Older SATA Drive Isn't Recognized


I just recently bought a new computer with the following specs:

Operating System:  Winsdows XP Professional
Motherboard:  Asus A8N-SLI Premium
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual core Processor 4800 2.4GHz L2 2MB
Memory:  2048MB Corsair XMS Memory
Graphics:  2 x BFG 7800GTX OC
Sound:  X-fi XtremeMusic
1st HD:  Western Digital Raptor 73GB - SATA
2nd HD:  Seagate Baracuda 7200.9 300GB - SATA
3rd HD:  Seagate Baracuda 7200.9 300GB - SATA
CPU Cooler:  Zalman CNPS7000B-CU

With the Asus mobo I am able to connect my older SATA drive (not mentioned above) via an external PCI slot.  I just plug in the 4 prong power adaptor and the SATA cable and I am supposed to have instant connection.  As you can imagine, I am having trouble with Windows recognizing this older drive.

My new Seagate hd's are not in a RAID 0 but in a RAID 0+1 (I think? I see JBOD in BIOS).  If I look in Device Manager I see 2 entries of SiImage SCSI Disk Device.  When I connect the drive and boot up, it's not in My Computer for me to see.  However, if I look in Device Manager I can see it's there.  I can also see the drive within Administration Tools/Computer Management.  It doesn't allow me to do anything but either Delete Partition or Convert to Dynamic Disk.  

I did do a Seagate Diagnostic Analysis on it and got this:

Primary IDE Channel : ST3160023AS
Model:            ST3160023AS
Serial Number:      3JS213J4
Capacity:            160.04 GB
Test result:      Self-test routine completed without error.

I would be extremely grateful for anyway I can resolve this!  Many thank yous in advance!

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crrp6501Author Commented:
Can no one answer this? If not, than I will make a request to have this reviewed and my points refunded in 7-days time.

Again, any help would be greately appreciated!

what is your question? to recognise the older drive? (seagate)
crrp6501Author Commented:
Hi nobus,

I guess I gave TOO much info intitially, but yes, to answer your question, I cannot get my system to recognize my older SATA drive.

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ok - when you connect it, what happens ? a sound alert, and then ?
you can always look in device manager, select show hidden devices in the view section, and then in the general tab delete all entries in the usb controller section. Then reboot and test
crrp6501Author Commented:
It does show up in the Device Manager but I cannot select it within My Computer to access its files. Nope, there is no sound alert.  Everything seems to be working normally but for whatever reason I can't access the drive.
try accessing it in disk management, right click the drive, select open

did you delete all usb entries?
crrp6501Author Commented:
I can see it in Disk Management.  I right click on the drive and the only option I'm able to select is Delete partition.  If I right click on the grey box with Disk 0, I have an option to convert to Dynamic Disk.  Yes, I also deleted/disabled any active USB Entries.  

Thanks for your help nobus, I really appreciate this!

As what is the drive listed? NTFS or RAW ?
Also check if the old drive is SATA I and the new ones SATA II  :  http://www.sata-io.org/namingguidelines.asp

from this page :    http://searchstorage.techtarget.com/tip/1,289483,sid5_gci992442,00.html

Ziller says Serial ATA will have initial transfer rates of up to 1.5Gb/sec. Serial ATA II, arriving in 2004 will have 300MB/s of bandwidth, growing to 600MB/s around 2007 with SATA III.
crrp6501Author Commented:
Hey Nobus!

It's NTFS and is a SATA 1 disk.  Hope this helps.  Thanks again!

well, i have come across some threads were the problem was just that some SAta controllers work with sata1 and not with 2 and vice versa. i also found this :

and of course, you can contact them with your problem via email :  


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