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    Why won't my motherboard recgonize my SATA hard drive? (Going Crazy!!)

    I'm trying to install a 160gb Seagate SATA hard drive on my Asrock K7NF2 motherboard. The board work just fine with an IBM 40gb ATA harddrive. I can't get anything with a SATA drive. The BIOS is new and this MB previously worked with a SATA drive which died. Currently I'm trying to install the replacement SATA drive.


    With only an ATA drive all works as it should. BIOS boots, computer POST data is there. All is okay.

    When I plug in the SATA drive, unplug the ATA, and try to boot up the computer I get nothing, no BIOS, the graphics card doesn't seem to work (monitor light stays off), but the power supply works.

    When I try both SATA and ATA I get the same symptoms as just SATA.

    What could be causing this and what is the solution?? I'd like to have at least the SATA drive working if not both drives..... Thanks.

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    You don't have the board overclocked do you? Non-standard bus-rates or multipliers also cause non-standard bus timing and SATA's much more sensitive to that than ATA.

    Also turn off the speed-negotiation on the drive and lock it in at 150 mbs. Look up your drive's jumper-settings.

    The SATA controller is a RAID controller. You have to turn ON the RAID option and configure it as single-drive... then select SATA as the boot device.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DannoXYZ
    The SATA controller is a RAID controller. You have to turn ON the RAID option and configure it as single-drive... then select SATA as the boot device.
    I thought of that, but it was working just fine before with a SATA drive, and I haven't changed any jumper or BIOS settings.
    Last edited by Ziemas; 09-20-06 at 02:54 AM.

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    It was a different drive of this one? The newer 2nd generation drives often don't work with older MB and chipsets.

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    Senior Member Ziemas's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by DannoXYZ
    It was a different drive of this one? The newer 2nd generation drives often don't work with older MB and chipsets.
    No it's the exact same drive replaced under warentey.

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    Thanks for the help Danno, but the HD is dead. Fui.

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    Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP) Stacey's Avatar
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    We have had more problems w/ SATA drives in the shop than Carter has little pills! Must have been one of 'Ford's Better Ideas"

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    Senior Member Ziemas's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey
    We have had more problems w/ SATA drives in the shop than Carter has little pills! Must have been one of 'Ford's Better Ideas"
    Has any brand proven to be less prone to problems than another?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziemas
    Thanks for the help Danno, but the HD is dead. Fui.
    Ok, sounds like you've got it taken care of. Strange, I've always had good reliability with Seagate; they're one of the few that offer a 5-year warrantee. Over a decade ago, I had a RAID tower using Micropolis drives. Kinda defeated the purpose of having RAID in the first place as we had a drive fail once a month! Turned out they were sending us refurbished drives that had been sent in for warrantee failures... grrr... Micropolis went under and got bought out by someone else soon after that....

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    Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP) Stacey's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziemas
    Has any brand proven to be less prone to problems than another?
    We see mostly Seagate & Maxtor, can't really say if one is more failure prone than the other.

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    Just got back from the computer store with yet another 160gb Seagate. While I was there I noticed that they had some HDs marked refeburished and some not. Both were the same price. Wish me luck on this one.....

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    URGH!! The *new* HD doesn't work either. Same tick-tick-tick sound!! I'm begining to think it's the SATA controler on the motherboard.....grrrrr.....

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    Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP) Stacey's Avatar
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    SATA sucks. Just get a nice IDE drive and no more problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey
    SATA sucks. Just get a nice IDE drive and no more problems.
    I wish I could, but the MB (which is also a warenty replacement for an Abit which died) doesn't have enough IDE connectors for 2 HD and 2 optical drives. Grrrrr.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziemas
    I wish I could, but the MB (which is also a warenty replacement for an Abit which died) doesn't have enough IDE connectors for 2 HD and 2 optical drives. Grrrrr.....
    Can't you daisy chain?

    fwiw I never ever buy refurbished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziemas
    I wish I could, but the MB (which is also a warenty replacement for an Abit which died) doesn't have enough IDE connectors for 2 HD and 2 optical drives. Grrrrr.....
    You can pick up a PCI Promise ATA controller for dirt cheap. In fact, I'll even send you one for free if you'll take care of the shipping charges.

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    I think I solved the problem of the SATA drive. It seems that I can use either a SATA or an IDE drive but not both at the same time. Anyone have any ideas on how to make them play nicely together? I'd really like the extra storage space. Thanks.

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