External SATA hard drive will not wakeup after "System Standby"
Electricity prices are going way up. I set my Power Options for my PCs to go into "System Standby" after 30 minutes.
This works well except for my external SATA hard drive (the SATA external connector is on the motherboard and not an add-in card). That drive disappears from "My Computer" when I wakeup the system. The OS is Windows XP sp2. The only way I can see this drive again is to reboot. That makes this external hard drive fairly useless.
Seagate Seatools boot CD says there is no problem with this Seagate external drive. Device Manager looks fine. The latest 1226 motherboard BIOS and Intel 184.108.40.2063 drivers are installed. I tried several BIOS changes with no luck. My C drive is also SATA (Western Digital WD3200YS SATA) but that has no issue waking up. For safety, I do have write caching disabled on this external hard drive.
Any ideas on what might fix this issue on the external SATA drive?
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SATA stands for Serial ATA and describes the interface used to connect to your PC. Many older PCs have ATA or UDMA, an IDE type interface. Many newer PCs have a SATA interface. You can buy and add a SATA interface card if no additional SATA ports are available on your system. SATA drives have a small data connector and a larger power connector. Each drive has it's own SATA data cable, no daisey-chaining like IDE drives did. Since there is no daisey-chain there are no jumpers that need setting for Master and Slave.
A 2Tb hard disk will be a SATA hard drive. If your PC Desktop does not have a SATA disk controller then your have a couple of options.
1. Insert a SATA controller card into the PCI expansion slot, mount the SATA hard drive inside the PC case and then connect the SATA hard drive to the controller (you will also need a 4 pin power to SATA adapter cable) and install the SATA controller driver.
2. The other option (and the easiest) is to purchase an external USB 2Tb hard drive. All you need to do is, plug it into the USB port of your computer and it will see it as an external storage device.
If all the motherboard has is IDE connectors,then you can with an add in card. To do this you need to run the installation floppy during a fresh windows installation when it prompts for 3rd party scsi or raid drivers. I'd take the easy road & install a slave drive on the IDE or run an external hard drive in a usb port. Or the ultimate option,build a system using a board with sata on it. Prices are way down on hardware in general,but it's not going to stay that way.
hi, sorry but i have to ask the question , why did you take the drive out of a external drive then buy a kit so as you can use it as an external drive , if its because the Seagate casing is damaged then its highly likely the drive is damaged too .
if it's a desktop i would recommend not setting it to go to stand by but setting your monitor to go to standby your system can run and run an run without hurting it or using up much electricity just go to your power options and select turn off monitor after however many minutes u want usually run it at about 30 min
A desktop PC would normally have capacity for 4 IDE devices such as 1 CD/DVD, 3 HDs or any combination limited to a total of 4. Additionally, most current PCs have 2 SATA connection points. If for some reason all are occupied and hence your post "no available slot", you may want to consider using an external storage device attached via any USB port of your PC.
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