I do not understand the reference to, "vista won't recognize the drive
because it is attached to a sata pci
controller because my mb can't find the hdd either".
Do you have a PCI card installed that has SATA connectors? If so and you
want to use those rather than the MoBo SATA connectors, you need to install
drivers for it before preparing the HD for use. If you are planning to boot
from the Vista DVD and install to to SATA, you need the drivers on a floppy
or USB stick. So, let us know those details so someone can help with further
Also I am not sure which ASUS K8V MoBo you have.
K8V - MX ???
K8V - X SE ???
However, that is not critical because the most likely of them have 2 SATA
connectors on the MoBo. If you want to use one of those connectors, you need
to enter the BIOS when booting and assure that the connector you want to use
is 'on' and set to IDE. You can then take further steps to make that the
boot drive with the OS installed. So, again, let us know so someone can
advise on the details.
For example, it is possible to 'clone' the present HD to the SATA and
prepare it to be bootable. Alternately, it is possible to make a fresh OS
install and set the SATA up with your applications.
"mparrish31" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> I have a Asus K8V-MX/S motherboard and it is nearly impossible to find
> bios updates for it with an old 20 gb ide hdd and a new tb samsung sata
> hdd. Currently the 20 gb has my vista home premium on it and is close
> to being full and I can't load in additional programs like office etc..
> I have been not been able to load vista directly to the sata because
> vista won't recognize the drive because it is attached to a sata pci
> controller because my mb can't find the hdd either.
> I have tried several cloning programs to get the vista cloned on to the
> new sata but that has turned out to be unsuccessful. I remember one
> program, XXClone, telling me that ntldr and netdetect.com files couldn't
> be found to make it bootable.
> What options do I have at this point? Someone please help