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I am using

Asus P8H61-M LX Motherboard with latest version of BIOS: 4401
One SATA-3 Western Digital Black Series 1.5TB is attached to SATA port 0
A Samsung 22x DVDRW SATA drive attached to SATA Port 1.
ps/2 Logitech mouse and keyboard.
CPU is i3 with DDR3 8Gb RAM.

no other devices are installed.

My problem is that when I turn on the computer, the WD HDD is not detected. ie cannot be booted. I have to press ctrl+alt+del in order to get it detected.

I'd used the WD data lifeguard software to scan the HDD, the smart status is OK, the surface scan does not show any error at all.

Where did I do wrong? Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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When you enter the BIOS and detect the HDD, does it appear then? –  StampedeXV Dec 14 '12 at 15:18
    
no, not detected –  Alvin Lim Dec 15 '12 at 19:41

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Try changing the sata port on your motherboard you are connecting the cable to, let me know when you test it please.

Sata Ports

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Hello...I'm still the same issue after changing from SATA 0 to SATA 2 –  Alvin Lim Dec 18 '12 at 2:31
    
If your BIOS supports detection timeout, raise it by a few seconds. it even may happen your hard drive has eminent damage and the diagnosis software is not detecting yet. it may also happen your PSU is on the verge supplying enough energy to your machine. –  Lorenzo Von Matterhorn Dec 18 '12 at 14:29
    
also, did you perform any significant change to your hardware? –  Lorenzo Von Matterhorn Dec 18 '12 at 14:30
    
no, sad to say that it does not has this feature. My power supply is brand new 850 watts power supply. I'd tried changing the power supply but still getting the same problem. I replaced a different –  Alvin Lim Dec 19 '12 at 17:07
    
no, sad to say that it does not has this feature. My power supply is brand new 850 watts power supply. I'd tried changing the power supply but still getting the same problem. I'd replaced a different harddisk and it boots up immediately. I transfer my current WD HDD to other computer, I don't have such problem. So I am lost now. What could be other issue? –  Alvin Lim Dec 19 '12 at 17:07

I had the same issue. It always seemed to me as if the HDD did not receive the wakeup signal for some reason. If I remember correctly (it was some time ago) the Mainboard was the issue then.

What you can try:

  • Use different Power connector from Power Supply
  • Try the HDD in a different computer to cross check reason for behavior.

Otherwise:

  • Buy a new one from any online store that allows sending them back without reason. Then at least you'd know if this HDD is the reason.
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