Solved Additional IDE Drive not recognised in BIOS.

March 26, 2012 at 04:48:02
Specs: Windows 7
I have a Western Digital Sata drive and am trying to add an old Seagate IDE drive. I am using cables to convert from IDE to Sata so I can plug it in to the Sata port on the mother board and power supply. The new Sata one will remain the master.

The IDE drive spins when switched on and Windows loads up (but far slower than before, with a small graphical problem when trying to display the windows flag as it boots), but the drive is not recognised. When I look at the BIOS settings prior to Windows booting up the computer is not even recognising the IDE drive exists.

I have had some previous suggestions, but none worked as yet.


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#1
March 26, 2012 at 04:59:20
"I am using cables to convert from IDE to Sata"

There's your problem. If your board doesn't support IDE/PATA, you need to buy a PCI IDE controller card. For example:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#2
March 26, 2012 at 05:19:29
Hi riider, thanks very much for your response. Apologies for my ignorance because I do not know much about computers at the moment...I bought an IDE->Sata bi-directional adapter that fits in the 40-pin plug in the IDE drive and allows me to plug a Sata cable in to it, which then goes to the Sata port on the motherboard. Would I be right in then assuming then by your answer that this makes no different because the mother board does not recognise the IDE device? Also, is there a way I can confirm that before buying the PCI card, the link below gives details of my motherboard but I am not really sure what I am looking for.

http://bizsupport1.austin.hp.com/bi...


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#3
March 26, 2012 at 06:04:10
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"Would I be right in then assuming then by your answer that this makes no different because the mother board does not recognise the IDE device?"

No. The problem is that cable adapters are unreliable. A controller card is the way to go. You can either get a PCI or PCIe card.


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#4
March 26, 2012 at 06:59:30
Thanks riider, your help is very much appreciated. Funny, all this was because I forgot my Windows password to get in to my old computer and so decided to stick the hard drive in my new one. Been a bit of a can of worms really.

Thanks again.


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#5
March 27, 2012 at 10:12:10
All you had to do was either clear or retrieve the old password.

http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_admin...


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