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ATA and SATA2

brazil2006
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Hello,

I have a old 250gb ATA harddisk.. now i have gotten a new hitachi 400gb SATA2 hdd...

I usually boot from the ATA and am running win2k pro, but i just could not format my new sata drive... from win2k pro, i even tried partition magic 8 to do the job (this usually works for me) but no luck, i got all sorts of crappy errors...

so i disconnected the ATA, connected only the SATA2, and loaded winxp pro on it... which did the trick, it formatted the whole disk and installed windows.. I started up the comp and everything works great...

so then i shut down, reconnected the ATA, selected that as the boot disk... and restarted, I came back to windows 2000 perfectly, went into the explorer and tried to access my new sata drive (it shows as E: ) but when i clicked it it tells me:

"The Disk in drive E: is not formatted
Do you want to format it now?"

What the heck is the problem?

I actually bought the hdd and a kit to connect it as a USB hdd... but first this has to work...right?

PLEASE help!

Thanks!
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Commented:
did the hard drive come with a prep utility?  some new hard drives require you to run a utility before you can use it for storage....

Commented:
Have you installed the latest service packs for win2k?

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Commented:
Hello,

zephyr_hex - > I didnt get anything other than the hdd in its plastic case....

piiidtt  -> Checking it tells me, I'm on update versions SP1; Q823353; Q903235
Going to windows update offers me no updates...

Thanks!

Commented:
You should have at least service pack 4, see the link below:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/downloads/servicepacks/default.mspx 
You could also be having a problem with the size of your hard drive.  Win2000 SP1 doesn't support hard drives greater than 137GB.  Also if you have Service Pack 4 then you have to set a registry key too.

Its a bit strange though because your old hard drive is 250gb, but i'm confused as to which drive you reinstalled windows onto.  

Please look at this link anyways.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305098

Cheers

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Commented:
Hi again,
I think i made a mistake in my last post... when i checked Internet Explorer it told me SP1 but when i went to control panel and checked under "System" it says :

Microsoft Windows 2000
5.00.2195
Service Pack 4

So it looks like i have the latest service packs... thats why my 250 gb ATA hdd is working fine.


Now what to do?

Thanks!

Commented:
If your harddrive is SATA2, then you will need jumper to configure first, then you will see it in windows environment.

Regards.

Author

Commented:
on my mobo i have 4 connectors to sata...
depending on which of the 4 you pick, it shows in the BIOS as primary,slave, 3rd slave etc
i have tried connecting it as primary and as slave... it shows up in windows explorer as E: but as you click on it...it gives the format question that i wrote on top....

Commented:
Do you have other system to try to hook it this drive as slave and see if it gives same error?

Author

Commented:
I have another system... but it does not support sata :(

I think i have a friend who does have a new system.... i'll check with him and let you know..

Thanks!
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