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I have some questions that I am hoping someone can answer for me. I have been trying to overclock my SATA drive using the Via controller on my A8V Deluxe motherboard. A member here directed me to this link, but I’m still having a problem. I loaded the operating system on the hard drive using the Number 1 Sata port. In the bios I had the Promise Controller disabled when I started. I cannot get the operating system to boot as it comes back telling me that the “NTLDR MISSINGâ€. This is how I did it:

Am I not reading this right? I am reading this as you are able to take a drive formatted with the VIA Controller 1-2, load the Promise drivers, plug the drive into the Raid SATA 3-4 and boot the system with no problem. You are then able to overclock.

16.VIA SATA/RAID Controller problems:
A lot of people have been having problems OC'n with their HDD on the VIA controller. Some people report extreme fragmentation and an eventual no-boot. The PROMISE controller is better and more stable. Certainly no problem OC'ing. See for example THIS for problems our members faced with the VIA controller.
Using the PROMISE SATA controller or switching from VIA to PROMISE:
Important Note!
I have had questions about swapping controlers when the OS is on an IDE HDD and I answer them here. Suppose your boot drive is the IDE. Nothing needs to be done. No swapping is possible or necessary between the Red Port and the Blue/Black ones. The Red port is your RAID port and you will keep getting errors if you swap from the Black--> Red ports. Errors will go away only if you set up RAID.

To double check, goto the BIOS and do this:
1. BOOT > HDD (or something similar) and move your IDE to the top of the list.
2. BOOT > BOOT DEVICE PRIORITY and your selected IDE should show up as a boot device. Bump it up to the top of the list.
You are done!
I followed these directions:
When your OS resides on the SATA being switched:
A lot of people have questions on how to activate the PROMISE SATA controller or switch over from the VIA SATA controller without reformatting their HDD. This is how it's done: (You need to have your XP install CD)
1.Copy the PROMISE SATA drivers to a floppy.
2.Turn off your computer and switch your HDD to the PROMISE controller
3.Turn on goto the BIOS ; Advanced > OnBoard Devices Configuration > Onboard Promise Controller [Enabled] > Operating Mode [IDE]
4.In the BIOSchange Boot priority to CD and exit BIOS
5.Pop in your XP CD and press F6 (look carefully for the message at the bottom of the screen)
6.Pop in your Floppy and let XP copy the PROMISE Drivers.
7.Exit install when asked for.
8.We are done!

Thank You,
Irv
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post #2 of 21
What promise controller are you running? Fastrack TX2300?
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i would probably woundt even bother overclocking your hdd. check to make sure the jumper on the back of the sata is switched to 3gbs per second if your board can handle it. other than that youll just lose a precious piece of hardware that should never be fooled around with in my opinion but other than that i can help you i don't have a sata hdd
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How can you overclock a HDD?

The only way I see it improving performance is to increase its rpm, but that involves changing the power and motor inside it.
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post #5 of 21
Dude! We hda this disussion a long time ago. IN the joke section. Seriously, you cant overclock your HDD. We like to dream about it though.
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Lol, somone took it seriously.
    
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post #7 of 21
People totally misread the post. He is trying to overclock, but the VIA chip doesnt like it, and will stop working at 223MHz FSB. So, he is trying to get the Promise chip (which is happy with overclocking) to work.

Just checking, did you put the Promise SATA drivers on the floppy.
Then, switch HD over from VIA to Promise.
Enable Promise, and select IDE.
Give CD Drive boot priority.
Restart with XP in CD Drive, press F6 when the certain message shows up.
Then, pop the floppy in.

I've basically made the guide easier to read.
post #8 of 21
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Man, you guys are really tough....gimme a break.
Lets pretend that the thread sould read "OVERCLOCKING WITH A SATA DRIVE"

Yes, that is exactly what I did. WHen I rebooted the machine I got an error NTLDR MISSING.
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Whats your system specs? I had that error before whilst OC'ing and when not OC'ing.
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That just means it didnt find an OS on the HDD
    
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