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Kurenai

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So, just reinstalled Windows, and XP will only recognize the first two SATA connectors, not the others. Four SATA ports on the motherboard, recognized in BIOS as IDE 3, 4, 5, and 6. Windows will only recognize 3 and 4, BIOS, windows install CD, Partition Magic, etc recognize them all. Not a critical issue, just odd. Anyone ever seen this?
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Windows won't report in Device Manager that there are four SATA ports; it'll just claim that there is a "SCSI/RAID Host Contoller" present and classify the SATA ports as enhanced IDE/ATA controllers. There's no distinction in XP between IDE drives/ports and SATA drives/ports.
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K. But, as far as the question goes, any idea why it's not seeing two of them?
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Can you see them in disk management?
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K. But, as far as the question goes, any idea why it's not seeing two of them?


It won't. Windows doesn't see the ports as such, it only sees the drives that are connected to them. Therefore if nothing is plugged into SATA ports 5 and 6 then as far as Windows is concerned that's the end of the matter.
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Nope, nothing connected to 5 or 6 is ever picked up by disk management. Got to be something peculiar to this particular install, as previous installs, and other methods of detecting drives before windows loads, sees em fine. Neil, I think you still may be missing the point here. Sorry if it was poorly explained, but:

If I connect a SATA drive to SATA ports 5 or 6, Windows will not see the drive, but BIOS, the Windows install CD, and Partition Magic will see it fine. P-Magic will not see it if I run it from Windows.
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