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Hi there,
recently i built myself a computer to save myself some money and have some half decent specs at the same time, it consists of

MSI E41 motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE @3.2 ghz (using stock cooling)
4gb ddr3 @1333 Mhz
500 gb WD SATA 7200 RPM
575W PSU that came with a super power case
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

problem is that when the computer is switched on, i receive the prompt to insert the boot disk screen etc as if nothing is on the HDD, at first i thought my HDD fried and was corrupted because it was running at around 50C for a few minutes earlier

then i restarted it and entered the bios, and none of the sata drives are detected, neither the HDD or the optical drive

After this I
1. checked all the cables and connections, no problems
2. reset the bios to optimum settings
3. reset the cmos using the jumper
4. removed the cmos battery and put it back in and reset the time and boot order

all to no avail, the bios will still not detect either of the sata drives

Please Help, Thanks in Advance
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Originally Posted by jared285q View Post
Please inform me if this is in the wrong section

Hi there,
recently i built myself a computer to save myself some money and have some half decent specs at the same time, it consists of

MSI E41 motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE @3.2 ghz (using stock cooling)
4gb ddr3 @1333 Mhz
500 gb WD SATA 7200 RPM
575W PSU that came with a super power case
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

problem is that when the computer is switched on, i receive the prompt to insert the boot disk screen etc as if nothing is on the HDD, at first i thought my HDD fried and was corrupted because it was running at around 50C for a few minutes earlier

then i restarted it and entered the bios, and none of the sata drives are detected, neither the HDD or the optical drive

After this I
1. checked all the cables and connections, no problems
2. reset the bios to optimum settings
3. reset the cmos using the jumper
4. removed the cmos battery and put it back in and reset the time and boot order

all to no avail, the bios will still not detect either of the sata drives

Please Help, Thanks in Advance
Is it a SATA3 drive?

I don't have any experience with using a 3 on a 2 port, but I know many times SATA1 controllers don't recognize SATA2 drives. You can add a jumper to specific pins on the back of the drive to essentially revert it to the previous standard.

Like I said, I'm not sure if SATA3 drives have this issue, but it's worth a look.
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although not completely clear, i am confident it is a SATA2 since it was working fine yesterday, then when i put it on hibernate for the night and put it on this morning, the bios no longer detected either of the SATA drives
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bump

some of my fellow /g/entlemen who have never failed me in the past think that my mobo might be dead

opinions?
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Sounds like your sata controller died... thats MSI for ya
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Someone jumped on me the other day for saying go asus rather than msi...... Before you rule out the motherboard though, do you have anyother HDD's that are sata2 that you can try on the motherboard, or another computer you can try the existing one in? I think you should make sure it isn't a HDD failure first.
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Do you have the drives in RAID?

I had the same issue after using hibernate on win7, I checked my BIOS and no drives where detected, but in RAID mode they never where, I checked my RAID BIOS and my
array was gone, I put both drives back in just as they where and all is right in my win7 world again, did not have to do a reinstall.

I no longer use hibernate
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post #8 of 9
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Someone jumped on me the other day for saying go asus rather than msi...... Before you rule out the motherboard though, do you have anyother HDD's that are sata2 that you can try on the motherboard, or another computer you can try the existing one in? I think you should make sure it isn't a HDD failure first.
the optical drive is not being detected wither, it isnt HDD failure
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Do you have the drives in RAID?

I had the same issue after using hibernate on win7, I checked my BIOS and no drives where detected, but in RAID mode they never where, I checked my RAID BIOS and my
array was gone, I put both drives back in just as they where and all is right in my win7 world again, did not have to do a reinstall.

I no longer use hibernate
not using raid, and i tried using the drives in all of the 6 sata ports and still the same problem occurs
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