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Unable to detect old Pata HDD and CD-DVD drives, but will all detect Sata drives.

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April 7, 2013 5:01:46 AM

This is a new motherboard I am working with. It will detect Sata HDD and CD-DVD drives, but when I put an old PATA HDD drive in as the slave, it will not detect it, the same with the old PATA CD-DVD drives. To load Windows 7 into the Sata HDD drive, I had to use a new SATA CD drive, as the old PATA CD drive was not being detected.
a c 81 G Storage
April 7, 2013 5:12:11 AM

Most likely the ide controller is disabled in bios.
a b G Storage
April 7, 2013 5:21:16 AM

If you could give us the make/model of the motherboard, we can give you a better answer..
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April 7, 2013 7:01:32 AM

I had thought of the bios before, and it says [IDE Mode].

As for the motherboard, it is an MSI H61M-P33 model# MS-7680.

Thanks for any help you can give me here.
a c 81 G Storage
April 7, 2013 10:38:39 AM

Sorry, but the MSI H61M-P33 has no ide port. How do you connect a pata device to it?
April 7, 2013 1:43:09 PM

I connected converter boards to each device, to allow for the use of the SATA connector cables.
a b G Storage
April 8, 2013 5:41:49 AM

I suggest that you just get a PCI based IDE controller card. Any "converter" is problematic when it comes to being able to boot from the IDE hard drives.
April 8, 2013 7:55:28 AM

Ok, thank you clarkjd, I'll check into that and give it a try.
April 9, 2013 1:00:31 AM

marhuff55 said:
I put an old PATA HDD drive in as the slave, it will not detect it, the same with the old PATA CD-DVD drives.

I connected converter boards to each device, to allow for the use of the SATA connector cables.

Try configuring each PATA drive to CS (chip select) or MA (MAster).

Converter boards vary in compatibility, but I know the Marvell based boards for PATA drives work well, as do the bidirectional converters based on a Jmicron or Sunplus chip.

Is the power cable attached to the converter?

If you have bidirectional converters, are you using the correct SATA connector, as one is for SATA drives, the other for SATA controllers.

Many converters have undersized PATA sockets that are very easy to attach incorrectly.
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