IDE Hard Drive and a SATA DVD drive

Is it possible to connect the hard drive to IDE and connect the DVD drive to SATA? When I try to do that, the DVD drive is not recognized in BIOS at all.
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  1. Whether or not you have an IDE drive connected to your IDE controller should not make a difference in recognizing the DVD drive.

    For some combinations of motherboard / DVD drive, you have to go into the BIOS and set the particular SATA port's mode to IDE. This just means a compatible command set, not actually an IDE device.

    For some nasty awful rotten motherboards, you have to go into BIOS and actually activate the individual SATA port that you connected the DVD drive to.

    The more information we have, the better.
  2. The motherboard is a Biostar P4VMA-M. How exactly do I set the SATA port's mode to IDE? When I go into BIOS it only shows my hard drive as primary master. There's nothing else there.
  3. Learn more about the Biostar P4VMA-M



    Supported CPU

    CPU Socket Type

    CPU Type
    Pentium 4 / Celeron


    Supported CPU Technologies
    Hyper-Threading Technology


    North Bridge
    VIA PM800

    South Bridge
    VIA VT8237


    Number of Memory Slots

    Memory Standard
    DDR 400

    Maximum Memory Supported

    Expansion Slots

    AGP Slots
    1 x AGP 4X / 8X

    PCI Express x16

    PCI Slots

    Storage Devices

    2 x ATA100 4 Dev. Max

    SATA 1.5 Gb/s


    Onboard Video

    Onboard Video Chipset
    S3 Graphics UniChrome Pro IGP

    Onboard Audio

    Audio Chipset
    AC97 Codec

    Audio Channels
    6 Channels

    Onboard LAN

    LAN Chipset
    VIA VT6103

    Max LAN Speed

    Rear Panel Ports




    Video Ports

    USB 1.1/2.0
    4 x USB 2.0

    Audio Ports
    3 Ports

    Onboard USB

    Onboard USB
    4 x USB 2.0

    Physical Spec

    Form Factor
    Micro ATX

    9.1" x 7.9"

    Manufacturer Warranty

    3 years limited

    2 years limited
  4. Your motherboard supports sata 1.5 gig. What is your DVD drive? This is an older board and may not support the newer 3.0 or 6.0 gig DVD drive. What you can try is make sure your cables are pluged in right and set the bios to boot first from the DVD or you can get an IDE DVD drive and set it to slave.

    I copied and pasted the spec for your motherboard above
  5. The DVD drive is an ASUS DRW-24B1ST. How do I check the gigs on that DVD drive? The cables are plugged in right. I already tried booting first from the DVD drive. Didn't work, it goes straight to booting from hard drive.
  6. If the drive is not showing in the bios then you won't be able to set it up to boot first. I went to and and looked up this drive but all it says is it is a sata drive so i don't know what it is either. This is a cd/dvd burner is all I could find. This drive may be dead. I still think you would be better off with an IDE drive with this old of a motherboard. This would be up to you.
  7. I know the drive is not dead, because I can open DVDs with it when I'm in Windows, but I can't see it in BIOS. Thanks for help. I think I'll just get an IDE drive.
  8. Check your bios and see if your sata ports are enabled if not then enable them and set the DVD to boot first.. I did not know you can see it in windows.
  9. Sorry, I'm not good at BIOS. How do I check if my SATA ports are enabled? Is it under Integrated Peripherals?
  10. Okay, I went to Integrated Peripherals and I enabled OnChip SATA. The problem persists.
  11. Sorry I couldn't help. I have 2 dvd drives 1 is an IDE and the other is Sata and 2 IDE hard drives and 1 sata hard drive and never ran into a problem like this. I think the IDE DVD will be your best bet with the older motherboard....Have you tried this drive in another computer to see if it shows up in the bios?
  12. No, I haven't. Maybe I'll try that, but I think I'll just end up getting an IDE drive. Thanks.
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