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New 250gb Sata Drive Not Fully Detected?


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#1 MyssoMan

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 11:34 AM

I recently installed a new WD Caviar 250GB SATA drive in my older Dell Dimension 4600 PC. My "Device Manager" recognizes the drive ok as does the BIOS, after turning on the SATA controller. "My Computer" does not show the drive and neither does "Disk Manager". I searched this forum but couldnt find anything particularly helpful and was wondering if anyone had any ideas? Windows recognized the drive and did install its drivers and "Device Manager" states "Thisdevice is working properly", WTF?

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 11:59 AM

Well...did you install the SATA drivers?

I see that your specs indicate 1 SATA controller and 1 IDE/PATA controller...but did you load both when you installed the motherboard drivers?

How exactly did you "turn on" the SATA controller? Since the controller is native to the motherboard, I guess that I don't know what such actions would be. My SATA drives are automatically picked up in the BIOS when connected and reflected in XP when I initialize/format same (my drives come uninitialized/unformatted).

Is the drive formatted? XP will not reflect an unformatted drive in My Computer, but it should be reflected in Disk Management.

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 12:37 PM

Louis, thanx for the reply, I guess my missuse of terms is confusing. I had to enter the BIOS to turn the SATA function on my mobo, it was defaulted to "Off". If Windows XP Home recognized the HDD and reported the new hardware ready to use must I still load some other drivers?

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 12:46 PM

http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/ph...amp;p_topview=1

I couldn't figure out what sata controller dell used???????
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Posted 09 December 2007 - 12:47 PM

go into disk management and format the drive.

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 01:28 PM

DaChew, thanx for post, great info. I installed the jumper as indicated and all is well at this point. The drive is recognized and she's formatting as I type. Thanx, all, for your help and interest!

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 02:27 PM

Kudos, DaChew :thumbsup:, nice link.

I had seen jumper pins on SATA drives and wondered what they might be for, your link answers that, thanks.

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 06:45 PM

Yep, great link Chewy! Thanks!
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Posted 09 December 2007 - 06:54 PM

Actually I have seen this a couple or three times before, but I think they were seagate sata 2 drives

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Hardest thing is finding the durn settings for the jumpers at the manufacturers page, why do they hide it so well?
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