Solved SSD detected as HDD?

Gigabyte motherboard / Ga-h97-d3h
November 22, 2014 at 17:39:21
Specs: Windows 7 64 bit, i7 4790 \ 16 Gb's GSKILL 1600 DDR3
Hi all,

I just upgraded my cpu and mobo, and did a fresh install of Win 7 64 bit on an SSD. The CPU is an i7 4790, the motherboard is a Gigabyte GA H97 D3H, and I'm using BIOS rev 3.0 I installed Win 7 onto a Kingston Hyper X 120Gb SSD.

Everything went smooth and there were no problems with the install. I then started installing the mobo drivers, and also installed Gigabytes APP center. I ran the APP center and one of the features is "EZ Setup" which includes an "EZ Rapidstart" - basically a fastboot feature I think. But the EZ Rapidstart screen shows my OS disk as "Type: HDD" and underneath that it says "Warning: SSD Drive not detected" See Screenshot below

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I checked Device Mgr and BIOS and it shows the SATA controllers are the the Intel ones (Not Marvel or any second party) and they're set to AHCI.

My computer boots plenty fast, even without the EZ Rapidstart feature enabled, but I'm now curious what is going on. I don't know the new Gigabyte mobo's BIOS very well yet, so I'm going off of info I can see under the SATA controller section. It shows AHCI Mode, and under the port where the SSD is connected, it recognizes the Kingston Hyper X model # correctly; shows the port as "Enabled" and Software as "Supported". There is no designation in the BIOS under SATA controllers that actually says "HDD" or "SSD".

I decided to benchmark the drive and got mixed results. Benchmarking with ATTO it showed performance on par with an SSD - seq read and write around 500 Mbps.
ATTO Benchmark screenshot

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Then I checked it with Crystal Disk and the seq read was OK - 441 Mbps; but the seq write showed 176 Mbps - that's lower than my WD Blue HDD.
CrystalDisk Benchmark

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AS SSD showed even poorer seq write speeds
- 130 Mbps

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CrystalDisk Health info shows it as acceptable I think - 99% health.
Screenshot

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So at this point I'm not sure what to think. Is the info form the Gigabyte APP center just an anomaly \ false reading? Or could it be that the disk is being ID'd and read as an HDD?

Any input?
Thanks

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#1
November 22, 2014 at 19:07:34
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You need to make sure that the SSD or any bootable drive is connected to one of the chipset SATA ports, not one of the Marvel ones.
Look at this site:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/...
it has some great tips for installing and optimizing Windows 7 for an SSD drive.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
November 22, 2014 at 19:45:29
Thanks, but as I mentioned in the OP, it is hooked up to the Intel SATA controllers - I don't have Marvel, I mentioned that as an example of a second \ third party controller to avoid answers going down that road.

From Device Mgr

[IMG]http://i62.tinypic.com/bdpa81.jpg[/IMG]


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#3
November 23, 2014 at 07:14:31
When partitioing the SSD did you leave enough unallocated space for the hibernation partition?

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#4
November 23, 2014 at 19:56:09
Actually, your mentioning the Marvel controller caused the thoughts to go down that road.

Did you look at the link about optimizing an SSD/Windows 7 install? The info there should help you get the most out of your SSD drive and he mentions the Gigabyte motherboards and leaves the impression that he uses them so the tips should be direct and not obscured by differing terms.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
November 24, 2014 at 03:30:34
Thanks Fingers, yes I looked at the link. I used that guide initially when I bought the drive about a year ago and did the first install.

One thing on there that I'd forgotten was to check if the SSD shows up when populating a list of drives in the defrag scheduler. Mine doesn't show up there, so this would mean Windows sees it as an SSD and excludes it. Also I checked the Intel Rapid Storage feature, which is a new feature to me in this new system, and there it shows the drive as "Type: SATA solid-state drive " Because the native SATA controllers are Intel, I tend to t trust that more than the Gigabyte APP center. So what I'm seeing here leads me to believe that Gigabytes own APP Center is the one that's incorrect. After looking at the APP center further, there is nothing else in it that is useful - just bloatware - so I uninstalled it.

I feel more confident that it is indeed being recognized as an SSD, but I'm still confused by the contradictory info from the benchmarks. ATTO shows seq write speeds as high as 512 Mbps; AS SSD shows the highest seq write speed achieved as only 130 Mbps; CrystalDisk shows highest seq write as 176 Mbps. So what to believe?


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