I first noticed this issue with a SATA DVD drive. I have a spare (and newer) IDE drive so thats fine..

BUT, I just got a deal on a 120GB SSD.

BIOS does NOT detect. But Windows DOES

I can boot to my primary HDD and then I can use the SSD as a storage device.
I was hoping to use it as a boot device though..

My options are limited in BIOS as well..There is no real SATA options..The drives page simply lists..

PRIMARY MASTER
PRIMARY SLAVE
SECOND MASTER
SECOND SLAVE
THIRD DEVICE
FOURTH DEVICE

THe third and fourth refer to the SATA devices (I only have 2 SATA Jacks on mobo).
No options for MODE either...

My HDD is also SATA. BIOS detects and have no issues..the issue only happens on my SATA DVD and SSD.
Any ideas???




PS:

I heard XP has issues aligning SSD's. I read elsewhere I need 3rd party (now hard to find) alignment tools or use Vista/Win7/Win8 to partition/align/format the drive.

However, I simply used MMC (in XP) to partition and format. Set Allocation size to 4096. Seems to work fine as a storage device. Is this fine or would it be better to try to do the above?

Thanks again for any help