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SATA Harddrive I have a Gigabite motherboard 7vm400am-rz supporting both IDE and SATA harddrives.I bough a SATA drive that works as a slave in in another PC but, my PC does not detect this drive. Is there setting on the Motherboard that needs changing? I have already updated th BIOS. RegardsTinus de

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As being a fellow south african i will try explain to you what needs to be done, you have a couple of options, one is you need to check if raid is enabled in the bios because sata can also work as raid and this will cause a problem, second of all like our friend above said, you must check that sata is enabled, third you might not see the disk if you are trying to set up windows xp because it might need you to install the raid driver with a diskette, first see if the bios detects it, also check if there are any jumpers on the disk and if they have been changed

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You may need to enable SATA in the BIOS.
This is explained in the manual here:

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Skimatice for hard drive connections


The eMachines T6532 uses an MSI MS-7207 motherboard.
Also known as the KN8GM2-L,

[ ]

The MSI motherboard has provisions for using, EITHER an
IDE (PATA) harddrive, or a SATA harddrive. (Or more than one)

Two different technologies.
I will explain both, using an IDE (PATA) harddrive,
Using a SATA harddrive;

On the MSI Support page above, click on the Download tab.
(Overview / Specifications / Download / Support / etc)

In the drop down list click on - Manual

Language > English > 7.1MB >
Click on the blue

On the next page click on the country name nearest yours.
A small window will come up -

Make SURE there is a Green dot in the small circle, to the left of Save File.
IF not; Left-click in the small circle to the left of Save File.
Now go below in the small window, and click on OK

A small download window will come up. Allow the file to download ALL the way, then DOUBLE-click right on it.

In the next small window go to the far left, and click on -
Extract all files.

At the bottom of the next 3 small windows, click on -
Next, Next, and Finish.

In the last small window DOUBLE-click right on the file name.
(7207v2.0(G52-M7207X5) next to the red Adobe PDF icon)

There is the Motherboard Manual

The MS-7207 has two IDE slots;

IDE 1, which is Yellow in color, and close to the outside edge of the motherboard.
Should have IDE 1 silkscreened on the motherboard, below it.

IDE 2 is Yellow in color also, and right next to IDE 1.

(IDE 2 is in-between IDE 1 and the Ram Memory slots.
The Purple, Slot 4, ram memory slot to be specific. {DIMM 4 )

IDE 1 is used for an IDE harddrive.
IDE 2 is used for an IDE optical drive.

TWO IDE harddrives can be put on a single flat ribbon IDE cable,

NOTE that there are two styles of IDE flat ribbon cables;
40-wire cable,
80-wire cable.

BOTH have 40 socket holes in their connectors.
(ONLY 39 are used, so one hole May, or May Not be blocked off)

How to connect to a 40-wire IDE cable, or an 80-wire IDE cable,

An IDE cable usually has a Locating Lug on it's connectors, in the middle of the connector; and on one side,

Here you see the Locating Lug as being two separate 'ridges'.
Some styles the Locating Lug is single block.

The motherboard connector has a matching Cutout on one side.
The Locating Lug lines up with the cutout when installing the cable.

The Harddrive, and optical drive (CD/DVD drive), will have a cutout on their circuit boards.

There are 40-pins. (Only 39 are used if so)
One of them is the number 1 pin.
The IDE cables are plugged into the motherboard, with number 1 pin lining up with number 1 wire, in the IDE cable.

Same when the IDE cable is plugged into a Harddrive, or optical drive.

IF, there is no Locating Lug on the IDE cable;
Look for the faint RED stripe, on the side of the IDE cable.
Number 1 wire is on the same side, as the faint Red stripe.

When plugging into a motherboard, Number 1 pin is on the Bottom.
The faint red stripe on the cable, goes towards the BOTTOM of the motherboard.
(Motherboard installed in computer case)

When plugging into a Harddrive, or optical drive; the faint red stripe ALWAYS goes toward the power cable,

This shows you the Back of an IDE (PATA) harddrive, and the power cable used for it.
If -> No Locating Lug on IDE cable, the faint Red stripe goes towards the power cable.

This is a 4-pin standard Peripheral power cable.
Note when installing the rounded corners ALWAYS goes UP.

[This power cable is frequently, and erroneously; referred to as a 'Molex' power cable.
Molex was just the first manufacturer of the power cable CONNECTOR. Name STUCK.

Kind of like calling an adjustable open-end wrench, a 'Crescent wrench ]

A SATA power cable is used for a SATA harddrive, or SATA optical drive,

There is an L-shape in the SATA power cable's connector.
It matches an L-shape on the Harddrive, or optical drive.

Between a SATA power cable's connector, and a SATA data cable's connector; a SATA power cable connector is the LARGER of the two.
A SATA power cable has 15-contact pins.
A SATA data cable has 7-contact pins.

A SATA power cable's connector may have a LOCK on it.
Usually a Tab, or 'bulb' type affair.
It is pressed down with the thumb when installing, or removing the SATA power cable.

This is a general example of a SATA data cable,

Now you can see the L-shaped opening a little better, that both the SATA data cable have, and the SATA power cable, has.

In the photo the SATA data cable's connector, is a 90 degree bent Elbow.
This style of connector is usually used on the Harddrive, or on the optical drive.

A Straight connector style is usually used for the Motherboard.
However, you can use a SATA data cable, that has a Straight connector on both ends.

Looking at your motherboard, installed in a computer case; there are 2 SATA connectors on the motherboard.

(CAN, be up to FOUR)

I see one motherboard reference where they (2) are Orange in color, (Newegg), and the motherboard manual shows them (2) to be Purple in color.

They are located towards the Bottom/Right corner of the motherboard.
Above the CMOS battery.

The SATA connector that is closest to the Outside edge of the motherboard, is SATA1 (SATA 1)

The Harddrive plugs into SATA 1.

An optical drive that is SATA, will plug into the SATA2 connector.
To the Left of the SATA1 connector.


DOES NOT MATTER, which SATA connector you plug the Harddrive, or optical drive; into.

The beauty of SATA, is that you can plug the Harddrive or optical drive into ANY SATA connector, (On ANY motherboard), and BIOS will find those devices.

BIOS looks FIRST, to see which drive has the Operating System on it. (Windows)
THAT, is the Harddrive.

After finding the drive with the O/S on it, then BIOS will find all the other drives. Removable, or not.

So there you have it. A lot of reading.
You need a power cable, and a data cable to the Harddrive.
Same thing for the optical drive/s.

To have me clarify anything I have stated above, please post in a Comment.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Apr 15, 2013 | E-Machines T6532 PC Desktop

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Gateway gt4016 motherboard

It has Parallel ATA

PATA or also generally known as IDE,

1) Harddrive:
101311 - Western Digital, 200-GB, 7200RPM, PATA harddrive,

2) Motherboard:
105553 FIC KTBC51G

Product Views; F - Primary IDE Connector,

Left side of motherboard, near the black long Ram Memory slots.
This is where the Harddrive plugs in.

Product Views; E - Secondary IDE Connector;

Near the black long Ram Memory slots, and next to the blue Primary IDE Connector.

This is Serial ATA, or also known as SATA,

Uses this style of SATA data cable, and connector on motherboard,

(NOTE* Color does NOT matter for cable connector.
Color really doesn't matter, for a SATA connector on the motherboard, either.

You are supposed to plug the Primary SATA harddrive, into the SATA 1 connector, on the motherboard.
The beauty of SATA is, that you can plug into any Ol' SATA connector on the motherboard, that you want to.

BIOS will find the harddrive with the Operating System on it, and will find all the other SATA devices plugged into the motherboard, too )

You do NOT have SATA.


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What's Inside: Computer > Computer Hardware > Explore These Categories,

Also to the left;
Computer Peripherals
Computer Security
Computer Software


Click on the headings at the top;
Case, (Computer cases), Cooling, CPU, (Processor), Input, Memory, etc.

Has basic information leading up to technical ]

Nov 30, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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I have a 81845gvm-rz gigabyte motherboard with internal HDD of 40GB capacity, now i am looking upgrade my internal HDD some where near 500gb is it possbile doing it. i need more free space on my c:\ drive...

The new harddrive technology you refer to is SATA.

A SATA power cable is used,

,and a SATA Data cable is used,

To the upper right of the page shows a SATA Data cable connector, on the end of a SATA Data cable.
Below it is an example of a SATA header on the motherboard. Color does Not matter.

The SATA power cable connector has 15 pins. The SATA Data cable connector has 7 pins. Both connectors use an L shape on the inside, to line up the connection.

The type of older Harddrive technology you are using now is IDE.
It is also known as PATA.
Uses a 40-pin flat ribbon cable for the Data cable. (Note* Only 39 pins are used. One hole is blocked off, or has no wire )

The Gigabyte GA-81845GVM-RZ motherboard's Storage Controller Type support is IDE, [ DMA/ATA-100 (Ultra) X 2 ],

There are no SATA headers on the motherboard,

HOWEVER,....all is not lost. You can install a SATA Adapter Card in an unused PCI (White long slot), and use a SATA harddrive.

Example of a SATA Adapter Card,

With the above SATA Adapter Card model, you will have 4 internal SATA headers. They are on the adapter card.

[ Also advise maxing out the Ram Memory, and using the best Intel Pentium 4, Socket 478 processor, that you can obtain.
The CPU Support Chart is available on the Gigabyte Support main page]

For additional questions please post in a Comment.


Dec 26, 2011 | Gigabyte GA-8I845GVM-RZ Motherboard

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Hi, I have destop[ dell pentium R 4 cpu 3 GHz 1.99 GB of ram and 40 GB rom . I want to now if can change the hard disk and put another of 160 GB. tanks you carlos.

A) If you have the Restoration Disk (CD), or a full installation disk of the Windows operating system, the answer is yes.

B) If you have an image backup program, such as Norton Ghost, Acronis True Image, or DriveImage XML, for example, the answer is yes.

The Windows operating system is copied over to the new harddrive.

It would be easier, and more cost effective to just install the 160GB harddrive as a Slave drive.

I don't know if your harddrive is an IDE (PATA) unit, or a SATA unit.

Here is more information on installing either an IDE harddrive, or a SATA harddrive, as a Slave drive in a desktop computer,

1) IDE {PATA} harddrive:


2) SATA harddrive:

IDE, also known as PATA is the older style of technology.
SATA is the newer style.

(Parallel ATA
Serial ATA )

The beauty of SATA is not only the faster speed, but if you connect a SATA cable (Data cable) to ANY SATA connector on the motherboard, BIOS will find the device.

BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) will find the harddrive with the operating system on it, first.
Then it will recognize that you have a second SATA harddrive also.

(BIOS looks at both SATA harddrives.
When it finds the one with the operating system on it, BIOS will disregard the other SATA harddrive)

For additional questions please post in a Comment.


Jul 17, 2011 | Dell Computers & Internet

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My computer will not read my hard drive so i cant start or install windows

Enter bios and select autodetect
Also check first boot device
must be CD/DVD as first
harddrive second
The cable must be in IDE 1 on the mainboard
If it is a sata drive it must be in sata 0
Your CD/DVD drive must be slave
Did you set the jumper as master on your harddrive ???

Hope this will help

Feb 19, 2011 | Biostar K8M800-M7A Motherboard

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What hard drive do i need ? sata/pata?

you need an IDE harddrive UDMA ATA133/100/66

Feb 08, 2011 | Gigabyte 7VM400M-RZ (GA-7VM400M-RZ)...

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Will this motherboard support 250 gb harddrive ide seagate

is it SATA? it shouldn't have a problem with hard drives unless the plugs are different. if the HDD is sata and you got a sata connection on your motherboard then you're all set

Feb 21, 2010 | Gigabyte 7VM333M-RZ (GA-7VM333M-RZ)...

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ASUS P5QC does not detect any devices... I have a HD and a DVD hooked up. The jumpers are set to normal but they are connected to the MB with one cable. Does it need to be a master slave setup?

Yes, since you are using two IDE drives on One flat ribbon cable, you need to set the harddrive as a Master drive, and the optical, (DVD), drive as a Slave drive.

When two IDE drives are installed on one cable, BIOS needs a way to find the drive that has the O/S, (Operating System), then the optical drive.

Would recommend you buy a SATA optical drive, as soon as you can afford it. SATA DVD burners aren't that expensive.
Your motherboard is set up for SATA, and SATA is WAY faster than IDE. (IDE is also referred to as EIDE, ATA, and PATA)

Then of course a SATA harddrive, and a fresh genuine copy of Windows in the future.
SATA doesn't care where you plug in a drive, and doesn't care which drive connects to what SATA header. It will find that drive. You can connect any SATA drive, to ANY SATA header on the motherboard.

Having two IDE drives such as an IDE harddrive, and an IDE optical drive on the same cable, S-L-O-W-S your computer down! BIOS has to look to see which drive has the O/S first, then it will look for the optical drive.

Thought I would include two links that tell you, and show you how to set jumpers on the jumper pins, on an IDE harddrive, and IDE optical drive,
2.Optical drive:

Should my solution have helped you, feel free to rate it.

Jul 13, 2009 | ASUS P5QC Motherboard - Intel P45, Socket...

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Ecs 6100sm-m mobo connections

you have a few options

1) buy a sata harddrive (faster then ide), use the ide for the second harddrive (backup) and cd/dvd rom

2) buy a sata cd/dvd rom use the ide on both harddrives (1 set to slave)

3) depends on your budget, buy a sata drive + sata cd/dvd rom so your main drive is on sata (faster than ide) then you only have your second drive as your backup drive on ide.

i had the same problem when i rebuilt mine, i went for the seperate harddrive and cd/dvd rom and my 320 gb ide as my backup drive

sorry to jump on this post aswell, see what others think

Mar 16, 2009 | EliteGroup ECS GeForce6100SM-M (1.0)...

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Second harddrive

Make sure its jumper is set as slave, if you have a 40wire ribbon cable, and cable select if you are using a 80 wire ribbon cable, if it is on the same ribbon cable.
If it is on the second ide cable, by itself keep it as master.

Jan 15, 2008 | ASUS M2N-MX Motherboard

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