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I want to add a SATA HD to my IBM Thinkcentre MT-M 8171 running XP,
but I want to continue booting from the original IDE drive.
BIOS is enabled for both types of drive, but I can only boot from the add-on SATA.
The SATA drive appears in the BIOS boot sequence menu as "IDE 2". The only other options are floppy and LAN. How can I boot from my original IDE when it is no longer recognized?
 

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Without the SATA drive connected the ST Barracuda boots normally.
It is jumpered at cable select, and has a CD drive as its slave.
 

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I reset my BIOS to all default values and restarted with only the native IDE drive present.
The drives were listed as
1 A:
4 IDE 0 Seagate
7 PCI LAN

Booted normally. Then shut down and plugged in the SATA drive and saw the drives listed as
1 A:
4 IDE 0 Samsung [actually the SATA drive on the SATA cables]
5 IDE 2 Seagate
7 PCI LAN

So I selected IDE 2 Seagate and it tried to start but Windows shut it down to protect my system.
Tried restarting in Safe Mode but still no go.

So I went back to only the original IDE Seagate but with it jumpered as Master On /Slave off. It booted normally, no problem. Then I added the SATA drive, chose the IDE Seagate boot option and again
Windows stopped the procedure.
Maybe this old IBM is just not completely SATA-friendly?
 

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Added by Oldzky on Saturday:


I found a Lenovo support website,
http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/thinkcentre_bios/2bjy52usa.txt

that might allow me to flash my BIOS to fix the problem. My old BIOS has
EEPROM 2BKT45AUS and a date of July 2005. The update note says:

Flash BIOS update - Flash from Operating System version
for ThinkCentre(R) 8171, etc...
Version 2BKT52A includes previous updates, including:
2BKT39A/2BJT39A
- Fixes a problem where the system does not detect some Serial ATA
(SATA) drives when plugged into SATA3 or SATA4 ports.

Maybe this is what I need but the process is tricky. What do you think?
 
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