Mainboard MSI H61M-E33 (B3) boot from PCI

January 10, 2013 at 00:43:27
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Celeron G465 (1155/1.9GHz)/Transcend 2GB DDR3-1333

I recently bought an MSI Mainboard H61M-E33 (B3).
I already have an IDE Hard Disk and the mainboard has only SATA Connectors.
I have already bought a PCI S-ATA Controller so as to connect it to the mainboard.
However I cannot boot from the hard disk.
In the boot devices I cannot find "SCSI boot device"
Does anyone know if it is possible to boot from PCI from the particular mainboard?
Or maybe I should buy an IDE to SATA Converter?
PS: In the past with another mainboard I was able to do this.

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January 10, 2013 at 01:08:41

Why would you be looking for SCSI? It's Sata on a pc Card, how is the sata mode set in the bios AHCI, or sata enable/disable? Is the hard drive being recognized by the bios at all?

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January 10, 2013 at 01:14:02

Not all PCI IDE cards support booting. If yours does, you may need to set "Other" as the boot device. TBH, SATA drives are so cheap nowadays that I would be inclined to just buy one and make life easy for yourself.

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January 10, 2013 at 04:41:05

Sounds like you bought a SATA (S ATA) card. If you are able to connect the IDE drive then I suspect you have a card that supports both types. Read the documentation that came with the card.

The boot order in the BIOS is looking for a SCSI device. PCI controller cards that support SATA drives usually require SCSI set in the boot order.

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January 10, 2013 at 05:21:00

If you planned on using an IDE HDD, why did you buy a board with no IDE controller? Does this HDD have Windows installed on it already? Even if you get the adapter issue straightened out, you won't be able to boot into Windows. At the very least, you will have to do a repair installation, but a complete reinstall from scratch would be the better way to go. Rather than buying the controller card, you should have bought a SATA HDD. Don't waste your money on another adapter, invest in a new HDD instead.

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