250GB SATA Drive not Recognized by Award BIOS

By draygon_icewing ·
I have a 250GB Maxtor DiamondMax 21 IDE HDD with an IDE to SATA adapter plugged into a Biostar P4M80-M4 Motherboard to replace the 160GB IDE that crashed after 5 years of contentious use.

The Motherboard uses the Award BIOS and I have not been able to get the BIOS to recognize the new SATA drive. I was hoping to use the adapter to speed up the transfer rate for gaming and such.

Can anyone provide suggestions on how to configure the Award BIOS to see the SATA HDD?

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by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to 250GB SATA Drive not Reco ...

As the Plug In Card is separate from the BIOS and has it's own Controller chip built on.

What you need to do is load the SATA Driver after you start to install the OS. If you are attempting to install XP you need to push the F6 key on the first blue Windows Screen when you are prompted to press F6 to install other drivers. You may need to copy the SATA Driver to the Root of a Floppy though.

Edited to add By SATA Driver I mean the one for the PCI to SATA Card as this needs to be installed first before the OS is installed.


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