sata hard drive not working right

November 15, 2012 at 15:49:53
Specs: Windows XP

i got a new sata hard drive when i put it on my pc by its self it dont show and when i put it on with my other sata hard drive i cant see my old one i am runing two other hard drive they are not sata can any one help me please also if i just put my old sata on pc on its own that dont show

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November 15, 2012 at 19:00:04

If you have XP as indicated in your specs, you will need to install SATA drivers for XP to recognize your SATA drives. Also, depending on your motherboard, you may also need to set a few things in your BIOS before they are recognized.

Please also clarify that the 'old' SATA drive was not from that particular machine originally. This appears to be the case since you have two other non-SATA drives (PATA/IDE drives) that are working. Please clearly state the source of these drives, what they were used as before (except the new ones), and what the intended purpose for them is (multiple boot drives or one boot drive and the others for storage, etc.)

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

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November 15, 2012 at 21:05:37

Boot into the BIOS screens and verify all SATA controllers are enabled. With all drives connected look in Windows Disk Management to see if the new SATA drive shows there. If so, you need to partition and format it before it will show in My Computer. You can partition and format right in Disk Management.

Post your computer or motherboard model for better help.

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November 16, 2012 at 06:19:05

sorry ive got the new hard drive for a new pc im going to put build as i got it of ebay just want to make sure it works by puting it in my old pc that the kids are going to have the motherboard is abit kv8 pro my old sata drive is just to put bits on but will use it for windows 8 on new pc and my new one will be for pics films and games other thing that i just saw when i put the new sata drive on this pc in device manager a yellow triangle come up on via raid 3149 dont know a lot about this and only my 2nd pc build and the old sata has been used on this pc from the time xp was put on it and i dont know what it was used for befor as was given to me by someone and other hard drives are from older pcs the old sata show on this pc when older hard drives are in but dont show up when used on its own

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November 16, 2012 at 06:58:55

You may have connected to a port that can be configured a RAID. Connecting an additional hard drive in a system can cause future boot problems.

I would never buy a hard drive from ebay unless it was a legacy drive that I couldn't find elsewhere.

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November 17, 2012 at 11:51:41

ive try taken the old sata hard drive out and puting the new one in and it dont show up i dont know what to try next could any one help me

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November 17, 2012 at 15:25:29

Where are you looking for it. You need to look in Disk Management, not computer.

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November 17, 2012 at 16:40:24

It does appear that it might be a bad drive. Does it show up in BIOS set up? If it does not, try a different SATA cable and different power connector. If it still does not show in BIOS, return it as defective and purchase one from a reputable source like NewEgg, TigerDirect, or a local computer store.

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

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