sata HD not recgnized as boot drive on dell3000

Posted on 2011-10-01
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I have installed a SATA HD on my dell 3000.  The drive works fine as a data drive, but not as the primary boot drive.  
The following are the specifics.
- HS is Connected to Channel 3 on SATA II card
- drivers: installed all lastet drivers
- XP BIOS does not recognize the HD and therefore I can not set the drive in the boot sequence.

Looking for next steps?  Thanks,
Question by:nube123
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Expert Comment

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If your drive is not detected in BIOS, it may be because it is turned OFF in System Setup. Drive 0 (Primary Master) is usually the boot drive.  When you add a second drive to the system, it may be need to be enabled by turning it ON in System Setup.

Sample screen shot showing a Dell System Setup section for disk drives:
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You mean the drive is attached to the RAID add-on card? You would have to go into that controller's setup tool to first setup the HD as some form of RAID array (usually you need more than 1 HD for this, but with some controllers you can create a RAID 0 array with one disk). You would also have to set the booting options within that Controller's options. If the controller has no such options then you won't be able to boot from arrays connected to it.

Author Comment

ID: 36897489
yes.  My HD is attached to a RIAD add on card.  Add-on card controller allows me to have one HD.  the add-on card bios does not have any option to make this a boot drive.  also, the PC bois does not recognize this drive.
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rindi earned 250 total points
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That is normal that the PC BIOS doesn't recognize the drive, as it isn't connected to the mainboard but rather to the add-on card. If that card doesn't have any options for booting then you won't be able to boot from it. You will have to boot using an HD connected to the mainboard's controller.
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by:Aaron Tomosky
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Does the card have an option called "int 13"? This allows a drive to boot.

Author Comment

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i do not believe so.  ii looked through all the options in the cards bios.  
Only items in cards bios are related to cretaing and managing raid sets.

Expert Comment

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In system BIOS, in the hard drive section, you should see SATA operation. Is this set to RAID, IDE or AHCI?

Author Comment

ID: 36899469
I do not see the SATA drive at all in the systems bios.  I only see the HD on the SATA card bios.
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Jim-R earned 250 total points
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Repeating what rindi said already:

You would have to go into that controller's setup tool to first setup the HD as some form of RAID array (usually you need more than 1 HD for this, but with some controllers you can create a RAID 0 array with one disk)

I think that you inadvertently purchased the wrong product for your situation.  Your Dell 3000 computer has only:

Primary IDE drive
40-pin connector on PCI local bus (Where you should connect your Primary Hard Drive)

Secondary IDE drive
40-pin connector on PCI local bus  (Where you probably already have your CD/DVD Drive)

and a Floppy Drive controller.

There is no SATA controller on this motherboard,


Probably (since your computer has only one 3.5 inch internal drive bay) what you should have purchased is something like this:
SATA Hard Drive to IDE PATA ADAPTER Parallel ATA featuring Jmicron JM20330 Serial ATA Controller Costs about $20.00




Both ATA and ATAPI devices are supported using the same firmware. It allows SATA drives (Master or Slave) to be connected to ATA host controller. IDE-SATA04 provides the perfect solution for legacy ATA host controller to attach new SATA devices.
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