How do I get my PC to recognize SATA drives?

zak October 1, 2014

Hi, I am having a problem with my SATA HDD. It does not shows its drives at Windows XP when I’m booted using a PATA HDD.

When my PC boots from its PATA HDD, the attached SATA HDD is not detected by my computer. But the drive is dectected from the BIOS menu.

  1. Jan F
    October 2, 2014 at 11:55 am

    I suggest you consult your motherboards manual about mixing drives. Some older boards only have a single controller for both, SATA and PATA. In most cases this results in the limitation of them only supporting one type at a time.

    Personally I would suggest switching to SATA all together.
    SATA drives are slightly faster than IDE drives.
    SATA drives are inexpensive to get.
    IDE drives are no longer produces or supported by manufacturers.

    Also the combination of you having an IDE drive with XP installed makes me believe that this drive is probably 6-8 years old? So it might be a good idea to get a new drive anyway.

  2. ha14
    October 1, 2014 at 8:04 pm