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Need to add SATA controller driver

Brand new Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250Gb drive is not detected in the BIOS. I think i need a SATA controller driver but not sure. Any help is appreciated. Thanks, V

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  • voyager99 Oct 16, 2008

    thanks for your prompt reply map. I downloaded the SATA/RAID driver (VIA RAID tool) and this program detects the SATA drive, says its good to go, but the drive doesnt seem to have a letter or show up in winxp explorer. Is there still hope? Thanks in advance. V



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Hi voyager99,
You can download the driver, (VIA 8237 SATA/RAID driver) from PC Chips but I doupt it will help.
If your bios did no see the 250GB drive than the onboard SATA controller is defective. This can not be fixed.
Running the SATA/RAID driver will most likely not help the bios see your drive.
Buying a PCI serial SATA controller card may allow your SATA drive run but it will run at the PCI bus speed. A decent controll card may cost as much as a new board that will run your current devices.

Good luck!

Posted on Oct 16, 2008

  • Mike Peluso
    Mike Peluso Oct 16, 2008

    Hi voyager99,

    I can see where you may think, "Wow this is working"!

    I so hate this bad news stuff!

    Windows will not assign a drive letter because it can only see what the bios see's. The RAID software is just that! Software. For IDE's, CD-ROM's, DVD writers / players, serial ATA SATA drives & other hard-wired motherboard devices, the bios is king. The Seagate drive must be seen in the bios. You can try another rout. Keep in mind though when you finish this new rout if the bios still does not list your SATA drive the game is over.

    Please go to Seagate's web site:

    Start off by downloading, Download SeaTools for DOS now! This will allow you to create a bootable floppy disk. See the tutorial on the usage of SeaTools for DOS. If this program fails to see your SATA drive we are back to the SATA controller on the board.

    You are not the first person that has come across this. Every manufacture has a few boards that fail with respect to the onboard SATA controller. Even me! So I have first hand experience with defective SATA controllers. You can click start & open run, type in diskmgmt.msc & click ok. Windows disk management program will load. I'll bet the Seagate drive is not shown.

    Your board is out of warranty. Replacing the board is the only option, unless you are happy to run IDE drives. Seagate drives come with a five year warranty. So there is plenty of time to continue using just IDEs.

    Here is a link for a PCI SATA controller:

    As you can see some of these controllers are anything but cheep.

    As I mentioned, it would be cost effective to replace your current motherboard if you intend to use serial ATA SATA drives.

    Lastly, if you include all your current devices connected to the PC Chips motherboard & an idea of what you would like to run in the future. I'll look for a motherboard to accommodate your current CPU, memory & specs.




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