SATA II HDD Not Detecting on Asus H87 Pro

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by tfosorcim, Oct 31, 2014.

  1. tfosorcim

    tfosorcim MDL Novice

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    I am trying to install Windows 7 Ultimate x64 in a clean SATA II HDD 160 GB on ASUS H87 Pro but the BIOS is not detecting the Hard drive. Please help me the motherboard is UEFI Type

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  2. Aemsa

    Aemsa MDL Member

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    Try loading bios defaults firts? It happened to me with 2 Acer computers.
     
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  3. zahnoo

    zahnoo MDL Senior Member

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    #3 zahnoo, Oct 31, 2014
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    When you enter set up is the HDD shown there? If not, can you add it? There might be a loose data connection, loose power connection, one or more bad cables, a bad drive even. Try a different SATA port and different data cable and power lead. If the drive is new, have you tried it on another system? You don't have to permanently mount it, just hook up data and power and see if it works. You can also try it in a USB enclosure to verify it's working.
     
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  4. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    Make sure the SATA II HDD does not have the SATA I compatibility jumper (or software setting) set. SATA controllers are backwards-compatible for one generation only, using a (real or emulated) SATA I HDD on a SATA III controller, for example, does not work.
     
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  5. zahnoo

    zahnoo MDL Senior Member

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    If it doesn't detect it after a restart, under what conditions is it detected? Does it just suddenly appear in Disk Management after a period of time without reboot? Maybe you need to try wiping and formatting the HDD using a third party program. I like GPartEd but there are many other good ones.

    Where did you get your OS installation media? Maybe you need to get a fresh copy via a link in this forum and start over.
     
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  6. -Jim-

    -Jim- MDL Member

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    Gents,

    I think it's a Bios Setting, like Secure Boot that may be the issue here.
     
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  7. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    With that age, drive electronics could very well be on their way out.
     
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  8. zahnoo

    zahnoo MDL Senior Member

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    #8 zahnoo, Nov 5, 2014
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    So you're conclusion is the old HDD is bad? Or was the old 3 Gb/s SATA HDD incompatible with the new Asus H87 6Gb/s SATA ports? Just curious for future reference.
     
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  9. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    It is incompatible.
     
  10. zahnoo

    zahnoo MDL Senior Member

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    How? Is the mobo not backward compatible for SATA speed or what exactly?
     
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  11. Triple Nickel

    Triple Nickel MDL Novice

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    #11 Triple Nickel, Nov 6, 2014
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    Every motherboard with SATA 3 6.0GB/s ports I have encountered is backwards compatible with all SATA ll 3.0GB/s HDD's and SSD's...manufacturers do not force new motherboard buyers to stop using and/or have to replace all their current SATA ll hard drives with all SATA lll hardware in order to be compatible with their board...;)
    Your old drive has another issue, not an incompatibility problem...
    :)
     
  12. Yen

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    It is known that there are rare issues (special chipset and special devices) with compatibility concerning SATA.
    If your BIOS setup does not recognize the HDD and the HDD itself is fine at the old mobo then it is a compatibility issue.
    Not sure if further BIOS updates will fix that issue.


    The SATA standards themselves are known to be backwards compatible though. Latest is SATA Express 8 / 16 (revision 3.2).
     
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  13. -Jim-

    -Jim- MDL Member

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    Gents,

    Just in case I missed something unique here with the ASUS H87 Pro motherboard, I downloaded the manual. Although it's not the best Asus manual I've ever read, there is nothing of note in regards to using SATA II instead of a SATA III hard drive. As mentioned earlier, SATA connections are backwards compatible. You should be able to use either, and it can be a conventional HDD, or SSD type. If wired correctly (both power and SATA cable) the motherboard should see it in Bios.

    So either the cabling connections are at fault or the Drive is Dead. :yes:

    At least that's my humble opinion. :eek:
     
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  14. zahnoo

    zahnoo MDL Senior Member

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    I agree completely; I gathered the same from my manual. But since it's very likely not the latest version, I wanted confirmation. You and others provided that I believe. Thanks.
     
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