Very strange hard drive problems in windows 7. Not bad disk(s).

I'm hardly sure where to begin but i will try.
I recently got my hands on a few sata HDD's (( hurray for poor 400gb limit me!))
When installing them.. i of course tested them in Hirens and cleaned them up before loading them into my windows. But every single drive has the same problem. ((or rather, windows does))

Windows wont recognize them on every boot, if at all. The boots it does recognize them in, when i try to access the drives it simply takes forever, then locks up, leaving the drive spinning. The times it dont i looked in disk manager... sometimes the drive is there, sometimes not. Same with Device Manager.

Things i have noted:
The unchanged drives that have been in the system remain fully functional.
The drives all recognize in Bios flawlessly.
The drives all recognize in Linux flawlessly.
The drives all recognize in Hirens flawlessly (mini xp, mini linux, and mini 7).
They are often missing from windows disk manager and device manager.
The Disk manager can get hung up on the virtual disk service. (the process and dependency's are running when this happens)

Furthermore

This problem is presistant in both of my windows installations. i have one windows 7 that i use regularly (32) and one i keep as a back up that is loaded only with drivers. (64) Both of these are on the same drive, and are on sata channel 0.

All attempts at anything i have done...yields a locked up system, sometimes followed by a failed boot... or no yield at all.

In my ten+ years working on pc's ive never seen one do this..

Spec:
xfx 680i lt sli
Pentium D 3.0ghz (stock cooler, im poor. lol)
9800gtx+
4gb ram
600w PSU
2 dvd drives
2 WORKING hdd
2 120mm fans, 3 led each..gotta have mah perdy blue that i never look at.
1 HDD fan for drive 0 (set on low)
4 usb in use
1 audio plug in use.
Dual monitor (only 1 in use during these problems as per my settings)


PSU findings in bios, all consistant:
3.3v = 2.80
3.3v dual = 2.80
+12v = 11.88
+5 = 5.06
+vbat = 3.02


I will post further should anything new come up, aswell as the solution should i find it. If you have any idea's let me know.


Thank you very much for taking the time to read my crap, hehe
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  1. One of the new drives has a bad controller. It failing at post or taking longer then it should. Try one drive at a time and use hdtune to read the drive smart info. Look for any errors in spin up delay. Also with old drives check to see if there any firmware updates for them.
  2. smorizio said:
    One of the new drives has a bad controller. It failing at post or taking longer then it should. Try one drive at a time and use hdtune to read the drive smart info. Look for any errors in spin up delay. Also with old drives check to see if there any firmware updates for them.


    i forgot to note i tried them one at a time. sorry
  3. That 3.3V line is way low. Can you test it with a multimeter to check your mobo is reading it correctly?

    If it works in linux then it's windows' drivers. You might need to change the SATA controller drivers.
  4. I don't have one sadly.
    Wish i did!! ..but one day an old man told mee to wish in one hand and .... in the other, and see what one fills up faster.. Before you knew it, i was being pelted do death with golden coins.. it was glori- er...
    Alright.. im on the psu issue, il let you know in about 30 how that works out for that voltage
  5. Sorry, forgot to post back. That psu was old so i went ahead and replaced it. sadly it cant run any other sata drives then my working ones. Ordering some molex to sata connectors. Will post back soon.
  6. What bios version is your motherbd on?
  7. Run G-Parted and run Disk health and perform some tests and check the logs.

    One good way to confirm it's state of health.

    Also, Windows hates ext/2/3/4 etc fie systems. Doesn't recognize them.
  8. Well i finally figured it out. oddly enough i had to simpyl skip my 3rd sata port, and they all worked fine...
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