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Force travelstar HDD into lower sata type

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September 22, 2012 8:32:34 PM

It is a 5K500 B-500 HTS545050B9A300

I am trying to install it to the optical bay. The boot screen stutters for a minute and when it boots up there is no drive on Windows.

I can't seem to find a way of forcing it to run at 1.5gbps. My motherboard doesn't seem to let it step down automatically.
There is no pins on the drive either...

Help?
a c 108 G Storage
September 22, 2012 9:16:35 PM

SATA is backwards compatible and there is no need to make the drive run at the older interface type.

Is it a new drive? Could be dead. I have had it happen several times. What are the exact problems you are having?

a c 316 G Storage
September 22, 2012 9:56:21 PM

@bluespark, which southbridge and SATA controllers are implemented on your motherboard? Can you give us the model number of the motherboard?
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September 23, 2012 12:41:16 AM

fzabkar said:
@bluespark, which southbridge and SATA controllers are implemented on your motherboard? Can you give us the model number of the motherboard?

Motherboard Model - 0TKV96, Southbridge - HM55

I have seen many 2.5' HDD's which do allow either jumpering or some kind of registry change to 'force' it into a lower SATA speed bracket...
a c 316 G Storage
September 23, 2012 1:41:40 AM

If you believe that your motherboard is limited to 1.5Gbps SATA speeds, then be aware that Intel's specification sheet states that the HM55 Express chipset supports four 3Gbps SATA ports.

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/chipsets/mainstr...

FWIW, the following URL describes a detection problem with 6Gbps HDDs on HM55 chipsets. It doesn't apply to you, but it might be something to watch out for if you switch to a different HDD.

https://ata.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/Known_issues#SATA...
September 23, 2012 2:25:26 AM

fzabkar said:
If you believe that your motherboard is limited to 1.5Gbps SATA speeds, then be aware that Intel's specification sheet states that the HM55 Express chipset supports four 3Gbps SATA ports.

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/chipsets/mainstr...

FWIW, the following URL describes a detection problem with 6Gbps HDDs on HM55 chipsets. It doesn't apply to you, but it might be something to watch out for if you switch to a different HDD.

https://ata.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/Known_issues#SATA...


Well I am stumped on the issue then. I have tried three different HDD's in the CD drive bay and they all do the same thing. They don't show up in Windows in any respect and they make the bios screen stutter on loading for about a minute or two.
I feel it is a positive that there is a difference when I attach the drive rather than it just simply carrying on as normal.

Where would these four ports be? The CD drive bay, normal internal hdd caddy... There is no SATA port on the outside of the laptop.
a c 316 G Storage
September 23, 2012 2:43:43 AM

It could be that one or two of the ports may not used. If you have the laptop apart, you might find some unpopulated SATA headers, or even an unpopulated eSATA header.
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