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Windows 7: SSD wont boot through sata3

04 Dec 2011   #1
abc545

Windows 7
 
 
SSD wont boot through sata3

when i plug in my SSD to a sata 3 port the computer freezes at splash screen.. plugged into normal sata ports it boots just fine


windows 7 is already installed on the SSD
latest firmware
bios is relatively up to date
no other drives connected
changed some settings from IDE -> ahci in bios


not really sure whats up


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05 Dec 2011   #2
dsk04

windows 7 premium 64 bit
 
 

has it booted with the ahci set in bios? i had some problems with my new ssd freezeing when windows got done starting up, did you try safe mode?
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05 Dec 2011   #3
abc545

Windows 7
 
 

im not sure what your asking... ahci is set and it will boot when connected to a sata port... but when i swap the cable to a sata3 port it freezes before i can get to the bios/boot.... only thing i can think of is maybe i have a bios setting wrong??
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05 Dec 2011   #4
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

It should work - SATA-III is backward-compatible to SATA-II so your SSD would work, but it would still transfer data over the controller interface at SATA-II speed only.

That's assuming your SSD isn't actually a SATA-III drive, of course.

But it's possible that you're simply running into a rare incompatibility between the SSD and the controller. In any case, unless this is a very high-performance drive you won't really notice the difference by sticking with a SATA-II port instead.

It doesn't sound like anything you can really influence with the BIOS, and AHCI won't have anything to do with it anyway. What you could try is updating the SSD's firmware to the latest version, which is a good idea anyway.
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05 Dec 2011   #5
abc545

Windows 7
 
 

The SDD is a Vertex 3 it has the latest firmware version... the controller is a Marvell which i understand is not optimal... but they should be compatible none the less...as a side note my regular HDD does not boot either when plugged into the SATA3 port...very strange
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05 Dec 2011   #6
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

Are you using a sata3 cable?
Not sure if that matters, I know a sata3 cable can be used on a sata2 device, but unsure what would happen if a sata3 device was plugged into a sata3 port with a sata2 cable.

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05 Dec 2011   #7
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by abc545 View Post
The SDD is a Vertex 3 it has the latest firmware version... the controller is a Marvell which i understand is not optimal... but they should be compatible none the less...as a side note my regular HDD does not boot either when plugged into the SATA3 port...very strange
About 3 weeks ago i bought a OCZ Vertex 3 w/ Sandforce 2281 controller could not get it to work right, i jumped through all the hoop's with no success, firmware update, then there was the NVidia motherboard fix nothing helped. It shouldn't be this hard to get something to work, so i sent it back for a refund. You would think waiting to the second or third gen they would work right out of the box. Just my 2 cents.

You haven't posted your system spec's so it's kinda hard to determine your problem, but as you can see in my upper post the Vertex 3 has a Sandforce SF-2281 controller which has been problematic for people w/ NVidia motherboards.
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05 Dec 2011   #8
abc545

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 1Bowtie View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by abc545 View Post
The SDD is a Vertex 3 it has the latest firmware version... the controller is a Marvell which i understand is not optimal... but they should be compatible none the less...as a side note my regular HDD does not boot either when plugged into the SATA3 port...very strange
About 3 weeks ago i bought a OCZ Vertex 3 w/ Sandforce 2281 controller could not get it to work right, i jumped through all the hoop's with no success, firmware update, then there was the NVidia motherboard fix nothing helped. It shouldn't be this hard to get something to work, so i sent it back for a refund. You would think waiting to the second or third gen they would work right out of the box. Just my 2 cents.

You haven't posted your system spec's so it's kinda hard to determine your problem, but as you can see in my upper post the Vertex 3 has a Sandforce SF-2281 controller which has been problematic for people w/ NVidia motherboards.

pretty sure its not the SSDs fault

System specs

Athlon IIx3
Radeon 4850
4 Gb DDR3 G.skill
GA-770TA-UD3 MOBO
Vertex 3 60 GB

... has to be a bios setting or drivers ?
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06 Dec 2011   #9
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Quote:
Chipset:
  1. 1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices
  2. 6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_0, SATA2_1, SATA2_2, SATA2_3, SATA2_4, SATA2_5) supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  3. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, and JBOD
Marvell 9128 chip:
  1. 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3_6, GSATA3_7) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
  2. Support for SATA RAID 0 and RAID 1
* SATA3 RAID 0 4x and SATA3 2x performance are maximum theoretical values. Actual performance may vary by system configuration.
* SATA3 SSDs are not recommended for use in RAID 0 mode on Marvell SE9128 ports.
Not sure if the warning at the end applies, but I thought I'd highlight it.

I'm actually surprised no SATA-2 ports are listed here. According to these specs, everything is SATA-3 except the eSATA ports. I'm starting to think you simply thought the chipset-internal SATA ports were SATA-2, but you really don't get any performance loss from using them instead of the Marvell SATA ports.

(Taken from GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket AM3 - GA-770TA-UD3 (rev. 1.0))
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06 Dec 2011   #10
abc545

Windows 7
 
 

no offense but i think you got confused by the word play... sata3 and sata 3 gb/s is not the same thing, the MOBO has

6 SATA '3gb/s'
and
2 SATA3 '6gb/s

im not using the sata3 ports in RAID
and there not working at all even with a single HDD or SSD
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