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So we recently built a new computer, which has given us quite the headache when it comes to our HDD. So here's a quick rundown of the issue. Lately, my Seagate Barracuda 3tb has disappeared from Windows after being plugged into a Z97MX Gaming 5 motherboard. The SSD and the HDD are plugged into the Sata Express ports (2 and 4 respectively). The SSD shows with no problem, the HDD doesn't, even in Disk Management. It does show up in BIOS however. Just not Windows. Strangely if I plug the HDD to a USB Sata adapter, it does show up with no issue. Here's the links and schematics to my MB:

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4968#ov
http://hu.gigabyte.com/products/upload/products/3959/99de_5.png
http://download.gigabyte.us/FileList/Manual/mb_manual_ga-z97mx-gaming5_e.pdf

So the last few days I been trying literally every fix for issues similar to mine that I could find on Reddit, forums etc to no avail. Here's a short summary of what I tried.

1) New SATA cables. Even ran out and purchased brand new ones after trying 3 different sets I had laying at home. Different combinations of ports, all that fun stuff. No change
2) Change BIOS settings. I set the system to boot in legacy instead of UEFI, tried to change all the suggested power settings, changed to AHCI, tried to run IDE. No change.
3) Changed the PSU. I had a different 750w PSU incase there was some sort of power issue, but no change there either.
4) HDD health tests. Ran it through Seatools in DOS, longcheck passed on the disk.
5) Chipset install. All the latest drivers are installed. Intel Rapid Storage is installed. Shows the SATA port as empty.

So I pretty much exhausted most options which leads me to think either the motherboard is defect (which would be strange since its brand new and the SSD doesn't have an issue) or that I am missing some magical tweak. I suppose I could try to do a clean Windows install to see if that fixes anything but I rather not have to redo everything only to see the problem reoccur.
 

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Running the HDD from usb, I ran it through seatools and here is the log incase that helps:

SeaTools for Windows v1.4.0.4

4/20/2016 8:58:27 PM
Model Number: ST3000DM001-1CH166
Serial Number: W1F2230Q
Firmware Revision: CC44
SMART - Started 4/20/2016 8:58:27 PM
SMART - Pass 4/20/2016 8:58:38 PM
Short DST - Started 4/20/2016 8:59:04 PM
Short DST - FAIL 4/20/2016 8:59:53 PM
SeaTools Test Code: E86199E8
Fix All Fast - Started 4/21/2016 2:22:45 AM
Fix All Fast - FAIL 4/21/2016 11:59:30 AM
SeaTools Test Code: E86199C8
 

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Hi @zalos!

I'm sorry to say that, but a failed DST (Drive Self Test) is usually the result of bad sectors.

That's why IMO it will be best to look for a replacement drive, or contact the manufacturers support if the hard disk is still under warranty so you could arrange a RMA. If there is some important data you want to get from the HDD you can check for some data recovery company and hopefully they'll be able to help you get the information back. Here's a link with few if you want to take a look:

http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=BYaUt5

Hope this helps and best of luck!
 
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