I built my computer three days ago with an m3a770de ASRock motherboard.
I setup Windows, installed all of the drivers on the disc, and my External HD was being detected with no questions asked, with my HD's setup in IDE mode.
Today it stopped being detected.... There were lots of windows updates... dont know if they had anything to do with it. I tried reinstalling the drivers on the disc. Nothing worked. Scanning in the device manager, unplugging it, etc. Worked through USB though.
Windows wouldn't boot unless I unplugged my external HD. Upon booting Windows, a bunch of drivers were installed automatically. I plugged it back in and my external hard drive was showing up! And it was hot swappable in eSATA! "Awesome! It worked!"
I restarted my computer, and it still wouldnt boot with it plugged in! So I unplugged it. When I plugged it back in after Windows started, this time it did not show up.
And now I cannot get my external to show up in either AHCI or IDE mode. I'm pissed. It's currently plugged in USB and working that way.
I tried installing my chipset drivers for AHCI, and that didn't affect anything. I'm stuck.
eSATA worked fine, with no hitches, on Windows XP.
Depending on the motherboard/chipset, hot-plug doesn't always seem to work. In these cases, you can sometimes go into device manager and have it "scan for new hardware, and it will detect the drive. It's a pain in the butt, but it beats a reboot.
yeah, I figured that would be the case... but either way, its not showing up in the bios, so I'm stuck. I really dont know what to do... especially considering it was working at one point both with my storage config set to IDE and AHCI in the bios. I'm starting to think maybe its the cord?
But the only reason I doubt that is because when in AHCI mode, Windows won't boot or shut down with the drive plugged in, despite not being displayed in the BIOS.
Yeah, I've tried the optimized defaults... I'm thinking its the cord. I don't have another computer with eSATA.... although when I go home for christmas, my brother does. So I guess I'll try connecting it then, to see if its the cord or not.