|I have three PC's with Pentium 4 motherboards that I am trying to install dual drive SATA laptop swap drive bays into. I've got two Kingwin KF-251-BK bays and one SIIG Dual 2.5" SATA MobileRack. All three motherboards have IDE connectors. I am plugging Startech's PATA2SATA2 Converter into the Primary IDE on the motherboards and running SATA cables out to the drive bays from it. And I am only installing a primary empty 320GB SATA drive for the time being.|
I started with the computer with the MSI 845GE MAX (MS-6580 VER: 2.0) motherboard and the SIIG bay. The SIIG bay is constructed of some type of acrylic, no metal housing. It has a common SATA power connector and independent SATA data connectors. I got everything hooked up (All Power, SATA0, and SATA1) and plugged one 320GB drive into the master slot leaving the second slot empty. When powered on it did not recognize the drive as installed. It did not even recognize my DVD drive now on the secondary IDE connector. I found out I had an un-keyed, IDE cable hooked to the DVD drive. I corrected it and that resolved the problem, but getting into CMOS would be delayed by some 40seconds or more. I disabled the slave of the primary IDE, and that delay dropped down to some 5 seconds or so, which is much better but still slower than normal.
I used the Kingwin KF-251-BK bays with the next two PCs. The Kingwin has two completely independent 2.5" metal slots.
With the ECS EliteGroup P4S5A REV . 1 . 2A motherboard I had moved things around a bit and was only getting a blank screen on boot up. I was forced to clear CMOS by jumper to recover. After that, it boot but it would only see the 135GB or so of the 320GB drive. I tried another drive. I tried it on SATA1 but its still not seeing it right.
I moved onto the PC with the Intel D845HV motherboard using another Kingwin KF-251-BK. I opened the box and noticed some Hard Drive Insulators that were not in the other box. Is it possible the problem with the ECS machine was the drive shorting out against the metal construction of the Kingwin? I'll have to come back to that. So, I went ahead and got everything hooked up inside to the Intel motherboard and put the protective insulator on the SATA drive. This time I can not seem to get into BIOS at all so long as the PATA2SATA2 converter is plugged into the IDE of the motherboard. It just hangs there on "Entering Setup" until I get impatient after a couple of minutes and reboot. I unplugged it and reboot and it went right in. So, I tried disabling the primary slave and reinstalling the converter, but it still just hangs on that screen.
I'm going to try insulating the other drive and booting the ECS system again.
I'm thinking of trying and swapping the PATA2SATA2 converter out in the Intel System.
And the delay getting into CMOS on the MSI, short as it may be now, has me a bit worried after how well this has gone on the other two systems.
Can you think of anything I'm missing here? Some other CMOS settings maybe? Any reason it might not like the missing slave drive even with it set to none?