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by Teezer / October 10, 2005 5:29 AM PDT

I have been told that Serial ATA hard drives have there own BIOS if so where can i find it?
or have i got it all mixed up?

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All of the settings are in the part of the BIOS
by Ray Harinec / October 10, 2005 5:42 AM PDT
In reply to: Serial ATA BIOS

known as SETUP.

What you are hearing about is the screens that show while booting after you have set everything up and enabled each of the sections that will have a drive on it.

Depending on the mobo, its chipset and any additioanl RAID like chip added to the mobo, and how you have set the SATA in the set up, it could show under IDE, or on a susbsequent screen for RAID, or another subsequent screen the other chip [such as SII for a Gigabyte mobo that I have].

The setup can be very confusing in these power mobos because there are so many ways to enable the SATA depending which chip's SATA port that one decides to use.

On my Giga you can even set it to remap to IDE. That's with the Intel 875p chipset, however mine is set to use the SII chip's SATA. [Intel's chipset offers two and the Silicon [SII] chip offers two [as well as each offering RAID].

I have drives on all three possible sections of the BIOS, thus while booting the normal IDE sections show first, then the Intel RAID section [only used for ATAPI drive], and then the SII section of the boot process.

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Looked in BIOS
by Teezer / October 10, 2005 4:36 PM PDT

and i cant seem to find any part that says SETUP??

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by billzhills / October 10, 2005 11:09 PM PDT
In reply to: Looked in BIOS


All M/B have different menus... basic set-up tho is the same. The locaton of the SATA set-up on the A-Open board I use is located under ?Integrated Peripherals > On-Chip IDE Device > On-Chip Serial ATA?.

SO... pull out your manual for instructions on how to locate and use the BIOS settings.


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Setup is what most people call the BIOS
by Ray Harinec / October 11, 2005 6:00 AM PDT
In reply to: Looked in BIOS

Note that to get into the BIOS it says press the ??? key to enter setup.

Most newer mobos have SATA capability in the basic chipset [and it is often part of the section of the BIOS for RAID]. Many also have SATA in a separate chip on the mobo, and that is also likely called a RAID controller, within the BIOS settings for that controller the can be the SATA settings,[enable/disable], and believe it or not it may call them IDE [you are actually selecting using the drive alone rather than in a RAID setup. It is confusing as hades because many do NOT know that a SATA drive IS an IDE drive, just as well as PATA drives are.

The ATA7 spec includes SATA.

If you have a specific mobo in mind, let us know. I can download the manual and point out where in the BIOS the SATA settings are located.

The confusion came in because the BIOS contains four parts, only one is called setup.

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