Jump to content

Welcome to Geeks to Go - Register now for FREE

Geeks To Go is a helpful hub, where thousands of volunteer geeks quickly serve friendly answers and support. Check out the forums and get free advice from the experts. Register now to gain access to all of our features, it's FREE and only takes one minute. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more.

Create Account How it Works
Photo

sata compatibility


  • Please log in to reply

#1
justenhansen

justenhansen

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 56 posts
Hello. I'd like to add a SATA hard drive to my machine. Do I need a special motherboard for this? I have an Asus A7N8x-x. I don't really know what a SATA connection looks like, and I couldn't find one in my manual.
Thanks, Justen
  • 0

Advertisements


#2
sarahw

sarahw

    Malware Staff

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,781 posts
No sorry, that model does not have Serial ATA ports.
http://au.asus.com/p...amp;modelmenu=1

This should be a picture of the sata wire and socket.

Edited by sarahw, 27 June 2006 - 02:26 AM.

  • 0

#3
HaraldR

HaraldR

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 193 posts
Another alternative may be instal a Sata card :whistling:
  • 0

#4
justenhansen

justenhansen

    Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 56 posts
So if I installed a Sata card, would my computer see the Sata hard drive as my master?
  • 0

#5
sarahw

sarahw

    Malware Staff

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,781 posts
If you set it up in bios to be master, then yes. It would be.
  • 0

#6
WinCrazy

WinCrazy

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 324 posts
An SATA drive cannot be a master or a slave. There can only be a single SATA drive on an SATA cable.

Whether a system can boot from an IDE drive or from an SATA drive can only be set in the BIOS that supports this and has onboard SATA channels.
  • 0

#7
justenhansen

justenhansen

    Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 56 posts
Do you know if my motherboard has onboard SATA channels? The Asus A7n8x-x? It says absolutely nothing about SATA in my manual. Doesn't even mention the word.

Does this mean I would be wasting my money if I bought a SATA card?
  • 0

#8
WinCrazy

WinCrazy

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 324 posts
No, this means that if you want to use SATA drives you must use a PCI SATA controller.
  • 0

#9
sarahw

sarahw

    Malware Staff

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,781 posts

Whether a system can boot from an IDE drive or from an SATA drive can only be set in the BIOS that supports this and has onboard SATA channels.


Sorry, I wasn't clear before. :whistling:
It wouldn't be a master, but can boot from the Sata if you set it up in bios to do so.
  • 0






Similar Topics

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

As Featured On:

Microsoft Yahoo BBC MSN PC Magazine Washington Post HP