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Changed Graphics Card and no IDE drives detected

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February 25, 2014 3:47:06 PM

I just changed PCI-E graphics card for a newer one and when I rebooted, neither of my IDE drives are recognized. I put the old card back and they still don't show up.

My primary HDD is on SATA 1 where the OS is installed. This is detected fine.
On the IDE channels I have a DVD-RW (Master) and secondary HDD (Slave). The DVD-RW has power, not sure about the HDD.

I have an ASUS motherboard, and the BIOS does not detect any IDE devices.

Any idea what happened here? I've tried pulling the CMOS battery and quadruple checked the IDE cables. I find it hard to believe they just happened to go bad after the upgrade.
February 25, 2014 6:02:12 PM

What is the model of your Asus Motherboard?
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February 25, 2014 6:18:39 PM

It's P5KPL-CM
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February 25, 2014 6:53:05 PM

jjardel said:
It's P5KPL-CM


I believe there is a setting in BIOS called ATA/IDE Configuration which has three options, disabled, compatible and enhanced. Do you have this and if so which option is selected?
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February 25, 2014 7:00:51 PM

Yes, I have it. It's currently set to "Enhanced", but I tried all combinations. Also just tested another IDE cable for fun.
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February 25, 2014 7:16:18 PM

jjardel said:
Yes, I have it. It's currently set to "Enhanced", but I tried all combinations. Also just tested another IDE cable for fun.


This is a really odd issue. I'm really racking my brain trying to figure this out. Obviously you checked all the connections? Because for it to be working and then just stop is really random.
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February 25, 2014 7:32:06 PM

How about in BIOS in "SATA Operation Mode" try IDE instead of AHCI..or Vice Versa. Let me know
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February 25, 2014 7:32:36 PM

TeamUSA said:
jjardel said:
Yes, I have it. It's currently set to "Enhanced", but I tried all combinations. Also just tested another IDE cable for fun.


This is a really odd issue. I'm really racking my brain trying to figure this out. Obviously you checked all the connections? Because for it to be working and then just stop is really random.



Yep, I've checked all the connections/jumpers. I'm wondering if I broke something on the motherboard when I made the swap. Is there any other connection I could have knocked out? If I don't figure this out soon, I'm probably going to order one of those IDE to SATA converters and plug the drives in to the SATA ports.
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February 25, 2014 7:47:08 PM

Ok, this is really taking me down a wormhole now. I rebooted to check the BIOS again and it found the slave HDD. Rebooted once more and it's gone again (and never came back). I didn't touch or change anything in between. Does this sound like a bad connection somewhere (maybe internal on the motherboard?)

Also, I don't have that "SATA Operation Mode" option in my BIOS
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February 25, 2014 8:40:00 PM

jjardel said:
Ok, this is really taking me down a wormhole now. I rebooted to check the BIOS again and it found the slave HDD. Rebooted once more and it's gone again (and never came back). I didn't touch or change anything in between. Does this sound like a bad connection somewhere (maybe internal on the motherboard?)

Also, I don't have that "SATA Operation Mode" option in my BIOS


Honestly it sounds like either A) small news..Loose connection, or B) Hardware failing. I have had components before that started acting loopy and then eventually just completely quite on me. Most new Mother boards don't even have IDE connections anymore. I would thoroughly check every connection, then double check. If everything checks out then I would run some testing to check for any possible hardware issues.
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February 25, 2014 8:50:18 PM

Try unplugging one IDE Device at a time in case by some weird chance 1 failed
Those Molex plugs can easily slip a pin (OOOO)
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