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

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

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

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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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some people change ide to ahci in the bios then it worked.

some people put drive on master, hey then it worked
Second PATA hard drive not detected in the BIOS? - Yahoo Answers

some people put drive on cs, hey then it worked
SATA to IDE Adapter, Drive Not Detected in BIOS - Hard Drives - Storage

What do I do to make it work for me?
The yellow led lights up
the sata cable plugged into sata port and tried multiple ports.
Under sata configuration I tried AHCI which caused windows to BSOD
I switched that back to IDE

This Asus p5qc has a PATA DVD drive lugged into MB IDE port
And a sata drive plugged into sata port.
And a sata drive plugged into sata port.

Answer:sata to ide adapter do not see PATA hard drive in the bios?

Following this guide, i made it so windows boots ok with bios setting to AHCI
AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista

Still the bios does not show drive with adapter connected.
I have tried 4 HD and a dvd drive.

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There are these kind of converters available. I don't understand how such a converter can fit into the hard drive space for instance T43? Is there any kind of converter which fit?

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I just removed a disabled SATA Hard Drive from a Compaq Presario computer and am about to purchase a new hard drive to replace it. I happened to have an extra hard drive, but it seems to be a PATA hard drive. Is it possible to use this drive? Or do I have to get a SATA hard drive? Thanks. Maggie

Answer:Solved: Difference between SATA and PATA Hard Drive?

As long as your motherboard has an IDE (PATA) connector on it, and you have an IDE cable to connect it, you can use a PATA (IDE) hard drive. I haven't seen a motherboard without an IDE connector on it so you should be OK. However, SATA is a much improved interface for hard and CD/DVD drives. Highly recommend you stay with it.

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So then after I installed windows xp pro, I plugged in my 40g PATA IDE drive, and it would always select that as my master hard drive, as we know, my "should be master" drive is a 160g SATA drive. Any suggestions on how to have my 40g drive as slave, and my 160g drive as my master? My computer specs are listed in my signature. Thanks.

Answer:pata and sata drive, sata should be master, but pata is

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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?


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 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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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?


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 foolishly enabled the options in the BIOS system configuration - Drive tab trying to make an external eSATA cable recognised my spare hard drive. 
How the Dell E6230 will not boot and will not POST.
I am unable to access the BIOS to reset to default or to disable the SATA 4/5 toggles.
Is there any way to 

1. Restore the default BIOS settings
2. Flash the BIOS from a USB or CD to get the computer to reboot.
I have discovered that the BIOS is doing something to the RAM modules
pressing FN+POWER cause the Battery LED to flash white. All other LED are BLANK
The RAM modules when placed in another E6230 then refuse to work until a memory test is carried out to wipe them! 
This would go against everything I know about RAM modules not retaining information after powering off but this is what I found.
Thanks in advance.

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I am trying to replace the Matsu**bleep**a DVD that came with my r61. I thought there was 2 choicesATA and PATA.  I bought both and mine is neither one of those.  Anyone have any ideas on how I can make the PATA drive work.  Some kind of adapter??  or some name brands/models recommendations??  please don't say Matsu**bleep**a.                                                     Thank you..............J.C., Tampa Moderator note: Type added to subject line for clarity. Message Edited by Agotthelf on 28-05-2009 08:37 AM

Answer:R61: New DVD drive interface Sata or Pata?

The dvd drive on the R61i is an enhance ultrabay drive using PATA interface. The SATA interface version is only suitable for the R400, R500 version. 

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Ho all. Just experimenting here, have inserted another SATA HD in the Floppy Drive space. Have got a PATA TO SATA convertor and connection is to Primary IDE. Intially I could not boot as Ribbon was upside down, rectified that and com will now fully boot. Activity light on the convertor card and HD feels warm, so that means all connections are A OK. Problem is it is not showing in the BIOS, what am I missing here ??? All other HD's are showing which are SATA. Settings are as follows''''

Onchip IDE Channel 10
Onchip IDE Channel 11
IDE DMA Transfer
SATA Port 1 & 2
SATA Port 3 & 4
SATA DMA Transfer
SATA 2 DMA Transfer
IDE Prefetch Mode....

All these are set to AUTOMATIC. if you are around dlb would appreciate some guidance plz. or anyone else that can advise. :confused

Mobo is an ASUS SLI Premium

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I would be grateful for any advice re replacing an internal DVD drive in my old (2001) desktop machine.

Am I right in thinking that a machine of this vintage would need a PATA drive, not a SATA drive?

Many thanks for any assistance!

Answer:PATA vs SATA DVD drive for 2001 vintage PC?

You are correct however the very best way to find out what is inside the case is to open the case and look.
Replacing a dvd drive is pretty easy. You will have a 40pin cable and a molex power connector each just pulls off. Remove the old drive and check the jumper setting. If it is the only drive on the ide cable, it should be the master device. Set the jumper on the new drive just like the old one was set. Now install your new drive. Connect the cables you removed and you are good to go. It really is that easy.

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I made the mistake of purchasing the wrong enclosure for my hard drive. I needed a 3.5 SATA and I ordered a rocket fish 3.5 PATA enclosure. I can not return it. I have read about converting but I am new to all of this hardware stuff
Is it possible to use the PATA enclosure with the SATA drive, and if so what converters do I need? Will there need to be file conversions as well?

Thanx in advance for your help!

Answer:Solved: SATA drive in PATA enclosure

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Hi everyone,
I have tried new Lenovo Product: IdeaPad 500 ISK with Intel Real Sense Technology.
It is great experience with this device in my country whereas price / perfomance is super great .
However, one unbelivable issue coming when I have tried to replace the DVD (ODD) with a SSD drive.
Using a caddy bay at ODD, testing through F11/F12 Boot Menu Selection, we get the following results:
1. Internal HDD: SATA 3.0 (6.0Gb/s) Hard Disk 750GB
Caddy Bay: SATA 3.0 SSD Samsung 850 EVO
=>> Unable to Boot through SSD (F11 Selection, also not appear in BIOS) also not detect SSD after booting to Windows.
2. Internal HDD: SATA 3.0 HDD 750GB
Caddy Bay: SATA 2.0 HDD Toshiba
=>> Both drives detect in BIOS and Windows.
3. Internal HDD: SATA 3.0 HDD 750GB
Caddy Bay: SATA 3.0 HDD Seagate
=>> BIOS and F11 selection only detect Internal HDD but Windows could detect also using Caddy Bay Hard Drive normally.
I have also tested some other cases with different Caddy Bay Brand, Hard Drives, with Switchs change in Caddy Bay and got the same result.
Making some research over Internet I have found some other users got the same issues like this.
To sum up, it is right time for Lenovo to help us with new BIOS which bring better compatible to SATA 3.0 device under their SATA 2.0 port for DVD. (This is also a strange in design which a new powerful Skylake still have some SATA 2.0 Port).
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Answer:500 ISK - Suspect BIOS Compatible (SATA 3.0 Hard Drive on ODD via Caddy Bay not dectect by BIOS)

Hi, anybody here?I have contacted with Lenovo Support also no feedback ?

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This is my current configuration:


C drive has Win7 80GB
D has half Winxp and half storage. Total size of D is 160GB

I want to put both C and D onto a single SATA drive of 240GB and make that SATA a dual boot.

I am using Acronis 15. How do I do this?

Answer:How do I backup and recover separate PATA's w/OS's into one SATA drive

"I am using Acronis 15"
Acronis what? They make more than one product you know!
Is it Acronis True Image, Acronis Disk Director or Acronis Migrate Easy?
Official user guides & documentation are here:

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Does anyone know if X31(5 year old 2672) supports PATA hard drive? Thanks, Yang

Answer:Can the drive of X31 support PATA hard drive?

The X31 use the PATA hdd drive. 

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Hello. I'm setting up an ASUS K8V SE Deluxe motherboard with two Maxtor 80gig SATA-150 drives in a RAID 0 configuration. I plan on having a third, standard ATA-133, drive to backup the RAID 0 drives using something like Norton Ghost.

Here's my question: What is the best way to set all this up from both performance & reliability standpoints? The standard parallel drive will be more than large enough to both backup the SATA RAID drives as well as use for additional storage.

Here's what I'm thinking, let me know if anyone has any better suggestions: I will partition the PATA drive to contain a partition just big enough to backup the 160gigs of RAID 0 drive space, and have a second partition for other data.

What I'm not sure about is whether to install XP on the RAID 0 array or on the ATA-133 drive (remember, I'm looking at both performance AND reliability here). Then, should all my applications be installed on the RAID or the ATA?


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Hey guys im looking to get more hard drive space and was wondering if anyone could help me with the pros and cons of getting and internal drive or an external drive and also the differences between pata and sata drives? i use my pc for audio and video apps so i need something big around 300gb-400gb.I would use the drive for playing back and recording audio and video so it needs to be as fast as possible. ive been looking at the carillon ad-1 external as far as i can tell the only advantage of external is that it is transportable, but they all seem to be more expensive. Also my current drive is partitioned into system and audio, is it possible to unpartition them into one again without reformatting the drive? as i would use my old drive as system and the new drive for audio.would this be possible?can someone reccomenda drive for me?thanks for yout time.regards will

Answer:Deciding between external and internal drive pata versus sata?

could someone maybe suggest what t0o look for in a hard drive. cheers

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Hi Guys
I have just fitted a SSD drive in my computer windows 7 64 bit system, when I installed windows onto the new SSD I just unplugged my old hard drive and fitted the SSD and just installed windows 7 and all worked ok.
But after the new install was working I was told I needed to make a change in the BIOS to alter the settings from treat Sata as IDE to treat Sata as AHCI.
I did this and all was ok with the new drive the installation worked and the new drive is running ok.
But now I have since read that I should have made the bios change before installing windows nad should not be done after the install,
So do I need to reinstall windows 7 with the bios changes to treat sata as AHCI before I install or will it work ok it seems to be ok but im not sure now.
I was also under the impression that I could still have my old hard drive fitted and just select the hard drive I wanted to boot from as the computer started, I wanted to do this so I could still has access to all my old stuff if I needed it.
But now my old hard drive will not boot until I change the Bios back to treat Sata as IDE, so is this not going to work or will I have to change the bios each time I need access to my old drive.
Also I have an Asus P6T SE motherboard so can I plug the SSD into any Sata port or is it better to plug it into number 1 if so how do I find which one is number one.

Answer:SSD hard drive do i use Sata as IDE or AHCI in Bios

See this tutorial: AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista

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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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I just got a "Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM" and put in my desktop. When I went into bios to see if it was there I didn't see it. I booted into windows and didn't see it in My Computer but could see it in the device manager. Every time I boot up it says found new hardware "mass storage device" but can't find any of the drivers. My machine is not connected to the internet so I can't  have it look online and the seagate site dosn't have drivers for internal hard drives. Any ideas?Thanks

Answer:Bios can't find sata hard drive

Look in discmanagment & see if its there?

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I just built a new PC but the BIOS won't read the SATA hard drive.

Sequence of events:

1) Tried to install Windows 7
2) Got to the partition screen and the hard drive shows up.
3) I go to Advanced -> New Partition
4) I get a loading cursor for 30 seconds and the hard drive disappears! I click "refresh" but there are no hard drives/partitions/nothing!
5) I check in BIOS and the hard drive is not there as well... tried IDE mode as well.
6) I have a DVD SATA drive that's being recognized by BIOS so I try swapping the SATA cables and ports that they're connected to... no luck.
7) I install the hard drive into an external enclosure. My other computer reads it but I get an error "unable to format" when I try to do so. I see that there are 2 partitions: (a) 100MB "RAW" format and (b) 940GB unallocated space.


Parts List:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (Purchased For $169.99)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (Purchased For $49.99)
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Answer:BIOS won't read SATA hard drive

With the drive in the enclosure and connected to your other pc, download Data Lifeguard Diagnostic ( if you have the WD Blue drive) and use that to check the health status of this hard drive in question
WD Support / Downloads / SATA & SAS / WD Blue / SE / SE16 (SATA II)

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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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I have upgraded from Windows XP Service Pack 3 to Vista on a Toshiba Qosmio G35-AVA600 which has two 80GB SATA hard drives. In Windows XP the drive was seen as one 180GB hard drive. No problem.

After I installed Vista the second drive is not showing and I can't format it from disk management services because it is not shown.

The wierd thing is that I am not missing any files, but perhaps I had not used any space on the second hard drive, therefore I wouldn't be missing any files.

Also, after installing Vista I checked the BIOS and it does not see my second hard drive, nor does My Computer but it is there as I have made no hardware changes. All I did was upgrade from Windows XP Service Pack 3 to installing Windows Vista. I have the latest RAID drivers from Toshiba which was updated after I installed Vista. The latest BIOS was installed from Toshiba website BEFORE I upgraded and it WAS listed in the BIOS.

I've read the many threads on second ATA hard drives but no one mentions that their BIOS does not recognize the drive as well as Vista.

How do I fix this problem?? Any help at all would be greatly appreciated!!

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Answer:BIOS AND Vist Not Recognizing 2nd SATA Hard Drive

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Can some one tell me if a sata hard drive (one hard drive only ) get detected when installing windows xp.I have a maxtor dimoundmax plus 9 SATA hard drive 120 gb and MSI K8T NEO AMD 64 SOCKET 754 MOTHERBOARDThis hard drive does not have the 40 pin collector instead it has the new SATA 4 PIN COLLECTOR. I COLLECT THIS WITH SATA cable to the motherboard into the SATA 1 sockect Knowning i can not collect to the idle (40 pin socket) ,when i go into the BIOS SET UP IT SAYS HARD DRIVE IS NOT INSTALLED . THIS IS DUE TO THE FACT I DON'T HAVE THE IDLE COLLECTION.BUT WHEN I GO INTO THE RAID BIOS SET UP IT DETECTS THE HARD DRIVE NO PROBLEM. BUT I CAN NOT USE THE RAID SET UP AS I ONLY HAVE ONE HARD DRIVE AND NOT TWO DRIVES NOT REALLY WANTING TO USE THE RAID ANYWAY. BECAUSE OF THIS THE QUESTION I WOULD LIKE TO ASK IS CAN I STILL LOAD WINDOWS XP IN THE HOPE IT WILL DETECT THE SATA HARD DRIVE AND FORMAT IT AND DETECTING IT A C DRIVE FOR WHICH XP WILL GO ON TO. I WOULD BE MOST GREATFUL FOR ANY HELP REGARDS TO THIS PROBLEM MY EMAIL IS [email protected]" title="[email protected]" TARGET="_new">click here KIND REGARDS JONATHAN HYMAS


sounds to me u need to load the raid drivers from your motherboard cdyou need to drag all raid drivers on to a floppyiinstall windows then when prompted press F6 then specify to load from floppy

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my machine is i3 with 8 gb ram, 2 hdds (1tb sata & 40 gb pata) & sata dvd drive ... 1 tb sata has win 7 & 40 gb pata has xp installed ... use both drives separately ... i disconnect sata & use this pata drive only for net downloading ...

yesterday i got a new PSU, installed it ... bt now bios doesnt recognise my pata drive ... as this wasnt the case day-before ... what should i do to get it recognised ??? its working/spining ... if connected as slave, it doesnt even showup in win 7 ...

bios is old (1998-2009) ... has options like (on chip sata mode = disable, auto, combined, enhanced, non-combined)


Answer:Bios not recognising Pata drive !!!

You can try to load defaults in BIOS (either first screen or exit menu). Make sure to note current SATA mode, boot order etc.

It is worrying that it is not detected in BIOS, maybe the data cable is getting old and something broke while changing the power cord. Try reseating the data cable on both sides anyway. Or change it if you have a spare cable lying somewhere.

On a side note, you could use a Virtual PC software within Win7 to accomplish the same. Either XP or a Linux distro.

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Hi, can someone please help me?
After leaving my com for around 3 days i opened up mutiple programs and in the mean time was unrar-ing a file, in the middle of the process my computer freezed and i had to manual press the reset button on the computer, after i restart windows XP when to a grey progress bar something like scandisk i guessed but i am not sure since it has no writing and i naver seen it b4 on XP, but it got stuck so i pressed restart again, this time it went to the grey progress bar too and then start to load windows up normally but then u took ages and nothing was moving so i restarted my computer once more in the middle of loading and then my bios just got stuck at decting my drive, so i restarted it and then same thing happens so i waited this time and after around 5 mins or so there was none dected and the message "CMOS checksum error - Defaults loaded" F1 to continue I pressed F1 and it loads up my on board network and restarts the computer after a few times it no longer shows "CMOS checksum error - Defaults loaded" just a 5 min wait and said none detected and restarts the computer, with out letting me boot with cd or a drive. and the hard drive can be detected. when i took my harddrive off it would let me boot with cd / a drive without it auto restarting.

my hard drive is SATA Barracuda 7200.7 200 Gbytes model ST3200822AS
my mother board is MSI K8N Neo2 Ms-7025 (v1.X) ATX Mainboard
NVIDIA nForce 3 Ultra Chipset
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Answer:Bios cant find hard drive SATA after computer crash

Could you clear up a couple of things. Your title implies that BIOS does not see the SATA drive, but later you say it can be detected (typo?). Is the SATA drive plugged into the motherboard or into a connector card? You reset CMOS by moving the jumper or removing the battery? Your system may have crashed for a reason. If the drive is not detected in BIOS and connections and cables are OK it could be the drive.

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I have a Dell Dimension XPS 720. My PC has two sata hard drives and one IDE hard drive. When I boot the PC tells me that it doesn't detect any hard drive in sata 3. Then it asks me to press F1 to continue. But, when I get into my OS which is Vista Ultimate, I check 'My Computers' and my second hard drive appears. And sata hard drive works fine.

I've gone into BIOS. Each SATA port also lists the model number of the sata hard drive, but the sata drive I'm having problems with isn't listed and yes the hard drive sata port is set to 'ON'.

I should also note that I never used to have problems with this hard drive in the past. It used to show up on the BIOS drive list.

I need help fixing this problem.

Answer:Dell XPS PC BIOS does not detect my sata hard drive, but the Vista OS does?

If the drive is "seen" by the OS, it has to be detected by the bios. Swap the SATA drives and see if the bios now "sees" the former phantom drive

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Recently I decided to upgrade my hard disk storage space so I bought a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 160GB SATA hard disk drive. Upon installing the drive I entered the Bios and went into "Intergrated Peripherals" section and set the BIOS to recognize P-ATA + S-ATA drives. When I reboot the new Maxtor drive shows up in Windows Explorer and functions normally. Also in Windows Explorer, my CD/DVD drive appears. However when I put a cd in the drive and click on the drive in Explorer I get the message to "Insert a disc into drive F:". The drive will not read the disc. When I went into Device Manager the CD/DVD drive shows up and says that it is functioning properly. Strange.....
So, I rebooted and reset the BIOS to the setup defaults (ie. P-ATA Drive Only) and when the computer boots up now the CD/DVD drive functions normally but the Maxtor drive is now not recognized. I understandObviously the Maxtor drive is not recognized because the BIOS is set for P-ATA drive only, but why when the BIOS is set for P-ATA + S-ATA is the CD/DVD drive not recognized?

My computer specs are as follows:

Processsor: Intel Pentium4 3.2C GHz (478pin/FSB800)
Motherboard: MSI i865G ATX
Bios: AMI Bios
RAM: DDR SDRAM 1GB (512MB x 2 / PC3200)
Video:nVidia GeForce FX5700 128MB AGP
Sound: CREATIVE SoundBlaster Audigy2ZS Platinum Pro
Hard Disk1:160GB Ultra ATA HDD (7200rpm)
Hard Disk2:Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 160GB SATA
OS: Windows XP PRo

Answer:CD/DVD Drive not recognized in BIOS after installing SATA hard disk

No one going to take a stab at this one. Please, I need some help here. Any advice would be appreciated

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Hello.My friend asked me to replace his hard drive which has packed up. I said if he bought one I would install it for him. He went off to PCWorld and has come back with this oneclick hereI have just noticed before opening it that it says it is a PATA hard drive. Is it ok to use this? I read that it is being replaced by serial ATA, so will it be compatible? The Pc is an HP Pavilion 710.Any help gratefully accepted!

Answer:Can I put a PATA hard drive in my pc?

Yes you can use that one.The computer should have a 40gig PATA hard drive already in. click hereYou will just have to check that the jumper settings are the same; they are usually set at master.Your problem may be the operating system, if like me; your HP has an oem disk. Then you will be fine. Just boot from cdrom and it should load. I don't think the HP hard drives are tattooed, mine loads on any HP or Compaq computer.;-)If you just have recovery disks, you may have a problem if the old hard drive will not spin up. You would need to clone one drive to the other.

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The geeks at Bestbuy tell me that i need a PATA hard drive to replace the bad ide that i have now. Is there anything different that i might have to do after installing and going by the DEll owners manual for re installing the operating system and the the drivers? I have read the book 119 times to make sure i know what i am doing, with very little previous experience, i am confident the new hard drive install will be very easy. It's just the rest of it i am a little concerned about. Thanks. I plan on doing all of this tomorrow morning. 1 more thing. How will this new and larger hard drive effect the computer in question, about 5 yrs old, will it run a little better?

Answer:PATA Hard drive....

As long as you have the installation CD for the operating system and the CD for the drivers you should be good to go.

I would make one suggestion, before you touch anything inside the case touch the metal of the case to discharge any static electricity you may have accumulated. Electrostatic discharges can kill some electronic components.

You probably won't notice any real difference in performance. The quickest way to increase the speed of the computer is to add more RAM.

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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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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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Hi, I have an x220-4286 and I'm trying to fit a 7mm ssd (kingston 200V+) into it. I have the drive mounted in the caddy using the bottom screw holes, because using the side screws holes wouldn't allow the drive to fit at all. Even now it's excessively tight. Is there some trick to this, or is there a different caddy I must use? I put the drive in loosely and went ahead with the cloning process. I didn't get anywhere, though, until I went into the BIOS and enabled Compatability Mode for the SATA drive. Is there a reason why this is necessary, and will it be a permanent situation? The drive is state of the art, and I don't see why I would need CM. Also, I'm trying to download drivers for the machine, and am encountering a lot of server hang up. I wait minutes at a time just to be able to see what drivers are available in each category. I ran into the same problem weeks ago. Thanks.

Answer:X220 and SSD hard drive: physical fit and BIOS sata compatability mode

- re: physical fit: try it without the caddy, but use the rubber side bumpers.
- re: cloning and ahci/compat mode: what OS?
- re: server performance: i believe it's being worked.

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My Seagate Barracuda 80GB ST380021A drive is on it's way out! I am researching a replacement, but do not know what difference the cache makes. My current drive is 7200RPM with 2MB cache, and my Dell can take up to 120GB (according to them - Dell Dimension 4550). Most of the PATA drives I have seen seem to be 8MB. Would be grateful for advice on whether I must stick to 2MB.

Answer:PATA hard drive cache

8MB cache will work OK.

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I'm getting a chugging sound from one of my internal HDD drives and it's making the whole system grind to almost halt while it's doing it. They are in an old system (parents) with a Giga-Byte GA-7IXE4 mobo with a Duron 700Mhz cpu and 640Mb P133 SDRAM.Primary is a 20Gb with XP Pro on it and then a 120Gb secondry on the same IDE 80 core cable. There are two NEC DVD burner on the secong IDE line on 40 core cables. Now at some point I MIGHT of changed the virtual memory setting to use the secondry drive as it had more space but I've been trying to speed this machine up a little by upgrading the CPU (thread link click here) and this chugging noise stated after trying a replacement CPU in it. I've now upglugged the secondry HDD and the two burners and it fine. ie: no chugging and running as fast as the little 700 duron will let it. At one point yesterday i was moving some files from the primary to secondry and then burning an ISO CD-R with NERO with some files from both the Pri & Sec and I got a "cyclic redundancy error" (or something like) that which I think means a disk read error. I have'nt got another pc to try this 120Gb drive on but does it sound like it's on the way out? If so, is ther a restriction on the size of PATA drive I can thro in? Board can do ATA133 I think.Cheers guys, Garry

Answer:Chugging PATA IDE Hard Drive

a) Hard drives / IDE Channels:i) Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO.Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab - If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at click here to change.ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.ii) If you are using Windows XP, it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).To convert your drives to NTFS:Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage'From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.'Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information.Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing ... Read more

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hi all night stalker here i have a dell latitued d410 and i forgot the hard drive
password or the admim password and i have no dvd or cd rom drive for programs to debug it i did the cmos batt thing try passwords for the bios and do not want to flash bios also any ideals will help out alot.

Thank You


Answer:pata hard drive password

Hi Night stalker and welcome to the TS Forum :wave:

Which is it, the hard drive password or the admin password, both can be set, but one (the Harddrive) password cant be removed, the other can be removed with my software, you can use a floppy version (you dont say if you dont have a floppy) there is a USB key version (only works if your laptop supports booting from a USB device) or you can build a bootable hard drive.

Post back and let me know or visit the site in my Tag


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I added a PATA hard drive to a ThinkCentre 8141-4KU. I set the Hard Drive as primary and the CD drive slave. I can no longer see the CD drive. Any suggestions? (NOTE: If I set the hard drive as secondary and the CD as master the system does not come up. It just beeps.)

Answer:Installing PATA hard drive

I mis-spoke. If the signal cable is attached to both drives, the system will not come up. It beeps (1-3-1-3). If I disconnect the signal cable from one of the drives it works.

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I'm working on a friends Dell Inspiron 8000 which came with a 20GB Hitachi IDE hard drive which now sounds like loose coins when it runs. I installed a new Fujitsu 120GB PATA drive. I've been able to reload Windows and make it boot from CD using the Windows disk, but, I can't get the BIOS to recognize the drive and therefor boot from the new hard drive.

Are the new "PATA" drives not compatible with older machines that came with IDE drives?

Answer:Solved: Newly installed PATA drive not recognized in BIOS

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Are there 160gb IDE or PATA notebook Hard drives?What is ultra ATA? is that the same thing as IDE?is this drive below IDE?

Answer:Are there 160gb IDE or PATA notebook Hard drive?

QuoteAre there 160gb IDE or PATA notebook Hard drives?Yes. around Newegg, there are several other choices at good prices.QuoteWhat is ultra ATA? is that the same thing as IDE?The terms are used interchangeably, although it's not technically correct to do so.There are basically two standards P-ATA (IDE)and S-ATA and different transfer rates for both.The two basic standards do not interchange, but the standards are backward compatible within their respective "family" this drive below IDE?Yes. Also called Ultra ATA, P-ATA, just to make things even more confusing !

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I have An AMD Duron processor 1.60 GHz with 512MB of RAM. Will I be able to use the PATA/100 Hard Drive? it is 750 GB. I really don't know a lot about installing but am going to try to do this myself. Is there anything you can tell me so that I don't mess this up. I believe my old hard drive, which is a 39 GB is going out. It makes a lot of noise when booting. Also should I make the new HD the master or the slave. I have already bought this drive and realize now that I should have done my homework first so I don't want to take it out of the box until I know I can actually use it. Thanks for any help:confused

Answer:PATA/100 Barracuda 3.5 Internal Hard Drive

If you are installing this as second drive (keeping the old one) then you should set this drive as a slave.
Your OS (XP - Vista etc.) should be on the "master" hard drive.

They should both be on the same IDE controller ribbon.
You should also check your older drive's settings and be sure that it is set to "master". Many times a factory set HDD will be set to "single".

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ok i have a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive and i need to the max of hard drive i can run or allow on my DEll Optiplex 740  small factor tower plus  also need help about if i can upgrade my  ADM Athlon Dual core Processor 4850e  and higher?

Answer:want to upgrade my hard drive Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive

Any 3.5" drive at 2T or under should work fine.  Upgrading the CPU would mean buying used - these CPUs went out of production not long after your system was current - and that was a decade ago.

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I had to reformat this Dimension system with Windows 7 from XP. I had to install a sata dvd to do it. All is working fine except every time it boots I get this error: Drive 2 not found. Parallel ATA, PATA 0 (primary ide master)
F1 to continue or F2 to go to setup.

I went into bios and in boot sequence I set dvd as first boot device and SATA hd as second...nothing else is setup to boot
I then went to the drive list and the one I mentioned above is listed. I hit enter to modify and it only allows "on" or a grayed "off" It won't let me get the off selection I don't guess.
The bios is A04 and it is Dell system DV051.
How can I fix it so that error doesn't show.
Thanks in advance

Answer:When booting Dell E310 pc, bios cannot find pata drive 2 -error

You might be be looking at the wrong device to disable if the option to disable it is not selectable, Dell's need to have any channel/device not connected set to disabled or they will display the error you are seeing. Seems you need to disable the old PATA device, probably from the old PATA(IDE) optical drive that you replaced with the SATA one. How many drives do you have connected now?

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hi im costac19, new to major geeks im trying to swap my 80gb sata hard drive for a 320gb samsung ide hard drive how do i do it? are the cables the same and how do i swap the data from one drive to the other. thank you to any one that can help a new member and a novice upgrader.

Answer:i wont to swap my 80gb sata hard drive for a samsung 320gb ide hard drive. i a


No the cables are not the same, SATA and IDE are very different.

So ground info is needed though....

What motherboard do you have, make and model?
If you dont know this info then Everest Free will help just tell us what is listed under Computer > Summary > Motherboard

or tell us if this PC is a OEM build as in HP, Sony, Dell etc again model and version number is needed.

These days most or majority of motherboards that employ SATA only have 1 at most IDE connections, so if your using 2 CD/DVD drives the connector capacity will be full.

If you do have a spare IDE connection, then my advice to you is to keep the SATA drive as the primary C: drive ( as they are faster in data transfer than IDE ) and use the ID drive as storage, so once the IDE drive is installed copy all your normal data/music/video/image etx files to the larger drive and just use the SATA for the OS and applications.

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I posted about a problem I'm having with my hard drive here: hope it's okay to post another thread as I have another question. Since my hard drive is old and has errors I would like to try to get a new one if possible, but don't know if the ones I'm looking at are compatible with my motherboard. (I'm a total noob when it comes to hardware.)My motherboard is very old and only supports ATA/IDE/PATA/whatever it's called (it's all the same right?) hard drives. I read about getting a SATA drive and a SATA PCI adapter card but I'm afraid the motherboard won't support that option since it's so old (you have to have a driver for it to work, right?) So I tried to find an ATA drive.The receipt for my current hard drive says it's a Samsung SP1203N, but both AIDA32 and Belarc Advisor say it's a SP1213N. I opened the enclosure and the label on the drive says SP1213N as well. Is it safe to assume that's what it is since it says that on the label? (Yes, dumb question but don't want to get my hopes up in case it's SP1203N after all)Apparently SP1213N uses the Ultra-ATA/133 interface. Based on that, would this Western Digital HD possibly be compatible with my system?'s listed on Amazon too but with different box: Read more

Answer:EIDE/PATA/ATA Hard Drive and Motherboard Compatbility

After reading more I'm not sure what would happen if you use a large HD in a computer where the motherboard can only register 137GB of space. Would formatting the drive and creating a partition of 120gb or so (and leaving the rest of the drive unallocated) before installing Windows XP be alright? (Like, would that essentially make it into a 120GB hard drive?) Or would it still eventually cause data loss when the partition started filling up?Would it be able to accidentally access the un-allocated, unformatted part of the disk?

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Answer:New 40gb PATA 2mb , 7200 RPM hard drive insalled

Don't use capitals all the time please as its considered shouting and is a bit more differcult to read as well.Regarding the game you might be stuck. Some games insist they are installed on the C drive and will not allow the game to be installed anywhere else. Most will but some won't.I haven't this game myself so cannot comment further on that but what size is your original drive? Could you not try installing some of the programs on that onto your new drive?I'll go see if theres anything on the MS website.

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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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I have a M50 - 8187 Think Centre and I see on the motherboard and in the manual that there is a SATA 1 and a SATA 2 connection. I tried to hook up a SATA 2 hard drive but when I connect everything up using a SATA data cable, there is nothing recognizable in the BIOS. I took a 30 gig IDE hard drive and hooked it up as a slave and the BIOS recognized it right away. My question is, can a SATA hard drive be used on the M50 Think Centre series and if so, what do I have to do to get the SATA 2 controller recognized in the BIOS. I updated the BIOS to the latest version, but this did not help. I see no where in the BIOS to enable SATA. Any help regarding my problem is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!! Ken


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Answer:Installing a SATA 2 Hard Drive with the first hard drive being a primary IDE Hard Drive

You never will have to 'Enable' SATA for it to work, are you sure your plugging in the sata power cable ? The question may also be can your machine handle this drive, not can the machine handle sata. I would reccomend running a bios update, and then trying again. 

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So after I did change to SATA AHCI mode in the BIOS, the main boot hard drive shows as a removable device in system tray. So how do I fix this issue, and I did follow the instructions in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 922976, and is found right here;

Answer:after change to SATA AHCI mode in BIOS, the main boot hard drive shows as removable

There is nothing to fix, SATA drives are hot pluggable so that is all perfectly normal.

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Good day all,

I did some searching around the forums for another question like this, but had no luck in finding any, so I am going to ask here.

I have a Hewlett-Packard Pavilion ze4805us laptop computer, and I am in need of a PATA/IDE 2.5" notebook hard drive adapter that goes into the 40-pin ATA port at the rear of the drive.

I do not know what the adapter is technically called, and it looks a little weird, but if anyone can help me find one to purchase, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks so much in advance!


Answer:PATA/IDE 2.5" laptop hard drive connector/adapter

Why do you need an adapter? It should have one in the case...

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It's a bit of a long story, but here goes..My friend is running windows xp on a Mesh desktop PC and has had problems with it not booting.I determined that no primary drives were being detected in POST and therefore suspected a loose cable. This was the case and windows then booted to the following error message "windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt windows\system32\config\system You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original setup cdrom. select r at the first screen to start repair".All he gave me was the original mesh recovery cd which has a disclaimer on it not to use the cd without specific instruction to do so from the mesh technical support.Unfortunately, my friend has about a thousand family photos he has not backed up to dvd, and I am afraid that they may be lost by use of the recovery cd.I therefore decided to remove his hard drive and connect it to my desktop (also running windows xp) as a secondary slave drive and then write his photos to dvd on my pc before I attempted a repair on his pc.My master drive is an IDE drive, whereas his is SATA, which according to the Maxtor website manages its own jumper settings.I have enabled SATA on my motherboard, but my desktop will not boot with his SATA drive connected. It keeps running scandisk and then freezes. When I remove the SATA drive it boots ok.How do I get my motherboard to ignore his SATA drive during bootup.Your suggestions would be most welcome.Th... Read more

Answer:Help with IDE and SATA drive configuration please.

A SATA drive is hot swapable, just like a usb device.If you connect the SATA cable to the motherboard but not into the drive and then conect the power into the SATA hard drive. You can then boot the machine without ht edata cable connected to the SATA drive. when you get to desktop you can then connect the drive.but be warned. if the drive is damaged in any way you could damage your system. click herethe reason why they are hot swapable is that in a dedicated server, if one drive fails in a raid configuration. the drive can be taken out and swapped which gives no down time to the server.

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Hi ive recently purchased a USB aluminium drive caddy so that i could put my 80gb seagate HDD in to use with my laptop.
After a few teething problems it now works fine though im very worried about the heat of the the drive box after about an hours continous usage.
i opened the drive box and touched the drive and it was extremely hot, this hasnt caused any problems at all but im worried that the heat may deteriorate my drive which would be very annoying as i have all my music and data stored on it. my previous caddy had a fan inside it which kept the drive cool but my current one has no fan.

Am i worrying about nothing or could this turn out to be a problem?

Any advice much appreciated thanks in advance.

Answer:Hard Drive far too hot to handle!

modern 7200 rpm hard drives have (for some time now) been shown to require additional cooling for a good operational life span. a hard drive running hot decreases its operational life span. get youself a case with a fan.

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I have two identical hard drives connected as master and slave on primary ide channel, and two optical drives on secondary ide. The problem is that the slave hard drive will only run in pio mode, and not udma mode 5 (as the primary does). The upshot of this is that any file transfer to or from my slave drive results in 100% cpu usage, and it's very annoying. As I have an uptodate motherboard do you think that putting a hdd on each ide channel with optical as slave would speed things up?

Answer:Hard drive- optical drive configuration problem


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I am using a Gateway E4000, with a WD IDE harddrive partitioned into 2 partitions, OEM XP Pro Sp3, 1.5 gig memory, 2.5 ghz CPU.  I want to put this existing harddrive into a Dell Dimension 8400. It has a SATA Harddrive, OEM (?) XP Media Sp3. 4 gig memory, 3 ghz CPU.  I have no drivers BUT I do have the Dell Bios on a CD.My questions are:1. Since I am moving to the Dell will there still be a BIOS that I can set the IDE drive as the boot drive?  If not how can I use the BIOS that I have on the CD?2. I have no drivers, so will XP boot using generic drivers until I can download from Dell?3. Since my IDE Drive has an OEM version of XP (and a different flavor of XP) will it need to be reactivated, and infact will MS activate XP anymore?4. If MS no longer activates can I download software that will retrieve my old act # and use that?5. What other problems am I looking at and any solutions for those problems?

Answer:How to swap a IDE hard drive from a Gateway to a Dell the has a SATA hard drive

You cannot legally use an OEM installation of Windows on a different machine; the license is tied to the hardware. Also if you take a hard drive with Windows installed on it, out of one PC and put it into another PC, and set it to be the boot drive, it most likely won't work properly. If it works at all. You will need to install a properly licensed version of Windows of your choice on the Dell, if there isn't one already.

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Hello, I was wondering what determines how big of a hard drive a PC can use? I mean for updating purposes, I can't take a PC that came with say a 10 gig and stick in a 60 gig can I? TomW

Answer:Size of hard drive PC can handle?


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So i'm planning on building a PC for the first time, and I can not find out what kind of a hard drive can the ASRock H61M-VG4 Intel LGA1155 mATX Motherboard handle (a SATA, an IDE or something different, i spelled one of the names wrong, did'nt I?)
Please answer as soon as possible.

Answer:What hard drive can my motherboard handle?


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I have an HP Pavilion 7950 that came with an 80gb 5400rpm hard drive. I'd really like to add a 7200rpm drive (I need more storage and there's no way I'm buying a 5400).

My concern is whether or not my system can handle a 7200rpm hard drive. I mean, there must be a reason HP's original setup only had a 5400 drive right? SO how can I determine if my system can support the new drive?

Also, am I able to run a 5400 and a 7200 at the same time? I guess the 5400 would remain my main drive since that's where I have my OS installed, but I'll change that if I need to.

Motherboard: Asus A7V-VM 1.02
Processor: AMD Athlon 1.02 Ghz
OS: WIndows XP Pro

Answer:Can my computer handle a better hard drive?

HP used the 5400 RPM hard drives because they were cheaper. Assuming both the hard drives you have are IDE (Wide ribbon), yes the 7200 and 5400 are compatable. Make sure you have the 5400 connected to the master connector on the IDE cable, and the second hard drive (the 7200 RPM) connected to the slave connector on the IDE cable. Am not absolutely certain but I believe the black connector is master and the gray one is slave.

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Hello all,

I just got my first birthday present. Its a western Digital WD10EZEX 1 TB hard drive.

I think I have a big enough PSU to handle it, I just wanted to make sure.

So, can my computer handle this hard drive?

Answer:Solved: Can my PSU handle another Hard drive

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Hi all,I posted on here yesterday to ask about this and now have some more info. I was told by someone that if I found out the type of motherboard I had, and the bios version, I could find out what the maximum sixe hard drive i could upgrade to.well I ran that AIDA32 program as recommended when i went home and I've got the details of motherboard and bios. What do I do now? any ideas where I look on the web to find these details out?I have the report of my system as a html file so if anyone wants me to email it to them, if they think they can help, I would be glad to.Please let me knowCheersRob

Answer:What size hard drive can my PC handle?

In the first instance, I would go the your motherboard manufacturer's website and find out from there.Failing that, post details of the board and BIOS version together with your operating system on here and someone expert will give suggestions.?d

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hi everyoneplease i need your help.i had old pc with (old pata hard disk).Recently i bought new pc with(sata hard disk).i have 2 pata hard disks,and would like to use them on my new pc which use sata hard disk.-Is there any splitter or converter to buy to be able to use the pata hard disk to sata hard disk?-From where can i buy it from and what it called?-i don't need to have any error or problem by using these splitter,please.i am wishing all a Merry Christmas and very happy new year to all of you.i hope to hear from you very soon kindest regardshabs2habs

Answer:can i use pata hard disk on new pc with sata hd

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Since I am advanced in computers, this is a question I have yet to answer myself. So I'm asking anyone out there who might know it. I would like to know how much hard drive space Windows is able to read. I was able to get Windows XP Professional x64 Edition to read my 4TB (4 x 1TB) Drives as SATA RAID but not individual hard drives. Why?

Answer:How much hard drive space will Windows XP handle?

Depending on the raid setup xp might see it as one big hard drive, 2 drives, 18 drives, etc. This has to do with raid, not xp. I have 6 drives, over 2tb of space, bit my raid is jbod (just a bunch of disks) and it sees all of my drives and sizes accurately.

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I am planning on buying a replacement hard drive for my machine. But, at first, I want to use this new drive simply for data storage. At some future date I will get rid of the original drive and use this new drive as my primary, and only, hard drive.

How should I handle this?

Should I just format the new drive now and use it for storage? Then re-format it later and fully install the operating system on it?

It would be kind of nice to keep the stuff I put on the new drive when I install the operating system later. Can I just partition it into two drives, keep one as storage space and the other will be my operating system partition? Is this possible? When I install the operating system later will it keep the two partitions and not destroy the existing data?

Answer:How should I handle operating system on new hard drive?

I would pull your old drive and store it somewhere safe. Put the new drive in and install the OS. Once you get everything up and running, put in the old drive and then you have the option of leaving it alone, or moving the data off it, formatting it, and moving your data back to it.

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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 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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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


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!


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First off hi all new here.
Trying to copying everything off a pata hard drive to a sata hard drive ie ghosting or imaging it.
However the sata hard drive is sat in a pc with a mother board that accepts sata hard drives only.
i tried a imaging program off a floppy disk but it doesnt detect sata drives or usb drivers.
Sooo anyone know of a program that allows to me to boot up the pc and detects both sata and usb drives? as obviously i cant boot off the sata drive to then copied over it.

Answer:Some help with copying PATA to SATA hard drives

Acronis True Image on a bootable cd will just about copy anything to anything. It detects USB drives. You can install the the PATA drive into a USB enclosure and Acronis will detect it.

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Hi. I have taken out my sata hard drive and swapped it for an ide hard drive. I formatted the disk with acer recovery fine, now when the pc starts it says error reading disk. I cannot understand this. My work flow is as follows: I took away the sata drive and cables found a ide ribbon cable with three connectors one to the board, the second to the ide hard drive set as master and the third to the dvd, set as slave. Can anyone please shed some light why the pc refuses to load windows. Perhaps there is a cmos/ bios setting i need to change. Any help greatly appreciated with regards.The system is an acer desktop aspire T180

Answer:swapping sata hard drive for IDE hard drive error

MB=========================Slave========Master.Or you can try temporarily disconnecting the optical drive to see if it works.Is there an OS installed on this drive ? ?If so was it installed on that drive when it was in the Acer ? ?This can cause issues if it's from another machine where Windows was installed....

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Hi. I have a virus infected sata hard drive with windows 7 on it. It has the win 7 anti virus 2012 on it, and it's a cybercriminal virus. I have lots of files I want to transfer to the new sata drive. I already have windows 7 installed on the new drive. How do I get the files from the bad drive to the new one? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Answer:How do I transfer files from bad sata hard drive to new hard drive

You could make your own external HD, & than copy/paste over.

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A friend of mine has asked me to transfer some music and picture files from his old IDE hard Drive in a HP Pavillion System, to his new SATA hard drive in his new Dell System, it sounds like it should be a fairly simple process, but my question is, what is the best way to just copy these files and not the entire hard disk?

Answer:Need help transferring files from IDE Hard Drive to SATA Hard Drive

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Hi. I recently purchased a new SATA harddrive and a Serial ATA PCI adapter and installed it on my computer. I also have an IDE hard drive in my computer.Is there any way to run them both together on my computer. I want the SATAdrive as my primary drive. I can use them separately but not together. WindowsXP professional is installed on both.(The IDE drive was the original drive in computer...) When I try to run them together the IDE takes over, if when set as a master slave..the RAID software is installed in system BIOS. Any suggestions?Shyboy

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Hi, I was wondering if it was possible to clone a SATA hard drive with Windows XP to a USB hard drive, and rather or not if Windows XP would work well on the USB hard drive after it was cloned from the SATA hard drive. The USB hard drive would be the only hard drive used after the SATA hard drive with Windows XP was cloned to the USB hard drive.

Answer:cloning SATA hard drive with Windows XP to USB hard drive

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This is probably the silliest question ever, but I haven't done partitioning in a very long time and don't feel too confident, so here goes:

I bought a 3 Tb Seagate external hard drive a few years ago, created two partitions on it and left almost 1 Tb unallocated. Can't remember why, and didn't even remember it was there! All this time, I had been thinking I had a 2 Tb disk that was getting more and more full...

Anyway, I just rediscovered it and would like advice on how to best exploit it: should I extend "SeagBig" (which is full to the brim), or create a new partition (or several) in the unallocated space? What will be more convenient / less risky?

Also: I think I used Windows' own Disk Management tool initially. Can I do that again?


Answer:How to handle the unallocated space on my external hard drive?

You could make a 3rd NTFS partition; then you can either merge 2nd and 3rd partition or simply have 3 partitions. I think Windows' Disk Management will be fine. Scuttlebutt elsewhere indicates MiniTool Partition Wizard may be all you need -- or any similar 3rd party utility.

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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 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, 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)


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 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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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.



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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When using one of those adapters that allows one to connect a PATA hard disk to board with only SATA connections, how much loss in data transfer rate is there?

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The answer to your question is NONE ! You are relegated to the speed of the slowest device and in this case its the PATA Hard drive.

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Can portable hard drive handle cupboard humidity level? Is it alright to store it inside a cupboard?

Answer:Can portable hard drive handle cupboard humidity level?

Quote: Originally Posted by junjun

Can portable hard drive handle cupboard humidity level? Is it alright to store it inside a cupboard?

It would depend on a few things,

Is this a HDD or SSD?
What country are you in?
And how hot is the cupboard?

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OK--here's the situation. I am trying to copy and old drive onto a new computer--the new one has two SATA drives with one having the OS. I want to copy the person's old main drive (a PATA) to the new computer but no matter where I put it--the BIOS wants to recognize it as the master drive. I have tried it as a slave. I think the problem is the PATA IDE controllers are checked first and of course as soon as the drive is recognized, it wants to boot from it.

Answer:How do I stop Windows from Recognizing PATA drive as Boot Drive?

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So ive been using rufus for awhile to mount ISO images to flash drives and i lose the drives or i need to over write them cuz i dont have another one and need something else etc etc and ive gotten tired of it so i had the idea to have my external hard drive (just an old 500GB laptop one in an external casing) partitioned so when i plugged it in youd see this when you plugged it in
F: Storage
D: Portable Software
K: Ubuntu
Z: Kali
and so on and i could size each partition according to my needs for that specific program so i wouldnt be wasting storage space like using a 8GB flash drive for a 5GB installer ISO would and since rufus cant do this (it formats and uses the whole device as one partition) ive been looking around online for something that can and it seems like most programs have similar issues to rufus the only thing i found was a command in dosbox can do something a little similar but would still get rid of the partitions and just allow me to switch between ISOs with a shortcut which isnt satisfactory and id have to install dosbox on my pc just to do it which i dont want to do unless its gonna fix my problem completely anyone who knows of a program that can do this please help me out it seems to me that it should be entirely possible and actually pretty awesome to have one hard drive that does like 20 different troubleshooting installing backuping things so not sure why i cant find something to do it.
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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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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 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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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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Hi, Im thinking if i can use a SSD as my main hard drive, and then put my old hard drive to the ultrabay slot. But im wondering if the SSD is using SATA 3 and the old hard drive is using SATA 2 or they both using SATA 2 connection??

_________________________________________________________W520, i7-2630QM, Nvidia Quadro 1000m, 320GB 7200 RPM hard drive, 64GB MyDigitalSSD mSATA SSD, 1600x900 resolution screen.

Answer:Lenovo W520 regular SATA 2 hard drive with a SATA 3 SSD?

Welcome to Lenovo Community
You can use SSD as primary drive and install Operating system on the same .
Secondly SSD which is installed in your system is SATA III while as the other hard drive is SATA II
Please find the link which will guide you to install the Operating System on SSD
Hope This Helps

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I have tried to hook up an IDE Maxtor 200g hard drive to a Sata hard drive system, but windows will not open. I bought the necessary converter for IDE to SATA system but windows won't run. Do I need to unplug the SATA hard drive first then install windows to the IDE hard drive then hook the other one back up?

Answer:How do i set up a IDE hard drive to a SATA hard drive system

Windows XP requires drivers to work with SATA drives, even if you use the adapter.

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I understand Sata 3 is backward compatible with Sata 2. So will a Sata 3 Seagate HD work if plugged into the Sata 2 port of an Asus motherboard using the included Sata 2 cable? Will there be any problems/disadvantages apart from the HD only performing at Sata 2 speeds?
Hard drive

Answer:Will a Sata 3 Hard drive work on a Sata 2 Motherboard?

Go ahead, you will have no problems at all.

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