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NI8 SATA DVD Drive compatability

I recently purchased a Sony Optiarc SATA DVD drive for my Abit NI8 SLI mobo.
When used with a WD raptor SATA HDD, the computer will not boot.
When used with a WD IDE HDD, the computer boots properly.

Is there a fix for this? I am using the latest bios chipset for this mobo.

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  • Ylum Mar 24, 2008

    Wow, I would have never thought such drastic measures would be needed for a PNP device.... lol

    Thank you Mike and map9966 for the info. System is working as it should now, with the exception of one thing...
    When set up with the system in SATA, windows is unable to read my WD 250G IDE HDD. It shows up on the boot screen and in device manager but windows/device manager says the disk is "unreadable".
    Initial boot after fresh install of windows the WD IDE 250G HDD showed up as 'WDG WD6540FB-04GUC4 (0000000000' on boot screen and in windows device manager. This was with jumper set to slave.
    Upon second boot With jumper set to slave the HDD was unreadable by windows and showed up as 'WDG WD6540FB-04GUC4 $$$$$$$$$$$' in device manager.
    Third boot with no jumper it showed up as 'WDCWD2500BB-00GUC0' and was still 'unreadable'.
    Forth boot with jumper set to cable select it showed up as WDCWD2500BB-00GUC0 and was still 'unreadable'.
    Fifth boot with jumper set to PM2 it showed up as 'WDCWD2500BB-00GUC0' and was still 'unreadable'.
    After installing iNvidea IDE controller drivers, system freezes on the windows logo splash screen. Which is exactly what the system was doing just before I sent in my first post...
    I have tested this SATA config with a WD 80G and 120G IDE HDD and they work perfectly.
    I have also tested the WD 250G IDE HDD on another 'IDE' system and it too is working as it should.

    What can I do to get this 250G IDE HDD to function on a SATA setup?


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You must have added the SATA drive after setting up the IDE. If both drives are using the same os this will not function. Ony one drive can have the os on it. All SATA's are seen as a master.
To correct this problem, disconnect the IDE drive. Hook up the SATA drive. Again if the SATA has the os on it everything will run. Change the jumper on the IDE and set it as a slave. Hook the IDE up. Enter the bios & do not list the IDE in the boot to section. Problem solved. While in windows, format the IDE drive.
You do not want windows thinking you want a dual boot system.
So you understand, in the bios -boot settings this is how things should be listed.
Boot device 1 Sony Optiarc DVD drive
Boot device 2 WD raptor SATA, In-stall your os to this drive


Posted on Mar 23, 2008

  • Mike Peluso
    Mike Peluso Mar 23, 2008

    Your SATA controller is functioning other wise the Sony Optiarc SATA DVD drive would not work. If your operating system was installed onto the IDE drive, just remane the boot.ini file. Install windows on the SATA drive, (fresh install). When finished copy your data from the WD IDE drive to the WD raptor SATA drive.

    Have any more questions, feel free to ask.

  • Mike Peluso
    Mike Peluso Mar 24, 2008

    Ylum, your WD2500BB WD Caviar - 7200 RPM needs to be checked with WD's Data Lifeguard Tools 11.2 & or Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Dos floppy or CD. Download these tools from the link below.

    Pick WD Caviar - 7200 RPM from the left column & pick your flavior from the right column as noted from above. Your WD was the cause of your troubles from the get-go. In order for this not to harm windows follow these simple steps.

    1. Disconnect (just unplug the data cable from the SATA hard drive).

    2. Set your WD drive's jumper as a single master drive.

    3. Use a seperate 80 pin IDE data cable plugged into the primary IDE slot on the motherboard.

    4. Disconnect the Sony Optiarc SATA DVD drive's data cable only.

    5. Set your bios to boot only the WD drive, save & exit.

    6. Boot to Data Lifeguard Diagnostic & check the drive for errors. WD's software should be able to repair any problems.

    7. Boot to Data Lifeguard Tools 11.2 & setup the WD drive.

    8. Shut down the PC. Reconnect both SATA data cables.

    9. Change the boot order.

    1st boot device floppy

    2nd boot device SATA DVD drive

    3rd boot device SATA hard drive.

    4th boot device (not needed or you choose.)

    This should take care of the problems for both windows & the WD drive. One suggestion. Format the WD twice, one quick & one full. Catch a show on TV while it formats in full mode.

    If the WD gives you more troubles (Shoot it)! Next time buy Seagate. Can't beat the five year warranty. (Never buy a Maxtor).

    map & Mike are the same person.

    Let me know if things work out!


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