SATA HDD Problems. Please Help!!

Packard bell / 00000000000000000000000
January 17, 2009 at 08:30:51
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 1.855 GHz / 2047 MB
Hi all, new poster here. I recently bought a Samsung HD250J SATA HDD but when I boot up my PC, The BIOS finds the drive and reports its a 250GB drive but windows doesn't. So I enter the disk management console and the drive is displayed as a 981.2GB drive!!! Not initialized. I try to initialize the disk but after about 3 mins of the egg timer I get an error which says the drive has been removed without preparing the system and it then has gone until i reboot. What do I do? Its a home built PC, AMD Sempron 2800+ on a ECS K8M800-M2 motherboard running 2GB Ram. PLEASE HELP!!!

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January 17, 2009 at 08:36:06
What service pack do you have installed with WinXP?

Are you connecting the 250GB SATA drive directly to the motherboard or to a controller card?

If you don't have any SATA drivers installed you need to do that before Windows can use the drive.

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January 17, 2009 at 08:45:57
Hi, I'm using Windows XP Home SP3 and the hdd is plugged directly into the motherboard with the supplied VIA SATA Drivers. Any ideas?

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January 17, 2009 at 09:03:36
Is the SATA mode for the HDD set to IDE ?

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January 17, 2009 at 09:14:20
Is your primary hard drive also SATA? Your motherboard MAY have support for only SATA I drives and this may be a SATA II drive. If that is the case then check for a jumper on the drive to throttle to SATA I speeds.

Check device manager to see how the drive show there.

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January 18, 2009 at 00:26:35
OK, so in the bios the SATA Mode is set to IDE. My main HDD is PATA and so is my current slave drive. I've tried unplugging my 2 existing drives and performing Windows XP setup on the SATA drive, it finds it, claims its only 128GB of unallocated space, I try to create a usable partition and setup says it cannot access the disk. Any further ideas before I throw the hdd at the wall!!!!!

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January 18, 2009 at 06:04:04
Watch the POST screens at start up to see if ALL of your drives are properly identified by both the model and the FULL capacity.

The the SATA drive shows only 127/137GB then your BIOS is NOT 48 bit LBA compatible.

If that is the case then DO NOT use the drive without taking some corrective action.

There might be a BIOS update to allow 48 bit LBA compliance. If not then you need an add in controller card that you then connect the 250GB drive to. That will allow the use of all the drive capacity.

Using the drive if your system is not 48 bit compliant will eventually result in data loss or corruption on that drive. Look at the link below for more information on this topic.

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