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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-17-2009, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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IDE and SATA hard drive help

I need some help setting up a secondary hard drive I just bought. My motherboard is an ASUS P5LD2 Deluxe and I currently have windows installed on a 250gb IDE hard drive. I just bought a 750GB SATA drive and when I was trying to set it up the computer was trying to boot from the SATA drive. After some messing around I put the SATA drive onto the #3 SATA connector and kept the IDE drive as the master. Windows boots fine but the hard drive does not show up at all. When I have the SATA drive connected to the #1 SATA spot the computer won't boot even when I change the boot order in the bios. I am kind of stumped right now and was wondering how I should have this thing setup.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-22-2009, 11:19 PM
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That is odd, I was going to say something about the BIOS settings for booting the drive. Hmm, dunno what to say. I've always used SATA as primary and IDE as secondary.

You could buy a cheap enclosure for the SATA drive then disk dump the IDE drive to the SATA then format the IDE. This way you can use the SATA as primary and use the IDE as secondary.
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make sure you installed the sata drivers for your motherboard in windows.

When you say doesn't show up at all, do you mean it doesn't even show up in the computer management page?
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I got the SATA drive to work as secondary it just needed to be formatted before it would show up so I started a windows install on the SATA drive and shut it down once the formatting was done. When I reconnected the IDE drive the SATA showed up in windows so I formatted it again (this time in windows) just to be sure it was empty and correctly formatted. Now when I attempt to transfer files to the drive it starts but after a while it says "delayed write failed" and the drive is gone again. If I reboot the drive shows up again but I get the same problem when I try to copy any files to the drive. I the drive just bad or is it something on my end?
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Sounds like a dead drive.
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Sounds like a dead drive.
That's what I was thinking I submitted for an RMA from new egg last night and now I just need to send it back.
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hm... oddly enough I had the same problem 2 days ago.
I dug up an old eMachine and wanted to use it as a file server. it has SATA connectors runs windows on a single 200GB IDE though. I am certain your drive is fine, but some older systems dont like the different drive speeds, since IDE is a whole lot slower then newere serial ATAs.

your best bet is to throw the IDE drive away completely and install windows on the sata drive, which will speed up your system in general quite a bit too... if you have to keep the IDE as a secondary drive.
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I managed to get it working by running the windows setup disk with only the sata drive attached and it was able to format the drive. But then I had the issues with the drive disappearing but that was just because it was partially dead. With my mother board I have 4 SATA ports 2 are red and 2 are black the black ones are "slave" and with the SATA connected to one of the slave ports it worked fine. I sent the drive for RMA and bought a 1 TB Hitachi drive and it was basically plug and play I just put the drive in on one of the "slave" ports and windows booted fine after that it had no trouble formating the drive and so far it has been working great.
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Good to hear that you took care of the problem and got a nice 1TB drive.
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