250 gb Sata Hard Drive

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I just upgraded my 80 gb ide hard drive to 250 gb Sata drive. OK I knew I couldn't use the IDE cable with the original ide drive, so I bought the ide to Sata adapter. Now when powering up the PC BIOS tells me no ide drive detected to install windows. How do I solve this problem? Frustrated!
 

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It doesn't list it there but just to make sure, what would be the procedure, sorry not to good at programming.
 

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What kind of adapter did you purchase? If you want to boot from a SATA drive but your computer doesn't have SATA ports, you likely need a SATA controller card. A simple adapter won't work.
 

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Its an IDE to Sata adapter that has the Sata port to fit in the hard drive Sata port on the other side it has the IDE port for the an IDE /pata port for an SCSI cable. Can't remember brand not with the unit at the moment.
 

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Is that a question? If it is, you don't need either. You need a SATA controller card. It plugs into a slot on your motherboard, and you connect the SATA drive to it. You don't connect anything to an IDE port.
 

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I understand now lots of help. U r a pain reliever! Thanks again. P.S. look out for my update.
 

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I would add that some controller cards are NOT bootable; most are however not all. Make sure you check the specs of whatever controller card you purchase.

Next the price for a quality, reliable controller card can cost as much as a new mb. You might just think about a mb, cpu, and ram upgrade rather than spending the money for a controller card. Note cheap controller cards cause a LOT of problems and do not have the performance of a quality card.

Here is an example of a decent card;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816102154

Here is an example of a low end or junk card;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815124006
 

DBoogie

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No its not an question that's the adapter I have. However I also have one that can be mounted to the host or an hard drive and wondering if I can use the two?
 

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Update. the sata controller mounted to mother board. But when installing the windows XP OS when asked to press F6 to install 3rd party sata raid drivers I can't load them because they are on Cd rom and not floppy. So end result BIOS is not recognize the drive without sata drivers. Is floppy the only way to access them?
 

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Ok I'm able to bypass slip stream because I can put some of the raid controller drivers on floppy "just don't know which ones"
 
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