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Alright so I have an RMA waiting but I'm going to try this before I send my SSD in and find out its fine.

Alright so I had my SSD working on this rig for 2 weeks when one night I got a no boot, no beep, no video condition. I took the entire rig apart trying to rule different parts out and finally realized when I unplugged the SSD everything worked fine so I was irritated and went ahead and reinstalled windows on my HDD.

Now I am trying to get the SSD working because if its fine I really don’t want to pay return S&H.

Right now my on chip SATA type is on IDE mode but I shut down put it on AHCI and unplugged the 2 HDD's. I tried to boot and still I'm not seeing my SSD anywhere but I am booting. I inserted the windows disk tried the restore and looking in the command prompt but still nothing.

I have tried pretty much every configuration in the BIOS and I have tried multiple SATA ports and cables. I did notice that when the SSD is plugged in my HDD activity light is always on not sure if that signifies anything or not.

This SSD was my primary drive before this all happened so windows should still be on it it's just a matter of recognizing my SSD.

Please any help would be great.
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post #2 of 7
Since you tried most of the normal debugging procedure, there are few things to test. Try them in this order, if one doesn't work, pass to the next:
1. switch to AHCI and boot in Windows from the HDD;the SSD must have the power cable connected, but SATA cable disconnected. After Windows loads connect the SATA cable - if the SSD isn't faulty, it should be recognized like any USB key. Then you could run diagnostic tools, copy, format, etc.
2. turn on IDE mode, remove all HDDs and plug in only the SSD and a CD-ROM. Boot from a Live CD/USB (Ubuntu Linux or Hiren's Boot CD) and see if what happens. Maybe you'll be able to read the drive, copy files, format and all problems could be solved.
3. try the SSD on another rig or mount it on an external USB enclosure.

Good luck, hope something works.
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Has your HD boot priorty change in BIOS. I have a crash the other week and reset boot priority. Had me scratching my head for ages until i realised what had happened. I think its because the onboard SATA3 controller is secondary to the ICH10R controller.
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dragosmp, when I switch the ACHI it will start to boot windows from the HDD then blue screen and restart?

The second step is a no go and I don’t quite get the third step. You want me to try it as a USB instead of a SATA? I have an external HDD I can possibly take apart and connect the SSD to.

I haven't tried it on a second system yet.

yermother, I have tried booting it under every BIOS settings I have lol. When I first put the PC together the only HD I had was the SSD and it booted right up and installed windows fine and I don’t know what mode it was when I did that or what mode it was in when it crashed.

I have a RMA ticket with OCZ I just need to send it in figured I would give it one more try just in case. If they say it works and I have to pay return shipping I won't be happy lol.
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post #5 of 7
You can't just switch your BIOS to AHCI. That's why it's crashing.Go back to IDE mode, boot into Windows, open an elevated command prompt and go to this entry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/System/CurrentControlSet/Services/Msahci

In the right pane, right-click Start in the Name column, and then click Modify.
In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK (default is 3)
On the File menu, click Exit to close Registry Editor
Reboot,go into the BIOS and switch to AHCI
Once Windows loads it should find new hardware and tell you to reboot.
Done

However, I have to say, I think your SSD is dead. If you replace make sure you enable AHCI before you install Windows
post #6 of 7
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Tweek thanks for the help that explains alot. So just open the command prompt and do whjat you said then when the new ssd gets here correct?
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post #7 of 7
Are you going to re-install Windows?
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