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Second SATA Drive not being Picked up


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colinwatson

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Hi,

I am using a Dell Dimension 5150, with Windows XP

I recently bought a 1TB SATA WD hdd, and I am trying to connect it as a 3rd drive to my system. [HDD MODEL - Western Digital Caviar 1TB Serial ATA II Hard Drive - WD10EACS ]

My Main Bootable drive is a SATA, connected to COM 0
My secondry drive is IDE
and the new drive is a the 1TB drive, which I just want to store stuff on.

I am getting the following error when I enable it in the BIOS

error auto-sensing secondary slave hard disk drive.
Strike F1 to contunue, or F2 to enter set up


When I turn take off my Primary SATA drive, I get the folowing error

error auto-sensing secondary master hard disk drive.
Strike F1 to contunue, or F2 to enter set up


I am not trying to install Windows on my new HDD, just to use it as storage. I have also updated my BIOS to latest version. Any help would be appreciated.

Kind Regards

Colin

[edit] Also, when I disable SATA 2 in BIOS my system boots fine, but when I enable it again, its when I get the above errors

Edited by colinwatson, 29 December 2008 - 05:42 AM.

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colinwatson

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Just tried another SATA Drive in the port, and it picked it up no problems. I now wonder if this one is not compatible, or if it needs formatted?
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Take your hard drive back. I've checked dozens of other forums that have the same problem, and the overall reply is that the hard drive is shot. I would do everything you can to take it back to the manufacturer.
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Thanks mate, tried everything possible, on phone to get a return code just now.
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Don't give up on Western Digital, from what I hear, this is a rare problem. WD is still one of the top-of-the-line hard drive brands, so I would try them again.
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