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problem with mobo recognizing HD'S please help!!

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I have an asus a8n32sli mobo and im using 1 80gb wd drive at the moment....the drive is a sata 3.0gb drive and for some reason its displaying it as an IDE drive....im trying to get it to recognize sata but im kinda stumped as to how to do this....im still new to computer building but im really trying to learn the programming portion of it....could someone help me to figure out how to get the drive to be recognized as sata....now i know there was a bios update for asus but im afraid to update to the latest because i dont want to cause any problems i believe i have the prior version be it that i downloaded the latest bios around june of 2006....I also have a second wd drive thats connected to a power source (psu) but its not actually connected to the mobo by the sata cables....kind of odd but im not sure whats going on....please help if possible and thanks in advance for your replies

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Hmm. strange.
It identifies as a sata drve in bios right?
So you most likely mean that windows doesnt recognize the drive as SATA.
But question, you said its a 80GB WD drive.. then you went on to say its a 3.0GBSATA drive... could you clarify that please.....

My guess is that you have the option Raid through ; set at IDE rather than SATA. I dunno.
But It wound help if you clarified that though...
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There's a BIOS option called SATA as IDE. You may need to play with that option in order to get that drive to show up properly. However, if your boot drive is SATA as well, then do not change that option unless you intend to re-install your OS.

Anyways, not really a good answer, but here is a link to another forum with someone having the same issue:

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum...fm/608057.html

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Hmm. strange.
It identifies as a sata drve in bios right?
So you most likely mean that windows doesnt recognize the drive as SATA.
But question, you said its a 80GB WD drive.. then you went on to say its a 3.0GBSATA drive... could you clarify that please.....

My guess is that you have the option Raid through ; set at IDE rather than SATA. I dunno.
But It wound help if you clarified that though...

it is an 80 gigabyte western digital hd and it is a sata 3.0gb hard drive....in the bios it shows IDE for the drive when its actually a sata hd and it even has the red sata cables that came with the mobo hooking it up....im just confused...i dont know if its even worth messing with or not but i need help figuring this out...thanks for your replies so far too
post #5 of 6
Where does it appears as an IDE drive exactly ? Can you take a picture ?

If you don't have any problem with it, everything should be allright.

Also, just to clear the confusion, you should refer to "sata 3.0gb" as Sata II/2
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So in the Bios under that probably "Basic" tab or such it identify's your drive as SATA, but in the Hardware Manager it says it is IDE???

I'm just guessing on where you found the information, but that's the 2 most likely places... Please elaborate on your problem...

And like Shack said, It is indeed not a Sata 3gb drive, but a Sata 3 gb/s (gigabit/second) drive, also known as Sata II/2 and it's "max transfer" is about 300 mb/s even though hard drives can't even come near the 150 mb/s that Sata I/1 (Sata 150) had from what I know...
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