SATA Raptor drives not detecting

  sorceror7374 20:58 21 Jan 2006

I've got a regular IDE Parallel hard drive and 2 Raptor Serial ATA drives installed in a new system I've built. The motherboard has both types of connections. However, when I boot up the system, The 2 Raptors aren't detected at all and I don't know how to get the bios to read them at all. Any ideas?

  Joe R 21:14 21 Jan 2006


try going to start-right click on my computer, click on manage, select dick management. This may allow you to make the disks active and format them.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:15 21 Jan 2006

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.

  cycoze 12:35 22 Jan 2006

Depending on what Motherboard you have the SATA drives wont necessarily show in the main BIOS, they should however show up in a RAID BIOS which again is relevant to different boards and configured correctly.

You need to get the Motherboard manual out and check to see if there is a seperate part/BIOS for RAID.

None of this means that you have to use a RAID Array.

If you decide to put your OS on the IDE drive you can add the SATA drivers at the prompt or leave them until you have installed Windows, the SATA drives wont show up in Windows until they have the drivers installed, then of course you would have to initialise the drives then format them.

If you decide to install the OS onto a SATA then follow Fruit Bat /\0/\`s guide.

  sorceror7374 16:17 22 Jan 2006

I've got the drivers all installed for the SATA drives in windows xp but they are listed in the device manager as 'unreadable'. When I tried to install the drivers while booting up with the XP CD I got and error message stating 'File \WinXP\fasttx2k.sys caused an unexpected error (18) at line 2108 in d:\xpsp1\base\boot\setup\oemdisk.c.
Any suggestions on how to get SATA working?

  Joe R 21:32 22 Jan 2006


this looks like the same problem you are having, so the solution may help you. click here

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