Sata 3 port on motherboard sees sata drive as a floppy drive
I had main sata plugged into sata 1. DVDRW sata was plugged into sata 3. All worked good. Then I plugged two more satas into sata ports 2 and 4; I wanted to clone a drive to a larger drive using Acronis. Clone never finished, and then DVDRW drive was recognized as a Floppy drive. This MB has no floppy port on it. So I removed the two extra sata drives I was trying to clone, plugged the DVDRW into sata 2 port. All ok, but if I plug any sata drive into sata port 3, it is seen as a floppy drive. I tried flashing the bios, no help. I think port is blown. Motherboard is still in 1 year warranty.
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If you are installing a new mother board you will find that the cables are unique in each location. Even when the plugs look identical you will find a pin missing on the board and the corresponding one on the plug blocked,
The master drive connecst into SATA 0 Second drive SATA 1 If you mix them rthe OS will still find it.
Suggest you connect the plextor to the SATA port 3 and set it's jumper to Master. All SATA drives are seen as Master drives. (Check the serial number on your WD SATA drive "Primary". Enter the bios menu. Within page 3-7 section 3-3 Advanced bios features. Check, 1st, 2nd and third boot devices. Floppy disk drive as, 1st boot device. 2nd boot device, "Primary WD SATA port 1". 3rd boot device, CD-ROM drive SATA port 2, Plextor 880sa drive". Save and exit the bios. If you no longer have you're manual you can download it from the link provided below; http://ftp.abit.com.tw/pub/download/fae/ic7-g_eng_v101.pdf Check page 3-13. See OnChip serial ATA Mode. As noted, the RAID option is available when the item "OnChip serial ATA" is set as [Enhanced Mode].
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
Look up the specs. on the mb and find out if it supports sata1 or sata2 drives.
Your motherboard should have four sata ports and you may want to change to another port.
Also, you may need to format this sata drive, booting from the ide drive. Windows takes a long time to format but may be the only answer.
Last, make sure your bios settings are sata as raid.
Hope this works for you, its a pain.
Once you reset the bios everything goes to manufactures default settings. You will need to make some changes within the bios. You'll need the help of the manual. See page 3-20. If your operating system is loaded on to the ATA IDE drive make sure you set bios settings as follows: Connect the ATA IDE to MB primary master IDE port. Connect the ATA SATA drive to the MB's first SATA port. ATA Configuration Set as, [P-ATA+S-ATA] S-ATA Keep [Enabled] Set to [Yes] This enables the SATA controller. P-ATA Keep [Enabled] Set to [Yes] This enables the IDE controller. On-chip IDE configuration, "ATA Configuration = [P-ATA+S-ATA]". Next go to Boot menu. Make sure the ATA IDE drive is chosen as boot device three. First boot device [Floppy] (If you have a floppy disk drive connected.) Second boot device would be [DVD/CD-ROM] drive. This should be connected to the MB's secondary IDE port & the DVD/CD-ROM drives Master/Slave jumper, set to Master. Third boot device [ATA IDE drive] If your boot drive is the SATA drive than set: third boot device to the SATA drive. (Hard disk drive with operating system loaded on it). Save your changes & exit the bios. Keep in mind all ATA SATA drives are seen as Master drives. SATA drives are seen by the SATA controller & in order by their connection to the SATA port number. Save & exit the bios. The system will auto restart. Windows should start.
Hi m_k_bishop, You must connect the CD-RW drive to the Secondary IDE connector on your board. It can not be connected to the Primary IDE port. (All SATA drives are seen as master drives in the bios). With that in mind there shouldn't be any data cable connected to the Primary IDE slot. When you first load the Bios menu screen you should see your CD-RW listed & you should see your SATA drive listed. Go to the title, " BOOT " in your bios. (If your system has a floppy disk drive connected your Boot menu should read as follows); First boot device [Floppy Disk] Second boot device [Your CD-RW drive] Third boot device [Your SATA drive as shown from the main menu] No need for a fourth device. Save the bios & exit. The system will auto restart. (At boot up re-enter your bios). Next change the [RAID Mode] to SATA or Enabled anything but RAID. Once completed save & exit the bios. If everything is connected correctly & you made the changes above your system should see your SATA drive & windows should install. (Load the windows CD into your CD-RW drive). The Asus manual lacks the proper information needed for you to make the correct setting changes in the bios. Good luck m_k_bishop! Post back if still have trouble... You shouldn't! Mike
Hi rafiqbrush, let me go over a few things for the P5B MB. There is a total of 5 serial ATA SATA drive ports on the board & one ATA IDE/PATA port. The 4 main SATA ports are numbered, 1 - 4. Your primary SATA drive must be connected to SATA port 1. Your second SATA drive must be connected to SATA port 3. See page 2-26 in your manual. All SATA drives are seen as master drives. Once the two SATA drives are connected (As per manual), boot to the bios main menu. At the main bios menu make sure your bios shows both SATA drives. Than go to the bios title "Boot". Make sure your primary SATA drive 1 is listed in the boot order. Save & exit the bios. (SATA drive 1 must have windows installed on it). Link to Asus P5B web site; http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?modelname=P5B&SLanguage=en-us
Good luck rafiqbrush! Thank you for using fixya. Mike
Does the BIOS on your system see the drive and show it's model information? Is this the only drive on the system? If the answer is yes for both, then you can download free utilities from the web to wipe the drive clean. This will result in the loss of all existing data on your drive. You can search for "Wipe Disk" and will get several hits for free software.
Once you have cleaned the drive, try instlling XP.
If the BIOS does not see your drive, the XP can't see it. You may want to try other SATA ports on your motherboard, or try changing the IDE configuration in the BIOS.
Let me know if this works.