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07-08-2009 08:08 AM
I have been trying to add a second HD to this system for over a week. I am using the factory-installed IDE drive, and want to install a SATA drive. I purchased a WD Caviar Black 1TB drive and hooked it up, and .... nothing. It vibrates and gets warm, but does not show up in BIOS, Explorer, or Disk Manager.
The last thing I heard from HP support (after going through three previous "techs") was that I'm limited to 250GB, but I've seen comments from Huffer that there should be no limits on the size of a SATA drive.
I already updated to the latest BIOS on HP's site, and updated the south bridge chipset as well from Via's site. Via's tools also show that I only have on hard drive attached.
OS is XP SP3.
07-08-2009 07:59 PM - edited 07-08-2009 08:00 PM
That ancient PC has a SATA port? Spec shows three PCI slot. No SATA slot. If the BIOS does not see the drive, then there isn't much you can do.
I'm not a fan of adaptors.
07-09-2009 03:37 AM - edited 07-09-2009 03:38 AM
Yes, it has two SATA ports on the motherboard.
The person in this thread has the same motherboard as I do, and it somehow has SATA support in the BIOS while mine does not.
The latest BIOS update for both machines from HP is v3.15, which I have.
Got any ideas?
07-09-2009 07:00 AM - edited 07-09-2009 09:04 AM
Could be a dummy SATA connector. Did you try the other SATA port? If you don't see a SATA option in the BIOS, then try a smaller 320GB drive. It's a long shot, though.
Also remove/reload the latest VIA southbridge driver. That chipset requires a separate SATA driver package...at least with the Abit AX8 board. You may want to try that driver from the Abit website.
Warning: Install the VIA SATA driver at your own risk. Make an image file of the OS prior to this update in case of a major software corruption.