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Issue with SATA2 Drive

By evalin ยท 10 replies
Dec 16, 2008
  1. Hi,

    I am wondering if someone can help me with this issue.

    I had a desktop with ASUS P5GC-MX/133 motherboard installed with two physical hard drives - 1 IDE and 1 SATA2. A year ago I installed window XP SP2 on the IDE hard drive and used SATA2 as storage (not RAID). When I installed the window XP, I did not press F6 to load 3rd party drivers. And I used Device Manager to format the SATA2 drive and partitioned it into 4 partitions.

    Last week, there was something wrong with the OS so I reinstalled window XP. However, after reinstalling the OS, the BIOS and window's device manager can detect the 320 GB SATA2 hard drive (but the drive did not show up in My Computer). However, instead of showing the 4 partitions where I have saved important data, it said that the hard drive is not ready.

    Can anyone teach me how to get the partitions out and shown in My Computer?

    Help is greatly appreciated!.

  2. gguerra

    gguerra TS Guru Posts: 314

    See if your drive shows up under Disk Management. Right click on My Computer on your desktop and select 'Manage', then select Disk Management. Also if it shows up under device manager it should say "This device is working properly". You might want to check if the proper drivers are installed and update them if necessary.
  3. evalin

    evalin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi Gguerra:

    Thanks for the reply. Yes. the device manager shows that "This device is working properly". I am using Hitachi 320GB SATAII hard drive. Do you know where to find the driver?


  4. Aerendyl

    Aerendyl TS Rookie Posts: 19

    When you press right click on that partition what options do you have?
  5. evalin

    evalin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi Black Knight:

    When I right clicked on the partition, I get the option of partioning the drive. The drive has been previously partitions though.

    Please help.


  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,552   +437

    Was your SATA drive connected when you installed Windows to the IDE drive? Then did you install motherboard/chipset drivers. If so, that is likely what you need to do again, install the sata drivers.

    The other, less likely possibility is your sata drive is set to basically emulate an ide drive by the bios, and since Windows is having problems seeing it like it should that probably means initially it wasn't set up like that. If the sata drive is allowed to behave like an sata drive you get stuff like NCQ, I don't think that can happen if the drive is emulating IDE through the bios. This probably isn't your issue, but its something to be aware of if you were poking around in your BIOS when you replaced the IDE drive.
  7. evalin

    evalin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi Sngx:

    Thanks for the response. Yes. The SATA drive was connected when installing windows on the IDE drive. After window installation, I ran the chipset program from the disk provided by ASUS.

    Regarding the emulation. Is there anyway to tell if the SATA drive is emulating IDE. Where can I change that option? Right now, the setting is enhanced mode - SATA.


  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,552   +437

    The BIOS is where I'd check, but it sounds like its running in native sata which is what it should if you had to install the sata drivers after Windows the first time.

    You've installed the sata drivers since your recent windows install and still can't see the drive like before?
  9. evalin

    evalin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi Sngx:

    Well..I wasn't asked by the system to install the sata drivers. When I reinstalled window xp on the IDE drive, the windows cannot recognize it as 320GB. Only after I installed SP2, it showed the drive as 320GB. The windows and bios can see the drive, but not the partitions.


  10. evalin

    evalin TS Rookie Topic Starter


    I checked the HDD property and click the last tab for details.

    Here is what I have for hardware identity:


    Is it normal? Shouldn't it say SATA instead of IDE? If yes, how do I let the system know it is SATA.

    Thank you.

  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,552   +437

    Install the sata drivers.
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