adding an IDE drive

April 10, 2009 at 21:56:54
Specs: Windows XP
I have a Gigabyte GA-81945P motherboard
with 2 SATA drives (which work fine) and I am
trying to add an IDE drive, however I can't get it
to fully recognize the drive when connected to
IDE2 or IDE3.

I have two DVD drives connected to IDE1 and
when I remove them and connect the HDD to
IDE1 it recognizes it then.

I have seen this problem reported elsewhere,
however have not seen a solution. I have set
GigaRaid to ATA and although this does not
allow me to see the drive in BIOS, I can see
that the drive is found while booting.

I can also see the drive in the Device Manager,
(it's reported as a SCSI drive) but I can't see it
in My Computer or work out how to format it.
It's currently formatted for Xbox.

Does anyone have any ideas where I go from

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April 10, 2009 at 22:51:49
The partition xbox uses is probably not recognized by XP. That's why it's not showing up in 'my computer'. Here's some info on using Disk Management:

You'll want to remove the existing partition on that drive first. Then repartition it. Then format it.

There's a command line partitioning command, DISKPART:

but you're probably better off using Disk Management.

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April 10, 2009 at 23:01:26
Hi jgalty,
There is a BIOS option to enable the On Chip Primary PCI
IDE (which is enabled) and the manual suggests there is an option to enable the On Chip Secondary PCI IDE, however
this option does not show up on my BIOS. I can see IDE 2
and 3 listed in the Standard CMOS options, however I cannot
get them to recognize that there is a drive connected.
I have enabled the Gigaraid options which searched for IDE
drives on bootup and it does find the drive which I can see in
Device Manager listed as a SCSI drive, however I cannot do
anything with it. It does not show up in My computer, so I
cannot format it or anything. Thanks.

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April 11, 2009 at 13:27:55
That's why you need to use Disk Management.

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