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    Default GA-MA785GPMT Bios won't recognise SATA Drives- tried everything, help!

    Motherboard: GA-MA785GPMT-UD2H (rev. 1.0) - []GIGABYTE - Support&Download - Motherboard - BIOS
    Drives: 3.5 CAVIAR GP, 1.5TB, INTELIPOWER, 32MB, SATA II, 3YRS (WD15EADS) - []Technology content trusted by users all around the world :: TweakTown
    and another 1.0 TB drive identical model


    - I've upgraded the bios (flashed it) to the latest available version (F5)
    - I've swapped out the PSU, tried different power connectors from the PSU
    - I've tried placing it in Native IDE mode, AHCI, RAID - but Bios won't detect the drives regardless of mode. - Question on this, surely i don't need drivers for the BIOS to read drives - only when I want to install an OS correct?
    - Interesting when RAID is selected and I enter Option Rom Utility, the menu doesn't respond to an input of 1, 2, or 3 on the keyboard. Only to 4 - which displays AHCI HBA MMIO Base Address FEO2F000 - which i'm assuming is the base address of the AHCI Rom or something.
    - I've tried both drives in another machine - works fine and it's formatted correctly. I've tried another WD 1 TB drive, same model line in this machine, with the same results - no detect.
    - The drives are spinning up. I've tried all the SATA connector plugs on the motherboard, no difference.
    - I'm reasonably certain my bios setting are correct.
    - Additionally I've taken the motherboard out of the case, plugged everything in (in case there was a short or a riser touching something etc)....still no joy.

    I'm ready to end it all, everything else appears to be functioning on the motherboard correctly - Can it really be possible that the entire SATA chipset and plugs on the motherboard is dead?? - I'm at an end here! Help!

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    Default Re: GA-MA785GPMT Bios won't recognise SATA Drives- tried everything, help!

    Question: Did you set your Bios to Load Optimzed Defaults? Then try 1 drive at a time to test for a defective single drive?
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    Default Re: GA-MA785GPMT Bios won't recognise SATA Drives- tried everything, help!

    Hello, Thank you for your reply.

    Yes, I've loaded the optimised defaults.

    I've also tried both drives in another PC and not had any issues, so I don't suspect it's an issue with either of the HDD's

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    Default Re: GA-MA785GPMT Bios won't recognise SATA Drives- tried everything, help!

    Just checking, you've tried all the sata and gsata mobo connections?
    Have your tried different sata cables?
    Are there any jumper blocks on the hard drives?
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