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HDD not found.


hardtofind

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Hello all.

I am running Win XP pro SP3. My HD is a Maxtor 160GB IDE drive which is shown as C. No problems with that.

I have installed a Seagate Barracuda 500GB SATA drive in the second bay. This drive is not 'seen' by the computer in Device Manager, BIOS or anywhere else. I removed it again and put it in an external caddy and it was recognised immediately. While it was in there I formatted it as it is a brand new drive. I assume therefore that the drive is OK.

I have now put it back in the main computer but again it is not 'seen'.

Can anyone throw any light on this please? I suppose it is just possible that the SATA cable is defective and I have ordered a new one.

I should mention that I did have a SATA drive in there before as a secondary drive and that worked OK. While ago though.

Thank you in advance.

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Jollyjohn

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Check power to the drive.

Check, in BIOS, that SATA control is enabled

Check BIOS settings to ensure a second hard drive is installed.

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chub_tor

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Also check your bios, make sure your sata controller is set to ATA, not AHCI. Otherwise the computer wont see the drive when trying to install XP in some cases.

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hardtofind

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Jollyjohn.

How do I check the power? Also I have been in BIOS but cannot see a 'SATA control' There are 4 entries for a SATA drive and they are all set to auto, if that's what you mean. Only the IDE drive shows up.

chub_tor.

Can't see any entries relating to ATA or AHCI.

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chub_tor

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Can you post the model number of your motherboard so that we can find the manual and take a look at the BIOS details? If you don't know the motherboard model you can find it by downloading and running SIW or Belarc

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Jollyjohn

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There should be a separate power cable to the drive.. Try a different one if possible.

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canarieslover

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Is your motherboard only 1.5Gbits SATA. I believe there is a jumper on the Seagate drive to limit it to 1.5Gbits instead of 3.0Gbits so that it is compatible with the earlier specification.

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hardtofind

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Thanks for the replies everyone and sorry for the delay in replying, just logged on.

chub_tor. My MB is an Asus M2N-E-SLI.

Jollyjohn. There are two spare ones and I have tried them both. No change.

canarieslover. I don't know the answer to that one. I didn't know there were any jumpers on a SATA drive but I will take it out again and check.

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hardtofind

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Thanks for the posts everyone.

I have now discovered the problem and feel really stupid. After taking the drive out and checking the cables again I realised that the power cable with the SATA power connectors on was not actually attached to the PSU. It was just jumbled up with the other cables. Didn't have a spare power connector so had to pinch one off one of my CD drives.

Anyway all OK now and sorry to waste your time.

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