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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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Re: SATA Harddrive

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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Re: SATA Harddrive

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

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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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Nov 30, 2012 | Motherboards

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Will xw4300 accept compaq S6200cl hard drive

HP XW4300 Workstation Desktop PC specs,

Scroll down to you come to the bold heading -
Standard Features - Specs
Go down the chart on the left side until you come to -
Interfaces Supported

1 SATA 3Gb/s interface (4 Serial-ATA connectors), 1 EIDE interface for optical drives

One EIDE interface. That is the Blue 40-pin connector, on the right side of the Ram Memory slots. (39-pin actually)

(Right next to the Black Floppy Drive 34-pin connector, and above the 4 SATA connectors)

Compaq Presario S6200cl Desktop PC >Main Support page,

Product Information > Product Specifications > Product Specifications,

Scroll down to the bold heading -
Hard drive

120GB Ultra DMA

It is an EIDE harddrive.

HP XW4300 Workstation motherboard example,

The answer is Yes.

Connect just the EIDE harddrive from the Compaq.
Make sure the correct jumper pins on the back of the harddrive, have a jumper cap on them to set them to Single;


The IDE harddrive model you have may Not use a jumper cap on any jumper pins, for some models of harddrives, to set the harddrive as Single.

Look up the harddrive jumper settings on the internet.
Start with the model number on the label of the harddrive.

Example; WD2500JB
Western Digital 250GB harddrive that is IDE. (EIDE)
Western Digital jumper settings for IDE (EIDE) harddrives,

You will need a SATA optical drive now.
BIOS Setup > Boot Options > Set the first boot device to CDROM.
Install Windows disk.

Use IDE harddrive, and IDE optical drive on the same flat ribbon IDE cable?
Can be done, but usually is a HEADACHE, and MAY not work.
BIOS looks to see what drives are connected. It looks for the drive with the Operating System on it. (Windows)

Now put a disk in the optical drive. Time has to be divided between the harddrive, and the optical drive.
IF it does work; when you are using the computer, and the optical drive you will know the real meaning of Slow.

Have a SATA optical drive?


Nov 05, 2012 | ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe : ATX Socket A FSB400...

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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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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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My harddrive will not show up on any computer but the light turns on and it makes noise

Is it SATA or IDE? If IDE, there are jumpers on the drive to specify master and slave settings for the drive. If SATA, make sure to have SATA enabled in your BIOS settings

Jan 15, 2011 | Motherboards

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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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