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Thread: Real problem, corruptions and disks inaccessable - eek! GA-EX58-UD5 board




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    Default Re: Real problem, corruptions and disks inaccessable - eek! GA-EX58-UD5 board

    Just out of interest.... what is the power output of your PSU?
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    Default Re: Real problem, corruptions and disks inaccessable - eek! GA-EX58-UD5 board

    It's an Enermax 625W MED625AWT.

    One of my next questions was going to be addressing clyix's post...how would I test the voltages on the PSU?

    One thing I would say regarding power...the problem doesn't generally occur when the machine is under heavy load, it can happen when I'm not doing anything really strenious - such as Photoshop work, the real power drain the 8800GTX isn't really being used at that point.
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    Default Re: Real problem, corruptions and disks inaccessable - eek! GA-EX58-UD5 board

    GSmartControl INFO

    GSmartControl can't see either my Samsung F3s or Western Digital Green 1.5TBs!


    I thought my drives were setup as:
    Blue SATA slots
    C - Boot Crucial SSD
    D - LG Blu-Ray read/writer
    E - Samsung F3 1TB
    F - Samsung F3 1TB
    G - Western Digital Green 1.5TB
    H - Western Digital Green 1.5TB
    White SATS slots
    I - Samsung F1 1TB
    J - Samsung F1 1TB
    K - Samsung F1 1TB
    L - Samsung F1 1TB

    As you can see from the screen shots below, I was wrong with the setup, my apologies for any confusion I have caused.

    I have included all the BIOS screens and POST screen below, hopefully someone can spot if something is as it shouldn't be!
    Standard CMOS Features

    Advanced BIOS Features

    Intergrated Peripherals

    Power Management Features

    PC Health Status

    Post Screen


    Please note that in both the BIOS and POST IDE Channel 5 master and slave are both showing as empty when they have drives plugged into them...I can't explain that!

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    Default Re: Real problem, corruptions and disks inaccessable - eek! GA-EX58-UD5 board

    I have just found a post on these forums from another user some months ago who was having similar problems.

    I have installed the JMicron driver that he linked to and it does seem to have changed things...I don't know whether the drivers are still corrupting until it spontaniously happens but...

    After installing the drivers and I rebooted my PC each of the four drives - x2 F3 1TB, x2 WD 1.5TB drives were scanned by Windows like I had just plugged in an external HDD.

    I now have the option of turning them off via the safely remove hardware button, which is quite strange.

    Should they be doing this?

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    Default Re: Real problem, corruptions and disks inaccessable - eek! GA-EX58-UD5 board

    I would put your optical drive on blue port 5 (assuming ports are 0-5), your SSD on port 0. Start adding drives one by one to the blue ports, boot and see if they are detected in the BIOS. You may have a bad SATA cable or two. If it's not detected change the cable and try again. It will take some work to check them all, lots of reboots, but it's the only way to narrow down what's wrong instead of a shotgun approach.

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    Default Re: Real problem, corruptions and disks inaccessable - eek! GA-EX58-UD5 board

    Thanks for the advice!
    I will change the DVD round, am I limiting the speeds of them having them plugged where they are then?

    If it's a dodgy SATA cable can that cause the problems I have described then? It does detect all the drives, just not all of the time...

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    Default Re: Real problem, corruptions and disks inaccessable - eek! GA-EX58-UD5 board

    Opticals should always go on the last two Intel ports, 4-5. Notice in the BIOS that you can enable native mode for ports 0-3? That is where you want your HDDs. Maybe a cable is working intermittently. As far as the Logitech problem, I had the same thing but using the PS/2 adapter worked. I also got it to work by unplugging the receiver's USB connector and reinserting it while in the QFlash screen. Then the keyboard worked. But that was a pita so I just used the PS/2 adapter.
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    Default Re: Real problem, corruptions and disks inaccessable - eek! GA-EX58-UD5 board

    Aye I do see native mode, I didn't realise what it did though.

    Thanks for the tip!

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    Default Re: Real problem, corruptions and disks inaccessable - eek! GA-EX58-UD5 board

    Native mode controlls who is "boss" when it comes to IRQ's for your SATA ports. In Legacy, the BIOS sets them fixed and in Native the OS sets them dynamically.

    I completely agree about the port positions of your opticals. I have done the same thing, Optical on last port (Port 5) followed by my two RAID SSD's on ports 0 and 1, skip a port as I'm adding a third SSD soon, then my WD 6400AAKS on port 3.

    If you are having trouble with reading smart info, give Crystal Disk Info a try. I have read Samsung Spinpoint drives (both F1 1TB and F3 1TB/500GB OK with this program. Note that you must not take to heart any SMART data reported by your SSD. Indilinx drives especially are notorious for outputting random and confusing SMART data, strangely Intel SSD's are the opposite, with perfect SMART logging for retired blocks, erase count etc.

    You do have a heck of a lot of storage there. Have you considdered adding a little SB voltage to help keep things stable? It seems to me that if a folder is being reported as corrupt, and can be fixed by a reboot then the data is getting altered for the worse while in transit, rather than how it's stored on the drive itself. As you will know, this corruption could occur on its way from the drive to the RAM or while actually in RAM, making your RAM also a slight suspect in this.

    I'd definitely also give the other advice posted here like swapping SATA cables etc. The Gigabyte ones (Yellow) tend to be good, very good. Some of the cheaper ones and even some so called premium cables may possibly have lower than spec shielding etc. Adjusting cables so they don't touch sources of interference etc is also wise.
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    Default Re: Real problem, corruptions and disks inaccessable - eek! GA-EX58-UD5 board

    That is completely guessing as to the corruption issues.

    This is why I wanted the smart data.

    If he was experiencing corruption due to low voltage signals (not likely!) it would be exposed as UDMA crc errors.

    I'm using AHCI mode and smart data is reporting with no issues.

    My point was to verify disk integrity before making other decisions.

    Move to a seperate port or a different host.

    While I'm not particularly familiar with samsung smart data I can likely feel my way around based on knowledge of several other models. It is unlikely that another application can read the data if one cannot. Typically all SMART data is read the same, but it largely depends on the pass thru capabilities of the controller.

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