I've noticed that the drive order (when viewing through computer management) on my Windows 7 box is not consistent between reboots. More often than not, the drive order is maintained across a reboot, but every once in a while, the SATA drives (I have 6 installed) are shuffled on a reboot.
By drive order, I mean this. Let's say I have 6 physical SATA drives, a-f. If I boot up once, a-f maps to 0-5 in disk management. Then on another reboot, a-f maps to 1 3 0 2 5 4, etc.
I am not sure if this is a Win7 or motherboard issue. Looking for advice from the experts on how to keep this from happening. When the physical hard drive ordering is hard-coded to RAID configurations in VMWare Workstation, shuffling the order of drives across reboot can be a serious issue.
I'm also trying to solve this problem by having VMWare Workstation not hard-code drive numbers, and use the UUID of the drive instead. But that's a separate question: How to use UUID for Physical Drives When Bypassing Host: VMWare Workstation on Win7