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 Post subject: SATA - PATA MIxed Win2k- Drive letters Borked
PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2004 7:57 am 
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Is there any way to keep windows 2k from assigning the first PATA drive as the C: drive?
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I had (have) 2 PATA drives in My machine, and I got a SATA drive that I would like to use to boot off of, and I would like to keep the Second PATA drive as a storage drive. I had to disconnect both of the drives to install windows, as no matter which is plugged into the bus, the installer picks up one of the PATA drives as C:
So, No problem I think. Install windows with none of the other drives attached, and plug it in after the first couple of re-boots. I do so, and the machine no longer boots. I got it booting again using the HKLM/system/mounteddrives hack, but it would error out on login. My PATA drive was the master on the secondary chain, so I repeated the above with the drive setup as a slave, and I had the same issue.
I also tried booting up off of the old drive, loading the hive off of the SATA drive, editing that, and re-booting, but that caused an inability to login as well.

As it stand right now, the machine works, but My boot drive(SATA) is the E: drive and My PATA drive c:

Does anyone know of a way to resolve this issue?

Thanx

Specs if needed:
Asus A7N8X- Deluxe (SI SATA chipset) 1007 bios
2 gigglehurts Athlon
1 gig memory, dual channel mode
1 SATA WD 160G drive
1 PATA WD JB 120G drive
MSI DVD burner
Plexy CD Burner
Soundblaster LIVE!
Pinnicle DV500
Enermax 420w power supply
Floppy Drive


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Its an odd one..
I have an idea - thats worked for similar situations for me in the past...

Go into the BIOS and set your Boot config as follows:

If you use a floppy set it 1st then CD, then SCSI, then HDD
otherwise
1st - CD-ROM
2nd - SCSI
3rd - HDD

I've run into some boards that thought SATA was a SCSI device - so to make it 'primary' you had to set its boot priority to higher than PATA devices... Then Windows saw them properly...

If that fixes it - you may want to consider reading up on the new bios available for your board from ASUS to see if it might fix that issue - or at least help with it...

Cheers,
Tuathal


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2004 8:19 am 
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Thanks, I will give that a whirl. I was playing with that a bit, but I never thought that windows would care what I set the boot order too :(


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2004 8:21 am 
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Ya basically it matters if the BIOS is coded to see PATA as primary - if so Thats what Windows will see..

So setting it to SCSI makes it see SCSI as primary... (SCSI = add-on ATA cards, SATA add on or some built-in sata)....

Very odd for it to happen on that asus board - but <shrug> Not sure how many people are testing with both SATA and PATA so its possible noones run into it yet.
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