SATA HD problem

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I'm having mega headaches trying to install a SATA HD and get it running.

My motherboard is a Gigabyte 915P MB -GA-8195P Duo (Pro), new about 2
years ago - which initially had 2 Hitachi 160 GB SATA HDs set up in a Raid O
array.  These occupy two of the four SATA slots on the MB.

It also had an IDE DVD RW originally and I later added a SATA Pioneer DVD RW
in one of the spare slots.  This was recognised by windows and worked

I've now acquired a Western Digital 400GB SATA drive to occupy the last
remaining SATA slot.

WD's web site indicated that a jumper was required to cause this second
generation SATA drive to revert to a 150MB's transfer rate which is the
speed quoted in the Gigabyte MB user guide.  It reads:

"S_ATA0/S_ATA1/S_ATA2/S_ATA3 (Serial ATA Connector)

Serial ATA can provide 150MB'stransfer rate.  Please refer to the BIOS
settings for the Serial ATA and install the proper driver in order to work
properly" ( I don't understand the reference to installing a

The problem.

The WD HD shows up during POST and in CMOS but Windows will not boot.
Instead the following message appears:

"Boot from CD

Disk boot failure.  Insert system disk and press enter."

I've been into BIOS to try and fix things.  In Bios, the standard CMOS
features show the following:

"IDE Channel 0 Master                   HL-DTST DVD RAM GSH (The IDE DVD

IDE Channel 0 Slave                        None

IDE Channel 2 Master                     S_ATA1_ Raid drive

IDE Channel 2 Slave                        S_ATA2_ (the Western's id)

IDE Channel 3 Master                     S_ATA3_ Raid drive

IDE Channel 3 Slave                        S_ATA4_ (the Pioneer's id)"

In the Advanced BIOS features the boot priority is:

"Hard drive

CD Rom


On entering the Hard Drive Boot Priority, I found at first that the WD HD
appeared before Intel Raid - Volume 0 (assumed to be the Hitachi RAID
drives.  I changed the order and rebooted, hoping that I had solved the
problem.  But the same "Disk boot failure.  Insert system disk and press
enter." Message appears.

What have I missed?  The MB user guide reference to "Please refer to the
BIOS settings for the Serial ATA and install the proper driver in order to
work properly" confuses me.  What drivers?

Can anyone help me out with this and tell me what to do to get this new HD
up and running?



Re: SATA HD problem

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The drivers referred to are RAID drivers which are usually supplied
with the CD that originally came with the motherboard. From these you
can create a floppy to install them on the hard drive so Windows will
               load.  Previously you justed used the the drives for data
storage and the additional drivers were not required. If you are going
to boot from a SATA drive windows requires the additional drivers.  You
should also be able to get the drivers from the Gigabyte web site.  Also
your boot order is exactly opposite of what is need to boot the system
when you do  obtain the RAID drivers and create the your floppy I.E. it
needs to look for the floppy first then a cd and then the hard drive, if
the floppy and/or CD are not present your system just skips over them
and on to the next boot device.

Re: SATA HD problem

Hi Ikboop,

I made that floppy from the Gigabyte CD when the PC first arrived in 2005
and used it to set up the RAID array for the 2 SATA  Hitachi drives.  WinXP
and a bunch of apps have been running on it ever since.  I want to use the
new Western HD as an additional drive just for backups.  Do I have to go
through the RAID process again even though the new drive won't be any part
of the existing RAID set up, albeit it is a SATA drive like the other two?

Re: SATA HD problem

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If the boot sequence starts with Hard Drive, you should not be seeing
Boot from CD.

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I don't know whether it would have made any difference, but I would
have connected the raid drives to SATA connector 0 and 2, a
"master/slave" pair.

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What happens if you disable the second and third boot device?

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