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SATA appears busted, IDE works; will PCIe SATA card work?

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July 19, 2013 12:00:11 PM

A few days ago my BIOS completely stopped detecting any attached SATA drives. I had not performed a BIOS update or anything, it just stopped detecting them. It does still detect the one IDE drive I have attached (little 4GB drive I just use for swap space).

What are the chances I could get a PCIe SATA card and have it work to connect my HDs? I'm dual-booting Linux Mint XFCE 14 and Win XP, FWIW. One SATA drive has OSes and SW on it and the other is media storage space.

It would be nice not to need to buy a new MOBO just yet.

I can get my mobo model if needed. It's an HP OEM mobo.
a b V Motherboard
July 19, 2013 12:05:49 PM

yes a pci-e sata card will work, if you have the slot available on your board. Its really strange that your sata suddenly stops functioning, have you tried reseting your bios (jumper or cmos battery)?
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July 19, 2013 3:08:30 PM

Yes, really strange. But a PCIe card should work. However, I wouldn't guarantee that you can boot from it – you should be able to though.

But try resetting the CMOS first. If that doesn't work, update the BIOS if you can.
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July 22, 2013 6:44:18 AM

PreferLinux said:
Yes, really strange. But a PCIe card should work. However, I wouldn't guarantee that you can boot from it – you should be able to though.

But try resetting the CMOS first. If that doesn't work, update the BIOS if you can.


Thanks for the suggestion. I removed and inserted the CMOS battery (couldn't find a jumper), to no effect (drives still not detected by BIOS). I'll look into doing a BIOS update.
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