I built a new i7-860 last month using an ASRock P55 Extreme (BIOS version P1.80) motherboard, (2) WD7501AALS drives and a Samsung SH-S223C DVD drive. Had a few problems getting the right W64 drivers, but got it up and running and everything looked OK. Original plan was to RAID1 the drives, but I decided to just use the second drive as an internal backup, due to the complexity of the RAID setup. The C: drive is primary and the D: drive is the backup. The DVD is E:. Again, everything works, but often when the system goes into “sleep” mode, the D: and E: drives do not appear in Windows Explorer or Device Manager when it wakes back up. This is a particular problem when W7 tries to do a scheduled backup and the drive is not there. The only way to get them to reappear is to restart WIndows manually. Has anyone seen this behavior and have a solution? I know there is a new (P1.90) BIOS out there for the mobo, but I’m a little hesitant to update since the supposed changes don’t seem to be related to this issue, and there is the potential for screwing something else up.
I think there is a patch from Microsoft for this problem. See this knowledge base article:
Thanks for the tip, but I tried to install the “hot patch” referenced and it says that it “does not apply to this computer”. I think MS screwed up, as the file name has an i386 in it which usually means 32 bit. Still looking for a solution, thanx for the try.