SATA Hard Drives

Owen Townend owen.townend at
Tue Jun 24 10:52:41 UTC 2008

On 24/06/2008, Karl Larsen <k5di at> wrote:
> Rashkae wrote:
>  > Karl Larsen wrote:
>  >
>  >>     I know a lot of people are using SATA drives now. How did you get
>  >> them to work in a reliable way?
>  >>
>  >>
>  >
>  > I plug them in and turn the computer on
>  >
>  >
>     Well I have been experimenting and have found my problem. The BIOS
>  on my computer is very poor with SATA hard drives. I am now in the port
>  on the motherboard that when I look at BIOS it says I have zero hard
>  drives but it boots up to this system just fine. When I use the other
>  port BIOS shows the hard drive present and working.
>     The end of the data cable on the hard drive is solid and a good
>  connection but the one on the motherboard had some lint in the plug. I
>  blew off the lint and blew out the plugs on the motherboard and they are
>  now clean.
>     I wiggled the cable at both ends and it will not stop. It must be
>  good now.
>  Karl

  I'm glad you found the culprit (dust).
  IIRC you bought a Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H about the same time I did.
By default the first 3 SATA ports are set to AHCI SATA, the next two
are set to PATA legacy mode.
  To check that the disk is being detected look in the bios where you
set the boot disk order. All hard disks should be in that list.


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