Originally Posted by Freakin
Power should be more than sufficient for this setup. How old is the PSU? How many additional drives are you trying to power? PSU is less than two years old. the total amount of drives being powered is 4, 2 SATA HDD, one IDE HDD and one Optical SATA drive.
How did you "test each harddrive in a different PC"? Pulled each hard drive, put in a different PC, then checked for SMART errors, did butterfly read and safe write tests on all of them
Are there any S.M.A.R.T. errors for the drives? no
Are the write errors on the primary drive or the additional drives? How are they presented? Only on the additional drives. they are presented as delayed write fails ( as if you had pulled a USB stick out of a slot when it was copying a file)
Have you run scandisk on the drives? Yes, no errors, and have tried this on both the native PC and a separate PC.
Are the sata ports all on the same controller? I have not checked this, but will tonight. this may be the problem, I didn't think of this.
Who is the motherboard manufacturer? Update the chipset drivers, and possibly the bios. Replace sata cables if you have any extras. I redid the chipset drivers, but haven't done the BIOS yet. The motherboard is THIS
Beside those good questions above, what write errors are you seeing and where are you seeing it? Is there any information in the event log -- what exactly does it say? "The Driver detected a controller error" nothing else. That may be my problem.
What does it mean to say they are not useable until you reboot? They're not found in windows or explorer or something else? What happens is that when the delayed write error comes up, if you try to access a file on the drive it will refuse to load anything. It will continue to "delay write fail" until you power off the PC.
How do you know that all the drives are being accessed at the same time -- accessed by what and doing what? Normally I can get this to do it every time by copying a file off of either the DVD drive directly onto my secondary (non-OS)drives, or copying a file from my OS drive to a non OS drive and using the third drive to listen to some music or watch a a video.
It looks like I will check the controllers tonight. That could definitely be the problem.