When I built the computer I used a Seagate 500GB hard drive out of my old computer paired with a 64GB Crucial SSD into a RAID configuration to utilize my motherboard's Intel Smart Response Technology SSD-caching. It worked for a while until kaput! All else failed and I dug a 1TB Western Digital hard drive (model WDC WD10EADS-65M2B0) out of my closet, which hadn't been opened (I liked that surprise). I reinstalled everything onto the new drive and it worked great for another short while until eventually: kaput! Two weeks attempting to recover and one magical day, I managed to boot into the original hard drive and OS. Since then, Intel RST has told me there was an error accessing the 1TB drive. It didn't show up in Explorer or in Device Manager, but the BIOS still detected it. Yesterday, I decided to mess with my BIOS and the Smart Response setup in DOS. I "removed a RAID" or something like that that was still connected to the 1TB drive, hoping I might be able to SSD-cache my functional 500GB drive. I messed up my BIOS trying to do all of this and had to reset my BIOS to default. After this, I boot into Win7 to find that the 1TB drive is now fully accessible!
All this background leads to this question: where was my 1TB drive? Why couldn't I see it or access it? Why couldn't I do diagnostic testing on it or make Intel RST release the connection between the SSD and it (or is this the cause of the issue)? Why can I see it now?
I'm so confused at this point that I wanted this all on paper so I could make sense of it.
Another thing I've noticed in Local Disk (F:) Properties tab is that WDC drive is located at Location 0 (Channel 0,Target 0, Lun 0) and so is my Crucial SSD (M4-CT064...). Does this indicate some problem?
Does the number on the port to which my SATA drives are connected determine their role as master/slave? I don't think I ever manually set that. I know I've asked a lot of questions here related to this one issue, so feel free to only answer one at a time if need-be.
Thanks so much,
Hard drive locations:
Edited by hamluis, 11 October 2012 - 05:40 PM.
Moved from Win 7 to Internal Hardware - Hamluis.