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    FlintSTL is offline Junior Member
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    Default Re: Z77 Extreme4 SATA port question

    Update from your recommendations. I turned off the Aggressive Power Link Management - it should be fine as the software I'm going to use will allow the drives to spin down if they're not needed.

    After a reboot, to make sure everything was working, I tried moving the 3TB drive (setup as GPT) to Slot 3_1, rebooted and it seems to work. WHS recognized all the drives no problem.

    Weird that it recognizes the 3Tb and not the 2Tb drives but at this point at least I know the port is ok. I'll just chalk it up to a board / OS issue and move along

    All the 2Tb are the same model WD Green Desktop. I do not believe that they are the Caviar series but I could be wrong.

    Any real benefits to updating the BIOS?

    Thank you all for your time and input. It's nice to find a group that's helpful (esp after the manufacturer said that board doesn't support WHS2011 so we don't provide drivers)

    Thanks Again
    ASRock Z77 Extreme 4, BIOS 2.80 / Intel Celeron G1610 / 8 Gb Ram / Corsair HX650 / SanDisk Ultra Plus 128Gb / WD Green 3 Tb / WD Green 2 Tb x 3 / Windows Home Server 2011

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    Default Re: Z77 Extreme4 SATA port question

    Quote Originally Posted by FlintSTL View Post

    Any real benefits to updating the BIOS?



    Thanks Again
    No, the new 2.90 only updates the flash method used for updating the BIOS, if a newer BIOS is released and you need it such as a fix, upgraded ROM that you use, then you can update, but until there is a update you need, stick with the 2.80 .

    The joy of quirks. Doesn't make any sense.

    But I have seen things on every brand of board, it's not just rock that has weird things or problems.
    Last edited by odiebugs; 08-17-2013 at 04:49 AM.

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    Default Re: Z77 Extreme4 SATA port question

    Quote Originally Posted by FlintSTL View Post
    Update from your recommendations. I turned off the Aggressive Power Link Management - it should be fine as the software I'm going to use will allow the drives to spin down if they're not needed.

    After a reboot, to make sure everything was working, I tried moving the 3TB drive (setup as GPT) to Slot 3_1, rebooted and it seems to work. WHS recognized all the drives no problem.

    Weird that it recognizes the 3Tb and not the 2Tb drives but at this point at least I know the port is ok. I'll just chalk it up to a board / OS issue and move along

    All the 2Tb are the same model WD Green Desktop. I do not believe that they are the Caviar series but I could be wrong.

    Any real benefits to updating the BIOS?

    Thank you all for your time and input. It's nice to find a group that's helpful (esp after the manufacturer said that board doesn't support WHS2011 so we don't provide drivers)

    Thanks Again
    Great, glad to hear that. You could try enabling SATA Aggressive Link Power Management again for a test and see if the issue returns. Personally, I've not had any success using that setting, compared to enabling all the power saving options that Haswell systems have, including the new Intel IRST 12 SATA power saving feature. They all work fine, no side affects, but my Z77 Ex 4 board would not even boot with SATA Aggressive Link Power Management enabled.

    It's possible that those 2TB Green drives have firmware that does not get along with that setting, while the 3TB models are not affected by it.

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