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Windows 7: Replacing DVD drives - IDE to SATA

31 May 2012   #11
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
SATA optical drives aren't flaky at all. It's just an interface, so if they are designed for the interface, they'll work fine. Perhaps what TVeblen meant was that early on, some SATA optical drives didn't show up to some burning apps when the SATA ports were set to AHCI, but that's largely a thing of the past.
Easy fix to that is to set the controller the drive is connected to to IDE mode. In tommy3's case in addition to being able to set the controller to IDE mode if AHCI is enabled, he can also set ports 5 and 6 to CD-ROM,

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31 May 2012   #12
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
Hey Deacon - I have run into SATA optical drives that have a hard time being recognized by the system.
I've had issues like that with one particular system, and it turned out it was a P45 Intel board from Gigabyte. I had been using the JMicron controller for the optical drives, and a Windows Update for the driver was making them disappear. I solved the problem by not using the JMicron crap controller. The Intel ones never gave me any issues.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Easy fix to that is to set the controller the drive is connected to to IDE mode.
True, at the time, that was the solution, but now, with Windows 7, I haven't experienced the issue. CDBurnerXP would never detect my drivers in AHCI mode.
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31 May 2012   #13
tommy3

Windows-7 ult x32 + SP1
 
 

DeaconFrost:
SATA optical drives aren't flaky at all. It's just an interface, so if they are designed for the interface, they'll work fine.
That's rather a sweeping statement. Millions of things that are "made for a purpose" don't work, in all fields.

Perhaps what TVeblen meant was that early on, some SATA optical drives didn't show up to some burning apps when the SATA ports were set to AHCI, but that's largely a thing of the past.
In my case, I wasn't using a Burning App, or anything else. I was merely installing & setting up.

I've been using Samsung burners for a few years now and they are some of the best drives on the market. If they are loud, then either there's a drive issue, you were using a cheaply made disc, or it wasn't mounted securely in your case.
I have nothing against Samsung, & have a 1tb HDD in the same machine. I have removed a Sony Optiarc & LG IDE drives & installed the Sammy & another Sony SATA ones. What I'm saying is that, I am surprised at the amount of 'spinning' or maybe 'motor' noise coming from this particular drive - far louder than the others, fitted in the same case. The desktop case has two bays to fit these things in, which I use, along with fixing screws. I was using a 'test' disk that a friend made some time ago, on a verbatim disk. The same disk didn't cause the same noise in the Sony - nor has it whilst trying several other disks over the past few hours.

I would be more concerned with why your last port(s) didn't pick up the drive. That would make me concerned, since it was a nice board.
When I connected to a different MB connector, it worked well enough. This leads me to think, maybe; a bit of dirt in the plugs, dodgy connector/lead/plug etc.

In the end, anything can fail, whether cheap, expensive, made for the job or anything - including the nut holding the spanner !

I'll monitor the noise & consider whether its bad enough to complain about.

Many thanks for your input.

BOWTIE + TVenblen:
When Windows first booted, up popped the notice saying 'looking for drivers' etc. That showed both drives, but whilst the Sony got the green tick - the Sammy didn't.
I looked in Device Manager where that also only showed the Sony.
In BIOS it did show both drives.

As soon as I plugged 'em into slots 3 & 4, they were both recognised.

In the end, and through trial & error, they are both up'n'running.

Thanks to you all for your help & advice.
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31 May 2012   #14
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tommy3 View Post
That's rather a sweeping statement. Millions of things that are "made for a purpose" don't work, in all fields.
The context was that they are flaky as compared to IDE optical drives. SATA optical drives are no more or less reliable than IDE ones. It was a comparison between the two interfaces.
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31 May 2012   #15
tommy3

Windows-7 ult x32 + SP1
 
 

sorry mate,,,,,, no offence meant.
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01 Jun 2012   #16
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

None taken...just making sure we're all on the same page.
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