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Can I install a SATA drive on and IDE cable

Q: Can I install a SATA drive on and IDE cable

My old HP had a IDE drive that crashed. To put a SATA drive in, do I nedd to change the motherboard or the cables?

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A: Can I install a SATA drive on and IDE cable

Both. If your board is not set up for SATA, you need to buy a PCI add-on card or new board.

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were would I get a splitter canle for sata hard drive

A:Install second hard drive need a sata data cable splitter???

Hi, You can't split SATA data signals.  SATA power yes, but data no.

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I want to transfer data from my hard drive in my laptop (Lenovo Y480) to a hard drive in my desktop. the cables for the sata adapter do not fit the hard drive from the laptop. Is there a different form for a 2.5 hard drive and a 3.5 hard drive?

A:sata to usb adapter cable dosen't fit sata hard drive in laptop?

Does the drive have an adapter need to remove to expose the SATA conenctors? I don;t see anything about the Y480 not having a standard SATA drive and laptop and desktop SATA connectors are the same.

Maybe post pictures of both the drive and your SATA cables.

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Hello, i bought a SSD and to my shock it didn't come with a USB to Sata cable and the directions clearly say i need one to get my laptop to recognize the new drive before i take out the old one (a 5400 HDD that came with laptop).

The box even says for mobile and desktop PC's but the hardware is for a Desktop only . Computer is an Asus U56E running Win 7 SP1 64 bit and the new SSD is a 240 gig model .

I suppose i need to purchase a USB to sata cable to install it the right way since the directions show and instruct that is the way to do it .

I do have a system image of my entire system on an external drive and was wondering if it's possible to just take the old one out and put in the new SSD and use the system image .

Any feedback is appreciated

A:No USB to Sata cable with new SSD purchase , other ways to install.

Typically, most SSDs do not need any hardware to be installed in a laptop. If you pull your old hard drive out from your laptop you might see that it has a thin metal sleeve or something similar held in with screws, you can just use that same sleeve to install the SSD in your laptop. After you put the SSD in your laptop, I recommend doing a brand new Windows 7 or Windows 8 install, using the discs that came with your laptop. To take advantage of an SSD's speed, it is probably best to let Windows 7 or 8 properly align it during the install. I'm not sure why your instructions say that you need a USB to SATA cable. You could also simply use a 2.5 inch hard drive enclosure if you have one lying around. What brand is your SSD?

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I currently have an SSD with the OS on it.

I have a 500GB hard drive about to fail that has all my games and programs.

I have a new 2TB HD and a SATA cable.

My question is what is the best way for me to move all my programs and games over to this new hard drive?



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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 guys,

I have just built a computer with the following spec
intel 2.6 E5300 dual core processor,
gigabyte GA-73PVM-S2 motherboard with graphics and audio,
hanns g 19 inch widescreen monitor via dvi,
sony SATA dvd rw,
western digital 500 gb sata hard drive (WD5000AKS)
4gb corsair ddr2 ram

In Bios my sata hard drive is assigned as IDE and if I assign it as RAID or AHCPI it gives an error and I cant boot to XP. No big issue there. The hard drive is connected via a sata cable and so is the DVDRW. What I want to know is if my hard drive is working as a SATA drive. WHat is the way to check this please ? Just wanna make sure that the pc is at optimal.

Also, my SATA DVDRW only has two connections, as far as I can see, sata and power. My motherboard has a CD in, how do I connect a CD in cable to the DVDRW or is this not necessary because it is connected via a sata cable ?

many thanks

A:sata hard drive and cd in cable for dvdrw

anyone ?

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I just made a mistake and put a locking type SATA cable in my computer and now cannot get it out. The idea is good but the design leaves a lot to be desired. I am afraid of damaging the motherboard by just pulling this thing out of the socket.

I have another identical cable to look at and experiment on and pressing on the metal device on the sides of the head does not do anything that I can see.

Is there a secret to getting these out of the sockets? Once out, I will not be using these again.


A:How to unlock SATA hard drive cable?

Actually, pushing the metal release does depress the two small latches. Try this. Depress the metal release, and put the connector INTO the board first and wiggle it around gently. Then, gently pressing it away from the metal catch, try to remove it.

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I have an apparent hard disk failure and I am planning to install a new disk, but I want to insert the failed disk into a disk caddy to attempt recovery of a few items of data which were not backed up.

There is however a clip which secures one of the cables onto the drive housing, and I have not encountered this type of clip in previous drive rescues. The clip is pictured in these linked images:


(The clip is the small metal protrusion at the very centre of each image)

I need to know how to remove this clip, please - preferable in a way so that it can be reinserted if I am in fact able to recover the drive. Any help much appreciated!

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Does anyone know what the cable length is when it's mounted at the very top of the case?  Is it 18 inches, 20, or neither?

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I finally loaded my window xp media center on my brand new Seagate 320gb SATA 3.0g/s transfer rate hard drive 7200.10 series and the next day the computer wont turn on at all dead. My thoughts were first the power supply went bad or bad power cable to power supply but after checking all connections and possible options i found out that it was hard drive related. I thought it was my hard drive at first because only when the power cable was connected was when the computer wouldnt power up at all and it would shut off if i tried to connect it while computer was running. The hard drive also smelled like an electrical fire so i thought i fried the mother board on the hard drive or it froze on me. I sent it back in the Seagate warranty and they gave me a factory repaired unit. I used a temporary hard drive (WD 60gb IDE not SATA)for the time being with windows xp proffesional on it and worked completely fine no problems at all. As soon as i got the new hard drive i found out that the new hard drive didnt fix the problem i had before and in fact it got worse. The computer will run but somewhere where the red cable connector meets the hard drive power connector is where it starts smoking and burning up. So im thinking it could be the power cable itself because i was using the same SATA power cable as before but im not totally sure yet? any suggestions

A:SATA hard drive power cable shorting?

You can have a defective connector. As a test, use a molex>sata power adapter to connect the sata drive to a standard molex connector ie the same one you used for the ide drive.

Next have you given the sata connector a VERY close inspection with a bright light?

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Don't have many of the specifics of the computer with me. Generally speaking, I have an older (circa 2006), but still pretty darned capable, Gateway FX Desktop. It's running Win7 on a SATA 2. Want to buy a new drive to dual boot with Win8. In general, are the SATA 3 drives backwards compatible with a mobo supporting no more than the SATA 2 data rate, etc? I think he answer is yes, but just checking. Would I need a different cable? I doubt you can even find much in the way of new (not refurbished) SATA 2 drives these days. I have found quite a few refurbished--e.g. this one. I will need very little storage. Don't want an SSD.

A:Older Computer: SATA Drive/Cable Question


Western Digital SATA III Desktop Drives are backwards compatible with SATA II Motherboards only with a jumper is set on pins 5 & 6.

You can check the JUMPER setting here:
WD Support / Installation / SATA & SAS / WD Blue / SE / SE16 (SATA II)

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hello! i recently got blackscreened on my old dell. it would boot up to the log in screen and allow me to pass but would not load from there. from what i read online, this SATA cable would allow me to access my hard drive on another computer to possibly save some files. when i plug it in to the new computer, it recognizes the drive but when I click on it i get "Access is denied." I tried to go to settings-security-allow user permissions to access. When I did that I could see some file names I recognized flash by on the screen but it still wont allow me access. any help is greatly appreciated!!

A:trouble accessing hard drive via SATA cable


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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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Hi, I'm looking for a reliable power cable for a SATA hard drive, which one(s) would you recommend?

A:reliable SATA hard drive power cable recommendation

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I just bought a couple Barracuda drives on eBay and want to install in my desk top LeNovo computer.
There is a couple cables free but only one fits the drive. The other 4-pin ones don't. There must be some sort of adapter for this.
Appreciate some help.

A:Cable(s) for SATA hard drive - Seagate Barracuda, in LeNovo

We would need to know which exact Barracuda drives you bought and your exact motherboard or atleast the model of the Lenovo in order to provide any useful guidance.

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Hi, I offered my friend a hand to solve this strange problem with his serial ata port. It seems one of the Sata wont work properly, the hard drive has windows 8.1, with uefi bios available. The point is, after switching sata ports it boots from dvd by default, can I set to boot from hdd first,
? I tried a lot of times to set boot option #1 hdd
Boot option #2 to disabled but the system still boots from dvd, the next time I enter the bios appears by default dvd drive
I went to cd dvd boot option and set It to disable the drive
Then I went to hdd and set to default the hdd
I even disconnected and booted without the drive dvd
But there is not any changes. If I insert a boot capable disc into the drive, it boots from the dvd drive.
Thanks in advance for any help.

A:Hello, gigabyte motherboard after switching Sata cable would boot from dvd drive

Is the time and date correct?
This could be caused by one of these.
A connection problem between the motherboard and the hdd.
A problem with the operating system, like a problem with the MBR.  But you should receive an error message like boot device not found, or hdd not recognized.
A problem with the hdd.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop. I recently developed hard drive trouble and have had to order a replacement.

Instead of installing Windows 7 all over again, with all the drivers, etc., I want to clone my existing hard drive to the new one.

I intend to connect one of the hard drives to my system via a USB SATA cable with the other drive connected inside my system.

To test this, I removed my hard drive and connected it using the USB SATA cable that comes with Seagate Hard drives (Amazon.com: Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Cable - USB 2.0 STAE100: Electronics)

I tried booting up my laptop using this setup.

The BIOS does detect the OS on the hard drive and attempts to boot from it, but flashes the BSOD when the Windows logo appears on the screen and reboots to a message that says that I should reseat the hard drive.
It then goes to a menu that asks me if I want to run startup repair or boot normally. Selecting "boot normally" repeats the process.

Any help? What can I do to rectify this problem? And more importantly, how can I make sure that my cloning process will go off without any trouble? I intend to use DriveImage XML for the cloning.

A:Unable to boot from Laptop Hard drive connected through USB SATA cable

Windows 7 will not boot and run from a USB drive.
However, that should not interfere with your ability to clone the drive using a USB connection.

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Hi there, im wondering if there is anything wrong with running three hard rives off the same power source. Basically coming form my power supply (antec 550 watt) im looking to split a single molex into three SATA power cables for the three hard drives b/c i have the molex to sata power splitter to do so. This way the case can stay a bit neater. But am not sure of the reprcussions of doing so if any.

I can see in the case of a power surge that there might be an issue...but i think there would be an issue either way if there was a power surge. But other than that i think i should all right...i think. But id rather ask first and she what ya all say before i go killing three drives with one stone.
Also, with the SATA II data cables that have the metal latch for keeping from coming dislodged....can those work on drives that are only sata I. Well im sure they would work...but would the latch actually make the data cable from coming off easier if the drive isnt meant for it??
Any suggestions is greatly appreciated.

A:SATA / Molex Power and data cable hard drive question

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Hello, I have some issues with my c540 all in one touch. A couple weeks ago, I noticed a burning smell coming from inside the pc, and then a little smoke. There was also a clicking sound from the speakers after I turned it on. Of course I turned it off, and unplugged it all. I did some research then on my other pc, and found that this was/is an ongoing issue within this particular pc. Isn't anything being done about this, to ensure people don't end up being killed? Luckily, I caught it in time, and was able to purchase another sata cable on ebay, but I shouldn't have had to do that. What if I wasn't home? The whole house could have burned down, and our pets would have been here!! Again, I bought another sata cable, but I'm really on edge, fearing it will happen again.  I also have another question - where can I find a list of parts that are compatible with this all in one? I want to replace the ethernet card, if possible, as it's not very good, neither is the wifi. I would like to have someone within lenovo comment on the burned cable issue, and please don't say you don't know anything about it, it is apparently a huge and widespread issue.You can see the melted bit. This all happened after only being on for about 1-2 minutes.?This is the burned part on the internal metal casing near the MB. I scraped it, to see how bad it was.?

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I am one of those people who like to gradually transfer over from one technology to another when the price is right. Well the price is right especially since SATA has been out for several years and PATA is an obsolete technology.

I have a PATA drive which is formatted for NTFS, not fat 32. I want to install it on a SATA 2 drive. I want to back it up with Ghost or Acronis and install it on the new sata2 drive.

Will this work? The drives aren't the same size either. Does it matter if it is Acronis or Ghost?


A:Can I use Ghost or Acronis to back up my PATA drive and install it on a SATA drive

If you have the drivers for the SATA controller installed on your Windows installation then there's rarely any issue cloning the PATA drive to a SATA drive, and there's no issue with cloning to larger drive either, both Acronis and Ghost support going to a smaller or bigger drive. The file system doesn't matter.

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So i found an old sata hardrive that was stored for about 2 years.
While the computer was on, i tried to plugged the Hardrive in the SATA power connector cable, as soon as i plugged it in the power connector there was smoke coming from the connection and my computer immediately shutdown.

Can someone explain what happened? I though you could connect devices while the computer was on without any issues?

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There was a post on this earlier in the month, but it was about a laptop and the responders told others to make a new thread with their problems. So here's mine:

I bought a seagate sata drive, and I'm trying to install xp on it. I have an epox 9nda3j mobo. The computer already has a WD pata drive dual-booting XP and Vista on it. I've had absolutely no luck installing XP on the computer, getting the same disc read errors that others get. I tried using nlite to make a boot disc, but I'm not sure if I did it right or not. I tried using a USB floppy with the sata drivers from epox, but XP appears to have no intention of recognizing it. I briefly looked into seagate's disc wizard, but it didn't seem to be very helpful either. I saw some stuff about dynamic drive overlay being a problem in other searches I made, but the option to remove it from my drive was grayed out. So now I'm sitting here with a 400GB paper weight. Does anyone have any idea what I could be doing wrong here, or what else I need to do to fix this?

A:fresh xp install on new sata drive w/o floppy drive

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Hi, Is this possible? I have tried numerous times on my PC to install Windows 7 onto my Sata Drive to no avail. Yet as soon as I plug in my IDE HD it installs fine.

I have unplugged all external peripherals USB and internal Card Reader. Set my Bios ok as it sees both the Hard Drive and DVD fine (Both in the bios and during selection of hard drive during windows 7 installation). Yet when I come to install it, it craps out at a random percentage saying cannot read from source or worse yet it crawls so slow through the percentages (I really don't think Windows 7 should take 6 hours to get to 15%!!) Yet both the hard drive and dvd are fine and the disc works great on my other PC without the sata drive in. I'm pulling my hair out here!!!

My motherboard is a Biostar G31-M7 TE with latest bios now what is odd is that I recently updated the BIOS to the latest one so does my problem come from here or was it always going to be a problem on this board? Also when I do have win7 installed on the IDE drive when I plug in ther sata drive inside the whole system goes belly up (from freezes when transferring large files to just not seeing the drive)


A:Install Windows 7 with Sata Hard Drive and IDE DVD ROM Drive

Have you checked out all of our Questions list ?

Questions to use for help with Installation Issues

One of my favorite tips is to pre-format the HD on another computer to the partitions that you want for the new install on the new computer. Sometimes SATA drivers are required during install either from Disc or USB flash drive containing the correct Sata drivers needed.
Also check your Bios setting for AHCI, SATA, IDE.

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I run XP Professional on a Dell 8250. I installed a Seagate 160GB Serial ATA drive and a Silicon Image SiI 3112 SATALINK Controller card. I loaded Windows and the system will boot.

My problem is that it is not recognized as the primary drive. At boot-up time I get the message Primary hard disk 0 not found, Primary hard disk 1 not found, but it lists the SiI 3112 BIOS version 4.2.12.

When I enter Setup, it shows Primary Drive 0 and 1 as Unknown Device. Hard Drive Sequence shows 1.System Boot 2. ST3160827AS (my new SATA drive.)

Device manager shows SCSI an RAID Controllers as Silicon Image SiI 3112 SATALINK Controller with the message "This device is working Properly."

When I contacted Dell, they told me to go into Setup and identify the new drive as primary. When I go into BIOS Setup, it tells me that Primary Drive 0 is an Unknown
Device. When I press Enter, the Drive Type is set to Auto (the other option
is Off, which does not seem an appropriate choice in this case.)

They told me to change the settings in the BIOS. I don't know if that is the correct approach. I also don't know how to do that from what I have seen in the BIOS Setup.

Does anyone have a suggestion?

A:Install SATA Drive

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My hard drive is failing, so I want to install a new drive. I was hoping to install a second drive, and use Ghost to copy the drive. On opening the case, I can't see where I have room for another drive. I have a Acer Aspire X3200. The inside looks like the attached picture. I have a new drive, but don't know how I can remove the old one. I've searched the internet, but don't see any set up like mine.


A:Install New Sata Drive

How do you know your drive is failing?

Often, machines like that are easier to deal with than they appear. Spend some time looking it over. They are designed in a way that allows techs to get in and repair things relatively easily. Sometimes there are clips or retainers that release drives and other components. Otherwise, it is often just a few aptly-chosen screws.

Check if the other side comes off, too.

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Hello everyone,

I have recently bought a new computer that came with windows vista as you may have guessed the experience mostly has not been a good one, with lots of compatibility issues. I want to dual boot Vista with XP but the problem is I have heard windows XP does not have the SATA drivers on the disc.

I understand that you just need to insert a floppy and push F6 I think but the problem is I don't have a floppy drive! Is there anyway I can slipstream the drivers into the install or something?

Thanks for your help

A:Install XP on SATA Drive


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I'm trying to install a fresh OS (XP) on my new 160gig seagate SATA barracuda. I get the message 'Setup could not determine one or more storage devices installed in your system.'

Can anyone please help me with this? My motherboard is an MSI PM8M-V.

Thank you,

A:Can't install OS on SATA Drive

Are you certain that the SATA show up in the bios.

If it does, then try again. If it is still undetectable, then you may need the F6 floppy disk driver for the SATA.

If not, check the SATA's connection.

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I'm trying to make a boot disk integrating XP SP3 and the SATA driver for my laptop. I'm using N-Lite, and there are several step-by-step guides that I've followed. So far, I've got nothing but coasters.

When I try to boot the install disk, I quickly come to a screen telling me to insert the XP installation disk into drive A and press enter. Nothing happens, because there is no drive A.

I tried responding to the "press F6 to install a SCSI or something driver" that appeared just before that prompt. Nothing different happened.

It appears that the install disk knows that I want to load something, but can't find it. In assembling the disk with N-Lite, I selected one of the two .inf files that came up as options (the "how-to" blogs all say to choose either one) and then selected all the drivers that are in the downloaded package from Gateway. One of them apparently matches the driver for the motherboard I have; I tried installing only that one at first, and then installed all of them when the problem described above popped up.

Any suggestions would be appreciated..

A:XP install on SATA drive

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- foxconn mother board 945g7ma-8ks2h
- intel pentium d
- 4x 512mb DDR2 4200
- 160GB Hitachi SATA drive
- onboard VGA

1. When I try to install my Vista Ultimate the instalation fail in final stage. The computer stop responding.
2. I try to install OS on other computer using mainbord with same chipset i945g, after i try to start my computer with this drive it work fine but only in safe mode. When I try to start OS in normal mode the computer stop responding again. It wont finish the starting up.
3. I try to install OS on one old IDE drive. Same problems as with SATA drive but only until i dont disabe SATA controler in BIOS. When I install OS with SATA controler disabled all work fine. When I try later to enable SATA controler the OS stop working again.
Thank you for your help.

A:can not install on sata drive

are you installing the sata's drivers (if you have any) at the beginning of setup by pressing F6 (atleast thats how it is in winxp setup, and I think its same for vista). Also try going to your motherboard's website and check for a bios update.

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After quite a bit of searching and reading FAQs, I don't really know what else to do but ask you guys.

I put my XP disk in, change the boot order to my CD-Rom drive and it loads the setup screen. I press F6 and load the SATA driver that was given on my motherboard's CD. When it gets to the point of "Setup is starting Windows...", it takes about 20 seconds, then goes to a blue hardware error screen.

I've tried both the SATAII and SATAI slots. I've tried not using any SATAI/SATAII driver. I've tried pretty much every single option in the BIOS that I can think of. If I use an IDE drive, it loads into Windows Setup fine. If I put the new SATA drive into a different computer, I can install Windows on it and format it.

I put the computer together without a hitch, it just doesn't seem to want to load any SATA drives. It detects it in the BIOS, and I'm able to run FDisk on it if I put a bootdisk in the floppy drive. Pretty sure the drive itself is in fine shape, so I guess I'm missing some kind of driver or setting.

Motherboard: ASRock 939 DUAL-SATAII Model-1695
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3700 1MB L2 Cache
Case + Power: Antec Sonata II 450w PSU
RAM: Crucial Rendition 1GB PC3200 x 2
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 300GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache SATAII
GPU: Radeon 9600 XT AGP

A:XP won't install on my SATA drive.

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I bought a new seagate 400GB SATA drive that I'm trying to install XP Pro onto, but nothing seems to be working. After xp installation restarts the first time I get an error that hal32.dll isn't found. It seems that the problme is that xp needs me to install sata drivers before I can continue with the installation, but I can't seem to do that. I have a USB floppy drive with the sata drivers from epox, but XP doesn't recognize it after I press F6 early on in the installation. I made an attempt to make a slipstreamed disc to install xp, but that didn't work either - I wouldn't be surprised if I didn't do it right. Any idea what's wrong here and what I can do to get XP installed? Thanks.

A:can't install xp on new sata drive

You MUST have the Sata Drivers installed before you can continue, what do you mean when you say that XP doesn't recognize the drivers? Do you get the opportunity to install them and XP doesn't find them?

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This seems to be such a frequent issue that it could/should be a FAQ but I haven't found my answer yet.

I am (currently) running Win7 64 ULT on my home PC. I purchased an Intel X25M 80GB SATA drive and connected it in order to benefit from the speed. The issue is that setup hangs during the "expanding files" on this drive. Looking back I have *never* been able to install windows (XP Vista or 7) on a SATA drive on my mobo.

In order to avoid confusions I did the following.

Removed the 2x400GB striped drives. Removed the old PATA-IDE drive, therefore only drives available were the Optiarc DVD and the new Intel SSD.

Booting into the DVD, the setup shows the Intel drive available (but it takes a very long time between clicking install windows and gettting the next screen). I created a partition in it, (Windows created another one @100MB). Clicking next got the copying windows files to 100% but then the expanding windows files goes *extremely* slowly and hangs at about 68%.

I tried with another Win7DVD same result. so I plugged my old PATA IDE drive back in and went back to that.

Any ideas?

A:Cannot install on SATA Drive

Set the bios first boot on DVD drive, and when you put your hard disc SATA drive, set the hard disc is master.
and try to install OS.

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We Bought two sata drives , two sata 11/300 drives, a 300 and a 160 GB

We keep trying to do a clean install of XP on the new drive and windows XP wont recognize the drives.

He has an asus A8V/VM motherboard.
He is trying to set up both drives as seperate drives. Drives C and D.

In CMOS in advanced under southbridge configuration , Do I leave it set to RAID or the IDE setting?

A:Sata Drive Install help

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I have an HPnx7300 laptop. I have a brand new SATA drive in it. Can anyone tell me how I can install Windows XP onto a SATA drive with no Floppy drive to put the XP driver on it?
Thank you,

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I've got a laptop with Windows Vista pre-installed, and as I hate Vista it needs to go.

I tried to install XP but I get an "no hard disk" error, because the laptop's HD is a SATA drive. As the laptop does not have a floppy drive, I can't load the drivers into the installation.

I tried to slipstream the drivers on the bootable XP installation CD using nLite, and trying to do it manually, but to no avail. With the CD created by using nLite I get the same "no hard disk" error, if I do it manually I get a "cannot find driver" error, despite the fact that the drivers are on the CD and that all necessary files point to the driver's location.

Any ideas, anyone?


A:XP install on SATA drive without floppy drive

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I was doing some research and came across an old post where CRJDriver helped a guy out and was wondering if I wcould get some of the same assistance!

I've got a Gateway desktop with Windows Vista pre-installed, and my wife hates Vista, therefore I would like to dual-boot with XP.

I tried to install XP but I get an "no hard disk" error, which I believe is because the HD is a SATA drive, and becase I don't have a floppy drive, I can't load the drivers into the installation.

I tried to slipstream the drivers on the bootable XP installation CD using nLite, and trying to do it manually, but to no avail. With the CD created by using nLite I get the same "no hard disk" error, if I do it manually I get a "cannot find driver" error, despite the fact that the drivers are on the CD and that all necessary files point to the driver's location.

I might not have the correct drivers, so any help in finding the correct ones would be awesome. I am getting extremely frustrated. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the help in advance.

FYI: My motherboard is a "Intel (Council Bluffs) 945G Viiv", which may help someone fine me the correct drivers.

My email is [email protected] if you need to send me anything. Thanks!

A:HELP: XP Install on SATA Drive w/o Floppy Drive

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Relatively new hdd disappears after some time.
(1Tb WD black sata3 jumpered to sata2)
All cables are sata click.
The drive is used for storage and is accessed only few times a month.
So is any way to test somehow what is the problem
hdd, cable or mb sata connector (GA-EP43-DS3L).
It's all start with annoying red hdd activity light lighting all the time when a drive disappears.
After a reboot all is back to normal for some time.
Tested a drive with hd tune pro and it seems ok.
-up normal
-down 1Tb missing

A:Sata Hdd / cable / motherboard sata / problem?

a few things to try first.

-use a different sata cable
-use a different power cable
-try the drive in a different sata port on the motherboard

my first thought was a motherboard fault, which it may well be but try the above first, if nothing else you can eliminate three things as possible faults in the mean time.

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Hi All

Ok, I have been pulling my hair out, with an issue trying to install Windows 7 on a new build PC. Initially I was installing Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, but a file error on file extraction scuppered that. On retry I got the same thing, so I ended up deleting the small partition (made by Windows) that was on the drive and formatting. Then I got MISSING BOOTMGR errors.

I took the drive out and plugged it in as an external drive on my laptop, I then formatted it and copied some files to it to check it was working ok - seemed fine.

I downloaded the 90 day Windows 7 Enterprise edition 64bit, I changed some bios setting then reset them to 'fail - safe', I can now get it to the stage where it will boot off Windows 7 CD to install, but at the point of detecting the HDD it can't see it, I put the motherboard driver CD and searched on there - nothing.

The motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L (Windows 7 Compatible) and HDD is a Western Digital WD3200AAKS 320GB SATAII.

Why did it see the drive to begin with and now it doesn't? Could it be an issue with the hard drive itself? I don't want to have to buy an other if there is no issue with the drive......please help.

Many thanks in advance.

A:SATA Drive - Windows 7 Install - WHY!?

Wipe the drive with Killdisk and try again -


Download the ISO (or the .exe for USB drives) from here http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm

Then (if you have chosen the ISO) burn the ISO using IsoRecorder: ISO Recorder v3 Download (How to use IsoRecorder)

Boot from the CD/USB and wipe the drive - be careful which drive you are wiping, as it is designed to make data recovery near impossible

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i have a gigabyte GAK8N-Ultra 9 mobo and have a western digital SATA harddrive hooked up to the SATA_0 spot... windows installer does work and will install it, but it seems unable to boot from it, will only boot from cdrom and just do a reinstall but will never finish. how do i set the system to boot from Harddrive/ , well i already tried that but it seems still not to work. should i have installed 3rd party scsi drivers during windows setup? i do not want raid and do not have any raid drivers on. how can i get it to boot?

A:Solved: cannot install xp on new sata drive!!

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I have a win Xp sp 3 system with care 2 quad running from an IDE drive.
I have installed a Seagate SATA drive which was detected and appears in the Device manager.
However the system does not see it and I have no access to it.
How do I get windows ie explorer to see it.
Then perhaps it needs formatting or whatever?

A:[SOLVED] SATA drive install after IDE win xp

Is this a new, blank hard drive?
If so, click start, run and type diskmgmt.msc and press enter to start the Disk Management console.
Does the new disk appear in there, and is its space consistent with what you know about the drive?
Is the disk uninitialized?
If so, you my need to right click on it on the left and pick initialize disk.
Then right click on the unpartitioned space and create a partition.

If the disk had data on it, and for some reason it shows up as unpartitioned/unformatted, obviously don't do the above. Get back to us for more help.

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Why can't I install (nor upgrade) Windows Vista on the new SATA drive in my PC? BUT, if I hook up an old IDE ATA drive along with the new SATA drive, I can do a clean install onto the SATA drive, but I have to keep the old IDE ATA drive plugged in because Vista puts some boot stuff on there. If I take out the old IDE ATA drive, then Vista won't boot up again. What's up with that? And yes, all my hardware checks out and is compatible with Windows Vista (according to Microsoft's hardware compatibility test).


A:Vista install on new SATA drive

What kind of drive is it and what exactly does the process look like when you try to install vista solely on the SATA?

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Hoy there...

I want to install a fresh copy of windows XP professional on a brand new laptop SATA hard drive after the original hard disk crashed. I get the (Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your system) error, try to install the SATA drive which prompts for a floppy disk. I have the SATA controler driver from HP but the problem is that the laptop does not have a floppy drive! I have thoughts of formatting the hard disk on another computer using USB external enclosure or downloading the drivers to a CD instead of a floppy disk but not sure if this would help or needs specific setting. I did perform a successful (HDD self-test) and (Enabled the SATA Native Mode) in BIOS. Any help?


A:Format - Install XP on SATA drive

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Is this possible? I have a machine that already has one SATA drive in it, that works fine - boots, runs, etc...

I have another SATA drive that I need to recover data from, but I can't shut down the machine that is already on.

Can I just connect the other SATA drive to the mobo and connect power to it, and not lose any data or cause a BSOD?

A:install SATA drive with machine still on?

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AMD64 3400
MSI K8N Neo Platinum
2 x WD 80gb SATA drives in RAID 0
1 x WD 250gb

The 2 drives connect to SATA ports 1 & 2 formatted and working fine in RAID O format. The 2nd, to be data drive, is recognized by the BIOS but not by windows. One, I need to format it and two I needs windows to see it.

Attempted Solutions:
1) I tried using the WD Data Lifeguard from a bootable disk but it never boots up anything. Just sits there with the green light.

2) Tried move the connection from SATA 3 port to SATA 4 port.

3) Checked BIOS and drive is set to auto detect and is disabled for RAID.

4) Tried unpluging the SATA & power cable and reconnecting.

5) Jumping up and down red faced.

I know this has to be something simple and pointers? And yes, this is a new build.

A:2nd SATA Drive Install Problem

Assuming you are using Windows XP, go to Control Panel - Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management and you should be able to partition/format. This is assuming the drivers for the SATA chip are installed are the drive is working OK hardware wise.

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Hello, I'm hoping someone can help me troubleshoot this thing!

I have a Dell Dimension 8250, the core of the system is still the same, but I've made a few adjustments (new video card, better PSU, hds, ram, etc.). Recently I purchased a SATA drive (http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=311) hoping to keep this machine alive for another 6 months to a year. (The case is pretty banged up, and RAM is way too expensive for this machine; but it runs well enough for now.) Unfortunately, this new HD is not registering. I bought and installed a PCI-to-SATA card for this, had no problems or issues with that, but the drive itself will not register. (I tried putting the jumper pin on pins 5 and 6, as suggested in Western Digital's trouble shooting guide, but no go, still!)

This is what I get when I start up the computer:

Primary hard disk drive 1 not found

Sil 3112A SATARaid BIOS Version 4.2.47
. . .
Press CNTL+S or F4 to enter RAID Utility
(Note: I have tried to press both, and neither will enter the RAID Utility)
So, at present, the computer just sits at that screen if I leave the HD plugged in. If I unplug it, it works fine. I have about 4gbs left on a 250GB HD. I could uninstall some games, delete files etc., but I bought this HD so I wouldn't have to do any of that.

A few other details which may be of some use to someone (!):

The color codes on the Dell read: A and B (green), C and D (Orange).

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A:SATA 2 Drive install issue

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