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Windows 7: Can't format second SSD

06 Dec 2013   #11
smarteyeball

 
 

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It is new, not refurbished. It is possible that I could get 2 bad drives in a row but I would think that would be a very rare case.
Always possible, but in this case, very unlikely.

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Very first time I loaded the drives after I got them, it went well as a RAID set up, not my intention to raid, just forgot to swap to the ACHI when I removed the platters. No problems with it working when it was set to raid.
Hmm. Raid would have used a different driver.

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It has no problems when I plug into the SATA7 port
Since the drive works fine on it's own, as part of a Raid etc - I think it's pretty safe to say the drive itself is fine.



Ports 1-6 are the AMD SB850 chipset. Sata 7 is a Jmicron chipset. Different storage controllers.

Can you post a screenshot of device Manager>Storage Controllers expanded please?

ie:

Can't format second SSD-storage.jpg

It's time to see what controller is actually installed and being used - The AMD driver, or the stock Windows AHCI driver.

If it's the AMD driver installed, it may be worthwhile uninstalling it, rebooting and letting the Windows driver be installed and used instead.

If it's already using the MS driver, it may be time to install the AMD controller driver.


Hopefully this is just a case of a bad driver.


(create a restore point first)




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06 Dec 2013   #12
CreativeAnarchy

Windows XP and 7
 
 

Controller screenshot. I tried to update the driver but windows said it was up to date. My search foo is pretty bad and I may need a little help trying to pin down where to get the AMD driver. I don't remember finding one available when I was initially trying to update drivers, that was also when I was fighting with a bricked disk and didn't know it which really didn't help that bit of frustration.


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07 Dec 2013   #13
smarteyeball

 
 

Try this to start with. (It's for Win 7 x64)


It's from MSI's site (ATI System Drivers for 7xx/8xx/SB7xx/SB8xx Series). Hopefully it also contains the chipset drivers needed. The only other standalone controller driver on that page is the Raid controller drivers.
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09 Dec 2013   #14
CreativeAnarchy

Windows XP and 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Try this to start with. (It's for Win 7 x64)


It's from MSI's site (ATI System Drivers for 7xx/8xx/SB7xx/SB8xx Series). Hopefully it also contains the chipset drivers needed. The only other standalone controller driver on that page is the Raid controller drivers.
I went to that site last time. There is a program for download somewhere there that didn't want to uninstall and caused other problems. Really hard to get rid of that thing.

Downloaded what you suggested and installed. It is taking much longer to think about formatting but it still didn't want to format.

Can't write 0's.

I been trying to find what the event ID means but I keep getting stuff that isn't related to what I'm looking for. Is there a table of these somewhere?

Screenshot of the error.


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15 Dec 2013   #15
smarteyeball

 
 

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Is there a table of these somewhere?

As for the table, I'm not aware of a site that has extensive listing of ID errors.

In regards to the issue I must admit I'm running out of ideas.


Is it possible to use a spare mechanical drive (from your previous raid array?) as the second drive to test to see if that works under AHCI?

You could also try switching AHCI back to RAID in the Bios while leaving both drives as non members of the array. RAID acts like AHCI for non-member drives.

As it stands Im hesitant to emphatically point the finger at one particular cause.
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