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sata 2 and sata 3 not active after boot up on dell 9010

Q: sata 2 and sata 3 not active after boot up on dell 9010

What i'm wanting to do is with the side off my computer hook up a hard drive to sata 2 or sata 3 to see data on hard drive without rebooting computer.
i use to be able to do this on a 780 but i upgraded to this 9010 and can't get it to do what i use to do on 780.

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Please help.
I've been getting this message for about a month. However, after rebooting sometimes once, sometimes several times the computer eventually boots up. After reading multiple posts on similar issues, I went and got a new hard drive. I backed up all the files and was going to reinstall evertyhing from scratch onto this new hard drive. I took the old one out and put in the new one. I get the same message when it tries to boot.
At this point I swapped the drives again (the old one is back in).
I am at a loss.
Am I doing something wrong when I'm installing the new drive? Why am I getting the same message with this new drive?
System specs:
Inspiron 531
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5600+ 2.81 GHz

Thank you.

A:no boot device available sata 0: installed sata 1: installed sata 2: none sata 3: non

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I have a Dell Dimension 5150 Desktop that is giving me fits.

I have tried three different SATA Hard Drives and nothing seems to fix my problem.

I am able to boot from CD/DVD to install Windows XP, and reboots are fine through SP1 and 2. When SP3 is installed, computer cannot reboot from Hard Drive. It will however boot if CD is still in the drive and runs fine after.

This has happened on all three drives, ranging from 80 to 160 to 320 GB's.

Anyone know of a route to go so I don't have to boot with a CD every time?

Again, boots fine with the CD, but will not boot without it.

Bios is running A07.

Thanks in advance!

A:Dell Dimension 5150 Sata Boot Problems

Where are you getting your SP3 install?

SP3 does nothing to impact the ability of a system to boot from the hard drive.


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The boot menu and the setup options seem limited in that you can only tell the system to boot from the "onboard sata drive", but you cannot specify which sata drive has priority (other than by its physical connection). I wonder if I'm overlooking a setting here.

A:How do you choose which SATA HDD is the boot drive in a Dell Dimension e520?

Bios is not a boot selector this is not dos.

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Two Dell Dimension 9200 Desktops:
Machine 1 BIOS set to "SATA ON" and thus benefitting from AHCI
Machine 2 BIOS set to "RAID Autodetect / ATA"
I want both machines to use "SATA ON" so on Machine 2 have made appropriate change in BIOS and done a clean install of Windows 7 64 BIT. Having done the reinstall during the boot it gets to the message:
"Press CTRL-I to enter configuration utility"
then hangs for about 30 seconds before I then have to select the only OS on the system from the boot menu that being "Windows 7".(It will default to this if left unselected).
On my Machine 1 which has always been set to "SATA ON" there is no delay at all after the:
"Press CTRL-I to enter configuration utility"
Any help appreciated in solving this mystery on Machine 2.
Thank you

A:Long delay during boot on Dell Dimension 9200 with RAID set to SATA ON

Reset the BIOS on the one that is not working correctly. To reset the BIOS (CMOS memory), power off the PC, open the case and remove the CR2032 CMOS backup battery for AT LEAST 10 minutes (Intel says 15 minutes). Reinstall the battery, observing polarity, and then restart the PC and configure the BIOS how you want it. This may take care of the problem.

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My Box config

AMD athlon 64bit 2800+

ASUS K8-VX Mother board

want to upgrade to 500 gigs or if possible to 1tb Sata HDD

Problem is
1) Mother board is old done almost 3 years
2) I don't know what version of SATA will be supported
Please advise

Thanks in advance for your answers


A:Need to upgrade to SATA Not sure if it is sata or sata II which my mobo supports

I don't know why, but everytime I go to asus, they're hving site maintenance
Anyway see if you can click on Specifications there

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Our school district purchased several refurbed Dell 9010 AIO machines. One of them randomly boots at specific times during a 24 hour period. WOL settings are disabled. Deep Sleep is disabled. Network cable is disconnected. I have updated BIOS to latest version. Our refurb supplier sent a replacement machine and it has the same issue.
I recall being able to customize BIOS with a system disk on older machines. Is setting a custom, specific boot time possible with the Dell 9010 AIO and could this be the issue with this machine?

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so basically, found a random desktop outside the dumpster i guess someone was getting rid of, and i was like, eh, looks pretty new, lemme take it in and check it out. only thing missing was the front piece and the hdd,everything else was in tact. so i figured lemme take the hdd out of my crappy computer i use and try to hook it up to the "new" one. well my old one has an ide setup, and this one is a sata hookup. i unplugged the ide cable and power from the cd/dvd drive in the new machine, set my ide hdd to master, and plugged it into the emachine. i booted everything up, and it came to the boot menu to choose, safe mode, safe mode with networking, normal, ect.. so i choose normal, emachine logo pops up, starts loading, i see hit f2 or f10 in the bottom right hand corner, the usual, but then it just goes back to the boot menu asking for safe mode, normal, ect... i went into the bios and i see it recognizes my hdd and everything else looks normal.

anyone have any idea why it wont boot up. im on my old pc now. i just popped the hdd back in and booted on up no problem. also, just to put it out there, i do have a few external hdd's i could possibly use as an internal hdd i think.

old pc is a dell with ide hdd
new pc is an emachine t3604 with sata hdd hookup
i already tried to boot into safe mode, safe mode with networking, and last working configuration, but it always takes me back to the boot menu. this is with the old hdd in the "new" emachine.
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A:dell ide hard drive in emachine t3604 sata. wont load past boot menu

and welcome to the Forum

You cannot move a drive with XP to another machine without reinstalling ( or a repair install if you are lucky )

Look at the capacitors on the eMachines . . they were hit hard with the bad capacitor plague

To test the machine ability to boot, try booting from a installation cd

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hello this is my first post on these forums, i've used them alot before and allways found the answers i was looking for without ever posting a question until this happend to me I have a m3n78-em asus motherboard with 5 sata slots inside and 1 external sata port on the rear next to serial ports well today i got my fourth internal hard drive and it would not read i thought maybe it was a dead hard drive but no it was the actual slot that was not reading out of the 5 slots that are on the mb 3 are red and 2 are black those 2 black ones cannot be used at all i checked out the motherboard manual and found the sata mode selection i was thinking of changing that to ahci or raid but i dont want to screw anything up right now its set for sata mode which was default and i just want to be able to have all my 4 hard drives up and running without having to do anything major and taking any of the 4 out is not an option thank you for your time if i dont respond its probably because im asleep since im way to tired and my post really sucks because of it

A:active all sata ports

Have you tried enabling it in the BIOS? Sometimes the sata port can be disabled.

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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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I'm looking at a Sabrent EC-UEIS7 Hard Drive Enclosure - 3.5" IDE/SATA to USB 2.0, eSATA in order to use one of my now internal Sata drives as an 'external' backup device.

If I turn the external power off on the back of the external Sata enclosure with my extra old Sata connected in it...will that drive then be safe from any virus/malware attacks from within my system (or online) even if the external enclosure Sata cable is still connected to the main PC?

I'm assuming if I have the power switch switched off on this external enclosure with my Sata drive...then nothing can read/write to the Sata drive in this external case ?


A:Safety of internal 3.5 Sata IDE in external Sata case for backups

Yes, that is correct. The HDD must have power and data to function in any capacity.

If there is no power going to any drive then they can not read or write anything even if the data cable is attached.

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This call for help is apply to any one could provide help about the jmb363 jumpers setting combination to make the 2 internal sata and 2 external e-sata work at the same time , THANK YOU

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this is an ASUS X83V notebook - Setting the SATA operation to 'compatible' mode at installation, Win8 CP installed fine, no hitches. Switched BIOS to Enhanced/full mode and it fails.

I recall this sort of problem from XP installs where tricks were needed to support SATA, but I do not recall this on Seven. Will Win 8 not detect the right controller, fetch the right driver? Do I need to manually force-install, reboot, reselect enhanced mode, and go from there?


A:Are SATA issues like Vista?? Can't operate in full SATA mode

Is this so-called "enhanced" mode switching the storage over to AHCI mode? If so, you have to edit the registry first before being able to do that.

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So i found an old sata hardrive that was stored for about 2 years.
While the computer was on, i tried to plugged the Hardrive in the SATA power connector cable, as soon as i plugged it in the power connector there was smoke coming from the connection and my computer immediately shutdown.

Can someone explain what happened? I though you could connect devices while the computer was on without any issues?

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I read an article stating there?s very little difference between SATA cables. So I tried it for myself.

This screenshot shows the slight differences in speed; likely most of you already knew this. In testing, an 11GB file transferred in 10 seconds using either cable. Vid link shows detail of test for those interested. May not want to toss old cables.

A:FYI Only - Discovered only slight diff betw SATA-1 vs. SATA-3 cables

I have noticed the same. MaximumPC magazine did an exhaustive test and came to the same conclusion, a SATA cable is a SATA cable. SATA III cables have a (sometimes annoying) latch on them.

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I Can't Install a sata hard disk with a PCI sata controller card.?
My mb is MSI KT4V with AMD athlon 1800.My bios is AMI.
There is no option in my mb for a sata hard disk so i brought the sata pci cotroller card.
In post it shows the raid in my pci slot but cant detect my hard disk. It is a Segate 7200 rpm 160 gb hard disk.My sata pci controller card come with a driver cd but i cant install its driver in dos mode. and i think its for the windows version.
How can i install the single sata drive in my comp.
please help me...

A:Can't Install Sata Hard disk With PCI SATA controller card

Probably some fakeraid BS..
You have to enter the RAID BIOS and configure the drive as a RAID0 array or something similar. If it doesn't detect the drive in the RAID BIOS either, look over all your cables. Make sure you have power to the hard drive and suchlike.

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Yesterday I had a PC technician around to see why my PC was not booting-up properly and also to change my SSD to a larger SSD. As I am visually challenged I cannot do hardware upgrades etc, so I got a Techie guy in.

We used Zinstall HDD by-the-way and I would highly recommend this application for such a job plus, it is extremely fast.

Anyway, while he was diagnosing my boot-up issue he discovered I had a malfunctioning network card; while removing this, he noticed all the SATA settings were set to SATA 2.

When he reset these to SATA 3, the PC would not start-up! When he set them again to SATA 2 there was no problem and it worked fine?

Can anyone illuminate me on this please?

Thanks for any/all imput

A:SATA 3 not working on Asus P6X58D-E motherboard with SATA III support

Many people have had issues with the Marvell controller on that MB.
You may want to live with SATA 3g/s. Easiest path, no real difference except for benchmarks, and no chance of data loss.
But in case you're not satisfied with that, here's something to look at.

AHCI-mode on Marvell 9128 controller in Windows 7 Ultimate x64


[Solved] ASUS P6x58D-E, Win 7 (64) Marvell AT 91xx - Asus - Motherboards-Memory
A fellow name Jaquith seems to know what's up.

Bottom line is you need the right drivers.

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Hi, i'm new to this site but very familiar with technology, i built this machine myself.
im currently running off my old HD but i want to reinstall windows onto my new SATA hardrive (160GB) this one is an IDE. The BIOS and Nvidia Raid config recognize the drive but the windows installation does not. I was reading this thread on this site that i foudn from google

because he has the same MB as myself but different hard drives. I am currently in the process of trying what he did but i do not have a floppy drive. I only have a 1 CD drive and a 16GB floppy drive. i'm going to try these routes first for the configuartion software but if not im going to see if i can find one laying around.

IF i cant find one and the CD/flash drive don't work is there another way to try the methods described in the previous web link?

*Hard Drives are Western Digital Caviar

A:Installation Problems of Windows XP onto SATA HD. SATA Drive not recognized.

Most newerBIOS allow an Alternate method for SATA . . Go into the bios and check the "Sata Operation" setting, change it to "Raid Autodetect/ATA if it is not already. Now try to install XP ( Verbage will vary by manufacturer )

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Hey guys,

I just purchased a samsung sata dvdrom - this is an upgrade from my old failing IDE drive. My motherboard (an Asus A8V Deluxe) has 2 sata connectors, and another 2 raid sata connectors - the 2 regular connectors are being used up by HDD's...

The question is, can I use one of the Raid Sata's for the dvdrom? (I've tried this already with no luck, I'm wondering if there are any bios settings that'll help with this?)

If this isn't possible, can I plug the hdd's into the raid sata's and not use the raid functionality?

Thanks for your help, I look forward to replies!

A:[SOLVED] Sata vs Raid Sata? DVDRom not recognized

No the raid sata port need a raid driver and won't work with optical drives, you would be able to use the non-boot hard drive on it however and put the DVD drive on the standard sata port. Unless you already have the hard drives in a raid config.

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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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I have a DIY box with an Asus P5K-E mobo that provides SATA II ports. I upgraded to a pair of Samsung 850 EVO ssds and naturally got a great speed boost. Now I am getting greedy and thinking about doubling my gains with a SATA III controller card. I have been reading online and I am seeing indications that I may not get much if any speed boost that way. Would those of you experienced with doing what I am contemplating please chime in and tell me if you achieved improvement and if so what card did you use? I am running Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Home, one on each ssd, no RAID is involved.

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Hoping you can help !!

Not sure if this is a hard drive problem OR a mobo problem

Bios Info
Version 0502
Pentium (R) Duo Core. CPU E5200 s.5 GHz
Motherboard ASUS P5Q SE
Samsung SATA Madel HD501 LJ 500g

I kept receiving 'Activation PopUps' and MicroSoft set me up with a custom
reload when no activation numbers showed.
Having the'OldWindows' before and not liking the set up I decided to wipe the Sata
and start fresh.
Spotmau' is a program that I have used many times when I would like a harddrive cleaned -always thinking that a cleaned disc would be better than just writing over
the top of the old.
Thing is I've only ever used Spotmau in XP with No problems - Not Vista.
I used an old computer just freshly loaded with XP and wiped the data and
formatted the drive.
Not only did it wipe the hard drive but when I went to load Vista I found No Bios.
Receiving one long beep and 3 short beeps I clearded the COSMOS and the Bios returned.
But when I went to load Vista it looks like the Drivers for SATA have been wiped as well.
I changed the Bios 'Boot loading' around - cd drives - SATA Hardrive - No difference.
The message that I received - I did not write it down - but it mentioned No SATA Drives and asked for a floppy.
I have the floppy BUT no floppy drive.
I tried the mother board disc with No success.
I downloaded the SATA drives from the internet but when trying to reload Vista it
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A:SATA Samsung SATA Madel HD501 LJ 500g

Can't anyone help?

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I could really use some help with this. I have a HD that I'm moving from one Windows 7 machine to another.

The new system is a Gateway DX4860. The old was was also a Gateway DX4820.
When I put the old drive in the new computer, I get the Windows Splash screen, the stars begin to appear and it resets.
I went back to the old machine and noticed the BIOS setting for SATA was set to RAID.
I changed the new system to RAID, it just froze.
I put a second drive in the new machine and now it boots properly.
I installed the AHCI drivers, changed the registry setting to 0, rebooted the machine, and changed the BIOS setting to AHCI from RAID.
When Windows tries to boot, I'm getting the same behavior as before (I get the Windows Splash screen, the stars begin to appear and it resets).
This is for Windows 7 BTW.

Gateway AND Intel have both told me I need to re-install the OS to make this happen. I'd rather not do that if AT ALL possible.

I'd very much appreciate some help with this.

Thanks so much in advance for any help you can provide!

A:Changing from SATA RAID to SATA AHCI - Help needed!

You have a few things happening here, 1st your Win7 is probably an OEM (Originaly came w/the system) andassuck is tiedto the original mobo & can'tbe moved.
2nd, you have 1 sys w/ a core2quad processor, and the other has an I5. This means the mobo & memory are different, you have a different setof drivers so thr=e DX4860 will not boot with the older drivers. Normallythis would take aclean install, but being an OEM version - you would need therecovery discsfromthe DX4860.


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I wanted to know if there is a way to connect a SATA hardrive to an older motherboard that has no SATA connection

A:Adapter to connect SATA HD to motherboard with no SATA connection?

You can always use one of these PCI SATA adapter cards:

A computer as old as you're describing will likely have an old type standard PCI slot, and NOT a PCI-E (PCI express). be certain to verify which slot you have, before you make a purchase. These are two entirely different interfaces, which are not interchangeable.

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Ok, just got finished building my new compy and I am trying to get Xp OS to install. I get past the add additional drivers (Nvidia Raid Class Dr. and Nvidia NForce Storage Controller) and get them to install but when I get to install Xp now? "press enter" part it comes back saying that it cannot detect a hd and must quit set up. I am working on Gigabyte S-series Am2 mobo (GA-M57SLI-S4 ver. 1:1) and using two Hitachi Deskstar hds @ 250 Gbs ea. in a Raid 0 (3gbs-s SATA).
This is my first Raid and second Sata install. Now onto to what I have done...
I have followed the manual explicitly, ie. I followed the steps listed to first enter the system Bios and enabled the Raid controller, then saved and went into the Raid bios to create the Raid saved, and went back to system bios to select the Raid to a boot device and saved. Now as I said Xp is not recognizing the hds and refuses to finish installing.

I have also tried not undoing everything and just installing without the Raid using just the Nvidia Raid Class Driver that is supposedly required w/wo A Raid with the same results.
I have now redid the Raid array.

I noticed that when I went into my bios that it also does not seem to recognizing it. When I go into Advanced bios settings, under Hard Disk Priority, it lists the Raid;
1. SCSI-0 Nvidia Stripe 465.76Gbs.
2. Bootable addins cards

However, under Standard; it is not listed. see below,
IDE channel 0 M drive (dvd drive)
IDE channel 0 S drive (cd/rw)
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A:xp install is not recognizing SATA Raid nor single SATA hd

hmm, strange - have you formatted your hard drives already? Do you have Win XP with SP2 - SP2 is needed to recognize large hard drives.
I don't know how complicated it would be but if all else fails maybe undo the raid configuration format your hard drives (if they are not already) then do the raid thing. I am a beginner so these thougths/ideas might be irrelevant.

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Even though the following is a question, I do welcome opinions on what the right answer is to my situation: I have an IDE type motherboard. The motherboard model number is SV266M (See [Date accessed: 02-28-2015 @ 7:37 PM]). I am not sure but I believe my motherboard was made in 2004. Is there a way I can connect a 1 Terabyte Sata Hard Drive to my SV266M motherboard? I have heard of a Sata Bridgeboard (SATA to IDE). I have not used one before. A matter of fact, I have only seen the Youtube Video below.
How to connect SATA devices in a PATA (IDE) only PC system
(Date accessed: 02-28-2015 @ 7:40 PM)

They even sell this bridgeboard (SATA to IDE) online.
Kingwin SATA to IDE Bridge Board ADP-06
(Date accessed: 02-28-2015 @ 7:45 PM)
The bridgeboard above above has a 3.7 out of 5 stars. However, I am not sure if this bridgeboard would be compatible with my motherboard. If there is a better bridge board (SATA to IDE) that you know of, please let me know. Do you think the Bridgeboard (SATA to IDE) would work with the SV266M motherboard?

A:Solved: Will Sata Bridgeboard (SATA to IDE) work on IDE Motherboard

They sometimes work and sometimes they don't. To make things worse your motherboard is really old and uses a VIA chipset which had a lot of compatibility issues.

You may want to look into a PCI SATA Controller card instead if you need to use this dinosaur: 600022728

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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'm wanting to upgrade to a better mainboard. I don't know much about SATA, but I've been using a SATA I hard drive very successfully through a pci controller card.

My question: If I get a new motherboard with SATA II headers, will it readily accept my SATA I hard drive? I can see how the reverse might not work, that is, not being able to connect a SATA II hard drive in a SATA I header, but maybe I'm wrong on that...?

A:Will SATA II mobo headers accept SATA I drive?

Yes, sata 3gb/s ports(commonly called sata II), are designed to be backward compatible. I'm using a sata I hd on my sata 3gb/s port on my chaintech vnf4/ultra, so yeah, it works.

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The mother board is an ASUS P5Q? I know the adapter is working because I can hook the cable that comes from the case to another sata slot shut down turn the enclosure on and boot and I have a third hard drive. But that is not how I would like to do it. If the mother board would recognize the enclosure it would give me an icon in the tray to shut it off and I would not have to reboot to back up something.

Thank u for any help

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I have two separate instances of Win8 running on two separate IDE hard drives (both Win8's restored from same exact backup image).

The one on the hard drive comected to the SATA port (via an adaptor) runs fine, but the one on the IDE connection (motherboard's only one), does not respond properly when a manual shutdown is initiated. Instead of shutting down the PC, it goes into sleep mode. This does not happen if an application (my backup software, for instance) is set to perform a shutdown after completing it's job. Only affecting manual shutdowns, but all of them.

So I am wondering if Win8 is lacking an IDE driver of some kind, and if there is a way to deternine this.

Seems strange to me that while both hard drives are IDE "underneath the hood", that the one connected throgh an adaptor is more easily being recognized by Win8, and curious if there is an easy fix.

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Hello, I've bought a lenovo 510-15isk laptop, so far, great laptop!But i have a question. Where normal the dvd drive is now a empty tray, i knew that when i purchased the laptop.You can insert there a another hdd in the plastic housing. ( there are holders inside for the hdd and you can read the maxium thickness of the hdd)But you need a sata and power adapter from the hdd to the motherboard. My question, is there a adapter from lenovo, and does someone have a serialnumber?I've searched online and read the manual but couldn't find anything so far. Best regards,  

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Umm, this was probably a stupid question, but, SATA II hard drives are easier to find than SATA hard drives. Could I just buy a SATA II drive for my netbook (which I think has a SATA HDD)?

The netbook is an Acer Aspire One D260.

A:Does a SATA II device work with a SATA mobo?

This will probably be ok but I would check with Acer first.

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I am looking to purchase an SSDD ( - Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F90GB3-BK 2.5" 90GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)) and am wondering if I will still see good speeds as my motherboard only has SATA II connections and the drive is SATA III.

A:Will I still see good speeds using a SATA 3 SSD on a SATA 2 mobo?

Yes sir you will. Regular hard drives don't even use the max bandwidth speed of Sata II, and its still tricky to get the full speed of Sata III, so you will notice a very good speed improvement with what you have. I have done this very thing in the past

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New build...installed XP Pro and used F6 to install proper drivers from Mobo CD...How can I tell if it's running at SATA 2 speed...3 Gig xfer rate...all device manager says is

A:How can I tell if my SATA drive is running at SATA 2 speed?

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I recently bought a WD 200gb SATA drive, which I plugged into my k8x800 Pro II motherboard. I updated my bios to the most recent version, installed the SATA drivers and installed Windows XP Pro SP1.

My issue is that my computer several times a day gives me the blue screen of death with error messages such as "bad_pool_caller", "error in ntfs.sys" etc. It seems to me to be related to the HD installation, as the bsod mostly happens when the harddisk is being used.

Anyone got a tip for what I could do to remedy the situation?

A:200gb SATA gives bsod, help!, What step do I take next with my SATA?

Are you using the most up-to-date drivers for you SATA drive/controller when doing the installation of XP ??

Do you have any other IDE Hard drives installed / connected ??

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Quick question, my motherboard has 5 SATA 6gbps ports. Can i find a plug that will connect a 3gbps hard drive into a 6gbps port.

A:SATA 3gbs and SATA 6gbs question...

Bumping post up...

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I am planning to change my current HITACHI 5K320 320GB HDD (HTS543232L9SA00) which is SATA I (*SATA-150*) to new HDD, but I can't find any information will my Toshiba Satelite R630-146 support new SATA II (*SATA-300*) HDD.

Maybe anyone has any ideas where I could find such information?


A:Does Satelite R630-146 support SATA II (SATA-300) HDD


I?m sure that SATA II HDDs are supported.
The point is that the notebook supports the SATA controller and the SATA II is down compatible to SATA I. So it should not be a big problem using the SATA II HDD even if the controller would be SATA I


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Perhaps not a question for sevenforums, but I'd figure you guys would either have the answer, or be able to direct me to the answer. I purchased a Silicon SiI3512 SATA Raid Controller purely to have 2 extra SATA ports which I am using to connect to my case's external drive bays. I have flashed the bios of the controller and updated the driver to put it in "Base" mode so it is not using RAID. I did extensive research on this and it appears that I have this part right. For now, I am trying to connect a WD1600BEVT 2.5" SATA-II hard drive to one of these ports and am having some difficulty. I can see the drive, but when I try to format the drive in Windows, or a command prompt (using the windows recovery DVD) it hangs. I am wondering if this is a compatibility issue with a SATA-II drive on a SATA-I controller, however, most of the forums I have read state that if there is a compatibility issue, the controller won't even recognize the drive. I searched around to see if there was a way to force the HDD to SATA(150), but the jumpers on this drive are for SSC and RPS. Is there a way to fix this or do I need a drive that is capable of forcing SATA-I speeds? Perhaps even a controller capable of at least SATA-II since that is the minimum of all new HDDs?

A:SATA-II Drive on SATA Raid Controller?

SATA II drives are typically not backwards compatible with SATA I ports, especially on add-in cards UNLESS they have what is called "autospeed negotiation". This determines the max speed of the drive and tells it to compensate if it's too high (use SATA 1 vs 2). Unless there is a jumper on your drive, which it doesn't sound like there is, then the add-in card does not have autospeed negotiation. This is taken from Problems encountered installing SATA 3.0 Gb/s hard drives on SATA 1.5 Gb/s controllers.

I suggest finding an addin card that supports SATA II like this card: - Rosewill RC-211 Silicon Image 2 port SATA II PCI Express Host Controller Card(RAID 0/1/JBOD)

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I boot XP SP1 from SATA1 (ST3160827AS-RK 160GB Seagate). I connected another sata drive (6Y160MO 160GB Maxtor ) from my old PC to SATA2. SATA controller resides on VIA chip on mobo ASUS A8V-E Deluxe. I want to copy data from the old drive (SATA2 - partitioned into c:,d:,e: on an old XP system with XP installed on c to the new one (SATA1). BIOS and Device Manager see both drives. My Computer and Disk Manager do not see the cecond drive. Is there a way to access the second disk ?

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I had a pc with SATA-1 drive installed windows7 64 bit, it was working fine untill I decided to attache the another hard drive SATA-3 with server 2003 loaded on it.
I wanted to copy some data from SATA-3 and then wipe it off and use as additional storage, But the PC stop booting from windows7 drive and started server 2003.

I went in bios to change the boot option but the SATA-1 windows7 drive is not listed?
On startup I get message;

Serial ATA AHCI BIOS- version iSrc 1.02 04192006
Controller not set for operating in AHCI mode, AHCI BIOS not installed

I had updated the BIOS to lateds 1.4 version and it does show it during memory check.
Do I need to install th AHCI ?
Would I need to install the windows 7 right from scratch?

Please guide.

A:SATA-1 & SATA3 Bios doesn't see SATA-1

There is an option in bios Sata Type/Sata controller mode. If it's set to IDE switch it to AHCI.

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My new laptop has currently 8.1 installed to a 500gig 840 EVO SSD, I replaced the 1tb hard drive it came with and did a clean install.

I'd like to utilize the M.2 sata port with a Crucial M550 500gig drive for windows, and re-install the 1tb hard drive for storage.

I have an external USB 2.5" SATA enclosure I can create an image of my current SSD/8.1 to, then I assume using Acronis or some such, restore the image to the M.2 SSD once it's installed.

I suspect Windows is going to object to having been moved from a regular SATA SSD to the M.2 SSD.
I'm not sure how Windows see's a M.2 (non-pcie, it's regular SATA M.2) VS a "regular" SATA port.
It's an HP Envy i7 laptop fwiw so it should be all Intel hardware.

Any thoughts/experience? Am I over-thinking it?

A:Move Windows from SATA SSD to M.2 SATA SSD on laptop

That should work fine, as long as bios recognizes the M2 drive. Have done similar with many msata's, all went well. Restore the image, remove the original drive, and see if it boots, no harm can be done by this.

Am recommending having a windows installation usb stick available, can be used to fix windows boot settings if needed. And keep the original image safe for some time until one is 111% sure all is well. Good luck.

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Hi guys.
I asked this question before but somehow i got no reply. i want to know whether i should get two 200 gig connected through RAID 0, or just buy one 400 SATA150 and connected to SATA master1. i really need some opinion here.

my MOBO is Asus P5AD2-E Premium.

Thanks a lot of the help.

A:Is two 200gig (SATA RAID) better than one 400 SATA (master)?

The way I would do this is like so:
400g sata drive for the os and seldom used storage. I'd likely do a 10g os partition, and the rest for data, backups, etc.
I would raid0 the apps, raid0 of the os is asking for it, in my opinion.
Put a pagefile on the os drive and the raid0 array for best performance.

This way the os is on a reliable drive rather than on a risky raid array, apps get a boost from the raid0 array.
Keep in mind that most of the always needed parts of the os will ALWAYS be in memory. Raid0 for the os isn't really needed for performance. Of course, if all you have is a raid0 array, you kinda have to place the os there...

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I've installed a ssd capable of 6GB/s on my sata II board and was wondering, if there were controller cards that could be used with one of the two slots mentioned to get the full 6GB/s speed from the ssd if so, any recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks!

A:PCI or Pciex4 controller cards for sata II to sata III for 6GB/s ssd

I've had experience with only one card (LSI 9211-8i, way overkill for your purposes) but, based on my experience with that card, to be able to boot from them (not all cards can be booted from), you would have to install the card during the installation of Win 7. Also, cards have their own BIOS that have to be loaded in addition to the OS and the MOBO's BIOS or UEFI so you probably wouldn't gain much, if anything, in boot time (more likely, overall boot time will be longer, as with my HBA card). You may gain faster program loading, though.

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So I'm still dealing with this problem.... I've got my system running XPpro on a 20GB PATA with an extra 20GB PATA for storage, had it this way for a long time now.

Now after I purchase a WD 250GB SATA drive to throw in there for additional storage, it doesn't show up at all in Windows Explorer or Drive Manager. BUT it does show up fine in the BIOS. I've already formated to NTFS and partitioned it using XPs DOS setup CD. My system is loaded with SP2 and all the SATA drivers so there should be no reason for the SATA not to show up in Explorer.

So my question is.... In a system that uses both SATA and PATA hard drives, does the operating system have to run off the SATA in order for all drives to be present???

A:Using SATA & PATA HDDs in 1 system: have to use SATA for C:\?

Don't think so, usually it is the opposite.

Does the drive show up in the Logical Disk Manager?

It may just need a signature written to it.

(you can get to LDM by right clicking my computer -> Manage. It will be down the left side.)

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Relatively new hdd disappears after some time.
(1Tb WD black sata3 jumpered to sata2)
All cables are sata click.
The drive is used for storage and is accessed only few times a month.
So is any way to test somehow what is the problem
hdd, cable or mb sata connector (GA-EP43-DS3L).
It's all start with annoying red hdd activity light lighting all the time when a drive disappears.
After a reboot all is back to normal for some time.
Tested a drive with hd tune pro and it seems ok.
-up normal
-down 1Tb missing

A:Sata Hdd / cable / motherboard sata / problem?

a few things to try first.

-use a different sata cable
-use a different power cable
-try the drive in a different sata port on the motherboard

my first thought was a motherboard fault, which it may well be but try the above first, if nothing else you can eliminate three things as possible faults in the mean time.

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I solved a similar problem in Win 7 by uninstalling an Advanced "6G" Storage Controller and letting Windows install its generic driver but I have no idea what to do in Win 10 because of the dumbed down way everything behind the scenes is displayed, which appears not to have anything remotely resembling such a thing.
Anyone else having similar issues? Or am I doomed with my now-almost-extinct 2009 Alienware machine?

A:W10 Recognizes My External SATA II Drive As SATA I - Why ?

Originally Posted by Ex_Brit

I solved a similar problem in Win 7 by uninstalling an Advanced "6G" Storage Controller and letting Windows install its generic driver but I have no idea what to do in Win 10 because of the dumbed down way everything behind the scenes is displayed, which appears not to have anything remotely resembling such a thing.
Anyone else having similar issues? Or am I doomed with my now-almost-extinct 2009 Alienware machine?

A few questions come to mind: is the drive plugged into a eSATA port on the computer and its cable rated as SATA II? Or is it in an External USB drive case that is plugged into a USB 2.0 port or maybe a USB 3.0 port?

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Hello. Got a question and I do not know the answer nor can I find it.

The mainboard on my setup is a BIOSTAR TA790GX128M. I currently have 4GB DDR PC6400 memory (2 sets of 2X1GB Matched Sets) that I am upgrading to 8GB of DDR PC6400 memory (2 sets of 2X2GB Matched Sets) as I am getting ready to install Win 7 Pro 64 bit and I wanted the extra memory. This board has 6 SATA II slots limited to 3Gb/s. As I have an external drive that I use for storage (1TB and it is almost full with my .wav music files from my digitized LP's), I got a Speed Dragon PCI Express Combo Card so that I can use eSATA function on the drive instead of USB to connect to the computer (eSATA being faster than USB V2.0). The card says the PCIe is limited to 2.5Gb/s but I have read where the SATA II ports, even though listed as 3Gb/s, operate at a much lesser speed.

I know I need to upgrade my mainboard/cpu/memory to current standards, but I can't do that right now. It will be about a year before I can upgrade the MB/CPU/Mem.

This controller card is in the PCIe slot (one of 2 - PCI Express Gen 2 X 1) and not only does it have the eSATA port but there is also a SATA II port on it as well.

I am getting a SSD that is SATA III (Samsung EVO) for the new OS and am wondering if I should hook it up to the SATA II port on the PCIe controller card to use the PCIe slot instead of hooking the SSD to one of the 6 SATA II ports on the mainboard. Four of the 6 ports are already in use (2TB HDD, 2TB HHD, 350GB H... Read more

A:SATA II or SATA II via PCIe Controller Card

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PCI SATA controller be bootable on a Dell and be recognized in windows installation. if there is any suggestion please post me a link or a product that i can buy under $35
its a Dell Dimension 4700C (Slim, Compact)
it does have a PCI but it is used by a phone modem so i can remove it but it needs a SATA controller that is bootable and does not require a driver so windows installation sees it and i do not have a floppy drive in the computer mainly do to its small slim design and there is no way of getting one in there.

just send me links of one that is bootable and can be detected in bios and in Windows installation

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I have a Dell E1505 with a Hitachi 100gb 1.5 gb sata drive. The system reports a Intel chipset of 945MG, IO=82801GBM (ICH7M). I want to replace my current HD with a larger one and am trying to figure out of the system will accept a 3.0gb sata drive. Does anybody have any experience with this set up? Will the chipset support a 3.0 sata drive? Is there any sure way to know? This is one of Intell's most current chipsets so it seems logical (maybe a stupid assumption) that it would support. But who knows what Dell has custom configured into their motherboard? I would appreciate any info/help/guidance.


A:Dell replacement HDD-sata 3.0 or 1.5?

Bisha said:

I have a Dell E1505 with a Hitachi 100gb 1.5 gb sata drive. The system reports a Intel chipset of 945MG, IO=82801GBM (ICH7M). I want to replace my current HD with a larger one and am trying to figure out of the system will accept a 3.0gb sata drive. Does anybody have any experience with this set up? Will the chipset support a 3.0 sata drive? Is there any sure way to know? This is one of Intell's most current chipsets so it seems logical (maybe a stupid assumption) that it would support. But who knows what Dell has custom configured into their motherboard? I would appreciate any info/help/guidance.

NeilClick to expand...

There is a jumper pin on the HDD to make it a 150 instead of 300 on SATA.

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Does anyone know if a Dell Inspiron 1300 laptop purchased this year will support a SATA laptop HDD (250GB)? I can get no information from the Dell site. And will I need an adapter or anything like that. I am completely new with SATA technology. I went to a SATA website and still couldn't find an answer. I bought a new HDD for my Dell Insp 1300 but found it was a SATA and all I want to know is can I use it and how? I hope this is allowed, but because of the urgency, you can also email me at [email protected] but please also answer this on the forum for anyone else with this problem. Thanks.

A:SATA Laptop HDD for Dell

With SATA being a good selling point these days I'd suspect that if the specs don't mention it then it probably isn't supported. But I don't know for sure. What kind of drive does it have now?

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I recently purchased a Dell Precision 5510 and I am now planning to install a 500gb SSD (M2), either a Samsung 500GB 850 EVO M.2 or a Crucial CT500MX200SSD4.

Does anyone know if  either of these two SSDs are compatible or have any issues with this laptop?



A:Dell Precision 5510 - M2 SATA SSD

Thank you for posting your query here.Both these device should work without any issues after the upgrade.

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Here is problem. Son's computer died. Dell XPS with Raid 320's. Motherboard died. Built him a new computer. I5 system running Windows 7. Assumed I could salvage his data. Installed 1 of the drives and Bios and Windows sees the drive. However, windows wants to format the drive, says there is no active partition. Tried Second drive, which should be his old "C". Same thing. Wants to format it. Is there something special about the way Dell sets up its drives? Something Win7 does not see? I think the drive is fine. Any thoughts?

note: all are SATA drives, new and old


A:Can't Read Dell SATA drive


Could you please post a screenshot of disk management for me?


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After formating hard drive when the F6 prompt come up at the beginning of the installation for nvidia mediashield drivers the installation will not accept them...I have the right drivers on a floppy but is there a better way...slipstreaming? my boot sequence starts w/ cd bios now on default settings I have xp mce sp2..Thanks for any advice...

A:sata drivers for dell xps600

In my experience, using F6 during the install is only for onboard controller drivers. Nvidia mediasheild is for the sata?

If it is, is your hard drive seen by the install without doing F6? You might not need to press F6.

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Hello all,

i have a Hitachi Deskstar 80gb SATAII hard drive and was planning on getting another one of these hard drives and looking into creating a RAID array. My motherboard has SATA but it does not have SATAII. Im looking at 2 different PCI sataII cards,

- PCI - here

- PCIx - here

Is the PCIx one faster? and how much difference does sataII create over sata? also how much difference will the raid array make?

Thanks in advance

A:Sata to Sata II via PCI/PCIx worth it?

The PCI Express one is definitely faster. But make sure your motherboard has PCI Express slots.

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can i disable the raid sata and use it like ordinary sata for optical drive in the intel D975XBX2 ? thanks

A:raid sata to ordinary sata

I use two sata drives in a hardware raid 0.

What RAID are you using? RAID 0/RAID 1/RAID 5
You can break your RAID, BUT you will lose all the striped data on all your drives if configured in RAID 0.
RAID 1 are mirrored drives, and the array can be broken without data loss.

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I have a 790i mother board with about 6 or 7 sata connections
Let's call them slot 0-6.
I will have 2 Samsung DVD optical drives and two 160gig Sata drives to be set up for Raid 0
Should I plug the optical drives into Sata slot 0 and 1 and the HDD into slot 2 and 3 or the other way around? or does it just not matter?
Thanks in advance

A:Sata optical and Sata HDD connection

It really doesn't matter functionally but for display/ listing purposes start putting the drives in SATA 0

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"realize that the 6Gb/sec transfer rate is a marketing gimmick -- no mechanical hard disk will ever saturate even a 3Gb/sec (SATA II) interface" from

Does this mean it's pointless to use a hard drive that uses a sata 3 connection over a sata 2?

A:Is SATA 3 faster than SATA 2 in practice?

It's pointless for any harddrive that doesn't saturate Sata2.
No, it's absolutely necessary because we already have harddrives exceeding Sata2's 300MB/s.
IMO not a marketing gimmick, but a step forward. Though I have seen a couple mechanical harddrives priced a couple dollars higher because they are SATA3, but just be smart and not buy them.

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topic i got a sata 2 hd and a sata drive and some one told me the cables for sata 2 will work on my sata so i ordred 2 uv green sata 2 cables 10 inch.thanks in advanced for the help.

A:Sata 2 cables compatible with sata?

I don't see any problems, they are the same connectors....

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Can I hook up a sata II drive to a sata I port or will this not work?

A:Sata II drive to sata I port?

Yes this will work but you will just get SATA I speeds and not SATA II speed. But thats not big problem

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I want install a SATA MAXTOR 300GBs cache16MB in an old M/B,
Asus A7N8X-X, sA.
No RAID, just want to increase the capacity of this PC. I have another HD already in, IDE WD 40GB 8MB in which there is the OS(Win XP Pro SP2). Would these 2 discs work properly together?

So, do I just have to buy a Sata Controller PCI card, install it and install its drivers? Would I have any problem?
Would all of the 300GBs(279 in fact) be recognized?

A:Sata HD in a M/B which doesnt supports Sata

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problem - I bought a new 1 tb western dig HD that is sata ii (wd10eacs) and windows does not give it a drive letter.

I have a intel D101Dggc mobo whose specs say that there is a sata i connection. Can this be the problem - the sata 1 connection on the older moboi cannot process the new sata ii hd?

if not, what is a good way to tr shoot? The device mgr in windows put this drive name in the hard drive list.

A:can new sata II 1 tb hd work with a sata i mobo?

If the drive is detected then the SATA 1/5 versus 3.0 is not likely an issue.

But the drive needs to be initialized, partitioned and formated before it will get a driver letter and be accessible.

To do that you must use Disk Management and here's how:

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When I connect a 2nd SATA disk to a DELL Dimension, it's recognised by the BIOS but not by Windows (nor Partition Magic, nor AIDA).

What I find odd is that I can see only 2 SATA plugs on the motherboard. However, the BIOS sees the original boot disk under Drive 0 and Port SATA-0. The new one is recognised as Drive 1 and Port SATA-2. What happened to SATA-1?

I wouldn't mind except that this might be a reason why the new disk is not seen by Windows.

A:SATA-0 / SATA-2 Disk problem

Hmmm... Since Sata is set as shared... it will not required to set jumper. Put the SATA 0 as OS, try boot it up. if it works, plug in SATA 1. If it works. here u go. if not, it is bios problem. you should set it as Enchanced or SATA only under BIOS. If it has auto, use it.

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has the motherboard goto be sata 2 compatable or is it just the hard disk thats faster or what not?

A:Simple Sata / Sata 2 question

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My MB supports only SATA 2 but in my city, the HDD SATA 3 is more cheap than SATA 2. If I buy the HDD SATA 3 it will work with my MB SATA 2 controller?

A:HDD SATA 3 (6.0Gb/s) works with SATA 2 (3.0Gb/s) controller???


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Wondering if anyone can help me.

I'm Trying to boot off a SATA HDD thats plugged into ALi SATA PCI add-on card. When i first installed the card and the HDD an option to view the SCSI Raid bios setup appeared after the POST. Once I copied the old IDE HDD onto the new drive using MaxBlast 4, this option dissapeared.

Now in windows XP when botted off the old IDE disk I can see the new hard drive as a second drive and it is an exact copy of the old drive.

But how once you have romoved the IDE disk from the system do you get the system to Boot off the new Drive.



A:Booting from a SATA HDD on a ALI SATA PCI card

if u have jumpers on the harddrives check those to make sure they are set up correctly, but first i would check ur boot order in ur system settings (tap f8 while the computer is booting, and find the boot order in the menus) if u are not comfortable playing with ur system settings, u may want to ask someone to do this for you

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I purchased this XPS 14 Ultrabook in October 2012 and I just swapped the original HDD with a Samsung 840 EVO SSD but it is being detected as SATA II instead of SATA III.  Is the motherboard on this laptop really not SATA III compatible being that this laptop is a 2012 model?
I tried to look for the motherboard specs online but I could not find the info anywhere.  Does someone know the answer to this or how to fix it?

A:XPS 14 Ultrabook (L421x) SATA II or SATA III?

Hi Arstocker,
     The SATA III spec 6Gb/s was released 3 years prior to the release date of your XPS14. The Spec. Sheet doesn't indicate properly that it''s SATA II or III but I'd bet dollars to donuts if it's sold as SATA III it's supported. If you Right Click on Computer and select manage and then pick Disk Management  you may simply need to initialize the SSD from there. If this screenshot is from your PC with the Drive installed, your computer knows the drive exists, you just have to convince the operating system it's there. If this answer helped please remember to click the YES button and if you need further assistance don't hesitate to contact. 
Here's the link to you XPS14

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Hey guys sorry if this is in the wrong section, but i'm looking to upgrade from a HDD to SSD. I've been reading online about my board and apparently the marvell 9128 controller sucks speed wise. I was looking at the Corsair Force 3 because of the read/write speeds. Upon doing more digging though it looks like id be better off running a drive on the SATA 2 ports. Would I then be better off getting a SATA 2 SSD for slightly cheaper?

I'm confused on what to do. Any advice would be much appreciated.



See My Specs. Intel SATA II works better for me than Marvel SATA III. All those spec sheets means very little in real world applications. I chose the Intel 510 for three reasons, reliability, reliability, 5 year warranty.

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I have just bought a WD Raptor which has 8mb Cache and is SATA 150. I am running my OS on this hard drive and my other WD drive is 250GB 16mb cache 72000rpm and is SATA 300. The 250GB Drive i've decided to use for storage.

Should i change the jumper settings on the 250GB Drive to run at SATA 150 or should i just leave it at SATA 300.

and at times it does take a while to access files from my 250GB too. there are some other jumper settings on the back of both drives but i dont know which ones would be optimal for me.

Thanx in advance.

Intel Pentium 4 3Ghz
Asus P5WD2 Premium Mother Board.
1.5GB RAm DDR2.

BTW My DVDRW has dissapeared from My Computer too!

A:WD Raptor SATA 150 and SATA 300 configuration.

The interface speed makes absolutely no difference

The drive mechanics are at least 2x slower than SATA150 and it makes absolutely no difference whether you run the drive at SATA150, SATA300 or SATA50000.

You could try some more obvious things like defragmenting the drives and splitting them into several partitions.

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I am thinking of purchasing a new HDD that is SATA 3G. My motherboard is about a year and a half old, and does not specify whether or not it can support 3G. I was just wondering if 3G is i guess backwards compatible? or if it is even worth getting a 3G drive if my MOBO doesn't support 3G.


A:Solved: SATA 3G Compatible with SATA I or II?

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Ok, so here's the layout. I have windows xp pro installed with 2 non-sata hard drives. primary being windows etc and secondary being just storage/games/music.

I now have a 160gb SATA hd. So i mount it, hook up the sata cable to motherboard, hook up sata power cable, and boot it up.

I go to my computer and see nothing. So i go to find new hardware and find nothing either. I installed scsi component and it showed the 2 things i just installed, the scsi component, and, of course, it shows/detects the new sata drive.

So i'm thinking it's now under 'my computer' i look there and it's not there.

Now what i'm doing is only having this for mass storage, i would even replace the second drive (non sata) i had for this.

(my BIOS under integrated periph has OnChip SATA enabled and OnChip SATA mode is "IDE" [the other option is RAID, but i only have 1 sata hdd])

So right now i'm thinking that I can't use sata and non-sata hdd's together.. but i could've sworn you could! I bet i'm just doing this wrong

oh, and one more weird thing, i ran 'everest' and went under storage devices, it shows 'drive 3' as EPSON usb storage 160gb .. and epson is my printer driver!

So i uninstalled the printer driver now it just says drive 3 (159gb)


I want to run my single sata hdd with my other 1 or both hdd's that are non-sata. Is this possible, and if ... Read more

A:SATA & non-SATA drive interlinking! Help!

You have to partition hard drives before they show up in My Computer.

See Disk Management.

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My first new build and things were going so well until I switched it on....
The BIOS doesn't recognise any of the SATA devices I have installed.

Added in an additional Seagate IDE drive (400mb) and it sees that no problem at all.

Changed the power cables around to see if that was the issue with the SATA drives and it wasn't.

The dived into the BIOS, Under Integrated Pheripherals

IDE Controller - Enabled
SAT Contoller - Enabled

SAT Type - tried Native ID and AHCI, didn't bother with RAID. With AHCI selected I tried SAT port 4/5 as IDE and connected just the VelociRapture to port 5.
Tried all combinations of the above 2 drives , 1 drive....and still no joy, the drives might as well be on another planet.

The Gigabyte MB manual clearly states that it supports 5 x SATA 2.0/1/2/3/4 upto 3Gb/s.

Looked on the web and it appears others are experiencing problems but I couldn't find a post which replicated a new build, most where adding in drives to an existing system.

I have access to a IDE DVD and floppy drive if there're needed. I will be loading Windows 7, ideally onto the VelociRapture, with the Seagate SATA 1.5gb for storage.

Can anyone help....although the answer I bet is simple I am running out of ideas!!
(I apologise I first posted this in the wrong forum)

A:New Build: 2 x SATA II HDs, 1 x SATA DVD/CD Writer and I can't see any of them

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I have a Dell Optiplex GX289 SFF computer. How do I take an old laptop SATA 250GB HDD and make it the primary for the desktop? I have a SATA slot, and have heard about the appropriate 2.5 to 3.5 brackets. But, because I have a SATA connector, how can I do this safely? I also plan on putting a slimline DVDRW in place of the CDRom drive that is IDE I believe.

A:Laptop SATA to Desktop SATA

In plain English, here it is.

1. Have 250 GB SATA WD laptop drive (never used).
2. Want to swap out a 40 GB WD SATA desktop drive in a Dell slimline computer.
3. I have heard about the 'external' brackets, but want to use it as the primary.
Can I do this ?

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recently purchased a western digital 400 gb sata hd and am using a ide to sata bridge to connect it to the ide cable from an external 3.5" enclosure. when everything is connected the usb port that the external hd is connected to only shows the ide to sata bridge driver. i only want the sata drive to function as an external drive for storage. am i missing something that i need to do to get this recognized in my computer in xp?

A:Sata hdd w/ ide to sata bridge not being recognized

This Western Digital 400 needs to be formatted. Use the Western Digital install program to set up the new drive... You may have to temporarily install the drive into your computer to do the formatting

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I am setting up a new system with the following:
M5A97 LE 2.0 Asus MB
AMD 4130 processor
Sandisk SSD 120 for OS
NVIDIA 210 Graphic

System is for general use. NOT GAMING

Will I lose much by using a SATA 2 HD rather than a SATA 3? My thinking is that it should not make much difference.

Also wondering if upgrade to 6 core would make that much difference.

Finally, I assume these days using a RAID for data is not preferable to simply backing up externally.

A:New Setup. SSD, SATA 3 for OS and HD, SATA 2 for data

Well SATA 2 hard drives have older technology and fabrication than the new SATA 3 for what ever that's worth. Multi core processors work better for programs that are written to use them.
Yea external hard drives are holding up to 5 TB now days with very fast reads and writes. if your worried run 2 as I do one internal and 1 external for back up only, my actual data is on a 1TB WD Black.

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Ok. I've read all the reports and "in theory" I know what I need to do. However, I haven't been able to pull it off yet and need some help.

Here goes:
I hate Vista. I'm installing XP.
I have a SATA drive. I don't have a floppy drive.
I believe I can do it in the BIOS.

I've changed the HD setting in the BIOS from SATA to ATA (my only choice).
XP installs fine.
But now I need to change it back to SATA. I do that, restart and I get the blue screen with an automatic restart. I'm sure I need to add the SATA drivers somewhere, but I'm not sure where or how.

Any insight would be appreciated.

Thanks all-

A:Installing XP on a SATA drive in my Dell m1330

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Got a Samsung sata dvd burner for friend to install in his fairly new Dell desktop.He said there was a sata port on motherboard and he hooked it up but it is not being recognized by his xp computer.Wonder if other sata port needs enabled in bios or if need drivers.Was an oem burner.Any idea's?

A:Samsung sata drive and Dell desktop

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Hi all,
Just received my new D620. However, bios admin password is set, boot order=hard disk only, and good old method with my still ready ide hard disk from paragon's site, that I have used twice with success (great job!) is not anymore applicable: D620 ships now with S-ATA hard disk...
Before investing too much in new hardware/adapter, I really wonder if I could apply the same method, as I have a doubt that a W98 boot disk would be able to "format c: /s" a S-ATA drive.
If not, any clue?
(sorry if the question was already adressed somewhere, as I really tried to do my best to find it by myself before annoying you
Thanks all!

A:DELL 620 Bios pwd removal & SATA/Paragon pb

windows 98 does not support serial ATA. furthermore, the size of you average modern SATA drive would be far too much for FAT32 to handle.

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Hi there,

I've got a Dell Dimension 4600 that I'm stripping right down to use for audio production. At the moment it's got an 80Gb IDE hard drive but I want to take this out and install 2 SATA hard drives, one for apps and one for audio. Does anyone know if this is possible? I've misplaced my manual and from the info I've found on the net it seems there's only 1 connection for a SATA drive.

If anyone can shed some light I'd appreciate it.


A:Dell Dimension 4600 - SATA question

I doubt that it is possible due to the motherboard in the 4600. SATA for Dell started with the Dell Dimension 4700, I believe.
But you only have to open the case and look for SATA sockets on the motherboard.

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I have Windows Home Premium x64 installed on my Dell L502X (early 2011 model) Laptop.
I want to install Windows XP Professional x64 SP2 on my other drive for gaming etc (dual boot keeping win 7 also).
I am installing it thru USB pendrive E2B software but during installation it is asking me for SATA drivers .I don't know how to go thru .
Motherboard - Dell Inc. 0MY6GN
CPU Name - Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2670QM CPU @ 2.20GHz
IDE controller -Intel(R) Mobile Express Chipset SATA AHCI Controller

A:SATA Drivers for Windows XP 64-Bit on Dell L502X

I believe you need to have WinXP with SP1 or SP1a on the disc or maybe SP2 to get SATA support, otherwise you'll need the SATA drivers for 64-bit copied onto a USB drive and plugged in then press F6 at the prompt to install SCSI drives from disc. That install screen just was never updated to display other removable devices than a floppy. I've done it with the 32-bit versions of WinXP a number of years ago, never had 64-bit hardware until Vista came out but needed Vista so never installed the 64-bit WinXP.

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Hello everyone,
I have a Dell Dimension 2400 that has a hard drive that uses a gray cable to connect to the motherboard. I think that is an IDE ?  I am trying to find out if it is possible to connect a SATA hard drive to this motherboard.  
I have a Dell Studio that simply refused to come on. I feel it is the motherboard, not the power switch, because things have, over the last little while, quit working. First the DVD drive would not work, then the external DVD drive that can be plugged in to a USB port would not work on the pc. I had a friend who had the very same Studio and the same thing happened to hers. She had someone look at hers and was told the motherboard had indeed gone bad. So I feel that the motherboard just breathed her last breath and died on me.  The SATA drive is in it. I have all my info on the drive backed up to about a month or so ago, so it is not a huge loss of data, but over the last week there are things on the drive that were not backed up yet that I would like to access and get off the drive.  I have no reason to believe that the hard drive is ruined in any way, and I would like to install it on my Dell Dimension 2400 just to get what I did not have backed up yet over the last week.
When I went to install the hard drive out of the Studio I found that it does not have a spot for the long gray cable on it.  So I need to know if I can still install this drive on the Dimension 2400. If so can someone tell me, or post a link to, ... Read more

A:Dell Dimension 2400 and SATA Harddrive

Okay, update... the little adapter came in today. It worked so far as connecting and everything. But Vista on the hard drive is 64 bit and the older pc I was wanting to put it in motherboard will not support 64 bit.   So yes, the little connectors do work as they are supposed to. But the motherboard would not support Vista 64 bit.  Oh well, I didn't spend a lot trying it and I discovered a docking system, so I just got one of those.

Thanks for everyones help!

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I got a dell dimension 4600 with no hard drive but I have a seagate 160 GB sata hard drive. It had a 60 GB ATA/IDE hard drive in it,will the sata hard drive work in the dell 4600? I read somewhere it should have "two SATA connectors on it" but I dont see it ? It has a INTEL 865G Motherboard. Thanks !

A:Dell 4600 with sata hard drive ?

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I recently bought Lenovo Y410 notebook and it came with windows vista home premium. As i want to install WinXP in my notebook, i tried with the WinXP CD available with me. But it didnt work, so i tried slipstreaming using nlite when i came to know that intel ich8m sata 3 port SATA Storage controller 2828 is the name of my SATA controller. But even then i am not able to install winXP. After copying all the installation files, the installation process doesnt move forward after rebooting. I am not getting the blue screen, but booting is not happening even after all the installation files are copied.

In short, i just want to install winXP on my laptop.
Inorder to try the AHCI disabling option, i checked in the advanced tab of bios, but such an option was not at all available there.
Pls help.

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I have two 16GB micro sata ssd's I'd like to try and get working inside a Dimension B110. I already have two sata to micro sata adapter cables so all I need to do is get it able to accept two sata drives. I'm looking at this "Ultra U12-40739 PCI Expansion Card - 2 SATA Internal Ports, 1.5Gbps, Raid 0, 1, JBOD" to get the two sata connections. But it says in the specs "Supports 66MHz PCI with 32-bit Data". Should it be backward compatible to work with the B110's 33MHz PCI interface? I'll also be buying two 4 Pin Molex power to 15 Pin SATA with a 5V to 3.3V converter cables. I'm also wondering how the RAID would be setup? Does the B110 BIOS have options for RAID? Will it show the option for RAID once the two ssd's are connected? Will there be some software utility I'll need to configure it? Not sure how that will work. Thanks for help!

A:raid with two micro sata ssd's in Dell Dimension B110?

Well I got the parts I needed and the ssd's are installed, but I can't get the drives to show up in "Computer" so I can use them as bootable drives. I'm using some sata utility tool and I'll add pics of what I see. How can I get them as bootble drives?


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Had a SATA drive DELL 8400 (less than a year old) Dell error code 7, told drive bad need a new one. Person came to install drive, left without installing windowxp. Tried to install windows xp, said drive not detected. Had to call person back, they went into the bios and changed the settings to ATA, then windows loaded. Then when I went to install drivers with Dell disk RAID something or other, was detected but when drivers went to install, said it wasn't there. (kind of don't understand what RAID is)
1. Should the bios be put back to original settings, and then those drivers put in, or leave well enought alone since the computer is working OK?
2. Is code 7 always fatal? I want to get some files from the old hard drive, can I add the sata to an existing computer with an IDE using an add in card, in efforts to try to get some important files?

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My Question is that can I get a SATA II drive with any cache and will it work with the Dell's motherboard within the system as I think theres a problem with the HDD that I have now since in the last hour, Windows has been showing me the blue screen with the FATAL Error displaying and then after that the Fatal Error screen appears again with the beginning of physical dump and nothing else. I ran diagonsitcs on the computer and everything seem to be normal, but something is nagging me that it isn't.

A:Can I Install A SATA II Drive on a Dell Dimension 5150

SATA II is backwards compatible so you shouldn't have a problem getting a SATA II drive to work with your Dell tower. You just won't benefit from the fast transfer rates that SATA II offers.

On a side note; are you sure you need a new hard drive. It could be just your OS that is fudged. Try reinstalling the OS. If you are unsure about the integrity of your HDD have a read of this it will show you how to run Chkdsk.

I hope that helps.

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How can I load the SATA drivers on a Dell Dimension 9100 if I do not have a floppy? I downloaded the drivers onto a CD from the Dell site, but I have no idea on how to put them on the computer. I tried the F6 option during OS install but that won't work, how can I get it to load up off the CD since I do not have a Floppy? The CPU does not recognize any drive at all so I was told I needed to load the SATA drivers. Can someone please help me out.

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Hello guys,

i have a Dell inspiron 1721 that wont see the hard drive in any of the two sata bays.
i have reset the bios still nothing
i have slavd the drive to a usb caddy and its working perfectly
there are no additional settings for sata that i can see
the BIOS is old a03
and in dell website there is an update available to a07
so i thought i would give this a go.

problem is when i try run the bios update through the vista repair enviroment it complains about the mains and battery nneding to be installed...

the exact error is:

the ac adapter and battery must be plugged in before....bla bla bla ...doesnt start only has ojk and cancel
my battery is working..and so is the charger
and i also tried a charger and battery from a different dice

i tried to google, couldnt find anything relating

any ideas?

A:Dell inspiron1721 wont see healthy sata drive

this will not help much but am 99% sure it is in the bios as had this myself but can not recall how i did it, the settings were "within" the bios if you get me,

auto detect -off-on think it was set to auto for any other drives than what was shipped which is how dell try to get more buisness

sorry cant be more specific as not got the dell here. that bios upgrade is just fixes nothing to do with any extra features
1. Improve compatibility with Dell Wireless 1390 & 1490 Dell WLAN.
2. Added enhancement for optical drives.

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I have a Dell Dimension 5150 (at work) that will not boot up. I sat down at the computer last Monday a.m. and faced a "SATA hard drive failure" error message, Press F1 or F2 to continue. I pressed F2 and nothing happened. I turned the computer off manually and restarted and received the same error message. I pressed F1 or F2 (I cannot recall which) and the computer began trying to boot, but could not get past the Dell screen, but it kept continuing to try to boot up. I finally turned the computer off and check the hard drive cables. I restarted the computer and began receiveing a "checkpoint [ITHR] error" message, which was intermittent with a Keyboard Failure error message, but the computer will not boot up.

I removed the hard drive this a.m. and connected it to the only other computer in the office with SATA connections and was able to read the hard drive. Therefore, it is obviously not the hard drive. I have connected a different keyboard and receive the same message(s). I have attempted to boot with no keyboard attached and receive the same message(s). My employer thought the fan might be the problem, but the fan is running.

I am not completely literate as to the proper terms to use, but am comfortable working inside the computer case if this is something that is fixable for less than $200. My employer thinks if it will cost more than $200, we should get a new system - I disagree due to some software program incompatibilities from Windows XP to Win... Read more

A:Dell Dimension 5150 - SATA drive failure

Component failure.. In order of likleyness RAM, Power supply, motherboard, bios corruption. overheating.

Remove all ram, try just one stick on its own. If no boot, try a different one. if no joy
swap power supply from a different working machine.
Give it a good clean by blowing all the dust out with a vacuum cleaner set to blow. do not poke the vacuum cleaner brush into the machine. You can use a soft 2" paintbrush to loosen the dust. That should sort overheating.

Otherwise motherboard or bios. You can't do the bios without getting the motherboard to boot up first.

still no joy. Disconnect all hard drives, power and data cables. Remove all add in cards Modem, additional graphics cards sound cards etc. just leaving motherboard, cpu, cpu fan, power supply, one stick of ram and use either onboard graphics controller or put graphics card back in. this is bare minimum for booting. It should boot or at least default to bios setup where you can check temperateure of cpu and motherboard.

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Well, my Dell owners manual leaves me wondering...:rolleyes:
about a planned upgrade to this PC.
The Dell Owners manual says that "SATA HD's" connect to the system board connectors labeled SATA-0 thru SATA 3 and CD/DVD drives to the PRI IDE connector.
My question is, can I hook up a LG GSA-H62L 18X DVD +/- RW DL SATA Drive w/LightScribe to the SATA connectors instead of the IDE connectors?
I have a extra SATA power connector on the power supply cord to the single HD with just enough length to reach the upper drive bay for a workable power connector. I'll have to order a SATA signal connector cable though.

My minds eye says yepper rooney, it's a doable thingy.
Just crossin' my "T's" and dotting my "i's".
How about it guru's?

ARE Any 'MB set-up' configurations that would be needed?



A:2005 Dell Dimension 8400 SATA DVD +/- RW DL upgrade

yes you can do that. im sure when the manual was written there was no SATA CD/DVD. you sould have no problem installing the LG GSA-H62L DVD drive

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A coworker's Dell Optiplex 520 Desktop is reporting a failing hard drive. SMART is showing only 1 remaining available reallocation sector. The HDD is a Hitachi HDS725050KLA360 500GB SATA model. We are planning to purchase the same model drive as a replacement. I would like to clone the old System HDD to the replacement drive. The motherboard only has 1 SATA port. I have a USB to SATA/IDE adapter (

Will Clonezilla or any other free program allow me to clone the contents of the current SATA System Hard drive to the new SATA drive, via the USB adapter? I am going to assume I will need to have the cloning software burned on a bootable CD (easier than a USB drive for me).

A:Solved: Cloning SATA Drive on Dell Optiplex 520 via USB

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Could someone please describe the proper procedure to migrate data from my old SATA drive (Fujitsu MHV2080BH) to a new SATA drive (Western Digital WD3200BEKT). Dell assures me the HDD is compatible with my Inspiron E1505. However, when I tired cloning the drive using Acronis I discovered the HPA issue related to MediaDirect on this laptop. After MUCH angst, I now have a new from the company WD hard drive and I don't want to screw this up! Please advise either

1) How to properly delete MediaDirect and kill off the HPA problem in the first place so that the drive can be cloned. This would be my preferred option since I don't even want to use MediaDirect anyway.
2) How to properly build the new hard drive using the original installation discs that came with the computer. This is not a bad option since a fresh install would have some benefits.
3) Some other strategy for doing this which will help me get the laptop up and running with the new HDD.

Thanks! Any help is appreciated.

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