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HARD DRIVE question - SCSI vs SATA vs EIDE

Q: HARD DRIVE question - SCSI vs SATA vs EIDE

What are the differences between all of these?

I'll probably not use SCSI, but I was looking at the WD raptor 10K rpm hard drive (SATA). Do you need a special motherboard or certain controller to run this hard drive? And do you need a special CABLE for it? I have tons of 80pin IDE cables, but those wouldn't work?


A: HARD DRIVE question - SCSI vs SATA vs EIDE

Nope won't work. Different drives, cables, controllers. Some motherboards now come with the SATA interface built in. For more information check this site out. Its an OLD report on SATAs. Hard drives are now available for SATA use.

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hi my new sata hard drive is showing as a scsi in win7
and it seems to be running slow and making alot of accessing data noises
how can i fix this back to sata

A:new sata hard drive showing as scsi in win 7 help

With some hard disk controllers it is normal for it to show up as a SCSI disk - particularly if the disk controller is running in AHCI mode, which is preferrable since it allows features such as NCQ. One thing you may want to check is: locate the drive itself under "Disk Drives" in device manager and go into the properties. Select the "Policies" tab and view what is set. For better performance you will want it set to "Better Performance" with both of the boxes checked. Though if you lose power you may run into minor file corruption issues - I personally have not had issues with this. If you disable those check-boxes performance can decrease significantly.
-David Betournay

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I have a Dell Tower Computer (Circa 2000-2002) that runs RIP software (Raster Image Processor) used to send graphics/image data to a machine that makes by way of laser imaging our plates or masters for our offset printing presses. Monday the hard drive failed. The Dell has Windows XP license decals on it but when booting up it display Windows 2000 NT. The computer has only 1 hard drive, a 68 pin SCSI drive and the cable to it connects to separate dual channel SCSI card which is in a slot on the motherboard. There is another SCSI card (single channel) in the slot next to it which has a cable that goes to the machine that this computer drives. The software that runs on this computer is proprietary software and I have a re-install disk for it being send via UPS Next Day Air as I type. I have an XP disk & license that I can install on what ever hard drive I can get to work here and the RIP software manufacturer said their software would work on XP. But I don't have a copy of Windows 2000 NT.

My question is that if I can't find this same hard drive locally, can I use an IDE or a SATA hard drive instead and still run the RIP software correctly? There is 2 IDE (primary & secondary) connectors directly on the motherboard. One is used for the CD rom drive, the other is unused. I am not certain but I don't believe the motherboard has a SATA connection. I have 2 good spare IDE hard drives.

If I can't make plates I can't print so I need to get this reso... Read more

A:SCSI hard drive died - can i switch to ide or sata?

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Hello, this is my first post here. I have an HP Workstation x4000 I use at work for Designing CAD Models. This is an old computer. My problem is that I am out of room on the Hard Drive. It is a 58 GB SCSI,68pin HP Hard Drive. My IT support guy purchased me a 1GB SATA Drive,Raid Card,enough Memory to fill the MEC Card, and Norton Ghost to flash over the new Drive. My problem is, the Card he bought will not fit into the Mobo. The ribbon in the Computer has an empty plug and a power plug,but they are for a 68 pin SCSI Hard Drive. Is there a cable made that I can use to simply plug the SATA Hard drive into the 68 pin ribbon,or do I need a card? Do they make such a thing? My boss is extremely frugal and doesn't want to hear that the best thing would be to replace the 12 year old computer! Thanks for any help you guys can give me

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Hello All,

I just got my hands on a Compaq 36.4 gb hard drive (10k RPM). It has an scsi port connector but I don't know how to connect it to my ECS board which is fairly new (one of those SLI-status boards). I might need a converter of some sort. The hard drive model is: BD0366459B , my board model is ECS 945-p ( ) .

Thanks ahead of time.

A:Hard Drive Compatibility?:confused: SCSI to IDE or SATA?

According to this site
Product Name BD0366459B
CD-ROM Drive Compaq CRD-8402B
Hard Disk Drive Compaq BD0366459B; 9.09 GB; Firmware 3B12; Wide Ultra3SCSI
BD0366459B; 145. GB; 291. GB; Firmware B005; Wide Ultra3SCSI
Host Bus Adapter Compaq Integrated Dual-Channel Wide-Ultra SCSI-3 ControllerClick to expand...

You need

(1) a SCSI-3 controller to be installed into the mobo
(2) a Wide Ultra3SCSI cable

You may get the hard disk cheap but could get rip off by the hardware needed to go with SCSI equipment.

The Sata can be viewed as a poor man's SCSI but at least your mobo support 4 units out of the box. I doubt if a SCSI can be cheaper than Sata nowadays which is being retailed at GBP 0.128 per Gb. Thus the 36.4Gb unit would cost no more than GBP 4.65 in UK which, if being a Sata disk, is equivalent to approximately one imperial gallon of petrol. That amount of money will not be able to buy either one the above two attachments required to run the unit.

Technically if you run a Sata Raid 0 to half the access time it should beat the SCSI disk performance hand down, I would have thought.

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At the moment this is a bit hypothetical. I have a 9.5yr old Acer laptop that has its original 120Gb drive fitted. The drive says on it 'Enhanced IDE'.

The Crucial website says that the original storage fitted has 'Serial ATA support' and suggests a standard SATA SSD as a replacement.

My question is whether you can just fit a modern SATA drive as a straight swap here. Not necessarily the Crucial one as I've seen some good offers on Samsung SSD's, and in any case I wouldn't want to spend much on such an old PC.

A:HHD question on replacing EIDE with a SATA.

If i'm not mistaking this is possible but only with a eide to sata converter.
But i'm not sure it would fit your laptop, most converters have a PCB plate that is pretty wide.

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I'm gonna build a new pc and would like to keep my existing setup - XP and all my progs etc - if poss....

I've got a 250gb external hdd to clone my drive to using acronis, but thought about it and wondered if it made a difference cloning an eide drive when it's going to be going onto a sata drive, with a completely new system/hardware setup!

Is it possible or is a fresh install of everything on the cards?

Thanks for any help.....

A:Transfering XP from eide drive to sata in new PC

i believe this is prossible (never tried) i am a bin fan of reinstalls they are a ball ache but...
when i get a major hw upgrade i;

reinstall, pratt arround wiith hw settings drivers make sure everything is ok etc
reinstall again install all your programs etc
before you put my docs there (i have most valuable stuff backed up on an external hdd (and a server at work)) TAKE AN IMAGE OF MY DRIVE

meh that was a rant ...sorry

yeah it should work may take it ages to install drivers etc but meh

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I have a Win2k3 Small Business Server being ran with RAID on 4 hard drives.
1 hard drive just got failed and i replaced it with the "same looking" hard drive.
When i plug in the new hard drive i noticed that it does not match up to the others in size and its not meeting the requirements in size to rebuild.

When i looked closer at the hard drive i noticed the following difference from the other 3 working hard drive and the 1 damaged one:

Part: 9v8006-001
Firmware: e302

The model and brand are the same exact settings but non the 2 noted pieces of information. Do you think this could cause a problem if this 1 hard drive was different from the others?

Just wondering because i never had this happen to a SCSI drive on RAID settings, and yes its set to be auto hot swappable and ready to rebuild RAID - its just not working because of the it says.

A:SCSI Hard Drive Question

You should be able to use it. If that hard drive is slower then the other, it will slow them all down to match it, and your hard drives will only use as much space as is in the smallest drive. That is the way it works with conventional hard drives anyway. I would back up your data if possible first before you try it (if you haven't already), just in case.

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OK you SCSI experts, I've got a question for you. First, the particulars of my computer:

Dell OptiPlex GX110, 733mhz Pentium III, 256 Mb RAM, Adaptec AHA-2940U/AHA-2940UW PCI SCSI Controller with a maximum data transfer rate of 40 mb/sec., Boot drive is a SCSI IBM DCHS04W (4.50 GB) 7200 rpm with maximum data transfer rate of 40 mb/sec. and average read seek time of 7.5 ms.

Now, I just purchased a Fujitsu 18.2 GB, 10,000 rpm, SCSI hard drive, with a maximum data transfer rate of 80 mb/sec. and average read seek time of 4.7 ms.

My question: Will I benefit from the speed and efficiency of the Fujitsu drive by making it the boot drive?

I know that my SCSI controller card will limit the maximum data transfer rate to 40 mb/sec., despite the 80 mb/sec. rating of the Fujitsu, however, will the 10,000 rpm and the low average read seek time of the Fujitsu overcome the limitations of my SCSI controller card to the point that I should make the Fujitsu my boot drive? Thanks in advance for any assistance.

A:SCSI hard drive question

I will tell you this... going from 5400rpm to 7200rpm spindle speed makes a major difference. So going from 7200 to 10000 will make a difference.

For me, the decision would be easy. I would put the fujitsu as my boot drive.

It's a bigger drive and it's has better access times.

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Comic Sans MSI recently upgraded from Win98 SE to Win2K Pro. After the upgrade I can no longer see my SATA drive. This is an Athalon Barton 3200 Processor w/512MB RAM, ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe MB. Any idea how I can get this drive to be seen? It is a WD800 SATA. Worked fine with the Win98 SE os

A:Can't find SATA drive from EIDE Drive with Win2K

Did you install the drivers for the SATA controller?

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windows98 is already on my 13gb ide drive, but i have a new 9gb scsi drive which is really fast 80mb/sec,
I would like to install only windows for now so machine boots faster, can i do this and still have other files on existing slower 13gb hdd i.e. games, txt files and pics?
I have managed to make ide drive as slave but i dont know how to go abouts installing win98 on scsi, as machine keeps booting to windows, from the slave drive. And when i attempt to install win98 it tries to put it on the ide drive which alwready has it on.
Do i need to disconnect the power supply to the ide hdd?
Does scsi drives have master/slave jumper setting like the ide?

My new hdd is MAG3091LC on this page

A:if i have 1 ide and 1 scsi hard drive how do i install windows on the new scsi hd?

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I just purchased a new ASUS P5AD2-E Premium motherboard and I'm about to connect my hardrives.

I have a new Maxtor Diamondmax 10 160GB SATA 7200 RPM drive and a Quantum U160 SCSI 10k RPM drive.

Which should I go with? I'm assuming the SCSI will be faster, but will it be much faster? Since, using SCSI will take some work off the it worth it? will I notice much performance difference?

A:Question about SATA vs SCSI

I would use the sata drive for apps and storage and the scsi for os.
If I didn't have to add a sata adaptor to get sata running, that is.
The scsi will have far less latency than the sata drive, so it should give a snappy response to user input when used as the os drive.

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I've recently bought a new Western Digital Caviar 250GB hard drive. I am attempting to install it as slave to a Seagate Barracuda ATA drive. On boot, (after the WinXP load bar thing) I get a blue error screen saying windows has stopped to prevent damage etc. Error codes are as follows:


(0xF7C7A63C, 0xc0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

I have connected the new drive as slave, changed the jumper to both slave and cable select, and set the Seagate jumper to both master and cable select (which was what it was when I started). None of the jumper settings seem to help.

Bios recognizes both drives, Seagate as master, WD as slave, but I can't get into XP without a blue error screen. Disconnecting the drive lets windows work as normal. Safe mode doesn't help.
Any help would be much appreciated.

A:New WD EIDE hard drive installation prob...

Closing duplicate, continue here:

Please don't post duplicate threads on the same issue.

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I've recently bought a new Western Digital Caviar 250GB hard drive. I am attempting to install it as slave to a Seagate Barracuda ATA drive. On boot, (after the WinXP load bar thing) I get a blue error screen saying windows has stopped to prevent damage etc. Error codes are as follows:


(0xF7C7A63C, 0xc0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

I have connected the new drive as slave, changed the jumper to both slave and cable select, and set the Seagate jumper to both master and cable select (which was what it was when I started). None of the jumper settings seem to help.

Bios recognizes both drives, Seagate as master, WD as slave, but I can't get into XP without a blue error screen. Disconnecting the drive lets windows work as normal. Safe mode doesn't help.

A:EIDE Hard drive install problem...

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I have an older DELL, like 4 years old. I was running low on space, so I went hard drive shopping. I went to a store (unamed ) and talked to an associate. I thought I could only have a IDE hard drive to add, but he said an EIDE would work. So I bought one, a 320 GB. But when I opened up my computer, it had NO extra bracket to mount it on and it had only one slot to put the cord in. I stuck it in there with duct tape and I dug in some cords I had laying around, and found a double cord for a master drive and a slave drive. After hooking it all up, I boot up Windows and sadly, it would not work. It was stuck on the screen with the DELL logo and a message something like "BIOS REVISION A00." So I shut the PC down, reboot, and go to setup. It says both the new AND the old are both unknown devices. Frustrated, I shut down, and put the old cord (for only one hard drive, my original/boot drive) back on. I turn it back on; BOOM it's back to normal. I have a few questions:

- Can I really use an EIDE hard drive?

- Is the cord the problem or another problem?

*most important* - How can I fix it????

I'm so frustrated right now. Help me please!

A:Solved: EIDE hard drive troubles

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I just installed 2 new SATA 150 drives (Maxtor Diamond Max 9) in
a Raid 0 configuration. My question is about the temp that they run
at. It seems the drives are running at 42 degrees celsius, a little
hotter that my old ATA/133 drives. Is this normal? I have been told in
the past that SATA drives run hotter, but it did not come from a
reliable source.

Thank you

A:SATA Hard Drive Question

That looks normal-ish, depends what size they are (bigger means hotter).
SATAs don't generally run any hotter than PATAs although your old ATA drives may have had slower spin speeds or different capacity?

You can probably bring them down into the mid-to-high 30 degree range if they were housed in a side-loaded bay with a 120mm fan next to them (that's if they're not already being cooled).

You can use the SMART tab of Speedfan:
.... to get an online comparison of your drive(s) (if it's known to their database) and also the manufacturer (Maxtor) should have temperature guidelines and limits available at their website.

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I am replacing my motherboard and just got it installed... I have 2 hard drives that are mirrored. I just plugged them into SATA1 and SATA2 on the motherboard, and the computer will not boot. In the BIOS, it sees the drives, but I am not sure what is wrong. I get the option of starting Windows in Safe mode or normal mode, which when I choose either, it just reboots again and starts over. Any help would be so greatly appreciated!! : )

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Hey all,

I finally got around to installing the new Serial ATA (WD Raptor 36GB) hard drive. After a little ado, I got it loaded up with WinXP. My problem/question is, I have my other 60GB IDE Hard drive (WD), and want to have that as my secondary drive. I tried several things such as setting up the boot priority in the BIOS to start with SCSI (since that is the option that works when I have to use the manual boot menu), then have the IDE as the 2nd or 3rd priority (swapping CD-ROM as well). No matter what, the IDE keeps loading up first (it still has the OS and everything on there), with the SATA disk as a secondary. The jumper settings are correct as per the WD website for both the SATA (far left jumper on an 8 pin) and the IDE (middle jumper on a 10 pin). I tried several times swapping around the boot priorities in the BIOS, but no dice. The only way to get it to come up first is to do a manual boot priority (F8 for setup), the only problem with that is I have a wireless mouse and keyboard, and they don't work with that menu, I have to plug in my old keyboard to select the priority.

Any ideas?
MSI K7N2 Delta (on-board audio)
AMD AthlonXP 3200+
ATI Radeon 9800XT
WD Raptor 36GB Serial ATA HD
Logitech MX Duo Wireless mouse and keyboard
KlipschTHX 3.1 with Subwoofer

A:New SATA Hard Drive, question......

And now my computer keeps locking up as well.

Can anyone help??

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Hello guys,

I have an old motherboard that only supports SATA 1.5 Gigabit hard drive. I was wondering if I buy a SATA 3.0 Gigabit hard drive and plug it into my computer. Will it work? Will there be any problems with the transfer rate ( outside of being slower, obviously) or the health of the hard drive or motherboard?

Thank you.

A:Question about SATA hard drive

It won't make and difference, sata drives are backwards compatible.
If you but a sata 2/ 3.0 drive it will run at half speed on your machine
You will find some sata drives have jumpers to set the transfer rate

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I have a new/used computer ( the specs are under the forum system button) It came with a new Sata 111 hard drive... I believe the connecters on the motherboard are Sata 11... I have Sata 11 hard drives from the computer that died on me...

A:Sata Hard Drive Question

What is your question?

As for the SATA HDD's .... there are 3 types of SATA which are speed related (data transfer)... SATA I is 1.5Gbs, SATA II is 3.0Gbs and SATA III is 6Gbs. The connections for those HDD's are either SATA (small thin cable) or IDE (large/wide ribbon cable), which are two types of cables.

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I didn't know where to put this, so I put it in General Discussion. Feel free to move it if there's a more appropriate place for it.

I'm looking for a new secondary hard drive for my 4 year old desktop. I want to get another year or so out of it and need more space for storage, so I figured I would get a good drive now and then move it to the next machine when I build it. Is SATA the right way to go? My motherboard has two Serial ATA connectors so I should be good to go, right? My master drive is IDE. Can the two live together in harmony?

Additionally, I have a 1TB MyBook that I would like to connect SATA for backup puropses. Is there some type of jack to connect one of the internal connectors to an external device?

Thanks for any help you can provide.


A:SATA hard drive question

Sata & IDE drive will live together fine. If your ext HDD has an esata connector then you could get a esata i/o port that runs off one of your sata connectors on the mobo. Otherwise your stuck with usb to connect the external.

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Ive got an older mother board, a kt600a, that has 2 sata headers on it, but its sata1.

Im upgrading the mother board, and the current hard drives had to have a jumper set so that they could run with this older system.

My question is this: Can I remove the jumper to use the drives with the newer system, WITHOUT loosing data, or do I need to back up the entire 500 gig drive, and reformat them with the new system?


A:Solved: Sata Hard drive question

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I am building a computer for my grandson for Christmas and have a question. I ordered and received this hard drive for it:

which is a 250 gb Seagate SATA drive. I know that when you create a new partition while installing Windows I should not see the entire 250 gb. However, the largest partition I can create according to Windows XP Home is 131,062 mb. Something doesn't seem right to me. Do I have a bad hard drive? Thanks for your assistance.


A:Solved: Question about SATA Hard Drive

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I have a SATA Hd in one of my computers. It's the only one in that particular pc. I have a spare IDE hd that I would like to add. Are there any "issues" I should be aware of in doing this, given that none of the IDE channels are presently in use? Do I set it as master or slave, etc....

Tia for any info.

A:Question about adding a hard drive to a SATA box.

I'd use an 80 conductor cable and set the drive to CS (Cable Select). You will also probably have to adjust the BIOS settings to force the boot from the SATA drive.

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I have a Startech brand PCI add-in card to get some extra SATA ports on my old Biostar MCP 6PB M2+ board.

In Disk Manager an Hitachi drive attached to the card shows up as a SCSI device.

However my backup software doesn't see it (old copy of Norton Ghost on CD) and the POST operations do not show it in the BIOS. Win7 reports that no driver updates are needed for the Hitachi on the Startech card.

It's very confusing. A new motherboard is due for me but this problem solved would extend the use of the Biostar. Why would the Win7 see the device but nothing else?

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I'm a little confused. In the course of trying to speed up my computer a little bit, I came across something interesting and puzzling. The rig is a Dell Dimension C521 with 2G ram and an AMD 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+ at 2GHz running windows Vista Business.

As you'll see below in the device manager, it tells me that I have a SCSI drive. Yet, when I take the case apart, it sure looks to me like SATA. It's got a SATA cable, etc. Unless they changed the SCSI cable, it has to be SATA. I remember SCSI cables as being fat ribbons from my Mac days (MacPlus, IIsi, PB160, etc.).

Am I going crazy, did I miss something, or is the computer going crazy.

Thanks for your sanity, Sam

A:Is this a SCSI drive or SATA?

find the model number of the drive on the drive unit and google for it. That might tell you if you have a scsi or sata drive.

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okay, long story short; i'm experiencing these ~1 second "freeze" literally when i click the mouse button to shoot my guy's gun, or literally right when someone is firing at me. the games im referring to are call of duty M.W.2 and Counter Strike Source.

-i get a pretty decent frame rate when the above "death hiccups" are not occuring.
-it's not network lag, it's in-game frame rate. instantly goes down to about 1 frame a second, for ~1 second. and it's only when the action first starts heating up (first blood, if you will.)
-fairly new pc! only about a month since purchase from Bestbuy

~~~~i got one guy (let's call him tech guy 1) convincing me, that there's no way it's the hard drive, because that can only effect the load time for the map, in an online first person shooter.

~~~~i got another guy (tech guy 2) also (contradictorily (yes, that's a word!)) convincing me, "it's using a "swapfile" to clear out a full 8 Gbs of RAM including video swaps, even if there's an independent video card with high-end RAM. Varying the speed of the drive takes system time, read/write time, and swapfile write time." ----- and i get other similar responses telling me that the variable rpm can slow down the game. i can attest to the sound of the hard drive speeding up during these critical gaming moments, so either guy could be right, as far as i know!

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A:SATA hard drive question... im generally getting 2 answers. which 1 is right to you?

Depending on your resolution settings and the amount of memory
on the video card,it could be swapping out texture data to the hard drive.
You might check to see if there is any software installed that controls the hard drive.
It might be possible to set it to high performance while playing games or
just disable the variable function all together.
I am not too familiar with variable rpm drives.

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I'm about to add a new sata hard drive to my pc, and I intend to clone the old IDE hard drive to the new one. From what I have read, it appears that Windows XP will not recognize a sata drive unless you have sata drivers installed. So here's my queston:

I think I have located the drivers on my mobo driver cd, are the Promise SATA378 that I see on the cd the correct drivers that I need to put onto a floppy (there are also VIARAID drivers on the cd as well)? Also, it's version number is v1.00.0.26, are these the latest drivers?

Oh yeah, my mobo is an ASUS P4P8X SE with an intel p4 3 ghz.

Thanks for your help.

A:About to install new hard drive, question about sata drivers

Rick said:

Just download the latest from either from or to expand...

I cannot find SATA drivers for my mobo on ASUS's website, it's like it doesn't exist. Now are promise drivers compatible with my mobo? I do see different drivers listed on promise's website, though I do not see the specific ones I have which is SATA378.

Rick said:

Your manufacturer usually has instructions on how to create an F6 diskette, but the basic principle is txtsetup.oem, *.cat and other driver files should be in the ROOT of the floppy diskette.Click to expand...

Sorry, but can you elaborate on this (my mobo manual has no instructions for this step)?

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I have an HP desktop computer running WIndows 7. The motherboard has an nVidia chipset. I also have 2 standard SATA hard drives and a SATA SSD drive attached. When I bring up Device Manager, all of the drives are listed as SCSI drives. Anyone know if there are any driver updates that can fix this? I'm not really worried that they are mislabeled, but the SSD is not performing well, even after the typical tweaks. In fact, one of the tweak applications can't identify the drive mode. It should either be IDE or AHCI. In any case, NOT SCSI. My BIOS doesn't have any settings to change IDE/AHCI modes, so I have been told this needs to be done through software.

Any suggestions?

A:Why does my SATA drive show up as SCSI?

Maybe the driver for the controller determines what the OS sees.
all my drives list as ATA

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Not sure whether to put this here or programming section seen as its more of a hardware issue. Anyway, I am currently designing some software which will be able to send SCSI defined multimedia commands MMC which are defined by SCSI.

I am going to be using a SATA connected Blu-ray/DVD drive. When MMC commands are sent using IOCTL the drive should return information held on an optical disc.

The question I have is are MMC, well SCSI commands compatible for use with a SATA interface? I am unsure whether the protocols are different or not. I'll be using windows xp.


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Hi there, im wondering if there is anything wrong with running three hard rives off the same power source. Basically coming form my power supply (antec 550 watt) im looking to split a single molex into three SATA power cables for the three hard drives b/c i have the molex to sata power splitter to do so. This way the case can stay a bit neater. But am not sure of the reprcussions of doing so if any.

I can see in the case of a power surge that there might be an issue...but i think there would be an issue either way if there was a power surge. But other than that i think i should all right...i think. But id rather ask first and she what ya all say before i go killing three drives with one stone.
Also, with the SATA II data cables that have the metal latch for keeping from coming dislodged....can those work on drives that are only sata I. Well im sure they would work...but would the latch actually make the data cable from coming off easier if the drive isnt meant for it??
Any suggestions is greatly appreciated.

A:SATA / Molex Power and data cable hard drive question

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Hey guys,
Ill try and keep this straight and to the point but at this point myself, intel, and dell are baffled. I have a Dell XPS730 with the Nvidia Nforce 790i chipset. I run two 500 gig SATA drives under RAID 0. I recently installed an Intel X25 80 gig SSD and have ran into problems. Windows recognizes the drive as SCSI in device manager. Granted it works however because it is listed as SCSI TRIM and the intel toolbox wont work which makes an SSD useless.

After tons of research I have found that because of the Nvidia chipset it makes the drive show up as SCSI. I have tried Vista and Windows 7, both show it as SCSI. I have moved the SATA cable away from the other main 4 that support RAID with no luck. I have refomatted several times as well with no luck. I have completely disabled RAID in the bios and it STILL shows as SCSI. Is there any way to get around this? I have read that changing the nvidia controller drivers may work but im not sure what I would switch them to? I am totally lost and any info would be MUCH appreciated!

A:SATA SSD Drive shows up as SCSI - Rediculously baffled...

Windows will do this with some Sata Controllers.

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I have a problem with Sony PMB software not recocnizing my DVD RW. Sony says its because my computer see's my drive as a scsi. It is a Sony DVD RW that is hooked up with a SATA cable to mobo. The box that the DVD RW drive came in shows it as a SATA. Do i need to do something in the BIOS to correct this. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

A:[SOLVED] Dvd drive listed as scsi hooked up as sata.

Hi Odie, if you would be so kind as to mark this thread solved by clicking on the thread tools option at the top of this thread and selecting solved from the drop down menu. Then post this problem at the link below, our hardware techs will fix you right up. They are very adept at this sort of issue and will be happy to assist you. There are many sections to our forum so it is easy to get confused at where exactly to post a problem.

You haven't done anything wrong, it's just that I want you to get the proper help you need. Remember to mark this thread solved before posting over there so you don't have 2 threads open at once.

Thank you,

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Have a W540 with the Samsung MZ7TE512HMHP-0001L SATA Solid State drive.  Noticed after one of the updates from either MS or Lenovo, the driver changed to a SCSI driver, and the performance has slowed.  It now shows a 6.3 on the windows experience, vs the 7.6 it did before.  I haven't seen a SCSI drive in years and doubt that is what is rockin in this workstation. Things I have tried:1. Update driver (says I have the correct driver)2. Run Lenovo Support utilites Suggestions welcome

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I have added a sata harddrive I already have an existing eide hard drive both drives have xp installed but I am not getting any options as to what drive to choose on boot up. Both drives are showing in my computer but only the eide in bios. How to fix. Thanks.

A:two os eide and sata xp

System manufacturer and model?

If the SATA drive is not reflected in the is it that both drives are reflected at the same time?

Can you post a screenshot from Disk Management, reflecting both drives?


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I'm in a process of building new PC, and majority of new mobos have SATAs on them, but all of my HDDs from previous system are there a way to connect EIDEs to SATAs? If yeah, where can i find the parts?

Thanks in advance for your help.


Yes, you can get a device such as this:

Perhaps the better solution is to get an IDE controller card that goes into a PCI slot.

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Hi folks,

I've got a question for you. My parent's Dell Dimention 4600 is using a 40GB hard drive, and I thought I'd help them out by adding another larger drive.

I've read somewhere that 4600 should support SATA hard drives, but when I ran Everest, it seems to be using an EIDE drive.

Is there a way I can tell if the computer can support a SATA hard drive without opening up the case? :giddy:

On a side note, if I were to completely replace the 40GB hard drive with a larger one (with more cache), can I do it without re-installing everything? There should be a way to simply copy the files from one HD onto the other without worrying about drivers, activation, etc.

btw, would they notice any improvement between SATA and EIDE? The current EIDE has just 2 MB of cache.

Thanks :unch:


You can check Dell's documentation to see what's included on the motherboard. If you can determine the type of motherboard you can look it up that way.

It would certainly be easy to open the case and look. There may not be room for another drive. Some Dell's are pretty small.

If you wanted to replace the drive, you could use something like Ghost to create an image and then restore the image to the new drive.

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can an EIDE HDD and a SATA HDD be used to build a Raid array or do the drives have to be the same?


For a hardware raid,they need to be the same as the ide and sata
are on seperate controllers.
Might look into software raid.
Something like this.

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Hi can you tell me if there is a big performance difference between:

WD1200JB-00GVC0 EIDE 120 GB and

Seagate 7200.7 SATA 160GB

Also, it has been previously mentioned that I cold take the old HD (WD) and run win XP' repair install on my other PC. Am I correct in this? Will I be able to make the HD already formatted c/w some various programs, but resident on my older PC, will this repair / install make this HD bootable on the newer PC?

I have a bunch of software on my EIDE HD, that I would love to keep. I was thinking to buy a new m/bd 2gb ram and E5200 cpu, any suggestions?


A:SATA vs. EIDE HDrive

It depends on a lot of things. Was the original an OEM version that came with the machine? If it has been customized by the manufacturer, it is not going to run on a different machine, and it's illegal to try. But if you have the full version, you can move it to another machine and if it is on only one machine, you can get it activated easily, probably over the phone.

It's possible that a repair installation will make it work on another machine. This doesn't always work, but the chances are better if you ininstall all the drivers you can before shutting it down for the last time (machine- and hardware-specific drivers).

SATA may get you 150-300 mbps and IDE maybe 100-133 mbps speeds. The overall performance difference in machine operation may be 5-10%.

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hi i have a biostar p4m80-m4 motherboard. the board has 2 sata connections and suports raid 0 and raid 1 functions. right now i have 2 eide hard drives on the board, the first one is a 40 gig to hold the windows xp home edition and programs,the second one is 120 gigs to hold music and photos,but i want to add a 320 gb hard drive for video using the sata connection, will all 3 run fine together, thanks.

A:will a sata hd work with eide hd

I don't see no reason why they shouldn't.

(if I'm wrong, will someone please correct me thx)

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I've bought a new SATA HDD from Maxtor, and I'm trying to access my old one, which is and IDE WD drive. I'm just trying to get my files off the older HDD, but I'm having difficulties for some time now.

The SATA boots just fine, but when I connect the IDE drive, it always boots my old windows installation, no matter what I change in the BIOS. How do I boot from my NEW drive and not my old one? Please help!


So changing the boot order in the BIOS doesn't work?

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I have a Dell Dimension 5150 with a SATA hard drive. Can I use an EIDE drive as a second HD?

A:Can EIDE and SATA HD's live together?

Of course you can providing you have the capacity and spare connectors

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Basic question here: My son's HD suffered a catastrophic failure. Could not boot the PC from the HD. Could not format, etc. I took an old 40 GB HD I had from an older PC that blew a power supply and put it in my son's PC as a replacement.

Formatted it, loaded Windows XP, and now we're up and running. So here's the question:

Since the replacement HD was spare parts and is about 4 years old, I'm thinking of buying a new one as a permanent replacement. Not sure how much life is left in that old replacement - plus, it was in the old PC that suffered the blown Power Supply (collateral damage?).

The terminology on the market befuddles me, though. The HD that crashed and the replacement both use ribbon cables to connect to the motherboard and are IDE, 7200 HDs. Can I buy any HD that is listed as IDE, 7200 RPM and install it? Is the term PATA synonomous with IDE HDs that use ribbon cables to connect? Are there going to be any compatibility issues?


A:Ide - Eide - Sata - Pata ???

EIDE, IDE, and PATA are all the same drive type. SATA is different.

You should have any problems as long as the drive is 120GB or smaller.

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I'm trying to connect a SATA hard drive to an old motherboard that only has EIDE ports. What's the best approach? I might need to connect 2 SATA hard rives, so would my best be be a raid controller that connects to a PCI slot?

A:SATA harddrive, EIDE motherboard

That's probably the best option. Some offerings @ Newegg;

The 2 port cards are quite reasonably priced, and "The Egg" has been running such items in their Email flyers.

I suppose it depends how far you intend to go with this machine, as to whether it would be worth springing for the much more expensive 4 port controllers.

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Ok.. So I've been having HD problems for a long time now. And it has all started right before I got my new SATA drive, which prompted the purchase.

After purchasing the drive, its been a hell hole. My new SATA drive now errors out in the middle of doing something. It will start freezing up, when accessing the drive, then a minute later it will start working agian, but now it will completely disappear from my drive list while inside windows.

On top of that, I purchased a new EIDE 250 GIG drive and used it as my primary. This morning I downloaded Adobe PS CS2. Installed it. Restarted my computer. Opened photoshop, and it said my 30 day evaluation is over!!!!! HOW! How in the world can it know that on a FRESH HD? This is the first time this HD has seen Photoshop.

So I've got:
EIDIE 250 GIG 100MB/s 8MB Cache 7200RPM
WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
EIDE 120 GIG 7200RPM Samsung HD

I didnt install any special drivers, all I had to do was turn a switch in my bios setting and it reconized.

Could my mobo be going bad? Processor? Is there something that will test all my components for errors? (I dont think my Sata drive will even stay reconized long enough) Does overhearing cause this? It feels a little hot, but theres 7 fans in there and my side panel is off.

Another thing I noticed, was that sometimes when I would restart, it would tell me my Radeon 9800 Pro wasnt plugged in. But it is. I even push it in and it still says it. I unplug it... Read more

A:HD failures on 2 new HD's, EIDE & SATA drives

RAM settings set too tight refers to what your ram timings are... something like...2-3-3-6... If its saying that maybe you should loosen them up by setting them higher. However I don't mess with ram settings too much so someone else has gotta help you out on that one.

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My latest system has 2 SATA and 2 EIDE channels, but I currently have 3 EIDE drives that I want to use in it. I am looking for any information on someone with knowledge or experience in using a converter to connect a EIDE drive to a SATA cable. I have heard that the technololgy might not be reliable.

A:Information on EIDE to SATA Converter.

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I have a Intel motherboard that allows both sata and EIDE to be used. I have a western Digital WD400B-75DEAo EIDE hard drive. On my motherboard I have slots for 3 different sata drives in which is the only one i want to use (vista). When I plug my EIDE hard drive in no matter where I have the jumper set on the EIDE, it still comes up as master. I dont have another jumper for the SATA drive and Ill be willing to get get on if i need to but I was hoping you guys could let me know how to set this up so that the EIDE is the slave and my vista SATA drive is the master.

A:sata & EIDE setup Slave/master

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This is the card I want to add to use my 2 DVD ROM's and HDD.
My MoBo has only 1 EIDE plug.
The last one did not work with the DVD due to no ATAPI device compatability. Will this one work for the DVD ROMs


I don't forsee any issues as long as you have a free slot. Ensure your DVD roms on on 1 channel as a slave/master and your HDD is on a second channel. Use the card only to avoid potential conflicts with the mobo. I would suggest however to get a card with TWO channels, not one.

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Computer: Dell Dimension 5100. 6 years old.
Current hard drive: SATA 250GB (think it's SATA 1). Dell web site says its ATA-133

Looking to: Replace the hard drive due to faults

Question: Can I fit a SATA 3 hard drive in this computer? Would this just work at SATA 1 speeds because of the old mainboard? Most of the hard drives listed for sale are now SATA 3.

Thanks for any replies.

A:Solved: SATA 3 hard drive to replace a SATA 1 hard drive?

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I was able to salvage an old system from the trash at work. It has a Western Digital 4.3GB SCSI hard drive and I want to know if i can use it in a non-scsi system. To use it will I have to use a SCSI adapter or have to have all HD's as scsi?

A:Using SCSI Hard Drive

You can use it if you have a SCSI adapter and you can mix IDE and SCSI in the same PC.

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Whenever I boot up my old computer, I get a message during bootup that tells me that the SCSI boot device is not installed. I have a SCSI hard drive connected to an Adaptec SCSI pci card. I had just taken the hard drive and card out of that computer and tried to install them on this computer, and it didnt work, so I put it back. I tried running a SCSI utility on the bootup screen, and it didnt even recognise the existance of the hard drive. It wont let me format or anything. If there is something I can do to get it working, then please post. I do not care if the solution requires reformatting, because I do not have any really crucial data on the drive.

A:SCSI Hard Drive

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I've got an old computer that we've just been using at the office for payroll and a few other things. The problem is its runningout of hard drive space, so I was just going to install another hard drive, but I forgot that it has a scsi hard drive. I was wondering if i could hook a regular hard drive up to the scsi cable? Any help will be greatly appreciated.


A:SCSI Hard Drive


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My computer is not recognizing my SCSI 70 ghz drive. It keeps saying PXE-E61 failure check cable. It worked fine last night, I reformatted my secondary IDE 40 ghz drive and I could not get my computer to start. I had to disconnect my SCSI drive and setup windows xp on my IDE 40 ghz drive to get my computer to start. It still doesn't recognize my SCSI drive. I need help.

A:SCSI 70 ghz hard drive

This generally pertains to a bad hard drive or bad hdd cable same as a "non system disk error" with same solutions.

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I have a Dell Poweredge SP5166-2 that uses Seagate Barracuda (4.3gb) hard drives put into trays that are slid into the computer and connected to the motherboard. I want to put another hard drive in but it is an HP C2490A (2.1gb). When trying to install it the first times, bios recognizes it and says it is working properly, but it is not displayed under Win2k's logical devices or my computer. It is however displayed under device manager. So, it does exist but I just can't make it work within my computer. I also tried to make connect the SCSI bus cable that goes into the cd rom into the hard drive, but no luck. Is there any master slave config for scsi devices? My understanding is that there aren't any; only scsi ids. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


A:HP SCSI Hard Drive


You can check couple of things.

You may want to check SCSI ID(which usually a jumper or switch on the drive.).

If you want the drive to be C:, check host adaptor which ID is bootable.

Make sure you have a terminator at the end of the chain.

Go device manager and check if your SCSI card has conflict with other devices.

Good Luck,


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I've just bought some hard drives.
They weren't expensive, i got them in a clearance sale, they are SCSI types.

One of my PCs uses an SCSI hard drive as its local drive 'C',
However this PC has a power supply feed to the SCSI hard drive, and also the
SCSI connector ribbon cable.
Thats two separate cables.
One for signal, and one for supply.

The SCSI hard drives i bought have no feed point for a power supply.

So i don't know how to try them.
They must use some supply to operate, so could it come via the SCSI cable ?
I suppose it must come from there ... ?

Ive never seen ones like this before.

I dont want to try them without checking first.
Any comments or suggestions would be welcome.

Model: WDE18300-6029A8
Made: 26th May 1999

I got eight in all, some like this one, and some others.
Now i'm a bit worried about trying them, as they might try to draw more current
from the SCSI signal wires than they were meant to give.
These ones come in a sort of Slot-in carrier, what difference that might make
i don't know.

Cheers, John

A:Some help please in trying to use an SCSI hard drive.

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Built a WinNT 4.0 server using SCSI raid array. Works fine. Enabled atapi in services and it sees the IDE CD-ROM (master, secondary channel) just fine.

But it won't see the IDE HD (master, primary channel)!

Jumpers, cables, HD all okay.

I'm sure I'm missing something obvious. Anyone have a clue?



A:scsi NT -- how to add IDE hard drive?


Can your BIOS see the HD? If not, then your OS has no chance of ever seeing it.

Have you tried it as a Slave on the secondary controller? Or better yet, keep it as a master, and make your CD-ROM the slave on the secondary controller.

You could have a dead primary controller (I know my secondary controller is not functioning... damn, I need a new PC - who wants to help me raise funds for a new PC - any compnay that helps will get free advertising from me ), or a dead HD.

There could be something else wrong, but I am not that great with hardware issues. If you want, I can move this to the Hardware forum.


Reuel Miller
Windows NT Moderator (yes, that does make me biased )

[email protected]


Every morning is the dawn of a new error...

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Hi everyone,
I wonder if anyone have a good site where it can guide me on how to installed a second SCSi hard drive. I have a HP tc2120 server with one 36.4 Gb drive. I have anotherone just like that. But I never have installed and SCSI drive. I have only done the regular IDE drives. I need some help.



A:SCSI HArd drive

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ok i posted eariler and its final the scsi seagate is mine and it looks like im keeping it.ok so i bid on the scsi control card thats ldv and now im looking for a cable . my question does the cable need only one terminator? im new to this so if anyone can help me out on installing a scsi hd it would be greatly appreciated

A:scsi hard drive?

You want a 68pin internal LVD cable, it should either have a terminator built in + two connectors (one for the SCSI card, one for the hard disk), or three connectors + you'll need to plug a terminator into it. The devices should be arranged with the SCSI card at one end, the hard disk in the middle and the terminator at the other end. The SCSI card provides termination for its own end (unless you want to put the SCSI card on the middle of the cable, in which case you need a terminator for each end). The terminator must be LVD or LVD/SE compliant.

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I want to transfer data from my hard drive in my laptop (Lenovo Y480) to a hard drive in my desktop. the cables for the sata adapter do not fit the hard drive from the laptop. Is there a different form for a 2.5 hard drive and a 3.5 hard drive?

A:sata to usb adapter cable dosen't fit sata hard drive in laptop?

Does the drive have an adapter need to remove to expose the SATA conenctors? I don;t see anything about the Y480 not having a standard SATA drive and laptop and desktop SATA connectors are the same.

Maybe post pictures of both the drive and your SATA cables.

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Does anyone know of a website that I would be able to find the drivers for a scsi hard drive? I have been searching for what seems like weeks now and can't seem to find anything.

A:SCSI Hard Drive Driver?

The driver you probably need is not for the SCSI "drive" itself. It's for the SCSI "host adapter" to which the drive is attached.

Please give brand/model specifics of your machine... laptop or desktop (probably) and type/model/details, SCSI drive (internal or external), SCSI host adapter to which the drive is cable-connected.


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I am helping my brother in law out trying to do a non destructive repair using the installation disc. When we went through all the steps and got to the section that shows the hard drives it does not recognize the hard drive and won't let us do a repair. If we wanted to do a clean install it still would not recognize the hdd.
I decided to check bios and see what was recognized and in the hdd section it showed that the hdd was a SCSI. It is not a SCSI drive. We checked PC Wizard 2008 and it showed SCSI. All the places show that it is a SCSI. What is causing this? It is not a SCSI drive but a SATA drive. Can anyone tell me what has happened?

A:Hard drive recognized as SCSI

it is SCSI emulation. Some USB drives show up this way too.

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I have a SCSI Hard disk, that i some how messed up by transfering it to a different controller, cuz i didn't know that you can't do that, i do now. i tried to get it to come back alive, by puting it back on the controller, but my master partion table thing got messed up, when i had tried to use it on the other controller, the first controller was a LSI Logic, and the second was an Adaptec 2490-UW. so i tried to use diskprobe to read the sectors and set it up like that, which failed. i thought it might have something to do with the board so i had taken that off, but now when i go into the Adaptec "SCSI-Select" program it doesn't show a size. could i have connected my board back up the wrong way?? it does still spin up, but i don't understand why it lost the size of the disk. it had the size before btw. it is a 18.2 GB 10K RPM SCSI-2 drive, and i have 2 other identicals if they may be of any help. but i really want to know if this drive is toast.
EDIT:: COMPAQ Model #: bd018734a4

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im going to setup a IBM Xseries 235 server in my home soon. I bought several drives. I noticed that one of the drives i bought is a scsi drive that runs at 7200k and the other drives run at 10000k. i bought two 7200k hard drives and 4 10000k hard drives. the server only supports raid 1. Would it be okay to create 3 raids. My computer supports up to six scsi hard drives. Can i create a raid with two 10000k hard drives to host my operating system and a little data, a second raid for my web server data and the third raid for my 7200k hard drives for ...idk, music.?

does that sound like it would work. would the 7200k hard drives slow down my computer?
is it possible to create 3 raids on a single server?

A:7200rpm scsi hard drive


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Hello all,

I have an HP Workstation XW8200 running Windows XP SP3 that I tried hooking a projector to. I used a VGA splitter with one out going to the monitor and the other going to the projector. When connected while the computer is already running, the projector works. But once the computer is off, with the projector connected and running, and then the computer is turned on, it no longer recognizes my hard drive.

This problem is NOT fixed when the projector/splitter is disconnected.

In the BIOS, the hard drive is recognized but it will not boot. I tried booting into a Windows XP disk and running recovery mode, but it doesn't see the drive. Same goes for booting off of my thumb drive into Linux (Lucid Puppy 5.2.0), it does not see that I have any hard drive installed.

This has happened to two computers already, both are the same model and setup.
The hard drive in question is connected to onboard SCSI, and is a SeaGate Cheetah, I'm not quite sure what size.

I did take another hard drive from a third HP XW8200 and put it in to the non-working computer and it booted fine.

I do not see the projector causing the computer to not recognize the HD, but it definitely seems to be the catalyst for both of these computers (with each individual problem happening months in between, and over a dozen other similar computers still working fine).

Any help would be greatly appreciated, I'm at my wit's end.

Oh, and there are no error messages when trying ... Read more

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I am about to build my own PC. It will have a Maxtor Sata hard drive. When you are installing Windows XP Pro, do you have to press F6 and install a third-party driver? I was reading this book, and the guy said to do that. I have never heard about that before. Can you just hit install XP and let it do everything? Thanks.

A:Installing Windows Hard Drive SCSI

Yes you need to hit F6 to install a RAID driver. You will be able to get that driver from the motherboard manufacturers website in most cases. The resulting RAID driver that you get will need to be on a floppy, so if you were planning on not putting a floppy in the computer you were building (like many do), you will have to at least have a floppy during the setup process of Windows. Sorry, theres no magic "hit install XP and let it do everything"

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As per the norm, I got a Monday call from a customer freaking out about their server. I paid them a visit and sure enough the Western Digital SCSI hard drive I replace about 6 months ago is dead. SCSI utility is seeing it as a 1MB quantum. I told them to boat anchor that machine and get a new one. It's a pentium (i don't remember) 600MHz machine so it's a bit of a dinosaur anyway. their book keeper is the hero of this story. I taught her how to backup the server which she did before she left on Friday. I loaded backup files on an unused workstation, mapped some network drives and had them back up and running PDQ.

What would make a machine eat hard drives? Thin it might just be a fluke, virus, inferior Dell product??????

A:2nd SCSI hard drive failure within 1 year

Is there a UPS or surge-protector installed between wall-socket and PC?
If not, unstable electricity might cause that, such as spikes, brown-outs or black-outs.
Or the PSU might be on the edge of its capacity. If the HD is a 10'000 RPM disk, they need a pretty good and stable PSU.
The disk should still be under warranty.

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can some help me,i am trying to install 2 4.5 gig SCSI hard drives in windows 2000 .i an useing pci scsi card controller.
i load win 2000 boot disc,s my system finds scsi,s no problem
i format them and partion them .when it reboots to start loading windows it say cd rom error ! INSERT BOTT DISC AND RUN AGAIN
any body got any pointers...

thanks ....rog

A:two scsi hard drive install in win 2000

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How do I get Windows XP Pro to duel boot from a second scsi hard drive. First scsi hard drive has Windows ME and works fine.
Second scsi hard drive has Windows XP pro but only works when I change the scsi ID from 1 to 0. But then the other scsi hard drive is not reconized in windows explore. However, it is reconconized in the XP disk manager and everthing else appears normal excapt that the drive is not read in explorer. Any help PLEASE

A:Duel Boot XP on second scsi hard drive

Was XP installed with both HDs in the machine, and with Me installed first? If you installed XP with only its HD in the system (so it was 0 when you installed it), the XP boot files are on the wrong hard drive. They need to be on the system's primary partition, which should be C: (where Me should be now if this is going to work right and properly dual-boot) and the ARC path in your boot.ini file is referencing the wrong disk for the XP startup to look on to boot XP when you have both disks set up.

Please post the contents of your boot.ini file here, and we will take a look.

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Gigabyte GA-6LX7 Mb, 400 MHz celeron, 64 meg ram, 13.6 gig Maxtor ide hard drive, 9 gig Seagate scsi hard drive, win 98 se, DTC 3502A scsi adapter, Toshiba scsi cd-rom.
My scsi cdrom works fine, but. I can look at the scsi hard drive in windows and it says that it is only 19.2 meg, I can't access it in windows or dos. The on-board bios for the adapter doesn't find the hard drive or the cd-rom, but, I can still access and use the cd-rom drive.
Also, with ASPI3520.SYS enabled, the adapter and the primary and secondary ide controllers are disabled in device manager, it also makes A: drive use ms-dos mode compatibility.
I used the setup mode of the adapters BIOS to format the hard drive, After it formatted and I continued it says that it can't find a scsi hard drive.

A:SCSI Adapter/hard drive problem

Did you run FDISK and see if the drive is visible there?

Are you sure you have your SCSI termination correct?

If there are 98 drivers for your card you shouldn't need to load a driver file in the CONFIG.SYS - as you have seen it will put you in compatibility mode if you do.

Just checked the DTC site - it says:
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Windows 98 Drivers

Included - Use built-in Adaptec 151x/2x drivers <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Is that what you are using?

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*RESOLVED* Can't install second U160 SCSI hard drive

I have DL145 G2 from HP

On the black thing that is attached to the cable which seems to be a controller, it says U320. It originally came with U320 SCSI hard drive but I purchased two U160 hard drives because I was a *****. I connected one U160 SCSI hard drive to the server and installed windows os without any problem. But when I tried to connect the second SCSI U320 hard drive, it didn't work. In the BIOS, it correctly recognized two hard drives but when windows 2003 server loaded, I couldn't see or install the second hard drive. I read some FAQ in the link I copied above and I thought that I have to purchase optional SCSI cable or my U320 SCSI cable only supports one U160 SCSI hard drive or something... But I don't see any place to plug any more cables on the motherboard so I'm really puzzled...

I use two SEAGATE ST3146854LW 15K 68 PIN U160 DELL M6616
and my server is DL145 G2 AMD Dual-Core Opteron 275 2.2GHz 390845-001

A:Can't install second U160 SCSI hard drive

So the BIOS sees both the drives?

What do you mean by Windows not seeing the hard drive? You did check in the Disk Manager, right?

SCSI is pretty much backward compatible, so your U160 drives should work no problem. And you can hook up 15 of them to a single SCSI cable no problem.

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Just tried to install a SCSI hard drive on a win98 system.

Drive is in Device Manager but has no Letter assigned. Does not allow me to.

BIOS recognizes drive and assigns D:

A:SCSI Hard Drive - No Letter Assignment

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Long story short.. An office I help out had a RAID Array crash without a backup. The data has been recovered and is sitting on a Fujitsu Hard Drive (Model: MAX3036NC).

My computer, and the remaining working computers in the office are all IDE or SATA architecture.

I'm guessing there is a PCI SCSCI Card that I could buy, install this hard drive and access it that way. If that is the case, could someone recommend a card/manufacturer that would work for this case?

Any help is appreciated.

Edit: We also have a laptop available if there is a PC-Card solution.


A:Solved: Need to access a SCSI Hard Drive

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The time has come for me to wipe the hard drive and re-install Windows 7 following a recent disastrous download that's effectively knocked out my Internet Explorer 11 and rendered Internet browsing difficult. My system has since become unstable and progressively slow and unfortunately, for some reason, I am unable to Restore to any previous installation. As I have loads of files I want to access, I've decided get a new Hard Disk and run the original H/drive (if possible) from a SATA drive Docking Station. So essentially, I would like to know if my Dell DXC061 will run and support a new Seagate 1Tb SATA3 7200rpm Barracuda. My BIOS is Ver. 2.4.0 dated 05/24/07. I have opened the CPU to see that the current drive connectors appear similar to those on the SATA Docking Station and think my old drive will fit it. However, it's now occurred to me that its possible the newSATA 3 drive may not be compatible with my BIOS or Motherboard. Any help or comments please? Incidentally I have most of my most useful files backed up on an external drive, so all, hopefully is not lost.

A:Upgrading Hard Disk from SATA to SATA 3 Drive

You need a SATA3 port to connect a SATA3 HDD to be fully compatible.

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I have 2 IDE HDs installed and added SATA drive lately. SATA runs in IDE mode in CMOS. Problem is, even though SATA drive is recognized by BIOS, Disk Manager, Norton Ghost & System Works, it doesn't show in My Computer, causing problems with saving and opening files. Tried a couple of tricks (changing the drive letter,disconnecting & reconnecting the drive, reformatting etc. ) nothing seems to work. I use this SATA drive for storage and for now I have to drag the files down there manually.
I don't know if it's of any importance, but I have nVidia GeForce graphics card onboard.
Has anyone encountered this kind of a problem ?
Thanks Carl

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My first build: Via Kle-133 mb with Athlon 700 and 64 sdram
on board video and sound and 9gig Seagate Hard drive needing a scsi-2 thingy

My problem...
I power up and all things begin running and on the monitor it whizzes past the first screen that reports the "Award Modular BIOS v6.00pg, An Enery Star Ally etc...
Main Procecessor: AMD Athlon (TM) 700MHZ
Memory Testing:57344 ok + 8192k Shared Memory

Primary Master: None
Primary Slave: None
Secondary Master: Toshiba CD_ROM XM-5602B 1796
Secondary Slave: None

Floppy disk(s) fail (40)

Then immediately a black screen which says
BusLogic Inc BIOS Version 4.94G
Intelligent Bus Master SCSI Host Adapter
(c) 1995 BusLogic Inc. All Rights Reserved

BusLogic PCI SCSI Host Adapter Firware Version 4.28D
Press <Ctrl-B> to Enter AUTO-SCSI

Which I do the <Ctrl-B> thing and it takes me to a configuration Utilities and Diagnostics program. I try to push the right buttons
Under Utilities and under SCSI Device Information it says
SCSI ID 7: BusLogic BT-946C
(which makes no sense since the hd is a Seagate st410800N)
Under Verify Disk I get the same result

OK then I try the Format Disk option
and the same exact result box comes up with SEAGATE SX910800N highlighted... when I press enter, it asks: CONFIRM? yes or no, I highlight yes and enter and then.... a freeze.

Now if I reboot it will do the same thing every time.
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A:New computer built hard drive with scsi problem

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I have been trying to determine which device would be best suited for cooling a pair of SCSi 15k HDDs. I have been looking around at some of the following (in order) of interest. Sound dampening is not a huge concern, mainly concerned about cooling.

Smart Drive 2002 Copper Hard Drive Enclosure- SCSI compatible? Little documentation to indicate if rear is already equipped with wiring or is this will work with SCSI cables?
AEROCOOL HB-101 Hard Drive Cooler Aluminum- Wondering if this is a gimmick or a real option... or a SilverStone SST-FP53-B 5.25" Hard Drive Cooler or a Cooler Master CoolDrive 3... ??? Any other reccommendations based on experience or reviews? Thanks in advance for any help.

A:NEED serious advice about Hard Drive Cooling (Pair of SCSI 15k)

if you haven't already bought a case, buy a case with a hard drive cage fan and put it to use. for internal enclousures, all same size drives and cages are compatible. just make sure you have cool air blowing on those drives and they should be just fine.

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Ok I have a external enclosure that is IDE / Sata , I have 2 hard drives I'm not using , there both SCSI 10,000 rpm Hard Drives, my question is how can I connect one of them to my external enclosure so I can connect em to my USB

A:Connecting SCSI Hard Drive to my external enclsoure?

You cannot do that. Your drive which is SCSI will not connect to an IDE/SATA controller in the external hard drive enclosure.

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How do you get the power to your hard drive. The power supply has no extra wires or anything. Where does it come from?

A:{SOLVED} im a begginner, installing a new hard drive (scsi) so this may seem silly,

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Hi I have an old proprietary graphics system that needs a SCSI hard drive, I found a Compaq C2247 1gb hard drive that should work (cylinders,heads,etc match one of its table drives) but it doesn't turn itself on when the PC is powered on.

The drive works perfectly in my new system as long as I have the "send power on signal" checked in the bios.

Is there any way of jumpering this drive so it turns on the instant power is applied as opposed to sending a signal to tell it to turn on?


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This is my first attempt at building my own pc so forgive me if this is a silly question.

This pc has an SCSI as the primary drive (17gig) and I'm trying to add two 320g drives that are edi drives.

I added a new dvd drive, video card, and usb 2.0 card and those all work fine.

I tried the drives set to slave as well as well as cable select. I even removed one of the drives so that the only connector is the edi slave connector.

Am I having a problem because I'm trying to use an SCSI drive and the two edi drives? Do I need to use one or the other in order for this to work?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Let me give a little more information if it helps. The computer is a Dell Precision 530 Workstation. Company upgraded all their pc's and sold off the old ones for $50 each. I want to ue this as a media server for my home network.

It has a 17GB SCSI drive on it now that has my Windows XP Home Edition and a few other programs on it. I was going to keep it for exactly what it does now. Basic everyday pc duties.

I wanted to add two bigger drives for storage. The mother board has an SCSI connector and two EDI connectors. The secondary EDI connector is connected to the DVD drive and the CD drive. Obviously I don't need both but just left the cd drive in there since it wasn't hurting anything. Those both read and work fine.

I have the two 320 GB storage drives connected to the primary EDI connector.

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A:PC won't recognize extra hard drives (edi) primary is SCSI drive

Hold on a minute... edi you mean IDE or eIDE don't you?

SCSI hard drives need to have terminated cables. IDE cables do not use termination. I would ditch the SCSI, but you will have to get into the bios settings and change the primary boot drive settings

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Hello all. This is my first post here. I Bought a scsi hard drive.

Maxtor 18GB SCSI Hard Drive
Formatted capacity: 18.4GB
Interface: Ultra160 Wide LVD SCSI-3, 80-pin (80 to 68-pin SCA adapter included)
Rotational speed: 10,000 RPM
Average seek time: 4.7 ms
Cache: 8MB

I have the ASUS a7n8x deluxe mother board. What pci scsi adaptor card do I get to run the hard drive? What cable do I need?

This is my first time using a scsi drive. I did a search on newegg and saw a range from $22 - $400+. Please educate me in the ways!

A:Installing a scsi hard drive on an asus a7n8x deluxe board

Anything from Adaptec is perfect, but not always the cheapest.
It's what I use on no less than 3 of my PCs.
Brandnew Adaptec ASC-39160 Dual Channel Ultra160 SCSI Controller, $139.-
Brandnew bulk LSI Logic LSIU160 single channel Ultra160 all purpose controller $35.-

They have a whole collection of others, as well as loads of information there.
You could try and pick up a used card on Ebay as well.

You will also need a 68-pin internal flatcable with a terminator.
Look around on that website.

Also go to
for a bit of background.

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I have a BIG problem here with a SCSI drive on our web server in our school.

All of a sudden i keep getting Start Unit Request Failed at start up.

and then when I try to verify the HD on the SCSI menu I receive an
Like it says, it's not ready.

now this is the secondary hard scsi disk, my primary bootup disk is fine, when i boot up windows, it boots up fine, but doesnt see the e: drive. in device manager though it is there and it says it is working properly.

Do you think it could be the hard disk has failed. only last week on this same server the power supply went. and we changed the power supply. could thsi be related?


A:SCSI hard drive problem. Start Unit request failed.

Try reseating the connectors to the drive. You might swap the power connector between the two drives. Maybe something was bumped when the power supply was removed. If that doesn't work then probably the drive has failed. I take it that the secondary drive is on the same cable as the primary one and it was working ok before the supply went?

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I am building a new computer out of new parts, and i accidently forgot to look for a SATA connection harddrive and i bought a EIDE connection hard drive instead. But our CD drive plugs into the EIDE slot, so is there another way i'm not knowledagble enough to know about to hook up the hard drives?

Western Digital EIDE Hard drive 160GB
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L Motherboard
Rosewill case

Any more information needed ask.

A:EIDE Question (hardware)

Each IDE channel can handle 2 devices.
You need a 40 pin 80 connector cable with 2 drive connectors.
Connect the hard drive to the end of the cable and set the jumper on back to
master or master with slave.
Connect the CD to the middle and set it as slave.

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Hi. I have a virus infected sata hard drive with windows 7 on it. It has the win 7 anti virus 2012 on it, and it's a cybercriminal virus. I have lots of files I want to transfer to the new sata drive. I already have windows 7 installed on the new drive. How do I get the files from the bad drive to the new one? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

A:How do I transfer files from bad sata hard drive to new hard drive

You could make your own external HD, & than copy/paste over.

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A friend of mine has asked me to transfer some music and picture files from his old IDE hard Drive in a HP Pavillion System, to his new SATA hard drive in his new Dell System, it sounds like it should be a fairly simple process, but my question is, what is the best way to just copy these files and not the entire hard disk?

A:Need help transferring files from IDE Hard Drive to SATA Hard Drive

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Hi, I was wondering if it was possible to clone a SATA hard drive with Windows XP to a USB hard drive, and rather or not if Windows XP would work well on the USB hard drive after it was cloned from the SATA hard drive. The USB hard drive would be the only hard drive used after the SATA hard drive with Windows XP was cloned to the USB hard drive.

A:cloning SATA hard drive with Windows XP to USB hard drive

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I need help. I have a EPOX EP-8KRAI-pro socket A mother board with a AMD SEMPRON 3300 CPU. This mother board supports S-ATA hard drives as well as the EIDE configuration. I also have a MAXTOR 160 GB EIDE (7200/8MB/ATA-133) hard drive with operation system installed. My question: is it possible to combine a S-ATA hard drive (7200/8 MB/SATA-3) with this units present configuration?

If so could someone please explain? I appreciate any assistance you can give me.

Thanking you in advance,

God bless you Saint John

A:Combining a EIDE w/S-ATA hard drives

What is it exactly that you want to do? use the sata as a storage drive? if that is the case there should be no problem. just make sure that in the bios it is set to enable both Sata and PATA (IDE).

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Hello, my computer had locked up not to long ago so I had to give it a hard reboot. However, now it doesn't seem to recognize my main hard drive. I have 2 sata hard drives plugged in and it only recognizes my other one. If i set the option for "Configure SATA as" to RAID in bios, it shows it in the boot list but then throws a BSOD with error code 0x0000007b. Also it seems the same BSOD error happens when I set it as AHCI. Both hard drives recognized but BSOD thrown.When it has "Configure SATA as" IDE it only shows the other hard drive. Any ideas?

My System is:

ASUS P5E LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

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Dell Dimension 8400 (about 3-4 years old). Stock SATA 160gb hard drive crashed (got the blue screen, all the codes, etc.) Took it to a computer place, they also said the HD crashed. I have bought a replacement 250gb SATA HD - attached the two inputs to the back (one thin and ling, one thin and short) and all I get on boot up is a couple of chirps and the screen says "Drive 1 (and 2 and 3) Not Found: Serial ATA, SATA-1" and repeats for drives two and three. The drive is warm, it's being accessed (it's humming), but I've also tried a third 160gb drive, same thing. I even replaced the original drive back in and the same thing - not even the blue screen and error codes any more.

Went to F2 set up, set to auto detect, all (SATA) drives sets to 'on.'

I'm computer literate, but not a techy or anything.

Totally lost now. Please help.

emsguy4you at aol dot com

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Can anybody talk me through installing a slave drive on my gateway gm5483e motherboard model 945gct-m3 made by elitegroup also known as ECS

A:windows Vista sata hard drive slave drive


It should be as simple as installing a couple of cables. Hopefully you've got a nice flat cable either with the new slave drive, or a spare with the motherboard: it's normally red, but can be other colours, about 1cm wide and 1mm thick. That needs to be plugged in between the drive and one of your SATA slots on the motherboard. They'll normally be black, and unlike most, will have a slight 'L' shape to them. If you get a torch on your motherboard, you should see SATA1 or SATA2 written very close to them. If you've already got a SATA drive, then it should be easy to spot, so just use the second port.

When you start the machine up, go into the BIOS by pressing the appropriate key (it should come up with a screen just after displaying what graphics card you have / testing memory, telling you what key to press - normally F1, F2, F12, Esc or Del),

Then find your way to the 'Boot Order' section (sorry, not sure quite where it'll be for your chipset - but it'll be either on the first screen, or more likely a menu off of it), and make sure that it's still on your CD/Floppy/original drive first and hasn't swapped to your new SATA (it shouldn't have done, but some prefer a SATA drive by default to an IDE).

Any probs or questions, please come back. You'll do fine!


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Okay I have a question

I have some SCSI drives. My current system now only has SATA. so is there anyway I can hook them into this? Or is there anyway I can pull some DATA off of the drives? Thanks


Sure, you need to buy a scsi control card with the correct pin config. Note these are not cheap; newegg has some for around $170 and up so you need to decide how much you want the info on the drives.

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