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"Auto detecting SATA1...IDE Hard Drive" Really slow.

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Last response: in Storage
April 7, 2011 4:46:21 PM

Hey all.

I've recently started having an issue with my hard drive on boot up. Everything works fine when it is booted but it takes a while to get there.

My PC hangs at the Auto detecting SATA1...IDE Hard Drive message in the BIOS. It takes about 20 seconds to detect but it always does in the end. I've tried a different cable and a different port and had no success.

It's a bog standard 250GB Maxtor jobby and the Mobo is a P6X58D-E by ASUS.

Any suggestions?

Also, It's a SATA hard drive, so why does it say IDE Hard Drive in the auto detect message?

Many thanks,


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April 8, 2011 8:37:38 AM

Hey again,

The problem has gotten worse and I get the SATA1 is ATAPI incompatible message. Press F1 to continue.

After which windows won't boot. Could my HDD be borked? I guess it's worth doing a format and fresh install first.

Thank god my important files are saved!
April 8, 2011 6:53:40 PM

If it worked fine for a while and has only recently started to have problems, it is likely failing. Hard drives can die in creative ways.