Installing SATA HDD

By vijayP ยท 12 replies
Nov 21, 2004
  1. Hi all,
    I need a bit of help with installing 120GB western Digital HDD. I've connected the SATA cable and changed the CMOS setting to enhanced mode as i've IDE 80gb seagate barracuda hooked up on the same pc. by the way my motherboard is AOPEN AX4SPE-UN. When i try to boot up it says disk boot failure. when I changed the jumper settings of IDE HDD it boots from cdrom and attempts to install Windows2000 but on the second screen that is when it says Windoows2000 loads setup, it halts for about 2 mins and says unmountable boot volume and when I repeat it doen't boot at all.
    channel 0 master: none
    channel0 slave : seagate HDD
    channel 1 IDE: pioneer dvdrom
    channel 2 Master: Western digital 120gb HDD

    Thanks for any help
  2. knightrider

    knightrider TS Rookie


    just wondering if u solved ur problem with setting up ur s-ata hdd
    if so i have a similar issue, the problems are as follows i have a 250gb s-ata diamond max10 hdd my motherboard is a msi 875p neo fisr2, my graphics card is a geforce 5200 128mb
    a pioneer 16speed dvdrw+-
    an external 12in1 card reader
    a lg 52*24*52 cdrw
    any hlp would be greatly appreciated

    Kind Regards

  3. HoopaJoop

    HoopaJoop TS Rookie Posts: 90

    What exactly is your problem? Post errors and the processes you've taken so far if at all possible.
  4. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    sounds like you moved the original boot device
    and windows boot ini file can't find it
    the bios first boot and the ini file should match up
    like this:
    [boot loader]
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\mandrake1="Linux operation boot K" /fastdetect..........
    and so on
  5. Mart64

    Mart64 TS Rookie

    SATA HDDs and WinXP

    Did anything come of this thread?

    I cannot install WinXP to my SATA Maxtor DiamondMax 10 drive. I am using the correct drivers I think (came with the mobo), and BIOS detects the drive OK although it is a bit complex. I have tried both the Intel controller and the Promise one without any success. I can use the drive in winXP but not install windows to it. Windows setup claims the disk is inaccessible.

    MOBO: 865PE Neo2 FISR with Intel 2600
    Drive: Maxtor 10 300GB /16MB cache


  6. manuelj43

    manuelj43 TS Rookie

    Make sure you guys disable RAID through your bios. It's in there somewhere, keep looking.
  7. crshoveride1

    crshoveride1 TS Rookie

    I've recently bought a 250gb SATA drive by mistake. I looked into it and I think I'm gonna stick with it and get it to work with one of the PC's that I have in the house. I don't have any boards at this point that have onboard SATA so I'm gonna need to get a PCI SATA card. Any suggestions as to which one(s) I should look into to? I'm not sure which PC I'd like to put it in but at this point I'm thinking of installing it in a Dell Dimension 3000. Otherwise the other machine thats a possibility at this point is a Gigabyte GA-7VKMLS with and Xtasy Video card. I've read some senario's that SATA needed to be ran in pairs. Is that true? Do I need to get another 250gb HD to run with this one?
  8. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,188   +470

    SATA hard drives can be run singly. I have a WD 250GB Caviar SATA HD that I'm running by itself as my only hd.
  9. crshoveride1

    crshoveride1 TS Rookie

    oh good. thats good news. I think I must have been reading about Raid set ups at the same time. Any suggestion on which manufacturer to look at?
  10. manuelj43

    manuelj43 TS Rookie

    Maxtor vs. Western digital (WD)(in general)

    Maxtor's drives are quieter but WD's drives are more reliable (although they are a bit louder but it's not a big problem, I wouldn't worry about the noise.)
  11. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,188   +470

    Didn't you say you already bought one? Anyway, I'm happy with my Western Digital. WD SATA drives can be used with a proprietary "Secureconnect" cable or any standard SATA data cable. You also have the choice of using either the SATA power connectors or the standard 4 pin molex connectors from the power supply. Just more flexibility.
  12. crshoveride1

    crshoveride1 TS Rookie

    Does the power hookup make a difference in performance? I have some the ones from the power supply available to use. Yes I did buy one already. Its a 250gb HD. 8mb cache.
  13. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,188   +470

    No difference. Your choice.
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