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New SATA Drive not recognised

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February 21, 2009 2:23:22 PM

Hi there.

Have an old IDE mobo that had two Maxtor drives attached (20g primary and 80g).

The 20gb drive died and I've got an IDE/SATA connector and a new 250gb Hitachi SATA drive.

I can't get the BIOS to recognise the new SATA drive which I want to install Windows onto as my primary drive.

Any suggestions as to how I can get this to work or have I spent 40 quid on a drive I can't use? Will I have to get a new mobo instead?

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a b G Storage
February 21, 2009 9:26:01 PM

You may need a sata pci card to enable the sata hdd.
Why not install Windows on the 80gb drive.
I have no experience with these adaptors to know if they are detected as sata or ide. Can you return the the drive and exchange for an ide one?
If not you can still use the old 80gb to install, get a sata usb powered case for the new drive and use it for backup, video, photos and audio files.
Installing XP on a sata drive requires a sata driver to be installed when prompted during instalation.
February 22, 2009 4:40:58 AM

you prob need the f6 drivers for windows or your bios has your sata controller turned off and you need to enable it.
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a b G Storage
February 22, 2009 4:57:42 AM

Some of these converters come with a jumper to select IDE Master/Slave/Cable Select, it's worth checking the manual (if you have one) or doing a Google; also check the SATA interface speed (on the converter), some only work with SATA 150 drives (SATA 1) and the drive may have to be jumpered to reduce the interface speed.
a b G Storage
February 22, 2009 11:31:42 AM

Check the jumpers on the drive, it may need to be set to SATA 150 as someone suggested, and check the jumpers on the converter. I don't have much experience with drive converters, so I really don't know what to tell you otherwise.
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