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Can't boot XP from SATA drive


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lizgold

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Hi. I am trying to replace the original 200gb IDE drive on my eMachines with a new 1tb SATA drive on a MS-7184 mobo. The mobo manual claims that you can boot from a SATA drive.

I have cloned my entire C: drive (with XP) from the IDE to the SATA drive (using Norton Ghost 12), but if I disconnect the IDE drive, the computer won't start up.

I've looked for SATA drivers for the mobo but haven't been able to locate any.

I can't find any way to change the BIOS to make this work.

Suggestions welcome!!
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Something could have possibly gone wrong with the ghosted image... I've used them before, sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. It would of had to copy the boot sector perfectly.

I can't find any way to change the BIOS to make this work.

However, there should be an option in the BIOS to enable the SATA port, it may be disabled. Also, make sure the new SATA drive is listed as the first boot device, NOT IN THE BOOT PRIORITY, but under BOOT DEVICES.

Let me know what make and model of computer we are working with, so I can try to get some BIOS images to help you and me. Thanks. :) EDIT: because all BIOS's are different...

Edited by Ferrari, 21 February 2010 - 05:04 PM.

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I went back and redid the drive copy using Western Dig's utility instead of Norton Ghost, and it's working!!!!

So maybe it was a problem with the ghosted image, as you suggested, or maybe I just did something wrong the first time.

Thanks for your help!
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Awesome, and thanks for sharing what fixed it! :)
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