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HDD Not Detected
« on: 07-February-07, 06:46:09 »

Hello,

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.

Specs:

K8N Neo4-F
MS-7125
Win XP
WD 80GB IDE
WD 160GB SATA
1GB Ram
Chaintech 6200 Video

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« Reply #1 on: 07-February-07, 07:00:35 »
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  • test Sata disk health status: http://support.wdc.com/
    can be due lost power, use different power connector to the drive.
    ensure SATA cable are straight as possible. (you can try with different one as well)
    what PSU you got? (look into PSU sticker for details)
     
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    « Reply #2 on: 07-February-07, 13:19:30 »

    Thanks,

    I will try the power switch this weekend.
    I have the apevia x-inifinity case, which came with a 450w power supply that I am using.
    I will get you the results and PSU after I attempt you steps tonite or this weekend.

    Thanks.

    Imtiaz M.
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    « Reply #3 on: 12-February-07, 03:56:47 »

    Thanks


    Problem solved for now. I connected the hdd power via molex power connected, instead of the splitter for sata power. It seems to be working now, i will let you know if anything changes. I would have never thought of that.

    Thanks Again

    Imtiaz M.
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    « Reply #4 on: 12-February-07, 06:50:30 »
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    Problem solved for now. I connected the hdd power via molex power connected, instead of the splitter for sata power. It seems to be working now, i will let you know if anything changes. I would have never thought of that.

    Thanks Again

    Imtiaz M.
    :-P) :hat tip:
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    « Reply #5 on: 15-February-07, 04:51:46 »

    Darn it, the problem is back again..uggh

    This is the only sata drive i have, i have a DVD at work, that I will bring and test. Any other suggestions would be appreciated.

    The HDD is always picked up in the bios and windows, but windows always wants to initialize the drive. If I turn the PC on.off, then it will find the partitions. I was gonna ghost it, but that craps out, i think that problem is related to the nvidia issues i read on the web.

    If the HDD is dead, then why does it work after couple reboots, its possible its dying, but the WD Smart Test Passes....uggh.

    Imtiaz
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    « Reply #6 on: 15-February-07, 10:56:33 »
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  • Darn it, the problem is back again..uggh

    This is the only sata drive i have, i have a DVD at work, that I will bring and test. Any other suggestions would be appreciated.

    The HDD is always picked up in the bios and windows, but windows always wants to initialize the drive. If I turn the PC on.off, then it will find the partitions. I was gonna ghost it, but that craps out, i think that problem is related to the nvidia issues i read on the web.

    If the HDD is dead, then why does it work after couple reboots, its possible its dying, but the WD Smart Test Passes....uggh.

    Imtiaz
    test suspected drive with manufacturer test program for malfunction.
    update PATA/SATA drivers.
    PSU details?
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