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Here is the problem;
Have a SY-P4I865PE Plus Soyo Dragon Plus Mobo and a 200 GB ATA HDD from Seagate. Both 1 year old so every driver available for both hardware installed and Intel Chipset Update also done. Have been using for 1 year but recently tried to install Redhat Fedora Core 2. Installation was default with automatic partitioning and success but couldn't locate the boot. No knowledge of Linux systems so i reinstalled my old system XP pro.
First it didn't format. Several times tried with the XP CD. Tried a DOS Format, end format error: "tables could not be saved". Tried Acronis Disk Editor couldn't read the HDD. Finally added as a storage disk with Seagate Utility Program to another drive XP system installed on but still unstable to save any data on it. Tried another XP installation, was succesfully read, format and install the drive but at the first boot gave error: Disk Read Error hit Ctrl+Alt+Del to reboot.
I can install and boot any system successfully from my SATA drive. Is that means my MOBO has a problem with ATA connectivity or my Seagate Internal Harddisk has damaged?
Any idea?
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I doubt there is a problem with the IDE. you can see the drive and thats really all it does. Windows has lots of problems when dealing with non windows formatted partitions. It does not even see the partitions usually. I would use the seatools and write "O"s to the drive , then se if you can fdisk and format the drive with windows. I did have a problem with one WD drive in a computer that i ended up using a set of XP home floppy disks( 6 of them) to fdisk and format a drive after using the WD toold to write "O"s to the drive.

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