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Well I was just doing some overclocking on my rig (sig for specs the) and I was changing RAM timings. I saved my settings and exited the BIOS and I couldnt get a picture on my monitor. So I opened up my computer and resetted CMOS. When I booted up my comp I got an error saying "Boot disk failure...blahblahblah." So I tried to restart my comp and I checked the POST and inside the bios and it doesnt show anything on SATA. I checked to make all wires were plugged in, and then tried different power cables/sata connectors, but nothing works. I think I can hear the hard drive spinning (or could just be my dumb broken dvd drive), but yeah I'm not sure whats wrong..Any help would be much appreciated.

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Well this is because SATA drives are horribly sensitive to overclocks You need to reset you Cmos after you relocate your Drive to a locked SATA port so it will be more stable in an overclock.As when you overclock the SATA frequencies can change messing up the HDD.
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Originally Posted by ENTERPRISE1701
Well this is because SATA drives are horribly sensitive to overclocks You need to reset you Cmos after you relocate your Drive to a locked SATA port so it will be more stable in an overclock.As when you overclock the SATA frequencies can change messing up the HDD.
Well I did reset my cmos but it still doesnt show up with no overclock at all. I'll keep trying though.
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Well I did reset my cmos but it still doesnt show up with no overclock at all. I'll keep trying though.
Well you need to experiment and change the SATA drive to a different SATA port mate with no oc then oc and see if it buggers it up again..You will have atleast 1-2 locked ports on that board which will be more stable but remember any very large OC will still and could mess with a SATA drive. Also you may want to remember you may have corrupted windows, Also make sure that all cables are properly attached and make sure you only use one power function on th SATA drive i reccomend the SATA power connector and not the Molex..just easier.
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I'm using the SATA power cable from my PSU and not the molex one.

I was half way done trying different ports but sometimes I'm not getting any picture on my monitor. It just started doing that after the hard drive stopped responding. You think I could have damaged my mobo or something? Hrm..I'll keep trying things, thanks ENTERPRISE1701.
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my board has ports 3 and 4 locked, so i make sure i use them when overclocking, if you overclocked in an unlocked port you mave have corrupted you windows installation and may need to install again.
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my board has ports 3 and 4 locked, so i make sure i use them when overclocking, if you overclocked in an unlocked port you mave have corrupted you windows installation and may need to install again.
Well I'm pretty sure the WD is still a live and corruption is probably the most likely explaination now that you mention it. My hard drive light still blinks and when I turned on RAID and booted up my computer, when the raid option comes up to configure your drives it shows the hard drive...just not in post and BIOS. I'll see if I can install windows again.

Enterprise mentioned the locked SATA ports, and you did as well. How do I know which ones those are?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136166

Thats my mobo..I'm not very experienced with SATA so if you guys could please help me find or tell me how to find out which ones are locked. Thanks.
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Ok, I tried popping in the Win XP cd and it said it couldnt find a hard drive installed on my computer. I tried the WD Lifeguard tool cd and that also could not find any installed hard drives.
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well i've been looking into it for you, and i have found that nforce3 such as my board have 2 locked and 2 unlocked ports, but nforce4 have all 4 locked. I am not sure if this is correct and i will look into it further for you.

*UPDATE* "Corruption with DFI boards is usually caused by unstable memory and memtest86 is not a real good indicator of memory stability. Check by running prime 95 and other torture tests." i found this on a DFI website.
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I'm not sure what else to do...maybe my hard drive died on me. That would suck so much, I spent $160 on this hard drive. I wont have any money to spend on a new hard drive for a couple weeks .
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