New hard drive- sata cable

  gkford 10:01 04 Mar 2008
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I have bought a new hd to replace a damaged drive but ordered one using a sata connection. The mother board has sata 1 &2 sockets on it but my computor fails to recognize the drive when inserting my windows 2000 disk. Any advise would be very welcome.(I,m not too technical.)

  crosstrainer 10:12 04 Mar 2008

You will need to enable the SATA pports in your BIOS screen (usuuall by pressing the DEL key on bootup.

Scroll through the options until you find the SATA entry and enable it.

You will then need to format your new drive using disk management console. Post back when you have the BIOS set

  gkford 10:59 04 Mar 2008

Thank you crosstrainer for your reply which sounds most encouraging, I may be a while before I can try your sujestion but will get back to you.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:13 04 Mar 2008

Installing 2k on SATA drive
Once you have the drive(s) connected you are ready to start installing 2k.
Master and Slave
Remember since it's serial you can only have one device per SATA port/cable so SATA drives don't have jumpers. On the Motherboard SATA1 Port is for the primary device, SATA2 port is for the secondary device etc.

SATA controller driver
Your Motherboard or SATA controller card requires a driver to work properly. Drivers may be written into BIOS, Try and see if windows CD can see the drive, if not then the SATA drivers can be located on the installation CD that came with your Motherboard or preferably, download the latest SATA controller drivers from the manufacturers site. Once you have located the drivers copy them to a formatted floppy disk. Make sure they are in the root directory i.e. not contained within any folders. If you did not get a Floppy Disk with the SATA driver included with your Motherboard you may have to make one.

BIOS settings
When you turn on the PC hit the Delete key when prompted and you will enter the BIOS (Basic Input Output System). Here you set the first boot device to be the CDROM drive, the option is usually found under the Advanced Options section but this depends on your BIOS and you may have to look around for it. Once you have done this save and exit.

Installing the SATA controller driver
Once you have set the PC to boot from the CD make sure the XP CD is in the CD drive and start the installation as per usual. Within the first minute or so of the installation Windows will prompt you to press F6 to install RAID or SCSI drivers, do this. Windows will continue to install then ask you to locate the driver. now with the floppy disk created earlier in drive A: select the driver and hit Enter.
With the SATA drivers installed you can now continue the Windows installation as usual.

BIOS settings revisited
Once Windows has finished installing you will need to make sure the PC is set to boot from the SATA drive. To do this make the first boot device SATA if the option is available. If not you have two options: HD0 - If there are no IDE HDs present, or SCSI if you do plan on running an IDE HD as a secondary device.

  gkford 18:47 05 Mar 2008

thank you to the two replies which have enabled me to install a sata hard drive. without your help I could not have done it, thank you

  gkford 08:35 06 Mar 2008

as a final request on this subject, I now have a ide hd and also the new sata drive. however the ide hd I disconnected the cables.
The old hd is connected as master. can I now reconnect the cable to this drive leaving both drives connected. and what will happen when I do this.

  crosstrainer 08:45 06 Mar 2008

Does the old IDE drive contain an operating system?

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