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Windows 7: Can't connect IDE hard drive to SATA motherboard

23 Dec 2009   #1
Minnesotamike

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Can't connect IDE hard drive to SATA motherboard

I have a problem and it's driving me nuts. I am new to Windows 7 and I'm not sure if I am missing a setting, in 7, to get this to work. Here's the problem.

I just bought an HP system (see specs) with SATA connections only. I have an IDE drive from my Windows XP system that I would like to install in my new system. I have tried a controller card and an adapter. Neither have worked. When I start the system, I get to the start up screen that gives me the option of entering BIOS, Boot Menu, and a couple others. Lately, it just stays there. If I leave it alone, it will go no farther. If I select either of the options, it says, "enter xxxx....", but it goes no where. If I disconnect the drive, it starts up normally. When I can get into BIOS, the drive is recognized and the original drive is set as the first to boot. I have even tried all the SATA Controller settings (IDE, RAID, AHCI) and nothing.

There had been a few times that I actually reached Windows, but the drive was listed as unallocated and I could do nothing with it. If I tried, I got the error message "Device not ready". Unfortunately, I can't even get that far anymore.

A format was suggested, so I copied all my data to my external drive and formatted in XP. No luck. I keep hearing that either setup should work, but it doesn't. The system is completely updated and the drivers for the controller card are the Windows 7 drivers from the manufacturer. Any thoughts on what to try? I do want this installed internally, not by USB. Thanks!

Mike


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23 Dec 2009   #2
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

When you say you have tried a controller card do you mean a PCI card?

Same with "adapter" is it an IDE to SATA adapter that connects to the drive itself?

I am wondering if you need to change a PCI setting if it's a PCI card controller.
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23 Dec 2009   #3
Minnesotamike

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

nate42nd,

Yes, the controller card is a PCI card. The adapter is a IDE to SATA adapter that connects directly to the drive. As far as a PCI setting, I'm not sure I would know where to find that.

Mike
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23 Dec 2009   #4
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Have you tried to do a Windows Update online with the PCI card & the IDE HD connected ?


" Doc "
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23 Dec 2009   #5
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 



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23 Dec 2009   #6
IggyAZ

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 


DocBrown you beat me to the punch. I also was going to mention that SATA to EIDE converter.

Here is a link to another location for a similiar card.
Sabrent Serial ATA Controller Sabrent SBT-SCIDE Serial ATA to IDE Ultra ATA-100/133 Mini Converter-Best Computer Online Store Houston Buy Discount Prices Texas-Directron.com



Here is another NewEgg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-002-_-Product
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23 Dec 2009   #7
Minnesotamike

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Doc & IggyAZ,

The problem is that I can't get into Windows with the drive connected. As far as the adapter, this is similar to what I have.

Mike
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23 Dec 2009   #8
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Minnesotamike View Post
Doc & IggyAZ,

The problem is that I can't get into Windows with the drive connected. As far as the adapter, this is similar to what I have.

Mike

What is the jumper setting on the IDE HD connected to the adapter ?


" Doc "


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23 Dec 2009   #9
Minnesotamike

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Doc,

I tried every possible setting. I was told to use Cable Select though.

Mike
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23 Dec 2009   #10
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

I have used the Tri-Head USB IDE adapters on a regular basis to test various IDE drives. I always have to set the jumper to master or single drive to work. I have have not tried one of these SATA adapters yet.

When it is connected, can you see it recognized in the bios setup ?

" Doc "
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