New build problem: Reboot and Select proper Boot device

Hi whenever I turn on my new build I am greeted by the message -

"Reboot and Select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key"

The only way i have found to prevent this is unplugging all 3 of my SATA connections, to the following:
a 120GB Corsair Force 3 SSD
a 1TB Caviar Green HDD
a LiteOn iHAS224 optical drive

which then allows me into the Asus BIOS. I am using an Asus P8Z68-V PRO motherboard with Intel i7 2600k and G-Skill Ripjaws RAM

Any suggestions as to what's going on?
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  1. Hello saudade;

    Did you install all 3 of those into your original build at the same time?
    Did you set the SATA controller to AHCI mode in the the system BIOS?
  2. Hi the SATA mode is definitely set to AHCI. I initially powered up with all 3 devices plugged in but have since tried each one in each of the MBs 8 sata connectors with no joy. One time the message didnt show and I got to the BIOS with only the Western Digital HDD plugged in but I have tried since and it will not happen again even plugged into the same connector.
  3. In which SATA ports of the MB do you have each device attached?
  4. Were you able to get either the SSD or HDD formatted?
  5. At first I had HDD & SSD attached to intel 6.0 GB/s connectors and DVD drive attached to intel 3.0 GB/s connector. I have since tried each device in each type of SATA connector - the intel 6.0 and 3.0 as well as the 2 Marvell 6.0 GB/s connectors

    not been able to format SSD/HDD yet
  6. Best answer
    In that case try just the SSD on 6GB/s port 0 and DVD drive on 3GB/s port 0.
    Boot with the OS disk in the DVD and start a format/install on the SSD.
    If you get a successful OS install, add the HDD on 3GB/s port 1 and format.
  7. great thanks I'll try that now
  8. Hey looks like that's working, windows is installing now. Many thanks for your help!
  9. Good news; glad it was that easy to get past the problem.
  10. Best answer selected by saudade.
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