I recently purchased a new 2TB SATA drive to install in an old system. Previously I had two IDE hard drives installed as well as a SATA Blu-ray Burner. I had no problem booting with this configuration but once I plugged in my new SATA HDD my boot is halted when my RAID controller loads at boot. I can't even boot from a CD. It asks if I would like to configure RAID but won't even allow me to enter the configuration. If I disable the SATA controller in BIOS I can boot normally but then I don't have the ability to use the drive in Windows. I have upgraded my BIOS, this did nothing. Why won't my system boot properly?
Motherboard - Jetway A353DMS
HDD - Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB
I found no evidence that this motherboard could not handle 2TB drives.
Most likely it is:
a) an incorrect BIOS setting
b) a damaged SATA controller on the motherboard
c) a damaged hard drive
1) install the 2TB drive in a different computer
2) install the 2TB drive in a USB case
3) purchase a PCI or PCI-e adapter (might as well get External-SATA as well as internal SATA connectors if you go this way)
The fact that it causes so many glitches seems like a fundamental hardware issue. If the motherboard is incompatible with 2TB drives then I guess that's the issue. If it's not then it's most likely a damaged hard drive.
"No. Incorrect. A drive larger than the limit will not be usable. My motherboard would simply stop booting at the RAID screen where it scanned my SATA ports. There was no way to get around it. And absolutely no way to use the drive. Once I modded the motherboard's BIOS by incorporating the newer firmware for my SI 3112 chip, then the problem vanished. It booted correctly past the place where it used to lock up, and in short everything worked flawlessly after that.
Please note that your issue appears to be an older BIOS (again ensure you have the latest) and that the official BIOS for his motherboard did not have the updated driver support so he apparently added it.
(Note: installing as a non-Windows drive is straightforward, simply insert the card and boot up then install the drivers if needed. You could still use this addon card for installing Windows to an attached hard drive such as your 2TB which isn't working with your onboard SATA controller. It's possible Windows 7 would already contain the drivers, otherwise there's a point in the installation of XP which asks you to have the drivers ready on a Floppy.)