The problem you are experiencing could be related to compatibility with the motherboard.
This board is a few years old (2009) and it only has SATA 2 (3.0 Gb/s). The hard drive you are using requires SATA 3 (6.0 Gb/s).
If you can, test the HDD on another system first. It would be a shame to buy another motherboard only to find out that your brand new HDD is bad.
I have the same motherboard and would consider buying a seagate ST3000DM001. However, although seagate state that it's backwardly compatible with sata II, I'm a bit worried after reading your note regarding the wd hdd.
Could you please advise if the seagate ST3000DM001 will function correctly on the DH55HC board?
Please let me know if you have another HD so you can try it on that board, just to check if the SATA port is or not working.
Are you able to boot to the OS using another HD?
Have you tried changing the boot order on the BIOS?
Please let me know?
Technically speaking, if the Seagate HD is backwards compatible you should be able to use it on the SATA II ports.
However, the hard drive’s speed will be 3.0Gbs instead of 6.00Gbs.
I have a similar problem. I've purchased the same HDD but I have a DP35DP motherboard. I want to use this disk as a massive storage unit. I have another HDD as primary unit which boots with Win 7.
As I told I have the same issue. To test if the problem has anything to do with a compatibility issue, I've disconected the primary HDD and let the WD30EZRX as primarry... Then I put an Win 7 Instalation disk to see if it was recognized, and for my surprised it was there, but as a 746Gb HDD.
So, up to now, what I got is this. Functionnig as a primary disk, the system recognized only a 740 GB HDD. And as a secondary disk niether windows nor motherboard recognized it.
Does this help to know what is going on?
I've already upgraded the bios and the chipset drivers to the latest version (Intel download center)
Please check on the BIOS if UEFI is “enable” or not. It is necessary to have this feature enable, when you are using 2 TB hard drives and more.