SATA drive boot hang

By spambullough ·
Interesting little problem...
My PC has 2 SATA hard drives and 2 IDE CD Burners in it.
Occasionally, it boots very slowly up to the point that the BIOS scans for IDE drives. It then freezes up having found only 3 of the 4 drives.
Thereafter, this situation persists for every boot until I physically unplug the SATA cable of the offending drive from the motherboard, and plug it back in again. Then the PC will boot ok for 5 or 6 goes before the problem comes back.

Simply unplugging the machine from the mains doesn't clear the problem, it has to be a physical replug of that specific SATA cable. This would indicate a bad cable or socket, but I've tried a different SATA cable. I've tried using different SATA slots. It doesn't help.

Anyone seen this problem before or have any ideas what the problem could be?


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