The problem is the computer wont boot when the second drive is installed and I cannot get the bios to recognise the second drive. Motherboard is pc chips K8 M861G. I have win xp on the hdd which works.
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i dont think it matter if your system detects it as sata or ide, both interface will work in installing OS, the important thing is you changed your boot order. originally it was supposed to boot in 1st drive whichever it is hard drive or dvd drive. go to bios then follow the instruction in how to move the order of boot sequence, mine is SHIFT key then PLUS.
Is it booting from Second HDD without installing the first HDD. If it booting then shutdown the system and now install the first HDD. If it boots then good and if not then the SATA port on the board have damaged need to repair that.
start pc press F2 or Delete enter Bios, check boot priority is dvd-rw od hdd set to suit, change ide/sata cable to hdd they do burn out... make sure sata 1 hdd / or ide 1 master, for C drive. hope this helps. I/O errors can occur usually swapping order of boot can fix this...
If you are installing Windows XP then - The problem is that XP installation CD does not have a SATA driver, unless you have a SATA drive on a disk etc. and can install the driver when XP asks for a hard drive driver then, XP cannot detect the hard disk and therefore won't install XP. The FIX. Go into the BIOS and disable the SATA drive (enable IDE emulation), this will make XP think it is a IDE/PATA hard disk. Then you can install XP normally. When Windows has been installed then install all the device drivers (including the SATA driver), then shut down and boot up and got into the BIOS and enable the SATA drive.
if it is a sata Hdd you have to reinstall it ..cause the sata driver on the os ..is from the other computer ..or go to bios ..and in the drives feature..look for a function called AHCI and disable it ... after that will boot with the windows installed..but you will have to reinstall the windows anyway ..and if it is a raid sata you need to insert a diskette with the sata driver during ..or disable the ahci function ..for to let it see the HDD ..if not all it will say is that the hdd was not found..or if you try to boot with this windows on it .will say that the media is missing .. beter to set the defaults in the bios ..and after that look for that funstion to be disabled..or disable the raid sata ..and enable teh sata Ide..instead..it is the same thing ..and will pick up the sata hdd with no sweat ..
To use XP with a SATA drive you'd need to use the HDD disc software first as XP didn't come with preloaded SATA drivers. This is what is preventing you from installing XP on the drive. Once the driver is loaded you should have no problem. If your new hdd didn't come with a disc then you can download it from the hdd manufacturers website under the support link. Hope this helps.
Have you gone into your computers BIOS settings to make sure that your HDD is configured and that it is recognized? My room mate has a computer that just "looses" it's HDD in the BIOS and forgets that it existed.
To get into your BIOS, more than likely you'll hold down the "delete" key or the f12 or f10 keys when you power up the computer and it'll ask you if you want the additional settings options, or it'll just pop into your BIOS. You'll look through it (Be careful!) and on the 2nd screen most likely you'll see options to set a boot order. You'll want to make sure that your HDD is listed in here or else the computer is not looking for it to boot from. You'll probably want to have your floppy first, and CD 2nd, and leave your HDD for 3rd for booting options. Depending which version of Vista you're installing, it may not support RAID. Microsoft only saves that for it higher end/priced OS's that the corp's are willing to pay for so they feel like they're getting their money's worth.
You query did not give any clues abt the PC/Motherboard and its BIOS revision.
That said if the PC/BIOS will not "see" the HDD then its is unlikely a cause of a virus.
Some old motherboards can't recognise a HDD if its size is more than 137GB. Some older motherboard also require than you set the HDD jumper correctly (Master or Slave).
At this stage, i am assuming the HDD in question is PATA or IDE (Old Spec). If the HDD is SATA (New Spec), then you will need a SATA port to connect the HDD. Ensure not to use both "old" molex power connector and "newer" SATA power connector together.
If the HDD is SATAII but the SATA spec for your motherboard is SATAI (initial spec), some motherboards and SATAII drives require that you jumper the HDD to allow it to work at the lower SATA speed.
If none of the above points apply try upgrading your system BIOS of the latest version. Also review the mortarboard's manual for more info.
Was the original 20Gb HD also a SATA or was it installed as an IDE?
Try installing a fresh clean Windows rather than the restore disc. However, you will need the drivers for the SATA 160Gb and press F6 when Windows installers ask you to.
Post back how things turn up or should you need further information. Hope this be of some idea/help.
Good luck and kind regards.