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Connecting a new sata DVD drive - problems

Q: Connecting a new sata DVD drive - problems

Hi, I currently have a IDE dvd drive, and now want to install a Sata DVD drive. I had a card adapter (for sd, xd cards etc), but I did not have another Sata cable, so I have disconnected the card reader, and used the cable for the DVD drive.

Now when I start up the computer, it is continually coming up with "disk boot error please insert system disk and press enter". I have searched google and this forum, but don't understand a few things.

Firstly, I am using IDE cables for one of the DVD drives, and a Sata cable for the other. I was reading that is might be changing it to a master... Not exactly sure what this means, but in Bios, is says 0 Master: Old dvd drive, 2 Master: New DVD drive. What am I doing wrong for this to be coming up? I know the new one should be coming up as 0 Slave, but its not...???

I have disconnected the new dvd drive, and connected the old one (as it was), and it is still coming up with the same error... Have I dont something wrong?

Thanks in advance. I apologise if I haven't included all the information you need. Just reply back with what I have forgotten.

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A: Connecting a new sata DVD drive - problems

Hi and welcome. Did you disconnect the hard drive?

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I connected a second Sata drive and it now seems XP is trying to boot from that drive instead. When I disconnect the second drive it boots normally. The thing is it worked fine until I installed Linux (Debian) alongside XP but I'm not sure why that would cause the issue.

Anyway, what happens is after I connect the drive I get the following:
"strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility"

When I go into setup utility and drive configuration I see the SATA primary drive is the new drive whereas the original drive which I want to boot from is listed as the primary master drive. SATA secondary drive and primary slave drive are listed as "off". Do I need to reconfigure this is some different way or is there perhaps something else going on?


A:Having problems booting after connecting second SATA drive

Sounds like your new drive is probably connected
to a sata connector that has priority over the other.
You should just need to change the first boot device
back to the original drive in the bios.

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Hi there, i have recently bought a new Sata DVD drive for my desktop machine, it came with no instructions or cables.

I have a Sata cable which connects into my PSU, does the drive also have to be connected to the motherboard?

I have attached a picture of the cable i have.

Many Thanks

A:Connecting Sata DVD drive

You'll need a SATA data cable to connect the drive to a SATA port on your Motherboard. If your motherboard does not have SATA ports, you will need to install an adapter in an available PCI or PCI express (preferred) slot. Search for "pci sata card" or "pci express sata card"
a picture of the connector is here:

You can get just a data cable, or a combo data/power adapter, a picture of that is here:



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I purchased a Dell Inspiron 531S desktop and wanted to move my IDE 200 MB HDD from mo old PC to the Dell.

We tried connecting the IDE HDD as an external drive but the Dell would only recognize the case and not the HDD.

The TechSpot Q & A have saved me in the past so I hope someone can give me a solution

A:Connecting IDE Hard Drive to SATA PC

It dosen't have any IDE connections at all? You could always try a PCI card that will allow you to use IDE drives, however be warned that it would only be like ATA66.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G2030 @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3967 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 1791 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 448568 MB, Free - 399972 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0XFWHV
Antivirus: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2013, Updated and Enabled

I am trying to connect an internal SATA HDD as an external drive for use as a backup medium for my system.

To connect the HDD, I am using a cable-set, consisting of a power-adapter, a cable adapter (6" long, 4-pin to SATA power fitting), two-sided femaile receptacle and ribbon-cable data fitting with a shielded UBS cable attached, 6" ribbon-cable.

With no power on, I connect the power-adapter and assorted cables and adapters to 125V AC power and to a USB port of my computer and to the SATA HDD. Everything seems to fit, mechanically.

I apply power to the computer and to the assembled SATA HDD components. The computer starts normally, but I do not notice any vibration, stirring, whirring of the SATA HDD. Also, when the computer is full booted, and I look at My Computer with Windows Explorer, I find that it does not recognize the presence of anything at a USB port, particularly not my SATA HDD.

I have tried fully booting the computer and connecting the HDD to the USB port afterwards, as I might a memory stick, but it is not recogniz... Read more

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I have a HP XW8200

2 hard drives IDe and SATA

Windows is on the IDE HDD, after connecting SATA windows won't start not start, when I manage it to start the SATA HDD is nod displayed neither in my computer nor in the Computer Management > Disk Management

This is what I uset to get
(Non-System disk or disk error.
Replace and strike any key when ready)

SATA HDD is seen in BIOS, IDE is set to first boot and no hard drive jumpers to Master / Slave / Cable select

is present on either HDD.


A:Problems with connecting a SATA HDD 500GB to HP XW8200 Help please

Jumper pins are not required for SATA drives. However, depending on what brand of IDE hard drive you have, you need to have a jumper pin set. Western Digital Drives run as a Master with out a jumper pin. Most other brands require a jumper pin setting. You want to set the IDE drive jumper to be Cable Select. there should be a diagram on the top of the IDE hard drive showing you jumper pin configuration. Then in the Bios set the boot order for the IDE hard drive to be first. If you can get both drives to show up, consider cloning your Windows installation to the SATA hard drive using Ghost or Acronis or other various free cloning software. like clonezila Then making sure the SATA cable is pluged intothe SATA 0 input on the motherboard, set the boot order to be SATA0 first then IDE etc.

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


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

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

*Hard Drives are Western Digital Caviar

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

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

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I installed a IOCrest Sata III 6GB PCI Express Card into my "Dell Inspiron 560". I installed the necessary drivers, as per the instructions that came with the controller card. It is now registered as a: "Marvell 92xx SATA 6G Controller" under Storage Controllers section in the Device Manager.
Here is a link to the card: SYBAUSA - SI-PEX40064 >> 4-port SATA III PCIe, x1, Revision 2.0, (Full & Low Profile); Marvell Chipset

I do still have 3 drives connected to the motherboard -- SATA... 'AHCI'. Assuming I get this card working. I was planning on moving two of those drives over to the new reportedly 'faster' card. My motherboard is only 'SATA II'. This is with the idea of not using my motherboards Sata Connectors anymore.

However the moment I plug in a new SSD drive or any other drive into the device with a 'brand new' SATA cable. Windows becomes stuck at the start screen. I get 'Starting Windows'. But no swirling logo. I tried letting it sit for about 10-15 minutes.

But - The Bios Post screens do recognize the SATA drive, and it's size as 450GB. (That is when I attempt to connect it) Or any other drive I attempt to connect to it.

I've tried going into the BIOS, and seeing if there were any settings to mess with. The A06 Dell-Inspiron bios is rather limited.

When stuck: The only recourse I had was to 'unconnect the Sata-cable'...Then hard-turn-off, and then turn-back on. Then Windows starts normally. I haven't tried any Safe-Mode s... Read more

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Hello, My WS external hard drive mini usb connector fell off.

Iv'e tried to weld It back to the usb adaptar on the external hard drive, but without succssess.
thus Iv'e totly dissconnected the usb adaptar from the hard drive and tried to connect It directly to the pcs motherboard via a SATA connection.
The Drive shows up on my computer as D: and seems to be empty...
From what Iv'e read from the web, WD drives could It be the encrypted, In that case how do I deal with It?
If you know somthing that might help, It'll be great.

Please help the info on this drive Is very important

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I connected a Sata III 240G SSD drive to my computer as an extra drive and it prevents Windows from booting from the other main "C" boot drive. The bios boot sequence is configured correctly. The system hangs on a black screen with a dash. The bios can see the SSD. I can also boot into other programmes from a CD like Aoemi backup or disk genius etc and they can read and copy partitions from the Sata III. Is there anything I can do to be able to boot into Windows and use this Sata III SSD drive?

Kind regards

A:Connecting a Sata III SSD drive prevents Windows 7 From Booting

Was there another disk in the machine that this SSD replaced by chance?

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i have 2 old hard drive's with some data in them and im trying to retrive it back to my current computer.
one of the drive's works perfectly, but when i connect the second drive it kills the cable totally.
i cant use the cable anymore.. even for the first drive.
it happend for the second time already so i figured out the hard drive is the problem..
any ideas how to fix the problem? what should i do?

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Hello, this is my first post here. I have an HP Workstation x4000 I use at work for Designing CAD Models. This is an old computer. My problem is that I am out of room on the Hard Drive. It is a 58 GB SCSI,68pin HP Hard Drive. My IT support guy purchased me a 1GB SATA Drive,Raid Card,enough Memory to fill the MEC Card, and Norton Ghost to flash over the new Drive. My problem is, the Card he bought will not fit into the Mobo. The ribbon in the Computer has an empty plug and a power plug,but they are for a 68 pin SCSI Hard Drive. Is there a cable made that I can use to simply plug the SATA Hard drive into the 68 pin ribbon,or do I need a card? Do they make such a thing? My boss is extremely frugal and doesn't want to hear that the best thing would be to replace the 12 year old computer! Thanks for any help you guys can give me

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HI there, i'm having trouble with a new hard drive i bought, it's a seagate 80gb sata, my motherboard only accepts ide connectors so i bought a controller card with sata ports connected one cable (bought seperately) to the hard drive and another through a convertor to the power. When i start up windows it recognises the raid controller, that in turn recognises the hard drive but it seems to be under a seperate interface, the normal bios does not recognise the hard drive as slave or master or at all for that matter! Have i connected it wrong or is there something i'm missing? Thanks in advance for any help!

A:Problem connecting Sata hard drive via controller card

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Anything to know?



A:Solved: Connecting an IDE slave drive to SATA motherboard, with converter kit

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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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G'day ladies and gentlemen,

I got a new PC for free awhile ago, and have a problem with Serial ATA, specs are as follows:

-P4 2.8ghz
-1Gb of RAM
- Nvidia GF 7600GS
-SB Live! SC
1x 80GB Maxtor IDE
1x 80GB Maxtor SATA
- Win XP SP2
The problem is that the SATA HD works at free will, 90% of the times when I boot up my computer, the SATA HD doesn't work, I have to turn the PC off and back on in order for it to work, power isn't a problem I believe(400W PSU), and once it works it works like a charm.
It's currently on SATA bus 0 (I only have 2 SATA ports, tried both) I had my OS on the SATA drive, however to reduce headache I placed my OS on the IDE drive for the time being, I have no idea what could possibly be faulty, the IDE has always worked like a charm, and I don't know what to blame the mobo or the HDD. Sad part is i don't have another SATA HDD to try it out, i have reset my bios settings already, problem wasn't solved.
Any ideas?

A:SATA Drive problems

Try disabling quick boot or configuring the hard drive delay option in BIOS.

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i have a siig sata pci card sc-sat212-s4 and my problem is that i was trying to install windows xp on a brand new western digital caviar se16 7200rpm 250gb hard drive and also a brand new samsung sh-s183 sata dvd lightscribe burner but every time i tried to install windows xp the cd wouldnt load and finally i tried everything but it would not work then when i only had the sata hard drive hooked up to the pci card it finally read the cd....the only problem was that the dvd drive was not hooked up only my old cdr which is EDIE was hooked up and i finally got windows xp on my new hard drive but when i hook up the dvd drive on to the other sata slot in the pci card it does not boot..... the screen shows me that the hard drive and the dvd drive are hooked up but it will not boot....when i disconnect the dvd drive it boots but then i cant use the dvd drive i can only use my hard drive and my old EDIE cdr when windows xp has already loaded i can connect th dvd drive to the other sata slot and it will work but i dont want to keep disconnecting and reconnecting the drive....if i wanted to do that i would have bought an external drive............so why wont my computer boot up???? how can i fix this????
do i have to buy another sata pci card?????

A:Sata Drive Problems

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Hello All..

I am having some weird problems with my new seagate 300 Gig SATA drive..

First off I installed the drive, BIOS saw it, worked great for a few days..then I had to unplug my computer to move it...and all of a sudden I get on POST
SATA Drive 0 : cannot be found F1 to continute F2 for setup...something along those lines...
I went into setup and SATA was showing as unknown device..I tried to set both SATA drives to AUTO , no good...The motherboard of my computer has 2 slots for SATA connections I tried both of them..booted up ..no good....

So I finally gave up...was going to send drive back to seagate when all of a sudden..I started up my computer maybe 3 days later..and I could access the drive again!!
It worked for months after that...until....I had to unplug my PC again...
now i am going through the same exact issue....

Has anyone had this problem before, or have any advice?? I dont think the drive is bad, or the cable...but it is a possibility ...

A:SATA Drive problems

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I have been running the following system for a few months now with no probs.

Celeron 2.4
Asrock P4VT8+ mobo (via PT800 chipset and VIA 8237 sata /raid controller)
512Mb elixir DDR400
DVD +/- RW
ATI 9200 graphics card
Belkin wireless NWork adapter
Floppy drive
Maxtor diamond plus 9 160Gb SATA hard drive with win xp pro sp2, AVG and router & windows firewall on.

The system was shut down normally after some browsing ( no updates or downloads - I think ).

Upon restart - windows start options screen appeared. Tried all the options one after the other. none worked. Now pc only boots to the win xp pro splash screen then restarts again and again. Tried repair install after loading SATA drivers (F6). Takes 15-20 minutes to inspect the hard drive and then reports the whole hard drive is unpartitioned do I want to install win xp on it!? (quitted with F3). Tried recovery console but hangs and does not show "C:\ windows". It looks as though the drive has been completely wiped!

In order to see if I can recover some data from this drive I then put this drive in another machine running XP pro on an IDE drive (SATA available on mobo). Even though the BIOS boot priority is IDE, CDROM, Floppy, it always tries to boot from the problem SATA drive even with sata DISABLED IN THE bios!

I put in a new IDE hard drive on the original system with problem SATA drive attached . Loaded XP ( no F6 etc this time), no probs all fine. SATA drive not seen in XP! Upon Re start... Read more

A:SATA Drive Problems

I think I would scan for viruses, trojans, etc.

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Ok I just built a new rig. Specs are as follows:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 8400 3Ghz (33C)
HSF: Zalman CNPS-9700 LED
RAM: 4GB G. Skill PC2-6400 DDR2-800
MOBO: EVGA 780i 132-CK-NF78 (29C)
HDD: Samsung 200GB & 500GB SATA
AUD: Onboard Azalia HD 8.1
PSU: Antec PowerTrio 650W
CASE: Antec 900
MON: Samsung 24" 1680x1050 2ms
OS: Windows Vista Business SP1

Currently, I am unable to get my new Samsung DVD drive (SH-S203N from Newegg) to work with this system. When I attach it to the motherboard. Windows loads and after that it goes into a BSOD. Here is the Windows problem report:


Shut down unexpectedly

6/16/2008 5:35 PM

Not Reported

Problem signature
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.0.6001.
Locale ID: 1033

Files that help describe the problem (some files may no longer be available)

Extra information about the problem
BCCode: 1000000a
BCP2: 00000002
BCP3: 00000000
BCP4: 83C589C4
OS Version: 6_0_6001
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 256_1

Also, attached is the dump file for this error. I have the most current BIOS and video card drivers. I downloaded Windows debugging tools and still am unable to read the dump file. It says that the symbols are wrong. Even though I downloaded them as well.

I have tried calling EVGA and they were extremely unhelpful. I am at my ends here about ready to throw the ... Read more

A:SATA DVD drive problems

RMA/ replace the drive

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I have recently upgraded to Windows 7 and installed onto a Sata 250g drive which runs with no problems. However i also have 2 x IDE drives i use as storage and as soon as i connect them and reboot the system just hangs for hours.

I have tried removing the sata drive and installing on the smaller (80gb) IDE drive and all goes well until i connect any other drive.

This driving me nuts as i need to access the larger IDE drive as it stores all my music and photo's etc.

I can run 7 on either drive but not when both types are connected.

Help please

A:Sata problems with IDE drive

Quote: Originally Posted by moults


I have recently upgraded to Windows 7 and installed onto a Sata 250g drive which runs with no problems. However i also have 2 x IDE drives i use as storage and as soon as i connect them and reboot the system just hangs for hours.

I have tried removing the sata drive and installing on the smaller (80gb) IDE drive and all goes well until i connect any other drive.

This driving me nuts as i need to access the larger IDE drive as it stores all my music and photo's etc.

I can run 7 on either drive but not when both types are connected.

Help please

make sure that the ide drives are set to master and slave and connect to their ribbon cable in the correct order. even though you have a sata drive on a lot of mobos if your ide drives are not jumpered correctly the system will just hang during hardware detection.

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I am not sure where to post this but here is the scenario ...

I have P4 2.4GHZ that I used for a long time without any problems.
Pioneer dual layer DVD drive and anothe liteon CD burner....
Now I have purchased new SATA 320 Seagate HDD all my other drives are
IDE not SATA ...

I have connected the new HDD installed win XP with service pack 2 ... no problems
so far I used the DVD rom to do all the installing ... ok WIn XP has booted up
for the first time .. I put a CD into it .. bang "G: i/o device error" I can't read it...
I've put audio CD into it .... works .. tried few other cd, dvds ... again error...

Ok to check the DVD rom I boot from my old HDD drive while SATA HDD is still connected
same problem ... DVD is not performing well ..

Ok I disconnect SATA drive boot up again .. everything is back to normal DVD rom reads all those cds and dvds ... ??????
I tried again booting from SATA drive .. I deleted all IDe controlers and DVD so that it can initialize again the drive ... which it does and all looks fine but again its slow and doesn't read some cds ... or if I try mounting an image from a CD it crashes ...

Does anyone have an idea what's going on? How can SATA drive cause DVD to go crazy and any ideas what I can try to fix this issue ?

thanks so much

A:DVD rom problems with SATA drive ??

did you have an ide hard drive that you removed, when you put in the sata drive ?
if so did you reconfigure your drives ?

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System Specs:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 3.0GHz Socket AM2
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe, nForce 590 SLI, Socket-AM2
A-DATA DDR2 PC6400 4096MB CL5 Kit w/two matched DDR2 800 2048MB
Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB SATA2
Western Digital Caviar SE16 160GB SATA2
NEC DVD±RW burner AD-7173 IDE Black OEM
OCZ GameXStream Powersupply ATX/EPS, (700W)
Club3D GeForce 8800GTS 640MB GDDR3,
Running on: Windows XP Pro x64.

The problem I am having is the 500GB HDD is not showing up in windows explorer, it shows up in the bios and it even shows up in the Device manager. The device manager thinks there is nothing wrong with it.


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I recently purchased an OEM SATA harddrive for my new computer (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822135106 ). Even though it was OEM, I expected it to at least come with a driver disc, but it didnt. The problem is, neither linux or windows will recognize the drive, and I can't find the appropriate drivers to use. It is however recognized during startup. I have checked the WD site, and tried both things they suggested, but neither have worked. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

A:New SATA drive problems

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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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new here, but i have been doing a lot of trawling for help!

fairly new to this whole tech thing, so please forgive anything i write which is nonsense!
my setup - p4 3ghz, p4p800se mobo, 1gb corsair pc3200 ram , dvd writer, cd writer, 80gb seagate ide hdd (winxp sp2), geforce fx 5600,

my problem:
i have just bought a 160gb maxtor SATA hdd, but am having problems using it.
if i plug the drive into sata port, the pc hangs during bootup at the 'hit DEL to enter setup screen'
if i hit DEL the screen moves to say 'entering setup' but goes no further.
unplug the drive and everything works fine.

i was under the impression that sp2 contained all relevant drivers for sata drives. am i wrong? I have not specifically installed any drivers for sata controllers.
i am similarly unable to boot from the cd when this drive is connected.

i am open to suggestions as to how i can install and use this drive - do i need any additional drivers? do i need to install any 3rd party drivers from the mobo disc on a reinstall of windows?


A:installation problems with SATA drive

The Serial ATA controller is not automatically recognized during Windows 2000/XP installation. You will have to install drivers for the SATA controller to be able to install Windows 2000/XP onto a SATA drive. If you do not install the SATA controller drivers, Windows will not recognize the SATA drive.

The drivers for your SATA controller need to be available on a floppy disk otherwise you won't be able to install them during the operating system installation process. Should you only have a CD, copy the driver files onto a floppy before attempting to install Windows 2000/XP. If you do not know how to copy the drivers to a floppy you may go out to the manufacturer's website and download the driver onto a floppy.

During Windows setup, you will be prompted to press F6 to "install additional controller drivers", at this point insert the floppy diskette with the SATA controller drivers and follow the onscreen instructions.
After the drivers have been installed you can continue with the Windows installation.

You also mentioned that you weren't able to boot from cd when the SATA drive was installed. Look in your BIOS make sure cd-rom is 1st Boot Drive.

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I have a ASUS K8V SE MOBO which supports SATA primary and secondary drives, as well as RAID configruations. I currently have Windows XP with a 160 GIG IDE Drive as primary. I bought a SATA drive (300 G, WD) in the hope of making it a secondary drive for data.

The MOBO comes with PRomise RAID controller, but I am still unable to setup the new SATA drive. I have enabled the Promise controller in the BIOS Setup, but as the machine boots, the controller reports on Devices found. I have connected the drive to the Primary SATA connector.

Has anyone had similar experiences?. Can anyone guide me as to how to set up this drive as a Primary SATA drive.


A:SATA Drive - Problems on ASUS K8V SE

Hi and welcome to Techspot. Since you have two different-sized drives, you will not be needing the RAID controller. Disable it, and everything should work fine.

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I had the following spec PC:

Acer Aspire SA90
320Gb Hitachi HDT725032VLA380 SATA hard drive, partitioned into C: & D:
Intel Duo Core E4500 2.2Ghz processor
2 x 500Mb memory
Windows Vista SP2

Everything was ok with it, but it was a little slow and I was running out of disk space, so I recently replaced the existing memory with 2 x 1Gb memory Transcend PC2-5300 DDR2-667 memory strips, and added a second hard drive, a 500Gb Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS internal 3.5" SATA-300. I connected the new HD to the motherboard with a cheapo SATA data cable.

Shortly after installing these, I copied my entire iTunes library to the new drive, and set about ripping tons of my cds to the new drive, with the aim of checking through them to decide what I wanted on my iPod. There's barely anything else on the new (E: ) drive.

Then the problems began. On booting, the PC would sometimes be absolutely fine, and on other occasions, the E: drive would be missing under Computer. Other times, it would be visible, but without the free space and disc size noted, and if I double-clicked to open it, it was say drive not found, or not formatted.
On such occasions, I'd reboot, and lo and behold, the drive had returned.

Then I noticed that when I connected my iPod to the PC, sometimes, it would have problems syncing all the tracks, and some would have exclamation marks next to them. Checking the locations of the files, I'd find they were either completely missing, ... Read more

A:Solved: 2nd SATA drive having problems

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I had a PC with a 1TB Samsung Serial ATA HDD. The mother board packed up so I bought a new machine. I took the HD out of the old one and mounted it in an external drive housing. Over a number of weeks I managed to recover around 80% of the data from the old disk. I then decided to use that old disk as an external backup/archive drive. I thought the first thing to do would be to format it to clean it of any rubbish and start with a blank drive. However, although I have made several attempts I have failed! I keep getting a window that says I need to format it but when I click Format it says it can't format the drive!
There were no jumpers fitted to it when I removed it from the old machine and I can't see anything else that might need "adjusting" to enable me to format it.
As I said the drive is a Samsung Serial ATA around 2 years old.

It isn't recognised at all - I'd even use it without reformatting if that's my only option as at least it was mine from new!!
Both the original machine and my new one were/are working under Windows 7 - 64bit.

Has anyone got the magic spell to help me out of this fix please?

A:Problems re-formatting SATA Drive

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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Hi all!

I just put a new Samusung Spinpoint 250g SATA 3.0 in my machine today to get a little more storage space.

It seemed to detect and install correctly. So I partitioned and formatted it.

After it finished, I had to shut down and plug in a case fan I unplugged to install the drive. Upon restart, the new drive started getting hammered. It is not set as a boot device in BIOS. It sat there like that for 2-3 mins. Then I heard my Raptors kick in and Vista booted normally.

Once in Windows, I went into Explorer to copy some files over, and the Samsung drive is gone. Not in Explorer, Device Manager, or Computer Management. The drive is still detected properly in BIOS and spins up when I start the machine.

I don't exactly know why I tried this, but you never know... I tried forcing the Samsung to 150 to match the Raptors thinking the controller may be freaking out. Didn't help.

Anyone know the cause, or more specifically, does it sound like it may just be a bad drive?

A:New SATA drive causing problems.

OK, I changed cables and tried a different motherboard connector and the boot time went back to normal. Also, I have access to the drive in Windows and it seems to be functioning properly.

However, now, at shutdown, it takes about 3-5 mins. The hard drive LED is solid the entire time and I know it's the Samsung. I could hear the Raptors getting hammered if they were, but this is near silent. It is a pretty quiet drive.

After the 3-5 mins of constant hammering, the Raptors chirp and finally the PC powers down.

Strange behavior really. Any advice would be appreciated.

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I am having a problem (again) with a SATA drive: It is on a friends machine and has been running as a data drive for a few months with no problems.

Recently I tryed to install it as the master drive and loaded the operating system onto it, it initially appeared very slow and after a few hours it began to react strangely in that it would sometimes fail to boot, and also icons in my computer were slow to appear etc.

Now, admitadly, I did hook the old hard drive (OS still in tact) back up as secondary, and I disabled it in the bios - so when the computer boots it should not read from its boot sector, but in XP the drive is still recognised despite it being disabled in the bios (this used to work fine on a setup I used to have running xp and 2000). So maybe that is causing problems, I dont know.

To test the drive further I have installed it on my computer and loaded a clean instal of XP (using windows XPs dual boot facility). So far it hasnt given me any major problems, however it is still very slow to boot at about 1minute 25 seconds (from power on to the user logon screen)- and this is with only the minimum drivers loaded, and a firewall. Now that seems pretty slow to me, considering my SATA drive does it in about 58 seconds.

The only other problem I can see is that on the SATA drive, I have to have the "limit to 150MB/s" jumper connected - otherwise I cant get it to run at all, although I have read the motherboard manual, and Hi-speed sata is supp... Read more

A:Speed problems with SATA drive

I am having a similar problem with my WD Raptor. It runs at 10,000 rpm and it seems to be running slow. On the same system i previously had a WD 250GB and to be honest i cant notice much of a differencre at all between the two drives!!!

I limited the WD 250G to 150mbps to see whether there might have been a conflict between the Raptor at 150mbps and the 250GB at 300mbps. But still not much of a difference!!!

Recently i went into the BIOS and enabled 32bit Data Transfer and yeah I do see an improvement, but slight it is!!!

Maybe try enabling 32bit Data transfer for the SATA drive in the BIOS and see what happens???

How about running some Benchmarking software for the Hard Drive or Diagnostic software?

But yeah people i have a similar problem with my Raptor and another SATA Drive running slow.

SATA 150 or SATA 300 there isnt much difference at all. I did a similar question in another post and thats the advice i got. So i wouldnt sweat jumpering it to 150mbps. Also check out the motherboard manual and site and see whether your motherboard supports SATA 300 drives. Why not update the BIOS???

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I've recently had problems with two SATA drives that were not recognized by the system and the problem is both cases turned out to be a faulty SATA cable.

These have got to be some of the worst designed connectors I've seen. Two of the four I've used have failed. The connector is very fragile and will spread open or crack along the side and not make contact if they are bent or bumped when attached to the drive or MB.

A:Tip- SATA drive problems may be due to the cable

What manufacturer supplied the cables? I had 2 faulty IDE cables come with 2 separate motherboard companies the other day. usually when a drive is not working properly at the initial install.

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I have a 160 gb seagate SATA hd as a slave on my computer. One IDE hd is the master and another IDE as a slave as well. The computer boots fine but once it has been on for a period of time (30 mins to an hour) it makes a short beeping noise and the SATA hd just disappears. If you go to my computer it is no longer there and you can't access anything on it. If you restart the computer it comes back and everything is fine until it disapears again. I checked the drive for errors using the software that came with it and it found no errors. The drive works fine before it disappears. I have a 450 watt power supply so I don't think that would be the problem. Could there be a problem with my SATA controller and how would I check that? Any other ideas? Thanks a lot!

A:SATA hard drive problems

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Hi there, I have a major problem and would appreciate some help.

Firstly my computer spec:

Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H
AMD Phenom X4 955
4 gig corsair ram
ATI 5830
Original windows 7 64 bit, bought through student offer.

I orignally built my system using 2 X Seagate Barracuda 7200 500 gig hard drives. Before I installed windows i set the motherboard as per the book to raid 0 using both drives as a single drive. I had a few issues with the install to those drives but in the end i did get it to work, I cant remember how though. As far as i know it did see the drives.

Then my motherboard gave up the ghost, i didnt want to lose the data on my raid 0 so i got another motherboard (the same model). I thought to be safe i would get an old drive and install windows to that first. I set the motherboard settings the same as before and it installed, i do recall i had to load drivers from the boot disc. The hard drive is an old Maxtor diamond max 10 sata 150 160 gig.

Next i plugged in the 2 500 gig drives in raid 0, luckily the computer saw them an i was able to extract my photos to a nas that i have. Now one of the 500 gig drives has a broken socket on the back and i thought this would be a good opportunity to get rid of it. I decided to keep the other drive. I formatted it through right clicking on the drive in my computer.

The plan was to get rid of the old 160 gig drive as it does make a little noise now and then and use the remaining 500 gig drive as the boot drive, later ... Read more

A:Major Sata drive problems, cant see HD

In the BIOS ... advanced > peripheral config > secondary sata controller > enabled?

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I'm running XP Pro and added a IBM Deskstar SATA 500GB hard drive. The drive is a bare drive that i put into an enclosure and use a SATA>USB connector. The drive ran fine with no problems. I then moved the drive to a Mac (OSX) to move files around (MP3's/Flac) and when plugging it back into the PC it won't recognize it in "My Computer". It shows up in device manager as mass storage but won't let me do anything with it. If i click on 'populate' it shows as unrecognized drive. If i move it back over to the Mac it seems to run fine. Now i'm just looking to get it working on the PC and not deal with it on the Mac. Is there any special way i can format it on the Mac to make the PC hopefully read it better?

A:500GB SATA Drive Problems

You might have to re-format it for NTFS as the MAC uses a different file system, something might have been put on and change the structure of the HDD to work with the MAC OS. You should move files over the network from WIN OS to MAC OS instead and it's safer to do it that way..

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I recently installed a Seagate 2TB Barracuda Sata drive on my PC to use is as a slave drive, but the computer is not showing the drive when I click on My Computer, but
when I check the device manager, it is there. What's going on?

A:Sata Drive as a Slave Problems

Welcome to SF!!

Start > type 'diskmgmt.msc' and run it > it is listed there? (possibly saying unalloacated?)

If so, check this out:
How to Create a New Partition or Volume in Windows 7

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I run an Abit IS7-E mobo in my system. It has connectivity for SATA drives.

I just installed my new SATA drive and was quite happy until I noticed I have no power connector for it.

All my power connectors are the old type I suppose although my PSU is around 18 months old.

The power connector the drive needs looks like a SATA connection but wider. I have no idea what to do.

Is there a cable I can buy to convert the old power connectors into the new SATA type?

PLease help. Baffled.



A:Problems installing SATA drive

You need an adapter like this
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=98966&criteria=sata connectors&doy=6m1

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Can anyone tell me if my drive is dead lol, im 98% sure that it is, but would like confirmation if anyone else can varify it, basically when you plug it in, the bios detects it, but says it cannot access drive, then bout 5 seconds after its turned on, it clicks 10 clicks, then stops for about 5 seconds, then does another 10 clicks, then the drive powers down, when windows boots up, i get the small popup that says drive detected, but it powers down before it can do anything, im guessing with it clicking its fairly bad but heh, as im not an expert if anyone could help or advise if theres anything i could do to revive it would be helpfull.. regards tom.

A:250gig sata drive problems

i think you are most likely right thinking its dead, the clicking will be caused by the arm trying to read the disk.
Has the HDD been dropped or hit very hard it may have dislodged something?
The best thing to do is either get it replaced by the store if new and you still have the receipt or take it to a repair centre they will be able to tell you the exact problem.

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I have an ABIT KU8 motherboard and a Western Digital WD10EACS 1TB SATA drive.

I had my HD divided into two partitions: 10 GB partition and a ~990 GB partition.

I had XP installed on the 10 GB partition, patched to SP3. I may have actually cloned the partition from an old IDE HD when I upgraded to SATA, I can't remember.

I had an image of the 10 GB partition stored on the 990 GB partition which I tried to restore using Clonezilla (not for any reason, I just wanted to clear out some of the junk installed on my OS).

The process crashed as the image was corrupted, leaving the 10 GB partition corrupted. At some point during my messing around my BIOS settings may also have been wiped.

I first tried to re-install XP on the 10GB partition, but Windows setup did not seem to correctly identify the size of my HD. Having found out that this is a limitation of unpatched XP, I slipstreamed SP3 onto my XP install disk and was able to re-install XP.

However, even though XP had apparently installed, the PC would not boot from the SATA drive.
I tried wiping the HD with zeroes with WD Data Lifeguard and re-installing XP but with no change.
It is almost as if the motherboard is not even attempting to boot from the SATA drive.

I am also confused by the BIOS settings for the SATA drive.
There is an option to enable or disable the SATA controller which I set to enable.
There is an option to set the SATA mode to IDE or RAID which I set to IDE.

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A:Problems re-installing XP on SATA drive

The mode should be IDE. Extended IDE should be AUTO.

I would suspect the partition information has become corrupted. If there isn't any data on the drive that you want/need, I suggest deleting the partitions, creating a new partition, format, and attempt a fresh install. I only use single partitions any more. No real reason to use multiple partitions, but it's just a matter of personal preference.

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I have been trying to install XP Home, SP2, onto a brand new SATA drive, but am having problems. I realise that this is a recognised issue and have read a lot of information about how to go about doing this successfully. Problem is, that even after installing drivers, it still won't work.

Here is what I have done so far.

I popped the manufacturers disk into my other pc and have taken a look at its contents. I have browsed through the contents of the CD supplied with the motherboard and decided to view the contents of a folder named RAID. Inside this folder there is another folder named VIA. Inside this folder there are several more folders and I decided to look in the folder named DriverDisk. Inside driver disk folder there are two folders and a file, named PIDE, RAID, and TXTSETUP.OEM, which is exactly what the tutorial says I should be looking for.

I copied these folders and file to a freshly formatted floppy.

Going back to the non-working PC, I wait for the prompt to select F6. After pressing F6 the windows software continues to load and after a short time arrives at a screen asking me to insert the floppy containing the third party drivers into A: drive. I insert the floppy and hit enter. The floppy drive powers up and I am asked to select from about 4 different versions of Windows. I select XP. The drivers apparently load. The instalation of Windows continues up to the point where it asks me to select whether I want to install Windows XP, repair Windows XP, or q... Read more

A:Problems Installing XP on SATA Drive

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Maxtor DiamondMax 10 160GB SATA Drive (Model 6V160E0)
Asrock K8upgrade-NF3 mobo - nforce3 250 Chipset
Fresh Windows Pro XP SP2

Bios is upgraded to the newest available from asrock.com.
SATA is enabled and set as non-raid.

XP is installed on my 40GB Maxtor IDE Drive.

XP displays the SATA drive on my computer. It will start formatting the drive but doesnt complete.
I had partition magic 8 previously installed yesterday (I re-installed windows this morning).
when partitioning with that it gave error #11117.

XP gave an error about Event ID: 11

I just bought this drive brand new, i've never used a SATA drive before so i have no experience with them.

Maxblast 4 on floppy fails to load. Bad command or filename.

I'm using diskmanager now to format the drive although i know it wont do it.

I've also downloaded 'big drive enabler' (something like that) from maxtor which enables 48-bit lba and launched that which said it enabled it fine.

This drive is for extra storage, Games etc.

I need help.
Thanks for any responses.

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I have a 400Gb SATA drive which was purchased about 18 months ago. I've been trying to use it as an external USB drive on Windows XP Pro (SP2), using two different makes of SATA USB 2.0 enclosure. The drive connects OK, and shows up as an external drive, but as soon as I attempt to copy any data onto it I get problems: either Explorer hangs, or I get "delayed write failure". This happens within 2 minutes of initiating the file copy.

I've tried copying different folders and files, and I've tried it on 3 different machines (3 different motherboard makes, but all running XP SP2). In each case I connected the drive to one of the rear USB ports (i.e. not to an external hub).

I tried this with two different brands of USB 2.0 SATA enclosure, and got exactly the same result. In both cases the enclosures were independently powered by DC power adapters.

I then installed the drive internally into one of the machines, to check that it wasn't faulty. It installed fine, and I was able to copy huge numbers of files to it without any problems, so it looks as if the drive is OK. I also left it running there all day without any problems.

I just purchased a Lacie 500Gb external USB 2.0 drive and this works perfectly well with all of the 3 PC's that failed my tests with the other drive enclosures.

Is there any reason why specific SATA drives may be unsuitable for use in external USB enclosures?

A:Problems with SATA drive in external USB 2.0 enclosures

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I have owned my Maxtor Sata HD for a little over a year. I have had no problems with it up until now.

Recently I uninstalled some games from my computer. Now when my computer boots up it freezes during bios. I restart the computer and it will go into windows with no problems. However my second hard drive, which is the Sata drive, is not there.

I then shut the computer down and turn it back on, now the Sata drive is there and works fine. The drive will continue working normally until I shut the computer off and leave it off for the night. I then start it up and have the same problem.

I thought it might be a loose cable but I don't have to touch anything and hard drive will start working after I shut down and start the computer up again.

Any ideas on what is happening? If you need more info please post.


A:SATA Hard Drive Startup Problems

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I'm am having a problem getting WindowsXP to detect my newly installed WD 250GB SATA Hard drive. I have all the latest patches/fixes/upadates and service pack 2 installed. The drive shows up in BIOS but when Windows loads up, the drive does not show up in My Computer. It's also not present in Disk Manager nor Device Manager. I have a MSI K9A2CF mobo with integrated SATA controller ports with all the latest drivers installed. What could be the problem? If anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it.

A:Problems installing a SATA HDD with a 20 gb IDE HDD as primary drive.

rjessup1 said:

I'm am having a problem getting WindowsXP to detect my newly installed WD 250GB SATA Hard drive. I have all the latest patches/fixes/upadates and service pack 2 installed. The drive shows up in BIOS but when Windows loads up, the drive does not show up in My Computer. It's also not present in Disk Manager nor Device Manager. I have a MSI K9A2CF mobo with integrated SATA controller ports with all the latest drivers installed. What could be the problem? If anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it.Click to expand...

Update your driver chipset under Windows. You get that from the MOBO (motherboard maker) Also you need to install the XP drivers for your SATA RAID which should be it's own manager software. MSI uses this. Without it under XP you won't see your SATA drive. Also the BIOS should have RAID and SATA enabled. XP and 2003 Server won't show up unless you enable and install these managers under Windows client or server. When you boot up your system does it go to a different screen showing your RAID or SATA drives installed. If it doesn't then you have to go back to the BIOS and enable it.

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This is my first build and everything went perfectly fine....from assembly to installing windows xp pro 64.
Now im trying to install a second Sata hard drive (a seagate 1.5tb hd) and it shows up in the bios and in the windows hardware under hard drives.
Windows says the device is working, but it doesn't show up when i go to my computer.... It just shows the C drive.

I had this problem before when i was trying to build a external HD (WD 320gb black with a maccally usb/firewire enclosure) and still haven't figured that one out.....

my rig:
AMD 9950be 125w
gigabyte mb GA-MA790GP-DS4H
6g of ocz ddr2 800
wd 750gb 32mb sata
samsung dvd burner
500w power supply

A:Problems installing a second Sata hard drive

Right click on my computer and choose manage. Then double click on disk management. Does the new drive now show on this screen. It is probably completely unallocated, hence it won't show up in explorer. Partition and format it the way you want to in disk management and see if it shows up in explorer after that.

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This is NOT a question post.
This is a report of my problems with my new Gigabyte motherboard.

I bought my new GA-Z170-HD3P to replace a five year old GA-Z68A-D3-B3.
The GA-Z68A-D3-B3 was working great, only the UEFI BIOS (U1B) wasn?t controlling the fans properly.

- My new system configuration:
- GA-Z170-HD3P rev 1.0 Bios F6d (beta)
- I5 6600K CPU
- 4+4 GB ? G.Skill F4-3000C15
- SM951 ? 128GB M.2 AHCI PCIe SSD drive.
- 2x 500GB HDD (WD5002AALX) on a RAID 0 array on ports 0 and 1.
- Thermaltake 450W high efficiency power supply.
- Graphics ? Intel 530 internal graphics.

I?ve installed Windows 7 HP 64 with these BIOS configurations:
- OS=Other
- Storage Boot and PCI device to UEFI only
- XHCI Hand off to disabled

Everything is working fine, except that when it enters ?Sleep mode? it doesn?t wake up. The HDD led flashes continuously but it doesn?t wake up. Even the reset button doesn?t work. The only solution is to press the power button until it shuts down.

I'm sure there is a problem with the Intel system. And this isn't happening only to mine.
On a WEB search I?ve found many people complaining the same problem:

With SATA=AHCI I can boot Lubuntu and there is no problem recovering from sleep.
With SATA=RAID and SM951 detached, I can also boo... Read more

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