HDD Problems

  pt1968 12:35 27 Jan 2007

I am hoping someone will be able to help with installing the new drive. I can see the drive (and save to the drive) from windows however the drive is not mentioned in the bios set up (motherboard ASUSk8v-mx).

I wish the new drive to be the boot drive leaving my other IDE drive as a backup.

The new drive is a exact replacement (maxtor SATA diamondmax 10) to a hard drive that failed, as such I am guessing that the raid drivers are all installed.

Any suggestions.

Thanks for your time.

  Gongoozler 13:14 27 Jan 2007

In the BIOS first screen, what is given for the Primary master and slave, and the secondary master and slave?

  pt1968 13:25 27 Jan 2007


Primary Master - Not detected
Primary Slave - HDS728080plat20 (my hitachi HDD)

Secondary master - sony dvd rw
Secondary slave - not detected.

Appreciate your help.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:36 27 Jan 2007

The new drive is a exact replacement (maxtor SATA diamondmax 10)

This is why it is not showing in the IDE part of the BIOS, SATA does not have master and slave configuration.

If you want to boot from the SATA drive it MUST be plugged into the SATA 1 port.

Installing XP on SATA drive
Once you have the drive(s) connected you are ready to start installing XP.
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. If you did not get a Floppy Disk with the SATA driver included with your Motherboard you will have to make one. 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.

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.

  pt1968 13:41 27 Jan 2007

Fruit bat, thanks for the comprehensive information. What do I do if I haven't got a floppy disk drive?


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:45 27 Jan 2007

How old is the board? Ltest boards see the sata drives ok as drivers are built in.

I suggest you unplug all drives except the SATA and attempt to install XP in the normal way and see if the drive is recognised. If not it will give you an error message quite quickly in the install process.

  pt1968 14:13 27 Jan 2007

Fruit Bat, I have unplugged all the drives except the sata and dvd. Windows has gone throught the installation process (I didn't press F6) and appears to have installed.

At the end of the process the system has rebooted and then started to instal again (I exited when I was asked if I wished to delete the existing windows file on the drive).

I have checked the bios and the sata drive is still not found.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:25 27 Jan 2007

Is it booting from the sata drive?

When it reboots during the install process do not press any key to boot from CD or remove the CD.

  Ben 216 14:26 27 Jan 2007

Not all new boards come with SATA installed, I built a Core2Duo PC fairly recently, and was required to install SATA drivers.

However if the SATA drivers were not installed, I believe that you'd see either no drive in the Windows setup, or would see a drive you can't use.

Could it be a problem with the BIOS revision?

  pt1968 14:32 27 Jan 2007

The system is booting from the DVD. When the system rebooted during the install process again it booted from the dvd (I wasn't given the option to press any keys). The windows disk was in the drive and as mentioned earlier started to install again from scratch.


  Ben 216 14:43 27 Jan 2007

Try taking out the windows disc, and see if it starts to boot from the HD. I think that's what Fruit Bat /\0/\ meant.

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