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SATA1 drive has priority over SATA2?

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I have a MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Mobo

If I have drives plugged into SATA 1 & 2 connections, the SATA 2 Connection wont work.
It seems as though the SATA1 drive has priority over SATA2?

If 2 or 3 SATA drives are plugged in I can see them in the bios
In Win8 I can only see the drive(HDD or DVD) plugged into the SATA1 (I see it in the explorer).
It doesn't matter what I plug in, eg HDD or CD Rom, it will only let me use SATA 1 or 2 but not both.

Any ideas?
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by:garycase
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Not enough detail here to really help.

=>  Are all of the SATA ports enabled in the BIOS?

=>  What is the SATA access mode set to in the BIOS?

=>  Have you initialized all of the drives?  

=>   What does Disk Management show in Windows?

=>  Have you tried different SATA cables?

=>  And are you hot-plugging these devices, or are you making all the changes with power off??    (Notwithstanding the ability to hot-plug with AHCI, you should make all changes with power off until everything's set up correctly)
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by:citrine
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=>  Are all of the SATA ports enabled in the BIOS?
All drives come up in the BIOS

=>  What is the SATA access mode set to in the BIOS?

AHCI

=>  Have you initialized all of the drives?  

Yes


=>   What does Disk Management show in Windows?

Not shown in Disk Mgment



=>  Have you tried different SATA cables?

Yes


=>  And are you hot-plugging these devices, or are you making all the changes with power off??    (Notwithstanding the ability to hot-plug with AHCI, you should make all changes with power off until everything's set up correctly)

All plugged in prior to power turned on.
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by:garycase
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=>   What does Disk Management show in Windows?

Not shown in Disk Mgment


Post a screenshot of Disk Management.   It's got to show SOMETHING ... at least the drive you're seeing in Windows.

Also, does Windows show any devices plugged in to SATA 3 and 4 ??

And what is the make/model/rating of your power supply?
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by:citrine
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Disk Mgment is an abbreviation of Disk Management

It's not shown, unless I swap SATA connections or pull out the other connection

THERMALTAKE SMART POWER 550W PSU 80+ BRONZE

SATA3 is ok, haven't plugged anything into SATA4, the Video card is covering it.
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by:garycase
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Disk Management shows SOMETHING ... even if it's a blank screen.

Post a screenshot of what it shows -- capture it with Alt-PrtScrn and save the resulting .JPG in Paint ... then just post that here.
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by:Darr247
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Shall we presume the HDD plugged into SATA1 is the boot drive?

How large is the HDD you're plugging into SATA2 ?
Over 2TB ?
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what happens if you connect the bootdisk to sata 2, and the the not showing disk to sata 1 ?
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by:citrine
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Nobus, you've done it again. Genius!

So weird, but having the boot disk in SATA1, Other HDD that wasnt showing in SATA2 & the DVD Drive in SATA3 all works. But if I change that config it doesn't work.
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by:nobus
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i have an ide disk drive here that works ok if connected as slave - but not as Master.
never found why; though it is seen in the bios.
it looks like a bios problem - or a motherboard problem to me

anyway - thanks for posting that info - always useful
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