I have a Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4 in which I have a OCZ Agility 3 120gb SSD as a boot drive, Velociraptor 160GB for apps plus 1tb drive and 2tb drive for data. I have by ignorance installed my SSD on one of the eSATA3 6 gb/s ports as IDE. There are 2 parameters in the F5 BIOS for the mobo that i can change IDE to AHCI. Which one do I change "PCH SATA Control Mode" (does this parameter affect all the drives?) or "eSATA 3 Ctrl Mode" or do I change both?
Also if I make this change, will I lose my data on the drives?
Before I make this BIOS change I have go into the registry to make a driver change from 3 to 0 is this correct?
Reboot, make the BIOS change (sorry I dont know the answer -- likely the former is for the SATA II ports, the latter for SATA III and there are just two different controllers), save changes & exit. Windows will come up, install a new driver, ask you to restart and after that restart you're good.
The latest firmware for the A3 SSD is 2.15, I'm on 2.11. I'm also having inconsistent boot ups where my led hdd light will stay ON and i do not get a clean boot (clean boot is only achieved after several attempts). Do you think think this boot issue i am having is firmware or AHCI related?
I intend to attach the A3 SSD as another drive on another system to do the firmware update. Which do you suggest i do first; firmware or AHCI? After this exercise i might have to create dual boot system.
+ enable hot swapping in BIOS (hit "del" on power up>SATA config), you may cause instability issues.
I am trying to understand what you are saying here, doesn't enabling AHCI in BIOS also enables hot swapping as well? perhaps I have skipped/misunderstood a few parameters in the SATA section of the BIOS.