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HDD problemon asus motherboard p5rd1-vm

I just bought an 160 GB Seagate SATA HDD
but after i connect it to my motherboard it's unable to detect it
I don't even get it in the BIOS
I booted from my WIN XP CD and it says no HDD atached
plz help...

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    Dave Thompson May 11, 2010

    Is it possible that it's DOA?



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Try removing your system memory. If you have two DIMMS only reset DIMM 1 only. The 160GB Seagate drive must be connected to SATA1 port. See page 1-7 in your manual. Try booting the system and enter the BIOS by pressing the delete key every 2 seconds. If the BIOS fails to load than clear the cmos/bios. See bottom of page 1-23 for this. Do not forget to set the cmos jumper back to normal. Try entering the bios again. Double check all connections within your system. Once your able to enter the bios menu you should be able to see your 160GB drive listed. (Remember all SATA drives are seen as master drives).
See page 2-14 section 2.3. You'll than need to open the Advanced menue. See page 2-24 Here you'll need to [Enable] the Serial ATA Controller. This enables the SATA controller allowing you to use the SATA ports.
If you intend to use the 160GB drive as your primary drive and install windows on it than you'll also need to open the boot menu. See page 2-31 section 2.6.1. Here you'll list your Seagate drive. On the other hand if your Seagate drive will be used as a slave drive there is no reason to list it in the boot order. Save your changes and exit the bios.
Now, if you are able to enter the bios and you enabled the SATA controller and your bios does not list your SATA drive than the SATA controller is defective. This is not uncommon for an Asus MB. If your board is less than three years old you can RMA the MB to Asus. The SATA controller can not be repaired. Call Asus tech at 812-282-2787 EST M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm.

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You need to install the SATA drivers that belog to your specific motherboard.
When you are installing Windows thru your Windows CD, there is a moment at teh beginning of the process that you will be asked to press F6 if you want to install 3rd party drivers.
That is your call.
Once the SATA drivers are installed, you will be able to continue with your Windows installation.

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