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Re: My Motherboard fails todetect my WD 320oAAKS SAta...
If holding the cable allows it to detect the drive I would have to say you are getting a bad connection.
Try plugging into another sata connection on the motherboard, if that does not work try another cable, if that does not work it only leaves the hard drive. If it is still under warranty you can try to return it to the manufacturer for repair but be sure to back up all your data because there is an excellent chance they will just send you back a refurbished drive.
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SATA Hard Disk as a Slave b> An SATA hard drive is an internal hard drive that connects to your computer's motherboard. It is even possible to connect multiple drives to the same computer; however, only one drive can be the master hard drive; the other(s) must be slave drives. This is because the master drive has the operating system installed and must be used to boot up the system. When installing a new SATA hard drive onto your computer, you must set it as a slave.
Power down your computer and disconnect the cables. Remove the Phillips screws from the exterior of the computer case and slide the case open to expose the interior of your computer. Identify the hard drive at the front of your computer, then slide the new SATA drive in underneath. Insert the smaller power cable into the power port on the side of the SATA hard drive. Follow the power cable running out of the current hard drive and insert it next to it on the motherboard. Pull out the ribbon cable, which has three different connection ports: one on each end of the cable and one in the middle. The connection port on the middle inserts into the slave drive and is slightly different than the other two ends (the pins built into the port are in different locations than the other ends). Insert the middle connection port into the ribbon port on the back end of the SATA hard drive. Plug one of the opposite ends of the cable (doesn't matter which one) into the SATA connection port on the motherboard (your current hard drive is inserted here). Once connected, this completes your slave drive connection. Second SATA 2 Hard Drive as a Slave b> Installing a second hard drive in your desktop PC or notebook is an option used to increase hard disk space without losing or transferring the data from your original hard drive. Using this method not only increases hard disk space, it also increases the virtual memory space for the Windows operating system, increasing operational efficiency. One of the ways in which a BIOS can recognize the second hard drive is to boot it as a slave drive, with the primary hard drive booted as a master drive.
Turn the PC off and remove the desktop chassis. Refer to the pin connector diagram. This is displayed on the sticker, on top of the hard drive, for the position of the slave pin. Place the plastic connector on the slave pin as detailed on the diagram. Connect the hard drive to the power and IDE/SATA cable. Ensure the other ends are connected to the motherboard. Use the screws to mount the drive. Replace the desktop chassis. Turn on the PC. Enter the BIOS, by default this can be done by pressing F2. If this does not work consult your motherboard manual. In the BIOS, press right until the boot device tab is highlighted. Set the slave drive to boot following the primary drive. Read the bottom line and use the relevant key to save the settings. Restart the PC. Hope it helps. http://www.pcmech.com/article/installing-a-hard-drive-step-by-step/ Installing a hard drive.
If the internal DVD drive worked previously, try changing the boot order in your BIOS. Depending on your computer, you will need to press Esc, Del, F1, F2 or F10 to access the BIOS. Save the new boot order when you exit the BIOS. If your DVD isn't listed, replace the SATA cable with a new one and make sure that the power cable is fully seated. You can try connecting the data cable to another SATA port on the motherboard. It's possible that the DVD drive failed as well; you can try a different optical driver.
All of the SATA ports should be able to support a boot device unless there is a specific controller/bandwidth sharing issue involved.
If you are using a USB DVD drive, you need to make sure that your motherboard supports booting from USB.
Please add a comment with your computer make/model or motherboard. I can provide more assistance with changing the boot order or determining the limitations of your SATA ports on your system.
Under the main view photo at the top left; there are 4 views shown underneath. Click on the third view from the Left. Shows a top view of the motherboard. Now it is the main view. Click on the main view to enlarge it.
See the 5 blue SATA connectors under the Blue and Black ram memory slots? Red line points to them, and subheading states; SATA connectors; 6Gbps
IF you are going to add a SATA harddrive as a Secondary harddrive, use one that is open. (Nothing plugged into it)
Which one? Does NOT matter. The beauty of SATA is, that you can plug into any one of those SATA connectors, and BIOS will find the device that is plugged into it.
(SATA 1 connector is usually reserved for the Primary harddrive, though. The one with the Windows operating system on it. [Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, etc )
Looking at the connector for the SATA data cable at the top, note the L-shaped opening.
Looking at the SATA connector for a motherboard, shown on the bottom, note the L-shape where the SATA data cable plugs in.
The SATA power cable has the same L-shaped opening. Only plugs in one way.
Caution! IF, the SATA harddrive you are going to use, has a provision for a SATA power cable, AND a 4-pin Peripheral power cable, ONLY use just a SATA power cable!
Why? Because you will burn the SATA harddrive up! Maybe not right away, but I assure you down the road it will.
4-pin Peripheral power cable,
(Also know erroneously as a Molex power cable. Molex was the first manufacturer of that type of power cable connector. Name kind of stuck. Just like calling an adjustable open-end wrench, a Crescent wrench ),
Open the Case...depending on the Make and Model of your computer this can either be an easy or diffiult task. If you've never opened your computer case, then I would consult your computer manufacturer on how to open it. On easy cases, there are a few screws at the back of the cover that connects it to the case and you'll need to remove those and then the side panels either slide of lift out.
Once you have the case opened, you may want to ground yourself by touching a metal part on the case before touching the more sensitive areas of the computer components.
Look toward the front of the case and you should see the CD ROM drive enclosure and somewhere nearby is the harddrive. It's a metal box about 3" by 5" and should be supported by guide rails on each side.
In the back of the hard drive, you'll see two cables: a power cable and the cable that attaches to the motherboard.
First detach the cable that goes to the motherboard.
Then grab the power cable by the white connector that's plugged into the hard drive. You may need to squeeze both sides of the connector to pull it out of the hard drive.
Once you have all the cables detached, you may need to take the screws out that connects the hard drive to the rails.
Once those are removed the hard drive should slide out easily. I'll include photos of an IDE hard drive, so you can tell what a typical hard drive looks like. Remember it may differ a little from the one that I've posted.
You're Intel motherboard does support up to 4 SATA hard disk drives including SATA CD-ROM / DVD-ROM drive, reader/writers. This MB also includes two serial ATA IDE ports. The most likely reason you're system is not booting is because all SATA ports are all seen as Master drives. By connecting the SATA DVD-ROM drive the bios auto configured the SATA ports. You'll need to enter the bios when you're system boots-up. Press the F2 key on you're keyboard right after hearing a single beep. You will than enter the bios main menu. Listed at the main menu are devices connect to the motherboard. (Instruction on how to move around in the bios is listed at the bottom of the screen). Mainly, the hard disk drive or (drives) and the SATA DVD writer. You'll need to open the Boot tab. Look for boot order. You want the boot order set like so; First boot device: [Floppy disk] drive; if one is connected. Second Boot device: [Primary Hard Disk] drive. (The drive with windows installed on it). (This drive may be ATA IDE or SATA; you did not provide that information). Third Boot device: [DVD-Rom] drive. Save and exit the bios. The system will auto restart. You're windows operating system should load correctly after the auto re-start. The SATA data cable and the SATA power cable should be checked for good connection. It only takes a little bump to make either loose. Here is the link to Intel for you're motherboard; http://downloadcenter.intel.com/SearchResult.aspx?lang=eng&keyword=%22+D102GGC2+%22
I had the exact same problem. Solved by removing Simpletech drive from the 'flashy-box'. Unplugged drive from internals and threw the 'Pinnaferrina' case away and installed it on my motherboards extra sata plugin site (if it has one). If you open your computer case it should be labled on the Motherboeard as such. Mine has four. On the first attempt when I started the computer i Had no OS system showing on first boot-up. Shut off computer and power and shifted SATA (RED Cable) to another Sata plug on Motherboard and it booted right up and I had the drive back. You will need a longer Sata cable than the attached to the Simpletech drive and a power cable that matches the one on the Simletech . Forget looking for the drivers on the net and the Simpletech web site was no use.
Hi stokarek, With respect to SATA drives. All are master drives. As you mentioned if there is a fight between drives the trouble can be settled in the bios. I gather the WD160GB drive holds windows on it & the WD is connected to SATA 1 port. Enter you're bios & go to the Boot section. Open you're manual to section 2.6 boot menu page 2-32. Make sure you're WD is the only hard disk drive listed. After you add the Blu-Ray (To SATA 2 port), (its pin setting should be set as master. Than go back to the boot menu & make sure the Blu-Ray drive is listed under the WD drive. Keep in mind for the future that if you want to boot to the Blu-Ray drive you'll need to press the F8 key at boot up. Windows select boot device window will open & high-light the Blu-Ray & press enter so the Blu-Ray will boot. Windows should no longer stall. If this does not work try switching the pin on the blu-ray to slave. (I'm not sure there is even a pin setting on the blu-ray drive. Never the less the bios boot order is the boss.
Hi Conor, every SATA drive is a master drive. With that in mind you're SATA must have windows installed on it. Please disconnect the data cable & power cable's from the IDE drives.
(Do not reconnect either IDE untill you have finished).
Install windows on the SATA drive. Install all the needed drivers, than update windows. When finished Check the pin setting on the IDE drives. Set one as the "master with a slave" & the other as the slave. Than you can add both into the system. If you had windows on one of the IDE's just delete the root files on that drive so it does not conflict with the new windows on the SATA drive. Go in the bios make sure you have the SATA drive as the boot drive & not either of the IDE drives. If the system still shuts down after all this, try replacing the data cable for the IDE drives (Both should be on the same data cable). Swap the power connector from the CD-ROM drive to the IDE.
Next, if you're system still shuts down after adding either of the IDE drives, than swap the ports. Connect the CD-ROM to the primary IDE port on the board & the IDE hard drive to the IDE slave port. (This is for testing only). Double check all power connections from the power supply to the motherboard. Leave the case opened. Look at the board when booted. Watch for the the case LED's lighting up & flashing cr-rom's LED flashes, look at the CPU fan. Make sure all fan's are running & listen for the drives running.
Let me know if anything changed or not. Post any thing odd or if any thing did or didn't work & I'll go from there. Everything is a test & error soulation. One change at a time.
I recenctly bought a my book 500 gig drive and it is usb.
the firsttime I plugged the usb cable in it worksed. I had only a 40 gig ide harddrive and so I ordered an internal 500 wd hard drive to replace it. The internal 500 gig is a sata drive. first I cloned the 40 to the sata 500 and then copied the external 500 to the internal. I mover the cables to then make the internal 500 sata my boot drive. The computer would no longer show the external e\when i used the windows explorer. the device manager said it was there and working with no problem but windows did not see it.
After several experiments with diferent configurations I have concluded my motherboard wasauto configuring the external and internal 500 drives as drive 0. Since the usb was detected first and was notthe boot drive then windows assigned the internal drive as drive 0 and since the usb drive was drive 0 also it would not work. windows ignored it. my solution was to return the ide as the boot drive and plug the sata into a slave port. with that configuration both drive are seen and work normally. It took me several days to find this arrangement. so since my sata ports are auto configure and the external has a sata connection i will install an esata port adapter and try to hook it up as a slave sata drive so i cab\n use my internal 500 sata drive as my boot drive.
sorry this was so long but it is my solution to what others may be facing.