I've built a new computer. My old computer had two SATA 3GB drives:
The new computer uses an OCZ Vertex 4 SATA III 2.5" drive (SATA III/6 Gbps) as the boot/main drive (C), the other drives are D and E (there are actually multiple partitions on one of the drives and it's merged through Disk Manager, but that doesn't seem to be indicative of the problem).
The motherboard is an ASUS P9X79 Pro. The OCZ drive is connected to a 6GB port and the two Barracudas are attached to 3GB ports.
When I boot up the computer straight to Windows 8, the Barracuda drives don't appear in Windows Explorer:
Looking in Device Manager shows nothing out of the ordinary, except that the drives simply are not there:
If I restart the computer, or start the computer and go into the BIOS and go to Advanced/SATA Configuration, they appear in the BIOS:
If I exit and save the configuration (I'm prompted without changing anything, just going to advanced mode and looking at the SATA display):
And then boot into Windows 8, the drives appear and function as if they were always there:
The drives work fine at that point.
The BIOS is set up to use AHCI SATA mode (as opposed to disabled, IDE, or RAID):
Although at one point, it was set to IDE, but the problem existed when set in that mode.
It's been pointed out that it could be a power issue. My PSU is a Silverstone Strider Plus ST50F-P 500W ATX 12V v2.3 modular power supply. It's powering:
- The three drives mentioned above
- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 (PC3 12800)
- Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor
- CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i Water Cooler
All of this is in an Antec Three Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded 2 x USB 3.0 to which I keep an iPod connector connected on the front USB port (with nothing plugged into the other end on startup) as well as a pair of headphones.
That said, what I can do to get the Barracuda drives to be recognized by Windows 8 without having to go into the BIOS every time I start up?