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Windows 7: SSD newly installed


15 Nov 2011   #1
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 
SSD newly installed

I just installed a SSD, Crucial M4 64GB, which for now is connected via a SATAII header. If connected to the SATAIII, where it should be, it, or any drive, appears as a USB card with the Safely Remove icon.With it on SATAII it doesn't get the most performance. Any drive on SATAII shows as a normal HDD in computer. I have a 320GB HDD on the SATAIII header for storage in this snip.Performance seems a bit off for a SSD too, but I think that will improve after TRIM has more time to work.
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15 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

The "eject devices" icon is actually perfectly normal if you're running in AHCI mode, because of the hotplugging feature that comes with it. Since you'll never unplug your OS drive of course (and it probably wouldn't let you anyway), just ignore the icon.

You say it doesn't appear with devices connected to the SATA-II ports vs. SATA-III. That makes me wonder if you have separate BIOS settings to configure either one as IDE or AHCI, independently of the other.
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15 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

did you have both drives plugged in when you changed to AHCI and installed windows?
Some people have had issues.
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15 Nov 2011   #4

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

I think you have that drive K connected to an ESATA port. That will automatically treat it as hot-swap.
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15 Nov 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Is this one of those Frankenstein boards with two drive controllers?

I looked at a photo of your board and couldn't find the SATA3 ports. Are they white and laid on their side?


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15 Nov 2011   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

Gary, plug it into the sata3 port and see what happens. It should boot fine, just check it in bios. Open As SSD and dont run the test, just look at the top left and see what driver it shows.
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16 Nov 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corazon View Post
The "eject devices" icon is actually perfectly normal if you're running in AHCI mode, because of the hotplugging feature that comes with it. Since you'll never unplug your OS drive of course (and it probably wouldn't let you anyway), just ignore the icon.

You say it doesn't appear with devices connected to the SATA-II ports vs. SATA-III. That makes me wonder if you have separate BIOS settings to configure either one as IDE or AHCI, independently of the other.
I have aboth drives connected to SATA AHCI, only the K has the Safe to remove. It is SATA III, my eSATA ports are on the back of the mobo.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
Is this one of those Frankenstein boards with two drive controllers?

I looked at a photo of your board and couldn't find the SATA3 ports. Are they white and laid on their side?
Yes, actually 3 contollers, JMicron, Marvell, and GSata. One for SATA II, SATA III, and yet another for eSATA. Yes the SATA III are those white ones.
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16 Nov 2011   #8

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Sounds to me like your SATA-II simply doesn't have the hardware support for hotplugging. Which makes sense as it's much more useful for your eSATA ports.
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17 Nov 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

All sata3 controllers are different from sata2.
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17 Nov 2011   #10

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
All sata3 controllers are different from sata2.
Not really. Intel does it with one. It's part of the Platform Controller Hub. Only one driver set is needed. Motherboards that have multiple controllers need a driver set for each. In the above case, Marvell drivers AND Micron drivers depending on which controller is used. If you use both, then both driver sets are needed. If the ESATA is on a separate controller, then it too needs a driver set.
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