The joy of S-ATA

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by ZeroHour, Jan 14, 2005.

  1. ZeroHour

    ZeroHour ho3 ho3 ho3

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    The joy of S-ATA | HELP!!!!!

    Hi
    I bought a new HD the other day. Its a Samsung 120GB S-ATA. I thought yipee more space and S-ATA (first time using it).
    I plugged it in after installing the driver lastnight to my MSI 845PE Max2 (PCE1) motherboard and it detected the disk and asked to create a array. Followed the auto setup guide and it created the array.
    The problem is though in windows I can format the disk.
    I have been able to create 2 partisions of 60gb (around that size anyway) but when I try to use windows format tool and click start the progress bar does nothing (aka no progress shows up).
    I tried quick format but nothing also.
    I am running Windows XP SP2.

    Anyone got any ideas?

    Cheers
     
  2. Steevo

    Steevo Spammer representing. Political User Folding Team

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    You didn't mention the part where you press F6 to load a driver for the interface. So.........
     
  3. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    Yup. I was going to mention that... but thought that he would know about it. :D
     
  4. RickyC

    RickyC OSNN Addict

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    F6 is only when installing Windows, not when adding an additional drive.

    What is the status of the drive/partitions in windows disk management?
     
  5. 2z

    2z OSNN Gamer

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    same problem here with my 1st SATA

    my fix = unplug all other hard drives
    start windows setup > dont forget F6
    as soon as its formatted & windows begins copying files
    turn off your pc
    plug your original drive back in > then the SATA
    SATA disk will be ready for use
    just delete the windows folder

    :cool:
     
  6. Steevo

    Steevo Spammer representing. Political User Folding Team

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    You can format and partition w/o installing winders.

    But you might have to do a repair install so it loads the interface driver BEFORE the shell is loaded. I do not know how windows determines when a driver should be loaded, but the mobo hands off control early in the boot process.
     
  7. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    Can you see/format it with Partition Magic?
     
  8. LordOfLA

    LordOfLA Godlike!

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    to keep Jewelzz happy: dont us partion magic use acronis partition manager :D
     
  9. ZeroHour

    ZeroHour ho3 ho3 ho3

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    Partition Magic freezes my pc when I use it and I need to do a hard reboot.