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Hey guys I just got my new SATA HDD but I can't for the life of me get windows to recognize it. I'm trying to make the switch from my old PATA disk that is dieing. I've got an Abit AX8 mobo with 4 SATA 1.5 ports but none seem to like the new HDD. I've tried using the floppy that has the SATA drivers on it but windows still wont detect the drive. There doesn't seem to be a BIOS level check to see if the MOBO recognizes the HDD either.

Okay all that was a bit long-winded, but you you guys have any other suggestions? Anything is appreciated and thanks in advance!
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Did you make sure and enable the sata ports in the bios?
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post #3 of 14
There should be a jumper on the back of your drive with a setting to limit it to 1.5GB/s. Your motherboard is not compatible with SATA-II, only SATA-I. Try that.
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Good idea, I had read about that before but completely forgot.... now if I can just guess witch pins to cover with the jumper!

EDIT: Found online documentation for jumper settings, will post back with results.
Edited by Go Gators! - 5/27/08 at 6:22pm
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post #5 of 14
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vwgti, there aren't any SATA options in mt BIOS. Don't ask me why.

Manyak, no luck with the jumper but I'll leave it on to make sure thats not the problem later.

Any other thoughts???? Is it possible I'm really missing something in my BIOS???
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post #6 of 14
From some quick research it appears AX8 indeed needs the RAID ROM enabled in order to boot to a SATA drive. It also needs the 150 jumper. Look under Integrated Peripherals\\Onboard PCI devices\\Onboard RAID ROM. Also try differenet SATA ports, see if that makes a difference.

Edit: Sata port 3 seems to have worked for some with this mobo, your problem is quite common it seems. Try the above info with the HD running off SATA 3 port.
Edited by Cvalley75 - 5/27/08 at 7:29pm
    
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Yeah, I was going to ask if your BIOS is even picking the drive up. I know that on my last motherboard (DFI SLI-DR Expert) and this one that the SATA ports have to be enabled. And even once you get into to windows, the drive might not show up in "My Computer". You have to format the drive in disk options or tools, whatever it is in that OS.
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post #8 of 14
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Still no luck with any of the 4 ports and the jumper on. I'm going to see if I can fix my old dual-boot of vista and recognize the disk that way.
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Did you check to see if Raid ROM was enabled in bios
    
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Yes, the RAID rom is enabled and I've got the newest SATA/RAID drivers from VIA and stilll no luck. I'm tempted to use this as an excuse to buy a new mobo and thus newer ram and proc and basicaly PC as a whole. GRRR!

EDIT: Well it seems the drive may be DOA. I've removed it from the case and can't hear the thing spool up at all. I mean, its supposed to be quiet but I'm talking about complete silence... so I'm gonna RMA it through newegg and see if the replacement works a bit better. I'll post back when I know,
Edited by Go Gators! - 5/29/08 at 11:34pm
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