Originally Posted by XPlatformGaming
I apologise in advance if a similar issue has been discussed previously, but I am in need of some help with a couple of issues that may or not be the result of a faulty motherboard, namely, the Z77 sabertooth.
I bought all the components for this build some months ago. I am not a fanatic, but I decided to compose my system of corsair components where possible (exceptions being the VGA, mechanical drive, CD drive and MoBo), basically because I liked the idea of an entire system of Corsair!
My specs are as follows:
CPU: Intel i7 3770k
Memory: 16GB Corsair Vengeance Black 1866mhz
Graphics: ATI XFX 7870
HDD (Storage): 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003
SSD (OS): Corsair Force Series 3 V2 120GB
PSU: Corsair HX1050
Cooling: Corsair H80
OS: Windows 7 64bit
As far as I am aware, all components are correctly assembled, with cables being inserted into the correct ports on the Motherboard.
Initially after I had completed the build everything seemed to work absolutely fine with no issues at all, but a short time later (maybe a few months) I began to encounter a few issues. Let me describe the issues as best I can.
The first issues would involve the machine failing to POST correctly. It gets stuck on the black BIOS screen (version, HDD data etc) and will progress no further into windows. A reset will not solve this straight away, and I have occasionally needed to restart the machine several times before we get to the Windows loading screen. If it's any use, on the occasions where the system starts successfully
, there is some information regarding what I believe is the mechanical hard drive, on the occasions it doesn't, this information is absent.
The second issue, which I have no doubt is related directly to the first, is that during normal operation, the system will lose the Seagate drive, that is, the noise that I am used to hearing whenever a USB device is removed is played and upon inspection there is no F: drive displayed. All programs running from that drive will either freeze or disappear completely.
I have spoken to Aria.co.uk (where all the components were purchased from) and they initially suggested that it could be either a mobo or HDD/SSD fault. They instructed me to scan the drives with HD Tune Pro for any bad sectors on either of the drives. The guy I spoke to thought it was more likely the mechanical drive causing the issues. He suggested that if during the boot up the drive was having a mad few minutes due to bad sectors that it could cause windows to panic. However, after the scan was completed it was not the mech drive but the SSD where bad sectors were located. In either case, they have suggested that I go direct to Corsair and request an RMA.
I am pretty sure that it is the SSD not functioning as it should, and after googling known issues with the drive, I found that corsair themselves found that the drive was unstable. I hope it is a HD issues and not a motherboard issue, but would like to know if anyone has any ideas regarding this or perhaps has a solution. HD issues mean that I do not completely have to dismantled my system!
Thanks in advance to anyone that responds, and once again sorry if this has come up before, but I needed to be specific with my issues!