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Are you sure it is a bios issue? In many cases you need to load additional Sata drivers during Windows installation to support sata disks.

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How to change sata to ata in bios


If you want to install Windows XP or configure a RAID array, you may need to change the SATA type in BIOS. here I will introduce some method of SATA settings in BIOS. SATA HDD(hard disk) has been more porpular because of the hight transferring speed and simple installation. If you want to Install a Windows XP in SATA hard disk. we offen need a floppy disk to save the additional driver of SATA/RAID. but the floppy isn't too easy to find. So we can do another method, modify the SATA type to compatible IDE or ATA mode, etc.
Notes: If your computer has installed some operating systems. Changing SATA types may corrupt your systems or need to be repaired again. But when can I change the SATA type?
1. You are prepairing install a new operating systems, for commonly Windows XP. If Windows 7/Vista will be installed. you need nothing changed in BIOS unless the setting has been modified.
2. Or you want to install a RAID.
I will introduce how to install Windows XP at SATA HDD(hard disk) in the coming chapters, here we need to know how to change the SATA type in BIOS. At first we need to access BIOS, Here is my desktop BIOS, we can find the BIOS is from AWARD software.
201003290718324672.jpgIn my BIOS, the harddisk settings are in the line of integrated peripherals, different BIOS or different OEM menufactures may have different promise. you can try the Advanced BIOS features setting or Integrated peripherals, or system configuration, etc.
Locale to Integrated Peripherals and press enter, you may find the SATA configuration.
201004010308121905.jpgthe above screenshot is the SATA configuration position. There are two items about SATA controller, Onchip SATA controller and Onchip SATA Type, Notes: There may be one or more configurations about SATA, we only need to change the SATA Type. you should not close the SATA controller if you don't know what's will be happened.
Navagete to the Onchip SATA Type and press ENTER, we can find these selections: Native IDE, AHCI, RAID. If you want to install Windows XP, you may need to change to Native IDE(some called ATA) mode, when you finished installation, you can refresh your SATA drivers in Windows XP and change the SATA type to AHCI mode in BIOS again.
If you want to configure a raid array. set to RAID similarity. When finished settings, you should press enter to accept it, and save to CMOS before restart your computer. In my BIOS, I need to exit to the BIOS main menu at first and save it.
when the new status has been saved, you can press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart your computer, some OEM PCs may need to click the EXIT or Save to CMOS and Exit, the computer will be restart automatically.
Another example screenshot is my DELL notebook BIOS. DELL BIOS is not the same as the desktop BIOS, we can find the SATA operation behind the System Configuration. there are only three selections (Disabled, ATA, AHCI). If you want to install Windows XP, here need to be changed as ATA mode.
201004010308185104.jpg Notes: If you want to install operating systems, you may need to change the boot orderto boot from your CD/DVD drive.

Oct 10, 2013 | Compaq Presario Notebook

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XP will not install "Setup


That is because it was designed for Vista not the obsolete XP. There are no hard drive drivers suitable in XP.
Re install Vista or install Win7.
Hope that helps.

Jan 22, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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Ive built my first pc and all went well until the message no hard drive detected comes on all parts are new so any help would be great in fixing this thanks dave


Verify that the hard disk is connected on both data and power cables and is receiving power (it hums at startup); also that the proper EIDE or SATA slot on the motherboard is used, and properly jumpered (e.g. a SATA 2 disk on a SATA 1 configured port is likely to malfunction).

Check that the BIOS is configured to autodetect the hard disk type, and is using the appropriate adapter (EIDE or SATA port), without RAID options or such.

In a pinch, try also ignoring the motherboard labels (e.g., plug the hard disk on the fourth SATA port instead of the first -- the mobo numbering is not always the "logical" one, even if it usually should be.

Jul 02, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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I have a dell inspirion 5000e recognizes hard drive in bios but can't access it. Now my cdrom won't boot or read disks. This also is recognized in bios. what could be the problem and how do i fix it? Plz...


Method 1 : Go to BIOS and set anything with SATA disable (usually find under advance setting in IDE configuration setting).Save the setting.

Windows Xp will detect your hard drive now.

Method 2 : This days BIOS comes with only few thing to configure.if that's is the case.
Download SATA driver,here is the link

http://download.cnet.com/SATA-Driver-Intel-Ver-7-0-0-1020-zip/3000-2122_4-162224.html

you need one more software called "nlite" in order to integrate the SATA driver in Windows XP CD so that it recognize SATA drives.

Here is the link for nlite download

http://home.midmaine.com/~nlite/nlite/nLite-1.4.9.1.installer.exe

On how to intergrate SATA driver with windows XP 

Go to this page :

http://www.nliteos.com/guide/part1.html

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Jan 16, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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How to configure bios to read sata hard disk


To configure your bios to read sata hard disk follow this Steps:
1. Power on the computer
2. Keep pressing the delete keys until bios utility will show
3. Go to the advance settings
4. Find the Sata Mode and then change it to IDE:
5. Save changes and Exit

Hope this could help.

Sep 27, 2009 | MSI K8MM-V Motherboard

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Problem with IDE & SATA Hard Disk


Have u tried changing ur jumper setting..which u can find near the power cable to the hard disk...and also U have to enable SATA hard disk in BIOS..

Dec 18, 2008 | MSI K8N Neo Platinum Motherboard

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Laptop sata hard drive does not get picked up when installing XP "no disk detected setup can not continue" works ok when i put same hard drive onto desktop PC - builds ok any ideas?


Did you ensure that the SATA cable is connected ok from the HD to the motherboard, on the appropriate sockets?
If it's ok, try looking at the bios configuration

Nov 30, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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Sata Port Connector is not avtivating


I had the similar problem with the K8MM-V Motherboard. I has been using a PATA HDD. I need to intall a 250Gig Seagate SATA HDD. Despit all the Bios Configs the PC Could not detec the HDD. Untill i Put a Jumper on the HDD  limiting the SATA HDD to 1.5gig of OS instead of 3gig. Look at the Label of your HDD

Oct 28, 2008 | MSI K8MM-V Motherboard

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Via p4m800 CE - 8237


You set your BIOS to "SATA = Enabled" under that set it to
" IDE ". Most 160gig HDD's are only 1.5gig max read/write. Hope you left the jumoer pin on.

Dec 03, 2007 | PC Chips MB PCCHIPS P25G V3.0 P4M800CE 478...

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Motherboard does not have a SATA configuration on bios setup


use third party raid driver.use floppy drive for installation third party raid driver.

Sep 08, 2007 | Asrock P4VM8 Motherboard

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