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SATA drive issues, 2nd drive

Question: SATA drive issues, 2nd drive

I've never had this problem....

System Specs:
AMD XP 2500, Soyo KT-600 Plus, 1 Gb 3200, ATI 9800XT, Windows XP Pro SP2
I currently have a 300 Gb SATA drive as my boot drive, and have recently installed a second 200 Gb SATA drive as a 2nd drive (not in a raid config).
Now i have done this before with other IDE, SATA drives without any issue other than formating and setting drive letters.

Windows recognizes the drive, sets this drive letter and is usable, but..when Windows starts it starts the FOUND NEW HARDWARE, and tries to reload the default HD drivers, but gives me this error:

The specified service does not exist as an installed service

Under the device manager, this appears under the devices properties:

The drivers for this device are not installed [Code 28].

and more or less, prompts me to reinstall drivers for the device each time windows boots up.

Again the HD is usable, but i plan to use this as a file backup drive and i have concerns about file table failures and that sort of thing, because i have seen that happen.

Any ideas, i appreciate it very much..thanks

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Today I fitted a Crucial M4 256gb SSD drive to my computer.
I would like to say that all went well, but I'm here, so it didn't.
Firstly Acronis True image turned out to be of no use to me, so I ended up putting a fresh copy of Windows 7 on there. I ran the sata cable to the 6gb output port and connected to remain two large capacity drives to the Sata 3gb's. It didn't like that, no matter what I tried, I could not get the ssd drive to run with the 2 "2 TB's drives" in their sata homes on the motherboard. I CAN however, get drives to work via a docking station connected externally. Help anyone please?
Regards
Wulfrune

Answer:SSD Drive & Sata drive issues

check your motherboard manual and look for some information on the numbering of the SATA ports. IE, Sata0, Sata1 etc
I remember something when i put my SSD in to do with certain numbers supporting certain things.
Worth a shot

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Well..I like to think that I know a bit about computers but I find myself at a cross road. I built my own computer and packed up and went to college, here I am and my WD 250G hard drive is filling up fast, so I purchased a new Seagate 250G hard drive without realizing that all of my ATA/100 IDE ports are full.  I am now looking at purchasing a IDE to SATA adapter.  but my problem comes when I want to also connect a third CD-Rom drive to my system also.  Right now I am running with a single CD-Rom drive on a single IDE (there is NO way that I can change this so there are two devices on this cable, that is how my case is designed) and on the other IDE I have a CD Burner and my WD hard drive connected to the other IDE port.  What do you suggest that I do to connect my third CD drive and second hard drive?  Please note that I am running Windows Vista and have all other information for my computer if needed.  Please include brand names to devices recommended, and I am NOT going to replace/sell/buy another hard drive or cd drive to solve this issue.  I am also looking for a CHEAP but affective answer.  Thanks!!!

Answer:IDE To SATA Drive issues

Also feel free to AIM me - jmwileman

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Question: Sata drive issues

So was using my pc today and i have 2 500 gig sata 2 drives from wd,anyway

all of a sudden my f drives gets randomly disconnected,now i opend up the system and start to re plug both hard drives in different sata ports to see if the sata ports were screwed, won't connect no matter what,all the sata ports work btw tried putting in my dvd roms where my hard drives where and they were being picked up,now it will connect and randomly disconnect by it self,hard drives going bad?both seem to be doing this,what can be the cause of this?

tried hooking it up to my mothers windows xp pc and not being picked up in the bios nor the disk management,nor the program to partition it..

so safe to assume that both drives got fd up?

i was also getting this error before

Also getting this error

"reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device"


But both drives are plugged in and of course the hard drive is set to boot up first....nor can i format,i went ahead and bought 2 seagate 32 mb l2 cache drives 500 gigs,safe to assume the drives just had its time?
 

Answer:Sata drive issues

I'd say drive faulty
You can locate and download the Drive Diagnostics here: http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?level1=6&lang=en
You can also check your warranty on them too
 

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specs:
Asus a8v deluxe motherboard
2 maxtor IDE drives
1 seagate barracuda SATA 80gig hard drive
one NEW seagate barracuda SATA 1tb hard drive

problem:
when i try to boot my computer up with the new 1tb drive in, i get a bios error saying "hardware failed to initiate, press G to contintue" and in windows the new hard drive doesn't show up in the device manager or my computer. I even tried using the same power and data connection as on my other SATA drive and it still won't work. I've also unplugged one of my other "extra" hard drives as well as my CD-ROM drive because i thought it was a power issue but that doesn't seem to help either. Any help appreciated
EDIT:
here's the new hard drive i'm trying to install
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...BY&cm_mmc=email-_-Main-_-WEM2306-_-tigeremail
 

Answer:issues with new SATA hard drive

VIA chipset motherboards have issues with SATA drives, especially newer SATA 3GB/s drive. Check the Seagate hard drive documentation to see if the drive has a jumper to limit the operation of the drive to SATA 1.5GB/s mode - you may also have to check the Seagate website for a diagram.
 

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i just bought a 250 GB SATA drive with 16mb buffer
(Maxtor DiamondMax 10 SATA/150 250GB 7200RPM 16MB Buffer)

my board supports both SATA and IDE, i have an 80gb IDE drive and a 120gb IDE drive.
so... one would think.. that the SATA drive would be fastest, so i made it my primary, however.. my system seems to be going awfully slow. like lagging it places,, skipping and soundclipping mp3s when they play.. multi tasking seems to have dropped quite a bit.

i dont know whats up...
i have a 1.5 gigs of ram and a P4 Hyper Threaded 3.gig processor.

i dont see how before my 80 GB 4 or 8 mb buffered IDE drive could have performed faster.

i left my 80 gig installed with windows so i could bounce back to it if i had to,, and when i do, i still find that my system is faster.. even when i import the 250GB SATA into windows and my 80GB IDE is running as a master.. still much faster..
ideas?

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Answer:SATA and IDE Issues - Hard drive

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Hi all,

Sorry I'm new here, I've been trying to fix this problem for a while and really am quite stuck.

My brother recently got a nice brand new SATA DVD+-RW drive for his Windows XP machine. However, the drive has issues - when reading any type of disk (on a fresh install of Windows XP Pro, SP3 installed) it seems to instantly restart, followed by a "Windows has recovered from a serious error" message. The error details (as recorded by him) read as below:

BCCode : 10000050 BCP1 : E8270100 BCP2 : 00000000 BCP3 : 80564328
BCP4 : 00000002 OSVer : 5_1_2600 SP : 3_0 Product : 256_1

C:\DOCUME~1\Max\LOCALS~1\Temp\WER4adc.dir00\Mini012308-05.dmp
C:\DOCUME~1\Max\LOCALS~1\Temp\WER4adc.dir00\sysdata.xml

The interesting detail is that Windows installs just fine using it - it's only as soon as he gets to actually using Windows that he runs into problems. We tried an old IDE CDROM drive in it's place temporarily and it works just fine.

It's the second SATA device on the machine, there is already a SATA HDD running.

I'm guessing it might be a driver or power issue, but I'm not really sure what to do - would it be worth getting a new power supply or does anyone have any ideas on some software options I could take?

Any input/help would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers

Felix
 

Answer:ASUS SATA DVD drive issues

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Recently, my PC gave out, causing me to think that I had somehow killed the motherboard. A friend and I took a look at it, got it running again, but had problems with the HD that I had installed, a 160gb SATA drive. Every time we tried to re-install Windows on this drive, we could complete the installation, but when I started it up and got to the black Windows screen with the blue loading bar, I would get a blue screen with a STOP error. I eventually gave up on that hard drive, and bought a new SATA, but I got the same result. After that, I tried an old IDE drive that I had floating around, and it worked without any problem at all. I'm not sure why SATAs are giving me such problems, and I'm not 100% this is a hardware issue. I've tried replacing the serial cables, I've tried installing new serial drivers, and I've tried messing with some settings in the BIOS (something I'm not too knowledgeable about), but other than that, I'm not sure what to do. If anyone has ever had a similar problem, I'd appreciate any input possible. I'm good with software, but when it comes to hardware issues like this, I'm working in the dark. Thank you in advance to anyone who might be able to help.

The error code that I got from the SATA drives is as follows: STOP 0x0000007b (0xF7A2B528, 0xc0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

Answer:SATA hard drive issues.

go into bios and make sure your drive settings are set to IDE mode or "default"

not sure what version of windows you are using
you may need a slipstreamed updated version
you may just need the sata drivers during install (serial drivers? read that, not sure what those were for)

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Hi All,
I hope someone can help me out. I have got two PCs and I have just been trying to swap a sata drive from one PC into the other. The PC I am putting it in already has an IDE hard drive. The drive I am swapping is just a secondary drive that does not have an operating system intalled on it.

I have put it into the system and booted up. Unfortunately I can't get the pc to read the new drive. My PC recognises that it is there in the device manager. However it does not appear in 'My Computer' with a drive letter.

In disk management it appears. It says: 'Dynamic, Foreign' next to the disk with no drive letter. I have right clicked to try to 'import foreign disks'. However I just get an error message that says 'The Specified Disk Is Not Ready Or Useable'. I have searched the internet as much as I can to try to find out what this means. I have no clue and have no idea how to fix it so that I can get the PC to import the drive to I can start using it and getting the files off it.

I hope that i have given you enough information and that someone can help because frankly I am flumoxed!
Thanks
 

Answer:Sata Drive Recognition Issues

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I have an Edge 14. Intel i3 M370 model.  I ordered a OBHC and installed a 160 Gb SATA drive, loaded with WIN 7.  In the main drive bay I have an Ubuntu OS setup.Trying to set up a dual boot configuration.  But, when I boot the drive and enter the BIOS set up, the drive in the caddy doesn't show.  If I let it boot from the main drive, Ubuntu starts up. If I put the Ubuntu drive in the caddy and nothing in the main bay, "NO OPERATING SYSTEM." When I look at the computer in Ubuntu, the OS7 drive is there.  All three partitions (Lenovo, OS and startup).  I can mount them, etc.  When I use Disk Utility in Ubuntu, the drive shows up listed under the SATA controller and is located at position 2 of the SATA bus.   I updated the BIOS and it is now 1.26. Still no sign of the HDD in the caddy.  Very odd.  When I power up the computer, the LED in the caddy does light up. When I run sudo update-grub in Ubuntu, the WIN 7 loader shows up in the list.  So a bootable OS is seen.  But if I select WIN 7 loader in the GRUB list at boot, I get a "no such drive" message, and am lead back the the GRUB list. In the BIOS, the config menu, the startup list only includes HDD0.   Is there some secret BIOS trick I need to play?  Correct me if I'm wrong, but there aren't any jumper settings, etc. on a SATA drive, right?  Nothing there to change. Any suggestions would be very much appreci... Read more

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Hello Everyone!

Ok, I'm totally frustrated. I have a PC DL Deluxe mother board, in which I was using a 500 gig Sata drive without any issues. I had 3, 150 gig sata hard drives kicking around, so I decided to buy more sata cables to connect them to my computer.

Well, after plugging them in, only one of the 3 extra drives works. Now, I know for sure all of the drives work. And it's some kind of issue with the sata port things on my computer.

When this computer was first built for me, I did have raid and I knew that some drivers had to be downloaded ("RAID" / "PROMISE") (those words stick out in my head) and installed with a 3.5 diskette so the drives would be seen or setup with raid.

Well, since then I've wiped my computer and no longer use RAID. I only want to use these 4 drives as NORMAL hard drives. So, when I connected them all I didn't think I would need to do anything, but I guess I am wrong.

Can someone please help me? I have no clue what to do. I'm totally lost.
 

Answer:Asus - PC DL Deluxe - Sata Drive Issues

It sounds like you need to reset your BIOS so that the other SATA drives are enabled. Go into the BIOS setup at boot time by repeatedly tapping "Del" (on my computer anyway) as the computer starts the boot cycle. Under one of the headings (Advanced BIOS Features is mine) you will see the 1st boot device etc. Probably the 3rd and 4th are disabled or set to Network. Just enable. Then save and exit the BIOS.
 

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Hi everyone,

Working through some PC issues and think i may have done a silly thing.

I installed windows onto an IDE drive and booted but also attached 2 SATA drives (one Western Digital 160gb - a blank new disk, one Maxtor 300gb - with my music and video & work on).
When booting both of the drives showed up, when i got into windows i think only one was visible. The WD drive.
I decided to format the drive, but after a few seconds i realised that maybe the drives were working in RAID and that i'd be formatting BOTH drives. I want the info on the Maxtor drive saved so i cancelled the format.

I restarted with just the IDE and WD drive attached and the SATA drive works fine.
So I restarted with just the IDE and Maxtor drive attached and although it shows in the boot, it does not appear in Windows...

Could i have lost my information?? I thought that RAID drives worked in paralel, so wouldn't BOTH drives be not working (e.g. be formatted at the same time), or does windows format one at a time??

Help!
 

Answer:Sata drive ISSUES... Have i lost my data??

what OS are you using
what mobo is it
what drive did you have in this computer before
what computer did you have the Maxter in before
 

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Hi, For the past year or so I've been running my system nicely on a seagate 80GB hard drive. Recently I've run out of space and required a larger drive, so i went out to the store and got the biggest drive for my buck, a SATA 200GB 16mb cache Maxtor Drive.

The Install went well. Jumpers set up properly, Bios detects it properly. But Darn Windows wont show it ANYWHERE not In My computer not in disk management, not in device manager. so I went to the Maxtor website got a program called "maxblast" proved useless since it requires windows to detect it first, then I downloaded a diagnostic program called powermax and booted it up, It detects the disk fine and can even test and utilize the drive outside of windows, I was even able to format the drive with a NTFS partition with the windows disk. I've enabled Large Drives on my system and my system was recently updated

In my mind it should work. But nothing.. I was trying a million things all night, checking the web for answers.. Nothing, so i've come here to ask the experts for help.

Drive Model: 6L200S0
Mobo: Soyo CK8 Dragon Plus
OS: Windows XP Pro SP2
 

Answer:SATA 200GB, Second Hard Drive Issues

are your jumpers set correctly? Your primary should be the master and the secondary a slave.
 

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Hey all, im having some issues with an Maxtor One Touch 4 500GB external hard drive i purchased. I bought it about 6 months ago, and it worked perfectly during that period. However i recently went overseas for a month and when i came back my computer was unable to recognise it as an external device.
The hard drive runs of usb and a power adaptor, and when i first turnoed on my machine and attempted to plug in my external hard drive, the computer froze, when i reset it failed to load with the hard drive still plugged in.
I removed it and everything worked perfectly, i once again tried to plug in the hard drive, and it attempted to reinstall the software on my computer, yet i was still unable to see or view the device through my computer or safely remove hardware.
With further attempts disconnecting and reconnecting the hard drive my computer would freeze and windows explorer would reset or close.

I was able to get my music data off of a friend, and all that remains on the hard drive are movies, and general copies of files on my computer, so i wasn't to worried about losing data.

Today i decided id attempt to play around with it again, and i read on several posts that the issue could have been caused by the casing of the external hard drive. I removed the hard drive from the case, and purchased a new SATA cable to connect to my motherboard. Yet when i attempted to turn on my PC with the hard drive connected via only this cable it came up with the message, "unable to rea... Read more

Answer:Maxtor/SATA hard drive issues

Some steps to consider:

Are you giving the hard drive power when connecting to your motherboard? You need to connect the Sata power cable to the drive. Simply plugging the sata data cable in isn't enough.
Are you disconnecting your other internal hard drive?
If the external HD is powered and the internal hard drive is connected, check BIOS for boot priority. It may be attempting to read from the external drive and when it fails to find boot data, you get that error.

Good luck

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Hey all, im having some issues with an Maxtor One Touch 4 500GB external hard drive i purchased. I bought it about 6 months ago, and it worked perfectly during that period. However i recently went overseas for a month and when i came back my computer was unable to recognise it as an external device.
The hard drive runs of usb and a power adaptor, and when i first turnoed on my machine and attempted to plug in my external hard drive, the computer froze, when i reset it failed to load with the hard drive still plugged in.
I removed it and everything worked perfectly, i once again tried to plug in the hard drive, and it attempted to reinstall the software on my computer, yet i was still unable to see or view the device through my computer or safely remove hardware.
With further attempts disconnecting and reconnecting the hard drive my computer would freeze and windows explorer would reset or close.

I was able to get my music data off of a friend, and all that remains on the hard drive are movies, and general copies of files on my computer, so i wasn't to worried about losing data.

Today i decided id attempt to play around with it again, and i read on several posts that the issue could have been caused by the casing of the external hard drive. I removed the hard drive from the case, and purchased a new SATA cable to connect to my motherboard. Yet when i attempted to turn on my PC with the hard drive connected via only this cable it came up with the message, "... Read more

Answer:Maxtor/SATA hard drive issues

try downloading this drive fitness test software fom this link- http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287#maxtor and check the fitness of the drive

Moderator Edit:
This test requires internal connection
 

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Ok, here is the deal.
I have a completely formatted 250gb hitacchi SATA hard drive.
I went to install my copy of xp pro, and it couldn't find the hard drive so the install did not work. I then went to hitachi's site and they said if it's an sata hard drive you need to download the raid drivers from the mobo manufacturer. I have an asus P5S800-VM motherboard.
So I went to: http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us&model=P5S800-VM
I then clicked raid and downloaded the driver package for windows xp. (This is all on another computer.) After that, I incorperated that driver package into my xp install disk using nlite. I then used the nlite disk and attempted the install again on the other computer. This time, there was a different error message when I went to install it:
Your hard disk was not located properly. Please install the drivers from the manufacturer.
I am stumped. What should I do?
All help is appreciated.
thank you!
 

Answer:Issues Installing WIndows on a SATA hard drive

Just put them on a floppy and press F6 during the windows install to load 3rd party drivers. You'll need both the RAID and Storage drivers.
 

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Could someone please describe the proper procedure to migrate data from my old SATA drive (Fujitsu MHV2080BH) to a new SATA drive (Western Digital WD3200BEKT). Dell assures me the HDD is compatible with my Inspiron E1505. However, when I tired cloning the drive using Acronis I discovered the HPA issue related to MediaDirect on this laptop. After MUCH angst, I now have a new from the company WD hard drive and I don't want to screw this up! Please advise either

1) How to properly delete MediaDirect and kill off the HPA problem in the first place so that the drive can be cloned. This would be my preferred option since I don't even want to use MediaDirect anyway.
2) How to properly build the new hard drive using the original installation discs that came with the computer. This is not a bad option since a fresh install would have some benefits.
3) Some other strategy for doing this which will help me get the laptop up and running with the new HDD.

Thanks! Any help is appreciated.
 

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I have some NTFS partition issues when sharing a external SATA hard drive with XP and the Vista Home Premium 64 bit version. I have one 22 GB NTFS partition on that drive, which is used only for storage, also it has 3 Linux installed that are booted from a grub on the XP PC. So when I just got a newly built good Intel core 2 dual based computer with Vista, and connected that external drive by eSATA, all I did was to save some Vista files onto that partition. Then when I booted the XP PC and did connect that external drive to it by eSATA, when I attempt to open that NTFS partition, which is seen as drive D:/, it hung up lots, and the mouse froze some, but finally opened to access the folders and files. Is that issue due to the new and improved Vista NTFS file system not fully compatible with the XP type? Would the best solution to this be to just create and format a 2nd NTFS partition from in Vista, and use them separately, ( the first one use only for XP) ? Or do I need to buy a 2nd external HD?
 

Answer:issues when sharing a external SATA hard drive

I think this issue is due to some incompatibility with the Vista boot files, such as the BCD, which is; "boot configuration data", and I also save copies of the 2 main Vista boot loader files; bootmgr and winload.exe. I had used a program called; easyBCD to back up the BCD files to that external hard drive shared with XP. When it did freeze up the XP PC, the CPU did stay near the maximum of 100%, which caused the mouse to barely work. But now I will only connect and use that external SATA hard drive only with the older XP computer.
 

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Hi,I currently have one Maxtor 160Gb SATA hard drive in my system with my operating system installed. I have another identical hard drive that I'm attempting to install now, into the second of five available SATA ports on my MSI P965 Neo motherboard.When I plug in the csecond hard drive, though, Windows will not boot. It gets to the Windows logo screen with the progress animation, but before even the animation can begin, it stops and the screen freezes. This does not fix itself with waiting.My boot priorities are set to: DVD-ROM, CD-RW, hard risk. The hard disk priorities are also as they should be to my knowledge - although it can be tricky because when ordering, both disks have the same name. I have tried with either one on top of the list, and you cannot remove a drive from the list alltogether.The SATA cable is in perfect condition.When I plug the hard drive in when the system is already running, Windows will detect it and files can be written/read flawlessly. As soon as I restart, however, I run into the same issue.I'm out of ideas at this point, I don't see any other options that need to be changed.I'd appreciate any input you can offer - thanks in advance! :)

Answer:Installing a second SATA hard drive; boot issues

Sorry I cant help but it may be worth trying the msi forums click here

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Hi,

I'm currently running a system with a Gigabyte GA-K8-NXP-SLI Mobo that has only one HD on it - an old Western Digital (Henceforth WD) 80Gb drive that is 60Gb full.

The machine is not nearly as noisy as it used because I replaced all the fans but my WD drive makes more noise than I'd like (because I use it a lot at 3am when my wife is sleeping).

Anyway, I've bought and have sitting right here on the desk one brand new Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 160Gb - more than enough storage for what I want but I figure this should last out it's 5 yr warranty that comes standard (I think only with the retail kit though).

Anyway, I would like to image the old WD drive smack-dab onto the new Seagate drive then replace the WD with the Seagate transparently and end up exactly where I am now but with a newer quieter faster bigger HD and a the WD HD sitting in a draw somewhere able to be plugged in if something happens with the Seagate

I want to copy everything from the WD drive exactly - Filing System, Boot Settings, absolutely everything so that I can plug the Seagate into a SATA port next to the WD Drive - Copy the data, settings, kit, kaboodle and all and then move the Seagate into the port where the WD was and boot straight from the new Seagate with no changes of any kind.

I don't want RAID (obviously) I just want a straight replacement.

What's the 1. easiest 2. most idiot proof 3. quickest way of doing this?

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Answer:Need to Replace old noisy SATA drive with new SATA drive - with same data

What's the 1. easiest 2. most idiot proof 3. quickest way of doing this?Click to expand...

Migrate Easy can solve all your problems just in minutes.
 

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[font=Verdana, Arial]I am building a 3GHz system with the Intel D865PERL, and this is the first time that I have used SATA drives. Here is how it is setup:

Primary IDE Master: Plextor 8X DVD+/-RW
Secondary IDE Master: Iomega Zip 250
SATA Port 0: Maxtor 7200RPM 8MB SATA Drive
SATA Port 1: Maxtor 7200RPM 8MB SATA Drive

When I was trying to install XP, when I created a partition on the Maxtor on SATA 0, it automatically named it Drive E. It is because of the two drives that I have on the Primary and Secondary IDE channels. So, how do I get it to name the drive C:? I checked the BIOS, but did not see a setting that would fix this issue.

UPDATE:

[/font][font=Verdana, Arial]I just tried to update the BIOS to see if that would help. I used the floppy disk version. When it was in the process of doing it, it said that it was copying a program, sw.exe, from the a: drive to the c: drive, but the c: drive is the DVD burner!

It did its thing, and then asked to have me remove the floppy disk from the drive and hit enter, and said NOT TO DO A THING until it had finished. Well, it has been about 10 minutes, and it is still just displaying a blinking cursor (blinking underscore) on a black screen. I hope this didn't hurt the mobo. I'm guessing that it did not complete the process because there was not a c: drive to write to.

I did look at Intel's site for some answers, and it said by default, booting from SATA drives is disabled in the BIOS. You have to ch... Read more

Answer:Need help with new Intel Mobo ASAP - SATA drive = E drive; need it to be C drive

SATA controllers are still fairly new, and a bit of an afterthought as far as Windows is concerned. Windows will always try to call the master drive on IDE 1 your "C" drive.

Easiest way to do it YOUR way is to simply disconnect any standard IDE drives before you install Windows. Windows will then accept your SATA as C, and keep the C designation even after you re-connect your IDE drives.
 

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I have an ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX motherboard which has SATA 2 and SATA 3 ports. I've tried fiddling around with BIOS options and my hard drive is recognized by the motherboard as seen in this picture:
The computer will boot to the screen where I can select to boot into safe mode or normal boot. Regardless of which option I select, the computer will restart right after, as seen in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2IKg4C_UYE

I've tried booting the hard drive with another board and everything works fine (hard drive isn't the problem). I've also tried booting the entire system using another PSU and I get the same result as in the video linked above. I've come to the conclusion that it's the motherboard that's causing the problem and that I should RMA it. What is the community's opinion?
 

Answer:Solved: Motherboard won't recognize hard drive, SATA port issues?

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I've installed the Seagate 500GB drive in my UltraBay and most of the time at boot I get a 2012 error. Sometimes I don't and things go fine. Anyone have any ideas how to resolve this?

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Hi, hopefully should be straight forward enough...

I have just bought one of these space saving Acer Revos which does not come with an Optical drive.

I have a Blu-ray reader (dvd writer) which is SATA, but the Revo only has USB or eSATA.
So... i was wondering what is needed to get this (SATA) drive to work via eSATA or usb?

Is it as simple as a SATA to eSATA cable or will this not give the necessary power to the drive?

Or do i need an eSATA enclosure, and if so what size for an optical drive 5.2?

Cheers for any help.
 

Answer:New PC with no optical drive or SATA connection (can i use a SATA drive in it?)

Ya no problem use it. For more details contact us at www.sacatech.com
 

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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?

Thanks
 

Answer: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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I'm trying to replace the OEM PATA CDR/DVD-ROM in my recently acquired S50, and can't seem to find a setup configuration which will allow it to boot with an LG SATA DVDR as a replacement. Cabling is not the issue--there's a SATA power connector right there at the drive cage, and the two SATA data connectors in the middle of the motherboard. With the DVDR connected, the system won't boot past the Windows logo screen. Disconnect it, and the system boots fine. I've searched the User Guide and Hardware Maintenance Guides for every SATA reference, and they only refer to a SATA hard drive as an alternative to the PATA hard drive. All references to the CDR/DVD-ROM assume it is PATA. Googling did not produce a definitive answer as to whether this is a permitted configuration (PATA/SATA mix). I'm hoping someone here can say either "No, not possible," or "Yes, I've done it--here's the setup parameters." Mike

Answer:Can S50 BIOS handle SATA DVD drive and PATA hard drive configuration?

Hi Mike "Yes, I've done it" Go to my inputs to this forum in late October for my trials and tribulations with the self same problem. My solution was to remove & refit the CMOS battery as described. I've retained my PATA hard drive & installed a SATA DVD rewriter plus I have access to Setup Utility ( ie BIOS access) whenever I need it. I hope it works for you. Call back if you need to.  Regards Kemar  

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I added a 1TB Seagate Hybrid drive to my old ThinkCentre 808532U.  I removed the jumper from the old IDE drive so it would be considered the secondary.  I installed Windows 7 Professional 32 bit on the hybrid SATA.  The old IDE had Windows XP.  I want to use the old IDE drive as the secondary so I can access the data, pictures, etc.  I do NOT want to boot XP. The system boots up fine with Windows 7.  However, the system does not recognize the old IDE drive.  I have gone into BIOS and changed the Parallel ATA to Secondary.  The system still does not recognize the old IDE drive.   Can someone provide recommendations? Thanks,Napp













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Answer:Added Hybrid SATA drive to ThinkCentre - does not recognize old IDE drive - Suggestions?

Have you tried putting the jumper back in? SATA doesn't have a master/slave or primary/secondary configuration.
 
By pulling the jumper you've set up an IDE channel that has no primary drive.  Either set the IDE drive to master or to cable select if that's an option and your cable is configured that way.
 
Not saying this is 100% but give it a try if you haven't already.
 
Z.

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I'm playing with a recently retired server running 32bit Windows 7 Professional. Originally it was configured as RAID 0 with 5 SATA drives. Those drives are gone but I want to install a spare 2TB SATA drive that I have. Using the RAID Management software I have created the drive and it shows the correct configured capacity. I initialized the disk with Disk Management and it lists the disk as online but it doesn't show up in the volume list with a drive letter. My intention is to use the 2TB drive as media storage. Other than combing RAID and Windows 7, what am I doing wrong? Am I better off reformatting everything and reloading Windows?

Answer:Unable to assign drive letter to newly installed SATA drive.

I had the same problem this week with a drive like that. Have you tried to reformat it? Also make sure your system can handle a 2TB drive.

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Please help me with this one :

I have repartitioned my primary IDE drive & re-installed WinXP-pro, system is up & nearly fully restored but one of my 2 archive drives is unaccessable... I have 2 of: WD SATA 200Gb drives full of avi files & other things ....one is normal & useable as it should be, the other is not being recognized right.
BIOS sees them both, Disk Mgr sees them both, but it sees the problem drive as being Dynamic and Foreign......it will not recognize anything else about it.... I can right-click it in Disk Mgmt tool and I could convert to a basic disk, but I will loose all data. I can also choose to Import when I right click it, but I dont know what will happen... maybe it will fix the problem, but I'm not real interested in experimenting with my data - I would really like to save it....
I have no other system with SATA to put the drive in to check it ... just this one....I have re-installed the SATA drivers & it should be picked up properly like the other one....but it is still not there....
Hello?
Hello?
............Hello?


Thanks

Answer:SATA drive unaccessable-is called Dynamic Foreign drive

Unless you're going to have a multidisk volume HDD I don't think you will want
to partition your SATA into a Dynamic Disk. I have never heard of Dynamic and Foreign but things change everyday.

Other operating systems: If you convert a disk with a partition that contains an operating system other than Windows 2000 or Windows XP Professional, you will not be able to start the computer from that operating system after the conversion.

Reverting back to basic disks: After you convert a basic disk into a dynamic disk, you cannot change the dynamic volumes back to partitions. Instead, you must delete all dynamic volumes on the disk and then use the Convert To Basic Disk command. Hope this answer some of your question.

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I bought myself a SATA caddy to replace the optical drive on my Lenovo Z51-70, with a 2.5" SATA Drive.The caddy and the hard drive work, as tested on another HP Laptop.But on my Z51-70, the Hard drive is not detected, either in BIOS, or within Windows itself. I checked the Device Manager and Disk Management, but it is not visible anywhere like it is on my HP Laptop. Any and all help and suggestions will be appreciated!I desperately need this to work!Please Help! 

Answer:Z51-70 2nd Hard Drive via SATA Caddy to replace Optical Drive.

Lenovo released a new bios update! Did you try it?

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Hello, I have a Toshiba Satellite Laptop (M45 S2692) I was trying to install a new partition using Partition Magic, apparently it didn't go too well. Upon rebooting it never installed my software and I got the message "Operating System Not Found" I couldn't boot, so I switched back to my primary OS (Windows XP Home) I got a few errors when doing so,
"xmnt 2002 program not found" and "autochk program not found"
I did a little research and found that Some parts of my partition were hidden so I needed to go in and make them visible. Well, lets just say that didn't go over too well. Now it wont boot at all. I get a black screen with a bunch of things on it. So, I gave up and went onto my desktop to see how I can retrieve my data so I can just clear my hard drive and do a fresh install on it and put my files back on. I bought a Manhattan SATA 150 to IDE Converter. I hooked everything up, the problem I am having now is that my computer recognizes the drive, but it is not visible or accessible. I trie4d changing the BIOS, changing it from Master to Slave. still no luck. If I change the pins to slave, I cant find the hard drive in Admin options. When it is there, I figured I would try to change the letter of the drive so it might pop up in my "My Computer". No luck. When I right click it, all I get is the option to delete the partition. I'm lost now, I have no clue what else to do, and I can't afford $150 to get it done... Read more

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Can anybody talk me through installing a slave drive on my gateway gm5483e motherboard model 945gct-m3 made by elitegroup also known as ECS
 

Answer:windows Vista sata hard drive slave drive

plvness,

It should be as simple as installing a couple of cables. Hopefully you've got a nice flat cable either with the new slave drive, or a spare with the motherboard: it's normally red, but can be other colours, about 1cm wide and 1mm thick. That needs to be plugged in between the drive and one of your SATA slots on the motherboard. They'll normally be black, and unlike most, will have a slight 'L' shape to them. If you get a torch on your motherboard, you should see SATA1 or SATA2 written very close to them. If you've already got a SATA drive, then it should be easy to spot, so just use the second port.

When you start the machine up, go into the BIOS by pressing the appropriate key (it should come up with a screen just after displaying what graphics card you have / testing memory, telling you what key to press - normally F1, F2, F12, Esc or Del),

Then find your way to the 'Boot Order' section (sorry, not sure quite where it'll be for your chipset - but it'll be either on the first screen, or more likely a menu off of it), and make sure that it's still on your CD/Floppy/original drive first and hasn't swapped to your new SATA (it shouldn't have done, but some prefer a SATA drive by default to an IDE).

Any probs or questions, please come back. You'll do fine!

Rich.
 

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Dell Dimension 8400 (about 3-4 years old). Stock SATA 160gb hard drive crashed (got the blue screen, all the codes, etc.) Took it to a computer place, they also said the HD crashed. I have bought a replacement 250gb SATA HD - attached the two inputs to the back (one thin and ling, one thin and short) and all I get on boot up is a couple of chirps and the screen says "Drive 1 (and 2 and 3) Not Found: Serial ATA, SATA-1" and repeats for drives two and three. The drive is warm, it's being accessed (it's humming), but I've also tried a third 160gb drive, same thing. I even replaced the original drive back in and the same thing - not even the blue screen and error codes any more.

Went to F2 set up, set to auto detect, all (SATA) drives sets to 'on.'

I'm computer literate, but not a techy or anything.

Totally lost now. Please help.

emsguy4you at aol dot com
 

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Worked the first time, but since then, boot up leads to "error loading OS" message unless I disable the secondary IDE (the one the with the new data drive attached) in the BIOS Can't see anywhere in the BIOS to set the boot drive -- is there a boot disk or other workaround?  --- Oh, separate problem -- the CD burner / DVD reader drive has been having some trouble reading DVD data disks.  (No problem reading data CDs though.)   Sometimes the problem results in sticking a DVD in the drive and it doesn't even find the files.  (The DVDs still work fine in another computer.) --- Thanks!

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i am trying to install a western digital 74gig Serial ATA, our 10,000 RPM on a Asus K8V SE Deluxe motherboard. when i try to install windows with the Sata driver the setup say that it could not find a hard drive. I looked in the main biso and it dose not show the drive as a primary drive. but the motherboard sata biso dose show the drive as being there. Another reason i know that the drive works is because i used the disk that came with drive to fromat the dirve and partition it.

 

Answer:Problems installing raptor sata drive as main drive

you need to install a 3rd party SATA driver during windows setup.

look on your motherboard manufacturers website for the latest SATA driver for WindowsXP, and put it on a floppy disk.

once you have the disk ready, boot to the Windows disk, and when prompted (in the first 5 seconds or so) tap F6 a few times. wait a few minutes for windows to load standard drivers, and then you will be prompted to insert your floppy containing the Drivers.

if you cant find the drivers, let us know the model of your motherboard and we'll track them down.
 

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I was just copying files right from my c drive (which contains 2 defunct windows folders that the pc doesnt use.. I had no clue what i was attempting to do years ago with this install.) onto my e drive which is the primary drive. i am going to reformat the c drive to install windows 7.

Now what happened is that i went to disconnect the one drive to make 100% certain the windows folders on c are not in use (im sure theyre not since they havent been modified in years) but ran into an error on bootup where the system couldnt find the file ntldr. I had to burn this fix from my laptop onto a dvd and then run that and it fixed it. What happened was that in the root c drive folder was the ntldr file (and a few others apparently) that i moved into a folder on my e drive in my attempts to preserve everything from the c drive for after i format it.. I moved all those little files back to the root c drive. I checked in the root e folder and those files arent there. I was expecting there to be copies of them at least.

I then copied those files from the c: root dir to the E: root dir. I then unplugged c and booted and i get the "error loading os" or "os not found" i forget the exact error message... This may have something to do with e: being a SATA drive and c: being an IDE drive however.

Anyway, for whatever reason, the pc will not recognize the e drive on the SATA as bootable. I read that if I boot from the xp cd and choose repair on the e drive, it may fix... Read more

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Have XP on C drive and looking to install Win 7 on 2nd Sata drive for dual boot. However, when installing a 2nd Sata drive my XP bios identifies it correctly as a Sata drive but my PC Disk management recognises it as a Removeable disk preventing me from installing Win 7. I have tried a couple of different Sata disks with the same result.

Answer:Sata Drive recognition issue preventing addition of 2nd drive

You may find the attached article useful - it says that the problem may be as a result of the drive not being partitioned and formatted after installation.

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Hello, I have a Toshiba Satellite Laptop (M45 S2692) I was trying to install a new partition using Partition Magic, apparently it didn't go too well. Upon rebooting it never installed my software and I got the message "Operating System Not Found" I couldn't boot, so I switched back to my primary OS (Windows XP Home) I got a few errors when doing so,
"xmnt 2002 program not found" and "autochk program not found"
I did a little research and found that Some parts of my partition were hidden so I needed to go in and make them visible. Well, lets just say that didn't go over too well. Now it wont boot at all. I get a black screen with a bunch of things on it. So, I gave up and went onto my desktop to see how I can retrieve my data so I can just clear my hard drive and do a fresh install on it and put my files back on. I bought a Manhattan SATA 150 to IDE Converter. I hooked everything up, the problem I am having now is that my computer recognizes the drive, but it is not visible or accessible. I trie4d changing the BIOS, changing it from Master to Slave. still no luck. If I change the pins to slave, I cant find the hard drive in Admin options. When it is there, I figured I would try to change the letter of the drive so it might pop up in my "My Computer". No luck. When I right click it, all I get is the option to delete the partition. I'm lost now, I have no clue what else to do, and I can't afford $150 to get it d... Read more

Answer:Transferring files from a laptop SATA drive to a desktop IDE drive

If the desktop has SATA, then just plug the Laptop drive in, make sure the BIOS is set to boot from the IDE, and thats it.

If it doesn't, then the most painless way is an external USB Caddy - like this: http://shop.mcgtech.com.au/s.nl/it.A/id.2988/.f?sc=2&category=8641

SCAN IT FOR VIRUSES/SPYWARE BEFORE TRANSFERRING DATA!!!
 

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SATA drive detected as an atapi drive by windows xp setup.

I’m wanting to install windows xp for backwards compatible with order programs.

1st primary partition is W7 size is 243.71 GB NTFS maximum it will shrink down.
2nd primary partition is setup as 99.97 GB FAT32 (can expanded space later after installing SP2)

After installing XP,
I will use the windows 7 system boot disk and do the following from the command prompt
Bootrec /fixmbr
Bootrec /fixboot
Bootrec /rebuildbcd

Is it ok to install windows xp, since it sees the drive as an atapi and don't need to worry about the sata driver?
Is the boot fix correct?

Thank You
I also added a logical partition which has been removed. Out of curiosity I put a windows 98 setup cd. It didn't see the Fat 32 2nd partition but it did see the logical fat 32 partition as a normal dos primary partition. It makes me wonder on SATA drives if windows 98se can be installed onto logical partition. There was a size limitation, it only saw around 35 GB

Answer:SATA drive detected as an atapi drive by windows xp setup.

Quote:
2nd primary partition is setup as 99.97 GB FAT32


Why FAT32?



Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

Use EasyBCD 2.0 in Win 7 & Win XP.
EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies

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Hi all,
 
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

Answer:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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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)

Help!!

Answer: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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Hi, When I go to Computer Management my main (OS) drive shows as "Disk 1" and my 2nd internal data drive shows as "Disk 0". Should I switch the SATA cables so that the main drive will show as "Disk 0 and the 2nd internal drive as "Disk 1"? Or should I ignore this? Thanks.

Answer:Main drive and data drive SATA connectors?

Hello Antares,

As long as you are not having any issues booting to Windows, I wouldn't worry about it. It doesn't matter what the Disk number is.

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Hi All,

Hope someone can help

I have installed a new SATA Hard Drive on my PC. It works fine, but my DVD drives disappear (from BIOS, My Computer and Device Manager). If I unplug the new Sata drive, the DVD drives come back. They do not have the same letter assigned... I have played about with the jumpers on the DVD drive, but that didnt help. It seems that the Sata Drive takes the place of the DVD drive in Bios...?? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Ray
 

Answer:New SATA Hard Drive Problem - DVD Drive Disappears

Is the dvd drive also a SATA drive, or an IDE drive?
 

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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?
 

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

any ideas?
 

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Hi, thanks for looking at my problem.
I just built a new (my 1st build ) computer and am having trouble booting with my hard drive and dvd drive. Here what has been happening.

It starts up, showing the motherboard graphic
Then says the BIOS is Initializing...

Then it displays 2 messages on the screen saying this...
(The |'s indicated where the screen cuts off)

|pter 1
|ks Information:
| No hard disk is detected!
|
|pter 2
|ks Information:
| No hard disk is detected!

Then goes on to the next screen and says...

Reboot and Select proper Boot device
Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key

I put my windows vista install DVD in my dvd drive and pressed a key but the message just repeats.

Im going to try and provide as much info as I can on the problem, please bear with me! :P

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First off, links to my hardware:

ASUS board
ASUS DVD-ROM (I bought this a while back for my old computer and it was working recently)
SATA drive

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First let me explain everything I've done with the SATA drive and board.


On the board there are 3 boxes to connect to, on the layout on the manual they are called SATA13 (for SATA1 and 2), SATA24 (3 and 4) and SATA_RAID. Initially I had connected the HD to the SATA1 connection in the SATA13 box and recieved the double No Hard Disk Is Detected! messaged during startup. I decided to connect it to the SATA_RAID box (I tried both connections... Read more

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I have Windows XP sp2 on a Hitachi 80 GB SATA drive partitioned as drive C: and drive E: with ntfs. The operating system is on the C: partition and other programs are on the E: partition. I purchased a larger 250 GB Hitachi SATA drive and installed it as drives D: and F: I want to transfer Windows xp from the 80 gb drive to the 250 gb drive and activate the 250 GB drive as the boot drive.

I copied the files from the E: partition to the F: partition. How do I transfer Windows from the 80 gb drive to the 250 drive and boot from the new drive.? I want to use the 80GB drive as a Linux drive and multiboot Windows xp and Ubuntu Linux .

Thanks,
Romeo Dais
 

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I am running Windows 7 Pro. Have a external dual dock connected to a estata port. One of the drives assigned letter K often comes up as E and I have to change as application is looking for K. Another disk in this dock works fine. No problems.
Does anyone know why this might be happening or anyway to prevent?
Seems like when I go to disk management and assign K it should stay that way.

Answer:External Sata drive will not keep assigned drive letter

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Terrym


I am running Windows 7 Pro. Have a external dual dock connected to a estata port. One of the drives assigned letter K often comes up as E and I have to change as application is looking for K. Another disk in this dock works fine. No problems.
Does anyone know why this might be happening or anyway to prevent?
Seems like when I go to disk management and assign K it should stay that way.


Try assigning a drive letter a "distance" away from your existing drive letters.

For example, change the dock drive letter to Z and see how you get on with that.

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I have a Dell Dimension MCE 8400 that I ordered with a single drive. In retrospect I should have ordered it with 2 drives and without MCE but that is another discussion. I am wanting to install a new OEM WD Cavier SATA 160 with dual boot operating systems on the same drive but partitioned, XP Pro and MCE. I have installed the WD drive as the second drive (in position 1) and made a partition of 40 GB. The drive is seen by the system. I reboot the system and go into setup, disable the Maxtor SATA drive (one delivered with system and in position 0) change the boot order so it boots from CD, save the changes. I boot the system with the Win XP Pro CD, and in the FDD I have WD SATA drivers. The system boots, I hit F6 and it looks as though it is reading the SATA controller drivers. Needless to say the system doesn't recognize that a hard drive is present. Please help!!!!! If anyone has any ideas or suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Hi Everyone,

I just bought a 1.5TB Seagate SATA HDD Which I will be using as a data drive. I have my Primary 320gig sata hd which i use for windows. Now when I go to install the 1.5tb Drive, it detects it on first boot in the bios. when it trys to boot, it hangs on a black screen and doesnt move. When I go to restart, the 320 Primary Drive dissapears and only the 1.5tb drive is visable.

So what I've tryed to do is ive disconnected the 1.5tb drive, i left the 320 drive connected and it booted up fine. got into windows and worked as normal. but when I plugged in the 2nd drive it doesnt boot up. and when it doesnt boot, you restart and the 320 dissapears. I've also ghosted my 320gig drive to the 1.5tb drive. My 320 contained 2 partitions (C: for windows and D: for data) So atm im using my 1.5tb drive like my 320 with the C and D. But would anyone know the issue why I cant have both drives in there.?

Here are the troubleshooting steps I took

1) Changed SATA Cables
2) Changed the sata order (Plugged primary in SATA 2 and DATA HD in SATA 3 to see if the ports are faulty
3)Took out the IDE CD-ROM
4) Tryed to mess around in the bios and nothing worked.

Also using an ASUS P5ND mobo with lastest bios update.

Answer:Hard Drive Dissapears after installing 2nd SATA Drive

What is the power supply like? Make sure the power cables are on a different branch, if possible.

Perhaps the PSU isn't sending out enough power for both drive on a single cable?

Just a guess.

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I need to retrieve data from a SATA drive but can only achieve this if I can connect it as a slave drive to a machine with a master PATA drive. The motherboard will accept both devices. Is this possible? and if so how?
 

Answer:Master PATA drive Slave SATA drive-is it possible

Leave the pata as master, plug in the sata and reboot. OS will assign new drive letter to the sata and you should be able to see it.
 

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Can anyone tell me how to copy the entire contents of my 3gb UDMA hard drive, including XP home- to my new 80gb SATA hard drive.

Answer:How do I Copy UDMA Hard Drive to new Sata Drive

Save all your documents to a CD or DVD and re-install XP

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i have never used a floppy/installed, an i want 2 change my ide drive 2 a raptor 1000rpm sata drive is there a way?
 

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Hello all, I'm hoping you can help me. A couple weeks ago my hp pavilion dv6000 crashed (again). Last time this happened I was able to recover to an old restore point wih my vista recovery disk and save my files, but no luck this time. I'm a writer and I have a decent amount of writing that I'll lose if I can't recover my files. I have a sata USB cable that I'm using to connect the drive to my old working pc (windows xp). When I hook it up, I hear the drive powering up and the computer makes the USB detect sound, but the drive never shows up in my computer. How can I get my pc to detect the drive? Is all lost? thanks so much for any help. I know more than average about computers, but I'm mostly a beginner so please explain in simple terms. Thanks in advance
 

Answer:Sata USB slave drive to recover crashed drive

the noise you are hearing is a good sign, but maybe windows is assigning the drive a letter that is already in use? if you right click "my computer" and go to manage. then click on disk management, take a screen shot of that and attach it to a post on here..i might be able to help.
 

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Since I don't know which information will be important to answering my question, I will provide more than is probably needed.

My main machine is built on an ABIT IC7G motherboard running Windows XP with SP3 installed. It has the latest BIOS ABIT issued for the IC7G. The CPU is a Northwood 2.4C overclocked to 3.2GHz. To get there, the FSB has been upped to 267 MHz instead of the spec 200 Mhz. The memory is 1 GB of OCZ PC3200 Platinum Rev. 2 ram running at a divider of 5:4 so the memory clock for it is 213.8 MHz with timings of 2,2,2,5! The system is rock stable and will run Prime95 indefinitely. The CPU is air cooled with a humongous Thermaltake CPU cooler. The Northbridge chip is also actively cooled with an equally humongous Thermatake cooler.

Now for the question. The machine has two Seagate hard drives installed; an ST3500630A (IDE) as the C drive and an ST3300831AS (SATA) drive as the archive drive. The SATA drive is connected to the SATA 1 connector on the motherboard which is controlled by the Intel ICH5R Southbridge SATA controller. HDTach benchmarks the IDE drive as having an average read of 66.8 MBs with a maximum burst speed of 90.5 MBs. Inexplicably (to my thinking) it benchmarks the SATA drive as having an average read of only 51.2 MBs -- but with a maximum burst speed of 133.5 MBs.

Can any one see an explanation for what should be a much faster SATA drive benchmarking as slower than the IDE drive?

The machine is a super performer -- for an older... Read more

Answer:SATA drive benchmarking (HDTach) as slower than an IDE drive?

Based on the motherboard specs the sata is an early version. They typically were not much faster and in some tests slower than ide connections.
 

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I messed up by making a cloned SATA drive instead of just doing an image back up. Now, because it's recognized as a real system drive, I can't get to it to make it a backup drive with an image vice a clone.

Answer:How do I change a cloned SATA drive to use as a backup drive

Sorry to hear you are having issues Beaner...

Not sure how politically correct that name is either... LOL!






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I messed up by making a cloned SATA drive instead of just doing an image back up.


What application did you use to make this "Clone"?






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Now, because it's recognized as a real system drive, I can't get to it to make it a backup drive with an image vice a clone.


Can you boot into your OS? If yes, can you see both the old HDD and the Cloned HDD? If you can positivly ID the cloned drive just format it and start again!

I can give you more details once you give me more details!

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Comic Sans MSI recently upgraded from Win98 SE to Win2K Pro. After the upgrade I can no longer see my SATA drive. This is an Athalon Barton 3200 Processor w/512MB RAM, ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe MB. Any idea how I can get this drive to be seen? It is a WD800 SATA. Worked fine with the Win98 SE os
 

Answer:Can't find SATA drive from EIDE Drive with Win2K

Did you install the drivers for the SATA controller?
 

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Hey, i recently ghosted my 250gb ATA 133 drive to a 200gb SATA drive. I made sure I installed the drivers before I imaged so it would boot and detect correctly. It worked fine for 2 months. I am currently contemplating re-installing Windows because of a few problems with my current installation and general junking up of the OS. I have a SP2 disc but i dont have a Floppy drive installed and i really dont want to install one just for the SATA drivers. Is there any way to install XP to a SATA drive without a floppy disk?

Wayne

Answer:Installing Windows XP to a SATA drive without a floppy drive

Wayne I am actually in the same boat you are as we speak I dont know if its an option to search your CD-ROM drive for drivers or not. I have never had to do it so I willl tell you my findings when I get done tonight...It is going to be a bit harder for me as I am setting 2X250GB SATA drives in a RAID0..wish me luck..lol.

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Computer: Dell Dimension 5100. 6 years old.
Current hard drive: SATA 250GB (think it's SATA 1). Dell web site says its ATA-133

Looking to: Replace the hard drive due to faults

Question: Can I fit a SATA 3 hard drive in this computer? Would this just work at SATA 1 speeds because of the old mainboard? Most of the hard drives listed for sale are now SATA 3.

Thanks for any replies.
 

Answer:Solved: SATA 3 hard drive to replace a SATA 1 hard drive?

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Dear All-

My wife's Fujitsu laptop (Vista Home Premium 32 bit) decided to fry its MB after less than two years. Since it will be more to repair the board than to replace the laptop, we've decided she will get a new one. But, with mainboard crashes, they rarely give you a heads up and when it crashed we didn't have a current back up. So, I took the 2.5" Hitachi hard drive out of the laptop and put it into an SATA enclosure and connected it to MY Fujitsu laptop (Vista Basic). The enclosure lights (powered thru USB) and the drive spins (can feel it and hear it). These are encouraging. However, I cannot get the drive to appear anywhere. Not in My Computer. Not in Device Manager. Not in Admin Tools/Disk Mgmt. Not in BIOS.

The enclosure came with a driver disk but the only install on the little disk was for Win98. I have connected outboard hard drives to this computer in the past with no issue. Anyone have any clues/ideas about ANYTHING I can do to get this drive recognized so I can recover all the data on it?

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Recovering Hard Drive/2nd SATA drive

Okay, well, the counter-intuitive took hold of me and I fixed my own problem. I simply unplugged and plugged this drive -hot- several times and after one of the replugs Vista finally installed the device drivers and the drive showed up. Whew!

Thanks to everyone for their help

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I Have Sony Vaio VGC-RB34G Running Windows XP Media Edition. My computer came with No XP CD just the Cheap Recovery System From the Control Panel That I had to Make using Two DVDS. My Original Hard Drive Has a Currupt File that will not Load Windows So I bought another Hard drive of same Make and Model I Installed and Now when I go to boot Windows I have to Press F5 to Run windows from the Second hard drive. When In BIOS it shows both HD And I dont know How to Slave the Original so When I start It runs The New Hard drive and Shows The Original as a x: drive  so I can Copy THE system File I need to the Currupt Hard drive.. This sony is giving me trouble from day one.. Please Help

Answer:Slave Drive SATA hard drive

There should be a setting in BIOS under Boot in which you chose which order it boots up each hard drive. If that doesn't work, you made need to take the original out and replace it with the new one to make it the primary drive....

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Hey forum,

I have a PATA CD-ROM drive already installed in my computer and working correctly. Recently I received a new SATA DVD drive and installed that as well into the same computer. They both work fine, but when I play games for example the computer looks for the CD in my older drive, not the new one. I'd like to set the SATA drive to be my primary drive. How would I go about doing this?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Setting SATA DVD drive to primary drive?

I think the SATA drive should also support CDs. If so, take out the old PATA drive altogether.

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I nstalled a new SATA drive in my pc. I installed Windows XP Pro on it using the drivers from the ASUS disc when Windows prompted for the SCSI drivers. Now windows sees my IDE drive as a scsi drive and I can't access it. How do I get windows to recognize the drive as an IDE drive again?
Specs: P4 on ASU P4P800 motherboard.
 

Answer:IDE drive unrecognized after adding SATA drive

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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,
Carol
 

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I have a SATA hard drive onto which windows is installed onto on a ASUS P4P800 mobo. I want to backup the drive onto a IDE drive but I can't because when I plug it in it always trys to boot to the IDE drive no matter what BIOS settings I use.

Answer:Can't boot from SATA drive when IDE drive is plugged in

Did you put the sata drive 1st in the boot order?

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I am trying to image my 80gb 7200 rpm IDE ultra 133 drive to a brand spanking new 200gb seagate baracudda SATA drive. The first thing I tried was using Ghost to image it from partition to partition.. that didn't work. I booted with the windows cd and tried to do the fixmbr and fixboot.. The fixboot seemed to do the right drive, but the fixmbr kept wanting to write my old drive. I unplugged the old drive and tried to boot into windows setup once more and it gave me a blue screen of death. I am in the process of imaging it disk to disk in norton ghost. I hope this works. Any thoughts anyone who has gone through this?

RiPPCLaW
 

Answer:imaging OS PATA Drive to SATA Drive

Seagate's own disk install utility will do the whole thing for you.

Ive done it many times. Just install the new sata disk, let seagate format/copy all the files over, etc. Works fine IDE->SATA and SATA->IDE.

Tough part comes with sata raid, then the utilities dont work. Each disk compnay has a version...basically the same program, diff name. If it wasnt on a disk with drive.... download from seagate.
 

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I plugged a new SATA drive into my computer and my BIOS sees it and it shows up in windows xp device manager but it doesnt show up in my computer. How can I fix this (I restarted my computer 10 times).

EDIT>>>>>>>***OH I lied, it's not showing up in device manager.****<<<<<<<
 

Answer:SATA Drive not showing up on drive list

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Will my external WD hard drive (used for backups) work with a PC that has internal SATA drives only ?
 

Answer:External IDE Drive vs Internal SATA Drive

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Howdy,

I have a fairly new PC ( http://shop3.outpost.com/product/4650538#detailed ) that has 4 SATA ports. The original drive was is from the Western Digital SATA Caviar line http://www.westerndigital.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=116&Language=en . Sadly this drive failed last weekend. I ran a utility to rebuild the master boot record, that did not allow the system to boot up. Now I am simply hoping to recover the data on it, so I picked up an identical drive, removed the old one and used the system restore DVD to recreate the system as originally configured. After that I plugged in the old drive and now every time the system boots, it tries to boot off the original drive. I've switched cables around without success and I can't seem to find anything in the BIOS for selecting the boot drive. What am I missing here?

Regards,

DM_Tim
 

Answer:Setting a SATA drive as the boot drive

Welcome to Techspot!

An easy solution if your system has the right characteristics?
Check your manuals etc and see if your system can Hot Swap the SATA's, if so disconnect the old drive and boot to windows on the new drive .
Carefully plug in the old drive on another channel ,then just capture your files in explorer the old drive should show up.
 

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I've had this problem for years and always just unplugged the IDE drive before reinstalling. I'm tired of doing that though, and I want to fix it.

I finally got fed up at all the problems my computer has been having and decided to reinstall Windows 7. I have 3 SATA drives (2x 1TB and a 500 Gig) and a 200 Gig IDE drive. I install the OS to a partition of the 500 gig drive, but during the install, when it reboots after unpacking the files, it always tries to boot from the IDE drive, which gives me an error "BOOTMGR not found". Even if I go into the boot selection and choose the SATA drive, it gives me the message. If I installed the OS with the IDE drive plugged in, even unplugging that drive and rebooting gives me the error. I have to install Windows with the IDE drive unplugged.

I haven't looked at it a while, but I'm pretty sure the IDE drive is set to slave, not sure if that matters though since it's the only IDE drive.

Is there anything I can do about this? I'm tired of unplugging the drive to reinstall, it's just a pain.
 

Answer:Reinstalling OS to SATA drive with IDE drive installed

You need to check that the jumpers on the IDE drive are set for slave and check in the Bios that the SATA drive with the OS is set as Primary Master.

I would also check under Integrated Perpherals in the Bios that your IDE set up shows the Serial-ATA controller is enabled.
 

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Hello,
My Laptop Model is amsung Chronos 7 (NP700Z5C-S03UK). It has in built 8 GB SanDisk SATA drive which was used with my 1 TB HDD in Intel SRT. Last week I replaced my 1 TB HDD With Samsung EVO 840 250GB SSD. Now main drive is SSD, so I have no idea what should I do with that 8GB SSD.
Can you please Advice a best use for that SSD. ? Can I just add a drive letter to it and use it as another Hard Drive for storing data ?
Thanks.
Gaurav Aher

Answer:Built in SATA Drive as regular drive.

Probably not. It was initially there as a fast cache drive to speed up your spinner drive access and it required software drivers to activate it as such. If I were you I would just leave it as it is if you just cloned your original drive to the SSD. 8GB is not really worth worrying about.

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I recently upgraded my computer with a new MB, cpu, video card and a 200GB Maxtor Diamondmax SATA150 drive. I ghosted my existing HD with my OS on it to the new drive. The drive seems to work fine, everything copied over as it should, it's detected by BIOS and windows XP correctly and you can access it through windows. A small odd issue it has is when plugged into the #1 SATA slot of the MB(there are 4), everything except BIOS lists it as being plugged into the 3rd slot. Interestiingly, BIOS lists the 4 SATA slots in this order(3, 4, 1, 2). I don't think this makes any differance though since a SATA drive is automatically a master. However, it will not let me boot from the drive. I have 3 hard drives in my computer right now, 2 ATA and 1 SATA. The drive was a OEM drive so I downloaded the Maxblast software from the maxtor website. You can get the windows version of the program and a .ISO file to create a bootable CD. When I try booting from the CD it doesn't give me the options to setup the SATA drive, or any drive really. The windows version of the program works but I was thinking since it was trying to copy everything while windows was running, it may not have been able to copy anything and that's why I'm getting the error I'm getting which is "Error loading OS" after BIOS screen. I've done some reading and tried a few things like unplugging my ATA drives, running fixmbr and fixboot from the XP recovery console. I downloaded True... Read more

Answer:Want to make new SATA drive the boot drive

When using Maxblast to copy Drive Image you have to select Advance Options in HDD setup & select option to copy a bootable drive
I forget the exact steps but here's two Options for coping a HDD Image one is Bootable one is Not

Other thought might be BIOS setting
Ya might try different SATA port on the MOBO
 

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I ask because none of my 3 PCs have a floppy drive and all my PC owning friends have none either!However, I do have CD & DVD writers so, can I write the MaxBlast3 software (for a Maxtor 250GB SATA hard drive) to CD so I can boot from there instead?Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-7N400 Pro21GB DDR333 PC2700 RAMCPU: Athlon XP 3000Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB graphics card2x Maxtor 120GB ATA/133 HDDWindows XP Pro SP1 (all updates as of 13/05/2004) Thanks for any help offered.

Answer:Can I install a SATA Drive without a floppy drive?

Also, does anyone know if the motherboard has the 137GB hard drives limitation? I want Windows XP Pro to see the full 250GB of my SATA hard drive!

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I want to use an old recycled (circa 2001) 40GB IDE drive in my desktop for back-ups. My pc has a 240GB SATA RAID 0 disk and 2 CD drives connecxted to the first IDE controller. After trying various combinations, I was successful in getting the 40GB drive recognised. The setup was to connect it to the second IDE controller using the middle plug on a second ATA cable (the end plug is not connected to anything).The problem is that my machine has now slowed down to perhaps a twentieth of its previous performance. I read somewhere that using a slow drive can cause the controller to slow down to the speed of the slowest drive. Is there a way around this?

Answer:New IDE drive makes the old SATA drive very slow

You should plug the drive into the end of the eide cable see if that makes a difference.

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Just ordered a 62z and found a great deal on Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD - 2.5" Form Factor, SATA III from TigerDirect.  It is only 7mm thick. Will that fit in the 62Z AIO alongside the current HDD? http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=8466636&sku=UAM-101752101

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Ok so basically i see dvd drives that replace the optical drive and allow you to put a 2nd hard drive on things like laptops.

The issue is i want one for a desktop as the ones i am finding are too small to fit in one of my desktops. Normally there is more than 1 expansion slot for an additional hard drive on MOST desktops but this isn't the case for mine as i am using a sff model and well the only way to add another hard drive is to take off my optical drive and swap it with some sort of expasion.

Anyone know where to buy one of these for a desktop optical drive as the ones for laptops are smaller
 

Answer:2nd dvd drive hard drive sata caddy?

Nexus_ said:





Ok so basically i see dvd drives that replace the optical drive and allow you to put a 2nd hard drive on things like laptops.

The issue is i want one for a desktop as the ones i am finding are too small to fit in one of my desktops. Normally there is more than 1 expansion slot for an additional hard drive on MOST desktops but this isn't the case for mine as i am using a sff model and well the only way to add another hard drive is to take off my optical drive and swap it with some sort of expasion.

Anyone know where to buy one of these for a desktop optical drive as the ones for laptops are smallerClick to expand...

Thee are some on this page along with some 2.5" (for laptops) and some hard drives.
 

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I have a self built PC running XP Home with a single SATA Seagate 160GB hard drive. A friend has given me an IDE Seagate 40GB hard drive that he wishes to get data from. I connected the IDE drive to the IDE controller on the motherboard and rebooted. The IDE drive is recognised in the BIOS but it has replaced the SATA drive as the boot drive. I cannot select the SATA drive to be a boot drive as it no longer shows in the boot priority section of the BIOS, only the IDE drive, CD ROM or floppy disk. If I disconnect the IDE drive, the PC boots from the SATA drive as normal and the SATA drive reappears in the boot priority section of the BIOS. All I wish to do is to see the contents of the IDE drive in Windows so that I can copy some data from it to a DVD. IS this possible or can?t SATA and IDE drives coexist on the same PC?

Answer:Adding IDE drive to PC with SATA hard drive

Om my mobo they can co-exist, but only because I have seperate IDE connectors for hard drives, I cannot connect to the IDE connectors on the mobo that are for DVD\CD drives, I suspect that may be the case with yours. Have you considered a USB external case?.

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I am trying to install a SATA drive as a secondary drive. The computer is trying to boot with the secondary drive instead of the master IDE drive. I need to boot with the IDE so I can read the SATA drive and make file corrections. Both drive have XP operating systems installed but the SATA has a corrupt hal.dll file. The SATA is from another computer. The computer with the IDE works fine except when I install the SATA. There are jumpers on the IDE drive. Can anyone tell me whast I need to do to make the computer boot with the IDE while recognizing the SATA drive as an addition drive?
 

Answer:Installing SATA as a 2nd drive with a Master IDE drive

The IDE and Sata drives are on different controllers, so the jumper settings on your IDE drive shouldn't be a factor. Check your BIOS to make sure the IDE drive is ahead of the Sata unit in the Boot Priority list.
 

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How do you transfer data from an old SATA drive to the new one??I have a Acer desktop running WXP AMD3.8 new drive is 250GB,these Acer desktops have a hiddenrecovery on there drives if you use it the first thing that appears is starting W98 very odd thenNorton ghost will appear after the system is recovered it will then go into changing FAT32 to NTFS.I could load up from scatch but that leaves me with very limited recovery in the event of a crash. NEVER BUY AN ACER DESKTOP.

Answer:Data transfer from old SATA drive to new drive

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Hey everyone,

Ok, so my old WD 200G IDE hard drive was running a bit low on space and I decided it would be a good idea to upgrade to a 1tb seagate that I found at best buy. I figured I could just clone the old IDE drive and make the sata drive my new primary drive; but in order to do that they both have to be operating at once and I have to be able to boot the old one in order to run the wizard. So I plug it in the new one and I get a disk failure (because it automatically wants to boot the empty sata drive). I attempt to re-configure the boot priority and put the IDE back on top, but there's no IDE hard drive to be found anywhere. The IDE drive re-appears once the sata drive is gone, but anytime the sata is plugged in it immediately gets overridden and disappears. The IDE drive is connected off of the same cable as my cd-drive, and I was wondering if it being set to a slave could possibly be the cause of this? Any ideas?
 

Answer:Solved: IDE drive afraid of new SATA drive

Lets try? If you have your ide drive connected to the ribbon with the cdrom drive, connect your sata drive to a sata connection on the boars {#1] connection> upon re booting the pc go to mv computer & right click>left click on manage>Left click on disk managment. If the drive is there you have to format it.
 

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HI,

I'm trying to assign a drive letter to my sata drive via the computer management utility.

The drive is listed but when I right click the only option available is delete partition.

I want to assign a drive letter so that I can access this drive to hopefully repair a problem I'm having with a corrupt system file that I have listed in another forum.
 

Answer:Sata drive not assigned drive letter

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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?

Thanks.
 

Answer:XP install on SATA drive without floppy drive

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Right now i am booting off of an 80gb IDE hard drive but i want to clone the drive onto a 150gb sata drive and make the sata drive my boot drive.

I have used Acronis True Image to clone the hard drive.
I restarted and everything copied over in DOS successfully but then i tried to boot off of the sata drive and everything seemed to work out fine.. Vista load bar showed up, i was able to enter my password to log in and then it said preparing desktop like it was the first time i installed vista.
It was stuck on that screen for a few mins and then a blank blue screen just came up.
it seemed like it was the default background for Windows 2000 or something like that and it just stayed there.

So now i'm back to booting off of the IDE drive...

anyone know what i'm doing wrong?

Answer:Cloning IDE boot drive to sata drive

Brink posted a very good suggestion; it's #3.
Cloning a Drive

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Hey Guys, I have a R60 9456 - DRM I have had to take out an old Corrupted hard drive and replace it with a new SATA Drive. The drive has been recognised by Bios, but during the XP install I get a message saying that no hard drives were found. I downloaded the "Intel Matrix Storage Manager Driver for Windows XP, Vista (32bit) - ThinkPad" and tried both the Mobile ICH8M-E and Mobile ICH8M-E/M Drivers (these were the only "mobile" Drivers in the list, the other two were ICH9 and ICH8R/ICH9R for Desktop/Server/Workstation), neither of these worked. Another thing in the readme for the driver download it says - If your system has Intel(R) 82801HEM/HBM SATA AHCI Controller,       select Intel(R) 82801HEM/HBM SATA AHCI Controller (Mobile       ICH8M-E/M), and press Enter.     - If your system has Intel(R) 82801GBM SATA AHCI Controller,       select Intel(R) 82801GBM SATA AHCI Controller (Mobile ICH7M/DH),       and press Enter. but the driver package only contained the ICH8 Drivers. If anyone has had a similar poblem or has any ideas any help would be awesome. Cheers  

Answer:Installing XP on new Sata Drive (Drive not found)

hazamus, welcome to the forum,all you need to do is set the hard drive to compatability mode istead of ahci in bios, then you can install the driver after you have installed windowsPress F1 when booting in order to enter bios, select config menu and then the serial ata menu, change the setting from AHCI to compatability mode.You can find drivers here, or you could use System Update which should get everything you need automatically.Happy installing

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I would like to add a 160G SATA drive to my system for video editing and storage only. I have an ASUS A7v8X motherboard with onboard SATA connectors. My boot drive is a standard 80G IDE drive and i will keep this as my master boot drive. Will there be any problem mixing IDE and SATA drives within the same system?

Answer:adding SATA drive beside an IDE boot drive

there sould be no problem at all with this.

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My systems are all rather old -- running Pentium 4 CPU's in 478 pin sockets. From the time I built them, they have run Windows XP (now with SP3 installed) on IDE drives. Rock solid and stable. Two are on ABIT IS7 -- one a V2 and one an E -- motherboards and two are on ABIT IC7 G motherboards.

Recently with the dramatic price drops on SATA drives I bought two of the Western Digital black 640 GB drives planning to make them the C drives in the two machines I use most to get a boost in speed. I had no trouble installing Windows XP to the WD drive and the speed improvement as measured by HDTach is very impressive. So long as the only drive connected is the SATA drive the system(s) boot and run perfectly. I had planned to reformat the old 500 GB Seagate IDE drives that used to be C drives and use them for file storage. If I connect an IDE drive to either of the IDE connectors on the motherboard where the SATA drive is set to be the boot drive, bootup fails with an error message saying no OS was found etc. I have read the manuals carefully and can't find any information on getting SATA and IDE drives to play nice together. I had assumed there was some place in BIOS to do this -- but so far as I can tell, there isn't. There doesn't appear to be a place in the BIOS to set boot to be SATA instead of IDE, and it is clearly defaulting to the IDE drive if an IDE drive is present.

I could just buy another WD SATA drive, but I have all of these Seagate 500 GB dri... Read more

Answer:Can't boot from a SATA drive when an IDE drive is connected

syzygy said:





My systems are all rather old -- running Pentium 4 CPU's in 478 pin sockets. From the time I built them, they have run Windows XP (now with SP3 installed) on IDE drives. Rock solid and stable. Two are on ABIT IS7 -- one a V2 and one an E -- motherboards and two are on ABIT IC7 G motherboards.

Recently with the dramatic price drops on SATA drives I bought two of the Western Digital black 640 GB drives planning to make them the C drives in the two machines I use most to get a boost in speed. I had no trouble installing Windows XP to the WD drive and the speed improvement as measured by HDTach is very impressive. So long as the only drive connected is the SATA drive the system(s) boot and run perfectly. I had planned to reformat the old 500 GB Seagate IDE drives that used to be C drives and use them for file storage. If I connect an IDE drive to either of the IDE connectors on the motherboard where the SATA drive is set to be the boot drive, bootup fails with an error message saying no OS was found etc. I have read the manuals carefully and can't find any information on getting SATA and IDE drives to play nice together. I had assumed there was some place in BIOS to do this -- but so far as I can tell, there isn't. There doesn't appear to be a place in the BIOS to set boot to be SATA instead of IDE, and it is clearly defaulting to the IDE drive if an IDE drive is present.

I could just buy another WD SATA drive... Read more

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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!
 

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

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Hi hope you can help, have put in a new motherboard and formatted windows, my hard drive is sata, dvd drive D is sata, but my 2nd dvd drive is ide(i think its called), have put HD in sata 1, sata dvd drive in 2 and 2nd dvd drive ide! it is all recognised on my computer but nothing works when i use drive E my 2nd dvd drive, any suggestions pleaseRegards Paul

Answer:sata hard drive with 1 sata dvd drive and 1 ide

First - Check all the cables are corectly connected.Especially the IDE drive as it is possible to put the cable in the wrong way up, Normally the cut out goes to the top of the drive.Check you do not have any bent pins on the DVD drive, if so you may be able to straighten then with a pair of Nose pliars -- VERY CAREFULLYTry replacing the IDE cable with another cable as the cable may be faulty.Check the power supply to the IDE cable and that it is set to Slave not Master or Cable select.Terry

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My pc died on me and due to a lack of spare cash I bought a cheap pc. It is a AMD Athlon 64X2 dual core 3600+ and it came with only 500mb ram. It also has vista pre-installed. The pc was so slow, I thought this was probably due to the lack of ram, so I bought another 2g ram (total 2.5g ram) but the machine still takes ages to do anything, if I am running a file convertor then I cannot surf etc. I have a legit copy of XP pro and would like to install it on this pc instead of vista. I am assuming from what I have read that it is not possible to simply put the xp disc into my pc once vista has loaded and simply 'upgrade' (or downgrade) to xp.  I have downloaded all the xp drivers for my current pc, however I am far from an expert at this.The problem is my pc uses sata drives and I have read that xp cannot install on a sata drive as it does not contain the drivers for sata. I do have a floppy disc that came with a raid card and the floppy contains sata drivers, but my pc does not have a floppy drive so I can't boot from the floppy to load the drivers first.I was wondering whether it would be possible to copy the drivers from the floppy to a memory card and load them by booting from the built in card reader prior to booting from the xp disc (is it possible to boot from a card reader?). Another option is that the pc has 2 hard drives, is there any way I could install xp on the second drive, load all the xp drivers and then use acronis to clone the drive onto the... Read more

Answer:Installing xp on sata drive, can I boot from card reader to install sata driver?

That is simply not true, you can install xp straight to any SATA drive.

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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?
 

Answer: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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In building my new comp. Im debating on what is the most efficient and fastest way to go about things. Partition my 300gb SATA drive to have my 40gbs worth of apps on one side and files on the other, or salvage my old 40gb IDE drive for my apps, and use the 300gb hard drive to house my files. Time is always a issue at my work and I just want to know if its faster to use independent drives. Thanks for all the help!

Answer:Whats more efficient? Single SATA Drive Partitioned or 2 separate SATA with IDE?

partition the SATA drive. that way you will be able to take advantage of the faster SATA interface on both partitions. if you wish to have an independent drive incase the SATA drive fails then using the IDE drive to house all your apps would be best.

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I have to replace my original hdd on my 9 year old Dell XPS 8100. The desktop  has an i7 chip so I'd hate to replace it with a new i7 PC because they are expensive.The bad drive is an esata drive. I notice that current crop of hdd's seem to be sata III drives. Will the old Dell PC mother board  on the desktop support the new sata III drivesIf I replace the bad hard drive would I be able to restore the W7 OS and all my data by using a macriumbackup file on the desktops external  backup drive?
Thanks for your help!

Answer:Can old oem sata hard drive be replaced with a new current generation sata III hdd on an 8 year old xps 8100 with an i7 chip??

Any 3.5" SATA drive will work.
As long as the system is in working order, and you purchase a SATA data cable for the additional drive, you should have no trouble cloning the existing drive to a new one.

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