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SATA Drives Disappear

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#1 odatkid



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Posted 06 November 2012 - 17:17

Hi All,
I have 3 drives installed on my PC (1) solid state drive for the O.S. Win 7 Pro dual booting with a VHD Win 8 Pro (which I really like). The other two SATA drives are for storage (1) 500 gig partitioned in two and (1) 320 gig not partitioned.
Here's my problem: Periodically the 2 SATA (NOT the SSD) drives will disappear and the only way to get them back is to shutdown my PC and disconnect them from the MOBO and then plug them back in. When I restart they reappear. This happens from time to time but without a trigger that I'm aware of.
I've tested both drives and they are healthy and I'm at a loss why this happens.

Any ideas?

Any and all help is appreciated.


#2 f0rk_b0mb


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Posted 06 November 2012 - 17:23

1. Update Bios?
2. Update Mobo drivers?
3. Use it to see if it works. If it does,
4. Profit

Edit: Also try different SATA cables and ports

#3 Hum


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Posted 06 November 2012 - 17:29

I would also check the SATA hard drive cables for tightness, maybe replace them.

#4 +Byté



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Posted 10 November 2012 - 13:20

I had this with my RAID1 Array, turned out to be poxy sata cables :(

#5 The King of GnG

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 16:39

Maybe it's a PSU-related issue?