SATA discs disappear in Windows XP

This is a discussion on SATA discs disappear in Windows XP within the Tech Board forums, part of the Community Boards category; Athlon XP 3200+ Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe (Rev 1012) 1,5GB RAM PC3200 Seagate 200GB IDE (Windows partition) 2 X Seagate 120GB ...

  1. #1
    Veni Vidi Vice
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Posts
    343

    SATA discs disappear in Windows XP

    Athlon XP 3200+
    Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe (Rev 1012)
    1,5GB RAM PC3200
    Seagate 200GB IDE (Windows partition)
    2 X Seagate 120GB SATA (striping)
    GeForce 6800 GT
    CI-6A21 300W


    After having tons of problem with my Windows XP installation I finally got it to work (with service pack 2). After installing appropriate drivers to all the hardware components all seemed to work fine. But after 4 days the 2 SATA discs just went down. BIOS doesnīt report any errors about the discs but when WinXP starts its not there. Iīve also downloaded some app from Seagate to fix the problem but with no luck. Norton AntiVirus hasnīt detected any form of virus. Does anybody have a clue why the discs are gone?
    01000111011011110110111101100100 011101000110100001101001011011100110011101110011 01100100011011110110111001110100 01100011011011110110110101100101 01100101011000010111100101110011 0110100101101110 01101100011010010110011001100101
    Good things donīt come easy in life!!!

  2. #2
    Banned
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    128
    i dont have a solution about your drives, but id just like to
    say that some thigns good do come easy in life.

    but you could try with your drives, unpluging them from the power supply starting up windows then shutting the system down
    then use different power adapters if oyu have some free
    and see if they appear again on restart.

    since they already appear in the bios i dont know if thei swill have an effect but hey its worth a try if you havent done so yet.

  3. #3
    PC Fixer-Upper Waldo2k2's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Posts
    2,001
    fist off...why do you have 1.5 gb of ram?? that's completely unneccessary, and having the third chip of 512 is keeping you from running dual channel, so adding the extra 512 is actually slowing your system down....
    Second...you're running 3 high performance drives and a nvidia 6800 off of a 300w power supply? Are you freaking crazy??? you need at least 400w to be safe with that config, I'm surprised that it even shows the discs in bios.

    Here's my theory: not having a big enough psu is causing your hard drives to fail once you get into windows because once that happens, your graphics card starts to suck some juice (it's not just running vga compatible, white-text-on-black-background anymore) so you can no longer use the drives. Seriously, I'm surprised that psu has lasted 4 days.
    PHP and XML
    Let's talk about SAX

  4. #4
    Banned
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    128
    wow lol he is right i hardly ever looked at your spec's lol

  5. #5
    Veni Vidi Vice
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Posts
    343
    Hmmm you are probably right guys. Iīve been having this PSU since I purchased the computer and because i havnīt experienced any problem until now I thougt it was okey. Iīve desided to order a new PSU and Iīm thinking of a Antec True Power 480W ATX...or maybe do you guys have a better option? Ideal PSU should be as quit as possible and have around 450W.

    ...and having the third chip of 512 is keeping you from running dual channel, so adding the extra 512 is actually slowing your system down....
    That is strange...according to the A7N8X-E manual page 2-9 Dual channel is supported if the following memory bank are occupied
    1. DIMM_A1 and DIMM_B1 or
    2. DIMM_A2 and DIMM_B1 or
    3. DIMM_A1 and DIMM_A2 and DIMM_B1


    and I have 3 identical memory modules.
    01000111011011110110111101100100 011101000110100001101001011011100110011101110011 01100100011011110110111001110100 01100011011011110110110101100101 01100101011000010111100101110011 0110100101101110 01101100011010010110011001100101
    Good things donīt come easy in life!!!

  6. #6
    PC Fixer-Upper Waldo2k2's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Posts
    2,001
    >># DIMM_A1 and DIMM_A2 and DIMM_B1

    true, but what it does is split the three chips into two channels. So you're essentially running 2 chips, one is a gig, one is 512. It's not the same performance as 2 identical chips. Trust me, a gig and a half is over-kill, I'd personally sell one of the chips.

    and that psu should be just fine for you.
    PHP and XML
    Let's talk about SAX

Popular pages Recent additions subscribe to a feed

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 04-29-2006, 02:35 AM
  2. Program works on Windows XP and 2000, not on 98 or ME
    By MidnightlyCoder in forum C++ Programming
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 03-10-2006, 03:36 PM
  3. Virtual keys
    By Arkanos in forum Windows Programming
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 12-12-2005, 10:00 AM
  4. I just got Window's XP (Home Edition)
    By Generator in forum A Brief History of Cprogramming.com
    Replies: 28
    Last Post: 11-03-2001, 09:40 PM
  5. windows xp and aol (im's)
    By rickc77 in forum A Brief History of Cprogramming.com
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 10-26-2001, 07:50 PM

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21