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No SATA in Device Manager?

I have "successfully" installed windows xp onto a Seagate SATA drive connected to an ABIT IS7 mainboard.  My question for the group is: Why can't I see any designation in Device Manager that it is a SATA.  All I see is ATA controllers and devices.  The Bios has been set properly for the On-board chip.  And the system seems to work ok but I feel I am missing out on SATA performance benefits.  If the SATA drive was installed properly why can I see something like SATA Seagate or something akin to that in Device Manager?  Thanks.
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20computer
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chuckyhCommented:
SATA is listed under SCSI and RAID controllers.
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zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperCommented:
if you installed XP on a SATA, you won't be missing out on the performance benefits... the drive is working if you're able to boot to XP.

as chuckyh said, the SATA controller is under SCSI and RAID controllers.  the drive is under disk drives.
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20computerAuthor Commented:
Again, there is no mention of SATA in device manager.  This is my question.  FYI: there is no mention of scsi in Device Manager either (nor RAID).   It may be assumed, by I feel I should also mention there is on RAID config on this system although I understand zephyr in that when it is working properly I should see it under that heading...is that correct?  By my question remains unanswered.

Let me posit this.  If I just built the system set the proper BIOS settings to SATA on chip or on board would I need to do anything special to ensure the system recognized SATA instead of ATA?

Thanks
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
There's nothing wrong with your installation ... the Intel SATA controller is simply listed under the IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers.   This is normal for 865/875 chipset boards (the IS7 uses the 865 chipset).   You're not missing any SATA performance benefits ... the buffer <-> PC transfers are working at SATA speeds.  

... as an aside:  the "SATA performance benefits" may not, however, be as great as you're perhaps expecting.   The ONLY time SATA is faster than a PATA connection is when you're transferring between the drive's buffer and the PC.   The platter is still spinning at 7200rpm (unless you have a 10,000 rpm drive), and the sustained transfer rate is well below the capabilities of either PATA or SATA ... so which interface you have makes NO difference in most disk transfers.

... also, with regard to your comment "... ensure the system recognized SATA instead of ATA ..." ==>  SATA IS an ATA interface ... it simply transfers the data serially (SATA = "Serial ATA")  instead of via a parallel cable (PATA).
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
... as for RAID ==> You have to install the Intel RAID drivers ("Intel Matrix Storage")  if you want to use the RAID controller.   To ensure you get the right version for your board, I'd download them directly from abit's support site:
ftp://ftp-usa.abit.com.tw/pub/download/driver2/intel_iaa_raid/5001032.zip
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scrathcyboyCommented:
to correct the above .... MANY motherboard BIOSeslist the SATA drives as part of the IDE drive setup -- no it doesn't make sense, but ABIT and ASUS are two of these -- tehy "group" the SATA as part of the IDE drive setup.   Since the SATA drive has its OWN interface, and since you had to install the right SATA drivers for XP to see this drive in the first place, and to install the OS on it, then you can be SURE that the drive is running at the PEAK efficiency for SATA drives that the SATA driver you used provides for you.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Yes, many motherboards show the SATA drives in the IDE/ATA/ATAPI controller line ==> but there's nothing wrong with that.   They ARE, after all, ATA devices ... and they have integrated drive electronics (IDE).   It's true that "IDE" has become a generic term associated with Parallel ATA drives (PATA) because of the generic associated of "IDE cable" with the 40-pin cables used for PATA interfaces.   But showing them there makes just as much sense as associating them with SCSI drives (actually, probably more ... since they DO have integrated electronics; unlike the SCSI drives where the logic is in the controller).

And NO, the author did NOT have "... to install the right SATA drivers for XP to see this drive ..." ==> SATA support is built into the Intel chipset.   No drivers are required.

20computer ==>  As I noted earlier, your system is working fine :-)   Don't be misled by the comment about having to install SATA drivers.


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20computerAuthor Commented:
Thanks much to Garycase and Scrathcyboy for enlightening me.  Since the mainboard arrived with a floppy disk marked SATA drivers, and since I had seen it mentioned several places on the internet about installing these very early during XP setup, and, since I didn't see mention of this device in Device Manager, I was questioning my installation  I found particularly helpful Garycase's info regarding the support built into the chipset which accounts for alot.  And Scrathcyboy's spotlight on Abits and Asus bios handling of these items certainly helped me understand also, as well as his reassurance that if it was working now, it was right.  I was very impressed with the amount I learned from Garycase too.  So being the guilt driven person I am I am awarding a split in the points.  Thanks to all and my apologies for my heretofore unnoticed typos in my first counter-comment.
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