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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Re: Problems installing a SATA hard drive
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.
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The drive installs physically like any any hard drive. The problem is that this motherboard does not support the SATA protocol. You would need to get an expansion PCI card SATA controller. Even then, since the motherboard BIOS is not set up for SATA, you would not be able to use the SATA drive(s) as the boot device. Also, you would need a Molex to SATA power adapter for your power supply since the SATA power connector is different. And you would need a SATA data cable if the expansion card does not come with one.
If you are trying to install Windows XP then - The problem is that XPinstallation CD does not have a SATA driver, unless you have a SATA drive on adisk 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 anddisable the SATA drive (enable IDE emulation), this will make XP think it is aIDE/PATA hard disk. Then you can install XP normally. When Windows hasbeen 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.http://www.fixya.com/support/r4335035-installing_windows_xp_sata_hard_drive
You currently have a 320GB 7200-rpm SATA II hard drive, with 8MB cache install on a base package of your make and model of computer. I would recommend a hard drive like Samsung Spinpoint F4EG 2 TB Internal hard drive. You can find it roughly for $70.00 - $90.00 at online stores like amazon, new egg, etc.
In Asrock support website the latest BIOS version for this motherboard is 2.30(7/11/2006). I dnt this this BIOS version will support 500GB SATA drive. Plz post a query in Asrock support forum for the BIOS that having 500GB SATA HDD support.
One bad lead will cause your computer to continue in a cycle replace all the leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions + IDE,SATA and the ones that attach from your motherboard to hard drive hope this helps
The ECS PM800-M2 only supports SATA 1.0 hard drives. If you are using a newer SATA 3.0 hard drive, there is a jumper on the hard drive which has to be set to SATA 1.0 in order for the VIA 8237R chipset southbridge (which Is on your ECS PM800-M2) to recognize the newer SATA 3.0 hard drives. This Is applicable to all motherboards with the Viatech PM800 / 8237R chipsets. Note: the location for the SATA 1.0 / 3.0 jumper varies on each brand of hard drives. Also check If SATA Is enabled In the BIOS and select IDE mode.
Check your user documentation for the hard drive to see if it has a user-accessible jumper that will switch it to 1.5Gb mode. I know that Seagate/Maxtor drives have a jumper they refer to as Force 150 and Western Digital calls their jumper OPT1 Enabled. If this option exists with this hard disk, it should solve your problem.