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Problems installing a SATA hard drive

I am trying to install a Maxtor 260gb sata hard drive on my AsRock P4VM900-SATA2 motherboard as a replacement for my old IDE hard drive. And no matter what I do I cannot get the motherboard to recognise the new hard drive; I have followed all of the instructions in the motherboards manual but to no avail! Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Tony1955

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  • Tony1955 Apr 10, 2008

    Hi,

    my motherboard settings are as you suggested already, but still no luck! Have you any more ideas please?

    Thnak you Tony

  • Tony1955 Apr 10, 2008

    Hi,

    I did what you said and made a floppy disk, tried it and still the same result! I am slowly getting the idea that I have a duff hard drive. any more ideas please?

    Tony

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Hi Tony. As you are using a SATA hard disk then I would firstly check a few settings, this involves loading the computer BIOS. When you see the computer first turn on, you should be prompted to press "F2" to enter the BIOS screen.

From here select "Enter BIOS SETUP UTILITY" then "Advanced screen" and finally "IDE Configuration"
Verify that 1) Onboard IDE Controller is set to "Enabled"
 and          2) “SATA Operation Mode” is set to "[non-RAID]"

Once you have done this, you should see the HDD listed beside SATA 1 or SATA 2 (depending on which port you plugged the hd in to) then press F10 to save and exit. The computer will now start up as normal.

If you have more trouble after checking these settings, please write us again.

Hope this helps

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  • Ryan Harron
    Ryan Harron Apr 10, 2008

    Hello again Tony.

    Ok now you have identified the BIOS is setup correctly, you can try using the driver for the onboard SATA/RAID device, even though you have disabled RAID some motherboards require you use the RAID driver on floppy disk, prior to installing windows.http://www.asrock.com/mb/download.asp?Mo... please navigate to here and try the driver. It has instructions included.

    Hope this helps.

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