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I just finished building my sig rig yesterday. Powered up and seemed fine. After I installed windows it booted in ok.

Using a OCZ Vertex 3 Max Iops edition
Running AHCI. Using Intel controller. From what I see it is all the latest drivers according to ASRock website. (http://www.asrock.com/MB/download.asp?Model=Fatal1ty%20Z68%20Professional%20Gen3&o=Win764) Before installing windows I updated to latest firmware.

After I started installing windows updates and drivers, the ssd gets held up for an extremely long time at the windows logo when it is booting up. Sometimes it seems like it just freezes and I need to reboot, other times it takes up to 5 minutes. (maybe more) and sometimes it does it fast. Really random. Most of the time it freezes however.

I tried turning S.M.A.R.T. off but it didn't change anything. Also changed power state to performance and turned off "shutdown harddrive after x minutes".
During this process I also somehow became unable to detect my HDD (not the SSD). Not sure when that started, it worked originally.
The only thing that seemed to make a difference is when I installed the Intel RST software. It seemed to help it at first and then I also detected my HDD again. Thought it was fixed but then a few boots later and it is back to how it was, gets held up and cannot detect HDD.

All my system specs are in sig. Help please! I'v been up 36 hours now and it's getting extremely frustrating. Not to mention I have to leave in 3 hours. sad-smiley-002.gif:sad-smile:sad-smile
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Install Intel drivers from their website. Their newer and should be faster. Also make sure ur ssd is set to ahci in the BIOS and this should be done before installing windows 7 on it. Also run ssd tweaker on it. Ur ssd should be flying especially on ur motherboard.
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Did you install the newest firmware for the Sandforce controller? I believe the firmware fixes the BSOD problems and possibly others like yours.
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Install Intel drivers from their website. Their newer and should be faster. Also make sure ur ssd is set to ahci in the BIOS and this should be done before installing windows 7 on it. Also run ssd tweaker on it. Ur ssd should be flying especially on ur motherboard.

I will have a look at the drivers on intel's site. Good suggestion. And Yes, the ssd is set to ahci before installing windows.
What is ssd tweaker for?
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Did you install the newest firmware for the Sandforce controller? I believe the firmware fixes the BSOD problems and possibly others like yours.

I heard this drive had issues and that I should update firmware right away before doing the install so the second I got the drive, I plugged it into my brother's pc and used the linux bootable ocz tools and updated it to latest firmware (think it is 2.15) and did the temperature bug fix on it so that it wouldn't report 128C and is instead locked at 30C because apparently it doesn't have a heat sensor in it and auto reported 128C which obviously isn't right. Then I put it into my system and installed W7.


EDIT: The HDD appears to be visible again. I think it started appearing after I installed latest Intel RST. And what is Intel Management Engine Driver? I have it but not sure what its purpose is.
Edited by CrazyDiamond - 10/23/11 at 6:06pm
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Glad I could be of service smile.gif enjoy the zippy drive tongue.gif
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Ok. Problem is back. (if it ever even went away...)

It gets stuck on windows 7 logo during boot forEVER. Sometimes just takes VERY long to load, and sometimes requires a reboot, or 10. Not cool.

I tried turning off ALPM (aggressive link power management) which didn't appear to change anything.
I also tried putting the drive into esata mode (something like that) "aka" hotplugging I believe. Also no change.

Anyone know a fix for this or have suggestions?
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My HDD kept disappearing randomly during some boots. So, according to HDtune, my HDD is having interfacing errors. It says cord may damage or faulty. So perhaps that is the same issue with my SSD. Meaning 1 of 2 things if that is correct...

1. These Sata cables are BAD.
2. Sata ports on Mobo are bad.

Hoping it's #1. Will try to change them tomorrow.
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semi-bump
Any other idea as to what could be causing this? Is it likely that poor quality cables could cause both these issues? The HDD disappearing AND the SSD hanging and freezing at windows logo on boot? Once it's booted in, it's never an issue. Or is it more likely the mobo?
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d/ the ocz toolbox. what firmware are u on?
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Is your board bios updated? Have you performed a secure erase?

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