Here is the system I recently built:
Intel Core i7-960 3.20GHz LGA1366 CPU BX80601960
MB Intel BOX DX58OG
PSU Corsair 600W
MEM 4G KST KVR1333D3/4GR x3
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Western Digital 500 GB Sata 6.0 Gb-s Internal oem Drive WD5000AAKX
Western Digital 2 TB Caviar Black Sata 6GB/s Internal oem Drive WD5000AAKX
Windows 7 Home
My issue is I can only get one of the two blue SATA 6Gb ports on my board to work.
OS (Windows 7) is installed on the 500gb drive plugged into the bottom blue sata 6gb port (port 6), and with only this plugged in, the computer boots and runs like a dream. The problem begins when I plug in the 2TB hard drive to the other/top blue sata 6bg port (port 7). The drive shows up at boot and in the BIOS, but hangs on the windows loading screen for all eternity, or until I concede and cut the power.
After some troubleshooting of my own, I determined the issue was not with cables or the drives themselves (the 2TB hard drive worked fine when plugged into another machine). I also updated my drivers and BIOS. Windows tells me the Marvell Sata 6GB controllers are “up to date” but are dated 05-2010, and I’ve heard there was an update in March 2011, but I have not had success in finding the updated controller files.
I came across this post (http://communities.intel.com/message/127643) where the user dmcadams was having a similar issue with this board and, across 14 systems, determined that one of the two blue sata 6gb ports was not working in 100% of the cases. This tells me either
1) There is something inherently wrong with the blue sata 6gb ports on Intel’s DX58OG board, or
2) There is something both dmcadams and I are overlooking.
Additionally, I’ve come across this tip under Intel’s support information, titled "Enabling Support for 2 Terabyte Drives." Aha! The drive giving me issues is 2TB… The tip reads:
>> If you are using a hard drive 2 terabytes or greater in capacity,
>> you must enable UEFI (Unified Extended Firmware Interface)
>> in order for your system to recognize the drive.
>> To enable UEFI: During boot, enter the BIOS setup by pressing F2,
>> go to the Boot menu, set UEFI Boot to Enable. Press F10 to Save and Exit.
I set UEFI boot to enable and, upon reboot, found no boot drives. It seems enabling UEFI has perhaps enabled my 2TB drive but also disabled by boot drive which is only 500Gb. Either way, with UEFI enabled, I cannot boot at all.
This leads me back to square 1, with only one blue sata 6GB port working. Is it something I am overlooking/doing wrong, or is there something wrong with my board and I need to return it and get a new/different one?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, as at the moment I am out of ideas.