sata issue

February 3, 2009 at 21:54:53
Specs: Windows xp, athlon 3g
Hello! ok so I have 2 hard drive (1 master & 1 slave of IDE) and recently I purchase me 2 alike of 500g hard drive. I don't want to use raid so I disable raid and use non-raid (went to the bios and set it up) the problem is that when I went to my computer, the newly install 2x500g hard drive is not present. does anybody have any ideas. my motherboard is 939 dual stata2 with asRock as the manufacture. thank in advance!

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February 4, 2009 at 04:17:24

have you plugged the new sata into one of the black primary sata ports or the red one?

also check in bios under advanced/ide config/

onboard sata=auto
sata op mode =non raid
sata op mode =sata*
should see the drive recognised further down that page.

the two (vertical) sata conectors support sata1 1.50 gig spec drives

the red (hozizontal) one is sata2 3.0 gig spec

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February 4, 2009 at 05:09:50
Right click on my computer select "Manage" and under Disks you will need to initialise and format your disk before it appears.

have a look at this, under disk manager you will need to right click "Disk" and the number eg 0, 1, 2 and format it.

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February 4, 2009 at 05:11:34
If I understand your current setup you are running 2 IDE drives and 2 SATA drives.

Are the SATA drives properly identified by both model and FULL capacity in the POST screens at start up? If so, then all you may need to do is to install the SATA controller drivers.

I assume you still have WinXP with at least SP1 installed on one of the IDE drives. Boot into WinXP and install the SATA controller drivers and reboot.

If your SATA drives do NOT show properly in the POST screens at start up there could be many reasons. You may need to Enable the SATA controllers in the BIOS for one thing. You do have power connected to the SATA drives as well as the red data cable?

I forgot to mention that the drives will not show in My Computer until they have been partitioned, formatted and had a drive letter assigned. Look in Disk Management to see if the drives appear there.

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February 4, 2009 at 14:20:31
Ok I figure it out. So the bios detect the 2 sata drive and everything is configure properly in the bios.I didn't install the sata driver because I would assume windows XP would have the drivers for my sata controller but I was wrong. I pop out my CD that came with the motherboard, install the sata controller driver and it work preferctly. thank for all the help.

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February 4, 2009 at 14:22:09
You are welcome.

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