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    SATA PCI Addon card - powering up

    I have a Promise SATA300 add on card which allows me to add 4 SATA II ports to my PC. Works great (as I don't need RAID) as it is with 3 x 400GB drives attached running as my server.

    The problem I am having is that when I power up the box, the BIOS on the card kicks up and searches for the drives - sometimes it doesn't see all 3 drives and so I have to power cycle, this can take a few goes or work first time.

    Any ideas why this may be, its on old hardware - a mATX board (forget the brand) running a 2.8 Northwood P4, one DVD-RW, one IDE hdd for the OS and power comes from a Seasonic S12 430w. Also an old AGP graphics card (a Geforce Ti 2).

    Any ideas?

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    SATA cables can easily come loose - have you made sure they are all plugged in tightly?

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    Can you set a hard drive spin-up delay in the add-on cards BIOS?
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    Cables on tight - well as tight as SATA allows - it doesn;t have that solid connection feel of old IDE, thats for sure......I see if there is some BIOS settings on the card - never even thought of going in there to have a look or even if I can but will definitely check it out....

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    Checked in the manual and pressed every key - you can't access the bios on the card. I emailed support at Promise and they confirmed that the bios is inaccessiable. Anyway - they suggested that I delay the motherboard boot process such as making the POST do more like check memory etc. This may give it sometime for the disks to power up.

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