Bios recognizes sata drive but will not boot

October 25, 2011 at 16:31:42
Specs: Windows 7
I have a Asus P4G8x Deluxe computer. It has 2 sata ports on motherboard, I have reformatted computer with Windows 7. I have updated all drivers off the asus web site. I installed th OS on IDE drive with the purpose of using my 1TB seagate sata drive as storage. My problem is when I start up computer it gets to the bios boot part where it tells you what your primary drive is and what your slave drives are. Then it goes down the screen a little brings up the sata stuff. It say hit ctrl s or f4 to do something to the raid utility. But when I do that it does nothing. Although the computer reads the serial number off the drive but it will not boot any further. Then if I turn off the computer, unplug the sata, plug the sata back in after it get past the boot up screen the computer reads it and I can use it. Kind of like the external hard drive. But I have to unplug the sata drive before I restart the computer.

One thought I had was. Do you have to have the sata drive plugged in when reformatting or does it really matter. I have been told it shouldn't.

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October 26, 2011 at 01:35:37
I know this sounds silly, but it's not simply a matter of the hard disk boot order, is it? Check in the BIOS (with all drives connected) what the boot order is set to.

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October 26, 2011 at 08:40:37
It set with the primary IDE harddrive first then the dvd/cdrom next. There seems to be no option for sata drive to boot.

But if I unplug sata drive before booting up it will go through process until it has to read sata drive then say drive not found drive not found then boot up into windows 7.

But if I leave sata drive plugged in and boot. It will do the booting process until it has to read the sata drive. At that time it will read the serial # of the sata drive and there will be a blinking light to the right of serial #, but will not go any further.

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October 26, 2011 at 20:47:46
You can see if your BIOS has options repated to SATA and PATA (IDE) drives and see if there is an option for allowing a hybrid installation using both types together. If not:
Try this, remove the IDE drive and plug in the new SATA drive, put in the Windows 7 install disk and boot to that, choose custom and Partiton/Format, partition a drive for Windows 7 to install on, 100GB more or less, format and install it to that partition. If the computer now boots to Windows 7 from the SATA drive, then you can apparently just use the larger hard drive less the 100GB (about 900GB for storage) and forget the older hard drive, your BIOS just has a problem using BOTH IDE and SATA drives together. Later if you need additional space, you can add another SATA drive.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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