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SATA MoBo and HD but only option in BIOS is IDE?


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#1 Johnz414

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Posted 07 February 2009 - 09:47 PM

Hi anyone,

Just that, I would like to take advantage of the fact that I have a SATA MoBo and HDs but don't seem to be able sense the only option is IDE?

Anyone know why this is and how to include a SATA option.

My MoBo modle# is: P5KC.

Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks.

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 02:42 AM

Sorry, I'm not clear on the exact meaning of your post, John.

You have a SATA drive connected to the board, but not being detected?

Is it a new build or a system that has stopped working?

Or are you looking for SATA options in the BIOS prior to connecting a SATA drive to an existing system? If the latter, the SATA drive will not appear as a boot option for example until installed.

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 11:50 AM

I have a 750 gb SATA HD already connected to my MoBo. I'm using it right now.

When I access the BIOS it states that the SATA HD already connected (the one that I'm using right now) is only functioning as an IDE.

And the BIOS doesn't even offer a SATA option even for SATA HD.

My question then is there a way to change this to also offering a SATA option.

I would like to take advantage of the faster SATA speed over the slower IDE.

John

PS This question comes up because the BIOS says it's operating as an IDE.
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Posted 08 February 2009 - 03:28 PM

What motherboard/BIOS might this be?

If boxmaker (Dell, HP, etc.) system, system manufacturer and model?

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 04:02 PM

I'm sorry, should of posted that in the first one:

It is an ASUS MoBo, M#: P5KC.

The BIOS is a: "American Megatrends, Inc. 0903 12/11/2007" (as quoted from the System Information utility).

Edited by Johnz414, 08 February 2009 - 04:17 PM.

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 04:46 PM

SATA mode will often be called AHCI mode, does that option exist?

If Windows has been set up on a drive in IDE emulation mode and it is then changed to AHCI mode in the BIOS, you'll probably get an error:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 11:30 PM

I've checked out the BIOS and found that under - Advance > Onboard Device Configuration > J-Microm eSATA / PATA Controller [Enabled] - then indented under that is > Controller Mode [(with 3 options - RAID, IDE and AHCI); I changed it from IDE to AHCI].

But that isn't the one I am talking about. The one that I am concerned about is under - Main > SATA Configuration > Configure SATA (as) [IDE] (IDE is the only option available).

I also found a BIOS update utility: ASUSTeK EK Flash 2 BIOS Utility v3.06. However it says that it doesn't support NTFS format. So, I don't know what that might do if anything.

Anyway, if this can help figure out what might do to change the "Main" IDE to either SATA or AHCI that wold be great.

Any help will be appreciated.

Thanks

OH, I checked your link out and followed the suggestion there and changed my registry and Vista then installed:

"Standard Dual Channel PCIIDE Control"
"ATA Channel 0" and
"ATA Channel 1"

The BIOS still only offers IDE as an option under "Main".

Edited by Johnz414, 08 February 2009 - 11:43 PM.

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 11:56 PM

Its looking for a problem where none exist. Worry about AHCI mode if you need to hotswap drives. IDE emulation is the default mode on most boards.

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 04:31 AM

Are you entering into the option menu as per manual?:

http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/socket.../e3155_p5kc.pdf

"Configure SATA as [IDE]
Sets the configuration for the Serial ATA connectors supported by the
Southbridge chip. Configuration Options: [IDE] [AHCI]"

If the drives are connected as expected to SATA 1 & SATA 2, the setting for the JMicron eSATA/RAID won't be relevant.

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