how to set sata hard drive as primary ide mas

August 16, 2011 at 02:31:37
Specs: Windows XP, intel duo core 3.0
My pc is suddenly showing 'No IDE master H.D.D. detected. Press F1 to Resume' with no reason after having performed well for many years. Motherboard is Asus Ph5w deluxe. I used to have one SATA hard drive installed and sometimes ago installed a second SATA hard drive. (Not Raid) The pc was performing well after the installation of the second drive - without any problems.
. But one day I booted up and I noticed the second hard drive making screeching noises. Some few weeks later I started getting the message ''No IDE master H.D.D. detected. Press F1 to Resume'.
I tested the noisy drive with seagate 'seatools' and discovered it is going bad. I therefore disconnected the drive and I am now left with the previous good drive. I booted up but still got the message ''No IDE master H.D.D. detected. Press F1 to Resume'.
I proceeded to wipe the drive clean with 'killdisk' in order to re-install windows xp. But when I booted up I still got the same message .(XP yet to be installed.)
I would be grateful for any assistance in resolving this.
Other components in the pc include 2 cd/dvd r-w --one is SATA and the other one connected by ribbons.

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August 16, 2011 at 05:16:11
SATA is not IDE - there is no "primary". Either your SATA HDD has failed or your BIOS settings are incorrect.

Why did you wipe the drive? You now have some work ahead of you. XP was released before SATA went mainstream, therefore it doesn't natively support SATA HDDs. XP setup will not recognize the drive until the drivers are installed. Do you have a floppy drive? If not, you're going to have to create a new XP disk with the SATA drivers slipstreamed into it.

How To Slipstream SATA Drivers Into XP CD

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August 16, 2011 at 07:27:35
My ASUS board -and I think all ASUS boards show SATA drives as IDE in the BIOS. I have been using the pc that way from the beginning. In 2008, I formatted the SATA drive and re-installed windows xp and everything worked fine. In 2010 the pc had a software or virus problem, again I formatted the same SATA drive and re-installed XP and everyrhing also continue to work well. In 2010 I added the second SATA drive and installed win xp on it. I formatted the first drive and started using it as a back-up only drive. ( I did not change anything in the BIOS or set any jumper on the cd/dvd r-w when I installed the 2nd drive) I simply plugged in the drive, installed xp on it and everything started working fine. However the drive I added soon developed problem (the screeching sound stated above). I then started getting the ' ''No IDE master H.D.D. detected. Press F1 to Resume'.message. However when I pressed F1 nothing happens.
To solve the problem I disconnected the faulty drive and reformatted the original drive and installed xp on it -expecting it to start working fine as it used to but I was surprised when I booted up and I started getting the ''No IDE master H.D.D. detected. Press F1 to Resume'. message I was getting on the faulty drive. Only difference is when I press F1 now it booted into windows.
As regards your question, I formatted the drive again this morning in order to re-install xp thinking this would solve the problem. However after formatting the drive and I want to start installing XP the screen showed up again with ' ''No IDE master H.D.D. detected. Press F1 to Resume'.If I should press F1 now, it will load the xp disc and install xp but the ' ''No IDE master H.D.D. detected. Press F1 to Resume'. error will remain unsolved. Thanks.

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August 16, 2011 at 07:32:16
I checked and tested the drive with seagate seatools yesterday before I started installing xp on it and it passed the test.

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August 16, 2011 at 20:50:13
Try resetting CMOS and then resetting BIOS to default or optimum settings. If the fault is some how 'stuck' and the BIOS 'believes' incorrectly in this fault then resetting everything may help.

Since Windows 95 (about 16 years) I have purchased and maintained a number of machines and in that time I have replaced 3 hard drives that have gone bad. ALL of those hard drives were Seagate drives. One hard drive I finally retired 2 years ago was over 9 years old and still going strong (the 20GB drive was the original XP's C drive the entire time). My old favorite was Maxtor (before Seagate bought them out), now it is Western Digital.
If you are planning to purchase a new drive, I would recommend WD Black series.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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