Sata 2 / Sata II drive vanishes after format on 939 dual VSTA

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by brighton1967, Nov 22, 2006.

  1. brighton1967

    brighton1967 Guest

    I installed a Maxtor Diamond Max10 160GB Sata 2 drive to my system. My other
    drives are a PATA 120GB HD and PATA Sony DVDRW

    MB ASRock 939 dual VSTA
    AMD 64 3000+
    1GB RAM
    ATI Radeon 9650 AGP
    Terratec DMX6 Fire 24/96
    Winfast 2000 PCI
    Vista RC1

    After i formatted the drive it just vanished from exploere AND the drvice
    manager. I installed the drive as a secondary drive and set it up int the
    bios as SATA Mode (IDE Mode does the same thing).

    If I disable the sata driver and then re-enable it, the driver reapears, but
    only briefly.

    Can anyone shed any light on this?
    brighton1967, Nov 22, 2006
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  2. brighton1967

    John Barnes Guest

    What shows up in Drive management? Maybe you need to assign a drive letter.
    John Barnes, Nov 22, 2006
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  3. brighton1967

    Dennis Pack Guest

    Johns' answer is correct, for a drive or partition to show up in
    explorer it has to have a drive letter. I also add a label to the drive or
    partition to relieve confusion. While in drive management you can assign a
    drive/partition letter and name without re-formatting the drive. Another
    possibility is that your motherboard or bios doesn't support SATA2 hard
    Dennis Pack, Nov 22, 2006
  4. brighton1967

    brighton1967 Guest

    It vanishes from Disk Manager as well - it's gone!.....always detexcted by
    the bios tho, no probs there.

    There are 2 partions on the driver, both with drive letters and names, and
    both formatted.
    brighton1967, Nov 22, 2006
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    zaxon Guest

    Thats bad.. i was planning to buy a sata II raid-ed system this week...
    can you post the result here..
    it will help a lot..
    zaxon, Nov 22, 2006
  6. brighton1967

    brighton1967 Guest

    I think it's a motherboard issue, or perhaps a bad drive......only one Sata 2
    connecter on this board anyway...
    brighton1967, Nov 22, 2006
  7. brighton1967

    John Barnes Guest

    I'm not familiar with the Maxtor, but Hitachi has a software program to
    reset the drive to SATA I, and Samsung has a hardware setting. Have you
    tried to reset the drive to SATA I mode?
    John Barnes, Nov 22, 2006
  8. brighton1967

    brighton1967 Guest

    I've tried it in the Sata 1 slot, and it works....just not working in Sata 2
    Mode on the JMICRON connector...
    brighton1967, Nov 22, 2006
  9. brighton1967

    zaxon Guest

    thats a relief...

    Thanx for the info....

    People sharing knowlage on internet are
    making world a better place :)

    zaxon, Nov 22, 2006
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