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Motherboard stopped recognizing SATA drives, please help

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March 6, 2008 11:48:23 AM

I left my computer on as I always do. After I came back from work, it restarted after I touched it. On post screen, no SATA drives were found. So, the boot manager came with an error "Please install boot disk". The motherboard is Foxconn AMD Nforce 590 SLI. Two SATA drives WD 750GB HDD and Samsung SATA DVDRW. So far I tried everything in the BIOS. Unplugged the drives, tried different SATA ports, removed and installed memory and video card, cleared CMOS. There is power to DVDRW drive as I can open the it and put a bootable XP CD. Nothing helped. All six sata connections come up on the first screen after restart and they all say no drive. Please, help.

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March 6, 2008 12:14:58 PM

I am running Vista and it has been working for 6 months.
March 6, 2008 2:26:58 PM

Please, help.
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March 6, 2008 3:06:00 PM

Sounds like you zapped it or your [power supply zapped it one of the two. My power supply recently decided to eat my drives and mother board and my intel sata controller stopped working correctly out of no where and I am rma'ing it now. I have heard of people holding enough charge to zap their stuff when they touch it. I would think that the power supply is guilty though more then likely but, it sounds like either way you go you have a crippled mother board but, I would check the drives on another system if I were you and make sure that your piower supplu didn't just zap them and not the board as mine decided to have fun with both.
March 6, 2008 5:35:34 PM

Try this, see if you have a spare drive or one you can borrow in order to see if it's only the drives, if that doesn't work, I'd be rmaing that board and finding a different power supply. I've had that happen before, and no fun.
March 6, 2008 5:38:49 PM

I tried a different hard drive, but it didn't recognize it either. The sata power cable works because I can open DVDRW trey and put a CD in there.
March 6, 2008 7:26:15 PM

That doesn't matter it could have surged and fried your stuff. Hook one of your drives to another mother board and see if they still work , if not then I wouldn't keep connecting that cd rom to it if I was you. I would swap that Motherboard and have the power supply tested or swap it.
March 6, 2008 9:19:15 PM

The hard drive is not damaged. Nothing I have tried works.
March 6, 2008 9:57:58 PM

I guess all I can do now is RMA the board.
March 7, 2008 1:12:02 AM

Sorry I am rma'ing my ga-p35-dq6 but, first I am getting a ga-x38-dq6 to cover for the empty void in my life.
March 7, 2008 2:20:24 AM

do this, its happening 2 me atm aswell....Go into boot priority (F9) and select ur HDD that has Windows on it, (channel 2 or watever) and go from there
March 7, 2008 10:58:59 AM

dudeson, the BIOS doesn't recognize the drive, so I can't select it on boot priority screen or anywhere else
March 7, 2008 2:23:05 PM

Any other opinions?
March 7, 2008 6:10:12 PM

Nope RMA it is the best it has issues with the controller that is obvious at this point.
March 7, 2008 6:56:22 PM

Thank you guys.