Why can't I detect my old hard drive?

By AnthonyThe8th ·
Okay. So in my computer, I originally owned a 40 GB IPE Seagate Barracuda. I ended up buying a hard drive from someone online, which is a SATA 500 GB Western Digital. After hooking the Western Digital to a SATA to IPE converter, I turned on the computer to get a 'grub error'. I put in my Windows 7 Ultimate CD and formatted it. Now that it has downloaded all the updates and what not, it still does not detect the Seagate in the BIOS, Device Manager, or in My Computer whenever the Western Digital is hooked up. When the Western Digital is unplugged, I can resume using the Seagate freely. Also, why is my Western Digital making the computer run extremely slow? At times, the computer will freeze or shut down on its own.

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I'll make a guess, though not certain as to "why",

I would suspect that something in BIOS needs to be set to detect the drive adapter, or some other setting as to the type of hard drive. Also, your BIOS may not handle larger hard drives (rare with newer BIOS, but common on older ones), since you didn't give the age of your computer, that's the best guess I can give you at the moment. So, if possible, enter the drive parameters manually in BIOS, if it supports SATA at all.

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So when you connect the SATA Drive

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Why can't I detect my old ...

Is the IDE still connected?

I would hazard a guess that you are using a IDE to SATA Converter and that it doesn't have the option to set the SATA Drive to Slave or even Cable Select and the IDE Channel is being messed up and not able to detect any HDD at all.

if you put the SATA Drive on the other IDE Ribbon it may work but from my experience IDE to SATA Converters are marginal at best you are better off fitting a SATA Card to a PCI Slot on the M'Board.


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Sata to PATA/IDE

by pcrx_greg In reply to Why can't I detect my old ...

The new SATA drive must be set as the Master on the IDE connector to which it is attached. If the older drive is not set as Slave then the performance will be greatly hindered due to the conflict. You could also put it on the connector that your optical drive is using and set the optical drive as the Slave drive. Of course, as a previous poster said, the best bet is getting a SATA PCI host card to attach the new drive. Good luck.

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