I am wanting to connect a 320gb sata hard drive installed in its own case and connected to the sata connection on the motherboard. Trouble is that Windows XP will not load up when it is connected, as it seems to be trying to boot from the new hard drive.
If I connect it after loading Windows then it says drive cannot be recognised/formatted etc., until computer re-started, and then of course it won't boot up as before?
In the meantime I had tried reversing the wires to the SATA connections, and attempted to alter the BIOS connections as someone else proposed above. None of these seemed to help so I connected the new external drive to USB port, and have now been able to format 3 partitions which I created without any problem. Since I only intend it to be a storage device for digital photos, I guess it will be much slower exchanging data if I do it through USB in future rather than SATA port?
I find the BIOS pages intimidating due lack of experience in their use, and am very cautious about changing too much at one time. Is trial and error the answer or are there really useful web pages to learn from?