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I have lost the scsi drive on a dell 1600sc and would like to convert to sata. During boot up the sata controller is reconizing the 2 hard drives but, come but with "no primary drive found"

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  • allenwr2000 Mar 03, 2009

    Thanks for the responce, but sata drives don't have jumpers. And, the scsi drive died and 3 times the price. So, I attempting to go from scsi to sata.

    Bill

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The best thing to do is reinstalling SCSI, SATA can only manage two disk per channel on this server, and the data transfer time is longer.

If you set SATA, check jumper settings, that is probably reason why you get no primary drive.
Also check bios settings , do hdd auto detect and save in bios if you want to use sata.

If instead you want to go back to SCSI, download the drivers from the link below.

Download page from Dell.

Posted on Mar 03, 2009

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    Ginko Mar 04, 2009

    Hi there, sorry about the confusion, I was thinking about PATA all the time, since your Server does not have SATA, as you notice I kept talking about IDE, with max two drives per channel and jupers for CMS selection on HD.

    Your computer does not have SATA capability for that reason I kept talking about IDE/Parallel when I wrote SATA in comments.

    The only way to use Serial disks is by adding a SATA PCI card, like the ones listed on links below, this will replace your current SCSI card.

    If I was in your shoes I would also replace your hard disks with SATA hard drive.
    Using a SATA to SCSI converter is possible, but it will slow down the data access time to hard drives, if you plan to use an adapter, at that point better to keep IDE.

    I will be grateful if you can change the rating given , my previous comment was really out of this word, and after over 20 years in engineering, I was a bit ashamed when I re-read my original post.

    Good luck with your server upgrade.



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