Hi all! I hope someone can help me with the problem I’m having.
I bought the WD3200AAKS Caviar Blue last year sometime and it has worked great for a long time with the cavaet that it was not always recognized by the BIOS. Restarting a few times always remedied the problem and once the computer was on, it STAYED on, with no problems to speak of. I have an APC, but I also have shoddy power and this week the power turned off and that was the last time that my drive was recognized by the BIOS.
Right now, I’m on a VISTA box and it continues to not be recognized by the BIOS or Windows. I want to say that the controller on the Mobo is going bad, but for the fact that once it’s recognized, there are no issues at all. In fact, restarts also don’t affect the drive’sbeing recognized, it’s only loss of power for any amount of time.
This drive never made a peep, or had any kind of erratic behaivour to suggest to me that it was going bad.
What I’ve tried:
Resetting the BIOS, changing and tring all of the BIOS options: i.e. changing between the RAID / IDE options.
Shorting all of the jumpers on the drives: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8.
Different SATA data (but not power) cables. You can feel the drive start and hear it spinning.
I fear that due to the nature of the BIOS, that I will have to drop some real cash to fix this problem. But I feel like I’ve properly exhausted all options that occur to me. Any ideas?