SATE to IDE convertion Heck!!!!

By Com-tech101 ·
Ok, to start off we Ive been working on this project for about 2 weeks. Originally my supervisor wanted me to install a 150 GB Seagate Barracuda SATA hard drive on a Gateway 400.

Of course, there are no on board SATA controllers I can plug my cable into so we purchased a PCI 4 port SATA card, and well to make a long story short it didn't work out so we purchased a SATA to IDE converter.

All if does is connect to the on board IDE controller and has SATA ports on the reverse side to connect your hard drive. Now after we install the converter, we then formatted the hard drive, one partition, and hoped for the best.

Now the problem is after the format, the PC does NOT want to boot from the hard drive to finalize. Ive checked the BIOS and the strange part is that it does recognize the hard drive, but still wont boot from it. Already changed boot priority, messed with a field labeled "IDE options" and the closest I can get is a error that says "A disk read error occured Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart"

If anyone can offer any piece of advice for me, that would be great, my assumption is either MAYBE the hard drive is bad, although it was recently purchased, or maybe I need to flash the BIOS to offer some more options, but thats just my guess, thanks guys!

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Actually here I think you'll find that the problem is the Adapter

by OH Smeg In reply to SATE to IDE convertion He ...

But to double check this test the HDD with it's makers Testing Utility

I think you'll find that it fails the test so remove the drive and fit it to a Proper SATA Enabled M'Board and test again If it fails now you have a faulty HDD so return it for replacement. If it passes the test you know that the Adapter is the problem here.

You should really use a PCI to SATA Adapter here that is a Plug In Card. What was wrong with the first Attempt here? If the system wouldn't boot you have a Chip Set Incompatibility between the M'Board and the Plug In SATA Card that you added. But if it booted but you couldn't load the OS you need to Press the F6 Key when the first blue Screen n the Windows Installer Appears.

Then wait till you are prompted and insert a Floppy with the SATA Controller Card Drivers copied to it's root and press Enter. That will load the required Drivers or of you do not have a Floppy you can make your Own Install Disc with the SATA Controller Drivers ion it by following the directions here

Download the TR Article from here as a PDF

Or use one of the products like nLite to make a XP or earlier Install Disc

If you want to install Vista or 7 use vLite available here

All you need do is include the SATA Controller Driver and the unit will load the OS without a problem.


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