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So lets see if you guys can help me out with this one.

I've been running my C300 for several months now without issues. Today I went to reinstall Win 7 64 on it and had nothing but issues. First it got halfway through and said it couldn't complete. Second time it got stuck at the loading windows setup screen.

Then it began to not even register in the Windows setup, despite still being listed in the BIOS. After a few attempts, the system just hangs like crazy when booting when the C300 is plugged in.

At this point, BIOS shows it, nothing else does, not even the firmware utility.

Crucial support told me to call when I had time for a "lengthy, in-depth troubleshooting process". Hopefully I can tackle it on my own before I have to deal with the agony...I can feel it already.

Thanks!
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Just do wipe of the drive first.
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For the Crucial firmware utility to detect it, you have to set your SATA ports to IDE and make sure it's plugged into one of the 3Gb ports.

The firmware utility will not detect the SSD while plugged into a SATA 6Gb port.
    
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For the Crucial firmware utility to detect it, you have to set your SATA ports to IDE and make sure it's plugged into one of the 3Gb ports.

The firmware utility will not detect the SSD while plugged into a SATA 6Gb port.


Erm, huh? What's the point of using a SATA III drive then if you have to install it in a SATA II port?

Also, shouldn't the OP be setting the SATA port(s?) to ACHI?? Or is that strictly for OCZ SSD's?
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Just do wipe of the drive first.
By wipe do you just mean format? I just did a regular reformat several times.

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For the Crucial firmware utility to detect it, you have to set your SATA ports to IDE and make sure it's plugged into one of the 3Gb ports.

The firmware utility will not detect the SSD while plugged into a SATA 6Gb port.
I had tried both ACHI and IDE mode while plugged into the regular SATA ports. Still nothing. I might go back and try again just because, and I'll post back what happens.
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Erm, huh? What's the point of using a SATA III drive then if you have to install it in a SATA II port?

Also, shouldn't the OP be setting the SATA port(s?) to ACHI?? Or is that strictly for OCZ SSD's?
I know, I know...I guess I should have been more clear. You have to plug it in to a SATA 3Gb only to update the firmware. You put it back to SATA 6Gb for regular use. I suppose this is because the firmware can be booted off the native mobo chipset. The 6Gb SATA is not native to the mobo chipset. I hope this makes sense.

If you don't believe me...here is the update guide directly from Crucial...

http://www.crucial.com/firmware/0006...boot_11-10.pdf

"Note: The upgrade process will not work with some drop-in HBAs (Host Bus Adapters) or 6.0 Gb/s ports."
    
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http://www.overclock.net/ssd/929553-...p-secrets.html

Scroll down the first part of the page until you see the post with my name on it enigma used. I have a c300 with the same issues. However EVGA thinks its my Marvell controler that is bad. But maybe some of the links posted in my post will be able to help? Worth a shot scanning through them quick anyway.
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Tried everything that was suggested and still nothing.

Updated the bios from 901 to 1102 just to see if that would change anything, and it did not.

It still hangs for about a minute at the BIOS screen, shows up in the BIOS, but nowhere else.
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I know, I know...I guess I should have been more clear. You have to plug it in to a SATA 3Gb only to update the firmware. You put it back to SATA 6Gb for regular use. I suppose this is because the firmware can be booted off the native mobo chipset. The 6Gb SATA is not native to the mobo chipset. I hope this makes sense.

If you don't believe me...here is the update guide directly from Crucial...

http://www.crucial.com/firmware/0006...boot_11-10.pdf

"Note: The upgrade process will not work with some drop-in HBAs (Host Bus Adapters) or 6.0 Gb/s ports."
Much better...now I scratch my head towards Crucial...LOL
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