just built a new PC using a gigabyte 970 AM3+ mobo. Used a crucial m4 64 GB SSD drive for the OS, loaded windows 7, drivers, etc., everything works fine. took my two samsung F3 500 GB HDD from my old PC, installed them into my new one and the don't appear in BIOS or in Windows 7. The HDD are formatted, filled with data and work just fine in my AM2+ mobo but the SATA 6 ports don't see them. The ports do see my DVD drive though. I left all the BIOS selection in their default mode but did check to make sure SATA 3 support was enabled (it was). Anyone have any experience with this issue or thoughts on how to solve it? The new mobo has no SATA 3 ports.
No, I know all too well about firmware. That's the next step once the BIOS and Registry are in alignment. Western Digital has SATA3 issues just like your Samsung and many others.
It seems that you need to make either a bootble MS-DOS CD/DVD or USB 2 Flash Drive and copy those excitable files onto it, or those executable files create an ISO for you to burn. Yep, pretty unclear to me as well. My assumption is to copy those files over.