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ArtCee
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Pavilion a720n doesn't recognize SATA hard drive

This desktop a720n is running Windows XP (fully up to date) with a 250gb IDE hard drive (an earlier upgrade from the factory original.

 

I am attempting to add a WD Caviar Green 1TB SATA drive, for the moment as a second drive. (It may eventually be the primary.)

 

The motherboard — A7V8X-LA (Kelut) — has two SATA connectors, which were unused in the factory configuration, whose IDE devices included a 200gb hard drive, CD, and DVD drives.

 

The BIOS identifies itself as Phoenix-Award v 6.00 PG, Rev. 3.15 6/6/2005.

 

I connected the new HD and booted into Windows. No sign of the new drive.

 

For a reality check, I had no better luck with Ubuntu.

 

The BIOS setup screen doesn't have any obvious SATA options.

 

Does this machine support SATA as is? Does it need a BIOS upgrade, and if so how can I obtain it? Are the SATA connectors on the motherboard a cruel hoax?

 

Thanks in advance for any help, and enjoy the seasonal holidays of your choice!

 

~ArtCee~

 

 

 

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Kalt
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Re: Pavilion a720n doesn't recognize SATA hard drive

[ Edited ]
It would be under the Advanced tab or the Boot tab in one of the sub-menus...you'll have to figure out which one it is and enable the SATA/RAID feature.  Also, make sure the Power and SATA connectors are connected properly at boths ends.
Message Edited by Kalt on 12-17-2008 07:32 PM
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Re: Pavilion a720n doesn't recognize SATA hard drive

Thanks for the very quick reply.

 

The power connecter is definitely OK, as I can hear/feel the drive spinning. The data connector seems properly seated on the MB, and the connector to the drive itself is a one-piece assembly with the power cable, so presumably since the power is connected properly, so is the data cable.

 

I may be the dumbest guy who ever tried to upgrade a PC, but I'm not seeing anything that looks like a SATA option in the setup screens. Here's what I've got under the ADVANCED tab:

CPU type    AMD Athlon XP 3200+
CPU speed   2200MHz/400MHz
Cache RAM    512KB
Plug and Play OS                [Yes]
Reset Configuration Data        [No]
Primary Video Adapter           [AGP/Onboard]
PS/2 Mouse                      [Auto Detect]
Onboard 1394                    [Enabled]
USB Legacy Mode Support         [Auto]
Onboard LAN                     [Enabled]
Onboard LAN Boot ROM            [Disabled]
Local Bus IDE Adapter           [Both]
Onboard Audio                   [Audio]
Supervisor Password            Disabled
User Password                  Disabled

> I/O Device


None of the options in each case refer to SATA (or RAID).



Now, the BOOT tab                   

  Boot-time Diagnostic Screen     [Enabled]
> Boot Device Priority


(This last item allows selection of four devices in order from among the Floppy group, HDD group, CD-ROM group, or disabled. The only HDD choice is the installed IDE drive.)

 

Thanks for your continued help!

 

~ArtCee~

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Re: Pavilion a720n doesn't recognize SATA hard drive

What are the editable options for "Local Bus IDE Adapter"?

Also, you went into the I/O submenu?

Hmm...IDK then if it's not there.
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Re: Pavilion a720n doesn't recognize SATA hard drive

"Local Bus IDE Adapter" options are Disabled/Primary/Secondary/Both

[Both] is currently selected

 

The  I/O Device is for serial and parallel port configurations, so I'm sure that is not relevant here.

 

~ArtCee~

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Re: Pavilion a720n doesn't recognize SATA hard drive

Does it say serial port 1, serial port 2, etc?
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Re: Pavilion a720n doesn't recognize SATA hard drive

A couple of things to try.

 

1.Be sure you are using SATA 1 as shown at bottom of page HERE

 

2.Some of these Pavilions have a hidden BIOS option with more settings.You access it by tapping F11 instead of F1.


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Re: Pavilion a720n doesn't recognize SATA hard drive

*bump*

 

I have the same problem, and I have tried looking through the advanced settings, but even with F11, there is no sata information.  Also, under i/o, I only have an option for the serial port, and the parallel port, but there is nothing like serial 1 or anything like that.  

 

Thanks

 

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Re: Pavilion a720n doesn't recognize SATA hard drive

Hi Artcee,

 

               The hard drive which you want to add (WD Caviar Green 1TB SATA drive) operates with an interface of 3Gb/sec while the SATA connector on the motherboard operates at 1.5Gb/sec. To make sure the hard drive works you will have to set the jumper (which is a pin) for it so that it operates at the reduced speed which the connector on the motherboard supports.

 

Regards,

Chandu

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Re: Pavilion a720n doesn't recognize SATA hard drive

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