Hard drives sata install

Asus P4p800-e deluxe motherboard
January 5, 2010 at 20:21:18
Specs: Linux, 3.3gb/2gb
I have had to rearrange and take out some hard drives as one was faulty etc. Anyway in the sata connections on the board i have connected only 2 sata drives now. In the first connection i have Seagate Barracuda 80gb sata and the second is a ATA WDC WD360GD-00FL 33gb. I have tried several times to install an os but it doesn't stick and because i don't know much about sata drives i need some help. I googled but with no results. I am not sure i have the jumper situation happening as i am used to ide drives and it is much clearer to me what to do with them. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#1
January 5, 2010 at 20:47:15
Whats your MB?

Check in your BIOS to see if they are coming up, if they are up
it's as simple as enabling the SATA option in your BIOS.



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#2
January 6, 2010 at 01:04:35
Hi yes they are listed in the bios but the odd thing is in the boot priority the 80gb drive is not listed. In the hard drive devices it is listed as a secondary drive which is odd as it is connected to the 2nd sata connection on the board. The mb is a P4P800-E and i have switched around some drives just before this. I had 4 hard drives in there and now am down to 2. Had lots of complications ....too long to list but part of it could be my lack of experience.
Sata would be enabled as i have used sata drives all along as well as one ide. I had to enable the promise controller to have so many drives. I don't use the raid capability. I don't know enough about it to comment further. Was advised not to have it. Originally there there two sata drives that were the same on the first two cvonnections but one of them was faulty so it was one of the drives pulled out.

Oh I am using Darik's boot and nuke program to wipe the drives and start again. Both are listed correctly and everything is progressing smoothly so maybe that will solve things...

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#3
January 6, 2010 at 01:36:49
Here is your Promise SATA378 Driver V1.00.0.26

http://dlcdnas.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mi...

Or alternative location:
http://dlsvr04.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mi...


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#4
January 6, 2010 at 03:18:18
Sorry to do what?

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#5
January 6, 2010 at 03:37:49
rapattack

The order that you have the drives connected has no bearing on the boot order. Look elsewhere in the BIOS screens for the page where you can set the boot order. On modern motherboards you select the generic term "hard drive" then elsewhere you select WHICH hard drive.

I assume you will need to supply SATA controller drivers at the beginning of the installation but I don't use Linux so I can't say for sure.

There is a link in response #3 to the SATA controller drivers. When you first start to install you may see a screen telling you to press a key if third party drivers are required. You need to press that key and supply the drivers. Possibly on a floppy disk or possibly on a flash drive or external USB. That depends on your BIOS.

You can avoid all that by using the ATA hard drive as the boot drive. No additional drivers should be required then.


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#6
January 6, 2010 at 03:48:12
Hi OtheHill I think i may have found the problem in the bios. After i erased everything I went back into the bios and the order of the hard drives listed was wrong so i changed it. The in the boot priority after that the drive i wanted to be the primary was listed so it might all be cool now. I am giving linux another try to see.
I don't know much about drivers for the sata controller and linux so i will have to skip that for now. I have had linux installed up til now so i just had to update....go for a higher version for multiple reasons.
I haven't had anything say about drivers for anything so i don't understand that... i think that might have been an issue ages ago when i first got this machine but it is not now. It sounds familiar.
Yes both drives are ata and i think i have that sorted now.....will report back soon as i am doing an install of Ubuntu right now and that is the easiest Linux to install/use. Well in my beginner experience anyway lol.

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#7
January 6, 2010 at 03:58:04
i am doing an install of Ubuntu right now and that is the easiest Linux to install/use.

Also have a look at Knoppix: http://www.knopper.net/knoppix-info...
With more than 900 installed software packages with over 2000 executable user programs, utilities, and games
Last version released November 2009


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#8
January 6, 2010 at 03:58:05
It worked....thanks everyone. You really helped as i was not investigating enough about the bios and sata stuff!!!!

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#9
January 6, 2010 at 04:38:45
Ah another Linux person cool!!!! Yeah I tried knoppix in the past and failed badly. Very low internet usage here in Australia so no chance of trying anytime soon. Very hard to have enough usage for downloading OS's

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#10
January 6, 2010 at 04:43:31
You can buy a pre-made Knoppix disk for just a few dollars. When I stated I don't use Linux I meant installed versions. On occasion I do use Knoppix but generally for repair/recovery purposes.

Google for Knoppix and you are sure to find someone selling disks.


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#11
January 6, 2010 at 04:54:06
Yes I am aware of that but i am on a pension and money is extremely tight. I had too much trouble figuring it out and it is hard to find Linux mentors in this country. I have used a few distro's and i love it but i have to get on with why i have a computer in the first place and not experiment so much

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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