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Having problems booting after connecting second SATA drive

Q: Having problems booting after connecting second SATA drive

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?


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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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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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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.

A:Connecting a new sata DVD drive - problems

Hi and welcome. Did you disconnect the hard drive?

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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 have 3 hd's in my system right now. My boot drive is a 36gig SATA drive. And the other two are IDE. Currently i am using a PCI controller card for the two IDE drives. However, if I try to simply plug the IDE cable directly into the mobo my system will not boot. I have set the boot priority in the BIOS. The PC post's like normal but when the XP boot screen normally shows up i get nothing but a blank screen. Any ideas?
EDIT: I have an ABIT IC7 motherboard. My boot drive is the SATA drive. The other two drives dont have any OS files on them. They are simply connected master and slave through the IDE connection on the MB.

A:Booting to SATA drive

Without specifics about the MB, it's hard to even guess. On the SATA systems I've seen, the proper settings in the BIOS were all that was required.

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I have a computer bought in 2002, with a Biostar u8668 MoBo, a 40GB IDE drive (master) and an 80GB IDE drive (slave). I bought a 500GB SATA drive (WD5000AAKS, if you need that) and a VIA VT6421 PCI board with two internal and one external SATA ports and an IDE one. I want to remove the 40GB drive and replace ity with the 500GB one, leaving the 80GB as storage. I managed to install Windows XP in the new drive, but to complete the installation I need to boot from it, and I don't know how to. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Booting from a SATA drive

I may be completely out of date with this advice because i still got good old fashioned ide!

If you go to your bios there is usually a "boot device" option in there. Pick the drive you wish to boot from in the list. save and exit.

Ps.. Turn on your pc and press f2 (i think ?) a few times to get to your bios settings.

Hope this helps

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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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No, this WON'T be an easy one. The symptoms are similar to this thread, but the circumstances are different. This is a newer HP desktop using it's onboard SATA controller. The system turns on, but won't boot from the hard drive. All I get is an IMMEDIATE blank screen and no HD activity. I can boot to anything else, and use tools that see the HD (like the Recovery Console or Hiren's/Falcon's diagnostic CDs). They merrily scan the drive, report it to be fine and let me do anything I want to it, like repairing the MBR and PBR. Like that server in the other thread, it makes no difference. In that case, transferring the drive to a different controller gave us a toehold to get it back working. We don't have that option here, as this controller is the only one it has.

Any ideas?

A:SATA Hard Drive not booting

What's the history ? Did it used to work, and then stop, or is this a new HD replacing a bad one. If "B", why did the first HD go bad. Maybe the controller was bad, killed the first HD, and won't work with a good one.

Is it a good one ? Does it work fine in another computer ?

Will a known-good hard drive work in the "newer HP" ?

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Hello all,

I was running XP on my computer downloading stuff off utorrent and suddenly I got an error "Error: Torrent cannot continue due to I/O access error" and the HDD LED started blinking for long intervals (5 seconds bright red followed by 2 seconds of not glowing). Guessing something temporary, I rebooted my system and the windows on that HDD has not booted since. The LED glows for 5 secs with 2 secs off time. If I listen closely I can listen some sounds but cant say they're clunking noises.

My configuration is:
AMD Sempron 1.6 GHz
MSI K8M800 Mainboard
VIA 8237 Controller
1 GB Transcend DDR RAM, 400 MHz
HDD 1 : Seagate 236 GB SATA HDD 7200 RPM Barracuda

C: 36 GB containing Windows XP installation
D: 100 GB
E: 100 GB - Location for torrent downloads

(Please note that windows of this drive was active when error occurred)

Samsung 72 GB PATA HDD 7200 RPM

F: 6 GB containing Windows again... which I'm using as of now. Dual boot is not configured. I select which installation of windows to load by choosing the HDD boot priority.
G: 33 GB
H: 33 GB

I tried running SEATOOLS for DOS from a bootable CD on the Seagate drive.
Short Test : Failure occurred. Perform long test
Long Test : It displays some 48 billion LBAs and keeps finding errors as it scans. However, after running for 10-15 mins or so, barely finishing 100,000 LBAs (not even 1%) it displays the results mentioning the LBA number where errors were encountered and an option to repair them. Repair ... Read more

A:Seagate SATA Drive not booting

Your drive has failed. Seagate has a 5yr warranty so rma the drive back to them and they will send you a refurbished drive.

Can you recover data from the drive? Well it depends on how much money you want to spend. I would attempt to connect the drive to a working system and run data recovery software. If that fails, you can take the drive to a shop that does data recovery however that is NOT cheap. Where I live it starts @ $100 for a simple recovery with software and goes way up from there if they have to disassemble the drive.

As for backups, use acronis true image to image the drive and store the images on a server, external drive, etc.

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I have a clean Win 7 Professional 64 installation on an IDE drive that is working fine and can access another SATA drive that I have installed on the system.

If I clone the IDE disk (Acronis) onto the SATA drive (then use repair to fix the boot details and change the boot order in the bios) then the machine will begin to boot from the SATA drive (showing the starting windows logo) but will restart after about 10 seconds. It's exactly the same each time and in safe mode shows that it crashes after disk.sys.

I originally installed onto the IDE drive because I had the exact same issue when trying to install directly onto the SATA drive and figured it might be something to do with the drivers.

I've tried a number of other suggestions from other posts:
1) disabling all non-essential devices
2) using only one stick of RAM (and trying different sticks)
3) using other SATA drives
4) trying a different video card
5) trying another SATA controller
6) using safe defaults on mb bios
7) updated bios to latest version
8) updated mb and graphics drivers to latest versions
9) using ide modefor the sata disk

I've had install problems before but this one really has me stumped. What I really don't get is why it works on the IDE drive.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.


A:Crash when booting from SATA drive


Do I have this right:

Direct Win 7 install to SATA disc has failed for more than 1 SATA disc.

Direct Win 7 install to IDE disc succeeds the only time you tried it.

Restoring image of the successful IDE Win 7 install to at least one SATA disc fails to complete boot.


Do you think that the successful IDE install itself indicates SATA issues?? I'd guess you can image IDE to IDE successfully?

Are these all clean installs?

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I just tried to install a brand new SATA drive that I am now connecting using a ATX Molex Power to SATA Power Adapter. It is in a non-OEM box. On my old hard drive I just used a IDE connection. When I boot off of my XP Pro CD it does not recognize the hard drive.
I have a AMBIOS BIOS 3.31a.

What needs to be change in order for the computer to see the new hard drive?

Thank you for looking.

A:Solved: Booting to a new SATA drive

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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

A:Connecting internal SATA HDD as external drive

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My pc keaps rebooting during normal use. When i'm playing games or when i'm encoding video. Sometimes it hangs when I boot up, the mouse freezes and I have to manually reboot. I've reinstalled xp etc a few times but the problem is still there. I disabled my SATA HD and booted up with a normal 40 gig IDE drive with no problems seen as yet. Can a SATA HD cause this type of problem?

Any feedback will be appreciated.

A:Computer Re-booting problems SATA

check the " write an event to the system log" and uncheck the " automatic restart" check box
Go to Control Panel>Perfor..&Mainten..> System>Advanced Tab > Start up & Recovery
This will allow your system to write a error message or a file name if you get a BSOD.
Write down any file names or drivers that are mentioned adn then Post back.

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I have read a thread by belveder called "ASUS K8V-X won't see SATA drive" I have a similar problem with my own ASUS K8S - MX skt 754. (AMD sempron 2800 seagate 80gig HDD) When i boot i get the error message:
Primary slave SATA device not found
Sceondary Slave SATA device not found
press ctrl s to change setup or esc to skip waiting.
if i press ctrl s i get a menu with [r] raid settings and [q] quit so i go into raid settings and get the message
not enough disk can be created RAID
there are no other options except to quit after that
After a short time it continues to load to windows normally. It seems to have effect on my keyboard and mouse hardware, the keyboard works thoguh setup and BIOS but not in windows. THe computer wont begin to boot unless i press a key on the keyboard, this makes the monitor turn on and the computer starts to boot. THe mouse does not work at all.
What do i need to change to get my SATA settings right, i have a RAID controller and can access settings for it in windows but i dont know what it does or what to change on it i just know it may be related.

A:ASUS K8S - MX booting problems with SATA

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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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OK, while I consider myself to be quite an expert at most things PC related, the hardware side of stuff usually goes right over my head and I can't figure this one out at all.

I recently bought a new computer with a SATA motherboard. I managed to connect my old IDE hard drive to it using some sort of connector/adapter thing that I bought. This IDE drive has an installation of XP home SP2 on it. Now this works fine as a slave drive, and I can access all the files on it from my main SATA drive's Vista installation. But when I try to boot XP from it I get the list of options of how to boot xp (safe mode, last known good config, etc.), and then the blue screen with error 0x000..07e. It then just restarts itself.

Now I don't want to lose my files on there so I'd rather not just reinstall windows xp (especially as its an oem version or whatever), but I would still like to be able to boot it.

I tried using my dodgy xp installation cd to get on the recovery console and using fixboot, but nothing. Should I be installing sata drivers on there or something?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you!

ps. im pretty sure my motherboard is an Nvidia nForce 405 but i could be completely wrong

A:Booting XP from an IDE drive on a SATA motherboard (headache!)

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

The problem is, your old hard drive/Windows installation will have all the drivers/hardware configuration for your old mobo and won`t work with the new mobo.

If you`re really lucky, a Windows repair as per this thread HERE might work, with the emphasis on might. The only other option is top backup your important data and reformat and reinstall from scratch.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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Gday all,

I have Vista x64 Ultimate installed on my 500gb Sata I drive. I also have Windows xp x64 pro installed on an older 250gb IDE drive. Just fyi I also have an optical drive daisy chained on that IDE drive because the motherboard only has one IDE slot, and 4 sata II slots. HDD is set as channel 0 master, and optical drive as channel 0 slave. and the Sata HDD is set as channel 2 master.

After i installed Vista and then tried to unplug my old IDE, it decided that it will not boot Vista. I get to the 'verifying DMI pool data' and the bunch of dots and that's where it crashes.

In bios I have enabled allowing multiple OS's. Ive tried disabling IDE channel 0, done about every trick in the book short of formatting both and trying again which I havent done because of need to backup photos etc. But that can be solved with buying a 1tb which I aim to do really soon. (and a sata II one at that >_< )

Should also note that when the IDE drive and sata all plugged in with the said configuration above, it runs fine no problem what so ever. Only thing I've noticed is that I cannot format the older IDE drive from Vista's disk managment.

What I want to do is to be able to run my SATA drive solo, so I can test windows 7 on the old disk.

Any and all help would be hugely appreciated.


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hi everyone, this is my first post since joining and I have high hopes that someone can help. provided that my external drive is running before i boot it is recognised and is useable, but if i switch it on after booting then it is not recognised. i understand that this procedure is similar to 'hot swapping' with a usb connection and for this to work with a SATA drive 'AHCI' has to be enabled in the bios setup. my bios has four settings available - native ide which is the default setting that i normally use, raid, legacy ide and ide-ahci. i set it to the last option which would appear to be the one i need and the only difference that it made was to increase the boot time from a normal 1 minute to in excess of 5 minutes. i tried all the other settings in turn and none of them did what i want, which is to be able to switch the drive 'on' and 'off' as i need it. i also found in another forum that 'msahci' driver should be loaded at boot time ( it is normally not by default) microsoft KB922976 refers. the bios file and the motherboard drivers are up to date. so can anyone see anything that i have missed or perhaps it is not possible.

A:E-Sata drive not recognised by Windows 7 after booting

Turn off all Legacy IDE and USB settings in the bios

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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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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 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 everyone!
I have a kinda complex problem that I would love to get some suggestions about. Perhaps someone can suggest something that I'm missing. The first person to give the suggestion that fixes the problem gets $10 paypaled to them.

Ok, here goes:

I was running my computer the other day (a 2003, winxp pro, p4 2.8ghz system w/ primary sata hdd) and I decide to do a disk cleanup, because my sata hdd (where the windows install is located) was starting to get full. So I start to run the cleanup and midway thru my computer locks up. I do a hard reset, and the computer boots up normally until getting to the windows xp loading screen (the black boot screen w/ the windows xp logo and the little blue bar going back and forth). It stays on this screen (as if it were loading) but never gets past this point.

So, I try booting into safe mode, and the bootup gets stuck at "agp440.sys." I do a little research and find that this could be related to the ntldr file becoming corrupt, so I use a boot cd to copy the "ntldr" file from a winXP cd. However, no change. I then tried to use the winxp CD and just install a fresh copy of windows over the old copy, BUT when the XP recovery CD loads and I select "new installation" it says "hard drive not found." I then use more boot CD tools to make sure that the partition on the sata drive is set as active, etc but no luck.

I then proceed to disconnect the SATA drive, grab a fresh IDE drive and do ... Read more

A:XP install/booting problems (ntldr, sata)

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I have a SATA 1 TB Maxtor drive that is giving me issues. When the drive is plugged in it prevents Windows from booting even though there is no OS on this drive. I am running Windows 7 RC from a Raptor Drive. When I take the drive out my computer boots up with no issues at all.

Now normally I would assume there is a problem with the drive, but I had been using the drive fine up until about 4 days ago when this started happening, but the drive still spins when I turn my computer on, and in the boot menu my computer still recognizes the drive and can read the drive's size. My computer just stops at "Verifying DMI Pool" Sometimes it makes it past that and will make it to the Windows 7 screen then it will go to black and say "Checking Disk" and it will start to scan but eventually the progress will stop and it will just sit there.

Any ideas?


I put the drive in a SATA enclosure. When plugged in my computer recognizes there is a new USB device plugged in but the Hard Drive still does not show up in My Computer or in Disk Management. Drive still spinning though.

Re-formatting or accepting the drive is lost is my last option. I have a lot of important data on this drive. If I have to I would find a way for someone to fix it.

A:Internal SATA Drive Prevents Windows from booting

I do hate to be the bearer of bad news but it does sound like the drive is dying,

you can try the old trick of freezing the drive connecting it quickly and seeing if you can get it to be read enough to get the data off it.

im sure other TS members have their own ways of recovering dying drives, but that one works for me.

Also try and download the makers test tool for it and use that to test it with, if its under warranty you may be able to get it replaced, however the data is gone.

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Anything to know?



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

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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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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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I'm new here and I've read threads about this already, but none are seeming to help me with this.

I have a Silicon Image SiI 3512 SATALink Controller with a 160 GB Seagate HD hooked up to it. My motherboard does not have SATA ports.

I've cloned my hard drive after a fresh reformat, gotten all my drivers, everything updated and running, and now what I want to do is boot Windows and work from that Seagate HD and have my other HD as my backup/storage.

A computer geeky friend of mine said he'd never dealt with anything like this and says it probably is not possible, but I've been reading threads all over from searching on Google and people are saying it is possible if your card has a BIOS of it's own, and I think it does, and I'm also seeing people say that you have to put the SCSI drivers in while you're installing Windows, but I don't have Windows CDs (this is a pre-built Compaq, yeah, sucks. =\)

So, yes, Windows is on the HD I want to boot from, I just need to be able to get my computer to want to boot from that device.

Any help is appreciated, thank you.

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So I'm using my a8n-sli premium motherboard and have been just using 1 sata hard drive using Windows XP for about a year. I bought a second sata hard drive last week and installed Vista on it.

I just can't figure out the correct boot.ini for this to work, here is what I have currently:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista"
I get an missing NTLD message, when I try to boot from Vista, but the XP one works with that configuration.

I can boot off the Vista one fine if I set it in the bios boot order to come up before the XP hard drive, so the drive and the OS are fine.

Thanks all, I have done alot of research and have no been able to figure this out.

A:Boot.ini Problems - Dual Booting 2 Sata Drives - XP - Vista

phaze112 said:

So I'm using my a8n-sli premium motherboard and have been just using 1 sata hard drive using Windows XP for about a year. I bought a second sata hard drive last week and installed Vista on it.

I just can't figure out the correct boot.ini for this to work, here is what I have currently:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista"
I get an missing NTLD message, when I try to boot from Vista, but the XP one works with that configuration.

I can boot off the Vista one fine if I set it in the bios boot order to come up before the XP hard drive, so the drive and the OS are fine.

Thanks all, I have done alot of research and have no been able to figure this out.Click to expand...

The problem is that you have windows xp and vista on a two different hard drives and your BIOS only recognize one bootable hard drive at a time, which is the one you set as your primary hard drive. if you want both OS to be bootable, you need to have vista install on your primary hard drive.

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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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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 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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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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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 ...

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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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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 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 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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I have been running with a SATA 200GB drive for about 6 months or more as a secondary drive with a much smaller (80gb) IDE drive as my primary..

I left an 85GB partition free on my SATA drive to copy my primary drive C (IDE partition) to when I was ready to deal with it.

I used partition magic 8.0 to copy my drive C to my unallocated space. When I set up the copy sequence in PM it says "warning drive may not be bootable", Proceed or cancel. I do proceed.

I remove my IDE drives, and even removed my DVD writer drive. (power from all of them.)

When I power on, just as PM had said, it says please insert a boot diskette.

I've considerred reinstalling windows, but according to other forums and discussions I would then need a floppy with MB SATA drivers and I don't have a floppy drive, and hate to get one just for this one operation. If I boot into windows after everything has been copied via PM, everything is there on the SATA drive, a mirror image of my drive C. But, I can't boot off of it.

My guess is the master boot record (mbr), needs to be created or made active or something. (yes I made the new partition active, no difference.)

Is this a boot issue due to windows xp MBR (or something else windows xp related) or is this a boot issue due to trying to boot off of a SATA drive?

Lastly, Is it an absolute requirement that I have to reinstall windows using a floppy and mb drivers to load the sata drive and go through that who... Read more

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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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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 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 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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