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SATA & non-SATA drive interlinking! Help!

By Nightedge
Apr 26, 2006
  1. Ok, so here's the layout. I have windows xp pro installed with 2 non-sata hard drives. primary being windows etc and secondary being just storage/games/music.

    I now have a 160gb SATA hd. So i mount it, hook up the sata cable to motherboard, hook up sata power cable, and boot it up.

    I go to my computer and see nothing. So i go to find new hardware and find nothing either. I installed scsi component and it showed the 2 things i just installed, the scsi component, and, of course, it shows/detects the new sata drive.

    So i'm thinking it's now under 'my computer' i look there and it's not there.

    Now what i'm doing is only having this for mass storage, i would even replace the second drive (non sata) i had for this.

    (my BIOS under integrated periph has OnChip SATA enabled and OnChip SATA mode is "IDE" [the other option is RAID, but i only have 1 sata hdd])

    So right now i'm thinking that I can't use sata and non-sata hdd's together.. but i could've sworn you could! I bet i'm just doing this wrong

    oh, and one more weird thing, i ran 'everest' and went under storage devices, it shows 'drive 3' as EPSON usb storage 160gb .. and epson is my printer driver!

    So i uninstalled the printer driver now it just says drive 3 (159gb)


    I want to run my single sata hdd with my other 1 or both hdd's that are non-sata. Is this possible, and if so, what am I doing wrong?

    (it's gigabyte 8 sigma series motherboard, 2 sata slots available onboard)
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,452   +6

    You have to partition hard drives before they show up in My Computer.

    See Disk Management.
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 5,746   +14

    running SATA with PATA can yield weird results. Windows defaults to PATA for most things and sometimes gets confused when you combine the two. I don't recommend mixing them, use one or the other. You can get it to work sometimes, especially if you have good drivers, but if you get a glitch, windows will error out when it doesn't find what it needs on the SATA.
  4. Nightedge

    Nightedge TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yea, thanks guys, stupid me forgot to partition it.
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