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Yeah, I searched the forums and didnt really find anything that helped even though I found someone with a similiar problem still didnt help me. Well I got this new WD SATA harddrive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144173) and I'm trying to install it with 2 other IDE harddrives (both WD). However I've never had any experience with SATA hard drives and I'm not quite sure what to do. I plug the SATA cable into the harddrive and onto the mother board. The power connector..theres a 4-pin molex one and I also have some adapter that fits next to the SATA cable that turns into a 4-pin molex connector. Which one do I use to power up my hard drive? I've tried both, but when I start up my computer with whatever power cable I use POST does not recognize my hard drive or in windows. I checked my BIOS and it said that that the SATA controller was enabled. Not sure why its not showing up, cant find any drivers for my motherboard. Any help would be most appreciated.

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If your PSU has SATA power cables, use those. The 4-pin molex adapter is only used if your PSU doesn't have one itself. The reason windows does not see the drive is because there isn't a partition setup on it yet. There is a way to set up the partition in windows but I forget how to do it off hand. Hopefully someone else will be able to guide you through it.
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Yeah, I searched the forums and didnt really find anything that helped even though I found someone with a similiar problem still didnt help me. Well I got this new WD SATA harddrive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144173) and I'm trying to install it with 2 other IDE harddrives (both WD). However I've never had any experience with SATA hard drives and I'm not quite sure what to do. I plug the SATA cable into the harddrive and onto the mother board. The power connector..theres a 4-pin molex one and I also have some adapter that fits next to the SATA cable that turns into a 4-pin molex connector. Which one do I use to power up my hard drive? I've tried both, but when I start up my computer with whatever power cable I use POST does not recognize my hard drive or in windows. I checked my BIOS and it said that that the SATA controller was enabled. Not sure why its not showing up, cant find any drivers for my motherboard. Any help would be most appreciated.

Thanks.
Hi Inimitable,

This is what I found looking on the net. The article comes from xbit labs concerning the pci bus frequency, it's relationship to the SATA drives and the SiS964 chipset. You didn't mention if you've overclocked the board, but if you have then this might be part of your problem.

"Yet another proof to the point is the fact that ECS 755-A2 cannot lock the frequencies of AGP and PCI buses at their standard values. In other words, these frequencies grow up in proportion to the FSB frequency, like in mainboards on the VIA K8T800 chipset. This fact wouldn’t be that catastrophic, if the controllers integrated into the South Bridge were tolerant to the PCI frequency increase. Practice shows that’s not the case. The SerialATA controller was the most sensitive to the PCI bus frequency and refused to work as soon as we increased the FSB clock-rate from 200 to 205MHz. That is, when the PCI frequency is above 34MHz, the SerialATA controller integrated into the SiS964 cannot recognize hard disk drives. So if you plan to overclock on ECS 755-A2, you’d better stick to Parallel ATA drives"
Also this particular motherboard does not support "hot swapping" of SATA drives, even though this ability is written into the SATA controller protocol.

You can read more here:
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mai...ecs-755a2.html

I have found that reviews form xbit labs to be informative and useful. I hope you find this one useful as well...

I hope this helped, :-)
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Well, alright my PSU does have SATA power connectors so I'll try those. As for overclocking...the FSB is set to 245 . I gotta go to work now so I cant do stuff to my computer right now. I'll try this after work though and I'll tell you guys of any changes.Thanks

EDIT: Also, if any one could help me out with what Chimera mentioned about partitioning my SATA hard drive please dont hesitate to post.
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http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...ight=partition

Found another thread on it.

You could probably try booting into DOS and just doing an FDisk and create a new partition through there.
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It turns out that my OC WAS causing the SATA to not work. Set the FSB to default 200 and it works. Cant OC at all anymore or the harddrive wont work. Its ok since I dont anything special on this computer anymore. I just used my WD Data Lifeguard Tool CD and set it for "Additional storage."

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Since ur sata is not locked what u can do is try using sata connection 3 or 4 assuming u have it, from there u can overclock again..
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