I have a weird HDD problem, that I am not sure how to correct. I have 2 HDD in the system, 80GB IDE and 160GB. Until recently everything was working flawless, until when i booted, my 160 disappears. Windows saw the drive, but wanted to initialize it. Since I had data need off it, i cancel the process and tried to find tools that would tell me if there was something wrong. All the test I ran said nothing was wrong with the drive. Frustrated, I turned the system off, next morning the 160 GB HDD appears and everything is working.
I have since than made a backup, but need to know what causing this problem. On initial boot. the HDD is detected by BIOS, but not windows (well windows detects it but whats to reinitialize it) which will cause data lose. If I turn the system off for 5 Min's after initial boot, the drive will come back again. I have replaced the sata cable and updated the bios with the same results.
I don't have another sata drive to test, any suggestions would be appreciated.
WD 80GB IDE
WD 160GB SATA
Chaintech 6200 Video