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November 18, 2011 2:18:42 PM

I recently built a new computer. There were no problems putting it together but when I tried to install Windows my drive kept disappearing. I only had one drive plugged in at the time (Western Digital 150GB) because I heard about people having trouble installing Windows with multiple SATA drives.
Eventually, I got the system to recognize the drive long enough to install Windows and l was up and running for a while. However, over the past few days I have had countless crashes all resulting in Blue Screens, different ones at that.
I reckon the problem is that the C: drive keeps disappearing and Windows can't find it so it throws out a BsoD relevant to it at the time.
The weirdest part is sometimes when I go into the Bios any number of my drives will not be detected but after a Simple reboot they'll be there again. The only drive that is always there is my DVD drive. The only problem with that is I can't seem to boot from my DVD drive at all, not even to boot from my Windows disc.
The problems have been getting worse. lt is a war to get into Windows now and if do manage to get in, its only a matter of time before it crashes again. I have discovered l cannot run Avira, my sound will suddenly disappear and copying /moving /downloading will cause it to Blue Screen without fail.
I have since reseated all components of my computer, I have turned off drives going into hibernation, I have changed all the Sata cables and can verify the integrity of all my drives. Everything, especially when it crashes, seems entirely random to me. I am at a loss as to what to do. I have tried everything I can think of and I am running out of ideas.
Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you in advance.

My specs:
MB: Asus P8P67Pro
CPU: i7 2600k
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaw (2x4GB)
PSU: PC and Power Cooling 750W
Cooler: Artic Cooler Freezer 13
Sound: HDA XPlosion
Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 6870

DVD: Pioneer DVD-RW/DVD-R 212D
HDD: Western Digital Raptor (150GB)
HDD: Hitachi Deskstar (400GB)
HDD: Hitachi Deskstar (750GB)
HDD: Hitachi Deskstar (1TB)
HDD: Hitachi Deskstar (1TB)

STOP: 0xF4 (most frequent)
STOP: 0x7E
STOP: 0x7A
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November 18, 2011 2:43:21 PM

something is borked with either your HDD, your SATA port, or your SATA controller.
Try moving the drive to a different port (if it works then it's a bad port), if that doesn't work, try connecting the drive to a different PC (if it works it's your SATA controller/mobo that's bad), and if it still doesn't work then its the HDD that is borked.
November 18, 2011 2:57:56 PM

sounds like your motherboard is DOA... i doubt all your HD's and your CD drive are bad.... RMA your motherboard.
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November 18, 2011 3:12:14 PM

Thanks, I'll do that. Thank you for the quick responses.
November 18, 2011 3:18:34 PM

is that power supply able to handle 5 HDD's...? just a thought... can you run fine with only 1 HD for OS..? or does it still crash... if it still fails, RMA the mobo.
November 18, 2011 3:22:34 PM

It's a 750W PSU. HDD's don't pull that much power that it would be an issue
November 18, 2011 3:22:44 PM

Yeah, the PSU and drives are the only things that didn't change from the previous build. Same power supply and same drives worked perfectly on my old computer before I got the new pieces.
November 18, 2011 3:24:17 PM

It's most likely that the Southbridge is crapping out. MoBo needs to get replaced.