P5B Deluxe doesnt see drives

joeconsumer

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Asked this question elsewhere, but i'm building a new computer using a P5B Deluxe, Corsair 620W, EVGA 8800GS, and a G.SKILL RAM. Hard drives are straight from my old working computer. The BIOS doesn't see any hard drives, SATA or PATA. The drives have power and are spinning. I've been through every option in the BIOS a dozen times. The BIOS only sees the DVD drive if the jmicron onboard RAID controller is [Enabled], which seems weird to me. Anybody else had this problem? There's no possible way to offend me with any suggestions you might have, i appreciate any help.
 

muddleclass

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I have P5B and board saw 2 SCSI HDs, 1 SATA and 2 IDE DVDs on first boot without BIOS mod.

Are your HDs SATA as there is only 1 IDE channel?

The SATA drives should be set to 1st and second channels.

Everything should be recognised on default settings so if not then may have a faulty board

I'm assuming you don't have any conflicting settings slave/master etcetera by putting one IDE HD on the same channel as the DVD drive both set to master.

If your HDs are SATA 2 try setting them to SATA 1
 

joeconsumer

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The hard drive is a Raptor 74 plugged into SATA 1; it has a jumper on the back, but i didn't change it. It worked fine in my old computer. The DVD is set to Cable Select and plugged into the single IDE. OK, I swear to god, I didn't touch a thing from last nght, and now its seeing the WD on SATA 1. I booted my Windows CD, deleted the partition, created a partition, and started a format. It got part way thru and said it couldn't format the drive. Went back into the BIOS, and the drive isn't showing again. I reverted to BIOS defaults, restarted and the drive shows....i'm formatting again right now. Keeping my fingers crossed. In any case, its seems very squirrelly and doesn't evoke confidence. Again, thanks for you comments.
 

joeconsumer

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Now i can see the SATA drive in the BIOS, but when i try to format it with the Windows CD, it completes the format (which took like a HOUR) and then says it can't format the drive that its "damaged". The drive was working fine in my old computer. I even wiped the MBR on it, and same thing with a Quick format. Now i'm trying to install on an old EIDE drive i had lying around, and the Quick Format worked and its copying files. Its just weird.
 

muddleclass

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Change the SATA lead see if that helps

Try another channel

You are almost certainly getting an intermittent/bad connection and if neither of above work sounds like board is faulty
 

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