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I just bought a brand new Seagate Barracuda 160GB SATAII Hard drive. My motherboard is an Abit Av8. My main system HD is an IDE. I have the Via SATA driver installed and all that. The problem is, in disk management through Windows XP, I am having problems when I try to format the drive to NTFS format, etc. It won't go through a full format, system seems to freeze up near the end, or it will come up with an error. I stuck this hard-drive into another system that has the same model motherboard, an Abit AV8. It is currently running an SATA drive for Windows, etc. I put this new hard drive in also, so both SATA's were running. Through the Windows on that computer, I was able to format the new HD to NTFS, no problems or errors at all. The Hard drive seems to be working fine. Obviously, it seems to be a problem with this motherboard. I have changed SATA cables, SATA slot positions, etc, still no improvement. What could it be? Is the motherboard damaged? Any thoughts??
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Just a guess... not familiar with the VIA SATA....
Perhaps it's an SATA/SATA3G issue ... can you disable SATA3 on that HDD?
    
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Just a guess... not familiar with the VIA SATA....
Perhaps it's an SATA/SATA3G issue ... can you disable SATA3 on that HDD?
How would I try to disable SATA3?
post #4 of 6
Look on the drive... there is an illustration for the jumpers.
Well, at least there is on my 250G 7200.10 Cudas.
    
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Whoops... never mind about the jumper... I learned something new ... thats what I get for not staying with WDs
Thats if the below makes sense!
It says you don't need to jump it... but it says you can to force SATA150

http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.js...00dd04090aRCRD
"Serial ATA interface disk drives are designed for easy installation. It is not necessary to set any jumpers, terminators, or other settings on this drive for proper operation. The jumper block adjacent to the SATA interface connector on SATA 150MB/s drives is for factory use only. The jumper block adjacent to the SATA interface connector on SATA 300MB/s drives can be used to force the drive into SATA 150MB/s mode for use with older SATA controllers that only work with SATA 150MB/s drives."
    
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Removing the jumper made Windows (and probably the motherboard) not detect the SATA drive anymore. I believe this is because this motherboard is a couple years old, and only supports 150MB/s mode. So, I still have the problem.
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