New motherboard cannot see any HD

January 9, 2012 at 14:08:34
Specs: Windows 7
I installed the ASRock Z68M/USB3 with new CPU intel i3 and 8GB Cosiar DDR3 ram,when I go to install Win7 there is no drive to select in the setup,we tried 2 different sata drives

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January 9, 2012 at 14:31:56
Did you check the BIOS settings? Is the HDD detected? Is it connected to the correct SATA controller? Is the controller enabled & set to the proper mode?

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January 9, 2012 at 14:37:21
Do you have BOTH the red Data cable AND a power cable connected?

I see that board only has SATA III connectors. If your drives are SATA I that may be an issue.

Also, there are some ports for RAID (blue) and 2 for straight drives (white). You need to set the BIOS to AHCI, settings or, NCQ, if your drives support it for hard drives.

I recommend that you connect the hard drives to the Blue ports. Use the White ports for your CD drive/s. See the link below for specs on that board.

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January 15, 2012 at 01:13:24
ended up buying new sata3 HD still no good,went back to the computer market with the whole pc,he also couldnt detect the HD so he tried another one,still no good,so he gave me a ASUS P8H61 PRO motherboard,we could see the HD, came home plugged in cd rom and could only see the cd player no HD, unplugged cd rom and now back to square 1, cant see anything now
in the BIOS it shows temp,voltage and fan speed the 5V one is red showing only 4.320v dunno if this is a drama or what no idea what to do

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January 15, 2012 at 05:34:48
I do not consider an H61 board to be the equivalent of a Z68 board. Maybe you should switch it back or for something else.
The 4.320Volts on the 5Volt line says that your power supply is probably bad, especially considering it is the second board that did not work. Don't cheap out on the power supply, make sure is is 80% efficiency rated, has a single 12Volt rail, and has more power (total wattage and amperage rating on the 12Volt rail) for expansion later (graphics card, second hard drive, etc.).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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January 16, 2012 at 16:47:18
Been told powersupply could be the issue,will test that later today,didnt realise the motherboard he swapped it for was less quality that makes sense now when he said I didnt have to pay any extra for the board and he would swap it for same price Id paid. so I will go ask for the z68 to be given back or a refund on the difference in price, although I did get the z68 on a sale price of $98 ,the power supply is a Cosiar TX650W and definately not cheap but it is about 2 yrs old so maybe is faulty.anyway will update whats happening

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