A quick question for anyone around familiar with Windows' method of listing drives...
I have an Asus P5Q-E board with three SATA2 drives hooked up correctly to P0, P1 and P2 on the board. The BIOS config indicates the drives are properly listed in order of connection:
P0 - WD 640GB (boot drive) - dual-boot XP/W7x64
P1 - Seagate 320GB (files, etc)
P2 - Seagate 1.0TB (testing, compiling, etc)
Thing is, when I install Windows 7 (Enterprise x64 from MSDN), and then click over to "Disk Management" (found in "Computer Management" as part of the Administrator Tools), the drives are listed as follows:
Disk 0: Seagate 320GB
Disk 1: Seagate 1.0TB
Disk 2: WD 640GB
Any ideas why Windows would read the drive location differently than what's set in the BIOS? I've changed the SATA cables around, but the boot drive is still listed as Disk 2.
I checked the flags on the drives, no other drive but the WD 640 are active (MBR flag), nothing out of the ordinary.
The Disk Management of WinXP reads the drive placement correctly, so do installers for BSD and UNIX (read as "sda", "sdb", "sdc", etc), but Windows 7 impresses its own "truth" on me. What gives?
Oddly enough the disk properties show the drive location correctly as "Location 0, Channel 0" .... but Disk Management tells me it's Disk 2.
Are the drives just placed in alphabetical order or something?
Strangely, if I install the Intel matrix storage management drivers for the board (which I don't need in the first place because I'm not running a RAID setup), then Disk Management correctly reports the drives in the order in which they're hooked up to the SATA controller.
Appreciate your thoughts/comments and suggestions.