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Windows 7: Hard drive has 5 parts to it in device manager

08 May 2011   #1
hollyoaks777

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Hard drive has 5 parts to it in device manager

Hard drive has 5 parts to it in device manager could someone have a look at this picture as i only had one device when i clicked on small triangle in device manager for my old hard drive. In this new one i have 5.
thank you in advance




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08 May 2011   #2
ezeht

 
 

Unless I am wrong that is only showing that your mobo has 4 sata I guess sataII ports. If using only 1 drive that is chann 0.

You notice the numbers skip a few. That should mean other chips and or drivers run other ports on your mobo say for ide or sata 1.5 or sataIII ports? I would guess looking at it channels 2 and 3 are ran by another chip or controller and are a different speed or interface?

Normally different interfaces use different color sata connection ports on the mobo. They can be black blue gray and white maybe other colors but is so you can tell them apart and should be listed as so in your mobo manual.

The other ports may or not show until drivers are installed or a drive is plugged into the said other ports. Windows and or the mobo bios will default to the main sata ports which in number count should be more than other ports. If a sataII mobo you might have 4 or 6 or 8 normal drive ports and maybe 2 to 4 what ever other ports for say sataIII etc.

If you have the yellow triangle that means you need to install drivers- or w7 might install them for ya..
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08 May 2011   #3
hollyoaks777

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ezeht View Post
Unless I am wrong that is only showing that your mobo has 4 sata I guess sataII ports. If using only 1 drive that is chann 0.

You notice the numbers skip a few. That should mean other chips and or drivers run other ports on your mobo say for ide or sata 1.5 or sataIII ports? I would guess looking at it channels 2 and 3 are ran by another chip or controller and are a different speed or interface?

Normally different interfaces use different color sata connection ports on the mobo. They can be black blue gray and white maybe other colors but is so you can tell them apart and should be listed as so in your mobo manual.
Thank you very much for explaining that to me it is a brand new drive 250GB Western Digital. That's the exact same as my old drive being western digital and 250GB but it only showed one device. i did not format it when installing os as i was scared i would mess it up as i wiped my old one by mistake could that be the why it shows more as it was not formatted mate.
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08 May 2011   #4
ezeht

 
 

Now I am a lil confused. If you have 2 same drives and plugged into proper ports they should be chan 0 and chan 1.

If the os is installed and the system is working- w7 reformatted or partitioned during the install and I guess asked you so and you said yes. If the second drive is not showing up from say computer id say yes it needs to be partitioned and formatted- if it is a new drive a quick format should be fine and takes maybe 2 minutes.

You should run proper drives on the proper ports on your mobo- check your manual and see what ports run what and use the proper drives per port. But you can also jump say a sataII drive to run on a sata 1.5g or a sataIII to run on a sataII port- or older drives any way.

Also it is best that your mobo bios be set up in ahci support or your drives are running in ide mode. You may not need all the features of ahci but the drives will not run in full speeds unless using ahci and you do not need to run a raid to use ahci. You have to turn on ahci before you install the os. Or you can find here in the forums a reg tweak and can turn on ahci support and reboot- good to go..

Sorry I do not know where to find the reg tweak- I know it is here- I need to locate it for future references. Maybe you can use the search function to find it if need be? Search "reg tweak after os install for ahci support" or something like that.

You do not have to use ahci- well some newer drives will give ya fits and might not work at all with out ahci. But again the drives will not run at full speeds with out it. AHCI is for sata drives.

** can find the drives here look bottom partition drive etc.. I guess your os drive is c: your second drive shows no letter? not until it is formatted etc. I do not do this everyday so- I think you just need to right click on the drive needed attention and then click format it will ask you to partition and then just click fast format.>



* this second photo is just general after the last photo. My drives are already set up. C: is the os drive unless you on purpose change letters. You other drive might say unallocated space or something and needs to be formatted etc. Just right click your other drive and do so. When done it will give it a drive letter and be working- or you may have to reboot after- even if it does not prompt ya to do so- do it reboot any wa. All should be good to go after that..>

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08 May 2011   #5
hollyoaks777

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Thank you very much mate off to see what it is running and change it to AHCI if it is not running that. SATA operation is running AHCI. I take it the device will have to be formatted but i will wait as it takes a while to reinstall everything on computer mate
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08 May 2011   #6
marsmimar

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Now I am a lil confused. If you have 2 same drives and plugged into proper ports they should be chan 0 and chan 1.
Just for clarification, I think the OP is referring to a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop that he swapped hard drives on. (I'm guessing this from a different thread the OP has.) If I'm mistaken I extend my sincerest apologies.
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08 May 2011   #7
hollyoaks777

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
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Now I am a lil confused. If you have 2 same drives and plugged into proper ports they should be chan 0 and chan 1.
Just for clarification, I think the OP is referring to a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop that he swapped hard drives on. (I'm guessing this from a different thread the OP has.) If I'm mistaken I extend my sincerest apologies.
No you are correct mate
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08 May 2011   #8
ezeht

 
 

You do not have to reinstall the os for ahci support- Some say it might be best- I would reinstall the os my self maybe if just building and not really a lot of programs installed etc..

The reg tweak is way more easy and fast. You just make a simple change to the reg- then boot to your bios and turn on ahci support and then reboot as normal- w7 might need to reboot again before it rights its self and its done..

Do not just go changing to ahci and try to boot to w7 it will mess up every thing. Either do as you say. A all new os install after first turning on ahci in bios or do the faster reg tweak.

You need to get your info and ducks in a row to know you have ahci support turned on proper in your bios- it is easy and maybe only 2 places to check or change settings. It's just mobos and bios are different- I can not tell ya how to enable it on your mobo- good manuals will tell ya- or post at the mobos help forums and someone can tell ya fast ..

Do not jump the gun and cause your self head akes- your system seems to be working- just not your second drive. Take an extra day if need be read post get some info then do it- Maybe just do the reg tweak and will be a lot faster.
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08 May 2011   #9
hollyoaks777

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how do i do reg tweak or am i better to do reinstall? system is fine just now but with what we are talking about will it cause me problems down the line if i don't format the hard drive.
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08 May 2011   #10
ezeht

 
 

Ya I am not expert. I am just going by what he posted in this thread. I did not know he has another thread or plug and play- I think all sata drives are plug and play.

And I did not know this is a lap top. I know nothing about lap tops..

I do think I am right as far as ports showing up or for the controllers that run them in his photo.

I build my own systems and for a few friends and learn or correct stuff as I go. I can talk a lot too- but trying hard to help is all. I do not do this every day- so I can my memory or info not all right..

Sorry If I get confusing.
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