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Old 05-21-2018, 09:18 PM   #1
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I built a top of the line computer back in 2009 with an ASUS P6TD Deluxe MB. About a year ago either one of the SATA ports failed (or maybe it was dusty) and so I stopped using it, and connecting my C drive to another SATA port.
Today I was surfing the net when the page just froze up and the computer restarted. Then I got a "no operating system found" error at start up. It said to unplug any drive that doesn't have an OS. I unplugged my other drive and indeed it started up. Now I've been using the computer for over an hour.
C drive passed Crystal Disk info test. About to test 2nd drive (that's disconnected now).

My question is do you think it's time to shop for another computer?
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Old 05-22-2018, 02:34 AM   #2
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How long do motherboards last?
Somewhere between 20 seconds and 20 years? There are an awful lot of very old computers still running normally.

It's more about the quality of components on the board, hours powered on, conditions, ventilation and so on than simple age of the board.
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It's just strange that when I connect my 2nd hard drive I get this "operating system not found" error at start up. If I unplug it, then it boot fine. Was working fine until yesterday.
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As above with both posts. I've got a 2007 build still going strong with an ASUS in it. My 2015 build is also going strong after a broken water pipe sprayed water into the back of the machine for two days (and flooded the entire house) while we were away for the weekend. The high pressure water had cut through two layers of sheet rock from the bathroom on the other side of my office wall. There was also a power surge that fried our oven electronics but my UPS saved it from that by sacrificing itself. The computer did not boot for several days and the insurance company sent an electronics restoration specialist out who opened the case, cleaned and dried it out after which it booted, he ran all kinds of tests and it's been working perfectly ever since. He said it's typical if they get wet to not work but then after drying out work fine, although we don't know if the event shortened its eventual lifespan.

Or you can get a new motherboard out of the box to fail. A lot depends on how you treat your machine. Don't let it sit in a hot car, make sure it operates cool, keep it clean, protect from static, etc. And shut the water off to your whole house whenever you are away. Lesson learned the hard way.
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It's just strange that when I connect my 2nd hard drive I get this "operating system not found" error at start up. If I unplug it, then it boot fine. Was working fine until yesterday.
I assume you checked the boot sequence order in the BIOS settings?
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Have you checked your bios settings to see what is set as first boot device in the list.
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Both hard drives are recognized under "Hard Disk Drives" but only my C drive appears under "Boot Device Priority". That's what was strange about getting this "Operating System Not Found Error" because it shouldn't even be looking at my 2nd drive for an OS. This might have something to do with the fact that my C drive is connected to SATA 2 and my D drive to SATA 1. I stopped using SATA 0 when I had problems a year ago.
UPDATE: Now I am able to boot with both drives connected. Everything is working again. Perhaps if I have this problem again I will flip the SATA 1 and 2 connections around so that my C drive is in SATA 1. Or maybe SATA 0 has starting working again for all I know. Nothing surprises me with this 9 year old computer!
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I have an Asus P5K3 Deluxe that I built into my primary desktop about 10 years ago. It, too, was top of the line at the time and is still going strong, though in that time I have had to replace the Patriot RAM under warranty due to a manufacturing defect and the power supply and UPS due to a lightning strike. Most recently I replaced the HDD with an SSD but had great difficulty with the migration and backups due to some sector errors that had formed in the middle of my C partition. I didn't notice those errors before because they only corrupted a few data files, not the operating system, but they were enough to bring down every backup and migration program I tried. Ended up reloading Windows 10 from scratch and moving my files over to the SSD by drag and drop. The mobo's chipset is slow and won't drive the SSD at its rated speed but I'm back online with most of my data intact.
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I actually see a couple new ASUS P6TD Deluxe MB's on Ebay but they all say "NEW (other)". I guess that means refurbished. Not gonna touch a refurbished board.
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