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I know there are many question about that, but I tried everything and I'm still not able to make my bios see my sata2 hdd. I've got a QDI motherbord with no sata port; only 2 ide ports.

I had an old ide hdd, now i've removed it and bought a sata2 hdd. Since my pc has no sata slots i bouth a ide-to-sata adapter.

So, i don't have any os installed on the new drive, and the old drive is removed. My problem is that I'm unable to see my hdd on bios. I suppose that my bios, since it's an old version, doesn't have sata drivers, but I don't know if I must install it and also I dont know how to do it.

Anyone can help me?

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Check here to see if there is a BIOS update for your motherboard:

http://www.qdigrp.com/qdisite/eng/support/driver.htm

BIOS upgrades will often include new features and if you're lucky this will address your issue.

Having said that, I think that using an adapter may be introducing a problem (would the BIOS "see" a SATA drive attached to an IDE port?)

A second option would be to try a PCI or PCI-X SATA add-non card. Since these cards connect directly to the PCI bus, your BIOS might be able to see the drive in this manner. They are relatively inexpensive. (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=1455&srkey=sata%20card)

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+1 for add-on cards. much better than adapters for this purpose. –  quack quixote Dec 13 '09 at 16:23

The SATA card has to be bootable. If you are sure that it is generally you can change the BIOS boot order to allow it to boot from other devices.

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