Installing a SATA hard drive (WIN XP)
Posted on 2003-10-23
I am trying to install SATA Maxtor 120gb hard drive on Gigabyte GA-7N400 motherboard. I only have floppy disk and cd drive connected (secondary master on ide2)
My problem is that hard drive is not detected either during BIOS or by Windows XP (I have updated motherboard with latest Bios and hit F6 during setup and installed the ata controller driver si3112 (base configuration). I can't format the drive as it isnt recogised. There is power going to hard drive and the cables are connected so i assume that the problem is with the computer settings or drivers. I have computer set to boot first from floppy,then cd,scsi (sata). In standard BIOS mode IDE primary and secondary settings are at auto. In integrated peripherals, i have on-chip primary and secondary PCI IDE enabled. Also onboard h/w serial ATA enabled and serial ata function set as Base. Onboard RAID and LAN disabled.
I have tried every permutaton of settings but to no avail. I have also tried keeping the old ide hard drive and setting the sata drive as a secondary drive but the same problem occurrs. The SATA drive is not detected. I've also tried using windows 98 but same result.
Any help that you could give me would be much appreciated, i 've looked through many sites regarding this problem and alot of people seem to behaving similar problems with sata drives.