I am currently triing to turn an old PC into a NAS. I’ve bought a new Hdd in order to sotre the files, but when I try to intall Fedora server It does not find any disc. Why is that so?
I-ve tried checking in the bios and the new hard drive apearas as a bootdevice. When changen the Sata mode to AHCI (like I read in a forum) I found that all sata ports are empty. But the disk is picked up by the boot window and it spinns up whenever I power the pc. What can I do for te hard drive to be recogniced?
Well, even on my old boards with SATA there is always at least 4 physical connectors so there could be two more under the wires. But I would check connections, and the SATA connector on the drive seems to be proud of the power connector, implying not seated firmly. I have also had issues with SATA cables from different case suppliers and board suppliers not working at all.
I have old boards with only 2 SATA (AMD AM2 MoBo) but to not derail this thread with hardware quirks, I absolutely agree to assure the connections are good. Also, try a different Sata Port if need be, it could be a bad port on the board.
Is this an ASUS board? Do you have the datasheet for it? Possible the white are different speed? Also, I think you can use SATA mode in the BIOS.
[Edit] Also, with older BIOS’s, switching from SATA to AHCI can cause issues with the drive since AHCI requires extra drivers. See this Dell KB topic Difference Between AHCI and SATA | Dell Canada
Did the system work with a SATA drive in the past? Can you share the model number? Have you checked the LHDB? Did you buy it from a reputable dealer? Did you tell the dealer how you intended to use it?
Older BIOS may not support large capacity drives. Have you checked for BIOS updates?
There should be a manufacturing date on the case. Sometimes drives that have been sent for recycling (and electronically disabled) end up being sold as new. Some drive firmware is only works with specific systems (e.g., proprietay laboratory instrumens). You should be able to check with the manufacturer. dmesg may have some details.
In the bios I only get the following options for SATA Mode:
I was told I should put it in Ahchi, since Raid requires at least another drive. But I dont know what IDE mode is. Could it work with it?
Some systems of that vintage were limited to 2TB. 1TB should be fine. BIOS updates come from the system vendor, but many won’t provide updates for systems that old. See AMI BIOS UEFI Utilities for descripton of what might be available.
Modern SATA drives support AHCI, which is why it would help to see the model and date of manufacture. Your image cuts of the copywright data for the Aptio Setup Utility which might be a hint to the age of the BIOS.