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ASUS K8V-MX Motherboard with 250GB SATA HDD and 250GB IDE HDD Problem

Hello Mike,

Its LP againg. One more question. I also bought one 250GB SATA 1 HDD of Seagate and I have an old 40 GB IDE Seagate hdd but I cant used this new hdd also. Sometime it is able start my system with this new hdd alone. Even it is supposed to be started, the data reading/ transfer seems to be very slow or occuring error as it gives broken flow of sound/picture when I run a music/video track (I give u this as one of example to know my problem better). Actually I wanted to create a master/Slave with my old hdd of 40GB IDE Seagate HDD. this also not succeed. So At last I return the SATA Hdd to the vendor and took another 250 GB IDE hdd of same company. Now I thought eveything will be fine but problem still there with 250GB IDE hdd, Data reading is slow when using alone, cant create Master/Slave (sometime can). I am really confused. I tried almost all possible means readng manual, asking online, trying to friends system (worked fine, there system is of Intel) but still I cant find out a proper guid or solution of hdd problem with Asus K8V-MX Motherboard. Plz help me. Summarising my problem plz help about following problem.

  1. Can I use SATA Hdd with Asus K8V-MX board, if yes plz explain a bit more.
  2. Is there any problem with 250 GB IDE hdd with Asus K8V-MX Motherboard. if no problem how can I make Master/Slave with 40 GB IDE hdd.
Hoping for you valuable solution.


Posted by Prem Khaba on

  • Prem Khaba May 29, 2008

    Hello Mike,

    I do it as you say, Its working but here is a problem. when I make the my 250 GB master and 40GB slave, it seems to be data transfer is slow like I write earlier(breaking sound/video) but when I make 40 GB master and 250GB slave then its fine. My HDD ST numbers are

    40GB = ST340012A
    250GB = ST3250820AV

    But when I start system from slave (250GB) its working fine. In this regard I have a question, Is there anything wrong starting system from Slave and what is the difference?

    One more comment I post to my previous post regarding RAM plz check out this also. following is the link.


  • jobytp Jan 28, 2009

    i am joby
    i am also facing this same problem with 160 GB Sata HDD.
    I am using Asus K8VMX Mother Board with AMD 1800 Processor.
    after starting the installation it is showing the error message like cannot continue press F3 to quit. and also i am getting error in bios related to Array and RAID.

    hoping your solution



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Hi LP,
I’ am very familiar with ASUS motherboards. I am thinking you have posted two questions or more referring to the,
ASUS K8V-MX board. When you sign into you're FixYa account you than need to click on you're profile. Within you're profiles are the questions you have posted. Click that question to add or see the expert's answer. If you need another question (about the same item) re-post within that same question. You can even copy the link to an older post & past that link into you're next question. (Than I can read you're last question & my responce).
LP you have me all mixed up. I'll answer the question you have posted above. In the future please provide you're old post so I understand better.

There is nothing wrong with IDE 250GB drive or the SATA drive.
The problem you are haveing is setting the correct settings.

The ASUS K8V-MX can support two serial ATA SATA drives. The SATA drive's can only run at 1.0 version. 1.5GB transfer speed & not SATA II, the 3.0GB speed.

How to setup the SATA drive?
Please disconnect any other drives (IDE) & a second SATA drive that may be connected to the system. Except the CDROM drive.
Using you're manual the SATA drive should be connected to SATA1 port. Page 1-24 in you're manual.
Put you're windows CD into you're CD-ROM drive & boot the PC. You will see, Press any key to boot from CD... (press any key on your keyboard). Windows will start to install. Durring installation of windows the system will restart. You will again see, Press any key to boot from CD... (DO Nothing)!
Just allow windows to conintue on its own. Windows will continue to install it's self. This will happed once again, & again do nothing. Windows will finish installing it's self.
After windows has finished, load the ASUS CD into you're CD-ROM drive & install it's driver software. Restart the PC.
You must register windows. Do so.
Than update windows through windows update service. (This will take some time to complete). (Do not install service pack 3).
If you have an IDE drive 250GB in size & you installed windows on it. You must erase the drive or it will conflict with you're new installation on the SATA drive. To do this, look on the IDE drive & you will find a large white sticker. Printed on there is instructions of how to set the drive pin. Set the drive up as a slave drive. (This is only temporary).
Power off the PC & unplug the power cord. Connect the 250 IDE drive's power cable & data cable. Plug in the power cord to the PC & turn on the PC. Windows will load. Right click once on the start button & slide up to & left click on Explorer.
Find the 250 IDE drive, it should be drive letter D or E. Right click the proper drive letter & format the drive.
( Do Not format, Local_Drive C:\ ). Once the format is complete, power down the PC by clicking on the start button & click turn off the computer. Once off, unplug the power cord. Change the pin on the 250GB IDE drive to Master with a slave. Take the 40GB drive & change it's pin so the 40GB drive is a slave.
Connect the 250GB drive to the end of the IDE data cable & connect the 40GB drive to the next connector of the same IDE data cable. Re-check all power cables & data cables for good connections before closing the case. Plug the power cord in & power up the PC. Everything should run just fine.
Setting the pin for you're IDE drive's can be very confusing. Click on the link below. This will give you an idea of how to set you're pin for a master drive, master with a slave drive. If you post the name ST****** of you're two drives I can post the correct pin locations from Seagate's web site.

Have more questions about this post?
Good luck!

Posted on May 21, 2008


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