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SATA/IDE hard drives-no SATA Drive in My Computer

Q: SATA/IDE hard drives-no SATA Drive in My Computer

I have 2 IDE HDs installed and added SATA drive lately. SATA runs in IDE mode in CMOS. Problem is, even though SATA drive is recognized by BIOS, Disk Manager, Norton Ghost & System Works, it doesn't show in My Computer, causing problems with saving and opening files. Tried a couple of tricks (changing the drive letter,disconnecting & reconnecting the drive, reformatting etc. ) nothing seems to work. I use this SATA drive for storage and for now I have to drag the files down there manually.
I don't know if it's of any importance, but I have nVidia GeForce graphics card onboard.
Has anyone encountered this kind of a problem ?
Thanks Carl
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A:IDE Hard Drives, Old Computer, Use SATA Hard Drive, Then New Computer
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A:Adding a SATA hard drive to a PC with two existing IDE drives?

If the drive is physically fine the drive should work fine plugged into the motherboard. Does the motherboard have RAID and standard SATA connectors? It may be that with the drive connected to the RAID connector that you need to do some type of configuration prior to having the drive seen in Windows.

Another option if you still can't get it to work would be to use one of the SATA > USB docking units like:
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A:sata to usb adapter cable dosen't fit sata hard drive in laptop?

Does the drive have an adapter need to remove to expose the SATA conenctors? I don;t see anything about the Y480 not having a standard SATA drive and laptop and desktop SATA connectors are the same.

Maybe post pictures of both the drive and your SATA cables.
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Hello and welcome rodo first up


Can we have some systemspecs please as what you have posted gives us not that much (or anythingat all with some folks) to work with and given there are so many manufacturersof components and configurations that do influence what goes on within anygiven machine and OS.
System Info - See YourSystem Specs

Now for starters the amount of RAM you have is in my view way too little you should be running a minimum of 4GB preferably 6- 8GB if your machine will support that and that is why we need those specs .
For an example imagine the CPU is the bucket holding a known amount of water (data) and you pour that water into the second bucket (RAM) and you do that through a funnel with a 1 inch outlet then it will take the RAM bucket a long time to fill and that water will then flow very slowly onward to whatever you are trying to do from the RAM bucket.
Now if you do the same thing and you make the the RAM bucket larger the CPU bucket has more channels (more funnel outlets) for the CPU can use to transfer the water (data) to the RAM bucket (through more funnels) - so your RAM bucket of data will be ready much faster than it sounds like it is now. Then that data is also available faster to the drives etc etc

Lecture over I would suggest you run these too in any case in safe mode< if necessary include the /f and /r in the command line as per Option2 >in safe mode if need be
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A:Internal Sata Hard Drive won't show up under My Computer

Hi, vmarkary. Welcome to TSF.

Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Disk Management.

Do you see your drive on the list of drives? if so, post screen grab.

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Does the computer even have SATA ports? A computer so old that it comes with just an 80GB drive might not.

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not seen in the bios

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A:Bios cant find hard drive SATA after computer crash

Could you clear up a couple of things. Your title implies that BIOS does not see the SATA drive, but later you say it can be detected (typo?). Is the SATA drive plugged into the motherboard or into a connector card? You reset CMOS by moving the jumper or removing the battery? Your system may have crashed for a reason. If the drive is not detected in BIOS and connections and cables are OK it could be the drive.
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A:IDE and SATA Hard drives

If your motherboard has an IDE connector, sure (although Tedster will try to tell you otherwise).

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A:sata ide hard drives

IDE are also called PATA (Parallel ATA) drives. They typically use 40- or 80- pin ribbon cables to connect to the system board.

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A:help with sata and ide hard drives

The jumper on the SATA drive is probably to force compatibility mode, i.e., set the drive to 150MB/sec speed vs 300MB/sec speed, as some older controllers won't work with the faster drives. Info on the jumpers should be printed on the label, or in the documentation that comes with the drive.

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A:OS Won't see other SATA Hard drives

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A:IDE and SATA Hard Drives

I've had older boards that didn't see drives that were set for 3Gbps transfer speeds... see if the drive has a jumper to limit the speed to 1.5Gbps. That's what I have to do to get drives to work on my old Asus A8V-series boards.

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A:Hard Drives(SATA or IDE? )

SATA is newer, faster, and better.
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A:Questions about SATA Hard Drives

SATA is fully backwards compatible. All SATA 150 devices will play nicely with SATA 300 devices (at SATA 150 speeds).

The buffer size is totally irrelevant. Look at seek times (less is better), sustained throughput (more is better) and warranty (more is better).
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A:Can you combine Sata and ATA hard drives?

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A:Sata Hard Drives Missing

First, if the BIOS can't find the drives, then your problem has got nothing to do with any software, including operating systems and drivers.

Try your SATA drives one at a time in another computer to make sure that they actually work.
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Windows XP is not capable of running SATA drives as either AHCI (single drive SATA mode) or SATA RAID without installing the proper drivers during the OS install. You would be instructed to "Press F-6", then insert the drivers with a floppy drive.

Bottom line, you would have to install the OS clean to do what you want to do, no exceptions.

You cannot change the drive mode with the OS installed in either Vista or Win 7 either, but the driver situation is a bit easier to deal with.

I don't think the RAID 1 or 0 should be an issue. RAID 1 is a mirroring (backup) strategy, and RAID 0 splits data between 2 (or more drives) for speed of access. Truth to tell, RAID 0 really isn't any good by itself, too unreliable to protect sensitive data. You really need to run RAID 0 & 1 together, This is sometimes referred to as "RAID 5".

If you can be talked out of RAID altogether, you can run your new HDDs as is, by selecting "IDE" emulation in the BIOS. Most sources state that there is very little to no speed penalty for doing it this way.

Anyway, you would need to go to the board manufacturers website for the SATA drivers. I didn't Google your board. Does it even have a RAID capable SATA controller?

Incidentally, those WD "Green" drives are the worst possible choice for RAID. As I understand it, their "energy saving" self-throttling behavior, will cause them fall out of RAID, and generate a bunch or errors and messages in doing so.

I don't recommend RAID, but if you absolutely insist, you should spring for WD's "RE" (RAID edition) HDDs.
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Can you supply us with the full scenario please?
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Rt-click My Computer/Manage/Disk Management.
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Originally Posted by Ex_Brit

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A:Hard drive on SATA 1

IDE (or actually ATA)


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