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SATA Unrecognized

By KLK ·
I bought and installed a Seagate 300GB SATA HDD to use for storage. I do not want to install XP on this drive as I don't need to do a re-install - yet!

My problem is after I installed the drive, it is not recognized in the BIOS or in XP. Everything is seated correctly and drivers have been installed from the manufacturer's CD.

Here's my board and info:
ASROCK 775V88 Mobo (SATA supported and on-board)
American Megatrends BIOS, v1.40
Intel P4 2.66Ghz Processor
1GB Memory
2 HDD, one for storage, one primary drive

I have searched forever and a day to get the BIOS and/or XP to recognize this drive, but nothing yet.

Any help would be appreciated. If you need any other info, feel free to ask.


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by zlitocook In reply to SATA Unrecognized

I have the Asrock k8 upgrade vm800, did you start with sata or with a ide drive? You have to load the drivers at the first install of xp. Other wise you will need to load them after. The drivers are on the M/B cd. Look at the read me on the cd. You may have to tell the bios the drive is there, drive 0/ sata.

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by KLK In reply to SATA Unrecognized

"zlito" -

Started with IDE... in the BIOS, there isn't any type of advanced options for me to tell it to look for the SATA. I have already installed the SATA drivers but to no avail. Any other suggestions? :) I'm willing to try just about anything at this point... LOL

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to SATA Unrecognized

The M'Board BIOS will not see the SATA drive/s and about the only option is there is in the Boot Settings which will not affect you here.

As for installing the SATA drivers for Windows to see it you'll need the M'Board CD or maybe even the floppy and install the SATA drivers into the Windows system. If the drive isn't seen in the Device Manager go to the option in the Control Panel and Add New Hardware then follow the prompts from there after telling it you have your own drivers. If you are using the Floppy there should be to folders on it one for 32 Bit and one for 64 Bit unless you are using a 64 bit OS the 32 Bit drivers will work perfectly. You just need to add them so that Windows can use the Drive and once they are installed you'll most likely have to reboot the system and then go into Device Manager and format the drive.


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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

Th instructions for installing a SATA Drive start at page 21 in the M'Board Manual or if you can not find that are available from here


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by KLK In reply to

I've used the drivers from the MOBO CD but nothing. Tried looking in device manager, and still, nothing. The drivers are loaded, so I went into Disk Management, and nothing. Next stop is reinstalling XP on to the SATA drive just to see if it recognizes it. Thanks... :)

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by ctrservices In reply to SATA Unrecognized

Make sure the sata channel is set to auto in the bios, that the drive spinning up (good power from power supply?you should be able to feel the drive spinning when power is applied), then check for a bios update and apply if available.

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by KLK In reply to

No options for SATA channel in the BIOS, at least nithing that could be changed. Drive is spinning, power is there and all cables are setaed. I already updated the BIOS a few days ago and that didn't help either...

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by sgt_shultz In reply to SATA Unrecognized

well, when you say it is not rec. by xp do you mean in My Computer? Did you got to right-click My Computer pick Manage then Disk Administrator to see if it shows up there and is just waiting to be signaturized or imported or whatever it is...

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by KLK In reply to

I went into Disk Management, and nothing is there except my IDE/USB drives.

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