Solved Trying to switch my SSD to a different Sata Connector.

August 30, 2018 at 16:53:45
Specs: Windows 8
I foolishly setup windows with my SSD plugged into a RAID Sata Connector. After installing all my programs, I realized the mistake and tried to plug it into my Primary Sata Connector. Unfortunately when I tried to boot, it would fail and try to repair windows.

I have a k9a2 platinum motherboard. Running Win7 on my SSD.
The motherboard has 6 sata connectors, but I think they're all 3.0gb/s, so is there any point to plugging it into the primary connector? And how would I go about doing that?

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#1
August 30, 2018 at 18:15:12
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I had a look at the board & only see 6 SATA ports; 4 blue + 2 red. The blue SATA (& IDE) ports are supported by the SB600 chipset. The red SATA & eSATA ports are supported by the Promise controller. If you're attempting to switch from red to blue, I think the problem that's stuffing things up is the difference in controllers. Try doing a repair install.
https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/K9A...


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August 31, 2018 at 17:38:29
Oops, I meant to type 6. I tried to run the startup repair, but it didn't even try. It immediately failed to recognize my SSD, or the windows installed on it. If I plug it back into the original RAID connector, then it still boots just fine.

Would there be any disadvantage to keeping it in the RAID port, instead of the primary?


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August 31, 2018 at 21:09:46
If it was actually set up as RAID rather than just plugged into the other connector then that is your problem. In order for it to be recognized it needs to not be RAID first. This probably means that you will need to delete all partitions, turn off RAID in the BIOS, move the drive, reset the bootable drive and the boot order, Partition the drive, and reinstall Windows.
If it is not currently RAID then maybe just changing the bootable drive and boot order will be enough.

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


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#4
September 1, 2018 at 06:53:37
Right, that IS the problem. But is there any advantage to doing that? All the ports are 3.0gb/s, so I don't think it would run any faster....it MIGHT boot a bit faster, but that's already fairly fast.. So is there any point in all that effort?

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#5
September 1, 2018 at 09:01:54
Well I feel completely foolish.. I thought the two red ports were my primary and secondary. And the rest were for additional drives. And I couldn't find anything on google that would tell me their proper order. However, after laying on my back with a flashlight, I managed to see the small numbers between the sata ports, and apparently I had it setup right the whole time!! ....Glad I didn't format! lol.

The two red Sata Connectors are for RAID Only. For me, all the ports are upside-down, so they appear backwards. The red ports are 6 & 5, with the bottom row being 3, 2, 1. The 1st port is closest to the center of the board.

Sorry for the trouble, and thanks for the help. I hope this might benefit anyone who makes the same mistake as me.


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#6
September 1, 2018 at 09:33:41
A startup repair & repair install are two completely different things. You need to boot off the disc to do a repair install.

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#7
September 1, 2018 at 15:59:52
Glad you worked it out.

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