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A7N8X-E SATA boot problem

By phatmonkee_masta ·
Not long ago, I accidentally destroyed my old system hard drive, 60gb maxtor. For the last couple weeks, I have been using an old 2.98gb 5200rpm drive as a system drive, to avoid formatting my 250gb WD Caviar and losing all of my data. I have just today purchased a brand new WD SATA Raptor 34.6gb 10,000rpm drive to replace my existing drive. I used Norton Ghost to duplicate my existing system drive onto my new SATA drive. Windows has continued to boot correctly off of the existing system drive, recognising the SATA drive properly, but when I disconnect my current IDE system drive, Windows will not boot off of the SATA drive, I recieve a message in the BIOS that reads "Disk read error, press ctrl+alt+del to restart". Is this an issue with booting from a SATA drive not being supported by the motherboard, or is there something I have missed along the way that would enable me to boot from the SATA drive (with an exact copy of the old IDE drive contents on it).

hardware specs:
AMD Athlon 2500+
ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe, BIOS build 1006
1024mb Kingston PC3200 DDR RAM
Maxtor 83201A6 5200rpm 2.98gb HD (system)
WDC WD2500JB-98GVA0 (data)
WDC WD36 0GD-00FLA2 SCSI Disc Device (new HD)
*HD information pulled directly from System Hardware information*

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by korgmeister In reply to A7N8X-E SATA boot problem

have you check the BIOS setting? make sure you made the SATA as primary drive, but normally it should be working.

and another possibility is missing files? i suggest you should reinstall the window on the hardisk, because i dont think the Norton Ghost are copying the windows files and boot sector, except your data.

or you could boot into DOS and go to your windows dir and start your window from the SATA :)

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to A7N8X-E SATA boot problem

Where you have gone wrong is Ghosting from an IDE drive to a SATA drive. Normally when you install Windows you need to push the F6 key to load the SATA drivers on the install. Now since you have Ghosted the drive the SATA drivers are not being loaded into the initial start up file so the installation is not seeing any of the SATA drives at all and is reporting that you have no HDD installed.

You can gt around this by doing a repair install of Windows and installing the SATA drivers {there is a floppy disk that came with the M'Board that has the drivers on it and they are also on the CD that comes with the M'Board, but the Floppy is the easier to install from!} At the screen where you get the message to press the F6 key to install additional drivers. Or to do it properly reinstall Windows from scratch and do it properly.

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by phatmonkee_masta In reply to

Thank you for the input, I had been postponing this option due to the unpleasurable experience that installing Windows XP can be, especially for the third time in a month. The other small barrier I face at the moment is that my floppy drive was retired to the "curious dissasembly" bench quite some time ago, and it's looking now like I might need to go out and buy another (and some floppy discs).

Thanks again!

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by B_Pope In reply to A7N8X-E SATA boot problem

Also make sure the SATA_EN1 jumper is on pin 1 & 2, this is located under the battery on the right.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to A7N8X-E SATA boot problem

the WD site will have the tech paper on this. what you are missing is the driver.

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