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Solved: Problems installing Seagate SATA drive

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  1. jmc

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    My system specs are below. My OS is Windows 2000 Pro, SP4. I'm trying to add a Seagate 200GB SATA drive to the system. It is to be a secondary drive, the IDE remains the boot drive for now.

    My first problem is, I'm not sure which SATA connector to use. There's 4 - two are labelled Pri_SATA and Sec_SATA and use the Promise controller. The other two are SATA_1 and SATA_2 and use the Via southbridge controllers. I've tried PRI_SATA and SATA_1, currently it's on SATA_1:

    I've installed Seagate's DiscWizard software. When I boot the computer, the BIOS does see the drive, but DiscWizard does not (doesn't show up in the list). However, I *can* see the drive in Windows Disk Management, but it has a "no" type icon (red with a white horizontal "minus") and the "Write Signature and Upgrade Disk Wizard" starts -something I've never seen before. I'm unable to do any management on the disc.

    So, two questions: Why can Windows but not Seagate's software see the new drive, and should I go ahead and run the Wizard?

    Any assistance appreciated. I badly need the drive to work, my "oh, it'll be big enough" 120GB HD is nearly full!
     
  2. jmc

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    I did a bit of research on the Wizard, decided to "take a chance" - only a chance because of my unfamiliarity, apparently - and was able to attach a signature (whatever that means) and format the disk. Currently moving data about, so my 120 can have room enuf to run. Oddly, Seagate DiscWizard *still* does not see it's drive, though it sees the IDE drive fine. Any idea why? I did get an appropriate manual after entering the model # of the drive, so I'm confused as to why it is so blind.
     
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    It doesn't matter which of the SATA connectors you use, as you say on that board there are actually two sets. You are using one of the Promise ones.
    Did you install the Promise driver that came with the ASUS board CD?
     
  4. jmc

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    Yes, the Promise drivers are installed. The drive is working fine, I've partitioned & formatted and moved/tested data. DiscWizard still continues to tell me it doesn't exist, which is weird, but something I can live with.
     
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