i have a dell dimensions 9150
motherboard is a dxp051,
which have four sata ports ,only two of these are being used ,both for the two hard drives, so this leaves two free.
i have a VIA 6421L PCI-Card which works perfect with the sammy drives.
but i am unable to get my computer set up on the spare sata ports for the hitachi drives.
does anybody else with the 9150 have the same problems or does any body know how to sort it.
i have tried enabling the spare sata in the bios setup , but when they are enabled the computer says on startup ,unable to find drive blah ,blah on sata port 3 or which ever sata port i open
i have swapped the hard drives onto different sata ports and they work no problem on the other ports.
i have just been into my bios settings, this is how they are setup.
sata operations (these are the four options i have)
raid autodetect /ahci (this is what my computer is set to)
raid auto detect /ata
raid autodetect /ahci = raid if signed drivers,otherwise ahci
raid auto detect /ata= raid if signed drivers,otherwise ata
raid on = sata is configured for raid on every boot
combination = sata/pata combination mode.
it goes on to say
the factory default setting is raid autodetect /ahci
note that changing to and from the combination mode will change how the drives are listed.
the informationfor the drives will not reflect these changes untill after a reboot.
if you try to alter anything this warning message comes up
sata operation is being changed.attention changing these settings may prevent your operating system from booting,or may require a reinstall,are you sure you would like to continue.
this is all the info i can find ,
hope this will help you try and solve my problem.