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SATA hard disk not recognized in BIOS

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by v0id, Jul 4, 2009.

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  1. v0id

    v0id Thread Starter

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    I have a brand new Foxconn A7GM-S 2.0 motherboad which seems to be unable to recognize my two SATA hard disks. I have ensured that the power connectors and SATA cables are snug, and have tried each pair of the six SATA slots on the motherboard. I also don't hear either hard disk powering up upon boot.

    This board is a replacement for my older motherboard, which died rather suddenly. Both hard disks were connected to the old motherboard at the time of its failure, which leads me to wonder if the disks are damaged beyond repair. Do motherboard failures generally affect connected hard disks? Or is my new motherboard defective?

    Specs:
    CPU = AMD Athlon 64 X2 5050e
    Motherboard = Foxconn A7GM-S 2.0 (BIOS version 8.00.14)
    RAM = 2 x 2 GB GSkill DDR2-6400
    HDD1 = Seagate Barracuda (160 GB)
    HDD2 = Western Digital Caviar (80 GB)
     
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  3. FatPipe

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    Well it depends. Could you give more details on the original "failure"? That will point which direction to go next...
     
  4. frankjohn

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    Go to discmanagment and see if they show
     
  5. v0id

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    The older system was running fine with no indications of imminent failure when it suddenly shut down and attempted to reboot. After three failed attempts (within a second), the whole thing just died and refused to boot at all. I could hear a faint hiss and there was very noticeable odour of burning plastic. I took all this to imply that the motherboard had gone belly up after five years of flawless operation. It certainly wasn't the PSU, since I got a new one and the system wouldn't boot even then. I have since replaced the CPU, motherboard and RAM.

    @ frankjohn: Do you mean the Windows XP application "Disk Management"? XP cannot boot because the disks don't even show up in the BIOS. In any case, the previous installation is useless because the CPU and motherboard have been replaced.
     
  6. FatPipe

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    Um yea...that's bad. The failure was probably something that close enough to the drives to take them out as well....but...this might be a time to impose on a friend who has a sata interface on their motherboard and see if they can be recognized there....sorry...I hate to see that happen to anyone.
     
  7. frankjohn

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    Sorry i was thinking you had a os installed. Try 1 drive ,dis connect one of the 2. In bios set the bios for default or best know config.Did the drives come with ant disc?
     
  8. frankjohn

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    You might go to western d and download the data lifeguard tool
     
  9. v0id

    v0id Thread Starter

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    Yeah, I thought I might have to find somebody willing to test a couple of HDDs.

    I have tried connected each individually and restoring BIOS defaults to no avail. The drives didn't come with any discs.


    Thanks for the responses folks. I'll try to find somebody willing to test these HDDs.
     
  10. frankjohn

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    If the the pc you are using right now ,remove 1 drive from the pc and install it in the working pc.See if it is recognised?
     
  11. v0id

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    I wish I had another PC. I've been posting via an Ubuntu LiveCD environment.
     
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