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Windows 7: Hard Drives Disappear

11 Nov 2012   #11
odatkid

7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Hi Bill,
Thanks again for your response. I took away the "active" designation for my two storage drives, thanks to your instructions. As far as ACHI goes I believe I have it set up properly. Did the reg change and set the bios. I don't know if it's unique to this mobo but there are 5 SATA slots and the bios stipulates that if you set ACHI on the #1 port then ports 2 & 3 are also set to ACHI automatically. That leaves ports 4 & 5 open for non-ACHI and is where I have these drives connected.
Please note--the drives have worked perfectly now for the last 3 days or so.

I've attached the disk management pic.

Thanks again for your help........Tom




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11 Nov 2012   #12
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Oh dat kid - three days is promising. I'm glad things are more stable and thanks for updating the status. The fresh Disk Management looks fine.

Keep an eye on your system, post back any new occurrances. After you feel that this is satisfactorly resolved, please mark the thread as solved (just a little house keeping around here)

Yeah, I provided the AHCI tutorial as a reference in case you needed it.

Thanks,
Bill
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12 Nov 2012   #13
odatkid

7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Hi Bill,
Thanks again for all your help. This is a great forum. I'll be glad to mark this resolved for housekeeping purposes but I don't think we found out why this kept occurring. Incidentally everything has been fine for 5 days now and hopefully it will continue.

Thank you again.......Tom
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12 Nov 2012   #14
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Tom, sevenforums is the best resource I've found. There's lots out there, but this one cuts to the chase and solves problems very professionally. Thanks for marking the thread solved.

Keep an eye on your machine, you can "unsolve" the thread and post any new occurrances
- but let's hope you don't have to. Your experience and knowledge made this easy.

I think this covers the solution process - can you thik of anything else?
  • disconnect / reconnect sata cables
    new cables really didn't change the
  • configure AHCI in BIOS
    understanding teh posrts covered by AHCI is important
    confirm drive connections on mobo
  • Remove Active flag from the 2 secondary drives
Thanks,

Bill
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13 Nov 2012   #15
odatkid

7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Hi Bill,
Thanks once again for the reply. Seems I spoke too soon...the drives once again disappeared. I don't know what else to do but disconnect and reconnect them. How long they stay connected is a crap-shoot [sometimes for 12 hours and sometime for days]. It's important to note that BOTH drives always go out together leading me to believe that I have a configuration issue.

Any other ideas are greatly appreciated.

Thanks...............Tom
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