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Finally got new ASRock Extreme 4 Gen 3 today after RMA'ing the dead one. PC boots.

Problem is the bios won't recognize any HDD I have hooked into the SATA slots.

It has no issue recognizing my DVD-RW drive.

I've done plenty of searching and it seems nobody has the same issue. My three HDD's are powered up, but for some reason won't see them. I've reset cmos 4 times (thanks to the awesome button on the back of the mobo) but nada.

Any suggestions?

Edit: The code the mobo throws out on it's debug LED: A6.
Edited by Calipso - 10/20/11 at 4:29pm
    
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Do you have the BIOS set to AHCI or RAID mode? In AHCI mode, it should see the drives individually. In RAID, if you set up a RAID using the onboard controller, it should see the raid.

Otherwise, check the hardware again: cables, power connectors are checked out. Try plugging into different ports, swapping cables, etc. Try plugging just 1 drive at a time to see if the BIOS will pick it up (make sure BIOS is in AHCI mode)

give that a whirl
    
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It was originally in IDE mode, put it into AHCI. Nothing. Switched all cables around.

Not using RAID.

Every power connector is connected. Switched SATA cables around. Mobo loves the DVD-RW drive, but won't even touch the HDD's. So confusing. I just got this mobo after rma'ing the last one. Really can't keep doing this with BF3 so close.
    
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Upgrade bios. Still nothing new.

Doesn't recognize any HDD I put in it, but recongizes media drives and USB drives flawlessly.

Any suggestions guys? The thought of RMA'ing this AGAIN for another board is creeping in.
    
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Do the drives show in "Disk Management" ???
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(Sorry if I am misunderstanding your question)

When you are in desktop does widows explorer see all your hdd's?

My asus does not display my drives properly during the boot screens or in the bios, but explorer sees them and the machine works fine otherwise. It didn't seem to matter which sata port I used. Doesn't see the boot drive or one of the hdd's.

I tried reloading all drivers and the os, but hten decided to not worry about it and enjoy my new i7.
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Originally Posted by ACHILEE5 View Post
Do the drives show in "Disk Management" ???
Can't even get the PC to boot past bios. The bios do not recognize ANY hard drive, therefore, I can not load W7.

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Originally Posted by Fan o' water View Post
(Sorry if I am misunderstanding your question)

When you are in desktop does widows explorer see all your hdd's?

My asus does not display my drives properly during the boot screens or in the bios, but explorer sees them and the machine works fine otherwise. It didn't seem to matter which sata port I used. Doesn't see the boot drive or one of the hdd's.

I tried reloading all drivers and the os, but hten decided to not worry about it and enjoy my new i7.

Has nothing to do with windows explorer or anything windows related. The BIOS does not recognize my HDD's. I can't do a complete boot. It goes as far as BIOS and the motherboard recognizes the media drives, USB drives, but no HDD's.

I was thinking broken SATA controller, but then why does the DVD-RW show up?
    
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Have you tried with just one HDD and without the CD-ROM drive??
I'm thinking maybe, the CD-ROM is messing with it some how?
And that the CD-ROM will have to go into a sata port that can run separate, to the HDDs!
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Have you tried with just one HDD and without the CD-ROM drive??
I'm thinking maybe, the CD-ROM is messing with it some how?
And that the CD-ROM will have to go into a sata port that can run separate, to the HDDs!
Yes I have. I have tried with and without.
    
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Bumped again. Another RMA sounds delightful. Anyone with insight?
    
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