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December 21, 2011 2:14:17 PM

Heya,

I've just built my first ever computer from the ground up. Getting the parts together went fine, as did the initial launch and loading of windows 7 32 ultimate. No odd beeps at first etc

However, when I start the pc up, it goes very quickly to a screen that says the following from what I could make out before it changes:

No hard disk found, running in AHCI mode.

It then proceeds to go back to the initial boot screen (where you can enter BIOS) and from then on it boots normally.

My mother board is the Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 and the disk that I installed is the WD 1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6Gb/s Caviar Black 7200RPM 64MB Cache.

The OS recognizes the fact that the disk is there as I've managed to load Windows 7 onto the machine. Under Local Disk C properties, both my cd rom and the WD drive come up as " This device is working properly. "

Also when I ran the windows rating, the HD came up with a score of 5.9, everything else was above 7, reckont hats normal? Do you think I have it int he wrong sata port?

Have I done something wrong? I'm pretty sure it shouldn't be saying that as it boots up...

What can I do, advice and help would be awesome, thank you.

PC specs for those interested are:

Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4 Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] ce8d71c5cf

and the

Asus P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3 Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] llFullInfo

The rest of the build looks like this:

Graphics Card: Asus NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 810MHz 1GB PCI-Express
http://www.dabs.com/products/asus- [...] 560%20asus

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz LGA1155 6MB
http://www.dabs.com/products/intel [...] -79Q8.html

Motherboard inc Chipset: Asus P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3 Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) Motherboard OR Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4 Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) Motherboard
http://www.novatech.co.uk/products [...] ogen3.html / http://www.novatech.co.uk/products [...] p-ud4.html


Case: Antec 300 Three Hundred Case
http://www.dabs.com/products/antec [...] 300&src=16

Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev 2 Socket Heatpipe CPU Cooler
http://www.dabs.com/products/arcti [...] -73WG.html

Memory: Corsair Memory Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 XMP
http://www.dabs.com/products/corsa [...] -79V4.html

PSU: Corsair Memory TX750 V2 750W EnthusiastSeries SLI Ready
http://www.dabs.com/products/corsa [...] 0000-50113

Hard Disk: WD 1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6Gb/s Caviar Black 7200RPM 64MB Cache
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/show [...] =HD-336-WD

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-S222AB 22x DVD±RW DL SATA Optical Drive Black
http://www.dabs.com/products/samsu [...] l?q=s222ab

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a c 386 G Storage
December 21, 2011 4:54:53 PM

I think that's typical, at least for gigabyte boards. Mine does the same. I think after not detecting any IDE drives it switches to the AHCI (mode) bios and detects any drives that are on controllers set for AHCI mode.
December 21, 2011 5:00:38 PM

As for the 5.9 hard drive score that is very common for 7200 rpm drives. You won't see much higher scores unless you put in an SSD as your boot drive. Even if the drive says it's SATA III 6Gbps speeds, a physically spinning disk drive is not even going to be able to fully saturate that speed. It can't even fully saturate a SATA II 3Gbps port either.

I wonder if your boot priority is going to another controller before the one the main drive is on. On the boot priority, does it show your Western Digital as the 1st boot option?
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December 21, 2011 5:03:21 PM

Hmm, what is AHCI mode =/

I made a mistake in my first post and included the Gigabyte MoBo, mine is the Asus one though. ( Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 )

I don't want to be damaging my MoBO or HD, should I be worried about that message? It's odd cause the system seems to be running fine. No crashes, beeps or anything else - thank goodness!

First builds can be scary lol very fun though at the same time!
December 21, 2011 5:04:28 PM

Yes, I set the WD as the first Boot drive in BIOS followed byt eh CD/DVD drive as 2nd.
December 21, 2011 5:05:44 PM

AHCI stands for "Advanced Host Controller Interface" which is the newest and best setting to have. So that is fine the way you have it. It just enables some more advanced settings on newer drives (Mainly SSD's) but it doesn't hurt to have it for a HDD.

I have an ASUS board but it's a P67 chipset and I don't get that message, so I'm wondering if it is the Z68 looking for a SSD to cache to or something. It is probably fine though.
a c 386 G Storage
December 21, 2011 5:09:47 PM

When you were setting up your bios, the drive controllers usually have a few different modes they can run in. Sometimes the wording is different, but it means the same.

You will usually see these modes: IDE/AHCI/RAID. You only see the RAID if your motherboard supports it. These also sometimes show up as compatible/enhanced (IDE/AHCI), but I think for the most part they should read IDE/AHCI.

AHCI allows some of the newer and more advanced features of hard drives like NCQ, hot-plug, and possibly a few others to be used.
December 21, 2011 6:34:36 PM

Thanks for the responses - I'll triple check the boot order I have setup in BIOS but I believe its correct. Least I won't be worrying about it messing up my new rig.

Still curious as to why it's saying it can't detect the HDD.
December 21, 2011 10:40:07 PM

Just had my first BSOD - no idea what caused it. Microsft updates were being downloaded at the time and I was browsing the web / listening to music.

Maybe related to the HD?
December 21, 2011 10:55:40 PM

I doubt it is HD related. Do you have any overclocks? Maybe to the CPU or to the RAM?

Have you made sure your RAM us running at XMP profile? That is in the EUFI or BIOS.
December 21, 2011 11:24:29 PM

I've not over clocked anything just yet. I plan to, but i thought for the first 1/2 weeks I'd just run it "as is" from the box.

I literally put the components together, installed the OS and about 10 min ago installed Service pack 1 for windows 7.

Temps seem fine, on average 23/27 degrees celcius for the CPU /MoBo. There are more updates that are recommended so I guess I'll start working through those in the morning (it's 01:22 atm here).

My ISP is also acting up and I only have a 0.34 average d/l speed atm so waiting for that to be fixed to d/l the updates will be the best thing.

Hopefully the BSOD was a one off due to some weird conflict, and with SP1 now installed it shouldn't happen again.

I'm still getting the no HDD installed message at the boot up thought and the reboot that then works into windows which I still find odd.

!