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Greetings Experts,

I thought this would be simple enough, but so far this is nothing but headaches.
I have an XP SP2 load on SATA WD 74G raptor drive. (only drive) SATA 0
I installed a 2nd 200G WD SATA drive in port 1

I unplugged SATA 0...and installed Windows Vista on 200G on SATA 1   no problems.....(lol...after 3 tries)
I plugged the two SATA 0,1 back in after the install. After many BOD I started attaching the drives one at a time.
I finally got xp to boot again after doing minor repair. Now here's my question..........
Bios does not see the 200G WD in SATA 1....says it's empty.
When XP boots up the drive is visable and accessable.
Since the Bios doesn't see 2 SATA drives I can't boot off the Vista drive...which of course was the whole point.
I'm out of ideas here.
No Raid was not neccessary or loaded @ the F6 prompt on the install.
The Board is a 865 G PERL (Intel) ...love this board btw..

Any suggestions?
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by:callrs
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Don't know about SATA.
But why not put the 200G drive on SATA 0?
[or Is there no setting in BIOS to change the boot order to SATA 1 , then SATA 0, instead of vice-versa?]
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by:RedKelvin
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cant remember if SATA drives have master slave jumpers, if so check that out.

Make sure you don't have raid enbabled in your bios

Check for a BIOS update

do you have the drivers installed for the second drive?
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by:Kenneniah
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My first guess.....is that your new 200 GB drive is SATA 2. Some SATA 1 controllers have a problem with the autonegotiation on these newer drives (the drives are supposed to negotiate down to SATA 1, but this can cause problems with older SATA controllers making BIOS not recognize the drive). As a quick test if this is the problem, WD SATA 2 drives have a jumper (OPT1) to turn off negotiation and run at SATA 1 speeds only. This would be pins 5-6 on the jumper block on the drive. Try putting a jumper there then see if BIOS recognizes the drive.
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by:smoke184
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Thanks for the suggestions experts.
I think there's some confusion here. The 200G SATA is recognized in bios, after all I did put a Vista load on it.
The issue is that Bios does not let me switch to boot off that drive when both drives are plugged in.
If I disconnect the 74G drive, I then can boot off the 200g drive, and it does show in Bios at that time.
This is what makes no sense to me. I have 2 SATA drives, 1 in each port (obviously). When they are both connected, Bios only allows you (and only shows ) a single SATA drive.
If I boot off what bios shows as a boot drive, when the O/S loads I see both SATA drives, and they are accessable that's what makes me nuts. The O/S shouldn't see it when Bios doesn't???
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by:RedKelvin
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Have you checked for a BIOS update, in case the one you have is buggy
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by:smoke184
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The latest Bios is installed, and doesn't seem to be the issue here.
I'm closing this question , apparently this is just a hardware issue between Vista & Intel.


Moderator please close.....no points awarded
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by:callrs
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Refund OK
But keep for reference to let others know of the hardware issue.
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