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SATA Drive Stability Problems

By eraser3498 ·
Recently I upgrade my system with a new Maxtor 80gig SATA Hard drive. Model number 6Y080M0. Installation of the new drive went well and the drive was detected right away. Once windows is installed that's when the problems start. Crashing freezing etc. I can't narrow it down to a specific program because it does the same thing no matter what order I install them in. I had to switch back to my old IDE drive and it seems to be working fine now. What I was wondering are there any other things I could try to remedy the problem or is the drive defective? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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by TheChas In reply to SATA Drive Stability Prob ...

We need a few more details to help you out.

Which version of Windows?

How was the SATA drive partitioned?

What controller for the SATA drive?

How much RAM?

What motherboard or chip-set?

With Windows 98 or Me for instance, having more than 511MB of RAM, and setting up an 80GB drive as a single partition could be the problem.
These are limits of the core 9X code, and have nothing to do with the SATA drive specifically.

If a PCI SATA controller, the PCI slot used can make a difference as Windows may assign a different IRQ than the BIOS assigns to the slot.

For Windows XP, you need service pack 1 and perhaps a few other updates to make everything function properly.

Fill in the blanks by adding a comment to your question, and reject my answer so I know when to get back to you.

Chas

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Other than Windows and driver updates, the only other thing to check is do you have enough power supply capacity?

I would want at least a 350 Watt supply.

With XP, many plug-in cards do work better in specific slots.
I would check which IRQ has been assigned to the card by XP, then check the "default" slot IRQ assignments on the motherboard.
If possible, move the SATA card to the slot that matches the assigned IRQ.

Other ideas:
Disable unused ports (COMM) to free up system resources.

If you don't need the on-board IDE ports, consider disabling them also.

Remember, when disabling hardware you should start by opening device manager and removing the hardware.
Then, shut down and make the physical or BIOS changes.

One last thought, in BIOS settings, change the setting for Plug and Play OS to NO.
Since XP came out, Microsoft has been advising to use the NO setting for Plug and Play OS.

Chas

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by eraser3498 In reply to SATA Drive Stability Prob ...

Operating System Windows XP Professional
SATA Hard drive partitioned as FAT32 Single partition
Intel SATA Controller
512 MB of Ram
Gigabyte 8IEP1000 Pro 3 Motherboard 865PE chipset

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by csmith In reply to SATA Drive Stability Prob ...

This is a device driver problem. (Software)
Install the second update of XP.
This is not a hardware problem, but just the teething problems of a new OS and a new interface. (SATA)
Regards, Chris

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