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

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

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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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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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, my working laptop is a T 400 running on Win XP. I would like to run a Windows 7 installation on a physical hard drive which won't be possible with my employer in the near future.My idea is now to have a second HD in the Serial Hard Drive Bay Adapter III (let's say theThinkPad 320GB 7200 rpm Serial ATA Hard Drive) on which I would install Win 7. I would then configure the bay adapter to be the primary HD to boot from. I would reconfigure the system to use the internal HD everytime I need Win XP together with my other company stuff.I don't want to install Win 7 just in another partition as I don't want to risk anything happening to the XP machine ;-) Is the above described scenario valid or do I have to take anything else into consideration? Thanks in advance!Sascha


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Answer:ThinkPad Serial Hard Drive Bay Adapter III as primary hard drive?

yes you can boot from the ultrabay hdd adapater

----------------------------T400s - 2815RW1 + Win7 Ultimate Don't pm me for help! That's what the forum is for. Also, Google's nicer than me. Ask him.

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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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Hello All,

I have an ASUS N550JK laptop that came with a single hard drive and a CD-ROM drive. I purchased a hard drive caddy so that I could install a second hard drive (an HGST Travelstar 7200 rpm). I also replaced the stock hard drive with a Samsung 830 solid state drive. Here is a picture of how I configured my laptop:

After I installed the 2nd HDD and replaced the original with the SSD I did a fresh installation of Windows 8.1 Pro. I just checked the disk configuration using the Windows Disk Management tool and noticed that the SSD (the one with the OS) is set as Disk 1 and the 2nd HDD (I use for data) is Disk 0. Here is a screenshot:

Does this mean that my primary (OS) disk is installed on the SATA port 1 and the other HDD is on port 0?

Does it matter that the OS disk is on a port that is "higher" than the data drive? If so, how can I change it (besides opening up the laptop and switching the physical drive locations)?

I remember back in the day when disk drives were configured as master/slave but I guess they don't do that anymore but the idea of a drive having priority over another I guess is just stuck in my head.

Thank you,


Answer:Should The Primary (OS) Hard Drive Be Installed On SATA 0?

You are OK as is and the OS was installed correctly. Just make sure that the SSD is the first drive in BIOS boot priority.

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Hello All, I am not a very computer savvy person, but here it goes. I have added a second hard drive to my computer and I installed Windows XP OS. My primary hard drive has Windows 7. My primary drive is connected via a SATA connection and the the secondary hard drive is connected via IDE connection. I have set the jumper "pins" on both drives to match each other. The Bios has the Second hard drive set as slave. Upon start up I do not get an option to select an OS. It automatically goes into Windows 7. What do I need to do so that I can get prompted to chose an OS? Please help. Thanks alot.

Answer:Can't boot secondary hard drive that has different OS from primary hard drive

Apples and oranges. There may be tricks, but normally dual boots require setups all be on the same type cables and connectors.

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If I remove the primary hard drive and replace it with a new one, install the old one in an enclosure to make it portable, can I then transfer files from the portable to the new hard drive installed in the computer?

Answer:Removing primary hard drive and using it as a portable hard drive.

If its an IDE drive you can, thought I would then set the jumper to cable select.

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

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Hi Everyone,

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

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

Here are the troubleshooting steps I took

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

Also using an ASUS P5ND mobo with lastest bios update.

Answer:Hard Drive Dissapears after installing 2nd SATA Drive

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

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

Just a guess.

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I 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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My primary HDD was failing so I backed it up and replaced it with a larger 1TB drive.  After reinstalling everything the new drive is displaying the same size as my old drive and the extra space available is unallocated.  I can allocate it as
a separate drive but I find that annoying and would prefer to just have my primary C: drive show up with all of the available space.  I formatted the extra space and made it available separately as drive G hoping that I could EXPAND drive C but that option
is not highlighted as selectable on drive C for some reason.  Should I just live with this extra space or is there a way to easily combine C and the new G space?

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I returned from a 10 day vacation to find that when I started up my computer, it would not boot, giving an error of:

SATA Primary hard disk drive 0 failure
Press F1 to continue, F2 for setup utility

There is also a new clicking noise (hard drive, I presume?)
I found an old Ubuntu 9.10 CD I made a few years ago and was able to run Ubuntu from the CD.

In Ubuntu, under Places - Computer, I don't see my hard drive listed, which is disheartening. I do see a Ghost drive listed.

I'm trying to find a way to get some important files off of the hard drive.

Of note, about a week before I left for vacation, I got a malware infection (Windows Live Security Platinum) which I am pretty confident I had vanquished thanks to help from posts on this site. My computer was working normally for 4 consecutive days prior to leaving town, without any evidence of persistent malware infection.

Any advice as to how to access data from the apparently failing/failed hard drive?

BTW the clicking stopped a few minutes after loading Ubuntu.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:SATA Primary hard disk drive 0 failure

Does it make klunk klunk noise like someone is hitting metal again and again? In that case head is shot and it cannot be fixed by you. Take it to repair experts and they would charge you big money for extracting data from it.

If it is making small clicking noise, then the header is trying to read data but failing. Probable cause may be inadequate power coming from power supply or data cable is broken. Just attach it to another computer and check. It can also mean corrupt sectors.

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I looked through many forums, but couldn't find out how to do this.

I only have one hard drive its a SATA 160gb. I am currently using it right now, and it is the only hard drive in my computer.

For some reason its in the third driver slot on Bios, and I don't know how to get it into Primary. On the bottom right of the screen next to the clock there is a "Safely Remove Hardware" icon and when I click it, it asks me to safely remove my hard drive.

Can anyone tell me how I can make it my primary driver, especially since it is my only hard drive...

Answer:Making SATA Primary Driver When it is my Only Hard Drive

This is an internal connection.
The sata data cable needs to be reconnected into the 1st sata port (but actually doesn't matter)

As for the usb thing, some M/b report Sata HDD as USB, you cannot disconnect it in Windows

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Hi folks,I was working on my pc the other day when it kind of locked up on me. No combo of key strokes could resolve it, so I was forced to do a hard reboot by pressing and holding the power button until it shut off. When I hit power to bring it back up, I saw the Dell splash screen with the options for F2 (setup) and F12(boot menu), then i recived the following messages:SATA primary hard disk drive 1 failureSrike the f1 key to continue,  key to run the setup utility(hit F1)A disk read error occurred press CTR + alt + delete to restart(restarted)Drive 0 not found: Serial ATA. SATA- 0Srtike f1 key to continue, f2 to run setup(Hit F1)BootMGR is missing Press CTRL + ALT + Delete to restartNot sure what to do. Its a new computer, and i havn't installed any software or visited any sites sites that i havn't gone to a million times on my old crappy laptop.Help?

Answer:SATA primary hard disk drive 1 failure

Quote from: MatLH on January 29, 2012, 01:09:21 PMIts a new computerTake it back.

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Hi, I have a Dell XPS 600 running windows XP and have recently run into a problem. Whenever I restart my computer (or when it is automatically restarted after an update) the computer won't reboot and I get the black screen with the message "SATA primary hard drive disk 0 failure" Hitting the F1 key gives the message "no boot device available". If I then hold down the power key on front of the computer to shut it down completely, wait a few minutes and turn the power back on, the computer restarts normally. Also if I am using the computer and shut it down completely (not restart), when I turn it back on, it will startup normally, so I do not think that there is a problem with the hard drive itself, it seems to be a problem recognizing the hard drive after a restart only. No hardware or configuration changes were made to the computer before this problem began. Also an issue that may or may not be related is the fact that more recently startup on this computer has been taking a VERY long time (as in more than 5 minutes). I have tried removing unnecessary programs from them startup tab in msconfig (this was done after the hard drive failure issue, so couldn't be a cause of that) with no change. Interestingly, during the very slow startup, the CPU usage is very low (1-5%). I run Norton Internet Security on this computer and regularly run liveupdate and do full system scans, nothing but the occasional tracking cookie has come up. Any advice would be ap... Read more

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Hello. Iím trying to help my friend with her Dell Dimension XPS Gen5 running Windows XP.
It had been working fine and no hardware changes were made. Now, upon starting up,
the Dell logo appears but Windows doesn't start.

This message comes up:
SATA primary hard disk drive 0 failure
strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility

If I strike F1 I get the message:
No boot device available. Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility

If I strike F2 I successfully enter the setup utility but I donít know what to do there.

I donít know if this info is useful or not:
The service tag of this dell is 1LQ8981
The express service code is 349 062 724 9

Please help!

Answer:Solved: SATA primary hard disk drive 0 failure

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Drive 1 not found Serial ATA , SATA Primary Hard Disk 0 Not Found Help Please Barbarajo99

Answer:Drive 1 not found Serial ATA , SATA Primary Hard Disk 0 Not

Howdy and welcome. I've removed your poll, as it was unnecessary.



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i have plugged in a 80gb hdd as a primary slave to a 20gb hdd... both are connected with one cable.

when i open Bios to detect the HDD it begins to detect it but stops and freezes before it can calculate the HDD space.

when i load the computer without going into bios it gets to the menu where u can press F8 for the different loading options and it recognises the new HDD as the primary slave (its on auto detect). BUT it says the HDD only has 65GB when by itself it usually says it is 75.

The computer loads fine and it detects new hardware, but it does not assign a drive letter to the slave.
I am using win98... the two harddrives are

Segate 20GB 5400 RPM
Western Digital 80GB 7200 RPM
help would be much appreciated.

Answer:installing primary slave (hard drive)

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Like a bafoon, I think I may have tapped or banged on my mouse pad too hard on the laptop and damaged the hard drive. Laptop comes on, and you see the "Lenovo" trademark flash real quick like normal, but instead of going to my baground with the "sign in" slot with password, it just stays black. You can see the screen is lit up but it just stays black, but will not start up (Windows). My recovery button won't even work and I can't retrieve files and just want to start over with new hard drive. So, when installing new hard drive with nothing on it or empty hard drive (no windows, no files, no operating system, a hard drive fresh out of the box) what operating system DVD's do I need to get computer up and running again? This was a Lenovo N586 Windows 7, 64 bit laptop, scratch and dent buy, so I did not get the operating system DVD's when it came from Lenovo.

Answer:Installing new hard drive, Need to know how to install opetating sytem, Old drive hard gone.

Read this link ( about the media creation tool.

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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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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 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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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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Hello Forums! I'm getting a new T500 and would like to run with the hard drive in the Hard Drive Bay Adapter II. Is this possible?What I'm planning to do is run the laptop with two different OS's and switch between them using the Hard Drive Bay Adapter II. Thank for your responses.

Answer:Can I use a Hard Drive Bay Adapter II as the primary hard drive?

It works like a charm. You'll need to hit F12 at startup to select the boot source.

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This all started when I used my backup hard drive w/Win2000 (seagate) as Primary & my newer hard drive(Maxtor) w/Win2000 as my slave. I bought a new HDD (Western Digital) & wanted to copy files.

Anyway with my old hard drive as a master I accessed my newer HDD with win2000. The files were like jibberish, folders and files were all named with letters & numbers. Anyway I ran scandisk on it. When I did that the hard drive changed & created a folder of broken file fragments & that's all that was showing on the drive.

I finally created a new OS on my Western Digital and made it my primary & put the messed up Maxtor as a slave. All I saw in the drive was the file folder with file fragments.

HOWEVER the Maxtor HDD says it still has 8+ gigs of data. The problem is I can't see any of the files & they are not hidden. Anyone know the problem & is there anyway to recover these files??

One more problem. I have another hard drive as a slave & sometimes when I bootup the drive is there & sometimes it isn't. Any suggestions?

Answer:Primary Hard Drive Cannot read 2nd Hard Drive

Anyway with my old hard drive as a master I accessed my newer HDD with win2000. The files were like jibberish, folders and files were all named with letters & numbers. Anyway I ran scandisk on it. When I did that the hard drive changed & created a folder of broken file fragments & that's all that was showing on the drive.Click to expand...

at this point a good file recovery app. is needed

HOWEVER the Maxtor HDD says it still has 8+ gigs of data. The problem is I can't see any of the files & they are not hidden. Anyone know the problem & is there anyway to recover these files??Click to expand...

0&0 recovery and file scavenger recovery app. are a few

One more problem. I have another hard drive as a slave & sometimes when I bootup the drive is there & sometimes it isn't. Any suggestions?Click to expand...

this drive may be on the way out
HDD regen is a application that may fix it up for a while

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hello everybody=)
im a 22 year old comp.sci student working towards an asc., and in the meantime im doing on-site pc repairs. this one clients pc is giving me such a headache i felt the need to reach out for some feedback.

orginal issue was the threads subject, SATA Primary Hard Disk Drive 0 Failure. f1 to retry f2 to reboot, upon pressing f1 you received "no boot disk found" or something to that effect.
a friend let me borrow a geek-squad MRI bootable CD which i used and uncovered and cleaned numerous malware spyware and viruses. all drive fitness tests passed.

once in a while the same SATA message appears , but upon shutting down and booting back up, they can get to their desktop and operate normally. but only about 6 out of every 10 times they reboot will they be able to operate normally.

thats issue one which im convinced is tied into issue 2.

issue 2 is the following- no internet connection.(just on the desktop)
client uses a timewarner broadband modem connected to a wireless D-Link router. (ill get model specs later today) so heres what i did.
opened device manager (which was empty, i had to enable plug and play w/ services.msc)
saw a conflicting WAN miniport (ATW) drive
uninstalled said conflicting driver
attempted to ping , it started pinging but i would only recieve "destination host unreachable",so im not sure if that was successful or not.
opened network connections, which was empty as well.
attempted to make new connection on... Read more

Answer:Solved: SATA primary hard disk drive 0 failure, need feedback asap!

Sounds to me the two are related: Dying motherboard. I had a mobo that started dying with the same issues - NIC went out, then the EIDE went dead, then SATA, and finally, the thing just gave up the ghost.

For the time being, I would remove AOHell and see if you can get a network connection, as it usually digs its hooks into a system so much that nothing works as it normally would by itself, requiring the AOL software to be in top shape to work. When you completely remove the AOL software, reinstall it again straight from a disc, this should fix any problems the software may have caused. Once that's done, try the network again. If still no go, completely remove it again, and try to get network without AOL at all. Repairing Windows may be a good thing to do at this point. If still no go, then go find an add-on NIC card and try it again. If you DO get network with an add-on, then we know the onboard NIC is dead. Note the statement above.

Always keep spare NICs, SATA and IDE add-on cards, and a couple different video cards whenever you are on a customer site, so you can swap out and test things.

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Hard Drive not detected-Primary Master Hard Disk ErrorSystem went off while working and message above appeared. When attempted to restart I got a full screen with:AMIBIOS(C) 2008 American Megatrends, Inc.Copyright 2008 by Hewlett -Packard CompanyBIOS Revision: 5.01 BIOS Date: 04/18/2008CPU Type: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5750 @2.006HzCPU Speed: 2.00 GHz/FSB Speed: 667MHzCache RAM (L2): 2048 KBInstalled Memory: 4096 MB MB/PC2-5300 Dual ChannelMemory Bank 1: 2048 MB/DDR2 SDRAMMemory Bank 2: 2048 MB/DDR2 SDRAMInitializing USB Controllers..Done1st Dive None2nd Drive: TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-T633A01 USB mass storage devices found and configured.Primary Master Hard Drive ErrorPress F1 to ResumeI did but nothing happened.Thanks for your input. Hope I don't have to buy a new PC

Answer:Primary Master hard Disk Error - No hard drive detected

First pull ac power and then press power on button a few times. Then replace ac plug and see if it boots correctly.If not then use bios to see if there is a hard drive. Some have a sort of autodetect selection. If still fails then get the hard drive diagnostic for that brand. Almost every hard drive company offers great software that can run usually from a cd or dvd drive. You boot to the cd.Then maybe I'd go in the computer (after you remove ac and press power button a few times and use esd strap) to re-seat hard drive cables. Look for any wear or damage on the cables. Test the power supply maybe too. A Pit Bull is like a gun you can pet. And there is no safety on it.

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Windows XP Pro displays the primary hard Drive set as the master on IDE 1 as drive F: instead of drive C:. I can not find the cause.....any ideas? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks

Answer:Windows XP displays primary hard drive as drive F: instead of Drive C:

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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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Hello everyone.  This is my first post with a question.  I searched the forums and didn't see anything quite like it.
I have a Velocity Micro computer with a RAID hard drive (in case this matters) on which Windows 7 Professional is the OS.  I've forgotten the RAID number designation, but it's the one in which there is no data redundancy.  Both of the two physical disks (1 TB each) must be in place to form one usable drive, which has a 2 TB capacity. At least that's my understanding.  Again, this may not matter to my question, but I wanted to mention it because I'm concerned it could.
The computer also has 12 GB of RAM and a 6-core Intel processor, for what that information is worth.
A year or so ago (after using the computer for at least a year), software that had worked fine slowly began to fail, one by one.  I'm not sure of the order, but they include...
-Windows Update wouldn't download anything or even notify me of updates anymore
-WinTV stopped working; I could no longer record TV shows
-the Windows program that monitors whether I have security software running or need backups or updates vanished from my tray
-BOINC 6.10 kept giving me a message about zero status but no finished file, or something like that
-BOINC 7.0 wouldn't install
-Weather Watcher could no longer be double-clicked to open
-couldn't boot in one operation; I had to get to a point in the process (I've forgotten the details) and then shutdown and ... Read more

Answer:installing Windows 7 on a new hard drive; old hard drive is RAID

All your symptoms point towards malware in your old Wodniws OS.
There is no reason that you could not use your RAID array as your storage and boot off another drive, seems perfectly logical as there is no need for RAID with a Win OS as Winsxs.sys already exists within. Yes you change the boot order in the BIOS, set the cd drive first, then point the installation at the new disk which will default to C:\ No need to remove the RAID array, which will appear as additional storage. You may need to install drivers to get this to function correctly.
You could of course back up your data to another drive and re-install you rOS on your original disks...
Up to you.

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hello there, i currently got a 80Gb HD and will be getting a new 250Gb SATA HD that i plan on using for additional storage. Im not sure how it works with the original HD and if i will have any problems or not? or if it makes my other HD work harder or anything like that? Basically im in the dark as far as installing a new HD for additional storage goes. I'm basically just looking for good advice on installing a new SATA HD with my original SATA boot drive. Any links, or peronal know how is greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading!!

Answer:installing a SATA hard drive??

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Hello, all.  I am not the most computer-savvy person out there, but I know a good deal, but obviously not enough when it came to a new hard drive.  I decided to go for a SATA drive instead of an IDE.  I moved all the files I wanted onto a slave IDE drive, and then unplugged it so I don't do anything to it (I record music, so all my Pro Tools sessions and pictures are on there...they're really all I wanted to keep).  I ordered a Western Digital 250 GB drive off of Newegg, however, it was listed as OEM, so all I got was the hard drive.  Nothing else.  I was able to procure a SATA connector, and upon making the proper connection, nothing happened.  The computer doesn't seem to recognize it.  I connected the original OS drive back in order to boot up the motherboard CD in an attempt to install any drivers that I could, but it tells me that I have SATA available on my motherboard.  That's all it's telling me.  I don't have my computer in front of me at the moment but I will list what I can.Gigabyte nVidia Nforce 250 ChipsetAMD Athlon 64 2.0 ghz2.0 GB of RAMThat's all I know off the top of my head that I think holds relevance.  If you need more, please let me know.  But I have been throwing things around in frustration for hours, because I can't figure out how to get the computer to recognize the SATA drive so I can install Windows on it.  I read in my motherboard manual a way t... Read more

Answer:Installing SATA hard drive

If you are going to install an OS on it check both Gigabytes and WD's site for the drivers.The power connection probably isn't on the MBoard but coming from the PSU...if it has no SATA power connectors then you will need a 4 pin Molex to SATA adapter to hook it up.P.S. Double check the MBoard driver CD...sometimes they call the SATA drivers RAID drivers why i don't know but if they're for your MBoard they should work.

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just built new system which incorporates a maxtor 120g sata hard drive. it does'nt seem to want to load up in windows XP. i have downloaded drivers from m/b website and copied them to floppy. when asked to insert floppy during loading of xp it scans the floppy but wont load. ive checked messages from other sites and seems to be a common problem. ive checked everything i can think of and it seems the drivers is the answer but cant get them to load. please can anyone help.

Answer:installing new sata hard drive

What files have you copied to the floppy?

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Folks,I've just taken delivery of a new PC for my dad, (which I've not even powered up yet), and an extra HDD to install in it.I've never worked with SATA devices before... I know I'm going to have to get a sata lead to connect the device to the motherboard, and connect power to it...One thing I'm not sure about is the Master/slave situation...I believe I've heard/read that there is no such thing as master/slave difference with sata devices, and there are no jumpers to set. Is that right?That being the case, how do I distinguish between the two drives for boot up purposes? I'm guessing that I get into the BIOS and there will be a choice between SATA sockets in the Boot Order menu... Is that right? (Sorry if this seems lazy... I'm trying to get it straight in my head before I start!)Assuming it is as simple as that I guess I can just find the drive and then format/partition it once I'm in windows?I've built a few PCs before, but not for a while, and never using SATA devices. I'd welcome any things I should look out for!Thanks in advance,Regards,Simsy

Answer:Installing new SATA hard drive...

Your absolutely correct, there are no jumpers for master/slave. If you want this drive as back up then just connect it up, boot into windows and format it. If you do want it as boot drive, then go into the bios and change its boot order to first boot drive listed under hard drives.

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I have been asked by a friend to visit him tomorrow to help install a new hard drive as his old one has failed and the system will not boot. He runs XP SP2 and the new drive which he has bought is exactly the same as the old one?Maxtor diamond 150 sata.I had to download the Maxtor maxblaster 4 bootable iso driver and have created a cd disk in Nero.I have tested the cd here on my pc and it boots into dos and stops at an A\ prompt. To get the installation programme running I am not sure what comes next? Also as the machine is quite new I am hoping as the old drive was sata ,the bios will recognise it .Help would be appreciated.

Answer:Installing new sata hard drive

Installing XP on SATA driveOnce you have the drive(s) connected you are ready to start installing XP.Master and SlaveRemember since it's serial you can only have one device per SATA port/cable so SATA drives don't have jumpers. On the Motherboard SATA1 Port is for the primary device, SATA2 port is for the secondary device etc.SATA controller driverYour Motherboard or SATA controller card requires a driver to work properly. If you did not get a Floppy Disk with the SATA driver included with your Motherboard you will have to make one. The SATA drivers can be located on the installation CD that came with your Motherboard or preferably, download the latest SATA controller drivers from the manufacturers site. Once you have located the drivers copy them to a formatted floppy disk. Make sure they are in the root directory i.e. not contained within any folders.BIOS settingsWhen you turn on the PC hit the Delete key when prompted and you will enter the BIOS (Basic Input Output System). Here you set the first boot device to be the CDROM drive, the option is usually found under the Advanced Options section but this depends on your BIOS and you may have to look around for it. Once you have done this save and exit.Installing the SATA controller driverOnce you have set the PC to boot from the CD make sure the XP CD is in the CD drive and start the installation as per usual. Within the first minute or so of the installation Windows will prompt you to press F6 to install RAID or SCSI drivers... Read more

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Hi all,I've recently installed a 2nd 200gb Maxtor Sata Drive on my computer. I read on many guides about using Maxblast 4 to install the drive through the BIOs. Having ran the program from a CD i opted to install the drive as an additional storage drive. When i load Windows XP it then displays a new local disk in My computer under the title Other rather than next to the drive previously installed. It doesnt show up in Device manager either and a scan for hardware changes doesnt recognise anything. i would appreciate any suggestions?Thanks

Answer:Installing 2nd SATA Hard drive

When I installed a 2nd sata hd, I found that I had to jumper them both as master, don't remember the details but spent many a happy hour on my knees trying different things. Try the jumper as above first

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Hey all,I recently bought a dell inspiron 1720, it comes with Vista home premium, now I just dont like the program, its slow and eats ram and I just dont like the lay out of it. Installing XP wouldnt be that hard only the inspirion has a sata hard drive and XP wont regognize it.I've followed THIS TUTORIAL to make a custom XP disc (I used an xp disc with sp2)I replaced the driver download link with one off dell's website for the inspiron 1720 and extracted the exact same driver file.""SATA AHCI Controller (Mobile ICH8M-E/M)""Even with the updated disc when I try to install windows xp onto the laptop, it starts to install and then just says incompatible and asks me to search for a solution and says there is none.Any help you could give will be greatly appreciated.(I can post any screenshots you might need, just let me know)Thank you.

Answer:Installing Xp Onto Sata Hard Drive

try going into bios, boot options, set sata support to ON. Not all bios menus are the same, you may have to look around, but it's a common option.

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Hi everybody :
I'm thinking about installing a second SATA hard drive.
Last time, when I tried to do this I ran into a few problems. One, I set the BOOT ORDER so that my Western Digital 500 Gb drive was used as the boot drive. Two...after installing another Western Digital Drive 500 Gb drive......(doing all the prerequisites....activating the drive....formatting, etc...), then setting this drive as the "Slave" (secondary) drive in BIOS. BIOS somehow still used THIS second WD Drive as the boot drive.... And the System wouldn't boot. I went into BIOS and made sure that the FIRST WD Drive was set as the boot drive. I'm pretty sure I clicked SAVE and ENTER (exiting the BIOS). So I disconnected the "second drive", used it as an external drive, via a docking port (works fine). But I'd rather have an internal second drive. One possibility ? Maybe I connected the SATA cable to the wrong port on the MB ? The sequence for the Mother Board ports ARE 1,2,3,4, correct. (I mean that they're not 1,3..2,4 right ?) Also, if I remember correctly. There WERE jumpers on the back of the SATA drive. I'm pretty sure I had it "jumped" to SLAVE. Being, I'm thinking about trying it again, I need advice as far as the steps in setting it up and configuring it (last time I DID use Disk Management), in BIOS.
My System : Windows 7 Professional...32-bit
Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H Motherboard
Intel Core i-3 Processor

Answer:Installing 2nd SATA Hard Drive

Sata drives don't use the 'slave' idea, they are simply numbered. You should be able to set which drive you want to boot from in the Bios. If not swap the data cables over.

The jumpers on Sata hard drives set the speed so they can be used in an older computer, you should remove the jumper.

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I am trying to Install Win. XP on an ACER computer Pentium 4 with a new Western Digital SATA hard drive. I have 3 good copies of Win. XP all the same key. When I Install it formats the drive with NTFS no problem. When it starts copying files I get to 93% and I get the blue screen that says "Setup can not copy the file: pro_seg5.swf" if I skip the file I get the same message on the next file "tourW.exe" and so on. I have tried all 3 copies even one that I never use with the same results.  Where am I going wrong. Any advice is greatly appreciated......Thank You

Answer:Installing XP on a SATA Hard Drive

Try a different CD drive.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop. I have an image of the entire hard drive that I created when I first got the computer (using Acronis TrueImage), and I'd like to restore that image, returning the laptop back to that fresh, clean original state. I've done this two or three times before and it worked great each time.

But now there's a problem. Normally I would connect to the laptop a USB storage/backup drive that has the disk image, boot the laptop from a Rescue Media CD created by Acronis, then restore that disk image from the back-up drive onto the laptop's HDD.

When I tried it this time round, the laptop's HDD was not listed in TrueImage at all. I created a new rescue media disk, tried it again, and got the same result.

I then took the HDD out of the laptop, connected it to an adapter kit that let's you power up and plug in the drive via a USB port and external power supply, and tried the same procedure using my desktop to run the operation. Same result. The drive was not detected by Acronis.

The drive does not seem to spin up at all when it is connected.

** Keep in mind the drive still works when installed in the laptop -- it boots into Windows XP etc. **

When I plug the drive into my desktop, the drive does not show up in Disk Management (Start | Right-click My Computer | Manage | Disk Management). It doesn't show up in either of the two right-side windows. (so there's no way I know of to format it or d... Read more

Answer:Primary hard drive boots in laptop but isn't recognized when used as external drive

It's a power issue. Had the same issue taking a 2.5" laptop hdd and attempting to hook up w/ a passive usb sata hdd cable. my recommendation is to use a powered usb sata cable. like this one: having proper power will allow the USB bus to detect and power the hdd correctly. Hope this helps, take care!

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installed new hard drive and when I turn it on it gives me a "non-system disk or disk error, replace and hit any key to continue." is there a bios setting or a jumper I need to change?

Answer:Installing new SATA hard drive on HP dc7600

If you already have a SATA hard drive installed with an operating system on it, format the new hard drive through Disk Management.

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First, I don't know if this is in the right topic, it could also probably come under hardware and drivers.

So, recently I purchased a new SATA hard drive. Installed, formatted etc. Only I want to fully replace my old IDE hard drive. I have tried restoring from backup, changing boot drive. Even putting drivers into XP boot disk (I think). But now I've given up.
What would be really good is being able to run windows from my backup, it'll just save me time re-instslalling programs and stuff.
But if not clean installation of XP is fine.
Here is some information of my system:
Motherboard Name Gigabyte GA-8S661FXM-775
Motherboard Chipset SiS661FX
Drive #1 - ST320014A (18 GB) (IDE)
Drive #2 - MAXTOR STM3500320AS (465 GB) (New SATA)
OS - Windows XP Professional SP3
If any more information is needed just post.

Any suggestions help, so does making it simple

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I wanted to replace my 10 GB hard drive with something bigger and following a friend's advice, I purchased a 160GB hard drive which I found out later was a SATA and I have IDE connections.  I contacted TigerDirect and they sent me the card and cables to connect the device.  I followed the FAQ and found the drive as unallocated.  How do I get this drive up and working and then use it as my primary drive (I have the XP Professional disk)?  I am a novice computer tech and need some assistance in this area.Thanks in advance.Allen

Answer:Installing SATA hard drive into IDE computer

First you will need the driver disk (or CD). Then boot the machine with the XP CD in the drive and have that disk handy and press F6 when asked and insert it.

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Hi, i've been trying all day to install Windows XP (home edition) on to my new Seagate 80GB SATA Hard Drive. Im connecting it to a Gigabyte GA-K8NE motherboard with a 3GHZ AMD Sempron. Here's whats been happening....

1. Start PC and Boot to the Windows XP installtion CD
2. Press F6 to addtional Drivers
3. Use a floppy and load Nvidia RAID Utillity and Nvidia Storage Control
4. Windows setup contiunes BUT then say its can't find Mass Storage device, Press F3 to restart...blah blah blah
5. And lots of loud swearing follows!!!

Can some please guide me as the Gigabyte website is actually rubbish!!!

Answer:Problem's installing XP on a new SATA Hard Drive


Are you actually doing a RAID or do you just want to install Windows Xp on the new SATA HD? If you are just installing XP then don't press F6 and just install XP. It probably can't find a Mass storage Device because you need at least 2 HD's to implement RAID.

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I bought a new SATA Hard Drive, and I want it to be secondary to my first hard drive. After I connected the device to my computer, how do I install it so I could see it in the "My Computer" folder? I'm also having problems setting it up on the Bios.

Answer:Installing a Secondary SATA Hard Drive?

Is your first hard drive IDE or SATA?  What is the make and model of your computer or motherboard?  Do you have some documentation on the BIOS of your system?  Have you visited the website of your computer or motherboard manufacturer for info?  Your OS?Can you tell if the drive is spinning when you turn on your computer?  Did your computer do anything different when you first turned it on after installing this SATA drive?

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I just bought a new Seagate Barracude SATA 160GB HD. I already have a 300GB SATA hard drive installed on my computer. I have a ASUS A8N-SLI Premium Motherboard that has 4 Sata connectors. My main 300gig HD is on number 3 on the sata connectors on the motherboard. I tried installing the new 160 gig hd on number 4 and heres what happened. The computer seemed to want to boot up the new one first it think.....because after I installed I went into the BIOS to see that the new HD was recognized on number 4 sata..which it was...rebooted got to the windows boot up screen and then it automatically reboots which is what it does every time until I took out...or just simply unplugged the new HD from the number 4 sata connector and it boots up just fine from my main drive. Any thoughts or suggestions on what I should do? Should I try moving my old HD from Sata 3 to Sata 1 and putting the new HD on Sata 2? Also, How do I know when I go into the BIOS if my old hard drive is still the Primary one which I want to keep it as the primary one. This second one is just to relieve some space off my old 300 gig drive...which its only about 4 months old anyway...What else should I do or check for in the BIOS if anything..Thanks for any help...


AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800 cpu
1.5 gigs SDRAM
Asus A8N-SLI Premium Motherboard
Dual Nvidia 6800XT Video cards
300 GB Seagate Sata HD

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Hi there, I bet you've heard this question a million times but can any one help me install windows xp onto my new sata II hard drive?

I have decided to update my pc and i have put a sata drive in. Never used one before. On installing xp i get the bsod. I have been researching into this and found that i am missing some drivers as old copies of xp don't register sata drives. My motherboard detects the hard drive and so thats all cool. The problem is i don't know where to get a driver for it from? I've looked every where.
Here are my specs:

ASUS P5KPL-AM Motherboard
250GB Maxtor SATA II Hard Drive

I know that the pc is ok as I tried the old ide hard drive and everything was fine. I have also looked on the motherboard software disc and asus website for a driver for this but they don't have one or any makedisk.exe file!

Answer:Trouble installing XP on SATA II Hard Drive

Your motherboard may need a bios update in order to fully use SATA drives. You should only be using an XP Pro, SP2 install CD now. There are jumper pins on SATA drives that can be used to slow down data rates for compatibility on older motherboards

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Can someone tell me what HD are compatible with the x220? I am looking to add a 2nd 500+Gb HD in addition to my 128Gb SSD. Are there any videos explaining how to install the HD? I am betting I will have to go through the KB to install it.

Answer:Installing SATA Hard Drive in the Extra Bay

you mean you want to install it in the ultrabase's ultrabay? you can use any sata 2.5 inch 9.5 mm hdd on the market.

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HiI bought a sata hard drive to replace all hard drives on my computer, I tried to install windows xp on the sata hard drive and windows could not format the hard drive. I have been reading on other forums that I need sata drivers to be installed at the start of installation but I cannot find sata drivers on my motherboard cd or Foxconn website.My Motherboard is a Foxconn 865PE7AF-S

Answer:Need help installing windows xp on sata hard drive

This might be a stupid question,but did you have two connectioning leads on your Sata drive as mine arrived with only one and the Data lead was not in the box.I had to buy one for £1.50 before it worked.

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This is my first build and everything went perfectly fine....from assembly to installing windows xp pro 64.
Now im trying to install a second Sata hard drive (a seagate 1.5tb hd) and it shows up in the bios and in the windows hardware under hard drives.
Windows says the device is working, but it doesn't show up when i go to my computer.... It just shows the C drive.

I had this problem before when i was trying to build a external HD (WD 320gb black with a maccally usb/firewire enclosure) and still haven't figured that one out.....

my rig:
AMD 9950be 125w
gigabyte mb GA-MA790GP-DS4H
6g of ocz ddr2 800
wd 750gb 32mb sata
samsung dvd burner
500w power supply

Answer:Problems installing a second Sata hard drive

Right click on my computer and choose manage. Then double click on disk management. Does the new drive now show on this screen. It is probably completely unallocated, hence it won't show up in explorer. Partition and format it the way you want to in disk management and see if it shows up in explorer after that.

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I have a Dell Dimension 9150 desktop (Service Tag J9BPX1J) with a 160 GB Serial Hard Drive in it (Western Digital WD1600JS-75NCB1).I'm trying to format the hard drive to install XP Prof onto it but after the intial setup I get the "Blue Screen of Death". I guessing this is because after a screen asking me to press F6 to install third party drivers, I didn't do this.My question is, where can I get these drivers from in order to install the SATA hard drive? I've looked at the Dell website but can't see it. Can anyone help please?

Answer:Help needed installing SATA hard drive

Here it is on the international here

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I am thinking of building a new PC and wonder if I can transfer the contents of my IDE hard drive including OS windows XP to the new sata drive.I assume that I won`t be able to use my original DVD/CD drives.

Answer:installing old hard drive contents to sata

"wonder if I can transfer the contents of my IDE hard drive including OS windows XP to the new sata drive."Well - yes - sort of:-Windows probably won't work, as it will have motherboard/etc drivers for your old system. That is "get roundable" - but:-If your windows is an OEM version, the licence precludes you from transferring it from one system to another.Of course, transferring your data is straightforward."I assume that I won`t be able to use my original DVD/CD drives."Probably a wrong assumption - Most (all?) motherboards have one IDE channel, onto which you can attach two optical drive.Also when setting up, you can temporarily attach you IDE hard-drive for copying "stuff" across, and importing your address books/emails/etc from.

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H Guys,Need help with this one. Got three Dell Latitude C810 Laptops and all three are coming up with the same message. Primary Hard Drive: NoneFixed Optical Drive: Not installed.I am very comfortable around computers / laptops  and thought I knew my way around them until now.The hard drives are all brand new 40GB IDE hard drives that work fine on other laptops (tested them). The laptops have the HD adapters fitted before I installed them in the laptops. Even bought three replacement adapters - just in case. Did not make any difference.When the units power up, they go through POST, spend ages on the splash screen and the error messages come up.The HD and Optical Drive is not registering in BIOS.I read somewhere to take out the battery, unplug laptop from mains and hold power botton for 30 seconds or so. Tried that no luck.Also read somewhere to have the Caps, Num and Scroll keys all on in or before going into BIOS and do the Alt+E, Alt+F and Alt+B. The Alt+B combination was supposed to be held until the laptop reboots itself. Held them down for almost a minute and nothing happened. Laptop did not reboot. The Alt+F did reset the Laptops Bios to default setting and dates, and nothing more. They still did not register the HD or Optical Drive.I have swapped out HDs, DVD ROMs, with or without battery, Swapped out RAMs - ram memtest on another laptop. They all came back okay.This is really thrown me and I'd realy appreciate some assitance.Cheers guys.KS

Answer:Dell Latitude C810 Primary hard drive : None Fixed optical drive : Not Installed

Dead CMOS batteries ? ?May be worth trying replacing 1 at least to see...

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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 have a Y500 model that originally came with a Samsung Spinpoint 5400RPM 1TB HDD + 16GB SSD cache mSATA drive. The original drive failed a few days ago, so I have decided to not only replace the new "spinning" drive with a 7200RPM model but I also bought a Samsung EVO 850 mSATA 128GB drive. At the moment, I have only inserted both drives into the laptop and they are both completely blank. I went into the BIOS and it shows 2 Hard Drives recognized both the 1TB "spinning" drive as well as the mSATA SSD. The mSATA was labeled Hard Disk 1 and the 1TB as #2. Unfortunately, I didn't create my recovery USB media until the original Spinpoint drive was at about 70% drive health according to Acronis Drive Monitor. I didn't receive any errors but I am skeptical on the stability of all of the recovery media that is contained on the USB flash drive. Anyway, what option should I take to make the mSATA SSD the primary boot drive with the OS and programs and the 1TB as the data only drive for everything else? I have been reading a lot of threads here about cloning with Paragon Backup & Recovery and also Paragon Migrate OS to SSD programs, however in this case I have both drives completely blank and basically starting from scratch.  Also, I have read some threads that say with Windows 8 and later you can create a clean install recovery media USB that will work from this Microsoft site (link). I was able to run Belarc Advisor to obtain a product key, however ... Read more

Answer:Y500 - hard drive failed, now ready to install replacement + new mSATA SSD to be primary boot drive

hi Cool_Man,
Welcome to the Forums.
You should be able to activate Windows using the Create installation media for Windows 8.1 link as the product key shoud activate both versions of Windows (8 and 8.1).
If you're already decided what type of installation you need (either legacy or UEFI installation), you can then pop in the USB installation media and install Windows on the mSATA drive.
More info:
Create Bootable USB or DVD with Windows 8 ISO
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
If you get problems activating online, you will need to activate by phone.
How to Activate Windows 8 and 8.1 by Phone

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Hello and good evening to you all. I have a slight problem and i'm hoping to get some help please. I have a nice samsung laptop, it came with 320gb hard drive, and when i set it up it was split into the following:
C drive: 45.9GB free of 112GB
D drive: 167GB free of 167GB
I've put some music and a few other things on the c drive, so its beginning to fill up, so I need to know HOW to increase the space on the C drive by getting more space from the D drive please.
many thanks

Answer:How to increase space on my Primary Hard Drive from secondary drive

use this but read carefully
eaesus partition manager

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Hello all. I have a technical background (hardware control systems), but am by no means a threat to any IT guy who actually understands DOS (Greek), or different OS platforms. In that regard, I will claim ignorance with a smidgen of knowledge---just so you know who you are dealing with and will correspondingly, dumb down your answers to my level (slightly smarter than a pile of rocks when it comes to absorbing this type of information).

I have a Dell GX630, 3.2 GHz computer with Windows XP Pro SP3 that is replacing my older 700MHz machine. I have painfully copied all programs, files, and added the peripheral hardware (printer, scanner, modems) to make this a duplicate replacement computer system with an addition monitor.

I have read all the posts for making a bootable flash drive (stick) and made both a Hirens bootable stick (three different sticks, Sandisk 4GB, Kingston 1 GB, and a generic 16GB) and a BartPE bootable CD disk?.my eyes bled, and the hammering base drum in my head has subsided. I?m Scotch/Irish/German with no desire to conquer the world, drink every Pub dry, and do it for little or no money, but I am stubborn, hard-headed, and tenacious to a fault.

My goal is to make a stand-a-lone Seagate FreeAgent USB (self powered) external drive, a working replacement "main drive (0)" for my computer with it?s own operating system
(XP Pro SP3). I used the Seagate software to clone the C SATA drive to this USB drive (NTFS). The reality is to have a cloned... Read more

Answer:Can you make an external USB hard drive, bootable and use as a Primary Drive


not sure what you are trying to acheive, from what ive read you cant get windows to boot from an exteranl usb hdd no matter what you do.

if its just for disaster recovery then do what i do.

you can ,make flash sticks bootable but i never could make a HDD bootable using windows, so i took the drive out of the enclosure and put it in my laptop, i booted from a win98 cd and fdisked and formatted the drive then sys'd it to make it bootable, i copied ghost onto it and wrote a small autoexec.bat file to set ghost running at boot up.

i then booted from it with it plugged into the laptop and ran a disk clone to a file onto the USB HDD.

when i want to restore it i just image the drive in from the USB HDD and im done.

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Hello there, i just installed a  ThinkPad Serial ATA Hard Drive Bay Adapter P/N 40Y8725 in my ThinkPad R61.I intended using a Samsung Hard Disk HM500LI. The Disk is being recognized by the Windows Visa System but not shown on my  Ressoures. I cant use the Disk.Is it possible that the 3,0GB/s Samsung drive is not compatible to the 1,5GB/s Adapter?Can someone recommed a good silent drive working in this adapter? This Drive seems to be quite loud even, when it doesnt work yet. Thank you for your help. Best regards,TN

Answer:Which SATA Hard Disk to use in ThinkPad Serial ATA Hard Drive Bay Adapter

The R61 can use SATA2 hdd but only at SATA1 speed of 1.5 gb/s........ you got to format the hdd first before you can use it.  

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Hi, I'm having a problem with my computer.

LONG version: First about 2 or 3 years ago I bought a SATA hard drive for my older computer that only takes IDE hard drives (My tech knowledge was not that experienced back then). So my awesome 1 TB SATA hard drive ended up sitting around for a long time, I eventually bought a PCI SATA card (Yes, my computer is so old it only takes "PCI" cards), but this PCI SATA card ended up not working so that sat around in a box for awhile too.

Now just a few months ago I was interested in upgrading my old computer's graphics card and had to buy a new power supply (old one was only 200 Watts) so I bumped it up to a 380 watt power supply. While I was putting everything together I decided to try and connect the SATA hard drive with the PCI card I had bought. Lo and behold it worked and I began to install windows on my new hard drive. But everytime I turned on the computer I noticed that the hard drive wouldn't show up when first turned on and I had to let it sit for a minute or so then restart it for windows to boot properly (I think this was the PCI sata cards fault since it usually lists the device name and it would say boot device not found).

Another 2 weeks later I was unhappy with how little the graphics card had made a difference in my computer so I ended up sending it back. But while I was trying to switch back to my old graphics card the computer refused to boot up the hard drive and I was unable to get it to work. I ev... Read more

Answer:I need help installing a SATA hard drive in an older computer

Did you try switching to a different PCI slot, maybe swapping the video and sata cards? Sometimes it can make a difference.

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

Answer:Issues Installing WIndows on a SATA hard drive

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

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I have a 40gb hd that loads windows and I just recently installed a 160gb sata hd just for storage. Now when the computer starts up it takes forever to load the 40gb hd that has windows. My question is what is causing this to happen? I even edited the boot.ini file so that it only sees 40gb hd that has windows on it. If anyone has an answer please let me know.

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I have just bought a new 1tb Western digital sata hard drive [WD10EADS] to use as my secondary drive. It was bought to replace a 320gb sata seagate drive that i was using but is now too small. The problem i am having is that the new drive is being detected at bios start-up [ie the drive number is showing] but the system will not boot up. The system is installed and booting from a different drive however - the new drive is only for data. I have tried changing the jumper settings and the only time the system will boot up is when the jumper is on the 3,4 setting but the drive number does not come up during startup and is not accessible in 'disk manage'. The system seems to detect that a drive is there but the drive information is not shown for it and it is not accessible in windows. My motherboard is a pata system but i have a sata to ide card which worked perfectly with the segate drive. I don't understand how one works and not the other. Both drives are SATA II and have a 32mb cache so the interface is identical, just not the manufacturer. The jumper settings cannot be copied either as the segate drive uses 4pins whereas the WD one uses 8. I'm running XP home as my system. The motherboard is an AS-Rock K7S41. I have installed the hard drive on another system [with a sata motherboard] and the drive comes up properly so have established that the hard drive is ok. I also formatted the hard drive on that system to see if that would make a difference but it stil... Read more

Answer:Problem Installing Secondary SATA Hard Drive

Doneos, sounds like you need to go into the bios and change the boot sequence for the hard drives. Depending on what type of system you have, you can hit one of the f keys or the delete key to get into the bios. Once there, look for a setting or heading that says something like "boot sequence". There, it should list out the order in which your drives are booting.

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Hello everyone, me again, thanking in advance for any comments or suggestions or opinions.

My OS is windows 7 64bit and I am using H61M-P31G3 MSI mainboard. It has 4 SATA slots: SATA 1 for my 500GB HDD, SATA2 for my DVDRW Drive, and SATA3 & SATA 4 none connected

I have an older PC with 200GB SATA HDD, and I plan to remove this HDD and use only as back-up hard drive on my newer PC.

My inquiry is >> IF I INSTALL THE HDD CABLE (200GBHDD) ON MY SATA 3 or SATA 4 slot, WILL IT BE JUST A SIMPLE "PLUG & PLAY," meaning that after rebooting my PC I can now use the 200GB old SATA HDD as a backup &/or file storage hard drive? or anything else that i must do in order to use it as a backup &/or file storage drive.

have a nice day to all.

Answer:Installing Additional SATA Hard Drive - Inquiry

Yes, it should be that simple. The OS will install device drivers for it when you boot.

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Pentium D 945 2.8Ghz
x2 Seagate 120 GB
Not sure of the motherboard

Win Xp Pro SP3
I am not able to install Win XP Pro with a SATA hard drive.
I have tried slipstreaming drivers into teh Xp installation CD with these instructions:
I have the problem of the CD being too big in size.
5GB on a 700MB CD
Not knowing what specific drivers for my motherboard?

Any suggestions for me?
Am I missing something?

Answer:Installing Windows XP cannot detect SATA hard drive

Does the computer have a floppy drive?

Also what version of XP?

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

Answer:Installing a second SATA hard drive; boot issues

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

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So here's the lowdown.

I have an Asus x86v thats a few years old and it bluescreened on me a ways back, and since I no longer had the recovery disks (originally vista), I decided to just load linux onto my machine, and I did and it was fine.

I got tired of linux and decided to upgrade to windows 7. After trying to install windows 7 using a legit DVD, I noticed my Hard Drive wasn't being recognized. Did some reading, and someone said to just completely wipe the hard drive and then it would be easier. So I did.

Well the same thing is happening now, once I try to install, I can get to a point, but I get the error "no drives were found" blah blah blah.

After reading more, I figured I probably needed to load the SATA Controller drivers, and luckily I still have my Driver/Utility disc. I copied all the drivers off the disc and put them on a USB and there are literally 200 or so, and I can't figure out which one to select. I've tried selecting them all and hitting next but it cycles through them and nothing happened.

I'm running in compatibility mode and I don't think I have RAID or whatever. I've tried literally everything I could find online and nothing has worked. I'm at a loss here. Any help would be awesome.


Forgot to add that the Hardrive does come up on BIOS, just not when I try to install. Also, I did go in and partition/format the Hard Drive. And by chance, or who knows, it popped up once, but wouldn't let me continue.

Answer:Installing 7, SATA Drivers? Hard Drive problems... HELP!

Hello Gorogon, welcome to Seven Forums!

Have a look through Method Two and the other information in this tutorial at the link below for some additional ideas and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation


The clean all is also very useful before starting the Windows installation process to correct for disk format errors of many kinds, to include over-writing the Linux / Grub boot loader, that is known to cause serious issues when installing Windows to a HDD / SSD that has had Grub as a loader in the past;

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My motherboard is a P4 M955G 2.0ghz, 1Gb Memorey. I got a CD for the Motherboard which i have read up that you have to copy the RAID sata drivers on the cd to floppy disc. I have done this when installing and i pick windows xp. But then the following error messages. FILE \RAID\WINXP\VIAMRAID.SYS caused an unexpected error (18) at line 2113 in d:\xpsprtm\base\boot\setup\oemdisk.cThanks...

Answer:Problem installing XP on new SATA 160GB hard drive

Did you copy the raid drivers directory onto the floppy?If you did just copy the files inside the directory to another disk and try the install again.Don't forget to press F6 when asked

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I just wanted to see if anyone knows of a cure for this headache. I have tried installing Windows Vista 64 Bit on my computer and major headache it is too because It won't recognise SATA drivers when you try to install them using the F6 function on setup.

SATA Drivers work fine if you install Windows XP 64 or 32 Bit OS just not Vista.

Anyone had problems installing this version and any work arounds.

Microsoft Strikes Again

Answer:Problems with installing 64 bit Vista to SATA hard drive

Personally I have just installed Vista Home Premium 64bit edition
on my brand spanking new SATA II 300 HDD.

Didnt have any issues with it atall.

Is your HDD completely clean?

Have you had another version of vista (32bit perhaps) on it?

You NEED to install 64bit complete cannot upgrade it.
hope this helps

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Hi all,

Hardware: Compaq Armada 7400, 300Mhz PII, 64Mb RAM , 20 Gb USB ARCdisk (External).

Ok, here goes...i have come just been given the above kit. It did come with its standard 10Gb IBM HDD which is unserviceable (numerous clicking etc - slaved it to my desktop and no joy at all so its hitting the bin).

After a bit of thought i realised that i have a spare 20Gb external USB ARCdisk so i have been trying to install XP Pro SP1 on the machine (using the USB HDD as the primary drive-no internal disc). The install sets of ok, going through "inspecting hardware config", starts loading the drivers and then reaches the point of selecting the partition to install to (there is activity on the drive as it inspects it (red light) and shows the exact size of the disk but then falls over after i select the partition saying "Your computers startup program cannot gain access to the disk".

I then thought "ahhh USB" maybe the XP disk didn't have the right driver so i restarted the setup and hit "F6" to install a third party USB Mass Storage Device driver but as soon as i hit return to load the drivers from the floppy i get a message back saying "the file txtsetup.oem could not be found". Back to square one.

I can't even seem to gain access to the BIOS as the older Compaq seemed to use a partition on the HDD to store part of it (according to HP website).

Any idea's much appreciated, maybe i'm flogging... Read more

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Have an older HP Win 98 Media edition computer that I basically use for burning disks and downloading pictures. Yesterday, I went to turn it on and I hear what sounded like the hard drive clanking (arms hitting the platter type sound). I then got an error message on the screen saying "can't load OS" or something like that. I had some pictures and documents on that drive, but I know they're probably toast. I had a secondary hard drive installed that I would move pics and documents to so I could keep them away from the drive with the OS on it. Luckily, I had a spare 40gig drive laying around, so I unplugged both drives in the computer, plugged in the spare drive and loaded my copy of XP Pro, (I don't have a copy of media edition as it came installed on the HP when new). Everything loaded fine on the new drive, computer booted up into XP fine. So, I shut it back down, plugged in the storage drive and booted the computer. Booted fine, so i went to "My computer" and looked for the second drive which was there. Problem is; that drive that I KNOW had data on it (no OS on that drive) now says "drive unformatted, would you like to format"? I cannot access any data on it whatsoever. As far as the drives go, the replacement drive I loaded XP on was a bit older than my storage drive, so I had to connect it with the 80 pin cable, the newer drive is connected by (SATA?) single small cable. Digging around in properties for the second drive, I'm sure I saw somewhere that it said ... Read more

Answer:2nd Hard Drive Issue after Primary Drive Replacement am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.

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I have a new barracuda sata hard drive that i am trying to install in a dell dimension 4400. i needed the PCI sata host controller card which i have...installed the drive, turned it on and it won't boot. Is there something else I need?

Answer:Installing SATA Hard Drive in Dell Dimension 4400

OK, if I understand your post you installed a controller card and now the system will not boot.

What happens when you disconnect the drive and attempt to boot the system with just the controller card [no drive connected to the card]

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i have a mobo that only has 2 sata II ports. unfortnately, they are blocked due to my gtx 260 gpu.

so i have a pci card that provides an extra sata port. so i used that port to connect my sata hard drive. so i boot W7 and it recognises the new hard drive. so it installs etc and when it reboots it says there is an error due to a hardware change. it says to repair the files etc. so this is what i did 3 times but that same error keeps coming up. i even tried to freshly install W7 again but the same thing happens. so how can i fix this?

before you guys respond, let me tell you what i did to try to overcome this:

i removed the gpu and connected my sata hd on the actual sata port on the mobo. i then installed W7 and it was successful, no problem. but then how can i put back my gpu thats gonna block it? i have to take it off! so i have no choice but to use the pci card. so when i switch it back, W7 doesnt load! it says error etc. but then maybe the pci card is faulty? but it isnt. because then i used my ata hd to install W7 and when i click on my computer, it recognises the new sata hd (from the pci card)!

so now we know that the new sata hd and the pci card is not faulty, as even the BIOS recognises the hd too.

so what is the problem? how can i fix this? why is that i can install W7 successfully when the sata hd is in the original sata port but have problems when the hd is the sata port of a pci card?


Answer:Windows 7 continuing to get errors installing on new SATA hard 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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Hi! I currently got a new system with Windows 7 after my old XP system died, Since I cant boot up the old system I was wondering if I could install the old C-drive from it into my new(Win 7) system if so, would I have to have a dual boot option or would it recognize it as a Hard-drive and allow me to access it through Win7?

So in a nutshell can I take a hard-drive from a Winxp system and throw it in my new systems drive bay and without doing anything have it recognize it or will I have to go into BIOS?

I was going to plug-n-pray but I figured I'd enlist some help from some Techies namely anyone who can answer/help me

Thanks so much for anyone whom can help

Answer:Installing a WindowsXP Sata hard drive onto a new Win7 system?

It will just recognize it as a hard drive. For it to work in a dual boot setup you will have to install XP after the hard drive is installed in the computer.

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Hello, my computer had locked up not to long ago so I had to give it a hard reboot. However, now it doesn't seem to recognize my main hard drive. I have 2 sata hard drives plugged in and it only recognizes my other one. If i set the option for "Configure SATA as" to RAID in bios, it shows it in the boot list but then throws a BSOD with error code 0x0000007b. Also it seems the same BSOD error happens when I set it as AHCI. Both hard drives recognized but BSOD thrown.When it has "Configure SATA as" IDE it only shows the other hard drive. Any ideas?

My System is:

ASUS P5E LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

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Hey everybody,
Ive got a Windows 98 tower with a 750 MHz motherboard, 160 Mb of SD RAM. Is it possible to swap out the 98 HD with a HD with XP Home on it? I tried, but it wont work. After I turn it on, it beeps once, then goes to a blank with a blinking cursor that looks like this ( _ ) in the top left. Any suggestions on how to get XP on there without replacing everything? Thanks in Advance!

Answer:Installing a XP hard drive instead of Windows 98 hard drive.

:wave Welcome to Major Geeks! :major
If the HD with Windows XP on it was previously in a PC that does not have EXACTLY the same hardware as the PC you're trying to run it on, then it will not boot to a desktop and will crash, usually to a BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death) error but it may flash by too quickly to read or even be noticed. However, from your description, it doesn't seem like the system is even getting that far. The first thing I'd do is check the BIOS and make sure it's recognizing the hard drive correctly. If it is, then it could be that the partition has been set as 'inactive' somehow, or maybe the boot sector or boot record has been fouled up. If you have the XP installation disc, the best course of action would be to either boot to the Recovery Console and run some disk error checking/repair using chkdsk /r, rebuild the boot record and boot sector using fixmbr and fixboot respectively, or simply perform a safe Windows repair installation. There's an easy to follow guide at this link.
Good luck! I hope this helps!


- I strongly recommend that you research the commands I mentioned above and the Recovery Console in general before doing anything to avoid possibly making the situation worse; the same applies to the repair install: read through the steps at the link I provided so your aware and familiar with the process; here's some other good links: Read more

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I just built a new system using a SATA150 WD hard Drive and while trying to install windows it says it cant find a hard drive. The motherboard is GIGABYTE GA-K8VM800M. Anyone know why this could be?

Answer:Built new system...can't detect SATA hard drive while installing windows!

You need to install the drivers, you should of got a driver floppy disk with the motherboard, if not download them, and put them onto a bootable floppy.

When in windows setup (the first stage with the blue screen) at the bottom it will tell you to press F6 to install 3rd party scsi drivers, press F6 sometime on that screen. At the end of that it will give you the option to install the SATA drivers.

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Hey guys, kinda new here, hopefully I'm posting this in the right forum section.
I'm not that super oriented with computers, I'll give it my best shot to explain what's going on here.
In short my PC just won't start. The light turns on, it boots up, and then I get a black screen with text referring to either "Start Up Repair (recommended)"
"Start windows normally"
If I choose start windows normally, it brings me to the black booting screen with the windows flag, then it proceeds to go back and restart the system, going back to the black screen. OR More likely it just stays stuck on the glowing windows flag.
This also occurs if I press F8 and go into safe mode. After listing all the components before going into safe mode, it simply restarts itself and goes right back to the black screen of the two choices.
If I select Start up repair, a grey loading bar appears below that on occasion freezes. If I manually reset the computer try it again, I get to a blue windows default background screen and the message
"Startup Repair
Your computer was unable to start
Startup repair is checking your system for problems...
If problems are found, Startup Repair will fix them automatically. Your computer might restart several times during this process.
No changes will be made to your personal files or information. This might take several minutes.
Searching for problems.. (this is beneath a blue bar that has been going on for at least an hour)
There's also a Dos window... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 won't boot past possible broken Hard drive attempting to recover/clone/copy hard drive

It sounds to me as if your Operating System has been damaged beyond repair, and that you only option would be to re-install your system using the 'Return to Factory Settings' facility provided. Unfortunately, this would mean you would lose all you data, and, from what I can tell from your posting, you have not taken a back-up so you cannot repair your PC at present.
You first need to remove your heard drive and connect it to a working PC either as slave or in a caddy, and use this to copy all your data onto a new external device.
Once connected to another device, you could partition your Hard drive and copy your data into a second partition.
Once you have your data copied, return the HHD to your own PC and re-install your system from scratch.

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

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

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

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I have a Dell Vostro 200. It has a hatachi 80 GB harddrive. It has no OS installed. I want to switch it with a 1TB hard Drive. 1st does it matter who the manufacter is? Dell wants WD. I want Seagate. And do I just load the XP Pro disc in and start? Oh, I don't believe it has ever been used. It was supposed to be a vista...yuck!

Answer:Is it hard to just replace a SATA hard drive?

ynotbme said:

1st does it matter who the manufacter is? Dell wants WD. I want Seagate.Click to expand...

Brand names are irrelevant especially when you are installing your own OS.

ynotbme said:

And do I just load the XP Pro disc in and start?Click to expand...

That would be the idea if you have it set to boot from disk in the system BIOS. The CD/DVD must have first priority over the HDD to boot.

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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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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.

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I'm amateur pc user. Been trying fix problems all week. Changed power box due to over heating, used AVG & Superantispyware. Keeps asking to reboot and choose boot device, and several hints of mysterious behavior inside machine. Feels like something is eating it (paranoid spirituality). Anyone know what's going on. Please be gentle with me;Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 14:43:58, on 30/04/2010Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18904)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\AWC.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\AASP\1.00.61\aaCenter.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Kontiki\KHost.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\Sup_SmartRAM.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\DT Utilities\DT Utilities PC Backup Pro\mgCtrl.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG9\avgtray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Entriq\MediaSphere\EntriqMediaTray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Entriq\MediaSphere\\EntriqMediaServer.exeC:\Windows\Integrator.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exeR0 - HKCU\Software\Micr... Read more

Answer:Unknown problem,system restore&recycle bin&2nd hard drive vanished, 2nd hard drive

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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My T410i hard drive died, I have Windows 7 Home Basic OA key, but how to install on new hard drive? I had to replace the hard drive, I realise from the help pages I should have written down the error messages before replacing... Either way I am unsure how to obtain the Windows 7 Home Basic software to re-install.I have the key, where should I go - the microsoft site says it came pre-installed so I need to contact the supplier - Lenovo, but on the product list T410i is too old and not listed. Thanks in advance for you time.CheersPaul

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Hi, I bought my ThinkPad T400 (2767wc8) a little less than year ago and have been running it since with Windows 7. Everything worked fine until I decided to install a bigger hard drive. The old one was Seagate 250GB 5400.4, so I thought it would be safest bet to go with another Seagate and bought 500GB 5400.6. Installed Windows 7 64-bit on it and all the necessary drivers from Lenovo. Otherwise no errors or anything but now and then (many times a day) the computer just randomly reboots and gives 2100: hard drive initialization error when trying to boot and keeps repeating the error until I shut down the computer and start up again. Then it boots normally. I looked in event logger and found no error concerning the hard drive. I tried Lenovo's hard drive firmware update CD (newest version, ) but it said there's no need to update the firmware and would not do anything. My firmware is 0001SDM1 and the one on Lenovo's CD is 0008LVM1. BIOS is the newest version 3.09. Active Protection works fine. edit: I think installing the firmware would solve the problem, but I can't install it. Is there any way to force it?  

Answer:T400 random reboot + hard drive initialization error after changing hard drive

Hi Ziltoid,After seeing plenty of posts on this problem I would suggest returning the drive and getting a replacement for it. it helps.

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I recently used my system image disk to restore on a new (larger) hard drive but now when I look at the hard drive from the computer view it shows my hard drive as being the same size as the old one instead of being the size of the new one. I'm not sure
I'm making much sense so I will post a picture...

Is there anyway to fix this? Does the drive really only have 286 gigs on it?

Answer:System Image disks installed on new hard drive show new hard drive same size as old one

You have to be logged in as Admin to perform these operations.
Go to Start, and in the Search box, type in DISK MANAGEMENT. Pick the Control Panel item "Create and format disk partitions." Once Disk Management comes up, right-click on the area of your disk and select "Extend volume..." Move it out
as far as you want, making the whole thing one drive.
If that doesn't work for you, then you can download Easeus Partition Manager Home  and create a boot CD from it that will accomplish the same thing (and more, if you want to read up on it). It's a free program and works
with 32- and 64-bit Windows. I like it and use it myself.

SC Tom

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