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I built a new system this weekend based on ASUS P6T V2 Deluxe and Core I7. My question regards how to configure two installed harddrives. POST is reporting "no hard disk is detected.".

My config is:
Processor: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366
Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 Black Steel ATX Full
Power Supply: Coolermaster 750W 1 SLI CrossFire Ready Active
CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 V8 120mm Rifle
Harddrives: WD Caviar Black 640GB 7200 SATA 3.0Gb/s (qty:2)
Video Card: VGA SAPPHIRE| HD5870 1G RT
Keyboard - Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000
SOund Card: Internal to motherboard
Speakers: Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker
CD/DVD Burner: PLEXTOR Black 24X DVD+R SATA 24X DVD/CD Writer

I have the two WD Drives installed in SATA1 and Sata2 connectors. The Plextor cd/dvd in in SATA3.

The BIOS sees them both. In BIOS, Main tab - SATA is configured [Enhanced]; Configure SATA as [IDE] is the default but the options are RIAD and AHCI.
In BIOS, BOOT Tab - Boot device priority [SATA WDC harddrive];
interesting a comment on the right side of the BIOS screen says "A device enclsoed in Parenthesis has been disabled in the corresponding type menu."

Under Hard Disk Drives, 1st HD lists SATA WDC; 2nd HD lists SATA WDC.


I did run the ASUS driver disk which ran some utilities but hung up trying to create a floppy disk Intel HD Boot disk in drive A: I don't have a floppy in this system.
I did not set any jumper settings on the two SATA drives, do I need to? I recall needing to set jumpers on EIDE drives when installing them.


What do I need to do to configure these drives properly?
Last night I used Cute Partition Manager to delete two partitions and create one large NTFS partition on both drives. I used a WIN XP Boot disk to format both disks as NTFS.
I am told by PCMECH.com today to disconnect one drive, wipe the drive using WDC utility and attempt to reinstall the WIN7 installation. Then later connect the 2nd drive. I was told to disable MARVEL HD controller in BIOS but I don;t know how to do that (haven;t found that option).
I see IDE, AHCI, RAID options in BIOS but I don;t know which is better. I thought I'd like to use RAID0.

All help is appreciated?

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I've disconnected drive2 and rebooted in to BIOS.
Selected AHCI under Main, Storage Configuration instead of IDE.
New option appears "AHCI Configuration" and when selected it reports AHCI Settings as"
SATA Port1 through Port6 {Not Detected}

this is even though the Main Screen report Sata1 WDC WD6401AALS drive and SATA3 as Plextor DVDR

Any idea how I correct these SATA ports not being detected?
 

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Using a single drive setup as "IDE", what happens during bootup?

I've never been a big supporter of RAID. It was never meant as a way of increasing performance. In normal everyday activities, RAID is typically slower, not faster.

As for AHCI, I've yet to configure or use it. In the case of new hardware as you have here, it should simply be a matter of enabling it.
 

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I too like my team mate Dogg am not a fan of using Raid. What I suspect is that your computer is looking for a raid array, but no raid drivers are loaded or the array has not been set up. If you wish to detect a single drive, then turn off the raid controller in the bios setup menu. You also, in that case want to cinfigure sata in IDE mode in the bios setup menu.
 
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