Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Rev 2 Issues

I recently built a new Intel system. Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Rev 2.0. I'm running an i7-950 with 12GB of RAM and a Sapphire 6870 video card. I installed one Crucial C300 64GB SSD and one 1TB WD Caviar Black drive (64mb cache). I set the BIOS to AHCI on the SATA3 6GB/s controller and proceeded to install Windows 7 on the SSD. Everything seemed fine. Got the drive up. Installed the motherboard drivers, then the video card drivers and then installed antivirus software. I connected to the internet and I thought everything was great. I proceeded to install the WD drive on the other port and used it as a data drive. I started installing programs and transferring files and started running into some serious issues. First, the system starting becoming unstable freezing randomly and slowing down unexpectedly. Second, I noticed that the drives are being recognized as IDE drives and not SATA drives. Finally, the SATA3 RAID configuration utility in the BIOS doesn't work properly. Am I doing something wrong here?
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  1. Welcome to Tom's Forums! :)

    There are a few possibilities, and I've seen this problem before.
    1. Update your BIOS to the latest version. Use the Q-Flash procedure with FAT-32 Flash drive, in Q-Flash it shows ups a 'HDD', arrow to it and press enter to select the BIOS file.
    2. Use only the drivers on Gigabyte's site and not the DVD and reinstall all of the most current drivers.
    3. Verify that your C300 has the latest Firmware and install it. - More than likely, you 'may' need to reinstall Windows.
    4. Use the following ports:
    SATA2_0-1 {blank}
    SATA2_2-3 HDD

    SATA2_4 DVD {you do not what your DVD under AHCI}

    GSATA3_6 C300 ; Marvell use the C300 by itself.
  2. I have the latest BIOS on the board (FE). I flashed that when I got it as the new revision added greater flexibility for RAID's. However, the SATA3 RAID (Marvell) doesn't even come up anymore. Just flashes to a black screen and back to the BIOS. So you would suggest not adding the SSD to the 6 GB/s?
  3. I assume that you're using the GSATA3_6 port which is the closest to the MOBO, and it's Enabled and set to AHCI in the BIOS. By default it's Enabled & IDE. I believe GSATA3_7 is not a bootable port.

    edit: The Marvell SATA only show-up in the boot screen and or if you access the Marvell controller using Ctrl + M; hold the Ctrl and keep hitting the M key.
  4. Yeah, it's very odd. When trying to access it from the BIOS directly it doesn't go to the RAID setup anymore. I will try the Ctrl+M and see if it works. Thanks.
  5. I also assume that the boot order hasn't been changed and the C300 is in the first position. Also, do not use any of the Gigabyte utilities except the USB on/off; they cause too many problems.

    Next, if the mode change back and forth this causes a conflict between the BIOS and the OS. See ->
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