Will my SATA I HD work on my SATA II MB

May 20, 2009 at 20:46:17
Specs: WIN XP Pro/SP2, AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+
Hello Everybody,

I recently purchased an Asus M3A78-CM Motherboard to replace my ASUS A8N-SLI mobo. I want to use my existing hard drive which is a Maxtor 160GB SATA/150. It worked fine in my other motherboard but I put this new motherboard in my case and I went to boot and it wouldn't. I get the POST beep, then the ASUS logo screen then a black screen then it just loops from there. I can enter the BIOS and my hard drive is there and hitting F8 will bring up the Windows Advanced Options menu but selecting anything there just puts it back into the looping. I am actually using the motherboard in question at this moment but using a Ubuntu live version which works pretty well without installing it. As I am in Ubuntu, I can see my hard drive and even access all the filles on it and use them as I choose, so I know the hard drive is there and working. So what gives? You can't hardly get anything connected wrong on the motherboard. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. I need help.


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May 20, 2009 at 22:13:37
You changed boards, so you have to reinstall Windows.

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May 20, 2009 at 22:48:37
...or at LEAST do a REPAIR install of Windows.

But you need to go into BIOS and tell it to use SATA as IDE so you can BOOT from your existing SATA HD.

Don't worry about your SATA1 HD, the MOBOs SATA2 interface is backward compatible.

Rich Gu

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May 21, 2009 at 00:54:50
I think that it's more better if you just reinstall the OS again. but of course first you must Back up files from the Hard disk. then reformat the Hardrive so that you'll have a fresh start.

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May 21, 2009 at 10:11:53
Hey there guys,

Thanks for your suggestions. I had thought about doing a repair but didn't think I should have to but that's what I did and I got it back up and running so thanks there. I've gotten lots of help from this group and I love you all, so thanks.

Larry L

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