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by nordicskibum / August 30, 2008 9:28 AM PDT

Here are my computer specs:
Apevia 680w - power supply
Nvidia 8800GTS 320mb - video card
Seagate 250gb 7200 rpm SATA - Primary Harddrive
Seagate 320gb 7200 rpm SATA - Secondary Harddrive
EVGA Nvidia nforce 680i - Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66 ghz - Processor

Now to my problem. When I first built my computer the only harddrive I had was the 250gb. A little while after I bought another 250gb SATA for extra storage space but everytime I started up my computer the secondary harddrive would disconnect after a half hour. So then I sold the harddrive (the harddrive works fine with the new owner) and about a week ago bought a new harddrive thinking that it could have just been the other harddrive not wanting to work with my computer. But the same thing is happening. It isn't exactly a half hour everytime. Sometimes it can take 15 minutes before it disconnects. I have checked temps inside my computer but nothing is remotely high. Anyone know what is going on?

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Sounds to me like
by Jimmy Greystone / August 30, 2008 9:49 AM PDT
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Sounds to me like there are two possibilities here.

#1: You have a faulty SATA controller
#2: You have a faulty SATA cable

If two drives both exhibit the same symptoms and at least one of those drives appears to work fine in a different system, then that points the finger pretty clearly at there being something wrong with your system.

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(NT) which one is more likely to be the problem?
by nordicskibum / August 30, 2008 10:40 AM PDT
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(NT) Have you tried a SATA PCI CARD?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 30, 2008 9:53 AM PDT
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k
by nordicskibum / August 30, 2008 10:37 AM PDT

Are there pci cards that have the SATA outputs on the inside? Should I get one for each harddrive or just for the on that isn't working?

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Try the cable
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 30, 2008 10:41 AM PDT
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And yes there are all sorts of cards out there.

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(NT) Definitely try another cable
by VAPCMD / August 30, 2008 10:11 AM PDT
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PS> What about heat?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 30, 2008 10:47 AM PDT
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I know some will rely on temperature monitoring software but go OLD SCHOOL and leave the case cover off for the next test run.

Also, leave space between drives. Don't stack them.
Bob

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