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Can SATA controller on MOBO die?

Q: Can SATA controller on MOBO die?

I have an HP a1230n with an ASUS Socket 939 motherboard and 200GB SATA drive running XP. The other day our power went out for no reason. When I restarted the machine it said "Disk Boot Failure..." After a couple of tries I got it started. After that it was harder and harder to get started, and now it wont boot at all. In the bios it does not even see that a HDD is present. Neither does the Windows Recovery Console. I put the drive in another machine and XP booted right up from it, no problem, and all my data was there. I put another drive with Vista on it in the machine and it was not recognized at all either.

I thought it was a BIOS problem. After a long story I was able to update the BIOS successfully. But it still does not see any hard drives. ???

Should I try getting a PCI SATA controller, or should I just get a new motherboard?

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A: Can SATA controller on MOBO die?

Does the BIOS see the drive after you push the reset button or ctrl+alt+del at the error message to reboot? (Do not power off!) Does the HD actually spin up?

Maybe the PSU was damaged so that it can't supply enough power to spin ip the HD? Make sure you have no CDs in drives. Try the HD on another molex connector?

Yes, of course, any component can go bad..

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I've been searching through the forums and have found a few situations similar to mine but not quite; I've tried a few of the suggestions I've seen that are applicable but thus far they haven't helped.

Here's what's up:
I am and always have been running XP home.
I was running a Dell Dimension 8250; I had a 120 Gb IDE hard drive in it being used as a secondary storage device. It worked fine. I upgraded to the system I have detailed in my profile. It's boot drive is the new Seagate and works fine. In the Dell, I formatted the Maxtor completely and then connected it to my new comp via the PCI IDE controller card I have installed. BIOS recognizes the Maxtor correctly; according to my user's manual (and what I've found actually looking), I can't do absolutely anything to configure my IDE storage through the BIOS because it does everything automatically.
XP does not see the drive in any capacity, from My Computer to Disk Management.

The Maxtor is on the slave connector of the IDE cable and it's jumpers are set to slave. The PCI IDE controller card is functioning properly.

I still have the original Maxtor installation CD and floppy. The floppy says to pop it in the drive, along with the CD and reboot. I have done this and the Maxtor software doesn't recognize that a Maxtor is in there.

I don't need to recover any data, the Maxtor is formatted, and has never had an operating system on it. I just want XP to recognize... Read more

A:IDE HDD to SATA mobo through PCI IDE controller card

Never mind; I got it worked out.

Long story about RAID controllers and poorly labeled/missing drivers!

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I attempted to help save my grandfather in law some money when he told me he was going to have to have windows reinstalled on his computer. I told him I would do it for free, having formatted and re-installed windows a number of times. Here is as concise as I can be what happened -

Computer is a hp p6631p running windows 7 home premium
1)No bootable recovery disk or HD sector, created bootable USB using ISOs off windows website for 7 home premium

2)Opened up command line using Shift+f10 when computer booted to windows install

3)ran diskpart command - attempted to clean all, then format and create partition
-Clean all command took 2 days for 1 TB WD blue (this was not stock HD as he had already had it replaced, computer is only 4 years old and not heavily used)
-format (NTFS) took again around 17 or 18 hours ? Seemed unusually long to me

4)installed windows
-after booting for the first time windows ran VERY slowly. basically it was unusable.
-suspect HD failure, created bootable USB with Western Digital's diagnostics on it

5)booted to WD diagnostics, ran quick test, got a read head error
-ran extended test, received the "too many errors, replace drive" code

6)purchased a TB WD black off newegg to replace blue drive.

7)installed drive, and attempted to create partition using disk part to install windows on, received an I/O error. Was able to run clean command, but could not create the primary partition.

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A:Possible bad MOBO/Sata Controller ? or 2 dead hard drives out of box?

Seems like a faulty motherboard to me

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My Box config

AMD athlon 64bit 2800+

ASUS K8-VX Mother board

want to upgrade to 500 gigs or if possible to 1tb Sata HDD

Problem is
1) Mother board is old done almost 3 years
2) I don't know what version of SATA will be supported
Please advise

Thanks in advance for your answers


A:Need to upgrade to SATA Not sure if it is sata or sata II which my mobo supports


I don't know why, but everytime I go to asus, they're hving site maintenance
Anyway see if you can click on Specifications there

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Hey Guys,

I've got two 500 GB HDs in RAID 0 configuration which have been working perfectly. They contain all my music, movies and personal docs which I've collected over the years.

I have only just made this configuration as I was trying to speed my PC up. I'd recently cloned my C: onto a 7200 rpm HD and while I was doing this I joined the spare HD that resulted to another one I had in the machine in RAID 0 and after a lengthy process of copying files back and forward from laptop drives etc I now had a perfecty working PC with a faster c: drive and faster storage area for my non-windows files (d: in RAID 0 - 930 GB).

Then, last night I get a windows update for a SATA controller. I install it thinking nothing of it, rebooted the pc and now my RAID drive is not recognised. It doesn't show up in My Computer or in Computer Management. I hoped this was just a driver issue. So I went into device manager and looked at all the SATA controller driver properties and there was only one (RAID controller) with the option to roll back - so I rolled this driver back and it made no difference. My RAID drive is not registering with windows.

When I boot the computer, after BIOS is finished doing its thing I get a RAID utility come up and it says my RAID configuration is healthy so I'm guessing (and praying!!!!) that it's just a driver issue and that it can be resolved without me loosing a whole heap of important (important to me) files.

Is there anyone out t... Read more

A:Solved: SATA controller/RAID controller update serious issue


Went into Control Panel, Device Manager, Storage controllers and uninstalled all the entries in there, rebooted and windows reinstalled them all. Now back to my perfect little setup!


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I Can't Install a sata hard disk with a PCI sata controller card.?
My mb is MSI KT4V with AMD athlon 1800.My bios is AMI.
There is no option in my mb for a sata hard disk so i brought the sata pci cotroller card.
In post it shows the raid in my pci slot but cant detect my hard disk. It is a Segate 7200 rpm 160 gb hard disk.My sata pci controller card come with a driver cd but i cant install its driver in dos mode. and i think its for the windows version.
How can i install the single sata drive in my comp.
please help me...

A:Can't Install Sata Hard disk With PCI SATA controller card

Probably some fakeraid BS..
You have to enter the RAID BIOS and configure the drive as a RAID0 array or something similar. If it doesn't detect the drive in the RAID BIOS either, look over all your cables. Make sure you have power to the hard drive and suchlike.

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I have a DIY box with an Asus P5K-E mobo that provides SATA II ports. I upgraded to a pair of Samsung 850 EVO ssds and naturally got a great speed boost. Now I am getting greedy and thinking about doubling my gains with a SATA III controller card. I have been reading online and I am seeing indications that I may not get much if any speed boost that way. Would those of you experienced with doing what I am contemplating please chime in and tell me if you achieved improvement and if so what card did you use? I am running Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Home, one on each ssd, no RAID is involved.

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I'm wanting to upgrade to a better mainboard. I don't know much about SATA, but I've been using a SATA I hard drive very successfully through a pci controller card.

My question: If I get a new motherboard with SATA II headers, will it readily accept my SATA I hard drive? I can see how the reverse might not work, that is, not being able to connect a SATA II hard drive in a SATA I header, but maybe I'm wrong on that...?

A:Will SATA II mobo headers accept SATA I drive?

Yes, sata 3gb/s ports(commonly called sata II), are designed to be backward compatible. I'm using a sata I hd on my sata 3gb/s port on my chaintech vnf4/ultra, so yeah, it works.

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Umm, this was probably a stupid question, but, SATA II hard drives are easier to find than SATA hard drives. Could I just buy a SATA II drive for my netbook (which I think has a SATA HDD)?

The netbook is an Acer Aspire One D260.

A:Does a SATA II device work with a SATA mobo?

This will probably be ok but I would check with Acer first.

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I am looking to purchase an SSDD (Newegg.com - Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F90GB3-BK 2.5" 90GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)) and am wondering if I will still see good speeds as my motherboard only has SATA II connections and the drive is SATA III.

A:Will I still see good speeds using a SATA 3 SSD on a SATA 2 mobo?

Yes sir you will. Regular hard drives don't even use the max bandwidth speed of Sata II, and its still tricky to get the full speed of Sata III, so you will notice a very good speed improvement with what you have. I have done this very thing in the past

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Perhaps not a question for sevenforums, but I'd figure you guys would either have the answer, or be able to direct me to the answer. I purchased a Silicon SiI3512 SATA Raid Controller purely to have 2 extra SATA ports which I am using to connect to my case's external drive bays. I have flashed the bios of the controller and updated the driver to put it in "Base" mode so it is not using RAID. I did extensive research on this and it appears that I have this part right. For now, I am trying to connect a WD1600BEVT 2.5" SATA-II hard drive to one of these ports and am having some difficulty. I can see the drive, but when I try to format the drive in Windows, or a command prompt (using the windows recovery DVD) it hangs. I am wondering if this is a compatibility issue with a SATA-II drive on a SATA-I controller, however, most of the forums I have read state that if there is a compatibility issue, the controller won't even recognize the drive. I searched around to see if there was a way to force the HDD to SATA(150), but the jumpers on this drive are for SSC and RPS. Is there a way to fix this or do I need a drive that is capable of forcing SATA-I speeds? Perhaps even a controller capable of at least SATA-II since that is the minimum of all new HDDs?

A:SATA-II Drive on SATA Raid Controller?

SATA II drives are typically not backwards compatible with SATA I ports, especially on add-in cards UNLESS they have what is called "autospeed negotiation". This determines the max speed of the drive and tells it to compensate if it's too high (use SATA 1 vs 2). Unless there is a jumper on your drive, which it doesn't sound like there is, then the add-in card does not have autospeed negotiation. This is taken from Problems encountered installing SATA 3.0 Gb/s hard drives on SATA 1.5 Gb/s controllers.

I suggest finding an addin card that supports SATA II like this card: Newegg.com - Rosewill RC-211 Silicon Image 2 port SATA II PCI Express Host Controller Card(RAID 0/1/JBOD)

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I've installed a ssd capable of 6GB/s on my sata II board and was wondering, if there were controller cards that could be used with one of the two slots mentioned to get the full 6GB/s speed from the ssd if so, any recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks!

A:PCI or Pciex4 controller cards for sata II to sata III for 6GB/s ssd

I've had experience with only one card (LSI 9211-8i, way overkill for your purposes) but, based on my experience with that card, to be able to boot from them (not all cards can be booted from), you would have to install the card during the installation of Win 7. Also, cards have their own BIOS that have to be loaded in addition to the OS and the MOBO's BIOS or UEFI so you probably wouldn't gain much, if anything, in boot time (more likely, overall boot time will be longer, as with my HBA card). You may gain faster program loading, though.

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Hello. Got a question and I do not know the answer nor can I find it.

The mainboard on my setup is a BIOSTAR TA790GX128M. I currently have 4GB DDR PC6400 memory (2 sets of 2X1GB Matched Sets) that I am upgrading to 8GB of DDR PC6400 memory (2 sets of 2X2GB Matched Sets) as I am getting ready to install Win 7 Pro 64 bit and I wanted the extra memory. This board has 6 SATA II slots limited to 3Gb/s. As I have an external drive that I use for storage (1TB and it is almost full with my .wav music files from my digitized LP's), I got a Speed Dragon PCI Express Combo Card so that I can use eSATA function on the drive instead of USB to connect to the computer (eSATA being faster than USB V2.0). The card says the PCIe is limited to 2.5Gb/s but I have read where the SATA II ports, even though listed as 3Gb/s, operate at a much lesser speed.

I know I need to upgrade my mainboard/cpu/memory to current standards, but I can't do that right now. It will be about a year before I can upgrade the MB/CPU/Mem.

This controller card is in the PCIe slot (one of 2 - PCI Express Gen 2 X 1) and not only does it have the eSATA port but there is also a SATA II port on it as well.

I am getting a SSD that is SATA III (Samsung EVO) for the new OS and am wondering if I should hook it up to the SATA II port on the PCIe controller card to use the PCIe slot instead of hooking the SSD to one of the 6 SATA II ports on the mainboard. Four of the 6 ports are already in use (2TB HDD, 2TB HHD, 350GB H... Read more

A:SATA II or SATA II via PCIe Controller Card

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problem - I bought a new 1 tb western dig HD that is sata ii (wd10eacs) and windows does not give it a drive letter.

I have a intel D101Dggc mobo whose specs say that there is a sata i connection. Can this be the problem - the sata 1 connection on the older moboi cannot process the new sata ii hd?

if not, what is a good way to tr shoot? The device mgr in windows put this drive name in the hard drive list.

A:can new sata II 1 tb hd work with a sata i mobo?

If the drive is detected then the SATA 1/5 versus 3.0 is not likely an issue.

But the drive needs to be initialized, partitioned and formated before it will get a driver letter and be accessible.

To do that you must use Disk Management and here's how: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309000/

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My MB supports only SATA 2 but in my city, the HDD SATA 3 is more cheap than SATA 2. If I buy the HDD SATA 3 it will work with my MB SATA 2 controller?

A:HDD SATA 3 (6.0Gb/s) works with SATA 2 (3.0Gb/s) controller???


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I recently bought Lenovo Y410 notebook and it came with windows vista home premium. As i want to install WinXP in my notebook, i tried with the WinXP CD available with me. But it didnt work, so i tried slipstreaming using nlite when i came to know that intel ich8m sata 3 port SATA Storage controller 2828 is the name of my SATA controller. But even then i am not able to install winXP. After copying all the installation files, the installation process doesnt move forward after rebooting. I am not getting the blue screen, but booting is not happening even after all the installation files are copied.

In short, i just want to install winXP on my laptop.
Inorder to try the AHCI disabling option, i checked in the advanced tab of bios, but such an option was not at all available there.
Pls help.

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At the moment my system is set up with a bootable 3 disk SATA RAID 5 array via the SIL3114 ports. I am trying to:

FIRSTLY add a new SATA hard disk to the Nforce4 SATA ports as a non-raid drive which I want to make the system's BOOT disk and make the existing RAID 5 array non-bootable.

SECONDLY add 2 new SATA drives in a RAID1 array via the NFORCE4 chip.
I have added the non-raid HD to the nforce4 sata ports and set the appropriate BIOS RAID setting for the single HD to disabled. This has enabled me to migrate boot files etc onto the new disk. I cannot however get the system to boot from this new non-RAID hard disk as it does not appear under the BIOS Hard disk boot setting - instead it boots with the Sil31114 SATA RAID 5 array. The only way to get the new hard disk onto the Hard disk boot list in the BIOS is to disable the BIOS IDE/SATA RAID setting completely. If I do this however it will not allow me to add a further RAID1 array to the nVRAID controller.


Thanks very much

Hardware: k8nxp-sli with nf4 and SIL 3114 controllers, 6600GT graphics, XP mce 2005

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I have a 20 month old Dell Dimension 4600 running XP with 2 Hard disks installed. The PC was running fine until yesterday when it reported that no hard disks could be found on the system.

I removed the 2nd HD (slave) and tried it on a different PC, and the HD seems to be perfectly OK.

Trying to boot up the Dell with just one (master) HD, seemed to work fine as well - at least, initially.

Thinking that the HD cables may have become defective, I swapped it out and now the Dell refuses to work again (Error message being no primary drive found) - regardless of whether I use the old cable or the new cable.

Am I right in assuming that this indicates a faulty IDE controller (on the mobo)?

If yes, is there any way of getting around the problem - e.g. installing an IDE controller card (and somehow designating this as the primary controller and disabling the mobo controller)?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

A:IDE Controller failure on mobo?

Welcome to Techspot
For the money of a Mb If I were you I would prefer the Stability of a new one. I am not convinced that disabled Primary IDE controller is going to be reliable in the long run . I am not even going to get into the differences in Data pipline ,as opposed to PCI 's etc.BLah Blah
Before you do though Do a proper diagnostic test on the drive .Check Dell for update to Bios etc just in case .
If you do a new Mb make sure it is compatible with that Dell case.

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Im wondering what the general consensus is for the best all around MOBO that has both USB-3.0 + SATA-3 implemented into it is..??

A:Best mobo with usb-3.0 + sata-3..?

There is no "best" ,,, There are about 1000 different motherboards out there... give us five or ten to choose from.

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I have a mobo which supports 2 x ide and 2 x sata Hard Disks (Asus A8V Deluxe, agp)
I have 3 Hard Disks: 1 x ide and 2 x sata.
I m thinking get rid of the ide and stay just with those 2 X sata...
Is it a good idea?

A:2 sata in mobo

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I received my Biostar NF325-A7 this afternoon. It has 4 IDE connections and 2 SATA connections. I searched the forum and read the manual but I couldn't find any clear cut answer to this question. Can I install both IDE and SATA hard drives on this board. I have some of each in old computers.

Another question just occurred to me. Can I prepare the used Hard drives for installation in the new computer by deleting the old partitions then reformatting in the new computer?

A:IDE and SATA HD on the same mobo?

Yes to both questions.
I would only install the drive you want as your boot and OS drive,install your OS and use the option in the setup to format.
When you have that drive working then install the other drives .

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I was just wondering I have a Intel D865GBF mobo and it supports both IDE and Sata drives. My question is, can I have both types installed at the same time? Also can I ghost from IDE to Sata? And can I boot from The Sata? Anything else that I should know along these lines would be greatly appreciated

A:Both sata and ide on same mobo

check your manual,some m/b you can use both ides with sata and others you cannot use eide 1 when using sata
otherwise everything works as normal from what i have read

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im building a new computer and was wondering is it ok if i used a ide cable froom my other mobo with hd would that work because my mobo only came with sata cables and ide cables for my cd drive and stuff :chef:

A:mobo sata

Your old IDe cables should work just fine.

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i just bought an a7n8x deluxe mobo for the serial ata that was available on it. It appears that it is more difficult than i thought to bring those sata devices to work. I explain :

i got that :

AMD 2500+ Barton
1.5gb Ram Dual
a7n8x deluxe ( sata 150 )
Western Digital 120gb
Maxtor 30gb
2 Dvd drives
graphic cards, and everything else that doesnt matter at all.

So, i installed RAID Controller from Microsoft with autodetection. Silicon Image is updated. My bios is updated to v.1008. Also, my new samsung 250 gb SATA 300 ( with the lil things to switch it 150 plugged in ) is plugged, detected but not working as hdd. So my real problem as you might know, is that my sata is not working... so my new hdd cant work.

i've tried :
my maxtor alone with samsung with jumper
my Western digital alone with samsung with jumper
samsung alone with jumper for 150
samsung alone without jumper
maxtor with samsung without jumper
western digital without jumper.

i also tried to installed windows only with the samsung connected, nothing else. Can't detect an operative hdd, so can't install. Windows cd tried to install raid controller and everything, nothings working.

Oh yeah, and my new asus drivers are on.

Another thing is that i got no floppy working. My floppy drive is broken, and i can't use it, and referring to my ASUS SATA installation's read me, i need one to install something to make those things working. Is there a way to i... Read more

A:Help --> Mobo + Sata

To me it would be simplest to buy a new floppy drive for $6-$8 (okay, plus shipping and maybe tax).

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Is it possible to connect an ATA HDD to a MOBO designed for SATA HDD? If so is there any special adapters or cables that I will need? Thanks!


Yes, you will need an adapter to convert the SATA connection to ATA interface. This adapter will be connected to the IDE cable to change the other end to ATA interface in order for you to connect it to a SATA port of the motherboard. Here's an example: http://www.satacables.com/html/sata_to_ide_adapter.html

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I have quite a major problem that is restricting my workflow. I hope someone can help.

My system specifications are as follows: -

1 x ASUS M2N32 WS Professional Mainboard
1 x AMD Athlon 64 X2 AM2 Dual Core 5600+
2 x 1GB Corsair TwinX XMS2 Dominator DDR2 800MHz
1 x MSI GeForce 8800GTX HD (768MB)
1 x 250GB Seagate Barracuda 7200 SATA300 HDD
1 x Windows Vista Ultimate 64

I am unable to install drivers for the Serial ATA Controller that is displayed within the Device Manager and my HDD show up as an ST325062 0AS SCSI Disk Device. Even when I install the recommended driver for the Srial ATA Controller from the Windows Update website it still remains driverless. Now whether the following issues are related to this problem or not I am not sure, but I will state them here anyway.

After a certain period of time my entire system will freeze and I will have to reset my PC, although when I do it does not reset but powers down. This is continues if I use the restart command from the Windows Start Menu or automatically restart after the installation of a software package. This is extremely annoying. Having shelled out for the latest hardware in order to be compatible with Windows Vista 64 and then for this to happen is quite sickening. Can anyone help at all.

Thanks and Kind Regards


A:Sata ATA Controller...

Try the VIA SATA/RAID controller

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU X3470 @ 2.93GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 30 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 8183 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA NVS 300, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 223 GB (175 GB Free);
Motherboard: FUJITSU, D2779
Antivirus: Avast Antivirus, Enabled and Updated

Installed a Kingston SUV300S37A/240G SSD, in order to get the maximum benefit of the SATA 3 drive I've added a PCIE SATA 3 controller card.

System motherboard has only SATA 2 connectors. SSD works fine when connected to motherboard SATA 2 connector. In order to get the best performance from ssd I bought and installed a "no name" SATA 3 pcie controller card. With AHCI mode SSD connected to controller, boot ends with message "no operating system found". Next, installed a Syba SI-PEX 40094 IOCREST SATA 3 pcie controller card, same message, "no operating system found. During boot, with the drive attached to the controller card, bios sees the controller card and the ssd, but continues with the message "no operating system found".

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I want to set up my Dell Dimension 8400 to allow an eSATA 3.0 connection. Will my host controller reject my external drive if it is operating at 3.0 instead of 1.5?

If so, can I reset the controller to accept the 3.0 drive?


A:will my controller allow sata 3.0

SATA is backwards compatible. It will just run at the slower speed. Also I haven't heard of SATA 3.0 only 2.0, but I could be out of the loop.

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Can I buy a SATA 3 controller for my ASUS P5KPL-AM SE motherboard so I can achieve maximum speed on my Corsair Force 3 SSD? Or would I need to buy a new motherboard for SATA 3?

A:SATA 3 controller

They (control cards) can be easily obtained, I've given you a couple of links to get started.

HP R620 OEM 2 Port SATA III Controller Card (Non-Raid) - Scan.co.uk

Startech 1x eSATA + 1x SATA 6 Gbps PCI Express SATA Controller Card (PEXSAT31E1) [PEXSAT31E1]=

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I'm thinking I'd like to add SATA capability to a non-SATA capable mobo. Is it simply a matter of buying something like this - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16816132007 - and installing it in your PC? I don't know anything about SATA except for the two different speeds/standards (1.5 vs. 3.0) so I'm kind of lost. The PSU is SATA power capable, and another question is if that is what I plug into the card (look at the card and I think you'll see what I mean)?

The way I picture it is I buy the card, install it, plug the SATA power into it that comes from my PSU, and than plug an external SATA hard drive into the PCI card. Is that all there is to it?

A:How to get SATA on non-SATA mobo

Doesn't need to be an external drive, there is an internal connector for drive.

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It seems like my IDE controller on my motherboard just died. I tried using a different IDE cable, unplugging the power to my CD drive, checking the bios, resetting the jumper, and no joy. Previously during bootup I would see them listed - now they are not listed - just my hard drives. I have a Raid 5 configuration.

I only use the IDE controller for my cd and dvd drives. I had considered buying an IDE controllor for a PCI slot. However, since I have a huge graphics card I would probably have to scarifice my occasionally useful fax modem. I am reluctant to add another PCI card on top of the huge graphics card - it gets very hot. In addition, to the IDE PCI controller space issue I am concerned that it might not allow me to boot from the optical drives if I needed to boot Win XP (for example).

I am wondering if I could just buy SATA DVD and CD drives. The complication that I am concerned about is that my computer is in a Raid 5 configuration. Further, the mother board book states that the SATA connectors are for Hard Disk drives. So I could I even install optical SATA DVD and CD drives with my MoBo (ASUS P5B Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel)?

The last option is RMAing the MOBO, or in the interest of expediency just buying the same MOBO. If I do that I am wondering about the setup process re: bios and raid 5. I guess I would have to carefully make sure I had the same settings. Would I lose all my music and picture files (I have a lo... Read more

A:ASUS MOBO IDE Controller dead?

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Can anyone recommend a good PCI controller to use for 1 internal and 1 external SATA drives (would like SATA II if possible)?

A:PCI controller for SATA & E-SATA

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Help Im a noob at pc building! What does this mean:The motherboard M.2 slot #0 shares bandwidth with SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports. When the M.2 slot is populated, two SATA 6Gb/s ports are disabled
Im going to be building with a Samsung 970 Pro. Please help!

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Hope someone can advise me please.

I have just bought a new motherboard (Gigabyte 880GM-UD2H), 2 x 2gb dimms, AMD Phenom II X4 965 (BE) and a new case. I took out the IDE dvd drive from my old machine (the one i'm writing this post on) and two sata drives (plus the psu).

I assembled the motherboard into the new case with the ram and cpu and it boots up fine (no beeps etc). The problem i'm having is getting the mobo to detect the sata and the ide drive. It's been a good 3-4 years since i last upgraded and many of the options in the bios i am unsure of. I have spent the past 3 hours trying to get the motherboard to find anything. I am not sure if the psu is the culprit as it is only a 450w (ish) psu. The manual is pretty unhelpful and doesn't go into much detail about anything. It does mention to use a minimum of 500w psu to avoid manfunction or booting problems, but all seems well apart from detecting drives.

I even removed my ATi 9500 pro because i know it used lots of juice and might help me figure this out. No change. All i have plugged into the motherboard is the ram, cpu, and an X-fi soundcard.

Surely buying another psu that can deliver another 30-50w of power won't make this suddenly detect the drives?

I just have two oldish drives (not in raid) and this older pc detects them fine. I had to pull out the hardware again to get this machine running again so i could get on the web to look for help. What is AHCI ?

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Hi Any Help Welcome
Just Installed Seagate Barracuda Sata 80gig Hd On Abit Ic7-g Mobo.updated Bios.showing 82801er Sata Raid Controler In Device Manager. Disc Drive Shows As Standaed Drive Used Hd Tach To Test But Showing Slow. Any Help Welcome Thanks

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Hello ....
I am building anew PC. I have two SATA drives and an MSI K8N NEO4 Platinum mobo. Windows XP Home edition SP2 will NOT finish installing. It hangs as it is trying to "save settings". The drives are Seagate ...
a 250Gig and an 80 gig. Both, are I believe, SATA II. I have them plugged into the high speed SATA ports on the mobo and the onboard controller shows enabled in the BIOS. But XP will not detect the drives either as regular SATA drives or even in a RAID configuration. At F6, I have tried loading the manufacturer's disks, but they do not appear to read. I don't think those drivers should even be needed, but the floppies spin but do not read.
The floppy drive is brand new so I guess the floppies could be bad but I also made my own floppies and they do not read either. I am at a loss.
The BIOS is V1.B which is the latest oner available.
Any ideas are greatly appreciated.
Thanks much .... Easydog

A:SATA and MSI K8N NEO4 Mobo

Ah yes, the good ol' nForce4 chipset

What do you mean when you say "the high speed SATA ports"? You will want to use the purple SATA ports for the system install, since they more closely work like an IDE channel. Also, is the 80GB drive is for the system install? If so and you aren't planning on RAID striping them, I would just try to install with the system drive plugged into the #1 purple sata connector (oddly, the 2nd one from the battery).

As for the floppy drive issues, I have had a high failure rate on floppies as of late, so I just keep trying a different one until one works. My complaint with the nForce4 chipset is that all the components it controls aren't recognized by Windows until it is completely installed and you run the main nVidia installer that installs all of the individual drivers. Then, your RAID & LAN and the rest start working. Also, at that point, you should be able to get the Silicon Image RAID stuff working correctly.


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Hey guys,

This is kind of embarrassing. Despite being a very seasoned PC user I have never ever used a SATA HDD! Always IDE. My old machine I custom built back in 2003 had been retired a few years ago due to a crashed hard drive. I was able to score a 500GB Western Digital WD5002ABYS but I was surprised that it was SATA when installing it because I didn't have a cable to connect it with nor do I see one on the motherboard. So basically I have no experience installing this.

Is SATA better than IDE somehow? I would just like a summary of the differences and more importantly some guidance on what I need to purchase. I tried researching my Shuttle AK31S2E9 mobo to see if it was even compatible and if I would need one of those cables or the entire adapter. (Needless to say I didn't find much info available on it). I heard these adapters slow it down which implies IDE is better than SATA to me? Most of the ones available on Amazon had bad reviews.

How do I install this without any drawbacks? Do I need a new mobo or is there an easy way to make it work and continue to use this mobo that's still in fine working order.

A:Does my mobo support a SATA HDD?

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Is there a kind/type of standard to visually ID a SATA III mobo? I mean, just by looking at it (as in) uninstalled in a case?  

A:How To Identify a SATA III mobo?

For what system model?

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I had an external wd harddrive that I wasn't using much and decided to fill that last empty 3.5" bay in my new case. My problem is that the external drive is ide and my motherboard only has one ide slot that's being used by two dvd drives. I found an ide to sata converter on newegg, ordered it, installed it......and it dosen't seem to work. I have four sata slots on my mobo. I have already added one sata harddrive and had to configure bios to work with it, but this last harddrive dosen't show up. I went to the manufacturer's site and I found that I installed it correctly. There are no drivers I need to download. The converter is a small circuit board with an ide plug on one end. When inserted into the harddrive and power connected, it's led indicator lights up, the harddrive idles but it just dosen't show on bios. Oh....and I formatted my pc thinking it would inadvertantly fix something and now I can't even GET into bios. When I press F2, F10 or Delete it dosen't do anything. Just loads windows with no eMachines post beforehand. I don't have any ideas. Help!

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How to put a SATA & Ultra ATA on the same mobo?

I just recently bought a new mobo that has only one IDE slot. I have two DVD drives, 2 Ultra ATA drives ( Seagate & Western Digi), and a WD SATA drive. The SATA drive will run my OS how do I configure the jumpers or do i need them at all on the ATAs?? I tried once already with the jumpers set to slave but I almost burnt out my CPU (AMD Phenom X4).

Mobo - ECS GeForce7050M-M (I know it's an ECS!! Please don't hurt me! LOL!!)
CPU - AMD Phenom Quad Core 2.4GHz
DVD 1 - LG GH20 SATA Multi DVD Rewriter
DVD 2 - Samsung CD/DVDW SH-S182M
SATA - WD Caviar SE16 320SATA
ULTRA ATA - Seagate 300Gb & WD 120Gb
Memory - Crucial 2x1gb DDR2 (PC2-6400)

A:How to put a SATA & Ultra ATA on the same mobo?

THe jumpers on the IDE Drives will have to be set either Master and Slave, or both set to CS.

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I've been reading that it is possible to set a SATA-300 HDD to run at a speed of SATA-150 on boards that support only SATA-150. Is this true? If it is, what do I have to do to set this up so that I can purchase a SATA-300 HDD to work on my mobo that only supports SATA-150.

A:Can I use SATA-300 on Asus K8V-X SE Mobo?


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I just reinstalled a P4P800 SE motherboard in my PC. I used my old WD Caviar 80G sata HD, connected it. I have tried installing the drivers that came on the mobo cd, and one from asus website for the sata chipset (Intel 865PE chipset) yet I am still getting sent to the screen to where I have to choose to restart under last known good configuration, safe mode or start windows normally. Is there a way to install the drivers without using the windows xp disk? Do I have to reformat the HD(I want to avoid this)?
I am still a bit new to the Sata HD installation bit, so the more info the better.

A:New mobo, old sata hd problem

what kind of mobo was the WD sata installed on before? if it is a different chipset then you need to at least do a repair install of windows. you cna find the guide to do this in the OS section here.


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A:How To Identify a SATA III mobo?

For what system model?

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My old motherboard supports only SATA 2.0. At the moment, to get the best out of one of my SSD's Im using a PCI- Express adapter card. It only allows one SATA 3.0 device to be connected. Can I just get an adapter with 2 SATAIII slots? Will that allow me to use 2 SSD's on the one PCI Express x16 lane? Im not sure about that.

If not, can I make use of my USB 3.0 ports with a similar SATA adapter. Could I then get the max read/write speeds from the SSD?

Im just really looking for ways around a complete CPU/Mobo/Ram upgrade!

A:How to add more SATA 3.0 slots to an old Mobo

You can use something like this card;

4 internal ports and 2 external ports.

FWIW, I would opt for a new mb rather than spending money trying to get old tech to work with modern ssd drives however that is up to you.

Note you generally do not get as good of performance from a sata controller as you do from the native intel/AMD controller on the mb.

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probably a silly question but...

I have 2 hdd one is IDE and the other is currently usb 2.0/ide also my dvdrw is IDE.

I'm looking to buy a new motherboard for a core2duo after the july price cuts but nearly all that I have seen only use sata.

Anyway I was wondering if there is any conversion part I could so I could still use these as the extra expense isn't is my current budget/limit.


A:ide hdd conversion to sata mobo?

Google SATA to IDE

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