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I've been at this for 5 hours now trying to do a fresh install of Windows 7 onto this ssd. It's a no go. I did all of the typical things that everyone online said to do, AHCI and IDE. Sata 3 is enabled, nothing else but the cd drive is connected, and still it's not recognized.

I literally have no idea what to do and am pretty much begging for help. I tried doing a firmware upgrade with my original hdd's plugged in, but it wouldn't work because...it's not recognized. I have 2 Vertex 3 120GB 2.5 inch drives. I switched them out just in case and both had the same result.

I'm not knowledgable in the ssd world so I have to admit, I sort of need babied through this. Any help would make you me hero. As of now I have 2 paperweights...
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clear your CMOS, then unplug your computer. Remove the battery from the motherboard, and use a screwdriver or another piece of metal, and ground the pins out in the battery receptacle, by using the metal as a bridge between them.
this will reset mobo entirely.
wait five minutes, restart.

once we have done this, can move onto other things. This is a base starting point though.
post #3 of 15
the vertex 3 ssds have known bugs with the sandforce controllers on them as they give a few ppl huge problems i got a vertex 3 running on a P7P55D on AHCI and had the same problem when it kept dissapearing from my bios turned it out to be a faulty sata cable so check that also try it out with different cables after i swapped cables it worked fine
Edited by General_Chris - 11/5/11 at 12:43pm
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clear your CMOS, then unplug your computer. Remove the battery from the motherboard, and use a screwdriver or another piece of metal, and ground the pins out in the battery receptacle, by using the metal as a bridge between them.
this will reset mobo entirely.
wait five minutes, restart.

once we have done this, can move onto other things. This is a base starting point though.
Okay, I had to run an errand but now I'm back and have done this.
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Okay, I switched the sata port it was in and it is indeed being recognized now. However, it is not in the sata 3 port. I've read that if I install it into anything other than that, that it will not be recognized/work when plugged into the sata 3 port.


****after the posting beep, I cannot access my bios. It just shows that it's seeing the ssd***

****now that I got it recognized in the normal sata port, I'm quick formatting it via cmd. I figure after that, I will plug it back into the Sata 3 port and give it a go from there***
Edited by mikeguy3086 - 11/5/11 at 2:07pm
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Is the firmware updated?
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Is the firmware updated?
I just flashed the bios and will look into this now. One drive is recognized in a standard sata port so as I'm typing this, I am restarting it. I'll let you know.
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post #8 of 15
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Updated firmware, still not being recognized on my sata 3. Looks like I have a broken motherboard that specifically has those 2 ports not working...awesome. I'm assuming that's wrong as I don't know what else to do.
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post #9 of 15
Those are the Marvell ports...I do not recommend you use them, I just realized they were. ...no trim support and they are buggy.

Also they may work, you may have them disabled in the bios.
post #10 of 15
yup, need to enable in bios
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