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HDD recognition problems. SATA compatibility?

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Hey guys. So I've just built my new PC and I'm having some HDD recognition problems. When I got into the BIOS on startup to see the boot options, it's only recognizing one of my HDDs and my optical drive. I've noticed both these drives are using the only 2 SATA cables supplied with the motherboard, while the others are I believe SATA I cables taken from an old PC.

Is the reason it's not recognizing the other drives because they are plugged into SATA I cables that are then going into SATA II or SATA III ports?

Another question I have is: I want to install Windows on an SSD, though I have a HDD that already has windows installed as well as some of my programs. What is the best way to go about keeping the information on the current HDD with windows, but switching to running Windows from my SSD?

Edit: I should also mention most of these hard drives have been used and worked completely fine on my previous PC up until removing them today.
Edited by matthewh133 - 8/31/12 at 6:18am
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Which mobo?
Make sure the drives are on the same controller, not 1 on Intel, the other on ASmedia, Marvell, Jmicron, etc.

Just disconnect the drive that has an os and go about the install, connect it later.
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It's a ASRock Z77 Extreme4.

Excuse the ignorance, not completely down with the lingo yet.. what do you mean by make sure they're on the same controller?

Also is it useful to mention I haven't even entered into the new computer yet (no windows or anything installed yet). I can't remember if I have to manually enable the other hard drives or if they should all show up in the BIOS from the get-go.
Edited by matthewh133 - 8/31/12 at 6:05am
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