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So this has been going for 2 years or so (since I built this PC) but I am actually going to do something about it now To get my PC to boot an OS, I have to boot it up, and then restart it...Why? Because I have an eSata external HDD that doesn't boot up until AFTER the BIOS passes. I enabled ACHI and SMART monitoring in the BIOS, so after the BIOS passes, ACHI runs a quick SMART scan and the eSata HDD fails because it doesn't power on fast enough. "SMART check failed", I restart the system, BIOS clears as usual, ACHI/SMART check passes fine because drive is booted and off to Ubuntu or Windows 7 I go.....

Is there anything I can do about it? Its a Gigabyte motherboard and it does have a "Delay for HDD" option, but then the BIOS only waits up to 15 seconds and it doesn't boot the eSata HDD at that point either...

Note - I don't want to disable SMART monitoring.
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Nobody has any ideas?!
    
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Nobody has this issue with Gigabyte motherboards?
    
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I do not have a Gigabyte MB, but I have an idea.

I assume that your external HD does not have a on/off switch and gets its power from the esata cable. You could try an external HD that has its own wall power pack with an on/off switch. You would need to turn on your external HD and wait 10, 20, 30 seconds or whatever then switch your PC on. This way the external HD would be up and running when your PC started posting.
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I do not have a Gigabyte MB, but I have an idea.

I assume that your external HD does not have a on/off switch and gets its power from the esata cable. You could try an external HD that has its own wall power pack with an on/off switch. You would need to turn on your external HD and wait 10, 20, 30 seconds or whatever then switch your PC on. This way the external HD would be up and running when your PC started posting.
It does have a switch and I can turn it on manually before booting the PC, wait 10 seconds or so, and it will pass the SMART scan no problems, but it then does not get shutdown with Windows and I have to use the switch to turn it off as well (which just stop delivering power to the HDD, aka hard off instead of soft) and this is not good for it.
    
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So would I be right in assuming that this external case has a power switch with Off, Auto and On positions? Is this a LaCie external drive?

I have had LaCies connected to my own rig via eSATA, and in Auto mode, and there's been no issue. By the way, just because you disable SMART monitoring in the BIOS does not mean that OS-level SMART tools will not work; you should stiill be able to run those.
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So would I be right in assuming that this external case has a power switch with Off, Auto and On positions? Is this a LaCie external drive?

I have had LaCies connected to my own rig via eSATA, and in Auto mode, and there's been no issue. By the way, just because you disable SMART monitoring in the BIOS does not mean that OS-level SMART tools will not work; you should stiill be able to run those.
I'll try the last suggestion but I am pretty sure if I disable that SMART option, I won't be able to manually scan my HDD's with 3rd party software either (once booted into an OS)...

As for the case, no it's not LaCie, it's a Fantom Drive and the switch only have 2 positions, I and O.
    
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