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    Default Unstable eSATA Drive on X58 Extreme 3

    I have AHCI mode installed with my OS. The USB 2.0 works fine but when I plug in eSata it mostly causes freezes when not recognized. When I finally get it recognized and working it doesn't last through a reboot. Sometimes it shows a drive letter but I can't do anything with it. Other times it isn't recognized. When it is recognized it works great until hibernation/reboot.

    My SSD boot drive works fine, but when the eSATA is plugged in it sometimes messes up drive detection and pre-windows bootup.

    This is annoying as hell because eSata needs to be reliable and not so frustrating.

    The external HD in question is an Acomdata 1TB USB 2.0 / eSata drive.

    My system:
    Windows 7 Pro 64 bit with AHCI but NON-RAID (Didn't install RAID with OS)
    Asrock x58 extreme 3 MB
    i7 730
    6 Gigs of RAM (OCZ on the supported list)
    Sata 3 SSD AHCI mode (Connected to the correct slot)
    Acomdata 1TB USB 2.0 / eSata drive
    2 SATA 1 drives 250 GB each (Connected to slots 1 and 2)
    SATA DVD burner (Slot 3 or 4)
    Nvidia 7800 GT Video Card (Dual Screen)
    TV Tuner
    Floppy drive

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    Default Re: Unstable eSATA Drive on X58 Extreme 3

    Oh, my BIOS has SATA drives set as IDE but the SATA 3 is set to AHCI if that matters. I figure it doesn't because the eSATA uses the Marvell SATA3 connection. When SATA3 is disabled it doesn't show up in the BIOS. But hey, thought it might matter.
    Last edited by graushwein; 11-07-2010 at 12:33 PM.

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    Default Re: Unstable eSATA Drive on X58 Extreme 3

    Did you enable the "Hot Plug" function in BIOS for the eSATA port?

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    Default Re: Unstable eSATA Drive on X58 Extreme 3

    Quote Originally Posted by eddi View Post
    Did you enable the "Hot Plug" function in BIOS for the eSATA port?
    I'm on my second cable that I've confirmed works.

    I have set everything as AHCI.
    Even tried AHCI on Sata3 and IDE on other Sata.
    Tried with Hot-Plug off and on for eSata.
    Tried eSata power enabled and disabled

    Haven't tried the many cobinations of the above variables, shouldn't have to.
    Not sure if I've tried compatible modes on either.

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    Default Re: Unstable eSATA Drive on X58 Extreme 3

    I'm also finding that my SATA DVD drive is disappearing randomly.

    Through the AsRock website I asked a question 3 weeks ago but never got a reply.

    Is there a secret to getting them to respond? 6 days ago I submitted a Support Request Form through the ASROCK site about this but have not received word back, aside from the auto-reply.

    Are there utilities I can run to check the board for software/hardware problems?

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    Default Re: Unstable eSATA Drive on X58 Extreme 3

    Did you flash your BIOS with the latest update:
    ASRock > Products > Motherboard > X58 Extreme3 > Download

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    Default Re: Unstable eSATA Drive on X58 Extreme 3

    Quote Originally Posted by eddi View Post
    Did you flash your BIOS with the latest update:
    ASRock > Products > Motherboard > X58 Extreme3 > Download
    I know I updated and it is either 2.1 or 2.2.
    I think I have 2.10. The description for 2.2 says it is only needed for Kingston memory. Mine is OCZ and I am hesitant to repeat my last BIOS update experience shown below.


    I did a windows flash (Big Mistake?) then rebooted to load the settings in the bios but the screen was black. Literally the monitor was receiving a black screen, otherwise it would have said "No signal input." After much trial and error I realized that I could look at the numbers on the MB which told me where it was in the process. So when rebooting I pressed delete and confirmed that I was in the BIOS (Blind) with the number. I was able to get the manual online and map out the keys to load the defaults. I think it was 6 right, 6 down, enter, up, enter, F10, Y. Sounds fun huh?

    Next was the problem with the new video card.
    THEN the monitor changed to "No signal input"! WOO, progress! After borrowing a new Vid card and trying a different monitor, still no signal. Well that is until I accidentally bumped the wires behind the computer and the screen flickered. Apparently the newish ATI card had to have the plugs JAMMED into the connectors on both ends. Not ASRock's fault though.

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    Default Re: Unstable eSATA Drive on X58 Extreme 3

    The best way to flash a BIOS of the newer Asrock boards is the "instant flash" feature. Read the "How to" on the BIOS download page.
    On Asrock's download page there are four files to download in connection with HDD:
    ASRock > Products > Motherboard > X58 Extreme3 > Download

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    Default Re: Unstable eSATA Drive on X58 Extreme 3

    Same problem here

    BIOS 2.20, Windows 7 Home Premium x64

    Marvell 1.0.0.1045 / 27-Aug-10 (AHCI, Hot Plug in BIOS)

    Also, connecting my Team Group X-092 16GB flash drive to E-SATA port, kills my ASUS WL-160W usb wireless adapter (USB 2.0). Moving the wireless adapter to USB 3.0, Windows installs the device again at boot (USB 3.0 driver Renesas Electronics 2.0.26.0 / 30-Sep-10).

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    Default Re: Unstable eSATA Drive on X58 Extreme 3

    Dear Graush wein,

    Due to we don't have Acomdata 1TB USB 2.0 / eSata drive same as yours, we test Stardom U6-2 external BOX on x58 Extreme3 and system can work without any problem.

    Please refer to below link to contact us, we will provide the latest Marvell driver for you to try.
    Link: ASRock > Support > Contact Technical Support

    Thanks!

    Sean
    ASRock Tech Support Staff

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