Solved Multiple Drives Not Found

February 28, 2013 at 06:51:55
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium
Hello all,

I built a gaming PC back in October. Here are all the primary components in the system:

-ASUS P8H77-V LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
-CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
-Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
-CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M4A1600C9
-Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (BOOT DRIVE)
-Seagate SV35 Series ST1000VX000 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (GAME DRIVE)
-EVGA 012-P3-2078-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores (Fermi) Classified Ultra 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
-The last piece is a 500GB cannibalized from my last system (I'm sorry I don't have the specs on it right now) (STORAGE DRIVE)

I have not had a problem with it until last night. When hit the power button, I could hear a mechanical beeping coming from the system but couldn't quite tell from where. Upon loading Windows 7 Home Premium, I noticed my game shortcuts were not mapping properly. Looking at My Computer, my 1T game drive was not showing up. Here's what I did:

Shut down, unplugged the power and sata cables from the drive, replugged, reboot = same problem
Shut down, unplugged the power and sata cables from all 3 drives, unplugged the sata sables from the mother board, replugged = same problem
Shut down, unplugged sata cables from motherboard on the 1T and SSD and moved them to two open sata ports on the motherboard (to see if it was the MB) = BOOT DRIVE NOT FOUND
Shut down, unplugged the sata cables from the 1T and SSD from the motherboard and put them BACK IN THEIR ORIGINAL PLACES = BOOT DRIVE NOT FOUND
Shut down, switched the 1T and SSD sata cables on the motherboard (in case they were switched) = BOOT DRIVE NOT FOUND

I have no idea what to do at this point. One person has suggested reloading Windows, but if it's not recognizing the SSD boot drive, how would it even think to reload Windows?

Another person suggested forcing a BIOS by unplugging a particular cable on the Motherboard, but after trolling the ASUS website I can't find out how to do that.

What first started out as being a drive problem now seems to be a motherboard problem but I'm just not %100 sure.

Thank you so much!

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February 28, 2013 at 08:19:48
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Put everything back to it's original configuration, boot the system & immediately enter the BIOS. Check to see if your drives are being recognized or not. If they're not, shutdown, unplug the power cord, then use the clearCMOS jumper to reset the BIOS. After the reset, plug in the power cord, bootup & immediately enter the BIOS again, then adjust the date/time & any other settings that may have changed. Save & exit, then hope for the best.

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February 28, 2013 at 08:24:36
Will the system allow me to enter the BIOS if I'm not given the splash screen? It's going straight to the error message and not displaying the ASUS splash prior.

Also, what is the "clearCMOS jumper" and where would I find it? I'm not familiar with this type of troubleshooting.

Thank you!

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March 7, 2013 at 07:03:12
Good news! It wasn't the mother board. Looks like the 1T just decided to up and fail.

Thank you!

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