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Laptop hard drive recognized by disabling SATA in BIOS

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Professor-Falken, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. Professor-Falken

    Professor-Falken Kilobyte Poster

    I disabled SATA native support and Windows setup found the hard drive, was given this advice from HP Tech and it worked. Even though they agreed that installing SATA driver would also fix the problem.

    Does anyone know why it worked?

    Thanks for your help
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  2. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    I believe by disabling native SATA support in the bios, that kicks in IDE emulation. That's why Windows can pick up the Sata HDD. One thing to note when native SATA support is disabled... performance is slightly reduced.

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  3. fortch

    fortch Kilobyte Poster

    Happens all the time on our Dell/Lenovo laptops -- if you don't have the Intel Matrix SATA driver to load ahead of time, you need to disable AHCI before pushing Vista onto platters.
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