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HELP! Very odd problem after adding 2nd SSD

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July 6, 2012 10:50:19 PM

Hi all :)  Ive just added a brand new Sandisk extreme 240GB SSD to my rig and now whenever I try to start a games it freezes at the loading stage and stops responding, same with any sort of 3D benchmark. Spent the evening trouble shooting and found everything runs fine once the new SSD is disconnected. Have been testing the SSD and flashed it to latest firmware and it appears be working perfectly so am wondering if the motherboard is culprit or is it driver software related? Have tried different sata ports on the motherboard and different settings in the bios but still the same issue, have reseated the graphic card and power cables , everything works perfectly until I try to play a game and it stops responding :(  Would very much appreciate some help!

System specs are: 3570K with corsair H70
Asrock Z77 extreme 4
Gskill sniper F3 1600 Clk7 2x4GB
Sapphire HD7850 OC
Intel 520 120GB SSD (boot drive)
Seagate sata3 2gb (storage)
Sandisk extreme 240GB SSD (games)
1000W coolermaster silent pro gold
Corsair 400R case
Asus dvdrw
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July 7, 2012 4:19:35 AM

make sure to put the new drive on the intel controller, like SATA0 for your boot drive and SATA1 for your new drive.
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July 7, 2012 5:23:24 AM

This sounds like your SSD might have "holes" in it... I have seen this with about 30% of my SSD's ( I own almost 30). Basically the drives has "damaged" or "defective" memory in it - and writing to or reading from these defective parts of memory will obviously not work - so the drive tells your PC to wait while it attempts to write over and over again. To test if this is the case... copy a ton of data to the drive... and then pull it off again. If this works just fine, you might be having some kindof driver issue. If it does not, and a bios flash from the manufacturer has no effect, return your drive and ask for a replacement.
Do not be discouraged by this... an SSD is a wonderful piece of tech, when it works right =)
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