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SATA 6 port won't see SATA 3 HDD

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a b V Motherboard
August 11, 2011 2:34:45 AM

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.

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a c 716 V Motherboard
August 11, 2011 5:00:59 AM

IF your old drives were running AHCI then make certain the Start = 0 chances are they're IDE in the BIOS or loading the wrong drivers in Windows - Start = 3.

BIOS IDE ; Windows Start = 3
BIOS AHCI ; Windows Start = 0

See -> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976 note the Registry and Start values.
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a b V Motherboard
August 11, 2011 3:26:13 PM

hey jaquith and thanks for the quick reply!

I actually found the issue and found more problems.

It's not the mobo, I hooked up an old seagate HDD that worked fine. The issue is the samsung F3 HDD and their firmware. They have issues with certain AMD SB 850/950 and intel P67 mobos.

link to thread
http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives-storage/999861-f3-...

new problem

the instructions for the firmware flash suck
http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/faqView.do?b...

it's not an exe. file and I have no clue how to flash a HDD. any help would be appreciated

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a c 716 V Motherboard
August 11, 2011 6:38:27 PM

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.
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a b V Motherboard
August 12, 2011 1:23:15 AM

yea I ended up using a WD Blue 500 GB HDD I had in my work PC and copied over the files. one small step back so I'll be able to support bulldozer, USB 3, and SATA 6GBs in the future...
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a b V Motherboard
August 12, 2011 1:23:51 AM

Best answer selected by dirtyferret.
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