So I received my SATA hat and top board a few days ago. Unfortunately, it came with a broken SATA cable and was missing the 10-pin connector. In addition, I’ve had a heck of a time getting it to boot and recognize all the drives. Currently set up with 3 3.5" HDDS (2TB each). Powering the hat with a 12V 5A molex power supply (with a molex to floppy adapter). The pi is headless which makes troubleshooting a bit more complicated.
Here’s the timeline:
When no drives are connected to the hat, the pi will boot fine and connect to my network. When each drive was connected individually, they all worked. When drives A and B were both connected, no problems. When drives A and C were connected, no problems. When drives B and C were connected, there was no boot. If all three drives were connected, no boot.
Ended up deleting all the partitions on the drives and trying again. After a bit more troubleshooting, I was able to get all 3 drives connected and recognized by the pi.
After that was fixed, I disconnected everything so I could attach the fan and heat-sink (since I had removed it during troubleshooting) and to put it in my case. Put everything back together and now it won’t boot if there is a drive connected (any drive), but if no drives are connected it boots and connects to my network just fine.
Really starting to tear my hair out with this one. Some really strange issues…