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SATA drives not recognized by BIOS

I've installed two new SATA drives. I double checked the connections. My BIOS just doesn't see the drives. The m/b is an ASROCK K7VT6

What am I missing?

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  • Debra V
    Debra V Nov 17, 2008

    you want me to reset my CMOS jumper? How will that make the BIOS see the SATA drives? Try again.

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    Debra V Nov 17, 2008

    you can't log on to the BIOS as admin or anyone else. The boot up aka POST doesn't see the drives.

  • Debra V
    Debra V Nov 18, 2008

    after much googling, I figured out the problem on my own.



    When installing a SATA2 (3.0gb/s) drive into an 'older' system that only knows SATA (1.5gb/s), you may need to set a jumper to 'slow' down the data rate/communication.



    I installed two Western Digital SATA2 drives with a jumper on each on pins 5 and 6. BIOS saw them immediately. That was all I did. Little jumpers. No fussing with resetting anything.

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You mean the CMOS jumper? Reread my problem. Try again.

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Reset the BIOS, remove the jumper on the board.

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  • Pablo Csaky
    Pablo Csaky Nov 17, 2008

    1) If your BIOS is not seeing your drives, Make sure the S-ATA ports are activated on your BIOS,

    You have to log into your computer as administrator to see enable this feature.



    2) If after that you can not see the drives, you have to reset your BIOS but removing the CMOS battery not always reset the bios, cause this action is not possible due a lock jumper. That jumper avoid that the previous setting has been overwritten.

  • Pablo Csaky
    Pablo Csaky Nov 17, 2008

    Yes, you can. Some Boot Cd log you directly as User into the Bios, and after that you can not modify any settings on your BIOS.



    In your case see this manual, pages 13, 20, 21, 22, 23 y 24.

    http://www.asrock.com/manual/K7VT6.pdf

  • Pablo Csaky
    Pablo Csaky Nov 18, 2008

    Ok, good for you. With the manual everything is possible my friend.

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