Hard drive/ motherboard problem?

Sir Flannel

Sir Flannel

Resident Curmudgeon
#1
Had a hard drive go south over the weekend. No biggie, I have a spare. Put it in, formatted, reinstalled windows (7), still at the point of doing updates, and now the newer drive is doing the same thing. I find it tough to believe two separate drives (both used, both WD greens, 1tb (old), and 2tb (current). Could my motherboard be giving out? Its an Asus p6t, 7 years old or so.
 
Sir Flannel

Sir Flannel

Resident Curmudgeon
#3
The drive becomes unreadable. It shows up in BIOS, and it shows up in Window startup, but the drive is not readable. I'm leaning towards motherboard, because now I have the same drive on a different SATA port, and so far, it's ok again. But I'm installing updates 5 at a time for now, just in case (it was "fine" the last time, too)
 
Technoplume

Technoplume

Member
#4
Yeah I would suspect the bridge has reach it's life limit or the mobo capacitor are giving out. Best option would be to run the Manifacturer tool on a different PC if you have one. And if they pass the test then you know it's the mobo. But it could also be a few other things, like bad update driver, bad ram or PSU. Or has simple has a bad sata cable. In Fact those break a lot in the past on me. Most likely to start with that, pretty cheap to check.
 
Sir Flannel

Sir Flannel

Resident Curmudgeon
#5
Ok, update. It appears to be back. One of two things fixed it. 1: I tried a different replacement drive and 2: I replaced the CMOS battery. My motherboard is 10 years old, and I had never changed it. I found a websight that listed some problems that a bad battery could cause, and my computer occasionally did one or two of them, so.... I did those things at the same time, so I don't know which one made the difference. Haven't had a chance to do a deep dive on the first replacement drive, I'll try to later. The more you know
 

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