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    SATA Hard Drive Issues


    I have 2 hard drives in my older computer. The newest one is a 2TB Seagate SATA drive which is running in IDE mode (only way I could get my new motherboard to recognize it). I am trying to connect an older SATA drive, a WD 500GB, which wasn't being recognized by the previous motherboard recently, and it isn't recognized by the new motherboard either.

    When I plug in the 500GB into the SATA 2 port, it still isn't being recognized. The drive feels like it is spinning up, so I don't think its not getting power (the keyed edge of the power seems to have been broken off though). I tried two different SATA cables as well, with no luck.

    Does anyone have any idea how I might be able to get this drive to recognize? I only need to get it running once, Im planning to copy everything off it and scrap it.
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    Have you checked BIOS? There may be an option for the SATA ports disabling/enabling them.
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    Originally Posted by hiker
    Have you checked BIOS? There may be an option for the SATA ports disabling/enabling them.
    The only thing I had found when I was looking for a way to get the 2TB drive to recognize, was an option SATA-IDE mode, or something like that. It sees that drive as Primary IDE Master. I didn't find anything about enabling specific SATA ports
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    That sounds a lot like a dead drive to me. If I were you I would try to find a third system to try it with, and if it still doesn't work there you can be pretty sure its dead.
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