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February 15, 2014 9:49:36 AM

Hi all,

I recently got my ASUS P8Z68-V/Gen 3 back from ASUS RMA. The issue I sent it in for has been resolved but something new has started. Every time I try to start up with more than on hard drive attached, Windows wont load. It gets stuck at the starting windows screen and wont move beyond that. I have a total of 3 drives. 2 x 1.5tb and 1 x 1tb. The 1tb drive has windows while the other two are empty. Before I sent the board in, I didn't have any problems with all three plugged in. Now, it only works with the 1 tb drive plugged in and as soon as I try to plug in the other two, it refuses to load. Any help you fine folks could provide would be much appreciated.


UPDATE: I have been playing around and I have discovered that it seems to be one specific hard drive that is causing the problem. I have the other two plugged in right now and everything is running fine.

Problem now is I have no idea why this is happening as it was working perfectly fine before.

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February 15, 2014 11:56:45 AM

What version of windows is it?
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February 15, 2014 12:03:03 PM

PsychoGamingLemon said:
What version of windows is it?

I cant believe i forgot to post that....its windows 7
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February 15, 2014 12:19:46 PM

ok, i've heard about a few weird glitches on Windows doing that.
However there on 8 and need all the hard drives plugged in.
I'll look into it for you.
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February 15, 2014 12:45:46 PM

Thank you!
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February 15, 2014 12:51:36 PM

So Windows works fine with 1 HDD?
Also, is there anyway you can try and boot with the Windows HDD and one with other files on it?
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February 15, 2014 3:54:15 PM

PsychoGamingLemon said:
So Windows works fine with 1 HDD?
Also, is there anyway you can try and boot with the Windows HDD and one with other files on it?


Yup.

I don't really have any other hard drives with files on them, I reformatted everything I had for this build.
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February 15, 2014 4:31:44 PM

PsychoGamingLemon said:
So Windows works fine with 1 HDD?
Also, is there anyway you can try and boot with the Windows HDD and one with other files on it?


I have been playing around and I have discovered that it seems to be one specific hard drive that is causing the problem. I have the other two plugged in right now and everything is running fine.

Problem now is I have no idea why this is happening as it was working perfectly fine before.
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February 18, 2014 3:54:08 AM

Ok, that helps... has the HDD been refurbished? ESD may also have caused something.
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February 18, 2014 1:14:34 PM

PsychoGamingLemon said:
Ok, that helps... has the HDD been refurbished? ESD may also have caused something.


Nope, I bought it new and before I sent the board off for RMA I had all three plugged in and working just fine. This is so frustrating. I know I don't NEED that much storage but having it now work just bugs the heck out of me.
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February 18, 2014 1:19:16 PM

I'm the same, if i have something and it doesn't work i hate it.
What CPU and Chipset do you have?
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February 18, 2014 1:22:50 PM

PsychoGamingLemon said:
I'm the same, if i have something and it doesn't work i hate it.
What CPU and Chipset do you have?


CPU is an Intel Core i5-2500K LGA 1155
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February 18, 2014 1:30:32 PM

Ok, i'll look into it again...
I have no clue what's happening at the moment
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February 18, 2014 1:33:44 PM

PsychoGamingLemon said:
Ok, i'll look into it again...
I have no clue what's happening at the moment


Thanks!
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February 18, 2014 1:37:07 PM

Is there any other Sata ports you can try?
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February 18, 2014 1:38:05 PM

PsychoGamingLemon said:
Is there any other Sata ports you can try?



Yes, I have tried them all. I have even tried plugging just that drive in and still nothing.
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February 18, 2014 1:41:09 PM

Ok, sounds like the chipset
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February 18, 2014 2:02:12 PM

PsychoGamingLemon said:
Ok, sounds like the chipset


So I'm SOL?
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February 18, 2014 2:04:20 PM

Possibly, i'll look into similar cases for you
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February 18, 2014 2:08:32 PM

PsychoGamingLemon said:
Possibly, i'll look into similar cases for you


Dang. Thank you again for you help, regardless of the outcome.

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February 19, 2014 5:45:19 AM

Do you know if you have any other Sata controllers. Like Marvel or something? on this mobo?
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February 19, 2014 4:55:41 PM

PsychoGamingLemon said:
Do you know if you have any other Sata controllers. Like Marvel or something? on this mobo?



I don't think so.
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