I've posted a few times before about an intermittent freezing problem I've been having (frozen screen, keyboard mouse etc non responsive but no error messages/BSOD - only way to recover is to press and hold power button to force power off).
I was going to take it to a repair shop, but I just had a bit of a success in my own recent troubleshooting...but I need some help with the next steps please...sorry in advance for the long post but I wanted to provide as many exact details as possible.
My setup (will post exact specs at end of this post):
Main drive: SSD (OS and programs)
Additional (regular) HDD 1: data/storage
Additional (regular) HDD 2: programs (but since my last reinstall a few months back, I haven't yet installed any programs to this drive, so it's empty.
Just standard setup - I'm not running RAID.
Last week, I disconnected the two HDD's and left the PC running with light usage during this time. In the 5 days since I did that, I haven't had the freeze again. In the past, the freezes would mostly be anywhere between each day, up to 3 or 4 days apart - very rarely would it go longer than that with no freezes. So, while I'm not 100% certain this is the cause - I think it's a high possibility. So it seems to me it's related either to one or both of the HDD's - hardware or drivers/software/BIOS etc - or the cables - or the MB connections.
So now, I'm reconnecting the HDD's again to try and exactly isolate the problem. I have tried different SATA cables before, so I'm pretty sure it's not that. I've also run diagnostics on the HDD's, so there's no obvious physical problem there, and they are both just 1 year old. As far as I know, drivers/BIOS is quite difficult to screw up, so I think that part is fine (but I will need to double check later to make sure).
So, what I would like to do next is to test the different MB SATA connectors - and this is where I am very out of my depth and don't understand which drives should be plugged into which connectors.
Hoping you can advice me which drives should be plugged into which connectors exactly. I'd like to know about the SSD and the two HD's, as well as the DVD drive.
Here is the manual for the motherboard: http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/...206.1477834344
I am a bit confused about which drives should use the Intel Z170 SATA connector, and which should use the ASMedia SATA connectors.(page 1-7, and 1-32-33 of the manual)
For the Intel connectors, I am further confused because there are 6 different connectors: see the MB manual, set 'A' has 2, and set B has 6 connectors (4 regular 'L' shape and two smaller ones).
For the ASMedia connectors, there are two connectors, both the same.
I should also mention, when I run the 'Intel Rapid Storage Technology' utility, the 'storage system view' shows SATA HDD on Controller 0 Port 0, and SATA SSD on Controller 0 Port 1. The third HDD doesn't show, it shows empty internal ports 2,3,4 and 5.- shouldn't all three drives show here?
Yet, all three drives (plus DVD writer) are visible on File Explorer. Plus, all three drives show in Samsung Magician too.
Which drives should be plugged into which connectors? And how about the DVD drive? Does it even matter? If not, any other thoughts on what might be causing the previous freezes?
Windows 10, all updates installed
CPU: i7 6700K
MB: Asus Maximum VIII Hero BIOS v3201
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970
SSD: Samsung 850 PRO 512GB
HDD: WDD 6TB Green (data)
HDD: WDD 3TB Black (programs)