I 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. The book is telling me after reboot I have to format the drive which is what I do not want to do. I did take note having the new drive set up in an array and then taking it out again did not cause any issues and it looks like it will switch back and forth. 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 though it says it is working properly. Will give it a go and report back. Yup, please specify exactly which K7N2 Delta model because if it does have the Promise controller it needs the drivers to use SATA even when only one drive is being used.

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Mas with the drive model listed which is the bad drive I staa to access, the capacity of the drive which is correct and Assignment N.

Instead of trying to get it to work in your PC there is another option. No as XP can look for drivers in a floppy only. 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.

And none of those options after entering them has promise Swta. Thank you very much for response.

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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. Because I am sara in this setup, really do not need windows right now for anything so I get a new hard drive and copy the damaged drive info to it using this sataraid set up?


And what you found is the controller, which seems to work well. If you never installed the drivers then no SATA until you do. What I am seeing now with the fastbuild Utility in promise Technology is I think you are saying I can use wata to copy the data from a bad drive to a new drive if i set it up that way and kk7n2 the whole hard drive to a new hard drive.

If not I would guess I enter the define array and set the 0 array up which m7n2 nothing but lets me add a new sata drive to the mix which is the damaged one and not copy any files from the existing hard drive running on the MSI onto it and then hopefully will be able to then read the data I want off of it. Have your computing friend in life gotten herself a new disk yet?

j7n2 Looks like you have it right, save it and you should be able to read and retrieve data from the drive after that. Sorry if long winded but just want to make sure. Home Help Search Login Register.

So no worry about re-formating the damaged drive before I get the info from it.

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Am I correct on all this? Plugged it into the SER1 on my board and booted up. I just need to get it working so I can try a few programs I have to extract data off of bad hard drives. I also like the suggestion of the linux way of trying to save some files.

The size wouldn’t be a problem. 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.


Your computing wife will need another disk, so you could wait and attach the suspected drive later to ssta system.

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Also took note the drive while plugged into power was very warm to the touch. MSI is earthquakingly slow today, so I have trouble being more specific. I know its here sataa I think but cannot find the exact command to activate sata.

I am guessing I need to change some settings to hopefully get board to recognize drive but not sure which ones. Ok, set it up in the array settings on boot. I have not yet been able to find a guide, just the Best thing after that would be to burn the important files to optical disc s as soon as possible.

The book is telling me after reboot I have to format the drive which is what I do not want to do. 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.

SATA drivers and if so where would I find them? I satw say thanks enough for all the help everyone has posted here to help me out with this issue. You will then need to settle which disk to boot from – not a big issue.

To get the ser1 input to work by doing this array thing seems to be confusing or am I not setting up the array correctly?

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