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September 15, 2013 1:04:00 PM

Hello, I've been following this site for a while but I've finally come across an issue that i need help with. I just bought a Force GT 120 SSD a while ago and i thought i did enough research on ssd's to know what i was doing but i made a big mistake that i hope someone may have an answer to. I installed the ssd on a Sata 2 port instead of a sata 3 port. (got the colors mixed up) So my read and write speeds are around 250m/s instead of the 555 or so its supposed to be. Im assuming these low speeds are because the sata 2 port is only 3gigs instead of the 6gigs on a sata 3 port? Im hoping there is a way to transfer my ssd to the sata 3 port and get the speeds that this ssd is capable of without re-installing my OS. I tried switching it over after i installed the OS once i realized what i did and windows failed to boot. I got the BSOD at the logo screen. Im sorry if the terms im using are off or just wrong all together lol. I'm still learning. I have both the "PCH Sata Control mode" and the "GSATA Control Mode" set to AHCI. I used to have a 1tb 7200rpm HDD plugged into the Sata 3 port before this SSD. I dont know if that has something to do with it or not.
Thanks, Brian
My system specs are:
Gigabyte MB GA-P55A-UD3
8Gigs of DDR3 1600
Corsair Force GT 120gig
i5 760
GTX 680
Xion 700watt PSU

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a b G Storage
September 15, 2013 2:19:15 PM

just move the cable to the sata 3 port, and change the boot order in bios.
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September 15, 2013 3:51:59 PM

13thmonkey said:
just move the cable to the sata 3 port, and change the boot order in bios.

are you sure thats it? because i tried switching it over once already and it gave me a BSOD at the logo screen..
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a b G Storage
September 15, 2013 3:54:20 PM

that should be it, unless you are using additional sata 3 ports, what mobo and i'll answer tomorrow or someone else will tomight.
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September 15, 2013 5:01:09 PM

13thmonkey said:
that should be it, unless you are using additional sata 3 ports, what mobo and i'll answer tomorrow or someone else will tomight.


Gigabyte MB GA-P55A-UD3 I have my old 1tb 7200 plugged into one of the sata 3 ports right now. Thats also where i was before i got the ssd. So i have the ssd plugged into a sata 2 right now and my old drive plugged into the sata 3.
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a b G Storage
September 16, 2013 12:13:25 AM

and have you adjusted the bios so that it is booting from the right drive?
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September 16, 2013 6:17:23 AM

13thmonkey said:
and have you adjusted the bios so that it is booting from the right drive?


No, but I think it was trying to boot from the ssd anyhow because it made it to the Windows loading screen and was trying to load up Windows and then it gave me the bsod error half way through. Could that still be a boot order problem?
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a b G Storage
September 16, 2013 10:03:10 AM

Its a bit complex but here goes:

your SATAIII port is hanging of a Marvel controller, and not the P55 chipset. Your version of windows has drivers installed for the P55 chipset and hence it works, these are only needed at boot hence why you can access your hdd.

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...

This is non-trivial to fix, is it worth it? this is where you should have pressed F5 during installation, or added the drivers when choosing the location. This is what I meant above by the non standard sata ports.

Its similar to this: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976 DO NOT USE THIS AS IT IS ONLY SIMILAR, but there are no specifics for your particular problem.

you need to find a way to include the drivers for the marvel controller in windows and then turn off, swap cables and reboot. Had it been a sataIII port on the P55 chipset you would have no problem, yours is an add-on port.
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September 16, 2013 2:21:46 PM

13thmonkey said:
Its a bit complex but here goes:

your SATAIII port is hanging of a Marvel controller, and not the P55 chipset. Your version of windows has drivers installed for the P55 chipset and hence it works, these are only needed at boot hence why you can access your hdd.

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...

This is non-trivial to fix, is it worth it? this is where you should have pressed F5 during installation, or added the drivers when choosing the location. This is what I meant above by the non standard sata ports.

Its similar to this: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976 DO NOT USE THIS AS IT IS ONLY SIMILAR, but there are no specifics for your particular problem.

you need to find a way to include the drivers for the marvel controller in windows and then turn off, swap cables and reboot. Had it been a sataIII port on the P55 chipset you would have no problem, yours is an add-on port.


Hmm.. this driver that i need for the marvel controller. Where can i find it? Can i just install it and then swap over the drive without reinstalling the OS?

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a b G Storage
September 16, 2013 11:16:55 PM

it'll be on your mobo site,

and not sure... this will require a lot of research, is it worth it.
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a c 885 G Storage
September 16, 2013 11:55:41 PM

Dont waste your time.
Although your motherbd has sata3 ports, they are marvel 9128 (as mentioned already) and slower than intel's sata2 ports.
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September 19, 2013 8:04:02 AM

popatim said:
Dont waste your time.
Although your motherbd has sata3 ports, they are marvel 9128 (as mentioned already) and slower than intel's sata2 ports.


Ah. Ya I didn't realize that my SATA 3 port was actually slower.. why would gigabyte do that? That just seems dumb. Thanks for all the help guys
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