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    Confused with my SATA drive

    Just bought a new 160GB SATA HDD today but when i plugged it all in it doesnt show up on my bios screen nor does it show up on the my computer screen!! Any suggestions on what im doing wrong??

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    See if it's in the windows disk manager. Added drives need importing/initialising before they will work usually.
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    ok im a noob when it comes to computers so where can i find that??

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    Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer management > it's a section in there.
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    Sometimes SATA drives are natively disabled in the BIOS,
    Also you will almost definitley need to install separate drivers for it
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    ok thanks i did that but it aint showing up there either!! now im well lost

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    when installing windows - you will need to install the SATA driver when it asks for a scsi driver ( IIRC its F6 on the blue load up screen for windows installation )

    Insert the floppy supplied with the motherboard and use the drivers on here that correspond to your chipset and then the Serial ATA should be seen correctly.

    Hope this helps,

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    with sata you have to go into your sata config (normall ctrl+h) at the promt and you will see the drive is labelled as spare ie not in use, make it active and bobs your uncle

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    Ok thanks guys just gonna try out all your info and will see what heppens

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    Also goto youir bios. If your SATA controler is onboard, the bios will have an option to disable it (usually under intergrated periferals (sp?), which wouldnt help

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    1) Check SATA is enabled in the Bios
    2) Check the drive is enabled in your SATA Bios
    3) Make sure you have installed the SATA driver that came with your Mobo
    4) Have a look in Admin Tools - > Computer Management -> Disk Management
    ( sometimes you will have to enable this in the start bar properties)
    and see if its there. You will have to initialise it and partition it from there....

    Can you tell us what motherboard you're trying to install to?

    extra: I found that my SATA on DFI infinity would freeze every 5 seconds for about a second. Found out that using the sata raid driver and set to sata raid in bios ( even though single drive) cured this problem.

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    Thanks guys i got it all sorted eventually and i was installing it on a ABIT AT7-MAX2 mobo

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