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  What would cause SATA ports to sporratically stop working? 
 
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Nathan Daniels May 17, 2010, 08:27am EDT Report Abuse
My friend has been having troubles with his computer lately. When he turns it on, a message saying the HDD could not boot shows up. After a little troubleshooting, we tried a new SATA port for the main HDD and it worked. Then, after a few says, the new SATA port was giving us the same problem so we went to another. Well now it happened again and we are running out of ports. He ordered a new MB so we're hoping it's case-closed but I am just curious what would cause this to happen. I have never heard of the actual SATA ports going bad before.


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micro May 17, 2010, 11:26am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: What would cause SATA ports to sporratically stop working?
It could be that the hdd is going bad, or a poor cable. I would think that if one port on the mobo went bad, none of them would work.

The sata cable is not supposed to be bent past 90 degrees, or it could just be the routing of the cable.

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Bob B. Jul 22, 2010, 01:11am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: What would cause SATA ports to sporratically stop working?
Keep us posted on if the new mobo fixes his problem and make sure he tried to not format to see if he can replicate the problem via software, or hardware.

If he formats first and just starts from scratch we may never know.

My SATA drives are both running slow after one disappeared from win explorer so I'm wondering myself if I need a new Mobo or it's the drives even though they work, they are WAYYYY slow all of the sudden.

Nathan Daniels Jul 22, 2010, 10:35am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: What would cause SATA ports to sporratically stop working?
It turns out my friend's aging power supply, which was barely powerful enough to begin with, was having a hard time powering all of his hard drives plus a new sound card he forgot to mention to me. The real problem didn't show itself until he got the new MB with a new, more power-hungry CPU and the computer refused to start up. We got a new PSU and now it works like a charm. I am ashamed that, with my limited experience in troubleshooting, I didn't think about the power supply.

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