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

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

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

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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.


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I added 2nd SATA drive...powered up... WinXP Pro gave me the little window "new hardware detected"...I did NOT get the message "your new xxx is installed and ready for use"

That gave me a sinking feeling. I opened up Win Explorer and opened My Computer...sure enough...No second hard drive shows. I go to Properties:Hardwareevice Manager and under disk drives...both SATA drives show.

What am I not doing?? I have lost what little religion I had trying to get the darn thing working.


Answer:Added 2nd SATA Drive - NO RECOGNIZE

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I just installed a second dvd drive computor recognizes them both at start up. The problem is the drive that is in the master position will not read discs. Ive swapped them both around but no luck either way. Whatever one is jumpered master will not read. Putting both drives on the same ide chain. Farthest one out is master. Any ideas?


Answer:Added 2nd optical drive wont recognize master drive

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Hi I would like some help and or suggestions on how to install and maximize the performance of a new Hybrid hard drive I purchased. It's a Segate ST750LX003-1AC154, the data sheet is at: (

I was thinking of cloning my current drive onto it but if I do that how can I insure that the right programs, such as the operating system and frequently used programs go on the 32g flash section of the drive?

Would it be better to first install the operating system and then install all my software?

Will it make a difference?

Any and all suggestions would be greatly appriciated.

By the way does anyone know which drive is C and which is D. All the service manuals and user manual I have found for this computer do not identify this. The model of the computer is HP Pavillion DV8-1010el.


My current setup.
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU Q 720 @ 1.60GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 30 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 4085 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 459074 MB, Free - 138583 MB; D: Total - 476937 MB, Free - 104482 MB; E: Total - 15503 MB, Free - 2543 MB; G: Total - 2040 MB, Free - 2035 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 7001
Antivirus: COMODO Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

Answer:Suggestions on How to Install Hybrid Drive to maximize performance.

The hybrid drives I have seen use the flash memory as a large buffer so you are not going to actually install anything to the flash memory. Large amounts of data are stored in the buffer or flash memory so you do not actually access the mech part of the drive as often.

FWIW [IMO] if you want the performance of a ssd drive, then purchase one. Getting a hybrid type drive is just not really going to do all that much however if you really want one, then go ahead and purchase the drive.

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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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I recently attempted to add a hard drive to my Lenovo W520 laptop using a CD/DVD caddy accessory designed to hold a SATA hard drive.

Windows recognized the new device and according to its messages, automatically installed the required device drivers. However, when I go into Windows Explorer, the new drive is nowhere to be found.

Now, I know (or at least assume) this new drive probably needs to be formatted, but shouldn't it show up within Windows Explorer even in a pre-formatted state?

If anyone can give me a clue as to what the problem might be, that'd be great.


Answer:Windows Explorer doesn't recognize added Hard Drive

No, it should show up in Disk Management to initialize and/or format, but until given a letter it will not show up in Explorer. Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums

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I have a Dell 8400 that came with a SATA drive. I have bought a second drive and wanted to be able to hot swap or hot boot the drive and was told that the onboard system wouldn't support that. I have the drive in an enclosure and bought a Sata Host PCI card that is supposed to handle hot swapping. Now the problem is Windows doesn't recognize the drive. If I power up the drive and boot the computer the drive doesn't show up in Device Manager. I can go into set up and it shows up in boot sequence but not in Drives. In boot sequense it is 6th. and shows 04:08-0 then the P/N of the drive. What do I need to do to get it working??

Answer:Solved: Added SATA Drive

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I've just added a Seagate SATA drive thru a silicon controller PCI card.
The card drivers are OK but XP does not boot when the sata drive is plugged in.
If I take out the cable XP will boot - then i can plug it back in and the drive is there.
I have a dual boot XP and 98SE - win 98 works fine but i cannot boot from my original IDE drive where XP resides.

The boot menu in bios points to the ide drive and nothing else but the pci based sata drive is where it tries to boot from every time.

Any help much appreciated.


Asus P4PE
Silicon SATA PCI card
Seagate Barracuda 160gb SATA drive

Answer:XP Won't boot after SATA drive added

Hmm.. Have u checked the boot sequence .. is it that the SATA drive has first priority ..

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To start with, I had one hard drive, connected with SATA. I also had a DVD-RW. I run WinXP. Everything worked fine. I was given another hard drive, and this hard drive only uses IDE. So I added it on a separate channel from the DVD. When I went to my CMOS, now the DVD and IDE drives show, but not my original SATA drive (on which my OS is installed). I can't even find anything in my BIOS that says ATA or SATA. So, it's trying to boot off my IDE hard drive, which of course won't work. What do I do?

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I played around connecting and unconnecting the IDE hard drive. When I connect it, suddenly the SATA drive cannot be detected. When I disconnect the IDE hard drive, the SATA can again be detected. I noticed in the BIOS that even when it is detecting the SATA drive, it calls it IDE! It shows under IDE channel 2 Master. When I connect the IDE drive, it shows under IDE channel 1 Slave--totally wrong! It is not a slave! It should say IDE channel 1 Master, because it is connected to the "master" end of the cable, and the jumper setting is "cable select". The DVD-RW, when it shows up (it doesn't always show in conjunction with the IDE hard drive, but sometimes it does), shows as IDE Channel 0 Master, which is good.

I guess my BIOS is screwy? Or something?

Answer:Added IDE Hard Drive, already had SATA.

Make and model of your motherboard would be helpful information.

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I have added a third sata hard drive to my asus A8ne motherboard and although
the bios detects it it is not seen by windows explorer.Device manager says the drive is working ok.

Grateful for any help.

Answer:[SOLVED] Windows xp sata drive added but not seen

Have you initialized the drive, partitioned and formated it? You can use Disk Management to do all that. RIght click on the drive and follow the prompts

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Hi i've got a p4 built on an intel D865PERL motherboard. I used to run only a 160G SATA hard drive, and I decided to get a new hard drive. I bought and installed a 300G ATA hard drive, and installed windows XP on it.

The problem is that the SATA isnt recognized anymore. When I load the bios before startup, it doesnt even show up!
I have tried a bios upgrade, and it already had the latest bios version.
I have also tried going into device manager, to see if it had to be enabled under the admin username, but of course its not recognized in the bios so it wouldnt show up there...

The old SATA still has windows installed on it. i was hoping to run both hard drives for a while, and transfer over data onto the new ATA drive and then remove the SATA and run the one hard drive.

Does anyone know why I cant run the SATA with the ATA? I thought this would be possible!? Is it because I have windows installed on the SATA, i wouldnt think that would be a problem in recognizing the drive...

Answer:run ATA hard drive and SATA? wont recognize SATA?

is the SATA master and the ATA slave?

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Based on my reading the XPS 8910 manual the SATA ports are as follows:
4 - optical drive, 5 - hard drive, 6 - drive connector, 7 - drive connector
When I first open the machine the optical drive SATA cable was connected to 5 and the hard drive connected to 4. I assumed they knew what they were doing more than I.  I added a second SATA HD using SATA connector 6.  The second drive came up as drive F: and worked fine (first HD is C: and the memory card reader is D:
However, the optical drive (E:) was no longer visible.  When I look at the BIO is seems to recognize both HDs and the optical drive. 
Any help appreciated.

Answer:XPS 8910 added second SATA HD now optical drive no visible

Saltgrass and Jesse L
Thanks for the quick response. As for the links discussing how to add a second drive, installing and accessing the second drive was not the problem  The second drive worked fine.  As I mentioned it was visible and viable in both bios and the OS disk management.  The problem was the DVD was no longer visible even when I inserted a valid DVD.
Using Windows 10 pro with all latest updates.  So....I ran one of the Windows fix-it/trouble shooting tools and MAGICALLY, best I can tell, the DVD now recognizes and reads DVD.
I still believe Dell's documentation for the XPS 8910 special edition is either wrong or confusing (or both) concerning the functionality and thus the proper use of SATA ports 4 and above.
Thanks again for the help?

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My Primary SATA Hard Drive with Windows XP installed is showing up as E: Drive, while master IDE Hard Drive is showing up as C:.

The original setup was with two IDE Hard Drives, but I wanted to add this SATA Hard Drive. So I removed the Slave HD on the primary IDE channel, and simply connected the SATA Hard Drive, setting its jumper as Master.

So, I now have:
1x SATA HD set to Master (E
1x Primary IDE 0 HD set to Master (C
2x Secondary IDE DVD Burners, IDE 0 set to Master, IDE 1 set to Slave. (G: and H:, respectively - skipping F for my thumbdrive).

I can't change my SATA Hard Drive to C: through Disk Management because it is telling me that you can't change disk letters on disks that are the system volume or boot volume.

SATA is set as the primary channel in my BIOS, and IDE is set as secondary.

It boots up to my SATA installation, which is good, but I want it to be drive C:.

PLEASE tell me what I can do.

Answer:Added SATA HD and removed 1 IDE HD, drive lettering not correct - help!

It's true. You can't change system drive letters.

You'll have to reinstall or mess with nt loader, which I don't recommend. It seems like you just re-installed anyway, why not try again.

For future reference, only keep the drive you want to install windows on plugged in while installing. It eliminates any mistakes you may make.

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Desktop PC, Windows 8.1, motherboard H97M-G43 MSI H97M-G43

Any suggestions how to change TPM pre boot policy not to check for additional new SATA drives and when found not to lock boot disk? Some drives are used for archiving and when occasionally connected to PC lock the PC.

In Mobo BIOS there is option to disable boot from drives visible to system and disabling seems to avoid locking of boot drive.

But drives attached to PCI-E SATA3.0 Express Card (ASMEDIA ASM1061) don't show up in BIOS and can't be disabled.

Any ideas?

Answer:How to avoid TPM locking boot drive when new SATA added

Hi, TPM settings can be done by running tpm.msc

You do so by Windows key + F and then type tpm.msc, right click and run as Administrator.
More information on disabling/enabling: LINK

Scroll down where it says Scenario 2: Turn off or clear the TPM

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I have a soyo ck8 dragon plus motherboard and was running a Samsung SP3 120GB sata hard drive. Everything works perfect. Added second sata drive but this is a Samsung 160 GB. Partioned 2nd drive with fat32. Bios shows both drives and auto detects both of them. Windows boots up, but won't show 2nd drive. Disk management doesn't show the drive either. The motherboard was equipped with two sata slots and I have set the jumpers per manufacturers specifications. I do not want to run these as RAID, I just want an additional hard drive for my songs, pictures ect. Why won't this show up. Also have a ABIT with the same setup. Neither one will show the 2nd hard drive. Thanks

Answer:XP Pro won't recognize 2nd sata drive

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Greetings Brainiacs,
I just upgraded from XPsp2 to sp3. when the upgrade finished, my WD green series 1TB SATA drive was no longer visible in explorer and is not listed in the hardware profile manager. I have had 2 IDE drives, primary and secondary and the 1TB SATA drive running for about 8 months without any issues on SP2. All the drives still show up in the BIOS so I don't think that is the issue. I even pluged in a different SATA, Baracuda 80G to make sure it was not the drive. Same issue, shows up in BIOS but not windows. Funny thing is the drive letters skip 'D' (the SATA drive letter) and goes from 'C' to 'E' to 'F'... I have looked for drivers at WD website but they do not have them, they say it should be included in windows. The motherboard is kinda old, ECS pt800ce-a, but it still runs all my hardware fine. Hope this is enough info for someone to help.

Answer:XP sp3 does not recognize SATA drive

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Hey everyone, I think I may have a stumper for you. I don't know if this HD was DOA or if I'm an *****.

I was installing XP onto a new HD on Friday and it told me that It cannot see the HD. No surprise there since this has been covered many times. So after I go and try loading the drivers from the floppy, I decide to go into the BIOS and see if there's something I forgot to do in there.

Well, the BIOS don't even see the HD. I'm still a n00b at this so there's a good chance that I simply don't know what I'm doing.

Here's my system specs if you need them:

Abit NF7-S V2.0 nForce2 400MHz Motherboard / BIOS Version 25 (I believe)
AMD Athlon XP 3200+ (2.2GHz) 400FSB Socket A Processor (Barton Core)
Hitachi 80GB Serial ATA U150 7200rpm 8MB Hard Drive
512mb DDR PC3200 DDR400 2.6V
ATI Radeon 9550 AGP Video Card 4x/8x
Lite-On 52X32X52 CDRW/DVD +16X Combo
Thermaltake VOLCANO 11+ Socket A CPU Fan
350W Antec Power Supply

I would appreciate any help that you can give me.

Thanks in advance!! :wave:

Answer:MB does not recognize SATA Drive

I take it you loaded the SATA drivers from floppy early in the install process...not after the fact?

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Hello all,

I am not that new to computers but this is something that is causing me some greif.

I have a 2.8ghz intel with 1.5g ram running windows xp home edition.

before I had windows xp professional with 2 drives on it a 160G IDE drive and a 1 terra Sata drive. the IDE drive being the one with the operating system on it.
The Sata drive was initialize and formated for NTFS and had a setting of dynamic drive.

I just dumped all my documents on the sata drive and formatted my IDE drive and installed Windows XP Home edition.

Now my problem is that I have installed eveything back on my IDE Drive to run that as the operating system and I don't see my Sata drive anywhere in my computer. So I went to disk management to see the drive and it sees it as disk 1 has a exclamation point in the icon and says dynamic... My only options are to format it and make a basic drive of it. Does anyone know how I can recognize the drive and pull my stuff off of it without have to pull everything apart.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Thank you kindly in advance


Answer:Cannot Recognize Sata Drive Need Help

Afraid not

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I upgraded my XP computer to a 280 GB SATA drive as my old 50GB IDE wasn't big enough. The motherboard had a SATA plug and IDE drives are few and far between these days, so I tried the SATA drive. When I booted the computer after installing, XP didn't recognize the SATA drive, but booted just fine. Do I need a driver?P.S BIOS didn't have a SATA drive listed either. Does the system not support SATA but the manufacturer put the plugs in anyhow?P.P.S I'm away from home on my laptop, and I forgot to write down my motherboard model. All I can remember is it's made by ASUS. I'll get the number by Friday.~oldie

Answer:XP won't recognize SATA drive

You need a driver; the manufacturer of your computer or motherboard should have SATA drivers on their website. Many bioses don't list SATA drives on the hard disk information screen, though they should show in the "boot devices" menu. But it may depend upon your m/b. Obviously the manufacturer wouldn't put SATA sockets on the m/b if they didn't support SATA.Before SP3 XP didn't come with drivers for any SATA chipsets.

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Greetings Brainiacs,
I just upgraded from XPsp2 to sp3. when the upgrade finished, my WD green series 1TB SATA drive was no longer visible in explorer and is not listed in the hardware profile manager. I have had 2 IDE drives, primary and secondary and the 1TB SATA drive running for about 8 months without any issues on SP2. All the drives still show up in the BIOS so I don't think that is the issue. I even pluged in a different SATA, Baracuda 80G to make sure it was not the drive. Same issue, shows up in BIOS but not windows. Funny thing is the drive letters skip 'D' (the SATA drive letter) and goes from 'C' to 'E' to 'F'... I have looked for drivers at WD website but they do not have them, they say it should be included in windows. The motherboard is kinda old, ECS pt800ce-a, but it still runs all my hardware fine. Hope this is enough info for someone to help.

Answer:XP SP3 does not recognize SATA drive

Please read the rules and do not start duplicate threads. Please post here--->

Closing this one.

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I attached a new sata drive to my mother board
bios detected sata drive as non- raid which is correct

i logged into windows disk manager utility sata drive was not detected. I could not locate the drive in xp under device manager or disk manager.

Connected sata drive to usb port via sata usb adapter drive was detected right away in xp and proceed to format the drive into ntfs using the usb adapter.

Shut down the computer once again reconnected sata drive to the motherboard went back into disk management utility in xp and still no sata drive.

If has anyone experience the same problem and can provide me with a solution would be really appreciated

not sure if hardware details are necessary but i can provide them on request.

Thank you in advance


Answer:XP Does Not Recognize SATA Drive

I'd say faulty Sata port or Sata data cable (ie test by replacing this)

Also run Bios setup defaults on your Motherboard (this area accessed by pressing the valid key - DEL usually, as your computer first turns on)

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I just finished building a machine and my OS isn't recognizing my SATA drive.

I have the Asus K8V-X SE MB (64bit AMD) and I am using a Western Digital 80GB SATA drive. I went into the bios and turned on the RAID functionality (which I am not using because I only have one drive) and truned on the SATA functionality. I press F6 at the beginning of the install and everything goes fine until it says it can't find a hard drive. I am not using the IDE slots because the HD only has Serial hook-up.

Can anyone tell me how to fix this issue? Thanks in advance.

Answer:OS doesn't recognize my SATA drive

i recently built a pc with a sata drive in and used maxblast and it found the drive and formatted it but when the system booted it still wouldnt find it so i looked on the motherboard disc and there in chipset were the drivers for the motherboard to look for a sata drive on boot up i put the drivers on floppy and when the system booted i pressed it for to install a raid driver in went the floppy and bobs your uncle there it was i formated it and installed windows and all's going fine

hope this helps you out

hopefully youve got another pc to browse the motherboard disc

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I have used both methods.....

1. using an old '95 boot disk I boot to the "A" drive. I use the FDISK command and partition the drive. Then I use the FORMAT command A: C: format c:/s.....then using a 98 boot disk to load cd drivers....and then run setup.

2. Remove all partitions from the SATA HD...and boot using the XP disk.

both times XP states it can't find a HD and will stop installation.

My question:

How do I get Winblows XP to see an SATA Hard Drive??

Answer:XP won't recognize my SATA Hard Drive

You need the sata drivers on a floppy, run windows setup at the beginning you must press F6 for third party drivers, if you miss the prompt at the bottom of the screen you'll have to run windows setup again, latter during the windows setup you'll be prompted to insert the floppy containing the drivers.
The sata drivers should be on the mobo cd, might even be a read me file with directions.
Each mobo is litttle different, some mobo's come with sata drivers already on floppy, most you have too extract sata drivers from the mobo cd, unzip and apply to floppy disk, some mobo cd's the file's you need is marked as F6 or something like that.
Do you have mobo manual some info on sata might be in there.

To format the HDD you can use a utility from the HDD manufacture, Maxtor is Maxtblast 3, Western Digital is Data LifeGuard Tools, Some are avaible here at MG

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Hey all

At the moment, I am using a very old pc (don't ask!). The mobo is an Intel D101GGC. It is very slow, tho maxed out on RAM, but it works.

I have a hard drive, salvaged from a previous pc, which I had working via SATA cables/usb. I decided to buy a caddy, shoved hdd in, and upon connecting it, light comes on, disk hums, get the usual "ding dong" sound, and "found new drive/drive ready to be used" comes up.

However, the drive doesn't show up under My Computer, nor in Disk Management. I can find it as a mass storage device under usb in Device Manager tho

I have uninstalled and reinstalled it; checked with Tweak UI, and all possible drive combinations are ticked; scanned for hardware changes.

I should say this is a powered 3.5" SATA enclosure. The drive has my entire music collection on it, and is 250 gb.

I really could do with your help, before it and pc fly through the window!

Many thanks.

Answer:XP does not recognize external SATA drive

install Tweak UI and then...

click on My Computer, Drives,and check marking Drive F.

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Since my Acer 5315 has Vista on it, I decided to buy the same hard drive in the Acer laptop. Bios sees the Hitachi drive with exact model number but XP doesn't even recognize that there is a hard drive. I tried using Booting Cd and I was able to format and delete the Linux distro that I put on this drive earlier because since XP didn't work I figured maybe XP would find the Linux operating system. I was wrong. I then went thru using Windows 98 fdisk,format and then it formatted the entire drive and is insrtalling Windows 98 on this drive. Will XP see the Windows 98 installation or will I be back to square one ?

Ideally the best way to install XP is for XP to see the drive but it doesn't Might someone have any ideas how to get XP to see the Hitachi drive so I can install XP ?


Answer:XP doesn't recognize my Sata drive

It's all a bit confusing....which drives have which operating systems installed?

Have you been able to successfully boot anything but Vista?

Has XP ever been bootable on this system?

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What is needed to get WinXP to recognize a SATA drive when it comes up saying "no drives were found" during initial XP installation? I've run across this on two computers and have received explanations indicating that some mainboards require RAID/SATA drivers to be loaded *before* installation (with a floppy I assume). Currently, I have a Dell machine that is having this problem. I want to reformat and reinstall Windows but it simply won't recognize the SATA drive during installation. If there is a driver, where would it be and how do I install it? TIA much for any help!

Answer:WINXP won't recognize SATA drive

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This is my first post here so i hope its in the right place otherwise i appoligize in advance. MY PROBLEM:: So i just finished building my computer GIGABYTE GA-K8N-SLI, AMD 64 3000+, and dual 250gig Hitachi SATA HD's. I did the whole driver copy on a floppy and as OS setup is going hit f6 then s and the whole nine everything goes through fine until where it should ask me where to install the OS. Instead i get a screend telling me that no HD's were detected and to check cables and so on. Now BIOS recognizes the HD's because if i go into the f10 raid option they are both there but thats are far as ive gotten any help would be greatly appreciated. thanx in advance.

Answer:OS doesnt recognize sata drive

This motherboard has 8 SATA connectors. 4 are powered by the nVidia southbridge, the 4 others by the extra 3rd party controller. Make sure you have the proper drivers for the controller to which the SATA drives are connected.

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Hi, I recently purchased a Seagate Momentus 7200 RPM 320 Gig hard disk - (on sale at Best Buy for $99 - who could resist that?!) If is use the drive in the media bay it works perfectly - Vista sees the full 320 Gig and it definitely operates faster than my primary 5400 RPM 160 Gig drive. However, if I install the drive as the primary, the laptop will not boot at all -the BIOS does not see the disk. I have checked in the BIOS - the only SATA setting I have is to toggle between "AHCI" and "Compatability mode" and in either setting I get the same result - the BIOS does not recognize the primary drive. Model T61p - 6459-CTOVista Ultimate 32bitlatest available BIOS and system drivers installed Any help would be much appreciated.


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Answer:T61p wont recognize new SATA drive

Just checking with the community again to see if anyone can offer any help here... My understanding is that the Intel ICH8M chipset in my T61p can only operate at SATA 1.5 for the primary, but I cannot understand why it wont recognize this Seagate drive at all. Thanks for any help or information

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I just bought a wd 320 giga SATA hard drive. I have an asus a7n8x Deluxe motherboard. The SATA/Raid controller is installed or at least the bios says it is. The drive is recognized as the "primary", but it will not put it as the Master hard drive--only says it's the primary later in the bios post. Windows does not recognize it at all. When I try to install Windows XP, it says no hard drive detected, and tells me to hit F3 and Goodby. I have re-flashed the Bios about 2 dozen times with versions 1005 thru 1008 (the latest). I've changed the data cable. Nothing works. Anybody got a great idea i've missed? Would like to have the SATA, but will have to return it if I can't get bios to recognize it.

Answer:can't get bios to recognize new sata hard drive

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the only wat to launch windows from a cold start is to use ctrl+alt+del and then it boots up.
When starting it up from a cold start up the bios does not see the hdd but after using ctrl+alt+del and booting into windows and then resart windows but not powering it down and then go into the bios it sees it. This issue is only when I completly power down and start up

Answer:hp slimeline bios does not recognize sata drive

Typically the result of the drive aging and not spinning up fast enough upon power on. Not likely on an HP, but some BIOS versions allow a boot delay to be set to account for this type of drive issue.

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I know this topic is very old! but I have the same problem now!
But I don't have any other hard disc on my PC and this SATA 3 supported hard drive is only one! I don't have any OS on my pc. when I connect hard drive to my p4p800-x mother board it doesn't recognize my sata 3 drive! please help me what should I do!

Answer:Motherboard doesn't recognize my SATA 3 drive

Hey Andromec. Is the drive being detected in the BIOS.

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I am trying to upgrade my old 60GB SATA drive with a 1.5TB SATA drive. However, the system fails to detect that I have a drive connected. It can still detect the old 60GB drive however. I also tried using my new drive on another PC and it works just fine.

Old SATA controllers have any limit on how big the drive is?? What are my options here, get a PCI-SATA controller card?

Appreciate any suggestions

Answer:Onboard SATA controller can't recognize new 1.5TB drive

If the new drive is Sata-300, you may need to set a jumper to put it down to Sata-150. Some Sata controllers don't recognize the new drives without the jumper set.

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GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

This is a brand new hard drive. Matter of fact this is a brand new everything on my computer. This is my first time building. Need some help.

I'm installing the Vista home premium edition SP 1 64-bit for system builders. After I click the "Install Now" button and select the language i want and i agree to the user license agreement, i get to the screen where i choose which drive i want to save the OS to. No drive shows up. I have tried all the SATA drives on my motherboard. I have tried several different SATA cables. I have formatted and partitioned the hard drive on my other comp already. I do have BIOS F6. I have insured all the BIOS settings are good.

I have the appropriate pre-install drivers saved on a USB drive. Now, when I load these drivers they won't show up until I un-check the little box that says "Hide drivers that are not compatible with hardware on this computer". One would think, "Oh well, u simply have the wrong drivers" but this isn't the case. I get the drivers straight from the mobo website. I've actually tried other OS drivers and i've tried different model drivers and those don't work either.

I'm not really sure what to do at this point. I know the motherboard is good because it reads my CD-ROM SATA drive just fine and my Hard Drive does show up in BIOS in th... Read more

Answer:Vista won't recognize sata hard drive??!!


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Having read the thread "New Mobo not recognizing SATA hard Drive", I am still having issues installing a SATA drive on a HP Pavillion a710 desktop.

The old IDE drive crashed and I am attempting to replace it with a WD 250GB SATA. Upon startup using Partition Magic as a boot CD, it does not recognize the drive and/or SATA ports. More details and things I have already tried:

Win XP Home (SP3) is already pre-loaded onto the new drive.

The drive checks out OK when tested on another PC.

Cables and power to drive test OK.

In BIOS/Setop, three IDE ports are shown (although only two IDE ports actually exist on the board). Having checked the BIOS settings using both "F1" and "F11", the board won't auto-detect the SATA drive.

Partition Magic won't detect the SATA drive either

HP's website is no help at all

The mobo specs (pasted from HP's web site) are as follows:

Motherboard Description Mb manufacturer name: ASUS A7V8X-LA

HP/Compaq name: Kelut-GL6E
CPU Socket A

AMD Athlon XP

Core frequency up to Athlon XP 3200+
Chipset VIA KM400A

VIA VT8237
Front Side Bus (FSB) 400 / 333 / 266 MHz
Memory 2 x 184-pin DDR DIMM sockets

Support up to maximum 2 GB memory (PC manufacturer's maximum memory may differ)

Supports unbuffered PC2700/2100 non-ECC DDR SDRAM memory
Expansion Slots Three PCI slots

One AGP 8x/4x (1.5V)
Storage Two UltraDMA 100 IDE connectors

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Answer:HP Mobo won't recognize SATA ports/drive

SSC, PM2, OPT1, and OPT2.Click to expand...

Do you see any of the above on the new sata drive?( they are extra jumper settings (just like slave,master etc on ide drives)

These refer to transfer speed that the hd uses, it is most likely set to fast or opt2... try setting it to opt1 or slow then booting it get anything...

or did i just confuse you?


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I have a P4 3ghz Abit IC7 Max3 MoBo running on Vista 32 bit home premium. It has 2 SATA channels on the southbridge and 4 SATA channels on a Silicon Image MoBo chip and 2 IDE channels. My C drive and DVD are on the southbridge (SATA 1 & 2). I have a WD 400GB drive on SATA 3 (SiL chip), as well as 2 IDE drives.

I purchased a Samsung 750GB SATA drive. I formatted through a SATA/USB cable and then installed the drive in the SATA 4 connection. When I rebooted, it got to the Silicon Image Bios Screen (hit control-s or f4 to enter) and showed the WD drive (and size) and then the Samsung drive, but it would not show the samsung drive size. All it showed was an blinking underscore where the drive size should appear. If I tried pressing F4 or Control-S, nothing would happen, system appears frozen. I removed just the WD drive and the same thing happened again.

I removed the Samsung drive and installed it through the SATA/USB cable. I deleted the partition, in order to start from scratch. I reinstalled the drive on the SATA 4 channel and the same problem appeared. So, I removed the drive again and installed it through a SATA/USB cable. System booted this time and Vista found the drive.

I reinstalled the drive in the SATA 4 channel and rebooted. I went into the PC Bios and disabled the RAID option for the controller and the PC booted and recognized the Samsung drive.

Everything is running fine now, but RAID is turned off. This is a concern because I have another 750GB Samsung d... Read more

Answer:Samsung drive won't recognize on SATA controller

There is some sort of compatibility issue, but here is the bad news.

Suggest you go to the Abit site and dowload all the drivers, software, bios updates that you can. The site could go down soon. 478

By the way do you have the latest bios version installed?

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When I bough my HP  15-BA079DX  I imediately opened it up and installed an SSD in place of the 1TB HD that was installed.Installed the operating system and everything was golden.  Only problem was that is was only a 64GB SSD.  Windows worked great and the system had no problem working with the SSD (very quick).  I didn't wan't to waste the 1TB hd (pluse I needed the space) so I bought a Hard Drive Caddy to replace the optical drive, and but the 1TB drive in that. Windows recognized the 1TB drive as my 2nd hard drive, but when I started to copy a large file to it, the hard drive transfer rate was normal (fast) for the first few seconds but then dropped off to almost a stand still.   I tried other files as well and the same thing happened.  first 1 or 2% was quick and then transfer rate drops to a standstill. Well I needed the space so I decided to put the 1 TB hard drive back as the main drive, and reloaded the OS onto it and everything worked normal again and transfer rates did NOT drop. I put the SSD in the caddy to see if it would work and the system (at least windows) did not even recognize drive when using the caddy.  Even though it operated fine when installed as the main drive. So bottom line is, when using the caddy:the 1TB has crapy transfer rates  (as the 2nd drive)the SSD is not even recongnized   (as the 2nd drive) I've updated the BIOS to the lates version, but still no fix. The BIOS i... Read more

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Technology see me finally replacing SCSI RAID 5 on my workstation with SATA RAID 1 (Looking for reliability, better performance, and quiet-cool). At the same time I am going to replace the SCSI DVD with an EIDE or SATA DVD+R (DVD-RW).

There in lies the problem. Can you guys tell me what is the most up-to-date DVD+-R(RW) with CD-R(RW). I have no idea what the + and the - mean. Would this drive on egghead be a good choice, or is there something better I should consider. Cheaper is of course better:

(I can not post URL, but this is on newegg)

As for the hard drive I first mentioned, I want to go to a mirrored setup. I have an Asus MB with EIDE, SATA, FW and USB2.

?What is better, SATA-150 or SATA-3GB?
?7200 RPM should be fine, right?

How about this one:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 ST3250823AS 250GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM

I want to edit video with Adobe Premiere, and have a 3.2 GHz P4 and 2GB PC3200.

What do you think?
Thank you:

Answer:Hardware Suggestions - DVD Burner and SATA Hard Drive

ThreeDL said:


Technology see me finally replacing SCSI RAID 5 on my workstation with SATA RAID 1 (Looking for reliability, better performance, and quiet-cool). At the same time I am going to replace the SCSI DVD with an EIDE or SATA DVD+R (DVD-RW).

There in lies the problem. Can you guys tell me what is the most up-to-date DVD+-R(RW) with CD-R(RW). I have no idea what the + and the - mean. Would this drive on egghead be a good choice, or is there something better I should consider. Cheaper is of course better:

(I can not post URL, but this is on newegg)
SAMSUNG Black IDE DVD Burner Model TS-H552U/BEBN BLK - OEMClick to expand...

That's fine--the - and + is a different format--some DVDs are - and some are plus--most today burn to both formats and I would get a drive that burns to both formats. You don't need a CD-RW if you have a DVD-RW. I only have one drive. You may want one for CD to CD copiesa and if you have the room.

ThreeDL said:

As for the hard drive I first mentioned, I want to go to a mirrored setup. I have an Asus MB with EIDE, SATA, FW and USB2.

?What is better, SATA-150 or SATA-3GB?
?7200 RPM should be fine, right?

How about this one:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 ST3250823AS 250GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM

I want to edit video with Adobe Premiere, and have a 3.2 GHz P4 and 2GB PC3200.

What do you think?
Thank you:
MatthewClick to expand...

I think you should go with a WD Raptor 74 Gig 10,000 RPM drive--its really fast, then g... Read more

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I just bought a new Hitachi Deskstar SATA 250GB hard drive (HDS722525VLSA80) and an Addonics SATA External Drive Enclosure - SATA to USB 2.0 (AE5SACSU2).

I have the hard drive installed on the enclosure and connected to computer USB port. However, my computer can't detect the sata hard drive.

So, do I need to install any driver for this hard drive in order for the computer to recognize it? What should I do now? Do I need to format this 250GB hard drive in order for the pc to recognize it?

In case I do need to format the hard drive in order for it to function, may I know where can I get the utilities or driver? Since this is an OEM drive, it doesn't come with any software or driver.

Thank you.

Answer:Solved: Widow XP can't recognize SATA Hard Drive

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I just built this pc and the Western Digital 160 Sata hard drive isn't recognized in the bios but it will boot from it sometimes. I had to restart it 4-5 times this morning to get it to boot. I'm running winxp, ASUS A7N8X mobo, I had to get a SATA controller card to run this drive. I overlooked that this mobo doesn't have SATA connectors. My mistake and I couldn't return the hard drive because I had already opened the package. I upgraded the bios to no avail and now I'm at a complete loss. Need help. Thanks.

Answer:BIOS doesn't recognize SATA drive but it boots from it.

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Good evening!
I have the asus board in my Vista Ultimate system. I had a couple of 500GB sata drives, and wanted to replace one of them with a 1T drive(Western Digital WD10000CSRTL) . When I connected the new drive, the system just hangs at the point where it's listing the drives right before boot. Strange thing is, it gets the model number, but hangs at capacity. It does the same thing even if it's the only sata drive in the system. Does the a7n8x board support drives that large, or do I need to take back the drive? Asus's website has been less than helpful, and google searches didn't net a hit on this combo and problem. I turn to the gurus for enlightenment... Thanks for any assistance!


Answer:Asus a7n8x doesn't recognize 1T sata drive?

Your Asus motherboard is too old to support these hi-capicity drives

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Hello, I just put together a new build for the first time and it all seems to be working with the BIOS working properly and the windows 7 cd being read. But after the first couple of menus it asks to upload drivers because none could be found and the supplier doesnt offer any drivers for it's hard drives (WD)?!? I went back the BIOS (gigabyte) and looked at the integrated peripherals menu and there's stuff entered into the slot where the drive is but it's not hard drives name and it's missing all of it's information. Please help it's driving me insane, I've been tinkering with the mother board and BIOS for hours to no avail along with searching every link in google.

Answer:New build: won't recognize sata hard drive going insane

Hi and welcome

You shouldn't need to install any drivers with Windows 7 and a sata HD. What is the model of the MB, info on the HD and which connector on the MB are you using? Actually complete system info would help.

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I'm attempting to install a 400GB Seagate internal SATA drive into my Dell XPS 400 running XP Media Center. What I did/what I know:

1. Drive spins, so it has power. Switched out power/signal cables with primary HDD and they work properly.

2. BIOS is in SATA auto-detect. Doesn't detect anything.

3. There are slots directly on the motherboard. (No host adapter.)

4. Ran Seagate DiscWizard, entered drive model number, connected, restarted, and nothing happened. The new drive hasn't been recognized by DiscWizard, Windows, BIOS, etc.

I thought SATA was supposed to make this automatic. Any suggestions? Thank you!

Answer:XP/Dell XPS410 won't recognize 2nd internal SATA drive

I have to ask.........before you bought the Seagate internal HDD did you make certain it was compatible with your Dell, rumours abound that Dell switch's the wiring so that you have to buy from Dell or your aftermarket devices will not work.............Not saying this is true, just a rumour.................Oh and Welcome to Major Geeks Beastie

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I installed a samsung sata drive on my wifes machine and no matter what i do it doesn't recognize it . She has a ata drive on now works fine . Iinstalled this becouse she is running out of room , don't want raid just want to in stall this 120gb sata hd. so she has more room . Installed sata drivers .but xp doesn't recognize the drive, doesn;t show up in the bios or post screen . Jumper are set to enable
Has anyone got a clue

Answer:a7n8xe delux doesn't recognize sata drive

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ok. ive just finished building a barebone kit and everything is working fine. when i try to install vista on the computer it will not recognize my SATA drive. ive checked the connections a dozen times and everything is connected the way it should be. BIOS does recognize my hard drive though. any suggestions???

Answer:clean vista install will not recognize my sata drive

is it set to be seen as ide by the bios

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OK. I did search and googled it but did not find an adequate topic or post about it.

My computer is not very new. I bought it from Fry's in 2004. It is a GQ 5090 runnig Windows XP home sp3 MoBo is 661FX-M with a 40g IDE Hard drive. It does have two SATA connectors. I just bought one Seagate 750gb SATA Hard Drive and connected it to the SATA 1 port but the computer doesn't show it. I went to BIOS and looked for a SATA option but there is none.

The Standard CMOS features only shows:
IDE Channel 0: Master
IDE Channel 0: Slave
IDE Channel 1: Master
IDE Channel 1: Slave
UltraDMA :
UltraDMA :

And so on. Or something very similar, I don't remember exaclty.

I went to Integrated Peripherials>SIS OnChip PCI Device>

And it says:
(After many other options)
SiS Serial ATA Controller [Enabled]
SiS Serial ATA Mode [IDE]

I hit enter on [IDE] and it gives me two choices


I changed it to [Raid] and when it boots it gives me another option of confiiguring Raid but I couldn't do it. I tried it but I do not know how to. I don't know if I was suppossed to see the drive or not, I just didn't see it. I let it boot all the way to windows and tried to find it from there but I couldn't either. I didn't see the drive nor in BIOS, nor in the Cofigure Raid Option at boot up nor from Windows.

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Answer:MoBo 661FX-M won't recognize SATA hard drive

Ok, I went to see the options in the standard CMOS features. It says:

IDE Channel 0: Master [my dvd burner]
IDE Channel 0: Slave [my other dvd burner]
IDE Channel 1: Master [my IDE 40gs hard drive]
IDE Channel 1: Slave [none]
IDE Channel 2: Master [none]
IDE Channel 3: Master [none]

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I'm having an issue with a newly built computer.
My motherboard, an ASUS P5KPL-CM, does not always recognize my new SATA hard drive.
Until I get this issue under control I am not able to install windows. 9 times out of 10, when i check out my BIOS settings, it does not recognize the SATA hard drive.

Please help me. I'm dying to get my new machine up and running.
Any more information is available upon request.

Answer:ASUS P5KPL-CM doesn't recognize SATA hard drive

can someone close this thread? i wish to start a new, more detailed one. i have more details i would like to include.

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I'm having a couple problems with my pc. First off it takes 20min to reach the welcome screen from the windows loading screen every time, but once it does everything seems to be working fine except that my pc no longer recognizes my 2nd sata drive. its pretty frustrating cuz i got alot stuff on that drive that i wanna access. I've realized the possibility the the drive has faided, but why hasnt the one with the OS? i bought 2 the same at the same time. I'm hoping its just a virus that deleted some system files that gives me access to the drive and is causing this super long startup.

the AVG full system virus scan says no viruses, but theres this exe in AVG autostart that wasnt there before. "C:\Windows\SysWOW64\mshta.exe "%1" %*". I dont know how to fix this problem whatever it is. So some help would be awsome.

- Vista x64
- Q6600 2.4GHz
- evga 780i mobo
- 8800 GTS 512MB SLI (
- Patriot Extreme DDR2 4GB @1066MHz
- Samsung SyncMaster 245B 24in @ 1920x1200 60Hertz
- Creative SB X-fi (
-- x2 500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST350032 0AS SCSI *NOT IN RAID*
- AVG Internet security v9.0.851
- HighjackThis v2.0.2

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 8:50:22 PM, on 16/08/2010
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18928)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\DAEMON Tools Lite\daemon.exe
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Hello and i thank you all for your help in advance. I've found other threads with some solutions to my issue but my computer does not have a floppy drive so i cannot solve this problem via that route.

I have an Asus EEE 1005ha laptop and the hard drive failed. I just bought a new SATA 500gb hard drive and did the physical install, but now when I try to install my original Windows XP service pack 3 re-installation disk and i start running through the installation process, Windows is not letting me select any hard drive to install the operating system on. It says there is no hard drive present. It will eventually prompt me to hit F6 to select drivers so i can property do the install but anything i select from the list is prompting me to insert the re-installation disk into the floppy drive (which i have none), and then i am forced to restart the entire process.

I've read other posts that i would need to get the proper drivers loaded onto a floppy in order to move forward so Windows can see the drive. How do i get around this without a floppy? I tried loading the files I think i needed from the ASUS website onto a flash drive but windows will not recognize this drive when i plug it in. I am fairly knowledgeable with PC's but this is obviously too big a problem for me to get past.

PLEASE HELP!!! Thank you.

Answer:Solved: Windows xp wont recognize sata hard drive

If you have a Retail (not OEM) copy of windows you could Slipstream the drivers into the installtion disc. You can download nLite here the guides for creating the slipstream disc on on the webage as well.

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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:

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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Hello everyone, hope you can help me out.

Got a used Satellite A135-2356, everything looks fine but BIOS won't recognize SATA HDD, shows no disk, downgraded BIOS to 1.30, no good, upgraded to 1.40, no good. BIOS has no options to change/test/detect HDD/SATA settings. Tested hard drive in another laptop and reads it fine. Got restore CD (Vista Basic 32) from Toshiba but since BIOS won't read HDD, can't do anything. Cleaned contacts, no good. This HDD must be too large or something for the board.

*Hitachi HTS541612J9SA00, 120GB SATA, 5400 RPM*

Thanks for the help!!!

Answer:Satellite A135-S2356 - BIOS won't recognize SATA Hard Drive

I think the problem might be the HDD I'm using. Does anyone know the MAX HDD size that can be used in a *Satellite A135-S2345?*

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Hello guys, I have a T400 Lenovo (2008 model). I would like to have a new HD for my laptop and I found this offer at Dell Canada: 750 GB 2.5 Inch 7200RPM Momentus XT SATA 6Gb/s 32 MB Cache Solid State Hybrid Drive Internal Hard Drive  I would like to know if I can use this internal drive (750 GB 2.5 Inch 7200RPM Momentus XT SATA 6Gb/s 32 MB Cache Solid State Hybrid Drive Internal Hard Drive) at my laptop.   Thank you very much for your time and understanding.Have a nice Day! 


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Answer:750 GB 2.5 Inch 7200RPM Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid Drive Internal Hard Drive

There isn't a simple answer. This drive has 4K sectors, (advanced format) so the answer (yes/no) depends on what operating system and service packs you are running and how you intend to load your OS/data to the new drive

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I've noticed a few successes and failures when it comes to speeding up a Lenovo notebook. I too wanted all the speed I could get, especially for Photoshop work. I tried a 128 Gb SS drive but became uncomfortable with it. After more research I settled for a Seagate XT 500Gb 7200rpm with a 4Gb solid state (that's why it's called a hybrid drive) and 32Gb cache. My Startup time is 37 seconds for the complete bootup (not just a desktop screen but when everything loads)I wrote an article for about my experience. Bottom line, I would take the Hybrid everytime. You can click here for the article.CliffordS

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I have a 2nd generation Thinkpad Yoga 12 with a hybrid drive (16GB SSD + 500GB HDD), and there's always a noticeable fan like noise coming from the right top side of the laptop chassis (under the keyboard).  Is that the hard drive making noise as it's spinning?  I did not anticipate such a noticeable sound from my laptop.

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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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My husband added a 2nd hard drive to our computer, and since then, we've had issues with our CDrom drive. For awhile, it would just throw fits sometimes, like not opening or not reading a disc. However, now we can't get it to open at all. The light comes on and it makes noise like it's going to open, but it doesn't. Any suggestions? Oh, and I tried reinstalling drivers already but that didn't work.

Answer:Added new hard drive, now CDrom drive won't work

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I have added a WD primary slave drive to my WD master drive. All jumper settings are correct - have tried on both master and slave and CSEL jumpers - both work. Both drives register in bios on auto setting. Both drives show up in device manager. Fdisk will not recognise second drive on system and neither will 'Data Lifeguards Tools' supplied by WD - therefore cannot partition or format slave drive. On boot up I get 'primary slave drive fails' message. OS is ME. Size of slave drive 120GB. Pulling my hair out - anything would be FAB!

Answer:Primary Slave Drive added but 'drive fails'

Your WD primary master should have no jumpers set only the slave,what size have you upgraded from?? does your new drive work if set up as master?? I had a problem with my WD 80gb but it showed up as an error and mine was replaced if you put it as i said to master use the floppy to set up the drive you should be able to write zeros to the drive if it still doesn't work you could have a duff HD.

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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?

Is windows XP Home w/SP2 pe... Read more

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.


[/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 recently purchased a western digital 1.5T My Book Essential to "automatically" backup my PC's internal hard drive and a Passport External drive I have that contains my media files. I installed WD's Smartware software on my PC and learned that it will only backup my hard drive. I also noticed that it (1) seems to consume alot of processor capacity (computer running much slower with it attached); and (2) my computer won't start up when attached. When I called WD about my concerns they indicated that there is 3rd party software available that will allow me to automatically backup both my internal hard drive and the passport and may not require as much processor space (they wouldn't provide specific recommendations). They also sent me instructions on how to adjust my PC so that it won't try to boot up from MY Book (interesteingly enough I 've never had this problem with my passport). I have not yet had a chance to try their recommendations.

Suggestions on a good 3rd party back-up software would be appreciated.


Answer:Need suggestions for software to back up hard drive and an external drive

Acronis has a good reputation.

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I have two separate drives. C has windows 7 and D has Windows XPsp3. C used to be Windows 98 before I upgraded it to win7. Back then I had Norton ghost 12 in my D drive. Ghost 12 would recognize both the c and d drives.

When I upgraded the C drive to win7, Norton Ghost 12 didn't recognize the either drive anymore, so to rectify the situation I upgraded to Norton Ghost 15 in both drives.

Now Norton ghost 15 doesn't recognize either drive when I am in my XP drive but does recognize both when I am in my Win7 drive. I get the following error below.
How can I fix this:

Answer:Norton Ghost doesn't recognize any drive when in winXP drive but does in win7

I tried uninstalling and reinstalling Norton Ghost 15 using the Norton Removal Tool in my Windows xp drive. Below are the error messages I got.

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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

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I remounted my exterior drive and now my computer will not recognize my portable drive.

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My internal CD-DVD drive worked perfectly on Windows 7 until I upgraded to
Windows 10. if I insert a CD nothing happens. The drive isn't shown anywhere when viewing drives of the computer. Also, my backup drive E: isn't recognized either.
My Seagate manager tells me that no drive is connected.

Answer:Windows 10 doesn't recognize CD-DVD drive nor Seagate backup drive

Open command prompt and type "diskmgmt.msc" and press enter. Under disk management, do you see your CD drive and your E: listed without a drive letter?
Please register and answer these questions for someone to assist you better.

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band new Y50 with these on boardNVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2GBIntel Core i7 4700HQ (2.40GHz)8GB Memory 1TB HDD 8GB SSDWhen I got the machine it was partitioned into two drives:  Windows8_OS (C 887GB  Lenovo (D 24.9GB I dont see any SSD drive in the eplorer nor in the Computer Management utility. I would like to understand what is stored on my SSD and how to best utilize this for best performance. I may want to run games/OS/applications from the SSD to get that quick read times. Could someone explain to me how to get this set up, OR if it is already set up explain how to see is performance?  I am very please to be joining the Lenovo family!!Please advise. 


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Answer:managing my hybrid HDD/SSD drive with my new Y50

The hdd+SDD is a whole unit drive. It is known as an SSHD by Seagate. The SSD part is use for caching only.. It is not accessible by users. So don't worry about it.  

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Hi there, Still haven't seen my post hit about why the U510 uses the SATA disk for booting and OS files.  I've dug into the Hybrid+SSD on the U510 but it doesn't appear to be a true hybrid drive that migrates higher value data to the SSD from the slower SATA disk over tim.  The reason for thinking this is Windows 8 sees two discrete drives while true hybrids are supposed to appear as one drive.  Anyway, I'm looking for a reason to not redo my U510 or return it for the G780 that has a larger screen and much faster processor. Thanks,-chris

Answer:U510 really using Hybrid Drive?

Hi mateWelcome to the forumsBefore proceeding further, could you please post a snip of your disk management?By the way, u510 is an ultrabook. The sole purpose of msata in an ultrabook is caching(Intel rapid start and smart response technology) and that is set up in everyy ultrabook.Regards

Ishaan Ideapad Y560(i3 330m), Hp Elitebook 8460p!(i5-2520M) Hp Pavilion n208tx(i5-4200u)If you think a post helped you, then you can give Kudos to the post by pressing the Star on the left of the post. If you think a post solved your problem, then mark it as a solution so that others having the same problem can refer to it.

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Just purchased a Western hybrid ssd drive (WD-10S12X), and cannot get the computer to recognize it. I have a fairly new Lenovo with a 2.5 built in drive that works great with my 125G SSD Drive.I also have a USB adapter and a separate Power/USB hookup that works fine with my SSD. None work in recognizing this drive. Now before I return it, I would like any of you Pro's if you have any ideas as to a mistake on my part, as I have never used a SSD/Hybrid drive before. T.I.A. P.S. I did download a installation driver from Western, and when I went to install, it did not find the drive.

Answer:SSD Hybrid drive installation

Since there are no responses, I'll give it a try by including this from the WD site:

Microsoft Windows 64-bit Operating Systems and WD productsAnswer ID 1430 | Last Updated 10/09/2014
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External Hard Drives
Our external hard drives should work with 64-bit operating systems. But, again, there are some things you need to keep in mind:

Drivers for most Western Digital USB and FireWire external hard drives are already included in all 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Windows operating systems.When Western Digital drives are connected to the computer, the operating system should automatically recognize that there is a new device and install the drivers for that device to function on that system.Western Digital does not provide any generic drivers for our external hard drives in the event that the system drivers do not load properly.In the event that one of our drives does not install on your operating system, here are some simple troubleshooting tips you can follow:
Plug the power adapter directly into the wall to make sure the drive is getting enough power.Change the USB/Firewire cable to make sure that the cables aren't bad.Try the drive on another PC. If the drive installs on that PC, and you can see it in the Windows Explorer, then you know that the drive is good.If it doesn't show up in Windows Explorer, but does show up in Disk Management, then the drivers are installed and you most likely have a format or partition issue. In which case, pleas... Read more

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Just purchased a Western hybrid ssd drive (WD-10S12X), and cannot get the computer to recognize it. I have a fairly new Lenovo with a 2.5 built in drive that works great with my 125G SSD Drive.I also have a USB adapter and a separate Power/USB hookup that works fine with my SSD. None work in recognizing this drive. Now before I return it, I would like any of you Pro's if you have any ideas as to a mistake on my part, as I have never used a SSD/Hybrid drive before. T.I.A. P.S. I did download a installation driver from Western, and when I went to install, it did not find the drive.

Answer:SSD Hybrid drive installation

Had similar problems. Did you check fro a motherboard update (BIOS update)? Did you enter the BIOS to see if it is recognized there?

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G'day,I'm interested in adding an M2 drive to my Y2 13 but am wondering how to make it my master drive.   The problem that I'm seeing is that the current Hybrid drive has a total of 6 partiions on it.  I assume that at least one of them is associated with the SSD portion of the Hybrid. It is laid out as shown here: Would I need to clone all of these partitions and than make it the master in the Bios or can soemone recommend and procedure? THanks,Ski

Answer:Y2 13 - How would I upgrade to an M2 SSD from a Hybrid Drive?

You need to clone your hard drive to your new SSD:-

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My newest hard drive in my desktop PC is a Seagate 1TB Hybrid Drive.
It has an SSD and Mechanical hard drive, in the same case.

I somehow contracted Ebola of the Hard Drive (boot sector virus) and decided to just wipe the drive and start over.
That is proceeding nicely as I type this. I've not decided on an OS yet, so that's not part of the story.

My question is: "At this point, after an FDISK and DOS Format, is there anything in the solid state memory that should be or even can be 'Flushed' out. ??? And if so, how would I go about it ???

I would appreciate any help.

Thank You,

Answer:How do I flush the SSD on a 1TB Hybrid drive?

As far as I know, those drives are treated just like a normal hard drive. The integration is handled in the drive controller, so I would say you don't need to do anything more.

But someone else may know for sure.

You may want to visit a Seagate forum or ask them directly, they do seem to answer inquiries.

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Question: Hybrid Hard Drive

I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with hybrid hard drives. I have heard that there are a lot of cons to these drives. For example, I have heard that the constant power up and down has more wear on it rather than it continuously running.

Answer:Hybrid Hard Drive

theres a lot of myths about all new tech. more often then not is all just rubbish.

Hybrid drives are a great balance of speed and size. However with the current HDD climit they are a bit expensive.

the other option would be to pair an existing hard drive you have and a low capacity SSD which are relatively inexpensive.
The same quick caching performance can still be gained.

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I found this article on Hybrid drives. When will these be available for desktops? Everything seems to be for notebooks.

Answer:Info on Hybrid drive

wikipedia said:

Hybrid drives are set to be released, primarily for notebook computers, in late 2006Click to expand...

I'd expect to see a desktop model around the same time, but for certain they will be released before Windows Vista, as some versions of this OS are going to require these types of drives.

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Original hard drive died.  Installed new drive, which tests fine.  However, booting up from CD and attempting to restore image contained on USB external drive, but the drive is not recognized.  I have tested on another Laptop (Lenovo) which recognizes the USB external drive, so there is no issue with the external drive.  I cannot restore my HP Pavilion unless I can get it to recognize the USB drive containing the HD image.  Please let me know if there is a way to do so.

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I just put together a new PC. I used the Foxconn 925xe7aa motherboard. When I boot up the BIOS recognizes my hard drive which is a 300 GB Seagate but does not recognize my DVD burner which is a LITE-ON SHM-165H6S. I know the DVD burner works because I switched the DVD burner to the IDE 1 slot on the M/B and it loaded the Windows installation. Also I can see in the boot-up sequence that it has the DVD burner listed as Drive 0 but in the BIOS it has the hard drive listed as Drive 0. I have tried many things and none seem to work. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:BIOS does not recognize hard drive and dvd drive at the same time

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So, my computer doesn't recognize my optical drive after I reformatted my computer. It's there as drive D: but I can not burn anything using it. And it's my only drive .

So here is my conversation with Gateway support chat guy: In it contains more information of my problem.

Gary_GWER9390 joined the incident.

Gary_GWER9390 says:
Thank you for contacting technical support. My name and badge number are Gary_GWER9390. Please hold while I review your issue.

Ilya says:
I was speaking with Shannon_GWER1666 and our chat session disconnected accidentaly

Gary_GWER9390 says:
You mentioned that your serial number is CSX7******45, which refers to a GM5478 system and your current email address is ************. Are these correct?

Ilya says:

Ilya says:
I was speaking with Shannon_GWER1666 and our chat session disconnected accidentaly

Gary_GWER9390 says:
Thank you for verifying your information.

Gary_GWER9390 says:
How can I help you?

Ilya says:
I was speaking with Shannon_GWER1666 and our chat session disconnected accidentaly

Ilya says:
Could you send me to her?

Ilya says:

Gary_GWER9390 says:
He is not available at this moment.

Gary_GWER9390 says:
Can you tell me your issue.

Ilya says:

Ilya says:
My computer can not recognize my dvd-rw drive as a dvd-rw drive

Ilya says:
I cannot burn anything

Ilya says:
I did reformat my computer a week ago, and prior to the reformatting, everything worked perfe... Read more

Answer:Computer doesn't recognize my optical drive as a dvd-rw drive!

Please? I really need the help!

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I'm in the process of moving to an SSD and need to create a backup drive in order to repair the BIOS after transferring everything. However, when I try to create one - the create a recovery drive program won't recognize the flash drive I have connected as a flash drive.

I first tried with a SanDisk Cruzer which apparently had a quirk in that it shows up as a hard drive instead of removable flash drive. That seems to be well documented on forums all over the place and there is no fix.

So, I purchased a cheap 8 GB stick (no brand) and Windows (I'm running 8.1 x64) recognizes it as a removable disk. However, the create a backup utility still won't recognize it. I've found some random fixes that have worked for some (such as plugging it into a different USB port) but nothing has worked for me so far. I've tried doing it with the "copy the recovery partition" option both checked and unchecked.

If there's no solution to this wonderful "quirk" of Windows, then is there something else I can do to repair BIOS? Seems like there's not a fix to my problem out there...

So as of right now, I tried using HPs recovery software which seems to do the same thing as copying over your entire recovery partition. That didn't work either. However..when I had both USB sticks plugged in the Windows supplied utility recognized the SanDisk Cruzer when I checked the "copy the partition" this might be solved.

Answer:Create a recovery drive won't recognize flash drive

You might save yourself a lot of aggravation by down loading a free copy of Macrium Reflect, you can make a Disk Image that can be restored to any drive it will fit on. or just copy/clone to your SSD. just make sure your current drive doesn't have more data than will fit on the SSD, Reflect will adjust the C: partition size

The recovery USB needs to work they are not created equal if Reflect doesn't recognize it get another one that will. I can't help you with the other program you are using Reflect is known to work for everyone.

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I formatted my new E530 and I'm not sure wether my hybrid drive is active or how I set it up without using the preloaded OS. How do I check it and is there somekind of guide on setting it up?


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Answer:E530 hybrid drive setup

Check this out... It is kind of amazing that you posted here but managed to not find that thread, which sits permanently as the 3rd thread in the list.

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I have read the article on connecting an external HDD to a PC. I used to have an external USB DVD drive for my W10 tablet PC but it broke down and is no longer available. I have had to return three drives as they would not work at all, probably because there is not enough power for a mechanical drive? To overcome this some drives have two sockets, both USB. I have not yet found a DVD drive in which one socket is for AC, as is quite common with USB hubs. So I am intending to try using my one USB 3 socket which gives greater power than USB 2 I believe. But I have not found a suitable cable, such as a USB 3 Y cable with the correct connectors, although I guess an AC power supply might be better?Any comments / advice would be very welcome.

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To start with, assume the OS runs from a hybrid drive (SSD+HDD in one package).

Everything I read about these hybrid drives indicates to me that they can be treated as a standard drive when cloning/imaging to/from any other drive, as long as the OS and the cloning/imaging program is booted from a different drive. During normal operation (booting off of the hybrid) the drive itself manages what HDD and SSD data gets copied/read between each media type and to the system. But when the drive is properly shutdown, all data that's in SSD storage that isn't already on the HDD gets written to the HDD.

So upon a restart, whether it's a normal boot or a boot from other media (a cloning/imaging app) the hybrid drive is in a state where the HDD media is in a state where it contains all the data that's necessary to create a perfect clone/image.

Does anyone have any insight to this, or actual experience? Are there any other issues that might need to be addressed to ensure a perfect copy, each and every time?

Or do I have this all wrong, and other methods/steps need to be taken to ensure success?

I've never run across any of these drives and therefore have no experience, but I'm trying to help someone else, and I want to make sure nothing can go wrong (barring hardware/user issues).

Answer:Cloning/Imaging Hybrid Drive (SSD+HDD)

I have no experience but I found this. Hybrid drive - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Seagate has developed a SSHD that has on internal controller to manage what data is used by the SSD portion of the drive.
This is a good question about imaging. My gut feeling is it would be treated as any HDD. Laptops are sold with SSHDs and have their own recovery partitions.

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I have been looking around to find out wether my Yoga2  is upgradable or not and if it is, which SSD to choose...?Is there a second slot or not, is it m2 or mSATA? Does it only support  Crucial SSD? Which size is supporterted?I have:Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 13.3" FHD Core i7-4510U, 8GB RAM, 500GB SSHD  Product number: 59428552 

Answer:SSD upgrade for Yoga 2 13.3 FHD 500 GB hybrid drive

Please read the topics on this subject: If you are not able to find this easy accessible information on this board yourself,t might not be a good idea to add any hardware yourself ...  

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Hello everyone. Im building a pc and I was told that a hybrid hard drive configuration is the way to go. I was told to use SCSI hardrives for my boot and programs and a non SCSI hardrive for file storage. Can someone tell me if this configuration makes sense as far as performance is concern. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this configuration?

Answer:HYbrid Hard Drive setup

Rick, thanks for your response. The computer will be used for home music production and gaming purposes and using up to date hardware without going over my budget of $3000.

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My HDD drive failed, and would not clone. I have an SSD in its place, but the computer can't see it. No matter what I do all I can find is one 18.64 GB drive, which I assume is the original 20 GB SSD part of the hybrid drive I had. I have managed to load windows on the 18.64 GB drive, from a USB image.I also loaded Ubuntu before that, but couldn't find any partition to remove, enlarge or whatever.I need help on finding the new SSD drive which is 256 GB.A friend, also with an Aspire, tried to put an SSD in place of the HDD. Same problem, but his HDD isn't bad so he just put it back, and the computer went back to just fine.  

Answer:AspireS3-391 (hybrid drive) how to replace hdd wit...

have you checked if the new SSD is listed under BIOS? press F2 at boot and check under SATA devices.

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i7-2720M Quad Core 2.20Gm6600 precisionm 6600 doesn't see seagate 2tb hybrid hd (part ssd)i put hd in blaq x usb caddy and m6600sees it.  that's where I partitioned and formatted it. 2 places to put hd and it no see. it sees and  formats other 1/2 tb and 2 250 gb, even install os on them no prob. but won't see seagate.

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We started buying the T440s as one of our business laptops. How can I get th hybrid drive stuff to work with a re-image? I installed the Intel Rapid Storage Technology drivers from but the system does not seem to be seeing the drives properly. And if I boot into the BIOS, there are no options to set or even see the settings of regarding RAID, etc.

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Hello. I just bought a Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 14 (BestBuy) and it has a 16GB SSD /1TB Hybrid Hard Drive. When I go into Windows 8.1 Disk Management, It shows me that Disk 0 ist the 1TB drive and Disk 1 is the SSD. The problem is the SSD says that it is an OEM Partition and does not have a drive letter assigned to it. I want to place the WIndows OS swap file on the SSD and possibly some other apps that would benefit from the performance of the SSD. Why does the SSD drive not have a Windows Drive letter assigned to it? At this point, I don't believe it is being used by anything... Please inform

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my hybrid HDD/SSD drive dont work with my new Y50help!!!!


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Answer:my hybrid HDD/SSD drive dont work with my new Y50

Hi YouMaCry,  Are you getting error messages? Is windows installed on it?Is your SSHD Cable properly seated? 

i5 - 3450 3.4 GHz / 2TB HDD / 32GB MEMORY / GTX 750Ti GPU

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How can you tell if the Hybrid 1TB 25GB SSD's working correctly.  Drive management shows 2 separate drives.  My Computer says 1 drive, as expected.  But the ssd show all its space free and I can't find a way to test it. Can anyone help?

Answer:Y510P Hybrid 1TB SSHD Drive

hi bhartman,
Thanks for Posting!
We haven't checked out the new Y410  Systems if it utilizes the expresscache, but you might find this thread helpful,
Hope that helps,

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Had a mate ask me to reformat his netbook as I have done this numerous times I said no probs.
When I got It I hooked up the External Cd/Dvd entered bios set it to boot from cd saved and restarted, Windows XP setup started normally but when it came time to choose the HDD for the OS I get a error saying no HDD Detected press F3 to exit.

I researched the Asus Eee PC H1001HA and have found that it has a Hybrid HDD which I assume is a type of Flash drive.

How can I reload Windows on this Netbook??

I dont have any CD's that came with this PC so Im working from scratch.

Thanks in Advance..

Answer:Asus Eee PC Reload XP on Hybrid Drive

Installing XP on a SATA drive requires an additional step:

However, Most newer BIOS allow an Alternate method for SATA . . Go into the bios and check the "Sata Operation" setting,

change it to "Raid Autodetect/ATA if it is not already. Now try to install XP ( could be IDE Mode, Compatibility Mode or Legacy Mode - different BIOS use different terms )

some will say IDE instead of ATA)

If there are no such settings you'll need to slipstream the sata drivers on the XP CD, follow the instructions in this guide :


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Hi All,

This is my first post here although I've lurking for a few years. I'm glad to finally be "official" since I think this forum is a great resource.

Anyhow, I'm about to purchase an ASUS S56CA-BH51-CB ultra notebook that comes with Windows 8 and I would like to instal a fresh copy of Windows 7 Pro 64 bit in its place. I read a thread that's somewhat old about installing to a hybrid drive, see here ==> Win7 keeps on putting system partition on hybrid ssd

The gist I gathered from the above thread is that since the HDD chip is the one that determines what files go on to the SSD portion (for faster boots), all I have to is is install Windows 7 in a normal fashion.

Is there anything I've missed or any important items left out?

I thank you for your contribution and look forward to your reply.


Answer:Install Windows 7 Pro 64 bit on a hybrid drive (SSD & HDD)

SystemSeven welcome to the forum.

One caution would be to make sure that there is only one disk in the laptop and then booting the w7 dvd, it will install on your ssd.
Sometimes with more than one hard disk in the laptop, it could try to install on the wrong hard disk.
I always make sure that installs go to the single hard disk in my machine. otherwise it can get sticky.


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I have a Dell-refurbished XPS 15 with a hybrid drive and want to replace it with an SSD. What are the procedures for doing this? For example, I heard that hybrid drives are installed with RAID mode so I should install my SSD in AHCI mode?

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Hi i have a y510p that comes with 1TB 5400rpm HDD + 8GB SSHD Hybrid. How can i check windows 8.1 is effectively using it the 8gb ssd as a "fast cache" ?  


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Answer:Y510P Hybrid 1TB SSHD Drive

The basic test - Shutdown and start your laptop.If it boots in < 30 seconds, your SSD is being used as cache.If it takes more than 1:30 minutes to boot then something wrong with ssd caching.

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i just bought this notebook ;Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p 59388313 15.6" Notebook Computer  Mfr # 59388313 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-4700MQ (Haswell)8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM1TB 5400rpm HDD + 8GB SSHD HybridDual NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M SLI Graphics15.6" Widescreen LED-Backlit DisplayFull HD 1920 x 1080 Native Resolution6-in-1 Media Card Reader802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0Integrated JBL Stereo SpeakersWindows 8how can i verify the 8g sshd hybrid is installed ?thanks in advance

Answer:Y510P Hybrid 1TB SSHD Drive

Right Click My comptuer - properties - device manager - should show your ssd info there. can go into disk management and see it too, or my computer.

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