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Firmware is latest (2.15)

Bios was never updated, it came with latest version.

Never performed secure erase.
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Crazy,

When you installed the OS was the ssd the only one plugged to the mobo? if not, that may be what's causing all the trouble or the ssd is simply trash.

if i were in your situation i'll return that ocz. nobody deserves a product that suppose to make life easier but ends up making things worst. replace it with a m4 or other brands not using the sandforce controller. end your misery.
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Crazy,

When you installed the OS was the ssd the only one plugged to the mobo? if not, that may be what's causing all the trouble or the ssd is simply trash.

if i were in your situation i'll return that ocz. nobody deserves a product that suppose to make life easier but ends up making things worst. replace it with a m4 or other brands not using the sandforce controller. end your misery.
I updated firmware by connecting it to my bro's pc and using the bootable linux ocz tools.
After that I connected it to my motherboard, along with my 640gb storage hdd, and a sata optical drive. All on the intel controller. Bios recognized them all and I installed OS.
Following this I updated to the latest drivers.

Issues are as follows:

SSD: Boot time gets stuck at windows logo for long periods of time (up to 5 min. sometimes as an example) and sometimes just freezes and requires reboot. RARELY it works properly and is quick.

HDD: Sometimes after booting the HDD appears to be gone. Doesn't show and is inaccessible. Also it never, from what I have seen, appears in Bios anymore. It also is getting "Ultra DMA CRC Error Count"s according to HDtune. Current number of these is 81 and a new one is added every time the system fails to boot. It notifies me with a warning and says it is an interface communication error. Also says could be caused by bad/damaged cables. The cables I am using are the ones that came with the ASRock Mobo. They appeared to be decent quality. /shrug

Steps taken to ATTEMPT a fix:

Double checked on latest drivers.
Turned off ALPM (aggressive link power management)
Turned on eSata mode. (hot plugging is what I was suggested to turn on and I believe this is what it referred to.)
I also made sure I used AHCI before installing windows.
Also changed power mode to high performance & disabled the 'turn harddrive off after X minutes'

Next steps are to change cables and see if it has an effect. After that, I don't know if I should RMA board for damaged sata ports/controller or something of the like, or RMA the drives lol. Seems strange to have an issue with both.

Please let me know what you think and any suggestions!!!
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When you installed the OS was the ssd the only one plugged to the mobo? if not, that may be what's causing all the trouble or the ssd is simply trash.
When I installed the OS, the ssd and hdd were both plugged in. ssd for OS and hdd for storage. So what could be causing all the trouble???
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not sure why but this thread has been floating arouind for awhile and you must have missed it . . .

http://www.overclock.net/ssd/1156654...imization.html

you may have to start over and follow the procedure above.
Edited by rdr09 - 11/4/11 at 3:40am
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not sure why but this thread has been floating arouind for awhile and you must have missed it . . .

http://www.overclock.net/ssd/1156654...imization.html

you may have to start over and follow the procedure above.
Hmm. Very interesting! Thanks! +rep
I don't know how I managed to miss that. Some great information in there.

Some time this week I will change those sata cables incase those are indeed the issue. And if not, I am going to follow EVERYTHING in that link.
So before following everything in the link, I should just run OCZ's secure erase and then go at it right?
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I had a SATA cable cause all kinds of weird problems.
Make sure your using SATA3 (6GB) cables.
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I had a SATA cable cause all kinds of weird problems.
Make sure your using SATA3 (6GB) cables.
The cables came with the mobo (ASRock) and are labeled right on them "6gbps" but they may be poor quality. Not sure to be honest. They look fancy lol but that doesn't say much. Especially as my hdd gets those interface errors. I'm starting to think they could be the cause of ALL these problems, but we'll find out soon enough.

I'll make sure to post back here with any findings. I ordered some sata cables (I live in the middle of no where and closest place to buy them is a 2hour drive... hate living in a small town. ) and I don't have any spares laying around not being used. So I figure I can wait until some nice ones come in to test out. Might even be in today.
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not sure why but this thread has been floating arouind for awhile and you must have missed it . . .

http://www.overclock.net/ssd/1156654...imization.html

you may have to start over and follow the procedure above.
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Hmm. Very interesting! Thanks! +rep
I don't know how I managed to miss that. Some great information in there.

Some time this week I will change those sata cables incase those are indeed the issue. And if not, I am going to follow EVERYTHING in that link.
So before following everything in the link, I should just run OCZ's secure erase and then go at it right?
Hehe I just posted it the other day that may be why.

I see you got this
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Ultra DMA CRC Error Count"s
Like you said, your sata cable is most likely bad(99% sure lol), that could be one problem, also almost all sata cables can be used for sata 3 fine.

Also, keep us up to date.
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Ok. SO, After an extremely long wait for those cables to come in, I unplugged my HDD's power and the sata from the mobo (don't know why I didn't before) and sure enough. EVERYTHING BOOT FAST AND FINE. Rebooted like 30 times to make sure.

So the problem could be a compatibility issue with the controller and the ssd + hdd combo. Could have to do with firmware on the drives causing compatibility issues (unlikely seeing as I had the latest firmwares), could be a bad HDD and require replacing, OR COULD BE SATA CABLES!!!

I plugged in the brandnew sata cable into the HDD and reconnected power to it. Sure enough, boot up fine and fast. Intel RST also detects it as SATAIII instead of SATAII like it did before.

Moral of the story "Even the littlest things can make a huge difference". and... "always check your sata cables" lol biggrin.gif:D:D

Problem? Solved. thumb.gif

Hopefully this will help someone else fix their problems.

I feel like it's christmas just because of a new cable. SO HAPPY!!! biggrin.gif
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