Would like to resolve my problem with the FX6801-01 removable drives! The system seems to be working nicely, no other problems that I'm aware of (yet)...I installed two different HDDs in the removable bays; they are recognized, and appear to be working properly...HOWEVER, after a short(?) period of time, one or both of them disappear! Only a reboot will restore them.
I have the original Hitachi HDT721010SLA360, WDC WD3000HLFS and WDC WD20EADS-00R6B0. I was able to view/use the extra drives in the removable bays. I decided to move the WD 300GB drive to the C: position, replacing the Hitachi drive, put the Hitachi and the other WD (2TB) in the removable bays. Installed the provided update to Win7 (64) to the WD 300GB...everything worked fine. Then, one of the removable drives would 'disappear'...not to be seen again until a reboot. At one point, BOTH of the removeable drives disappeard! What's happening??
OK, thanks for the reply.....I changed the settings, as you recommended, going to the Intel site to get the MSM, and will post problems or lack of. I suspected perhaps the sleep function, but hadn't confirmed it yet...
So far, so good! Applied all of your recommendations, including downloading and installing the Matrix Storage Console from Intel.....I've been playing with the system for hours now, doing everything I can imagine I've done in the past, and have not seen a hard drive 'disappear'.
I'll wait until later this evening, and then I'm going to reapply the modified setting, and reactivate the sleep mode. If all is OK, then the Matrix Manager took care of it. If not, then I'll restore the settings you recommended, just eliminate the sleep mode, and see.
I still have questions about the hardware, but I'll wait until I see what happens next.
Personally I don't like my drives going into sleep mode, especially when I need them and have to wait for them to wake up. So I keep this function disabled.
I understand...it didn't work well with the old processors/systems, especially XP...but now in Win 7, I truly have 'instant on', and it's great. I like putting the machine into a 'low power' state, like sleep. I have run my systems 24/7, without sleep, before this (for the past20 years!), but the sleep mode just augments the system, and works great.