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SATA/IDE hard drives-no SATA Drive in My Computer

Q: SATA/IDE hard drives-no SATA Drive in My Computer

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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Preferred Solution: SATA/IDE hard drives-no SATA Drive in My Computer

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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, the computer I'm currently using is probably 5 years old so of course does not support SATA devices.

The setup is as follows:

MASTER 40GB IDE Seagate (99% full)
SLAVE 120GB IDE Seagate (99% full) or IDE DVD-Writer

My plan is to copy the contents of both 40GB and 120GB to a new SATA 320GB so that my setup will be like this:

MASTER 120GB IDE Seagate (30GB partition for Windows files)
SLAVE 40GB IDE Seagate or IDE DVD-Writer

Then I'll buy a new computer in the future... I just need space right now, but can't be bothered burning DVDs. My backing up of files onto SATA will be one-time use only.

Question 1: From what I understand, I'll need an IDE-to-SATA adaptor or PCI card to be able to use my SATA hard drive on my non-SATA motherboard?

Adaptor: You plug one end of the plug into an IDE slot on the motherboard and the other end to the SATA hard drive? Easy as that?

PCI Card: Works similar to above, just put it into PCI slot?

Question 2: I'm going to get a new AMD dual core CPU + decent ASUS motherboard. How feasible is it to use my 120GB (30GB Windows partition) IDE Seagate HDD as the master boot drive, and the 320GB SATA Seagate HDD as the "slave"?


A:IDE Hard Drives, Old Computer, Use SATA Hard Drive, Then New Computer

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I have 2 ATA/IDE drives that I want to put in a 2 bay enclosure. I can't find any multi bay IDE enclosures I have checked Tiger Direct and Newegg. Where else can I look or is there an adapter or something that I can use or does it even matter?

A:ATA drives and SATA hard drive enclosures

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Hi all

A friend of mine recently had his computer stop working and he has a lot of photos on his hard drive (SATA) that he wants saved. I took the drive in hopes of plugging it into my computer and then copying his pictures over and burning them to a disc.

My computer has Windows XP SP3, a Gigabyte nForce4 Sli mobo, two IDE hard drives and two external USB hard drives. Before starting I installed the updated mobo drives from the Gigabyte website and then I used a cable from my original mobo box with a four pin connector on one end and the plug for the SATA drive on the other. Then I used to cable labeled as SATA and then plugged it into the color coded connector on the mobo.

I rebooted and Windows recognized new hardware and said it needed to install new software (drivers I assume). It installed software and exited without errors but XP doesnt list the drive. I also dont see it under disk management.

I did go into the BIOS and everything labeled SATA is set as enabled. I am not sure what else I need to be looking at in the BIOS however. My mobo also has a manual that has setup information regarding SATA RAID (RAID 5) Function. I'll be honest and say I dont know what the heck that is and the manual looks difficult for a user like me. A couple of people told me that it should be plug and play with XP so I really wasnt expecting many problems with this.

I would really appreciated any help on this as to what I should be checking.


A:Adding a SATA hard drive to a PC with two existing IDE drives?

If the drive is physically fine the drive should work fine plugged into the motherboard. Does the motherboard have RAID and standard SATA connectors? It may be that with the drive connected to the RAID connector that you need to do some type of configuration prior to having the drive seen in Windows.

Another option if you still can't get it to work would be to use one of the SATA > USB docking units like:

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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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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!

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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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 am running Windows 7 and have 4 SATA hard drives. (One of which is partitioned and has the system software installed on one of the partitions.) My Computer will show all 4 hard drives for about 2-3 weeks, and suddenly one day on startup it will show only 3, or even 2 sometimes. I can swap memory sticks in different slots, and, once again, it will show all hard drives for 2-3 weeks. Why do I keep having to swap memory and is there an app or other solution to this problem, so I don't have to keep doing this over and over?

A:Memory swap required for My Computer to see all SATA hard drives

Hello and welcome rodo first up


Can we have some systemspecs please as what you have posted gives us not that much (or anythingat all with some folks) to work with and given there are so many manufacturersof components and configurations that do influence what goes on within anygiven machine and OS.
System Info - See YourSystem Specs

Now for starters the amount of RAM you have is in my view way too little you should be running a minimum of 4GB preferably 6- 8GB if your machine will support that and that is why we need those specs .
For an example imagine the CPU is the bucket holding a known amount of water (data) and you pour that water into the second bucket (RAM) and you do that through a funnel with a 1 inch outlet then it will take the RAM bucket a long time to fill and that water will then flow very slowly onward to whatever you are trying to do from the RAM bucket.
Now if you do the same thing and you make the the RAM bucket larger the CPU bucket has more channels (more funnel outlets) for the CPU can use to transfer the water (data) to the RAM bucket (through more funnels) - so your RAM bucket of data will be ready much faster than it sounds like it is now. Then that data is also available faster to the drives etc etc

Lecture over I would suggest you run these too in any case in safe mode


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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 just ordered a new computer with windows 7 professional 64. My old computer has Windows XP. I would like to install the old hard drive in my new one (new one has a bay for 3 hard drives). After the installation, will I be able to access files from the old hard drive?

A:Adding old sata hard drive to new computer


The C drive on the new computer should still be in charge if you connect the old drives and allow you to view, copy, or delete any files.

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So here's the problem I'm having. My computer was working just fine a few months ago, then I decided to move and put the computer into storage for a bit. Well, hooked it all back up and started it up. After starting, it took a very long time to load and when it went to boot it tried booting from the CD-ROM and with no bootable media disk, it wasn't able to load.

I made sure all the connections were still good and everything was clean and re-booted. Same problem. I then checked the BIOS and noticed that my hard drive was no longer recognized as a bootable drive.

My computer setup:
Gateway FX6800-01E
Intel I-7 Quad 920 2.67GHz
Seagate 750GB SATA HD
Vista Home Premium

I cant think of anything that could have happened to get rid of the HD as a bootable drive and any help to resolve this would be much appreciated.

A:Computer not recgonizing SATA hard drive anymore

Whether it is related to being moved I don't know, but it could be the hard drive has failed.

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I recently purchased a new xp computer, and a new 1tb hard drive. I connected the hard drive to my old xp computer via a usb-SATA adapter. I partitioned and formatted the drive, then transfered all my files onto it. Now I would like to use the drive as an internal drive on my new computer. Can I partition and format the drive without loosing my files? My goal is to use the 1tb hard drive for music, videos, and pictures, and use the 80gb hard drive that the new computer came with for programs, the operating system, etc. Can this be done?
Thanks for the help!

A:Transfering full SATA hard drive to new computer.

Does the computer even have SATA ports? A computer so old that it comes with just an 80GB drive might not.

If you just finished partitioning and formatting the 1TB drive, why do you need to do so again? What are you using as a backup? You should never make drive configuration changes without running a full data backup.

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I'm using 1 hard drive for O.S. which is Raptor, and another 500Gig Seagate SATA2 for storage. For some reason I can't see Seagate, only Raptor. Under My Computer Seagate is not showing up, but under Computer Hardward, it's showing as working properly.

Does this have something to do with MBR? I have XP Pro on Raptor NTFS and I want to use Seagate as storage drive. What can I do? How can I unselect Seagate as Master Boot Record so it'll show under My Computer as Data drive?

Please help!

A:Internal Sata Hard Drive won't show up under My Computer

Hi, vmarkary. Welcome to TSF.

Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Disk Management.

Do you see your drive on the list of drives? if so, post screen grab.


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Dell Dimension 8400 (about 3-4 years old). Stock SATA 160gb hard drive crashed (got the blue screen, all the codes, etc.) Took it to a computer place, they also said the HD crashed. I have bought a replacement 250gb SATA HD - attached the two inputs to the back (one thin and ling, one thin and short) and all I get on boot up is a couple of chirps and the screen says "Drive 1 (and 2 and 3) Not Found: Serial ATA, SATA-1" and repeats for drives two and three. The drive is warm, it's being accessed (it's humming), but I've also tried a third 160gb drive, same thing. I even replaced the original drive back in and the same thing - not even the blue screen and error codes any more.

Went to F2 set up, set to auto detect, all (SATA) drives sets to 'on.'

I'm computer literate, but not a techy or anything.

Totally lost now. Please help.

emsguy4you at aol dot com

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I bought a Maxtor Ultra ATA internal hard drive, and want to install it as a backup drive in my HP m1170n. However, the m1170n requires an SATA hard drive. Is there a converter, adapter, etc. that I can buy to make the Ultra ATA compatible with the m1170n? Please provide specific model numbers for any suggestions, if possible. Also, please advise about how much it should cost and if it is easy to install. Many thanks.

A:Ultra ATA Internal Hard drive to computer that requires SATA

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Does anyone know how to get a 2.5" SATA External Case to show up(plugged in by usb (2.0))? Ive spent over 2 days trying to figure it out, please let me know if you know how to fix this...... below is the list of my problem & the things ive tried so far

Heres a little back ground:
I used to have a Sony Vaio computer with a Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 Hard Drive. One day the screen just went black on start up and it says "Error loading operating system" & since then ive tried
1) reinstalling Windows XP on the computer.....didn't work

2) recognizing the drive through ms dos.....didn't work

3) Opening the old computer & taking the Travelstar 5K100 hard drive & inserting it in a 2.5" Sata External Case and plugging the usb on to my current computer, it seemed like there was hope as the red light was solid red & when I felt the box, the hard drive seemed to be spinning and working shape, but still.....didn't work

4) I've went the "most popular solution" selected computer, right clicked Manage scrolled down to the left panel & clicked Disk Management, my hard drive is nowhere to be found, only my current drives in the computer so.....didn't work

4.5) I went to Device Manager right clicked all of the usb ports to make sure to turn off the power so that it would save enery or something like that, then restart...... still.....didn't work

5) I tried to find it in bios but I didn't seem to find... Read more

A:2.5" Sata Hard Drive Not Reading(or showing up) Anywhere On My Computer, please help

not seen in the bios

faulty data cable or [connection]

or drive has gone

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

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

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

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

A:Solved: SATA Hard Drives vs PATA Hard Drives

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Just installed Win 8 but cant for the life in me get it to see the other Hard Drives or DVD Drives. The problem might be that 'Intel(R) C600/X79 series chipset 6-Port SATA AHCI Controller' has a little yellow icon against it. However I cant seem to get rid of it. Any Ideas?

A:OS Won't see other SATA Hard drives

Heh. I had the exact same issue on my first boot into Win8 Pro retail. For some reason, none of my other drives showed up. By SHUTTING DOWN, POWERING OFF, and REBOOTING, they magically appeared. You probably already have this fixed if you were the same as me.
If still there then your driver did not magically install itself and you need to go to your mobo's website for the right driver. If it fails due to Win8, try changing the compatibility mode in properties to Win7.

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Hello All

What is the difference between the SATA Hard Drive and IDE?. Which one is the best to buy.

-Seagate 750GB Barracuda 7200.10 IDE Ultra/100 - HD-ST3750640A
-Seagate 750GB Barracuda 7200.10 SATA 3Gb/s - HD-ST3750640AS



A:Hard Drives(SATA or IDE? )

SATA is newer, faster, and better.
IDE (also known as PATA or ATA) is older and slower.

It is not recommended you mix the techonologies. It may or may not work depending on the motherboard you have. I have learned this from experience.

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I have a sata 250gb hard drive and a ide 80 gb hard drive. I heard that in sata there is no master or slave. So what do u do with the jumpers on the sata drive, Do you just take them off or what? I want to have a partition on the sata 125 and 125 and have my windows on it. My questions is how do i set sata so that my pc boots from it and the ide is set to slave as a storage drive. Also my bios does not recognize the sata it only shows the ide being as master and nothing as being slave. idk how to set this up.

A:help with sata and ide hard drives

The jumper on the SATA drive is probably to force compatibility mode, i.e., set the drive to 150MB/sec speed vs 300MB/sec speed, as some older controllers won't work with the faster drives. Info on the jumpers should be printed on the label, or in the documentation that comes with the drive.

If your BIOS doesn't see the drive, it may need the drive jumpered for 150MB/sec mode, or it could be the SATA controller has been disabled. You'll need to search through the BIOS to find the settings for the SATA controller. There should also be some way to specify the SATA drive as the first boot drive vs the IDE, but that may not be visible until the BIOS can see the drive.

Jumpers on the IDE drive don't need to be changed. The Master/Slave settings only refer to how the controller refers to the two drives that it controls, not whether SATA or IDE is first boot device.

If you want to install anything earlier than Vista onto the SATA drive, you'll need to provide SATA drivers during the install via a floppy drive, or create your own install CD with the drivers slipstreamed onto the CD. The drivers should be on the Motherboard driver disk, or can be downloaded from the MB/PC manufacturers web site. Note that some motherboards have a BIOS setting that puts the SATA controllers into an IDE compatibility mode, so that Windows setup can recognize the drive without separate drivers.

If you don't have a floppy, this article is a good reference: http://news.sof... Read more

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So I got a new hard drive for my new computer that is a SATA drive. My old two are IDE. I was wondering if it would be ok to put my IDE HD's in as slaves and leave my SATA HD in as the master... thoughts?

Also, if this were to work, how would I set up the IDE ones? Windows is on my 40 gig and my 80 gig has all of my games and stuff on it. I need to access both. Would I set both jumpers to slave and then just pick one to be on the end of the ribbon cable?

A:3 Hard Drives? (SATA and IDE)

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I currently have a 80gb seagate IDE hard drive. Fair enough, does the job pretty well.
I've been meaning to upgrade for a while and what I've seen around alot lately is SATA hard drives. New PSU, it has one SATA drive connector, my motherboard has two signal ones. The hardware is there just I have a few questions:

1. How easy is it to set up the drivers on XP Professional, I assume it can be done without wiping the system.
2. Can I still use the 80gb one? (It will eb used to boot off, the SATA will be used for storage)
3. How can I find out if my motherboard has SATA I or SATA II?

Also, if soemone could maybe give a step by step guide, that would be ace.


A:Hard drives IDE/SATA

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I have a 80 gb Samsung HDD which has OS on it. I also want to install a SATA II 160 gb WD, but windows xp doesn't recognize the drive.

I have googled the problem, i think there could be a solution but they are so complicated for me. I should also say that I have an old motherboard which doesn't support SATA II.

After some searching on WD's website, I try to use a jumper setting but still there is the problem.
The setting I tried is like that:
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Any ideas?

A:IDE and SATA Hard Drives

I've had older boards that didn't see drives that were set for 3Gbps transfer speeds... see if the drive has a jumper to limit the speed to 1.5Gbps. That's what I have to do to get drives to work on my old Asus A8V-series boards.

Does the drive show in the BIOS, but not in Windows? If your SATA controller has a RAID mode, you may have to go into the BIOS and configure it for IDE instead of RAID operation. Either way, you may also need to install drivers for the SATA controller (with some boards, it will be different drivers depending on whether it's set as RAID or IDE).

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whats the difference between the two

A:sata ide hard drives

IDE are also called PATA (Parallel ATA) drives. They typically use 40- or 80- pin ribbon cables to connect to the system board.

SATA drives are "Serial ATA" drives, and provide much faster throughput, but use a different interface to connect to the system board (typically a 4-pin wire, non-ribbon cable).

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Hi all (first question!)

I've just got a new pc, and I deliberately only got 1 hard drive as I was going to take out the slave drive from my old pc. However, being a noob I didn't realise that the old drive (it says it's an ultra sata drive if that helps) is connected to the mobo using an IDE cable, wheras the new drive is connected using the newer SATA 2 thin red cable.

The question is, can I have a SATA 2 connected hard drive and an IDE connected hard drive on the same mobo? I particularly wanted to put in that specific hard drive as I copied all of the pictures of my son onto that drive.

the mobo in question is an ECS P965T-A: DUAL DDR2, S-ATA, x16 VGA, 3 PCI/3 PCI-EX.

Thanks in advance!

A:IDE and SATA Hard drives

If your motherboard has an IDE connector, sure (although Tedster will try to tell you otherwise).

You may get some booting issues depending on the braindeadedness of your BIOS and the Windows installation. The only way to find out is to try

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Anybody know cheap prices for sata150 hdds? preferably $30 or under.

Thanks for any help

A:Solved: Sata 150 Hard Drives

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I have a HP desktop PC that was factory fitted with a 160GB IDE hard drive. I have now added an internal 750GB SATA hard drive that will be used for data storage, the OS and Programs etc will stay on the IDE hard drive.
However, sometimes when I try to start the PC I get an error telling me that the 'BOOTMGR' cannot be found. I think the PC is trying to start from the SATA hard drive instead of the IDE one.
In the set-up (F2) I have set the PC to start from one of the DVD drives first and then the IDE hard drive but it does not appear to respect this, it always goes to the SATA drive.
How can I configure the PC to boot from DVD and then IDE and completely ignore the SATA hard drive?
The PC is running Vists Home Premium SP1, fully updated.

A:Configure IDE and SATA hard drives

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I have just fired up my first computer build. The monitor, keyboard, mouse, 3.5 inch drive, CD reader all work fine. The motherboard is an Aopen AX4SPE Max and the BIOS is a Phoenix Award V6.00PG.

I have installed two Western Digital WD360 Raptor SATA drives, configured as RAID0. The BIOS reports the status of this volume as normal and bootable with a size of 68.9GB. There are no other hard drives in the system.

I have installed Windows XP Pro and it finds only 34.4GB as total size of drive C. With RAID 0 it should see one drive of 68G.

When I formatted the drives, one took several minutes and the second less than a minute. I can't for the life of me, find my way back to the place allowing me to format the drives.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

A:SATA Hard Drives Problem

see if there is anything on this link to help


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BSOD with SATA hard drives- Viamraid.sys

Hello all- I just built a pc with these specs-
Socket 775 P4 3ghz hyper threading psu
Asrock 775v88 motherboard
dual 1gb memory
1x40gb seagate sata hard drive
1x200gb maxtor sata hard drive
dvd, dvd-r, floppy drives
external usb cable modem
Windows xp installed and updated successfully on the 40gb drive, but if I try to format the 200gb drive, or try run any programs from the 40gb drive, or even sometimes at bootup, i get a bluse screen with the following info-
Stop:0x000000D1 (0x00000030,0x0000007,0x00000000,0xF77909A0)
Viamraid.sys-address F77909A0 base at F7786000, Datestamp 4063e304
When I installed xp, I pressed F6 to install the drivers from the Asrock disk, which gave me the same blue screen, and then downloaded the sata drivers from Via.
I also tried removing each memory stick, and rebooting but still the same thing happened!!
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

A:BSOD with SATA hard drives

This is almost the exact same sort of issue I am having, was there any resolve ever?

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I am running two SATA hard drives (not in RAID) and have a spare IDE hard drive sitting around, was thinking of using it but I am unsure if it will affect the speed or anything of the SATA drives?

My computer needs a format so would it be better when I format to install the OS on the IDE or the SATA?

Any advice will be appreciated

A:Mixing SATA with IDE hard drives?

You can easily mix ATA (IDE) and SATA hdd's.

It would be best to have the OS installed on the SATA as it is the faster HDD.

I currently have my OS on an 80GB ATA(IDE) and my storage on a SATA, but that's for my own reasoning. Best to make the most ofthe speed of the SATA drive. Just make sure when installing Windows that you WILL need to have the motherboards sata drivers on a floppy disc.

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I've built 2 computers recentlly for relatives, and have used SATA hard drives instead of IDE. Both computers have back-up drives. Here's what is weird. The drives are visible in the BIOS, AND are visible in Device Manager of XP. However, I cannot see them under My Computer, so that means nothing can be saved into them and in effect they cannot be back-up drives.

How can I get the drives to show up under My Computer?


A:Can't See Back-Up SATA Hard Drives

You need to go into disc management and format and consign drive letters/names to them

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Just bought a HDD on amazon and I was wondering if it comes with an SATA cable. It didnt say it did, nor did it say it didnt include one. If not, where could I buy one? Walmart? Best buy?

A:Do hard drives come with an SATA cable?

It depends. Often they are oem drives - no screws or leads included.

You might need screws, sata data cable and molex - sata power cable. They are usually very cheap on Amazon, Scan, Aria, etc.

I expect they have them in Best Buy.

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I had a Pentium III PC running Windows XP that I had installed a master hard drive which ran the operating system and programs, etc. and a larger slave drive that I have saved all of my data to for years. My PC recently broke down and a friend of mine gave me his Dell Dimension 4700 to use. Currently it has a Sata hard drive installed and connected to the primary ATA channel is a CD-RW and DVD-RW.
I want to use the slave drive out of my old system and I am not sure how to connect it. Does it have to be connected to the primary channel or can I use the secondary? And do I jumper it as the master or the slave since it has that sata drive already running?

A:Can you combine Sata and ATA hard drives?

You can definitely use PATA and SATA together. SATA and PATA drives are independent of each other therefore the jumper settings for Master and Slave are not based off the SATA drive, same as PATA drives connected to another PATA port. Master/Slave jumper settings only apply to drives connected on the very same cable. So if the hard drive is connected by itself on an IDE cable it should be jumpered as Master(or Single or Cable Select). If its connected with another drive on the same cable then you need to jumper one as Master and one as Slave(or both as Cable Select). As to which is Master and which is slave, doesn't really matter in most cases although most people prefer to have the HDD jumpered as Master. Additionally, the boot order in the BIOS will determine which drive will be used to boot the system, so make sure after adding the PATA drive that not only is that PATA/IDE channel enabled in the BIOS but that the boot order still has the SATA drive as the primary hard drive for booting.

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Hey I just built a computer and it works all fine nad nice but one thng...I have two sata hard drives but it only registers one and when I try raid it says it doesn't detect it (as in the raid drive...says only unknown drive....and in bios it detects both drives...

A:Solved: Sata Hard Drives

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Sorry I must not have sent the last post correctly. I am new to this site. So I will try again.
I was getting ready to upgrade to bigger hard drive or drives. Before doing that, I needed to take the old hard drives out to obtain some information off the labels. I did so, and while they where out, I cleaned the Mounting slots a little better than using just air.
Having done that I re-installed them both. When I turned on the power button, the button lit up and the fans were running. But it does not seem that the hard drives are getting any power, as I can't hear or feel any thing. Plus the computer is not booting.
I don't recall unplugging anything other than the two hard drives. But I also notice that I have a short cable bundle with two white plugs with three pins and one empty pin hole. on the other end a black connection with with five connector slots with one middle on blank.
That makes me think that I unplugged the power to the hard drive someplace along the ling. As I have a wire bundle that has two SATA power connectors. that are plugged in. But their are three white female plugs marked P4, P5. and P6 which are not connected to anything in that wire bundle. I don't know at this point if the power comes through that bundle from the power source. Of if I do not have the power plugged into the lope.

I hope that somebody can help me figure this out, and let me know if I burnt out the hard drives and have to start over with my recover disk reloading windo... Read more

A:No Power to SATA hard drives

How would I close this post out. Dumb me had the monitor plugged into an unused VGA port. It only took me two and a half days to figure that out. I wanted to let others know to check and see if they have everything plugged in where it should be. Including the VGA or other monitor cables.

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I am currently running Ubuntu 11.04 on my HP (DV5 1110em) laptop from an external USB 2 Buffalo ministation hard drive, I have noticed my machine is equipped with an E-SATA port. Would using an e-sata external hard drive be any faster that the usb option ?.


A:USB.E-SATA external hard drives

Let's say the BUS is definitely faster on e-Sata. But if you really notice any improvement depends largely on your Hard drive.

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I have one of these motherboards


It seems the SATA HDD and DVD ROM can either work in IDE mode or with SATA mode selected in the BIOS, the HDD can only work in RAID mode.
Is it possible to select SATA mode default and how would I do it through the BIOS ?

A:SATA mode hard drives

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Hi can anyone tell me if you can mix these drives.
I wanted to install my old drive as master which is IDE
and have my new disc as slave which is SATA
My motherboard supports both but I am unsure as to what the result would be.

This is my first build so any suggestions would be most helpful.

A:Solved: Can you mix IDE &amp; SATA Hard drives

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New Build-- Jan. 2007

Intel motherboard---BoxDG965WHMKR P965-retail
CPU- Intel E6600
MEM 1Gx2 Corsair Twin2x2048-6400 R
Hard Drives-- WD 74GB sata and WD 250GB sata
OS- Vista Ultimate

Everything seemed to work fine on the new build for a week or so. That is until I installed a promise
ultra 100 tx2 pci controler where I could add another hard drive(ide drive) Well, after that the system
would not even boot until I removed the pci controller card. Also, when it did boot, found no operating
system. I rebooted into bios and my two sata hard drives were missing. I have tried everything I can
but the bios will not recognize the sata hard drives anymore. However, the sata dvd-rw is recognized
and works fine. I have cleared cmos, have updated to new bios again, reinstalled drivers, still no sata hd in bios.
I even installed winxp pro on a (ide hd ,using the only one slot this mb has ) and everything works fine on winxp
but still bios will not recognize neither of my two sata hard drives. When I installed the ultra 100 controller in the
pci slot, did it mixup my controller drivers for the sata or what????????????????????? Have worked on this problem
almost 3 days. Any help would be very much appreshiated............

A:Sata Hard Drives Missing

First, if the BIOS can't find the drives, then your problem has got nothing to do with any software, including operating systems and drivers.

Try your SATA drives one at a time in another computer to make sure that they actually work.

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Hi, I'm looking at buying a new SATA hard drive and would like to clarify a few things. First, I know there are SATA-150 and -300 versions. Is a motherboard restricted to just one or the other? If a motherboard can only use one, say 150, would a 300 work and just not run at its max? Also, I think it's the buffer (usually 8MB or 16MB) - which is better and what do they do? I very much appreciate any answers, thanks in advance!

A:Questions about SATA Hard Drives

SATA is fully backwards compatible. All SATA 150 devices will play nicely with SATA 300 devices (at SATA 150 speeds).

The buffer size is totally irrelevant. Look at seek times (less is better), sustained throughput (more is better) and warranty (more is better).

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I filled out a pc spec form when I joined, don't know if you guys can see it or not but I have two Sata II Drives;

1 x Western Digital 250GB (drive with Windows XP & all main apps)

1 x Maxtor 500GB (extra storage, games, films, misc)

about 4 months ago or maybe more my Maxtor started to click all the time when I played games and it would freeze the whole game up then a 'whirring' sound would come out of the drive then the computer would 'un-freeze' giving me less than 10 seconds to quit the game before the click happened again then when the game eventually quits and im back at the Desktop the clicking and whirring stops altogether and only happenes rarely when im browsing the internet or something although when I accessed some files on the Hard Drive it would click but not always, anyway so I have unplugged the Maxtor ever since that started to prevent any further damage to it.

So since then My Pc has been running smoothly until a couple of days ago when my Western started having the exactly same clicking problem in exactly the same manner! but not as frequent though I fear that if i do keep using my pc then the frequency will increase and I really don't know what to do about it.

I have been searching though the web and found out that some of the causes of this problem can be:

1. power surges

2. poor power supply (closely related to first cause)

3. poor condition of the cables

4. high magnetic interference from speakers for e.g. thou... Read more

A:Both My Sata II Hard Drives are Clicking, Can anyone help?

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Well, I'm building a computer from scratch with one Serial ATA hard drive. Everything seems to be working great, until I try to install Windows XP. I load up and everything goes well. I get to the Windows XP Install screen, I press F6 to load my drivers. I do so. However my hard drive is still not seen! I'm streched to the end of my rope. I've tried a different SATA cables, both the SATA 1 and the SATA 2 ports on the motherboard, different floppies and the drivers that came with the motherboard CD and the drivers from the floppy.

My motherboard is an ASUS SK8V.

Any suggestions?

A:SATA Hard Drives and Windows

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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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My Main C drive might be on it's way out and I was thinking about switching with a 10000 rpm Hard drive. What would be a good HD for the price there price's are all over the place. I do not need a big hard drive I am just using it for Windows and some windows dependent programs. Any Ideas?

A:Review of the sata 10000 rpm Hard Drives?

You have very little choice, there's the Western Digital Raptors and VelociRaptors and thats it unless you go SCSI and then you need expensive controller cards to go with those.

Also for value the high capacity premium drives aren't that far off in overall performance, for example the Western Digital Black series of drives. The older 10,000RPM drives are now surpassed in performance by high performance 7,200 RPM drives.

If you want a really, really fast drive then look into Solid State Drives: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/920

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