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Hello I have an pm800-m2 motherboard with Vt8237 chip and am having problems installing a new western digital 500gb sata hard drive (the old drive was a 200gb pata) It seems the bios is not recognizing the new drive, even though I followed directions to set the bios. ty Lea S

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  • mamaredwolf Sep 11, 2010

    Thank you shiva_giga for the answer. Unfortunately, the BIOS updates the manufacturer offers do not help with this problem. I will still try the card although forums I have read have said cards don't seem to work either. I wish there was some sort of manual for my particular BIOS since the motherboard manual has very little info on it. TY

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1. Try updating the BIOS (if available) or
2. Install a PCI to SATA card and connect HDD through it.

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