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February 17, 2014 10:55:29 PM

I run my OS on my 40Gb SSD. I install games and store any other large files on my 1Tb HDD

I reformatted my SSD and my HDD and reinstalled Windows 7 to my SSD. I also couldn't see my HDD on the list for the Win7 installation. I can still see both in the Bios, how ever it's still really slow at booting up, even getting into the bios is really slow. What used to take less than 2 seconds now takes a good 20-30.

I can't see my HDD under the my computer folder. I did have it there once and was able to install and run program on it, but I can't seem to keep it there or install anything else to my HDD

From what I've read the problem is most likely the Motherboard
-I've switched/checked SATA connections
-Checked BIOs, Quick boot is Enabled
-I am able to see both my SSD and HDD in Bios SATA connections list
-my boot priority goes SSD, CDROM, removeable disk.
-my SSD is the primary storage disk, HDD is second.

Not sure what else to check any help would be apreciated. Also apologize if this is a repost, I could never find my original question.
a c 299 V Motherboard
February 17, 2014 11:03:31 PM

did you want to format it?

Go to start, search "format"

Open the application called "create and format.....desktop HDD Partitions" <something like that. Open that and you should see your drive, Even if it didn't show up in computer. Then right click on the drive available space and select format, then check computer and see if it has now appeared.
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February 17, 2014 11:58:26 PM

No, I all ready did that when I reinstalled Windows to my SSD. I formatted both my SSD and HDD to wipe them clean.
Example Picture: http://0.tqn.com/d/pcsupport/1/0/y/9/-/-/format-c-from-...
I could see my HDD in this example picture but then I hit refresh and it disappeared, and when I rebooted to try and get it back on that window it never showed up again. Even without ever hitting the refresh.

Checked my bios version for my ASUS cg1330 and it's Ver: 04.03 and the date is 6/21/10. So needless to say that needs to be updated.
But before I mess with the bios can anyone tell me if that could fix my slow boot, disappearing HDD problem?
My CPU also sounds like it's working overtime even with the bare minimum of programs running. Like I said I wiped it completely clean so I don't have anything except windows installed.
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a c 299 V Motherboard
February 18, 2014 2:00:42 AM

is your SSD Full? You have 40GB of space and that isn't a lot, that will explain your slow boot.
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February 18, 2014 2:17:06 AM

No, I still have 8 Gb of space left. Before the problems occurred it only took about 15 seconds to get to the desktop window. I've had it working fine like this for over a year until just a few days ago when it kept getting stuck at the windows animated logo screen.

-went ahead and updated BIOs still takes between 1-2 minutes to boot. And the HDD showed up under the Computers folder, though not sure if it'll stay for long. gonna try and instal something on it.
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a c 299 V Motherboard
February 18, 2014 2:19:53 AM

8GB Of space left is more then 3/4 full, your SSD will be much slower.
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February 18, 2014 2:48:10 AM

It had about 1 gig of memory left when it booted like normal before all the problems hit. The SSD is as fast as ever when I get to my OS, it's only in the boot process where the slowness is the most discerning.

I've done everything exactly the same as when I did it the first time. I don't know what happened that's different this time, but I doubt not enough memory is the problem. It shouldn't go from a 15 second boot to a 2 minute boot over night. Before the problem occurred I:
-turned on pc, it booted like normal.
-checked email
-played a game
-watched movie on Put Locker
-there were windows updates
-shut down pc
-about 5 hours later, PC is turned back on, can't get to desktop window, is stuck on windows logo.

I'm reading other peoples posts on this site and others, who are having similar problems like mine. So far everything points to the motherboard.
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a c 299 V Motherboard
February 18, 2014 2:56:50 AM

well, what motherboard is it, I don't want you to run into a conclusion that might not be right.
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February 18, 2014 3:30:43 AM

This is all the info from CPU-Z:
Motherboard: ASUS CG1330 Rev X.0x
chipset: AMD 780G
Southbridge: AMD SB700
LPCIO: ITE IT8712
Here's the other specs as well:
-Storage: 40Gb SSD, 1 Tb HDD
-CPU: AMD Phenom II 1045T x6 2.7Ghz
-RAM: 8Gb DDR3
-GPU: ATI 6770 Radeon HD gpu
-POWER: 750 watt PSU
Pretty much the Asus Essentio CG1330 pc with an upgraded PSU and GPU.
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February 18, 2014 4:04:56 AM

I was able to instal and play my Doom 3 game to my HDD, and so far it's staying put. It runs like normal and comes up quick when I look into it. However it still takes over a minute to boot, from the time ASUS logo appears to when the screen changes it fast like normal. Last thing I did was click 'Mark Partition as Active' under Disk Management. Which seems to have done the trick so far.
It still hangs on the windows logo and still takes over a minute to boot, though.
I'm gonna try some more stuff tomorrow, and bigger installations.
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a c 299 V Motherboard
February 19, 2014 1:16:18 AM

well, if you could update on the outcome, that would be great.
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March 2, 2014 9:04:32 AM

I figured it out, I removed my HDD thinking it is what was causing all the problems. And it was. I disconnected it and it booted up so fast the windows logo didn't show up, except for 8 or so blue underscore lines where the one white underscore usually is. The partition on it was gone, and the HDD it self was corrupted, which I found trying to get the partition back by using Linux. I replaced the HDD with a new one with the same specs made by western digital. And it works perfectly now. Boot takes about 15-20 seconds from the moment I turn it on to when the Dashboard shows up.
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