Hope someone can help or at least point me in the right direction.
I recently bought an Ultra Plus 128Gb SSD to be my main drive replacing an old Maxtor IDE HDD drive and I already have a 320Gb SATA HDD drive for my data. Rather than mess around I decided on a clean install so removed the old Maxtor. I added the new SSD to my MB and on booting the BIOS immediately found it. I was able to install Windows 7 to the SSD… and the world was a happy place.
Yesterday something odd happened. When rebooting, usually the BIOS lists the discovered drives in order: A DVD-RW (IDE port 1 Master), a CD-RW (IDE port 2 Master), the new Sata SSD drive (Sata port 0) and lastly the other Sata HDD (Sata port 1). At this point it would normally boot Windows 7 from the SSD… But this time the machine froze after displayting the SSD drive information. It didn’t show the information for the other Sata drive, any other message or complete POST - just froze.
If I remove the SSD then the BIOS completes POST and tries to boot an OS from the other Sata drive/DVD etc.
Starting to go mad I checked everything - removed all drives and tested every connection. It seems that with the new SSD connected to either Sata port the POST freezes.
If I disconnect the SSD, boot into BIOS settings, reconnecting the SSD and rediscovering the Sata port then it will find the drive BUT it reports in the BIOS that LBA Mode is supported but Block Mode is not supported. This used to report a block size - just like the Sata HDD. Sounds like something is definitely adrift somewhere…
The drive is running the X2306RL firmware which it was supplied with.
Any ideas greatfully received. Thanks!