I know thats probably not whats happening here but the inciting incident that brought these errors to my attention was a double hard drive failure in close proximity - yes the second one was the backup >_<.
I load up smart programs periodically and look at health indicators but that wasnt enough to save me from my 1.3TB~ loss. These programs include Smartfan, Crystal Disk Info and Speccy.
So like the title says my System event log is littered with errors saying "The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Ide\IdePort3" - port 5 comes up a lot too.
Ive experienced some wonkyness with drives occasionally not showing up that has prompted me to replace some Sata cables but that hasnt made everything right as rain. Some other weirdness is occasionally a large batch file transfer will simply stop without error partway through. It happens very rarely and usually when im doing something weird like copying a windows installation from one drive to another and things like file permissions might be to blame.
NOTEI have freshly run WD WinDlg 1.24 quick tests on the hd's mentioned in the event log and they both passed.
Anyways a little info on my system: http://www.overclock...view/id/4990759
Windows 7 ultimate x64 SP1 updated and patched
ASRock Extreme 6 - Note for better or worse I usually install the intel chipset/storage drivers and then update from within the device manager for things like the SATA AHCI Controller and the system devices Chipset Family PCI Express Root - one more example. Am I the only one who finds it odd that you install these drivers but then they dont get used?
5 Western Digital HD's as follows: (note I have 120 mm fans blowing over them at all times so they dont heat up)
466GB Western Digital WDC WD5000AAKS-00V1A0 ATA Device (SATA) 32 °C
1863GB Western Digital WDC WD20EZRX-00DC0B0 ATA Device (SATA) 29 °C
1863GB Western Digital WDC WD20EARS-00MVWB0 ATA Device (SATA) 32 °C
1863GB Western Digital WDC WD20EARS-00MVWB0 ATA Device (SATA) 33 °C
2795GB Western Digital WDC WD30EZRX-00MMMB0 ATA Device (SATA) 32 °C
Ive uploaded a filtered System Log here since attachments to the forum dont seem to be working. Note you can ignore the cdrom errors that was me copying 300~ old discs I had over to hd.
I only recently started trying to cause the errors and its tricky to do. I think it happens most often when im def ragging the drive (and nothing else) or I have several small bt downloads going while bulk transferring from the drive. Though they do seem to crop up randomly as well.
Anyways I followed the link microsoft added to the error but that just brought here to here: http://social.techne...d-11-atapi.aspx which focuses on SCSI controllers and isnt very helpful.
I googled the error and found some people talking about dying chipsets/ sata controllers which seems weird since ive never heard of a component like that failing. Ive heard about the intel sata 3gbps chipset bug that caused the controllers to fail over time and cause errors out the wazoo but i dont think my Z77 chipset is affected?
So I ask you MSFN - what would you do in my shoes? Im thinking of breaking out some of those fresh SATA cables I have sitting around in MB boxes and checking back on it but I feel like that wont solve things you know? Should I just blindly RMA my motherboard? help! (please).
Edited by jdub, 02 June 2013 - 02:02 PM.