that issue is to reinstall XP with the old drive disconnected . . as it is now, your boot sector is on the IDE drive.

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Installing the sata drive via floppy disk during winxp setup got me on sata mode but the pc kept freezing every so often. During a resize job in partition magic 8 the pc froze and now i cannot access my data as a result. Reinstalling windows using the sata drive but set to emulate ide works fine until i installed the sata driver in windows because the pc freezes again.

My board is an Asus a8r-mvp mb (crossfire ready) supporting skt 939 processors.

What is causing the freezing ? is it a configuration problem or is my drive not up to the task of running in sata 2 mode ?

Assistance appreciated

A:sata2 drive

Does the drive have jumpers to change transfer rates?
Does the mobo support sata 2?

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I am wondering if someone can help me with this issue.

I had a desktop with ASUS P5GC-MX/133 motherboard installed with two physical hard drives - 1 IDE and 1 SATA2. A year ago I installed window XP SP2 on the IDE hard drive and used SATA2 as storage (not RAID). When I installed the window XP, I did not press F6 to load 3rd party drivers. And I used Device Manager to format the SATA2 drive and partitioned it into 4 partitions.

Last week, there was something wrong with the OS so I reinstalled window XP. However, after reinstalling the OS, the BIOS and window's device manager can detect the 320 GB SATA2 hard drive (but the drive did not show up in My Computer). However, instead of showing the 4 partitions where I have saved important data, it said that the hard drive is not ready.

Can anyone teach me how to get the partitions out and shown in My Computer?

Help is greatly appreciated!.


A:Issue with SATA2 Drive

See if your drive shows up under Disk Management. Right click on My Computer on your desktop and select 'Manage', then select Disk Management. Also if it shows up under device manager it should say "This device is working properly". You might want to check if the proper drivers are installed and update them if necessary.

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I've heard there were problems installing XP on a sata drive and you have to install something, but could someone point me in the right direction, right now I am getting the blue screen of death whenever I try to install windows.

Here are my specs:
Case: Antec Nine Hundred - Gaming Case with 200mm Top Fan
Sound: Philips ?
M-board: Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Dual Core
Power: Hiper 580W Type-R Modular PSU SLI/CrossFire Certified - Blue
GFX: nVIDIA GeForce 7300 256mb DDR2
HARD DRIVE: Seagate 400GB SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache
RAM: Kingston 1GB DDR 400MHz/PC3200 (KVR400X64C3A/1G) CL3 Unbuffered 2.6V x2
The error I am getting is:

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent harm to your computer.

If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drivew to make sure it is properly configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK /F to check for har ddrive corruption then restart your computer.

Technical Information:

*** STOP 0x0000007b(0xF78D2524,0xc0000034,0x00000000,0x00000000Click to expand...
Could someone please point me in the right direction.



A:Installing XP on Sata2 Drive

I have XP on quite a few computers with SATA drives. As long as you have the correct drivers , it works fine.

Here is some information that may help:

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Erlier i booted my PC up into Xp to see a strange warning box come up. I can't remember what it said now but my mouse and keyboard didn't work.

I then pull the plug and fire it back up into XP again. only it get about 2 bars into the loading screen and a BSOD loads fo about a second and the machine restarts.

I booted into Vista to ask for help, i go into my computer and look a my other HDD it is still there but according to properties have 0 bytes space. I tried error checking it but windows said it could not access the drive.

I really need to get my SATA drive up and running again, if its possible.



A:250GB SATA2 Drive Not working! Please Help!

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I am trying to get my new WD sata2 drive to install. I am using the Asus M2N E SLI mobo. The bios recognizes the drive perfectly. I install the drivers from a floppy while installing windows. Windows sees the drive properly and installs without a hitch. Everytime after a perfect load of windows it boots to a blue screen saying Unmountable_Boot_Volume. This is my second drive as I RMA'd the last 1 for giving me the same error. Everything in the bios is set auto. I am really feeling at my wits end as nobody seems to be able to help me. This is my last hope.
Praying the answer is here.

A:New Sata2 drive wont install

Check the boot order in the BIOS.

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I suspect that my SSD drive , Intel SSD 320 120GB, does not operate at is full potential. It is plugged in the Sata3 device on my mainboard.

Looking at my Bios, I see that it is set to IDE. I did try to set it to the AHCI mode, but PC would not boot up

I did try the AS SSD Benchmark tool and I gorr a result of 163
It mention PCiIde BAD

Now, How do I know if my SSD drive is driven with Sata3. If not, how do I set it without re-installing Win 7

Any help appreciated


A:Is my SSD drive driven by Sata3 or Sata2: How to know

The 320 is a Sata2. If you want to go AHCI, you have to set the OS also to AHCI. AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista

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Hi all,

I've just bought a Samsung 250GB SATA2 SP2504C hard drive with the intention of installing Vista on it. Problem is its not listed as one of the available drives during installation- just the other two, one of which is IDE and one is SATA. I've checked the Samsung website for Vista drivers but there are none, in fact there are no drivers full stop.

I've upgraded my SATA/RAID drivers for my mobo (Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9), but I've stopped short of flashing the BIOS, mainly because I'm a coward. The BIOS itself doesn't list the device as an IDE drive on any slot during the first POST screen, but it is listed on the following page as a RAID drive and the BIOS also lists the drive in the "order of booting" screen.

Most annoyingly of all, I can see the drive in Windows 2000, and I've been able to format it to NTFS. I've even seen it from a Linux distro, but sodding Vista with its 1 billion drivers cant pick it up.

Any help would be much appreciated.

A:SATA2 Drive not recognised during install

If it is using a Sata/raid card, you will need to load drivers during the install. I would check on the disk that came with it or on the website for a driver diskette creation tool.

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Hello all,

I just got a SATA2 1TB HD but my motherboard (MSI KT3 Ultra I think) only has IDE ports. What's the cheapest solution to link the two but still utilizing SATA2? I could go USB2.0 (solution: external enclosure + USB2.0 PCI card since my MB only supports 1.1) but I would much have the faster connection of SATA2. Also, if I do have to add a SATA2 PCI expansion card, it should recognize the whole TB right? I know in some instances with older MB's, if you plug in a HD it will only register X amount of GB's. Any input is very much appreciated. Thanks!

A:How to add a SATA2 hard drive to IDE-only motherboard.

Buy a quality sata controller card. Yes, the card should "See" the full size of the drive as long as you read the specs on the card and it says it will recognize drives of that size.

I use and recommend either promise or highpoint controller/raid cards. There are cheaper ones however you get what you pay for.

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My first question is can this Motherboard (intel Classic Series Desktop Board DG35EC) support a Sata 2 hard drive? Now I've already tried a Sata 1 and it picked it up fine but it won't pick up IDE or my Sata 2(weird I know).

So could I download an update onto my Sata 1 hard drive to update my motherboard to read my Sata 2 hard drive or will I have to get a new hard drive?

A:SATA2 drive, SATA1 MB issue

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Does anyone have or could tell how to create a boot disk with SATA 2 drivers?


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Hey guys, before I take this pc to the repair shop, I thought I'd give it a shot.

I recently purchased Samsung HD753LJ 750GB SATA2 7200rpm 32MB Hard Drive. The issue is that PC freezes when I try to copy large files.

I am a composer and audio files are quiet big. I was trying to copy folders from Western Digital mybook 500GB hard drive to this new samsung drive, and it basically hangs after 1GB or less. One time I was able to copy more than 40GB at once but again it stopped copying. However copying to main SATA drive(Seagate 320GB SATA HDD I am using 320GB HDD as the main master drive.) is no problem, I can copy all flawless, without any issues. Unfortunately I don't use RAID setup because some audio related softwares aren't so uptodate and tend to experience bad things

system hangs every time I tried to copy a big chunk. how it hangs is following.
1)copy files through teracopy
2)teracopy stops in the middle of copying process
3)some programs still work, but usually they all stop working eventually
and I can't restart so I have to do it manually, which I really hate to do it to this PC, since it's getting expensive and I need to work music with this PC. I don't want to buy another HDD to fix this stupid issue. btw I don't play any games on this. I built it specifically for audio use.

I tried just copying from C- D manually as well. but it also failed. The total file size average were 40-50GB. but I also tried to copy small chunks and sti... Read more

A:New SATA2 drive fails copying and freeze

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The Problem:

When I start copying a file of roughly 100MB or more from my primary hard drive to a secondary one, or even if I'm copying it to itself, the copying progress bar zooms along at a normal rate. The little green blocks and the time remaining are what you'd expect. Then as it gets to a certain point, it slows down and down and down. The time remaining that might have been 5 seconds doubles and doubles and before you know it it's got several minutes remaining. What started out as a 5 or 10 second estimate, becomes a 7 minute estimate, and the file really does take more than a minute to copy.

I've ran some disk performance check tools and ran chkdsk and find no problems. The file copy never fails. It's not only file copy operations either, I've noticed that when viewing a video of for example 350MB, if I drag the position slider along in 1 or 2 minute amounts, then the video instantaneously starts playing from the new slider position. If I drag the slider beyond a certain point, it can take a good second or two before it manages to start playing from the new position.

Now to the background info that should answer any follow-up questions:

- The machine is a dual-core E6600 Intel box, so it's not slow.
- The "system idle" process is rarely ever under 98% during these operations.
- If I have several copies occurring in parallel, they'r... Read more

A:SATA2 Hard Drive Performance Slow

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Hi Peeps, I sadly had to dismatle my old xp desktop (sob sob cry cry) ...pause for a tender moment of remembrance.

Most of the internal guts were far from current so all I think I might be able to use is the sata 3.5" 80gb hdd.

The question is (at last he gets to the question !) it being a hdd that worked with win XP can I reformat it as one could with any external hdd ,considering I will be using it with a vista machine ?

I hope to use a usb to sata 3.5" adapter kit.

Any help would be as always gratefully received


A:sata2 internal hdd rejuvinated as external drive...but !

You may use it as a usb drive on vista or windows 7 without problem.I assume your going to use a hard drive caddy and external power supply and all should be well just format as you would any other memory device usually ntfs.

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Hey all,
I have a SSD with Win7 Home Premium x64. To boot off it my bios needs to be in AHCI mode.
I also have Windows XP Prof SP2 x84 on a Sata2 drive and too boot off of that I need to be in IDE mode.
Is it possible to get a dual boot happening in this scenario?
Also when I boot into the XP drive it rewrites the boot BCD (*?*) and I need to load up the Win7 install disk and do a repair to get back into Win7. While EasyBCD will allow me to fix that issue I can't imagine it will allow me to do the whole AHCI/IDE combo will it?

Thanks all.

A:Can I dual boot with Win7 on an AHCI SSD and WinXP on an IDE SATA2?

With separate HD's its best to boot via the BIOS, settting preferred to boot first then triggering the other using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu (or BBS) key. Then the HD"s should not be able to interfere with one another, although you can access your files on either.

You'd need to convert the XP HD to AHCI. Back up a system image using free Macrium - Image your system first.

Enable AHCI in Windows XP After Installation - Bootbeta

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I wanted to replace the aging HDD on my 7269E4U with an SSD. I connected the SSD to SATA2 (the CD-ROM connector) and cloned my hard drive (SATA1) using EaseUS ToDo Backup. It worked, but? I can boot with the hard drive disconnected, but only if the SSD is on the same connector (SATA2) as when I cloned it. If I move it to SATA1, the PC will show the Windows 10 logo for a half-second and then shut off. I did confirm, in the BIOS, that the first boot device was the hard disk, and that my SSD was shown in the list of available hard disks in the following section. (Of course, it was the only hard disk.) How can I get my M58e to boot with the SSD connected to SATA1, so I can reconnect the CD-ROM drive to its original SATA2? Thanks!

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In my computer I have two Western Digital 500 GB hard drives. One drive failed and now I'm trying to install Vista on the other hard drive. But when I go to the hard drive selection screen when I'm installing Vista it has no hard drives available to select. I have the SATA controller drivers and hard drive drivers on a USB flash drive. Despite all this, Vista still does not recognize my hard drive. Help, Please.


Windows Vista 32 Home Premium Edition
NVIDIA G-Force 8600 GT Video Card
Intel Quad Core CPU Q6600 2.40 GHz
x3 Corsair 1 GB RAM

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Its for 45 dollars. I'm concerned that the price is so low there may be a catch, like it may not work in my system.

Here is what it says



A:If I get a sata2 hard drive for enterprise storage, will it fit in my machine

Well, 400GB means its got some age on it and it would seem that for that price it must be either used or refurbished. It would be nice to see the powered on hours reading before you buy.

If its advertised as new and its a trustworthy vender, then it is a great deal.

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Hey, recently i lent my harddrive to my brother so he could get some files off of me and when i got it back whenever i try and do anything on the drive i get a drwatson error and everything closes explorer too, the error is ... 0x0000000 i believe not sure at the moment if anybody can give me a hand or let me know what you info you need to fix that would be great
AppName: explorer.exe AppVer: 6.0.2900.5512 ModName: unknown
ModVer: Offset: 00000000


EventType : BEX P1 : drwtsn32.exe P2 : 5.1.2600.0 P3 : 3b7d84a2
P4 : dbghelp.dll P5 : 5.1.2600.5512 P6 : 4802a0b2 P7 : 0001295d
P8 : c0000409 P9 : 00000000

those are 2 different errors i get

A:HDD error whenever i try and move files on segate 500 sata2

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Q: Sata2

hi i have an evga 122-ck-nf67T1 mb my question is it has ports for sata 2 on it is it in my best interest to get a sata 2 hard drive or can i use sata1 if so whats the difference?


SATA II is a newer version of the SATA standard that incorporates faster bus speeds over SATA I. Whereas SATA I runs at 150MB/s SATA II runs at 300MB/s. The specifications that govern the design of SATA II ensure that it is backward compatible with SATA I.

This means that the drives will work, but will only transfer data at half the designed transfer speed (buffer to host).

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Will a sata2 cord fit /work with sata1 hdd's/ports?

A:Sata1 vs Sata2

Yes, they are backward compatible.

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I would like to buy a new HDD, but I plan to leave it when I upgrade the rest of the PC.
I'm thinking of Samsung SpinPoint T166 HD501LJ and I have ASUS P4xv8-x motherboard that supports SATA, so will this disk work?


SATA II is backward compatible with SATA.

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Ive a Samsung 250gb sata2 drive that had windows xp on it, upon reformatting and trying to reinstall on sata2 mode the winxp setup cd does not recognise it. Infact when set to ide mode in bios it recognises it but does not create for it an ntfs partition, instead it comes up in raw format.

Is there anything i am doing thats incorrect ? Ive created a sata floppy drive that im trying to use but to no avail.

Assistance is appreciated.


A:Sata2 hdd prob....

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Hi, a google search of my problem brought me to this forum, a guy using similar hardware had the same errors as me but the thread was closed. I am having major problems with slowdown's and errors and data corruption. My main user's profile even got corrupted so i had to make another user in windows vista. The only application i have installed is world of warcraft and its a fresh windows vista install. The problems occur with many file copies, simple operations of the OS and randomly.

Vista will lock up for 2-3 mins and not let me respond, then its fine again.

here's my specs:

ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Motherboard
AMD 64 X2 6000+ CPU
Geforce 8800 GTX pci-e 16x Video card
Thermaltake 550W Power supply
Corsair 2x1024 Dual-Channel DDR800 memory
WD500gb HD primary
WD320gb HD secondary

The IO errors and slowdowns occur on each drive, I know its not the drives since my linux live CD can read/write to them just fine.

Please help!

A:I/O Errors SATA2

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I have bot a new computer with a SATA2 HDD and it is with installedn linux OS. When i boot up with a Windows XP SP2 cd and press Enter when i see the first screen where it says "Press Enter to set up windows XP now " , on the next screen says that there is no HDD attached or that it cannot be find.

I have formated a computer before but it wosn`t with SATA HDD is that the problem here because the linux is working but i want to work with windows instead.
Sorry about mu english i still need practise .

A:Formatting SATA2 HDD

Welcome to TSG....

Once a computers hard drive is formatted with Linux anything you try to do with Windows will not work. What has to be done is fdisk the hard drive and remove the Linux partitions and format using the ms-dos or windows format. This is a real pain in the rump the first time you do it and I have no instructions on how to do it that are written down.

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I am pretty sure I know the answer to this one but could you confirm it's ok before I go and buy a new power supply. I am running out of room on my ide harddrives and seeing my Asus A7N8X suppoorts serial ata I have bought a new 250gb Seagate sata2 drive for a very reasonable price (52). I dropped a clanger,I assumed my 465w Enermax would have the required power connector, but it must be a bit older than I thought. I am pretty sure it will work but obviously not at full speed, but I am trying to think ahead for when I upgrade my motherboard and proccessor in the near future.

A:sata &sata2

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iv been lookin at hard drive and im planning on getting a new comp with nf4 chipset on it but, would a sata 2 work on it? Is ther any special requirments other than sata slot

A:sata2 or sata

What is the exact board?

SATA2 HDDs work on SATA, they just run at the 150 instead of 300.
Same story for SATA on a SATA2.

What else to look for in a hard drive?
A higher RPM is good, 8-16MB cache, and NCQ is nice.

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A friend of mine just built a system with KN8 Ultra MB and a sata2 Maxtor HD. It booted right from the start and loaded Windows xp. The next morning it wouldn't boot at all. After trying several things he changed the jumper on the HD from sata2 to sata 1 and it works fine.

What is the problem? Are there special cables you need for sata2? Will the latest drivers and bioses fix the problem? thanks

A:sata2 problems

nate39 said:

Will the latest drivers and bioses fix the problem? thanksClick to expand...

That would be my first bet. Let us know how it goes :rolleyes:

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I plan on purchasing a couple of 250gigs off the egg soon, and my board supports the SATA2, Is it really that much bigger of a deal than regular sata.

A:Solved: To go SATA2 or not

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i built a new computer, and now im gonna install an OS on the SATA2 drive.
Problem is: it wont work. When i try to install XP i get a bluescreen right before the hdd-managing part (tried both 32bit and 64bit). When i try to install Vista, it gets stuck on "expanding files" (or similar).
My hdd shows in BIOS and is correctly connected as Master.
In the Vista install, i can see that the installation has put files on it, and i can explore it like any working hdd. When i try to use drivers for the SATA controller, it still gets stuck at the same place. Have tried lots of things in my BIOS. Help me! im desperate!


Asus P5LD2-VM DH/C i945G 4DDR2-DIMM 2PCI 2PCIe SATA Raid Audio VGA GB-LAN Socket775 mATX

Western Digital Caviar WD1600JS 160GB 7200rpm 8MB SATA2

Intel Pentium D Dual Core 945 3.4GHz 2x2Mb 800MHz Boxed, Socket775

Gigabyte GeForce 7600GS SilentPipe 512MB DDR2 HDTV-out DVI SLI-ready RETAIL PCI Express

GoodRam Hi-Performance Platinum 1024MB DDR2 PC2-5300 667MHz CL5

A:SATA2 Problems

Please test your system RAM and the hard drive(s) before any OS installation to avoid frustrating troubleshooting of (near-random) errors.

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Ive been running off 1 sata2 320g seagate HD for about a year now, now that ive started to run out of space i brought a second one.

It was smaller but was the same as old one (320g seagate).

Now when i try to start up, it either freezes on windows loading screen or that screen goes away and it just stays black, when i unplug 1, the other works, and same the other way.

I put the windows xp cd in, it gets stuck saying examining 305243 MB disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi..

any suggestions?

A:Sata2 HD's wont work together.

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I have 2 hard drives which are SATA2. There isn't any Slave or Master to
configure. I have 2 partitions on each drive. So if I take the C drive and
Image it and restore it to the 2nd hard drive 1st partition and re boot will
I still boot into my 1st hard drive. If I take the 1st hard drive out will
it boot into the 2nd hard drive 1st partition which will be the only hard
drive on the system at this time and nothing has been configured with the
hard drives? This is being done for a backup test.

A:SATA2 HD for Windows 7 backup


The answer depends on your motherboard, but you only have "OS Vista Ultimate" listed in your specs. You need to provide complete information to receive the best answers.

Most BIOs settings will include a "Boot Priority" allowing you to select what it looks for in order to boot from ie: floppy, usb, CD, hard drive, lan. There is also a setting for which hard drive to boot from so when there are more than one you can choose.

This is just a guess, but I would say if you unplug SATA1, the BIOS will try to boot from SATA2, especially if there is nothing else to boot from. You can change the settings in the BIOS or just unplug SATA1 and try it.

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System is in my signature.. I am trying to do a reinstall of xp pro..

Its not the disk because It worked find on my other pc afterwards..
It wont find my sata disk.. Help anyone?

A:Reinstalling Xp.. Won't find my Sata2!

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Hello, guys,I have a question about my Yoga 300-11IBY after SSD upgrade. I replaced the 500 GB HDD with a 256 GB SSD, which is deffinitely SATA3, but it runs in SATA2 mode in my device. I installed all the drivers from Lenovo site, updated BIOS to latest version, but I'm stuck to SATA II. According to Lenovo, the interface is SATA III (Flex 3 and Yoga 300 are the same machine) Lenovo does not offer SATA driver, so I'm using the one included in Windows 10 x64.Please, help me to force the SATA controller in SATA3 mode. The exact device is Lenovo Yoga 300-11IBY, machine type 80M0, S/N P2002KPX.Thank you in advance,Best regards

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Background info: My main computer with x2 WD Caviar SE16 (SATA II) 320gb screwed up and started going into an endless reboot for one reason or another while I was doing some video editting. A reformatting is long overdue, so I can't say I'm too surprised, though I wasn't prepared.

Trying to get my info off of the main HDD, I connected it to my other computer that has a single 160gb WD Caviar SE (IDE) (the mobo being ASUS A7V600), but nothing is reading from the 320gb. I've connected both of my 320gb drives to the SATA1 and SATA2 ports at separate times (lots of reboots) and I've tried messing around with the jumper on the 160-IDE putting it to Master with Slave present. Neither of my two 320's read whatsoever. I've downloaded the WD Data Lifeguard and even it doesn't read them. I've also tried using different SATA cables. I know the HDD is spinning, because I can feel it through the casing.

Also, both computer are running Windows XP SP2.

Am I missing something? Is there some random WD or ASUS driver that I might need to read these?

Any help would be awesome.

A:SATA2 won't read at all with my IDE Master

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hay there ive just built a new pc but i have not got an OS on it how do i install a my sata drivers (there on floppys) befor i install XP thanks........?

A:how to install sata2 drivers

as you are installing xp it will ask if you wish to install 3rd party drivers and it will tell you to press F6 to load the drivers

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The Windows 10 version of Thinkpad Yoga 11e comes with 128GB SSD but when running a benchmark on the laptop it's top read speed is below 300MB/s.  I swapped out the SSD for a faster one (OCZ TRION 150 2.5" 240GB TRN150-25) which benchmarked faster random write times (250MB/s versus 150MB/s) but it also benchmarked below 300MB/s overall read speed.   So, is the internal bus only Sata2 which would cap the drives at 300MB/s?

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Hello all,
I have a problem which has been bugging me ever since i got my new system a week ago.

1st off, here are the specs:
Intel Pentium D 945 3.4GHz
Asus P5LD2 SE mobo (Intel 945P chipset)
Corsair DDR2 PC5300 1GB RAM
XFX Nvidia GeForce 7300GT DDR2 256MB 128bit graphics card
Western Digital SATA2 320GB 16MB 7200RPM hdd

-Here's what i want done-
have winME installed in C:, dualbooting with winXP on D:
if possible, i would like to have 6 partitions in my 320GB hdd- approx 30+30+30+70+70+70

-Here's the prob-
on my older system (a P3), i could easily have winME on c: and winxp on d:
now, with a clean sata2 hdd, i can't seem to install winME. on trying to boot with d installer cd, i

get a msg saying unable to copy installation files as disk/partition is not fat32/is ntfs.
so i had to plug d hdd into my fren's comp to get it partitioned using his winXP to 30+30+30+70+70+70

partitions, with all in FAT32 except D: in ntfs.
now, winme can be installed onto C:, and works fine once i change d option in bios to 'compatibility

mode' instead of 'enhanced mode' which is for winXP/2000. in winME, i popped in the winXP cd, and i

select 'new installation' (NOT upgrade), provide d serial key, select 'copy files to XXX folder and

checked d box saying 'i wan to choose drive & partition to install' in the advanced option. after a few

more settings to make, d system... Read more

A:dual booting with win ME + win XP on sata2 hdd

ME is extremely outdated and does not play well with newer hardware. People run into all sorts of random issues with it and new systems. A year ago I tried to install Win 98 on my Athlon Xp system and it kept crashing only in Win 98.

You know, Microsoft recently stopped supporting 98 and ME completely. I say you just stick with XP, what do you need ME for that XP cannot do?

Another thing you can try is using Partition Magic while in Win Xp and make a new FAT32 partition through there and install it. Partition magic makes things like that easy.

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I got these sata2 cables for my machine and now I can't get them off.


Can anyone help me. Is there a trick to it? IF so I'd like to know it.

A:Solved: How do I get these Sata2 Cables off

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Hi, i'm trying to install Windows XP with service pack 2 on to a new maxtor 200GB sata2 HD.
The computer recognizes that it is there, but when I boot from the Windows XP cd and select set up windows now it says setup did not find any hard drives installed in your computer.

The motherboard is a A7N8X-E Deluxe

Can some one help please.

A:Can't install WinXP on new sata2 HD

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I got surprised yesterday when I received my WD 500GB SE16 Sata2 plugged in my ASUS P4P800-Dx (which only supports Sata1) and The BIOS recognize the drive right away, but not Windows, I've prepared the HDD using the WD lifeguard tools and after that it seem impossible to access the HDD. I've tried Partition magic and no luck recognizing the drive on XP.

Could it be an DOA?something about compatibility with my MOBO? or Corrupted Windows? (I've been having issues with windows before the HD)

All input will be appreciated, Thanks!

A:are HDD SATA2 not compatible backwards?

If the BIOS detects the drive right, then it is obviously working over SATA150.

How about the Windows standard drive management utility?

Did you connect the drive to a RAID controller? You may have to do some extra configuring in the RAID BIOS or with the RAID utility.

Easy to test Windows issues: pop in a Linux live CD and see if you get the drive recognised there.

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