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I just bought an SSD.

Installed windows 7 64.

Bought new MOBO, reinstalled windows 64 on SSD. Didn't format drive just installed on free space, leaving windows.old.

Then problems as I tune my overclock. Finally it would start freezing after several minutes into Windows then BSOD.

Did windows 7 install and formatted SSD drive. Couldnt get rid of the 100mb system reserve partition.

Tried to install windows 7 to ssd, but no go... won't do it once it's expanding files.

Now I have reinstalled windows on a spare drive and am using SSD as a spare so I can figure out what to do with it.

I opened the disk in windows partition manager, and I tried to format the 100mb system partition so I could recombine the two partitions, but it froze while trying to do that.

What should I do? Run Memtests? Format the SSD main partition again? RMA it? Run some other kind of program on it? Thanks for all help, this problem has been consuming my life for the past day frown.gif I hate computer problems sometimes.
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post #2 of 11
With windows up on the other drive, try updating the firmware for the SSD, you can get that from OCZs website.

Then You may try to reinstall windows on the SSD, but perhaps in your BIOS set your SATA mode to IDE. That helped me with some funky problems I had with my SSd and windows 7 install. Hope it helps
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Is your motherboard part of the recall from intel? one of the ones with corrupting sata ports?
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post #4 of 11
Try deleting both partitions and secure erase the SSD. That should bring the SSD to like-new performance. Remember to change the SATA mode to RAID or AHCI in your BIOS. Windows makes a 100MB reserve partition when it installs itself on a clean drive without any partitions. I believe that's where all the boot information is stored. When installing Windows 7 on the SSD, disconnect your HDD first.

By the way, do you experience the issue only if you overclock?

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Is your motherboard part of the recall from intel? one of the ones with corrupting sata ports?

it wasnt corruption, it was performance degradation. and it was supposed to be in the long run. not in a month or 2. stop scare mongering
     
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Thanks for all replies. I will try what you are all saying.

I understood that the 100mb partition cannot be deleted? And what program or interface do I use to do a "secure erase?"

Issues are not on OC only, as I reset CMOS jumper during troubleshooting.

I am hoping I haven't corrupted the drive, though as a spare, Windows tells me it's a healthy drive with 2 partitions, one 100mb and the other 55 GB.

I want to do a secure erase--I will also update firmware and see if that helps. Do I have to update firmware after secure erase, or no difference? Thanks again
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The firmware update is not supposed to affect the contents of the drive, so you should be OK to do it before or after. Also, when I updated my OCZ SSD I had to put the drive in AHCI mode. Try that, and then flip back to IDE mode just for the install. Then If everything installs ok, you can switch back to AHCI or Raid if need be. Good luck!
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Thanks will look over that link
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sircles;12739214 
it wasnt corruption, it was performance degradation. and it was supposed to be in the long run. not in a month or 2. stop scare mongering

Assuming you aren't overvolting (and if you're on this forum, you probably are). If you are, the problem can occur much sooner.

And the "performance degradation" comes from the fact that this chipset bug introduces bit errors into the data, so the controller has to keep retrying until it succeeds (or completely gives up).
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I asked Intel how we’d know if we had a failure on our hands. The symptoms are pretty simple to check for. Intel says you’d see an increase in bit error rates on a SATA link over time. Transfers will retry if there is an error but eventually, if the error rate is high enough, you’ll see reduced performance as the controller spends more time retrying than it does sending actual data.

Ultimately you could see a full disconnect - your SATA drive(s) would not longer be visible at POST or you’d see a drive letter disappear in Windows.
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