Cant Format my SATA Drive! HELP!

By cajete
Nov 12, 2006
  1. It's like a big LOOP... I can't do it!

    Ok here's the deal. I'm running an Intel D975XBX mobo. On the mobo there's a video card, ATI Radeon X 1600 Pro Crossfire. My Acer LCD is connect to the video card with the DVI cable. MY 320GB Sata drive isn't formatted. When I load up the computer I get an error message that says...

    "PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable.
    PXE-M0F- Exciting Intel Boot Agent
    No bootable device -- Insert boot disk and press any key."

    I tried a couple of things.

    1. When I boot from CD: I can hear the CD/DVD drive working. The green light on it turns on. But my LCD goes blank and it just stays like this.

    2. When I boot from Floppy I put in booth of my RAID Drivers disks to see if maybe these are what they need to boot up and it said It cannot detect a boot disk... To enter a boot disk and press any key which return me to the first error messages I wrote above.


    I don't understand what the problem here seems to be. I have two disks a RAID Driver (Intel Matrix Storage Technology, BLACK SATA CONNECTORS) and a blue disk RAID Driver (Silicon Image SATA Controller, Blue SATA CONNECTORS)

    All my cables are connect properly, I've check a million times... Everything is connected good... MY mobo book says I need to configure my SATA as a RAID and then I should get a Matrix Storage Technology ROM menu but it never happens... Instead I get the same error at the top , which I wrote. Any Ideas? The boot agent I'm using is Intel PXE-2.1.

  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    You need to boot from your windows cd then press F8 when prompted for "third party scsi or raid driver" then put your sata driver floppy in!!!!

    Let me know how you get on and if you need any further help!!!!
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