Bios not detecting IDE drives.

February 7, 2011 at 12:14:37
Specs: Windows Vista, AMD Phenom 2 X6/16GB
Okay, i looked through the forum to see if there was a post similar to mine, but no luck and also I am at work so I had to do a quick glance.

Well I had bought a Velocity ProMagix E2230 about 3 years ago and thought it was time to upgrade.

I bought: -AMD Phenom ll X6 1075T 3.0GHz sixcore 125w 9MB cache AM3.
- Asus Crosshair lV Formula amd 890fx/sb850 chipset 3x pcie 2.0x16 slots atx form factor.
-Biostar Radeon HD 6850 1024MB Dual DVI/HDMI/DP Graphic Series.

I installed everything correctly and i had to buy two IDE to SATA converters to connect my old dvd rom and dvd combo rom which obviously had IDE ribbons.

Now i booted everything up and in the BIOS start up it does not detect SATA drives??? Even with the converters, would i have to change it to detect IDE?


Any info will help tremendously. Thank you!!!!



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#1
February 7, 2011 at 12:37:44
"I installed everything correctly and i had to buy two IDE to SATA converters to connect my old dvd rom and dvd combo rom which obviously had IDE ribbons"

Why do you need 2 optical drives, especially when neither appears to be a burner? SATA DVD burners sell for less than $20.

Does your board have an IDE channel? If so, why aren't you using it? Or are you running old IDE HDDs on your new system? Regardless, IDE to SATA converters is NOT the way to go. You should have gotten a PCI IDE controller card.


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#2
February 7, 2011 at 13:05:55
Try that drive and the adapter on another computer's sata port.

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February 7, 2011 at 13:10:03
Thank you mickliq for replying so quickly!

The new motherboard did not have a IDE channel. Well, why didn't i think of that, buying completely new dvd drives, they cost about the same!

So if I was stupid enough to just keep these converters cause i didnt want to travel 15 miles to the store where i bought them at, is there something that can help me detect these drives? Thank you


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#4
February 7, 2011 at 15:18:32
The IDE drives you connect to the SATA to IDE converters must be jumpered to master at the back of the IDE drives.
If you see no obvious markings, use good lighting at the back of the drive - there are letters etched into the plastic - e.g. MA for Master - a jumper must be on two pins there vertically.

I don't know if it still applies but you used to be able to buy one way adapters - in this case it would need to be for a SATA header connection to an IDE drive adapter - they wouldn't work in the opposite direction. At least some work both ways these days.

One of the reasons it's not a good idea to use such an adapter is not all bioses detect them properly.

If the bios does detect the adapter properly and if the IDE drives are jumpered to master your IDE drives are detected as SATA drives in the bios, and have the model number of the IDE drive .


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