Sata hdd not detect in the bios

February 15, 2010 at 18:39:54
Specs: Windows XP, amd x2, 2gb ram
I have a mobo elite m2 V:3.0 and an amd X2 processor, but the western digital 160 gb sata is not detected, i also configure in the bios using sata mode but again it cannot detect. is there a problem in the mobo?

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February 15, 2010 at 19:25:43
"elite m2 "

That is NOT the full model number.

Apparently, it's an ECS desktop mboard.

The model, sometimes the make, of a mboard in a generic desktop system is usually printed on the mboard's surface in obvious larger characters, often between the slots.

The model is often also displayed on a logo (graphical) screen early in the boot, but it's often not as specific as the specific model number.

Sometimes it's also shown in the bios Setup.
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Check your Power Supply.
Make sure the current voltages shown for it in the bios Setup are okay.
Make sure it's fan(s) is(are) spinning.
See response 4 in this:
http://www.computing.net/hardware/w...
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If the power supply is okay....

"the western digital 160 gb sata is not detected"

Where and when is it not detected?

- Is it not detected in the bios Setup?

Go into the bios Setup and load defaults, save bios settings.

Reboot.

If it's still not detected in the bios Setup.....

Unplug the case/power supply, or switch off the AC power to it otherwise.
Power off your monitor.
Open up the case by removing the left side panel as seen when you're looking at the front of the case.

Check your SATA data cables. The connector on each end should "latch" into the socket on the drive and on the mboard, or on the drive controller card - it should not move when you merely brush your hand against it near the socket - if it does, mere vibration can cause a poor connection of it - use another SATA data cable that does "latch", or tape the connector in place.
(There is a slight projection or bump on one side of the outside of the connector that "latches" it into the socket - it's easily broken off or damaged)

The same thing applies for the SATA power connection.
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- Is it detected in the bios Setup, but not detected when you boot the computer with a XP CD ??

XP's Setup has very few if any SATA drive controller drivers - if it can't detect your SATA drive controller, SATA drives will not be detected in Setup.

XP's Setup WILL detect your SATA drive controller, SATA drives

- as IDE compatible, if you set the SATA controller mode or similar in the mboard's bios Setup to IDE compatible mode or similar (e.g. ATA mode, EIDE mode, compatibility mode)

- as SATA, if you set the SATA controller mode or similar in the mboard's bios Setup to SATA mode or similar (e.g. AHCI mode), if you have the proper SATA controller drivers on a floppy disk, and you Press F6 early in the loading of the files from the XP CD when you see "Press F6 to load ....", and insert the floppy in a floppy drive later when Setup asks for it.
XP's Setup at that stage can only recognize a few USB floppy drives models, most of which are no longer being made, and it can't recognize controller drivers on USB drives, hard drives, external drives, or on disks in CD or DVD drives
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- Is it detected in the bios Setup, it's not the drive you're booting Windows from, and it's not detected in Windows in My Computer or Windows Explorer ?

The drive has to be software partitioned and formatted using something XP recognizes in order for it to show up in My Computer or Windows Explorer. If it has no data on it, you must software partition and format it in Disk Management in Windows.
Control Panel - Classic View - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management.


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