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Hard Drive not seen using sata card

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by AkaMrMike, Jan 7, 2007.

  1. AkaMrMike

    AkaMrMike Regular member

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    I am using a sil 3512 sata card to hook up a western digital 250gb hd to my pc. The drive shows up in device manager but not in my computer, it says device is working properly, but it doesn't have a drive letter. The raid option is disabled also since I am only using one drive. Thanks in advance for advice.
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    did you partition & format the drive?
     
  3. maddjeff

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    I had the same prob until I installed a 4Gb HD as a master drive onto the main IDE. Then everything started to work. But I Still can't make it the BOOT drive. I have a ABIT 939 Motherboard with Audio 9600 Radeon AVG VGA Graphics Card.
    So I suggest you buy a small IDE HDD and install it as your boot drive and it should work.

    The Sata HD is a Western Dig 250GB.
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    maddjeff, just have to change the boot drive in the bios to sata from ide hd(pata).
     
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    control panel, administrative tools, open computer management, click disk management,find the hard drive and format and partition it
     
  6. AkaMrMike

    AkaMrMike Regular member

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    Thanks for all of you guys help. The problem was that I didn't create partition. I didn't know this was neccessary since I never had to do it with other ide drives.
     
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    all drives whether ide or sata have to be partitioned than formated before being used.
     

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