New SATA Drive not Detected.. HELP!

December 15, 2008 at 15:11:28
Specs: XP Pro x64, Athlon 5400+, 4GB Ram
Ok, So I have a new WD 640GB SATA Drive and Windows is not seeing it at all. I could use a hand here. Let me tell you what I HAVE done so I do not waste anyone's time.

Current Setup:

CPU: DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2800 MHz (14 x 200) 5400+
Motherboard: DFI LANParty DK 790FX-M2RS
Motherboard Chipset: AMD 790FX, AMD Hammer
System Memory: 4096 MB (DDR2-667 DDR2 SDRAM)

Storage Controller SCSI/RAID Host Controller
Storage Controller Silicon Image SiI 3512 SATARaid Controller
Disk Drive ST3320620AS (320 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II)
Disk Drive WDC WD1600YS-01SHB1 (153 GB, IDE)
Disk Drive WDC WD5000AAKS-22TMA0 (465 GB, IDE)
Disk Drive WDC WD6400AAKS-65A7B0 (596 GB, IDE)
Optical Drive ATAPI iHAS120 6 SCSI CdRom Device
Optical Drive OZ0993X XWP556H SCSI CdRom Device

C: (NTFS) 20480 MB (6085 MB free)
D: (NTFS) 278.1 GB (256.7 GB free)
E: (NTFS) 400.0 GB (30.9 GB free)
F: (NTFS) 196.2 GB (132.6 GB free)
G: (NTFS) 465.8 GB (156.8 GB free)
H: (NTFS) 153.4 GB (39.1 GB free)
Total Size 1513.4 GB (622.1 GB free)

As you can see, I have 4 HDD Hooked up to the MoBo via the boards onboard SATA connectors, and then I have a Silicon Image PCI SATA Card that I have the DVD Burner hooked up to. I hooked the NEW WD 640GB drive up to this controller card as well on the 2nd port, but Windows is NOT recognizing it. Any idea why? Initially I thought, "Bad Controller Card", but the DVD Burner is functioning perfectly off of this card. So Why is the HDD Not recognized? It does not show up in Windows Explorer, Acronis Disk Director, Windows Disk Management nor in Everest.

I really could use some of the expertise here in guiding me towards a solution. I hope I was thorough enough in my explanation and description of setup and changes.

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December 15, 2008 at 18:17:32
Press the correct function key at boot to see sata config.

Could use windows if you loaded in the sil application too.

You will need drivers to access that board most likely.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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December 15, 2008 at 19:56:59
Have you initialized it in disk managment?
In Disk Management, right-click the disk you want to initialize, and then click Initialize Disk

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December 15, 2008 at 20:55:40
SATA Configuration is already enabled in BIOS, as ALL drives on this machine are SATA, DVD Burner included. The Silicon Image board has the proper drivers loaded already, as it has controlled a drive before, and is controlling the DVD Burner now.

I cannot initialize it in Disk Management, as it Does not show up at all to do so. Thank you for the ideas, but these have not corrected the issue. Please let me know if you can think of other ideas.

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December 16, 2008 at 09:54:29
can you see the drive in the BIOS? if yes, good and let's troubleshoot. if no, and you've definitely connected (and tried re-connecting) data and power cables, the HDD could be bad and you should RMA (since you said this was new).

if you see the drive in the bios, i would start by disconnecting all unnecessary components - all HDD except OS and all CD/DVD drives. boot up, and "Scan for Hardware Changes" in the Device Manager. Hopefully, there will be a "storage device" with an exclamation point or a red X.

also, i re-read your post. The DVD drive working on the PCI card doesn't necessarily mean the whole card is great and the drivers are perfect. It is quite conceivable that one type of drive could work when another would not. Try connecting your new HDD directly to a sata port on the motherboard to see if it is seen in the Bios and then the OS. If yes, re-examine (update drivers or replace) your PCI sata card.

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December 19, 2008 at 23:44:50
Thank You so much for the assistance. So I followed your instructions verbatim UpAndComing, and sure enough, the new hdd does not show up on the controller card, but when hooked directly to the MoBo it shows in BIOS and Windows just fine. So Now I have a dilemma, I cannot afford another MoBo right now, and I have 5 HDD's and 4 SATA ports on board. So I need to find a GOOD but affordable SATA Controller card for using with my HDD. Anyone have any recommendations?

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January 10, 2009 at 04:58:29
Okay i see this is a few weeks old but anyways...I don't know if you are using xp but I think you can only use 4 HDD with xp (you can split them up into partitions however you like).

As for a sata card, I'm using a PCI Serial ATA Host card by Syba. It's cheap, fake raid but allows me to use sata drives on a 6 year old motherboard.

Oh and I'm using the 640 WD HDD also, I like how it only has 2 platters. I've gone through some hard drives (WD's) in the past.

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