The Mother Board was what was wrong. The Bios was messed from Day one I just didn't notice.Made a boot using a cd and it picked up the cd but went insted to the windows cd.Wouldn't even load the new bios when I did get in.
Bought an ASUS board and everything is working Great.
recommend a ECS ELITE MOTHERBOARD in the future.....*&LL
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Re: SATA won't work
I think you're saying you've got XP installed, but the second drive isn't showing up. You need to format the drive. Right-click My Computer/Manage/Disk Management. The drive should show as unallocated. Right click and select format. It may ask you to create a partition first.
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USB external hard drive cases are supplied with SATA and power connectors attached to the circuit board in the case. If you canot connect it to the SATA hard drive then you may have the wrong drive case, your case may be a IDE or SCSI type.
Actually you can put just about any size in there. The only thing you need to do is match the connector style. (that takes care of anything else) There are two type SATA and EIDE SATA is the new style and you can get a 500gb drive (and bigger ) EIDE is the older style and has a block looking socket. SATA looks like a tab. On the label on your dead drive you should see a diagram and it should say sata or eide.
Now as long as you get the same connector as your old drive you can get what ever size of drive they have. So this is a good time to spend $10 more and get a 160 or a 320 instead of the 80. The brand does not matter as long as the conenctor and type are correct. I put a 160 in a old A70 I had as there was only a few dollars difference in the prices.
It all depends on how many SATA ports are available on your motherboard. Older motherboards (EIDE+SATA) usually only had one SATA port. In that case I'd advise purchasing an internal PCI SATA card (around US$ 30). Modern motherboards (SATA + legacy EIDE) have two, four or even six SATA ports available, and you basically just have to screw the hard disk in an empty slot of the appropriate size (3.5"), and connect the cables. You may have to purchase both data and power SATA cables though. Then, format and install the drive (advice: use the one OS you use more often) from Control Panel > Administrative Tools > My Computer > Disk Management. And you're done.
IDE will try to boot first when pluged in, sata will not boot. I think there is a adjustment in the BIOS setting to have the SATA boot first Please rate our solutions and if you still have problems please call back for more ideas to help you
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Now this is just my opinion but i tried to do the same thing one time and it would not work so I was left with one choice. Do a fresh install, I bought a second hdd and did a fresh install then plugged my original hdd in as a secondary so I could still access my old files.
the problem sounds like you either lost the IDE channels on the MOBO or the chipset was updated with corrupt files.
run everest home and see if there are current updates for the northbridge chipset. if you have 2 ide channels on the board switch the primary and secondary ribbons and see if the hard drives are there. if your cdrom's are ide and after switching ribbon cables they disappear and the hard drives reappear your mobo lost an ide channel, you would need to replace the board.
You can slave the EIDE hard drive off of the CD Drive, as long has it is also EIDE. There should be a flat grey ribbon cable plugged into the back of your CD Drive. That IDE ribbon cable should have 2 connectors on it, one of them should be plugged into the CD Drive.
If it does not have 2 connectors, then go buy a new IDE ribbon cable that has 2 connectors, they are cheap. Or ask a friend, he/she might have extra, I always do.
Make sure you have the jumper settings correct on both drives. One will be the master, the other should be the slave. Or set both to "select select" and let the computer decide. The jumper is a little black jumper that connects 2 pins together on back of the drive. This tells the drive if it is a master, slave or cable select.
There should be a sticker diagram on each drive denoting the correct pin-jumper setting.
One other thing, when you hook up 2 drives to 1 IDE cable, both drives share the bandwidth. If you are using one of the drives, don't try to use the other, major performance slow-down.
Also, you don't need to slave the drive. You can get a Hard drive enclosure and make the drive an external drive connected by USB. They are also cheap, but make sure the hard drive has a partition and is formatted before installing it in the enclosure.