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Install sata drives on abit av8 motherboard (vista home)

I have decided to upgrade hard drive and dvd rom to sata. i have set bios but no drives are detected. tried a total reinstall using ide rom but still no hard drive. once vista is installed on ide drive sata dvdrom is working but when i boot with sata hard drive attatched aswell there is only ide hard drive. Q. can this board boot from a sata drive/ can it handle a 250gb drive/would i be better buying another board.

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  • heckius Sep 28, 2008

    Yes i installed them when i tried installing vista went through install but still no drive. Then i have installed them in vista. when Pioneer 20x 30708 internal dvdrw is connect with 80gb ide hard drive, device manager shows device to be working fine, when i connect HITACHI 250GB SATA HDD the device is shown with a yellow exclamation with (this device canno start (code 10)

  • heckius Sep 28, 2008

    thanks joed tried that but no joy. i have ide hard drive,usb pen drive, sata dvdrom and sata hard drive connected but in disk managment there is only ide drive and pen drive.

  • heckius Sep 28, 2008

    no neither sata drives are present in bios and "sata raid rom is set to enabled" this is the only reference to sata in the bios

  • heckius Sep 28, 2008

    yes it does scan and it reports dvdrom as non raid device but still doesn't see hdd, i have tried swapping all connections with rom and still same results, rom works perfectly fine until i connect hdd.

  • heckius Sep 28, 2008

    no jumpers on either rom or hd i have set them both on seperate cables

  • heckius Sep 28, 2008

    also both drives are new out of packet and never been able to do anything with hdd

  • heckius Sep 28, 2008

    i was starting to think that myself .. thanks a million for trying

  • JDTec
    JDTec May 11, 2010

    DiD you install the SATA drivers?

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    Which SATA connectors should be used for 6 GB/s drives?

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Right click on my computer, click on manage. Then on Disk Management. See if the drive shows up . If it does you can format it by right clicking and select format.

Posted on Sep 28, 2008

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  • JDTec
    JDTec Sep 28, 2008

    In BIOS, do you see the SATA drive. Is this option turned on?

  • JDTec
    JDTec Sep 28, 2008

    Do you see the unit scan for the SATA drives on boot up? It should since the option is enabled in the Bios.



    Move the seial cable to a different connector, see if it's the connection.

  • JDTec
    JDTec Sep 28, 2008

    I know that SATA drives do not need jumpers for drive selection, but just for grins, check the CD-Rom and see if it has a jumper. It may be conflicting.



    Is the SATA HD partitioned?

  • JDTec
    JDTec Sep 28, 2008

    HD may be bad... after all you have done, that may be the reason.

  • JDTec
    JDTec Sep 28, 2008

    Good luck!

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