3 of 4 SATA HDDs are not detected!

Wd Caviar black 1tb hard drive
July 24, 2009 at 12:25:37
Specs: Windows x64
Hey all,

I have 1 IDE drive and 4 sata hdds connected(they are are properly formatted) to a m2n32-sli deluxe motherboard. I just did a fresh install of vista 64 on the idea drive and now only one of the sata drives shows up in the bios or my computer section. I have swapped cables, power sources, ports, drives, everything...only one drive shows up(the same drive) no matter what combination of cables and ports are used. Is there any driver I might be missing for additional sata controller management of the situation. Does anyone think all 3 drives would have died at the same time? they are 2 caviar black tb and a seagate 1.5tb rp.

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July 24, 2009 at 13:53:37
If they're not showing up in the BIOS, it's a hardware problem.

What happens if you connect one HDD at a time, using the same SATA port & cable as being used by the drive that IS being detected?

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July 24, 2009 at 13:56:20
they still don't show up. and the drive that works will show up on alternate sata ports.

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July 24, 2009 at 14:21:29
YOu may not have the SATA controllers Enabled in the BIOS.

What are alternate SATA ports?

Have you read the motherboard manual to determine which ports can configure bootable drives? Also, some ports may only be for optical drives.

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July 24, 2009 at 14:21:42
If it's not a problem with the board or the BIOS settings, it would have to be with the drives.

I'm curious what you do that would require 4TB+ of storage space?

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July 24, 2009 at 14:24:27
the sata controllers are enabled. I have a lot of HD video, movies and such.

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July 24, 2009 at 14:32:17
Try changing the jumpers on the drive to the 150 setting, WD support page: http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc...

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July 24, 2009 at 15:45:15
That board supports SATA II drives. Below is the spec section on storage. The issue is with how the BIOS is set OR with the use of the Silicon Image Controller. You may have the drive connected to the SIL 3132 which probably will only support a RAID array.

Storage Devices
PATA 1 x ATA100 2 Dev. Max
SATA 3Gb/s 6
Additional RAID Controller Sil 3132

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July 24, 2009 at 15:47:58
what would be or could be altered in the bios? I do not have anything hooked into the raid based sata port.

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July 24, 2009 at 16:19:50
Are you actually looking at the BIOS drive configuration screen and then the POST screens at start up?

Watch the POST screens. All 4 drives should be identified by BOTH the model and the CORRECT capacity.

Many versions of RAID combine the storage of multiple disks. In that case the capacity would be the total of all the drives.

What settings are you using in the BIOS for the drives?

BTW, if you are simply seeing an Asus logo at start up hit Del and enter the BIOS. There are settings to disable the logos. There may be more than one. Then the POST screens will show.

It isn't clear if all 4 individual hard drives initially were showing or not.

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July 24, 2009 at 16:34:42
they have all worked previous to now. But upon installing vista 64 they do not show up anymore...I know that shouldn't affect the bios.

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July 24, 2009 at 16:42:40
"upon installing vista 64 they do not show up anymore...I know that shouldn't affect the bios"

You must be leaving something out of your story then because the OS has nothing to do with how the drives are recognized by the board/BIOS. Try temporarily unplugging the IDE HDD, then bootup & check the BIOS again.

BTW, when you installed Vista64 on the IDE drive, did you press F6 & load the SATA drivers before proceeding with the Windows install?

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July 24, 2009 at 19:51:50
You didn't answer any of my questions in #9. I don't think you are actually watching the POST screens.

I can't help if you don't answer questions. Do you understand what POST screens are?

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