On Wed, 14 Mar 2007 23:02:45 -0400, "Christopher L. Estep"
Windows offers TERRIBLE support for SATA controllers. See my "rant" in
the General Group. Windows is so dumb it attempts to load a extra
bogus IDE channel, then says it failed to initialize the driver. I got
two SATA drives, both high capacity Seagate, neither is the boot
drive. Thanksfully that's a ATA IDE drive.
One SATA Windows "sees" the other it refuses unless crippled to IDE
mode. Got the latest BIOS and controller driver from Gigabyte for a
GA-965P-DQ6 MB. By the way, the drives worked fine as SATA under XP.
The funny part is it does run one SATA as a SATA, so makes no sense.
This MB has two seperate SATA controllers and 8 channels. No matter
how I mix them up Vista only sees one SATA internal drive. On another
SATA external Vista don't see it at all and I'm forced to use a USB
2.0 interface. So I paid a premium price for a premium MB and premium
drives and have to disable half the advanced features to get Vista to
see the drives. How stupid is that? I paid $200 to upgrade to Vista
business and it isn't worth $20.