I recently purchased (within 6 months) Abit's IC7 motherboard. Great board it is. Originally, I had a couple of IDE drives running with no problem. I ran out of disk space and decided to upgrade a drive. Considering my board offered SATA I purchased a Maxtor 160GB SATA hard drive. I reinstalled Windows Server 2003 with no problems and I was home free.
About 2 months ago the Northbridge fan started going nuts. I looked online for some advice and read that cooling the Northbridge is over kill. So I simply removed my fan. Is this bad????
Last week windows kept crashing and the mobo would marginally reckonize my SATA drive. Now my SATA drive doesn't ever come up. I put an IDE drive back in and windows works again, but still no SATA.
Do you think my hard drive is bad??? My Northbridge?? My SATA interface?? I am considering buying a PCI SATA adapter card. I don't know what to do. Please help.