Have you checked the BIOS setup utility to confirm your hard drive is in fact being recognized by the motherboard?
You have to enter the BIOS setup utility upon booting the system up, there is a keyboard key combination that has to be pressed in order to enter this utility.
Some systems use the F2 key, some DELETE key, and some use F11, the key in question is always mentioned at system boot as press XXX to enter setup, XXX is my place holder for the key that the message will mention.
Once you are in the BIOS setup utility, your MAIN menu where the time and date are located is usually where the PRIMARY, SECONDARY channels are listed.
SATA drives are different, those would be SATA0, SATA1 and SATA2.
If you hi-light the drive (in other words select it) you should be able to choose the drives properties, such as the drives name and its parameters, if the drive is present you should be able to see those options, if SATA0 is blank, your drive is not configured properly.
This means there is something either not connected to the drive correctly, or there is a jumper on this drive that is not in its proper place for it to work as it is connected.
Please make sure all cables are secure on both the drive and motherboard, also try connecting the SATA drive to SATA1 to see if it works.
A lot of what I am posting about is mostly related to SATA or SATA-II hard drives, E-IDE and PATA drives use a dual data cable, two devices connect to the same cable.
They are IDE0 channel 1 and IDE0 channel 2, the BIOS may call those PRIMARY MASTER, PRIMARY SLAVE and SECONDARY MASTER and SECONDARY SLAVE.
Those drives have jumpers which designates the drive a master, a slave or cable select. Those are abbreviated as MA, SL and CS.
Those configurations have to be setup properly and correctly for PATA drives to be properly recognized by the system.
If those settings are incorrect for any of the SATA or PATA drives, the drive will not be present in the system BIOS setup utility.EDIT: I removed a paragraph that did not apply to this topic.
Edited by MrBruce1959, 19 April 2011 - 07:01 PM.