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    For the last several months I have been having write/read errors as well as other general hard drive issues with my game rig. I have tried a full reinstall, I have replaced my hard drives, and while that fixed it for a while, it would still start to give me errors after a week or so.

    One day about two months ago, in an act of desperation, I switched my SATA hard drive from port one to port three on my motherboard. Since then I have not had a single hard drive issue until today.

    After a full system lock playing bf2142 I attempted to restart my system only to have it sit in the windows loading screen for about 10 minutes until I reluctantly powered it down. After giving it a minute, I powered it back up only to receive a drive read error that prevented it from posting. After several attempts to get it going, I again switch my internal SATA port, this time from three to four, and it booted without a problem.

    My guess at this point is that this would indicate that my Motherboard SATA ports are failing and I should look into replacing my mobo soon. What I would like to know is if this is a good guess, or am I completely missing something.

    Current system specks:
    Asus A8n-e board with a AMD 4400 X2
    3 gigs ram (2x 1 gb plus 2x 512mb)
    Seagate 750gb 7200RPM SATA
    1gb Saphire 4870
    XP pro 32bit edition

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    Re: SATA ports failing?

    From the sounds of it, it looks like your mobo is to blame.

    A cheaper solution would be to get a SATA add-on card or RMA'ing the mobo back to ASUS for repair/replacement. Then save the rest of your money for a rainy day.
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    • #3
      Re: SATA ports failing?

      Had a friend have this very same issue, turns out his board was on it's last legs.


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      • #4
        Re: SATA ports failing?

        Maybe the SATA cable is bad. Try replacing that if you haven't already.

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          Re: SATA ports failing?

          Originally posted by Acreo Aeneas View Post
          From the sounds of it, it looks like your mobo is to blame.

          A cheaper solution would be to get a SATA add-on card or RMA'ing the mobo back to ASUS for repair/replacement. Then save the rest of your money for a rainy day.
          Darn that's what I thought...Oh well, I've had the board for about 4 years and was looking to upgrade it anyway. I'll look into RMA, but I think I am past the warranty for it.

          I will keep the SATA card idea in mind. It would be nice to repurpose this mobo when I upgrade instead of just junking it.

          Thanks for confirming my suspicions.

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            Re: SATA ports failing?

            Originally posted by YdoUwant2know View Post
            Darn that's what I thought...Oh well, I've had the board for about 4 years and was looking to upgrade it anyway. I'll look into RMA, but I think I am past the warranty for it.

            I will keep the SATA card idea in mind. It would be nice to repurpose this mobo when I upgrade instead of just junking it.

            Thanks for confirming my suspicions.
            Originally posted by =Sarc= View Post
            Maybe the SATA cable is bad. Try replacing that if you haven't already.
            At least try Sarc's suggestion before giving in to a replacement/add-on card. It could very well be the cable, though that's never happened to me.
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            • #7
              Re: SATA ports failing?

              Originally posted by Acreo Aeneas View Post
              At least try Sarc's suggestion before giving in to a replacement/add-on card. It could very well be the cable, though that's never happened to me.

              Sorry, I guess I should have mentioned that I already tied that. I replace the cable when I replace my hard drives. I have another one around here that I will try if it give me any problems again any time soon.

              For right now, my system is working with the hard drive plugged into SATA port 4 so I will most likely leave it be until that port starts to give me problems as well. I just wanted to know for sure so that I have some time to save up some cash for my new rig it needs be.

              Replacing the board is not really a big deal for me. As I said, I have been planning to upgrade anyway. Just now instead of six months, it is looking closer to 2-3 or when this board dies, which ever comes first.

              Thanks again for the help

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              • #8
                Re: SATA ports failing?

                Is it possible that the RAM is bad? Maybe it's writing bad data to disk and it eventually gets corrupted. Running MemTest might be a good idea just to be sure.

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