Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 32MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM (came in a clear packaging with a small manual. Nothing else)
AMD Phenom X3 720 (4th core successfully unlocked by Asus core unlocker)
I have put everything together but i cannot get the HDD detected. I have RMA'd two drives already and i still can't get the drive to work. Here is a weird thing though, I bought a 250gb seagate 7200.12 drive to test and that was detected just fine. I would really be surprised if all 3 samsung drives were defective. Another odd thing is the noise coming from the drive. When i have the drive connected to my powersupply it spins up just fine but it makes a little bit of noise. However, if the SATA cable is connected it spins up and then gets stuck repeatedly and clicks multiple times and then shuts down.
I have no idea what to do now and am planning on RMAing the drive a 3rd time. Here are the things i've already tried doing.
- Try various SATA inputs (my board only has 6gb/s inputs) and power cables.
- played with the SATA configurations in the BIOS and played around with the boot order.
- tried to mimic the setting just as the auto-detect did for the Seagate drive
- Tried finding the drive in windows 7 setup
Sadly i don't have another system to test the drive on and i'm running fresh out of ideas.
Well, my bet is that none of the drives where defective, so points to whomever you bought them from for RMA support.
Try updating the BIOS and then look for a setting for SATA that can be set specifically to 3GB/sec. If that setting doesn't already exist.
I'm not sure the issue is my board. The manual says it is backwards compatible with 3gb/s drives and i have another SATA II drive that works and is detected perfectly fine. Also, why would a SATA connection cause a failure to spin up?