I tried to attach it to my trusty K7N2 board on my personal computer and do a check on the disk and see if I can get back any data which is very precious. Thank you very much for response. Looks like you have it right, save it and you should be able to read and retrieve data from the drive after that. Yes, we know she’s hot! Ok, set it up in the array settings on boot. Have your computing friend in life gotten herself a new disk yet?

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It did not recognize the drive.

You could try jumper it to SATA 1. Under define array it gives k7n line as array 1 and then you k7n the Raid Mode, total drives capacity and status for the array 1. I think what will happen now is install windows again and then make the bad drive a second and use some type of data recovery program to try and get the data my wife needs back.

Sorry if long winded but just want to make sure.

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You posted while I was still typing but as mentioned above szta seems you need to download the drivers if you don’t have the floppy. Plugged it into the SER1 on my board and booted up.

One option is to hit ctrl-Y to save this setting which i am guessing to do. And what you found is the controller, which seems to work well. If you don’t do that you will not even be able to read the drive. Time will not increase the problem if the disk is kept in a cool place. Never rely on HDD for permanent storage of important stuff. I can’t say swta enough for all the help everyone has posted here to help me out with this issue. Issue there is you access this in Auto set up Option 1 under the fastbuild utility Main Menu.


But you can do slipstream XP installation disk and to include the necessary drivers. The first one with the 3 ide. In device manager it shows a Promise device SCSI disk device which is the drive and says working properly but does not treat it as a drive where I can access it to take a look at the files on it even staa it says it is working properly.

Thank you so much for staying with me on this. Can I install drives with a disk or usb stick? One other thing, have you tried to run WD Data Lifeguard to see what it shows as far as what might be wrong wih the drive? Your computing wife will i7n2 another disk, so you could wait and attach the suspected drive later to her system. Do not have the floopy that came with board although i did buy it new and would not matter because I do not have a floopy drive attached to machine.

If booting off the disk is not required I don’t think you need floppy, and I understood it like you wanted an emergency back-up with the data over to Daddy’s disk. The size wouldn’t be a problem.


Thinking I had to install a new drive no matter what, I bought a new sata k72 and went into the array setup and was able to add it as a drive and recognize it. To run the live CD, once you boot from Ubuntu in the menu choose “try ubuntu without any changes to your pc” sentence may vary.

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Am I correct on all this? I would guess the drivers not installed controls this correct? Thank you all for the responses and help. Asta wanted to set up sata on my MSI motherboard computer so i could read a damaged drive that is having issues from another computer and save the data.

No as XP can look for drivers in a floppy only. I reckon the disk is SATA 2. Mas with the drive model listed which is ssta bad drive I want to access, the capacity of the drive which is correct and Assignment N. Obviously if the hard safa is not recognised it might be dead or corrupt. Best thing after that would be to burn the important files to optical disc s as soon as possible.

Activating it will in plain language make the connection ports on the board active for ser1 or ser2, correct? You will need to set up single drive RAID 0 array.