I recently bought a sata drive, but when I tried to install it along with a pre-existing ide drive, it doesn't seem like it's being seen by my motherboard (asus m2n-e sli) at all. Thinking that this had something to do with the IDE drive, I unplugged it and tried to install Windows afresh on the sata drive, but it said something along the lines of no harddrive was found. I took at look at the BIOS main menu (screen in pg 4-15 in the manual), and the sata drive isn't listed there either, whether if I had it plugged in by itself or with the IDE drive.
I'd really appreciate it if anyone had some ideas that might help me. Thanks
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This MoBo has 4 SATA connectors. Assuming you have one or two hard drives just plug it into one of the spare ports. If you are unsure, carefully follow the data cable from a hard drive to the MoBo to find the ports.
the motherboard you have can only support 4 SATA Drives. if you want to use your IDE drives, you have 3 options: 1) buy a SATA to IDE Converter which is around $20-$25. (if you selected this, you can fix the drives into the internal of the pc). 2) buy USB to IDE converter $10-$15. (if you want to fix the drive inside the pc, remove one PCI slot casing cover at the back of the computer casing and use the USB slot at the back of PC). Hope this helps. Good Day!
You need to add a controller card for SATA. These are not expensive. One you might consider is this:
Vantec UGT-ST200 Serial ATA PCI Host Card
It costs about $25, and is available many places, including Tiger Direct, Fry's Electronics, and others. Here is a link to one on the Fry's website. Shop around, you might even find it somewhere else cheaper:
You must have added the SATA drive after setting up the IDE. If both drives are using the same os this will not function. Ony one drive can have the os on it. All SATA's are seen as a master.
To correct this problem, disconnect the IDE drive. Hook up the SATA drive. Again if the SATA has the os on it everything will run. Change the jumper on the IDE and set it as a slave. Hook the IDE up. Enter the bios & do not list the IDE in the boot to section. Problem solved. While in windows, format the IDE drive.
You do not want windows thinking you want a dual boot system.
So you understand, in the bios -boot settings this is how things should be listed.
Boot device 1 Sony Optiarc DVD drive
Boot device 2 WD raptor SATA, In-stall your os to this drive