Hard drive does not auto detect

February 5, 2011 at 21:44:07
Specs: Windows xp, 512mb
Hi guys,i have an hdd i want to use to extract the info from,i plugged in the SATA cable into the motherboard but the computer does not detect it?not in the bios or my computer?please help

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February 5, 2011 at 21:52:48
The drive will require both the SATA data cable plus an SATA power cable connection. Did you connect it to power?

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February 5, 2011 at 22:13:44
You might have noticed that the different settings in the BIOS configuration firmware aren't worded in the most clear manner. I'd say try fiddling with some switches, especially the ones that seem to concern which connectors are working, what kind of drives are allowed, the boot sequence, etc. That's what I did when I installed my first SATA drive, and it ended up working.

Don't forget to write down any setting you change of which you do not know the effect so you can reset it to its default value if it causes problems. Playing with BIOS settings is usually safe as long as you do not touch anything concerning power/voltage, temperature, refresh rate or CPU speed. Use critical sense and experiment a bit.

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