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Disconnecting SATA Drives Thru GUI

Q: Disconnecting SATA Drives Thru GUI


Is it possible to disconnect a SATA drive thru GUI (with the effect of also powering-down the drive)? Kind of like (loosely) ejecting an optical media (right-click optical drive icon -> eject) or (more closely) disconnecting a USB device (Safely Remove Hardware -> Stop). At the same time, again thru GUI, reconnect or re-enable the SATA drive (the drive has not been physically disconnected since being "diconnected").

I have several SATA drives and, for most of the time, are not accessed (but are simultaneously used when needed). Being able to disconnect them (and power them down) when not needed saves power and extends the life of the drive (unless, ofcourse, frequently disconnected/reconnected). Setting the Power Options -> Turn off harddisks settings won't work since, mostly, any service/software polling the drives will just power them back on (resulting in inceased wear). In some cases these services/software, if they can be identified at all, doesn't always have the option to disable polling.

Putting the drives on removable bays is one option, but is costly and consumes a lot of space (as the number of drives increase, in cases where multiple drives must be accessed simultaneously).

If it can't be done natively in Vista, how about any 3rd party software?


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I have two separate instances of Win8 running on two separate IDE hard drives (both Win8's restored from same exact backup image).

The one on the hard drive comected to the SATA port (via an adaptor) runs fine, but the one on the IDE connection (motherboard's only one), does not respond properly when a manual shutdown is initiated. Instead of shutting down the PC, it goes into sleep mode. This does not happen if an application (my backup software, for instance) is set to perform a shutdown after completing it's job. Only affecting manual shutdowns, but all of them.

So I am wondering if Win8 is lacking an IDE driver of some kind, and if there is a way to deternine this.

Seems strange to me that while both hard drives are IDE "underneath the hood", that the one connected throgh an adaptor is more easily being recognized by Win8, and curious if there is an easy fix.

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I have 2 IDE HDs installed and added SATA drive lately. SATA runs in IDE mode in CMOS. Problem is, even though SATA drive is recognized by BIOS, Disk Manager, Norton Ghost & System Works, it doesn't show in My Computer, causing problems with saving and opening files. Tried a couple of tricks (changing the drive letter,disconnecting & reconnecting the drive, reformatting etc. ) nothing seems to work. I use this SATA drive for storage and for now I have to drag the files down there manually.
I don't know if it's of any importance, but I have nVidia GeForce graphics card onboard.
Has anyone encountered this kind of a problem ?
Thanks Carl

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Hi: we have a Supermicro server with an Intel C600 series controller and we would like to use some of the ports and their disks as removable devices, to allow to copy media from one server to another. I mean:
- The controller has 4 ports with 4 disk on each, 16 disks in total
- The first 4 ports will remain the same, not removable (OS in Raid 1, Media in Raid 0)
- The other ports (2-4) will be used with SATA SSD drives and we need to remove them via Eject hardware (as an attached hard drive) and then being able to attach them to the backup server to read the media.

So far as I know, there's a DWORD I may need to add in the registry, but a little help would be more than welcome to solve this.

This is the opposite way, to not allow the HDD to be ejected.

Thanks in advance!

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On my Windoiws 7 Ultimate desktop PC, all my SATA hard drives are show up as removable from day 1. This is not a big problem but an anonyance. When I click "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media", all my fixed drives are listed along with the USB drive. Anyway to change the drive type of my internal drives to the proper type?

A:Internal SATA drives are treated as removable drives

mine does the same thing. each of my partitions show up.

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I have a pc that has 2 400g hard drives in raid 0. The motherboard is bad and needs to be replaced. The drives in raid 0 are sata drives; I want to mirror the drives onto 2 400g pata drives before replacing the mobo so in case of disaster I would still have all the info. What would be the best way for me to do this? I have another machine running that has raid capability but is not using it. It has 4 sata connections and 2 ide drive connections, currently only using the 2 ide connections and no raid. I have Partition Magic 8 and Paragon Hard Disk Manager 8 Pro. Is it possible for me to use my current up and running system, and one of the 2 software programs to mirror these drives?

A:Can I copy sata raid 0 drives to pata drives?

MOBO is bad and you still want to recover info which might get corrupted in the transfer process.

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Last summer we bought 120 HP Probooks 6570b running Windows 7 Pro. I been running into a issue with our mapped network drives on our server. We have these drives so that people can save their files to and take from. For whatever reason whenever you try to access the drive to either share or pull files from, it will randomly disconnect saying that it cannot find/access the "S" drive. Sometimes it takes 5 seconds to disconnect sometimes a few minutes (pretty random) but it definitely disconnects if more than a few people try pulling a file from it. None of the other laptops/workstations in the building are having this issue. These are working right off the wifi by the way and I know we have plenty of access points close enough to the laptops. So far what I have tried is this (suggested by HP support):
-Update to the most current Wifi Driver
-Update the BIOS firmware
-Went into Device Manager >Power Management Options for the wifi and unchecked "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power"
-Went into regedit > HKLM> system >CurrentControlSet> services > LanmanWorkstation > Parameters > and added DWORD 32bit > KeepConn for 15180. I googled this, this step supposedly tells the computer to hold its network connection for a full day. Still didn't work.
At this point I am scratching my head and HP has basically given up on helping me with this. None of our other computers regardless of how new or old are ha... Read more

A:Mapped Drives Disconnecting?

Is your problem that some PCs are losing their network connection or that they are losing the mapped drive?

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very bizarre :
- 3 of my 6 drives SATA connected to internal SATA connectors on board ( Z87 Deluxe)
- are shown in explorer "my computer" as hard disks ( while correctly DVD and USB are in removable drives list)
- however these 3 drives appear in the list of removable drives Under the W7 utility "safely remove" !

That could lead to confusion when removing removable drives !

Any explanation ? Can I correct this ?

I think that it is possible that these drives have been formatted and partitioned whiel on a SATA-to USB dock ( when PC was Under repair). Have tried to delete all partitions on one of those drives, and recreate partitions Under W7 with Acronis Disk Director, but no change.
Or should I remove them from Computer Management ?

TIA for help please !


A:SATA drives : internal appear as External drives !

It is not bizarre but a result of drives being connected to ports that allow hot swapping (set to AHCI)

One possibility is to install the Intel AHCI drivers instead of the stock drivers that are part of the Windows 7 DVD.

Another is this:

FIX: AHCI/SATA drives showing in "Safely Remove Hardware"

This works for the Intel controller.

If you are connected to another controller, go to the Device manager and right click on that controller and select properties.

Then under the Policies tab, you should be able to uncheck the box that allows safe removal.

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CPU: Intel Core i7-4770
GPU: Nvidia GTX 650 
SSD: Crucial MX300 525GB 
HDD: Toshiba DT01ACA100 1TB
RAM: Adata MI64C1D1629Z1 2x8GB 
MBD: Asus M51AD
I'm a budding documentary filmmaker, and a solid storage/ingesting/transcoding/editing workflow is paramount for me to get my work done. Unfortunately, neither my 3+ year old ASUS or Windows 8.1 are up to this task as of now.
I utilize 5 Seagate/WD USB 3.0 external drives (both portable and desktop w/AC power) in tandem with this Anker 7x USB 3.0 hub:
Windows continuously disconnects/reconnects my external drives every couple of minutes, which apart from being hair-rippingly annoying jeopardizes my data. I'd even researched and switched to this Anker hub from an older model, figuring it was being triggered by this.
This issue appears to be commonplace within 8.1 & 10 for years now, as Google searches linked me to similar cries for help such as this one:
The most common solution I've seen/read about this problem is below:
I gave this a crack this afternoon, but my USB driv... Read more

A:USB 3.0 hard drives keep disconnecting/reconnecting

I'm not sure you came across it in your reading but did you disable USB Selective Suspend? I would also change your power configuration to maximum performance.
The guide is for Windows 7 but works for 8.

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What is the correct way to disconnect a USB portable drive from a Win7 system running Windows PE (during image capture/deployment)? Can I just pull out the USB connector or is there a safer method?

A:Disconnecting Portable USB drives in Windows PE

Try to make your removal drive offline with diskpart tool then eject it.
Hope it helps.
Alex ZhaoPlease remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

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OK, I was preparing my computer to do a clean install of Windows 7. A few weeks ago I inquired if it would be safer to disconnect my storage drives prior to doing a clean install of Windows 7. I went ahead and disconnected my storage drives except my computer would not boot up. I got a message telling me I had a boot up failure and to install my system disc and hit Enter. I did that, but nothing happened. I re-connected the storage drives only this time I did not get a message plus my computer did not boot up. I just had a blinking cursor at the upper Left corner of the screen. After a couple of hours of troubleshooting I entered the Setup BIOS and selected Load Defaults. Well, everything was back to normal and the computer booted up. I don't want to go through this again, so I am asking, how can I get my computer to boot up with only the C: Drive and without the storage drives connected? I am just leery about doing a clean install and having my storage drives affected one way or another, considering all my backups and settings are stored in these drives. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

A:Computer would not boot disconnecting storage drives

It could be for many reasons.
I guess the boot loader isn't on your drive C: but on one of your Data HDD.
You probably has a Legacy system with Master boot record (MBR).
When it boots, the information of MBR transfer the booting system to a Boot Loader. On a MBR system you can only have one main Boot Loader. This Boot Loader can have more than one OS on it's parameters, that is, the boot sequence can be transfered to more than one secondary boot loader.
You also have Ubuntu on your system. If it has been installed after Windows and not on the same drive, the MBR on C: is transferring to Grub main boot loader on the drive where Ubuntu is installed. Grub then loads Ubuntu or transfer to Windows boot loader on C:.
If you take out this drive, MBR on C: won't find Grub and you can't boot.
To fix this, remove all drives except the one with Windows and with Windows Installation DVD make a boot repair. It will modify the MBR on C: to transfer boot sequence to windows. Ubuntu won't boot any more.

Then you have two options. Load Ubuntu from Windows boot loader (https://askubuntu.com/questions/1399...ws-7-boot-menu) or install MBR on the Ubuntu drive that will transfer the boot sequence to Grub on that drive, a Grub boot repair (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair). Before loading Grub boot repair, remove all HDD except the one that has Ubuntu. Then you will have two separated OS, each one with its own drive and MBR and you choose witch one to boot on BIOS.

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I have a problem with mapped network drives in my organization. About a week ago our helpdesk started reporting calls from users saying their mapped drives said they were disconnected. At that time it was only a few people at another site that were experiencing this. This week we've been seeing it happening at all sites. The strange thing is sometimes the drive will be marked as disconnected, but upon clicking it, it opens up. Other times it says access is denied. A temporary fix we've been using is to delete all local profiles on the machines that have been experiencing this. I'm wondering if this is an issue with the user profiles that's somehow preventing the drives from mapping or if it's an issue with the permissions. I'm reluctant to think it's a permission issue since prior to a week ago all drives were mapping normally. All machines are running xp pro. Thanks in advance for the help.

A:Mapped network drives randomly disconnecting

I'd check offline files and make sure that it and "offline synchronization" are disabled.

I've experienced this as well, and so far my best guess has been with the offline files feature.

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My machine has an SSD boot drive and 2 3TB HDDs for storage. The 3TB drives are (were) in a RAID 1 array (a software array, managed by Win7) to provide a redundant backup. I had a problem w/ the boot drive from another computer, so I temporarily disconnected 1 of the 3TB drives so I could hook up the suspect drive.

I rebooted w/ the suspect drive (which didn't work), shut the computer down, and reconnected the 3TB drive. Now when I go into Disk Management to rebuild/resync the array, all of the options that I think I need to use are grayed out.

So how do I get this back together?? Both drives still have nearly identical data on them, so I thought it would just be a matter of resyncing them.

A:Solved: How to rebuild RAID 1 array after temporary disconnecting of 1 of drives?

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Is there a way to hide drive letters or otherwise prevent users from disconnecting maped network drives?

I have a network drive mapped to Z:/ and have applications relying on reading and writing data from this server location. I'm looking to either prevent users from disconnecting this mapped drive, or make the drive letter hidden everywhere in XP.

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I have windows 7 Ult.
I have been going thru the forums and trying several ways to disconnect the drive mappings that show with a red X and say Disconnected Network Drive but I can access the connection and open files, edit files, delete files, and save files as one would normally
expect but I have no way of disconnecting the drive mapping.  I have the same path remapped to a different drive letter without any problems.  I have tried the command prompt net use X: /Delete and get the error message  "The Network connection
could not be found. More help is available by typing NET HELPMSG 2250." and I have tried the suggestions in Article 297684 even downloading the msi and doing it manually.  I have even tried Zorn's little program and that didn't help.  Is
there a solution to this Microsoft glitch?
 David Kirk

A:Windows 7 Disconnected Network Drives that work but noway of disconnecting the mapping

This may do it.
Look for a registry entry for the mapping under
Note a mapping to \\Eblaptop\F (for example) will show a registry subkey named as ##Eblaptop#F
If found, delete that key and then log off and back on or reboot and it should be gone.
(As always be careful when editing the registry.)
Please advise how this works out for you.  I have done this successfully (in XP and Vista) though in those cases the 'stuck' mapping was not actually connecting.
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I have windows 7 Ult.

I have been going thru the forums and trying several ways to disconnect the drive mappings that show with a red X and say Disconnected Network Drive but I can access the connection and open files, edit files, delete files, and save files as one would normally
expect but I have no way of disconnecting the drive mapping.  I have the same path remapped to a different drive letter without any problems.  I have tried the command prompt net use X: /Delete and get the error message  "The Network connection
could not be found. More help is available by typing NET HELPMSG 2250." and I have tried the suggestions in Article 297684 even downloading the msi and doing it manually.  I have even tried Zorn's little program and that didn't help.  Is there
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I currently have 2 PATA hard drives installed in my system that both run off the same IDE ribbon cable. My MSI MS-7184 motherboard has 2 SATA connections and 2 SATA power supplies available. Would I benefit much by upgrading my hardrives to SATA ones? One of them holds the operating system and programs etc (160GB) and the other stores my mp3's (320GB). Would there be much speed gained or not enough for me to notice? Also would data be transferred faster if my PATA drives had one IDE cable each instead of sharing one? I seem to have 2 IDE connections on the motherboard.

A:Solved: SATA Hard Drives vs PATA Hard Drives

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hello i am currently trying to dual boot xp with my current vista. My problem arises once i try to install xp. it cannot detect my Hard drive. I have read and read and found i have three options, 1 go into bios and switch it to ide emulation, but my bios does not have any feature to change anything hard drive related. 2 i can use a floppy-usb to feed xp the drivers but i dont have a floppy usb and dont wish to buy it just for a one time use. or 3 i can slipstream the drivers for sata in to xp myself, which i tried but obviously failed because the bootable disc i created still had the detect hard drive problem, is that maybe i had the wrong driver? or maybe that i need to download the driver on an xp desktop and make it on that computer? so how can i get the drivers for my xp and slip them in to work?
my hard drive is a TOSHIBA MK1637GSX , if anone can tell me which/where drivers and maybe a step by step guide on how to integrate it into xp, that would be amazing because i'm getting really tired of this waisted tons of cds and download so much junk.

A:sata drives for xp help!

hi metalfiiish,

as i read your thread, i immediately remembered this document. i am thinking that it might of help to you. http://www.thinkdigit.com/forum/showthread.php?t=69840

please post back whatever the result. thanks.

by the way, what computer is this?

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Some time ago; my system stopped seeing SATA drives. I thought it might be a problem with the drive tried with a different drive; but it's not seeing this one either
Not sure where SATA devices are supposed to show up in my Device Manager (though I'm assuming the drives ought to show up under Disk Drives)

MSI 865PE Neo2-P
Maxtor DiamondMax 10 SATA 200GB
Western Digital 16M WD2500KS SATA II 250GB

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A:Can't see SATA drives

Made any changes to the BIOS?
And you're using XP right?

In the BIOS "Integrated Peripherals" menu..... look for "On-Chip IDE configuration"...... should be set as follows:

- Legacy Mode
- P-ATA only
- Yes
- N/A
- Both
- N/A
- P0-3rd / P1-4th

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does windows 2000 see sata drives
the reason I ask is going to order new dell pc but it has a sata drive only as a option and need to run windows 2000

A:sata drives

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Hello folk. We have a problem getting a fairly old PC desktop (born about 2005, mobo Foxconn 925 XE7AA), to see both SATA and PATA IDE drives. The SATA drives are seen, but when we put the IDE in, that is not seen. We have tried it on Cable Select, Master and Slave, switched cables, cursed and scratched heads - still not seen. We also seem to have lost sight of one of the optical drives, and that remains invisible even after we took the IDE out again. The main system, on SATA of course, is Windows 7, the IDE is simply a storage drive which worked perfectly on the XP machine we have migrated from. Any ideas on what the solution might be please?

A:IDE and SATA drives in same box

On the motherboard, have you tried setting the IO to AHCI mode for the SATA devices?

I know there are multiple modes available, but i can't remember which is which without checking it

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I replaced my last hold out and changed it to SSD Sata type drives. I cloned them over and everything is operating normal. In a recent view of my bios, I noticed that I still have the "onchip sata type" still as native IDE. The bios MB gives me an option of AHCI. If I did that will it screw up my installation?? TX

A:All drives now SATA

You can set to AHCI. It gives you a bit better performance. But you have to set it in the OS too - OS first. See here:

AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista

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I just put 2 new 80 GB Maxtor SATA drives into my computer, but right now when i start up my computer it cant see the drives, how can i get my comp to format them? I tried using maxtor max blast but after i format the drives it still cant see them and when i restart and rerun the program it says their still not formatted?

A:SATA drives....how do i do this?

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Hi, first post here. you guys are very good, so this newbie appeals to you for help.

Gist of questions: After I add a new power supply upgrade, I wish to add two older IDE harddrives from my last machine into new HP Pavilion a1700n running Vista. It has SATA hard drive. I believe I included pics of mobo, but if not, it is Asus a8m2n-la / or in HP it is a NodusM3-gl8E

Are my old IDE drives compatible?

If so, what are the installation steps I need to follow?


A:Add 2 old IDE drives to new HP with SATA?

make sure you know exactly what the boot order should be
as xp (don't know bout vista)defaults to the pata channels
would help to keep no boot active OS's on the pata drives if they are only for storage
if boot from pata you got less worries

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I have several Wester Digital 400 GB SATA drives that came out of a computer that no longer exists. I would like to use those drives in other servers. When i try to initialize them they just fail. I have even hooked them up to a server running 2003 and Disk Management see the drives but when i try to initialize them it says that the operation failed and to check the system event log for details. When I look into the event manager under system there is nothing there. Is there a way that i can completely strip these old drives of their content so that I can use them again?

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Can anyone help me?

I am thinking of upgrading my computer's m/b and h/d. I want to install a Asus A7N8X-X m/b with a Seagate Barracuda sata h/d.
I would like to know if this Asus board can take a sata drive and lastly if so how do I install a sata drive as I haven't a clue about sata drives !!!!

Many thanks in advance Hughie

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heya peeps im doing data recovery on a hard drive of mine and im wondering if i can have 2 sata drives connected at once. I tried to connect one IDE and one SATA but it could not read both at the same time even with all the playing around with jumpers. but it did come up and say no array defined.

The motherboard has a primary and secondry port on the motherboard (4 ports infact). so can this be done?

A:2 Sata Drives possible?

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Somehow I have changed my drives to SATA and they arenot. How do I change them back to the right kind so that Booting recognizes the drives?
I'm a Gram over 65 and need help, please


Some motherboards have drive connectors that can be set for different types of drives. What exactly is happening or if you are getting some sort of error message what does it say?

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My dell vostro laptop came with vista,but some of my programs do not work on vista,when i try to install winxp all goes well until i recieve this message " No hard drive seen". Can some one assist on how to go about this?

A:SATA drives

It seem to me that many people haven't mentioned that they googled this situation for using the sata hard drives on laptop for down-grading to XP.

Have you ever googled for using and integrating the F6 drivers for laptop as yet?

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I am buying an E521 from Dell. I just found out it has SATA drives. My drives I have now are IDE. I am clueless. I want to know if I can use my drives as a second drive in this new computer and if so in little baby words how I can do it. Thanks so much.

A:IDE, SATA drives???

A lot of new computers nowadays are only being made with one IDE port on the motherboard,which is supposed to be used for CD/DVD drives.I believe they make IDE to SATA adapters though so you're not completely out of luck.

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Is it possible to mix IDE (Parallel ATA) with SATA on the same system?

If I am already using the Primary and secondary IDE connectors for four drives: 2 HDDs, a CD-RW and a DVD, can I install additional drives using the SATA connectors? IRQ conflict?

A:SATA Drives

Yes, you can run both types of drives without any issues as long as your motherboard supports SATA drives or if you buy an add-in PCI SATA Controller card.

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I've just built a new system with two Wesstern Digital 200Gb SATA drives, however it is not booting up. Both drives are blank at the moment as I cannot boot up to install the OS.

It's been a while since I've built a new system without a bootable hard drive (and this is my first time with SATA drives), but shouldn't the machine do the POST even without a bootable drive in place? I get nothing on the screen.

A:New SATA Drives

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I just built my first computer and am having difficulties installing windows. I was able to succesfully install windows on my SATA drive (320GB Seagate SATAII), but I wanted to use this drive solely for video. So I hooked up my older Hitachi Deskstar 120 GB harddrive that I had to my IDE connection on my new Gigabyte motherboard. I unplugged my SATA drive, set RAID settings under BIOS to ATA instead of SATA, then inserted my Windows XP disk into my CDROM drive and started the computer. The XP startup starts, installs the initial drivers, then when it tries to start installing Windows, I get a blue screen STOP error. What could be the problem? I tried using my other IDE drive I had (Hitachi 200GB Deskstar) and the same problem happens. Yet, when I start Windows on my SATA drive, both ATA drives appear in Windows and I can access them. I am able to install windows without any problems on my Hitachi 120 if I do it on another computer, but it worries me that I can't do it on my new one. Any suggestions or solutions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

A:Help with my SATA and IDE drives please!!!


Im a bit confused
are you trying to run Raid using a sata and ata hard drives? I dont think that is possible?
BTW..are your ata hard drives formated/ theres nothing on them?

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hi there!

i have an asrock p4vm800 motherboard which cannot detect my sata drives. i have installed the bios and the raid controller. i have also downloaded and installed "via hyperionpro v510a" and "via_sata_xp64_xp_2k_me 98.zip" but the motherboard still does not detect my drives. i have tried to download other drivers but when i extract the zip, i get an "unexpected end of file" message.

my processor is an intel pentium 4, 2.8g. i have 1mb ram (2 geil memory cards - 512mb ddr 400 each). currently, my drive setup is: primary master - seagate 40g, primary slave - excelstor 40g, secondary master - gigabyte dvd/rw 8x, secondary slave - seagate 40g. the sata drives that cannot be detected are two (2) seagate 80g sata drives.

can someone please help me out? i am re-organizing my files and i need acces to as many drives as possible. thanks.

A:need help with sata drives

Seagate comes with a CD, the Sea tools disk. have you used that? there is a step by step wizzard that will walk you through the process. If so, RT click on my computer -> manage -> disk managemaent and see if your drives are there. And here is the dumb part... Go back inside and recheck that the power and signal cables are installed properly. I know this sounds dumb but trust me, just do it anyway. I have installed a lot of drives, and every once in a while I may miss somthing. So take the extra 5 and re-check it. Check the BIOS to see if the BIOS will find the drive. If BIOS doen't find the drive and say somthing like s3556456 for example, then It is most likely a hardware problem. see if that fixes the problem.

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Can anyone tell me if there is a performance difference between 1st generation and 2nd generation sata drives?

A:Sata drives

I suspect that's going to depend on the specific drive in question. Although SATA-II has a faster interface speed, until the drives are fast enough to make that meaningful, transfer speeds won't change much. IMO, the biggest difference in new SATA drives is NCQ (Native Command Queuing), which optimizes the access to the disk when multiple requests are pending. This won't make any difference with a single thread mass file transfer, but with multiple tasks hitting the disk, it will optimize the speed of access for all tasks.

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So I bought a ACER Extensa Laptop of eBay with no OS installed and no AC adapter (only $400)...It comes and I see alittle battery still left, so I pop in a XP Boot. XP loads, but it says no drives are found, yet BIOS clearly says there IS something there...So I call up a local computer store, that a pretty big company - MicroCenter. I ask, and he asks what type of drive? I say SATA, he says that could be the problem, XP needs drivers for SATA drives, but Vista doesn't...

Now my first choice was XP because I have certain program that only work with XP but I wouldn't mind Vista, as I'm DBing it on my Desktop.

But now I have another question...MY DESKTOP is a 250 SATA drive. How did I install XP on it then?

So, all in all I ask these questions.

Can XP use SATA drives?
Can I install Vista then DB like on my Desktop?

Please reply to me via e-mail, msn, or aim, considering I wont be exactly to active here, due to my activeness on about 5 other forums, sorry.

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A:XP with SATA Drives.

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I have aquired a computer with both sata (at least one) and 2 ide connections. Currently the computer has only one sata drive.
The intention is to remove and preserve the sata drive.
I have only ide drives available.
Is it possible to have ONLY ide drives installed and be able to boot and install windows on one of those.
My previous computers were not capable of using sata drives - this is new to me.
Thanks for any help provided.

A:sata/ide drives

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I am building a new computer and have installed a Seagate SATA HD. When I boot to the WinXP CD to install XP, and press F6 and point it to the diskette that has the drivers and choose the driver, it goes through the install until it gets to the list of hard drives and it says that I do not have any hard drives installed.

I have confirmed that the drive is installed properly. BIOS is recognizing it and if I put an IDE drive with XP on the machine, under disk management, it also recognizes the drive.

Any ideas on why the XP install program doesn't recognize the drive? Thanks!

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How about some system specs!

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I am trying to install a SAMSUNG 500GB SATA drive using Windows XP. My motherboard is a ASUS M2N-E SLI and I cannot find the proper drivers to load the sata drives. Can anyone let me know what are the proper drivers?

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I had one sata drive wanted to add second sata as data drive.i disconnected older hard drive connected new one,installed windows 8 on it,everything went fine.I did not format older drive yet,reconnected it afterwards,changed boot order in BIOS but the second sata drive reads bus number 0,one with operating system reads bus number 1.Is this O.K.?Usually bus number 0 should be the operating system is on.How can I change this?

A:sata drives

Swap the sata cables. However it is OK as is

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Hello everyone.
I'm saving money for a new harddisk at the moment, I'm planning to replace one of my IDE harddisks with a SATA drive.
At the moment I have these harddisks:
- Maxtor 30GB (pretty old, gonna replace this one)
- Maxtor 120GB (should be fine)

So, I was planning on getting a Maxtor or Western Digital 200GB SATA 300 hard disk. I was wondering about some stuff though...

What setup would be best? Since I'm keeping my 120GB IDE drive, well, I think I should use that one mainly for storage, don't you think? It's a slower drive after all, and the SATA drive should be fast and big enough to store both Windows and games. Hmm.. then it would be best to put the page file on that drive too, I guess. Maybe it's better to make a separate partition on that SATA drive.
Oh, and does the Windows XP setup support SATA drives? Would be a bummer if it wouldn't be able to detect it.
Yeah, and lastly, what is better, Maxtor or Western Digital?

Thanks in advance!

A:Can someone help me with SATA drives?

I'll ask the stupid question first, just to confirm....

Your motherboard supports SATA drives right?

As for whether or not windows will detect your drive, the quick answer is probably. I would do a search for your motherboard and see if you can find someone who is using the same one as you, and who has a SATA drive installed and working. Nice to confirm ahead of time.

Maxtor or WD? If you have a high end system that can make use of the fast HDD speeds, you can get a 10,000 rpm raptor. But I am perfectly happy with my 7200rpm maxtor drives. Good prices and good speed for my needs. I did, however, go for 16mb cache.

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I got two sata drives connected, and have cloned the system drive to the second sata drive (no problem)

but can i boot from ether drive!!

in my bios i tried to disable my system drive and enable my second drive to boot, ok done that but when windows XP home boots it boots back into the system drive not the cloned drive.

ive done this with sata to pata, then gointo my bios and can boot from ether one. but not with two sata drives, is this posible!

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I've been running windows XP sp2 on my computer for quite a while. I have a primary drive (30gb) and a backup slave (120gb). I was having problems with the 30 and figured its time to upgrade, so i took it out and replaced it with a Raptor (SATA 74gb 10,000rpm). The new setup worked fine for a couple days until i received the error, Delayed Write Failed to c:\$MFT. Just for the record, my C drive is currently the backup drive so thats not an error.

At this point and time each time i try to play a song or access anything on my backup drive, it immediately fails. It will hang for a couple seconds and then crash and my computer will restart. I've tried doing a reformat of my drive and it once again worked for a short period of time before beginning to crash again.

I also tried putting my old hard drive back into my computer, and when i did it worked perfectly. No problems there.

Therefore, I've come to the conclusion that it is a problem involving SATA and IDE drives running together in XP. Anybody have any idea what I can do to solve this. And maybe by some miracle it is addressed and fixedin SP3? Thanks in advance.

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Hi Guys

My sata drives are really problematic.
Sometimes they are not detected, sometimes detected but cause the harddisk to keep spinning, sometimes even causing the BIOS to not show up.
Is this system problem (drivers etc) or hardware problem (my mobo is damaged)?

Thank you

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I just installed win 7 64 over vista 32 on my computer. Everything seemed to be fine and I installed a few programs on it after windows had finished installing. I shut it down and came back an hour later and it doesn't start up - it will not detect my 2 HD's, and 1 of my DVD drives. It only detects 1 DVD drive that is hooked up with an IDE cable. I have checked all my connections and the drives are getting power, I can feel them spinning.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, thanks

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bosshog said:

I shut it down and came back an hour later and it doesn't start up -Click to expand...

Do they show in BIOS or does nothing at all happen when you power up the unit?

bosshog said:

I have checked all my connections and the drives are getting power, I can feel them spinning.Click to expand...

If you are getting no screen view is your monitor operating ok?

Are you using a RAID card to interconnect all your hardware?

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Hi there, I have been able to get everything together, and before I place the order for 2 cables, and 2 ASUS Quiet Track DVD Drives.

Does anyone know of some really good SATA DVD Drives ( Not Burners ) that they can Link me to that are fast, accurate, and quiet. Anything from 20-60 bucks.

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After a thunderstorm, Windows wouldn't open, and I kept getting this page long note, giving me optional ways to reopen. But the long note kept reappearing.
Then I went into the System folder using F2, and tried to readjust the Load Default to the factory setting - that was the only one that was off. (Maybe this isn't the answer after all.) But after I successfully switch back to the default setting, it says to press enter. And every time I press Enter when the green OK acknowledgement comes up on the right, the default changes back to the non default.

Any ideas? All my work folders are in there, and I am hoping that they are not lost!



A:Drives 1, 2, 3 Not Found - Sata

"Then I went into the System folder using F2"

You mean you went into the BIOS Setup -- right?
When you make changes there, you have to "Save & Exit" by pressing F10.
When you see the prompt "Save & Exit?" highlight "Yes" then press Enter.

If you don't do that, any changes you made will be lost as soon as you exit the BIOS Setup.

"All my work folders are in there, and I am hoping that they are not lost!"

Have you never been told how important it is to keep backups of files you can't afford to lose?

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