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    hello all,

    i recently baught the asrock n68c-s ucc motherboard with the amd phenom x3 CPU

    at first i was running the board with and IDE HDD and IDE DL DVDRW, that was to last untill my 1TB SATA turned up in the post...

    when the drive came i tried to install it but the bios couldnt find the drive....so i tried with different cables ect...and messed around and eventually i found a cable that worked and now the drive shows up...but now win7 wont load....

    i was wondering if you need to update the bios on this board to get the SATA II drives to work?

    many thanks for an help

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    Check the boot order in bios setup? Also should check the hard drive order in some BIOSes.

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    the boot order is

    DVDRW
    HDD IDE
    HDD SATA
    MEM READER

    the IDE is still my main HDD but the SATA just refuses to work at all.

    i even tried to install windows on the SATA and it took about 30 mins to expand the files to 1%

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    Turn on SMART monitoring on the 1TB sata.
    Try to partition and format it in another computer.

    How's the jumpers on the 1TB drive? Does they have some SATA I/II or split drive settings?

    If smart tells you something you can collect a new one with your warranty.

    Look Manual page 25. (SATA drives must be in SATA II mode)
    Last edited by AsrockNewbie; 01-12-2011 at 03:32 AM.

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    i can turn the SMART on in the BIOS but as for the jumpers...i thaught SATA drives don't need 'em?

    it does have jumper pins and i have some clips but i wouldnt have the foggiest on where they go.


    EDIT: as far as i know the drive is already in SATA II mode

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    If there isn't any jumpers connecting the pins then it's (most of the time) in sata II mode.

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    You could try to limit the speed of the sata drive to 1.5Gbps by jumpering it. There's normally instructions how to jumper on a sticker on the hard drive.

    manual says it should be in 3.0Gbps but sata specification should be downward compatible. You can't notice any performance difference between 1.5/3.0Gbps modes.

    If that won't work then it can be updating your computer bios or hard drive firmware.

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    ill try to jumper it and report back....jeez all i want it for is mass storage....:/

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    ok i put a jumper in so its now in 1.5 GB/s mode....but i hotswapped it while windows was running and now i have a drive shown, but its called system reserved (F:) and its only 99MB not 1TB....now in really confused.

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    That's from some windows installation you have tried to make.

    Select my computer -> r-click -> manage -> disk management and see if there's unallocated space.

    Also check that your sata mode is IDE, not AHCI/RAID/mixed mode.

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