AsRock Motherboards and 2.5 external hard drives


I noticed a problem Western Digital My passport 1 TB, I could hear clicks from the drive when it’s connected to my famous Asrock x58 Deluxe, the same clicks you would hear from a bad hard drive, failing to spin-up.  I assumed that the drive is bad. but that was not right, it is working like a charm on other computers, even laptops.

The drive copy some files without errors, many people would have just listened to lady GaGa and just danced assuming the everything is gonna be Ok, but it’s not.

I checked the files that I backed up but most of them were corrupted!!!! yes corrupted, windows thought everything was ok but it wasn’t.

After investing a couple of hours of my sorry life trying to find a solution to this, I understood that the problem was that the drive is not getting enough power to be more specific the 5V delivered were not complete I tried all the following without success, :

– Changing the used port

– Unplugging eveything on the same hub

– Over clocking the board

-running the asrock power saving mode

– Upgrading the BIOS

– different file systems for the drive.

– The asrock App charger, (that is suppsed to make ipods and iphones charge faster off AsRock boards by that delivering higher voltage to them).

– Updating the Intel INF drivers.

So I dug a little deeper and here is what I discovered.

There are two Enhanced USB controllers and about 6 regular USB controllers in the chipset.

The Motherboard seems to be stacking all USB devices on the same controller, which append to be the first enhanced controller 3ACC. I think it would be safe to assume that the controller is able to deliver only a limited current, so if you have multiple high power consumption devices, you will fail to deliver enough power to everything.

In my case, I have a USB webcam sucking 500 mA, A USB WiMax modem, sucking another 500 mA, a USB printer draining around 100 mA, so when I add the external hard drive claiming an extra 500 mA, from the same poor little controller, it would be natural to have a failure.

I tried something that got me some interesting results:

I went around and disabled the rock star USB Enhanced host controller that  is gathering all usb hardware around it, and guess what? now the usb devices are distributed among hubs, and I have no power failures, and no clicks!!!

But I still have a problem, the copy speed of the hard drive went down from 30 MB /s to just a couple hundred KBs, and anytime I would re – enable the first enhanced controller, all devices would disconnect and reconnect to it as they were before.

Patriot Memory Flash Disk repair tool

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This tool allows you to repair your Patriot Memory flash disk if you are unable to format it with any other method because it appears as Read-only.

This method performs a low-level format to the disk and remove the Read-only attribute.

This tool is not available from the patriot memory website, only the support guys can directly email it to you.

Here is a copy of the email a friend got from the support team on how to use this tool.

Dear Valued Customer,

Attached I have included a software that will low level format and re-initialize the device. Please keep in mind using this software will delete all the data on the drive and restore the drive to its original manufacturer stage.

Please make sure to detach all other flash drives and only have the Patriot Memory drive plugged in to your computer when using the utility.

The file name is been set to Patriot.vin. Once you download the file, rename to Patriot.zip and use the software. Please be aware that this process can only be completed one time!

Patriot Memory Technical Support Team

I have successfully used this tool to repair a patrioit 8GB Xporter. the downside is that according to the support team this tool can only be used once for every flash disk for some reason.

Here is the download link. Patriot Memory 2.9.0.5
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please report about the results of using this tool

Good luck

AMI BIOS Recovery

Did your BIOS upgrade went wrong? A computer with a corrupted bios is a dead computer, the best  it can do is to sound some alarm through the internal case speaker, the board can’t actually work with screen to write what’s going on.

There is some Black magic you can use to revive your computer, in fact when the bios is corrupted it does not only sound the alarm but also it check’s the floppy drive (who said floppies are extinct devices?) it is in fact looking for some files in the floppy to recover, and here we will learn how to make them.

first get  one or more floppies (you never know when will a floppy let you down) and find a working PC with a floppy drive.

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