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After installing a new SATA hard drive the PC doesn't 'see' it

After installing a new SATA drive (as the primary to replace a failed unit), the Dell Inspiron Desktop doesn't see the new drive. I have managed to load Windows successfully onto it bu booting from the Windows CD, but I still have intermittent closedown IRQ failures. I suspect this is something to do with the fact that the original Drive was RAIDed, and the new one isn't. So ..... either how do I set the new one up for RAID, or how do I change the Dell BIOS to say that the new one is not RAID?

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  • john vecchione May 11, 2010

    start machine hit f2 or delete to get bios screen up look in bios to change raid settings without seeing hard to tell what you did and what raid config you had

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When rebooting, press F2 or Del to get into the Dell setup (BIOS). Once in there, look around for an integrated RAID controller and see if you can disable it.

This may or may not be related to your "closedown IRQ failures" though. Have you set the new drive to match the data speed of the old drive? Earlier SATA had a 1.5 max transfer rate, later it went to 3.0 rate. If the new drive is looking for data at the faster rate that may cause problems too, and you should be able to configure the new drive with the proper rate using utilities available from the manufacturer of the drive.

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