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Windows 7: Cannot access bios after SSD upgrade

04 Jul 2012   #31

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I assume you are referring to post #4. Please note the words "during installation".

This is not the same thing as "do not install the Gigabyte Drivers" after installation.

I'm not playing with SSDs yet, so I can't comment on which AHCI driver would be best, Gigabyte or Samsung, but if forced at gunpoint I'd guess the Gigabyte driver!

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04 Jul 2012   #32

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You do not need to designate SP1, just 32 bit or 64 bit. I am assuming you are 64 bit.

You need to install all of the Gigabyte drivers for the on-board devices.
These are the ones you need:

The best way to assure that Windows will install to the correct physical hard disk drive (and to assure that the installed partition is C: is to disconnect all other hard disk drives and only have the SSD connected. Then the process is truly foolproof.

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05 Jul 2012   #33

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Welcome to Seven Forums Bob.

AMD AHCI is the driver for your SSD/HDDs, there is no Samsung 'Driver' for a SSD/HDD.
The Samsung SSD will only have Firmware, which runs the SSD processor.

I wouldn't install the 2009/11/05 AHCI driver from the Gigabyte site, that is pretty old, get the newest Win7 AHCI driver from AMD.
AMD Chipset Drivers

AMD Chipset Drivers 25.9 MB 12.6 6/28/2012
This package is for motherboards with 700 series or newer AMD chipsets, and includes:
AMD Chipset Drivers
AMD USB 3.0 Driver
As TVeblen mentioned, disconnect all other hard disk drives and only have the SSD connected.
Best to connect the SSD to SATA port0, check your motherboard manual.
GA-MA78G-DS3H (rev. 2.x)

Windows will call any partition that an OS is booted to and running as Drive 'C', no need to worry about it.
Leave your wired internet connection plugged in and Win7 will install most of the drivers you need.
Just be sure your BIOS is set to AHCI mode before you install Win7 on your SSD.
If it is set to IDE or RAID, let us know before you change anything, as it will crash if you change it and re-boot without the proper driver.

Your manual pg 48.
OnChip SATA Type (SATA2_0~SATA2_3 connectors)
Configures the operating mode of the integrated SATA2_0~SATA2_3 controller.
  • Native IDE
    Allows the SATA controller to operate in Native IDE mode. (Default)
    Enable Native IDE mode if you wish to install operating systems that
    support Native mode.
  • RAID
    Enables RAID for the SATA controller.
  • AHCI
    Configures the SATA controller to AHCI mode. Advanced Host Controller
    Interface (AHCI) is an interface specification that allows the storage driver to
    enable advanced Serial ATA features such as Native Command Queuing
    and hot plug.
Your motherboard only has SATA2 (3Gb/s) connectors, the Samsung 830 Series is a SATA3 (6Gb/s) device, and is SATA2 compatible.
It won't be able to run at it's full, advertised, speed.
It will run very fast, you will see a huge performance increase compared to the old HDD.
And it will run at full speed if you ever decide to upgrade your motherboard or add a SATA3 card.
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05 Jul 2012   #34

Win7 x64
Installing a Samsung 830 SSD onto a Gigabyte GA-MA78G-DS3H Rev 2.0

Thanks very much TVeblen and Dave76! What a great forum this is!

A general question: Does Windows ever include manufacturer specific drivers on its install disks or only its own generic drivers?

TVeblen - I am curious about why you eliminated the Realtec Ethernet Diagnostic Utility?

The BIOS must currently say RAID because I have a RAID 0 C/D (it's partitioned) drive. But I'll be removing the two drives which constitute the RAID 0 C/D drive when I install the SSD drive.

I still have to work out all of the detail but the plan I have so far is to ...

power down,
remove the two drives which constitute the RAID 0 C/D drive (but I do not yet know how to figure out which two they are!),
disconnect all other drives,
replace the battery because this is a good opportunity to do so,
make the AHCI BIOS change,
install the SSD drive,
power up and install Windows 7 (OEM),
update drivers,
connect the other hard drives,
reinstall all of the applications I will have lost,
if all's gone well sacrifice my firstborn to the gods!,
report my success here with thanks for all of the assistance (I'm sure I'll need more before this is done),
have a beer! maybe two!

Have I missed anything?

I've just discovered the AMD Away issue and I am currently researching that. I hope that there is some solution because I really like hibernate mode. I can't use it currently because I don't have enough free space on my C drive and when the machine is in sleep mode it reboots after a power failure!

Thanks again, Bob
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05 Jul 2012   #35

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Because it is not a driver.

You may want to use it (it is a Diagnostic Utility) if you had Ethernet/Connectivity problems, or just to see what it does, but it is not required or necessary (as far as I know) to install the OS or run the system.

One note on your current RAID array: You will want to "break the RAID" on those drives before you disconnect them. I do not play with RAID so I can't tell you the exact procedure, but I've seen plenty of posts on this forum from people having trouble trying to use drives that were previously in a RAID when the RAID was not broken first.
Perhaps someone else here knows more.
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05 Jul 2012   #36

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Because it is a RAID 0 array I believe you will need to:
  • Copy all of your (needed) data (user files) to another backup hard drive.
  • Go into BIOS and disable the RAID array
  • Reboot - you will now have 2 independent drives
  • Copy all your backed up data to one of the two drives
  • Erase the second drive.
That is how I understand it.
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05 Jul 2012   #37

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64

You will get some of your non-wMS drivers when you install Win7, you must have the internet wired connection plugged in during the install to do this.

Go to your BIOS, look in your motherboard manual I linked above on page 48 it will show you where to look, to find out what the setting is.
You can't have RAID on one hard drive with two partitions, do you have two hard drives installed?

In the Windows 7 start menu search box type diskmgmt.msc then click it.
Post a snip of the full Disk Managament window.

For posting the information , enter 'Snipping tool' in the Start button > Search box, hit enter. Select the area you want to post and save to a convenient place.
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06 Aug 2012   #38

Win7 x64

I completed my project (substituting an SSD for a RAID array and upgrading to Win7 in one shot) several weeks ago and have been wanting to report back that all went pretty well. Thanks in no small measure to the help I received here. And Gigabyte was good about responding to questions sent to them. (Although often not very specific.)

ONE PROBLEM I had is that I hadn't experimented to make sure I knew how to boot from a DVD drive. The motherboard manual provided two ways to do that and neither worked for me! I forget the details now but finally I figured out how to make one of the methods work.

I also had a number of hard drives installed, all of which were identical, and it took a while to get them all sorted out.

I really don't know where I stand on drivers. Either Win7 found and downloaded what was needed or I didn't need any.

The SSD drive is very nice. Machine boots very fast.

I wish I had changed the battery but it just wasn't at all obvious how to remove the existing one and the motherboard manual was of no help. I should have sent that question to Gigabyte but did not.

I have a minot power management question but I don't think that this thread is the best place for it.

Thanks again to all of those who provided assistance. Bob
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