|Thanks in advance for any help anyone can offer.|
Two days ago I "installed" a new Seagate Free Agent 1.5TB external hard drive and then set it to back up my primary internal drive (C:) and then went to bed. The next morning, I find out the back up failed for some reason. I leave the room and come back a little later and the machine had rebooted, but on the reboot the bios could not detect the C: drive. And or course, it wouldn't boot Windows without it (I'm using Vista).
The PC (a Dell Dimension E520) is about 4 years old. I figure maybe the drive just failed. I went to buy a new one (Seagate Barracuda 7200 rpm 500GB drive). I put the new drive in and then swtiched the "bad" drive to the secondary position. The "bad" drive was originally connected to SATA 0, so I put the new one at 0 and put the bad on at SATA 5. I have two optical drives at 1 and 4.
When I started the PC up again, the bios detected both drives, but said there were "no sata drives detected." It also said there was a floppy read seeker error, or something to that effect. Of course, I don't actually have a floppy drive. I could hit F1 to continue, or F2 for setup. F1 actually allows me to continue and the PC boots from the C: drive and launches windows.
I'm not sure what the original problem was, but now it seems that something else is wrong. Its obviously not a huge deal, since I can boot into windows after hitting F1, but I don't like the fact that the BIOS thinks my two drives are non-SATA. Strange.
Can anyone offer any advice?