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Flashed my BIOS, computer doesn't recognize SSD

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So the other day I used the ASUSUpdate utility to flash my computer's BIOS to the newest version. I also reset the CMOS. I did not make any backups unfortunately.

Since the flash, the BIOS no longer recognizes my SSD (which had my OS installed) as SATA, but instead lists it as IDE. I cannot figure out how to change it so I can boot to the SSD. I have tried manually booting from the drive, but nothing happens.

Can anyone help me out? PLEASE!

I am using the ASUS P6X58D-E motherboard.

Here are a couple pictures of my BIOS as of right now:
http://imgur.com/a/Fxfyw
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Can't you just change it to AHCI? You also need to choose the hard drive order somewhere in settings so that BIOS knew which drive to search for OS first.

"Configure SATA as" change to AHCI.

I usually Disable "Marvell 9128 Controller" coz you shouldn't be using it anyway to be honest. Saves 1-2 seconds on boot as well

Edit: Which port is you drive connected to? Should be the blue one and not white one.
Edited by XSCounter - 5/30/11 at 10:35am
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Can't you just change it to AHCI? You also need to choose the hard drive order somewhere in settings so that BIOS knew which drive to search for OS first.

"Configure SATA as" change to AHCI.

I usually Disable "Marvell 9128 Controller" coz you shouldn't be using it anyway to be honest. Saves 1-2 seconds on boot as well

Edit: Which port is you drive connected to? Should be the blue one and not white one.
What's the difference between the two colors? I thought the white ones were faster so atm the SSD is plugged into the white ones, but I've tried swapping it to the blue ones and same results.

I've also tried changing it to ACHI but it still doesn't boot.

Currently, with the SSD in the white port and it set to IDE configuration I am getting "error loading operating system" so I am attempting Windows Repair utility to fix it, but so far it still isn't working.

Any ideas?
Edited by Tiffiter - 5/30/11 at 11:39am
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The difference is as follows:

Intel ICH10R controller
6 xSATA 3.0 Gb/s ports (blue)

Marvell® 9128 PCIe SATA 6Gb/s controller
- 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (white)

Those are the specs for your motherboard (taken from here). Blue ones belong to the native Intel SATA controller, while the white ones are additional Marvell ones. Although they claim that those are 6Gb/s and supposedly faster ones it is mostly not the case. Plus, you lose the support of TRIM on Marvell which is a very important feature for keeping SSD performance up.

There is probably more to say and debate on this but just trust me, you are better off using Intel port (blue). So connect the drive to it, then go into BIOS and if you say it won't boot when in AHCI, switch back to IDE and get into Windows. When in there, do this registry tweak:

http://www.windows7news.com/2010/05/...-in-windows-7/

It will let Windows know that your drive should be in AHCI mode. Then after that restart and go into BIOS again and now switch to AHCI. Now you should be able to load Windows while in AHCI mode. The final step would be to instal latest Intel Drivers from here:

Intel® Rapid Storage Technology

Follow the steps carefully and ask if you have any problems. Good luck.
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