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 Post subject: M5Pro Xtreme: Bought My First SSD, Have Some Qs In General
PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 3:11 am 
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Well, the question isn't really about the SSD in general.

I have an ASUS ROG Rampage III Black Edition w/ the latest & last firmware for the board, I installed the SSD as well as the 2TB HDD to the SATA 6Gb ports on the mobo. After the ROG logo, I see a screen for Marvell, and after that I see a screen mentioning JMicron, and that there's no drive. What is up with that, and how do I get rid of it?

Also, I've upgraded the firmware to the latest: 1.05; which also appears to be the last.

When booting up, ASUS' BIOS reports that the SSD is in S0 and the HDD is in S1 -- this is part of the Marvell screen -- but the upgrade tool reported the same thing, and first tried to see if the HDD was the SSD because it was in S1 and didn't pass, but then it saw the SSD in S0 and started the upgrade.

So, my question is this:

Should I switch the SSD to S1 and the HDD to S0?

Also, when in Windows, both the SSD & HDD appear under the "Safely Remove Hardware", what the hell is up with that?

(I don't know if I should also post this to the mobo section of the forum as well).


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 Post subject: Re: M5Pro Xtreme: Bought My First SSD, Have Some Qs In Gener
PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 8:07 am 
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Because they're going through a controller that isn't native to the chipset and as far as Windows is concerned, it's a removable device.

Also in my experience, Marvell's SATA 6Gbps ports aren't. Those liars.


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 Post subject: Re: M5Pro Xtreme: Bought My First SSD, Have Some Qs In Gener
PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:17 am 
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 Post subject: Re: M5Pro Xtreme: Bought My First SSD, Have Some Qs In Gener
PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:42 am 
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Okay, so here we go.

Your motherboard's chipset does not support SATA 6Gbps natively, so ASUS added on a controller chip to provide SATA 6Gbps functionality. The thing is that in order to make sure you can boot on those drives, POST has to include diagnostics and enumeration of drives from those controllers. So no, there's probably no way to disable that extra screen you're seeing.

You could probably shorten it by using the 3Gbps ports native to the chipset. The hard drive doesn't see any benefit going from 3Gbps to 6Gbps anyway (since they can't even max out 1.5Gbps from the first SATA spec) and you probably won't notice an appreciable difference in load times if you moved the SSD to it anyway. And in fact, going through the 6Gbps port is probably not buying you much anyway since in my experience on my Z68 board, the Marvel 6Gbps only delivered 350MB/s tops on a SSD rated for 550MB/s.

As for why Windows gives you the option to remove it, like I said, it's probably because Windows treats any port non-native to the chipset as a removable port regardless if it was intended for such things or not. After all, that controller could be used on an eSATA expansion card or an external hard drive. But you wouldn't find a chipset on either.

tl;dr, move both drives to the chipset's native SATA ports if the removal thing is bothering you that much.


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 Post subject: Re: M5Pro Xtreme: Bought My First SSD, Have Some Qs In Gener
PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:19 pm 
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FIX: AHCI/SATA drives showing in "Safely Remove Hardware"

Also you can skip the Marvell screens. It should be under a setting like "Forced BIOS" or similar.


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