BIOS sees my Hard Disk || WinXP doesn't

By fontas ยท 4 replies
Feb 7, 2005
  1. :cool: :cool:
    I have a SATA hard disk drive in two partitions!
    .. and one CD-RW and one DVD-ROM in Primary IDE...

    I found an ATA hard disk and I pluged it in the secondary IDE as an Single/Master..

    BIOS DoEs see it normally... However WinXP, Device Manager, my Computer.. does not..

    Does anybody knows what am I doing wrong?
    Is it the order of the IDE devices? (Hard Disk to Primary IDE and CD/DVD to Secondary??)
    Any idea? Thx!
  2. fontas

    fontas TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I've just noticed that BIOS does not recognizes my HD!!

    Primary IDE Master : CD-RW
    Primary IDE Slave : DVD-Rom
    Secondary IDE Master : Seagate 80GB (<--My S-ATA HD with the OS!!)
    Secondary IDE Slave : Not Detected

    My ATA Seagate 40GB pluged into secondary IDE is nowhere!! (jumper set to Single/Master)
    My S-ATA Seagate 80GB looks like it is connected to an IDE port...
    And I'm f***ing confused!!!!!!!!!
  3. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    check bios or your MB manual see if it allows for sata boot
    maybe you got a converter on there (I don't have experiance with sata drives)
    I will say I have never seen the main HDD on sec cable
    don't know if your game or not ,(I like to blow up systems)
    try swapping out the 2 cables at the MB .
    before you do go to bios or read the manual on bootup setup
    if you are installing a used drive with a OS on it be aware; system
    (W2K and XP)may want to fix look up tables don't let it do this
  4. patio

    patio TS Guru Posts: 482

    First off don't confuse partitions with physical devices...
    You can have a HD with 4,6, or any # of partitions it is still only 1 physical device.
    On each IDE channel you can have 2 physical devices; one master and one slave.
    If i read you right you have the 2nd HD set to master on IDE2
    Re-set it to slave and re-boot and your OS should pick it up...

    Actually most systems are set up with:
    1st physical device = master or HD you boot from
    2nd physical device = slave another HD

    1st physical device = master CD/DVD Burner
    2nd physical device = slave 3rd HD or CDRom.

    Hope this helps...

    patio. :cool:
  5. fontas

    fontas TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanx men! I solved my problem!
    Actually BIOS understands my SATA as it is connected on an IDE port!
    It was set as the ""Secondary IDE""!
    I had to set it to ""Third IDE"", although I don'y have a physical one..
    So the IDE HD took his place as the MASTER of the WIND... ahem... of the SECONDARY IDE PORT! Hell Yeah! :hotbounce :hotbounce
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