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    I really should have just done that before I even posted. After several reboots, I figured out what it was. It didn't even cross my mind to list it when I was listing the sata drives but I have an external wd hdd for backups and it turns out that I had mistakenly plugged it in the usb3.0 port on the back. Once I switched it back to a standard port, my boot time is back to good.
    Thanks again for all your help!

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    Nice to see you found the cause of the issue, and speeds are back in order!

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    I'm a newbie thru and thru, in need of advice.
    I have a GA-X58A-UD3R Rev.2 w/i7/12gb RAM and the following drives-
    120gb Vertex2 SSD (w/w7-64bit)
    2-600gb DigiRaptors as RAID1
    SATA DVD
    I originally plugged the SSD and DVD into GSATA2 and the RAID1 drives to GSATA3. I had BSOD once a week til I moved the SSD to SATA2 port.
    Where should I have these drives plugged in for best performance?
    thanks everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by uDraft View Post
    I'm a newbie thru and thru, in need of advice.
    I have a GA-X58A-UD3R Rev.2 w/i7/12gb RAM and the following drives-
    120gb Vertex2 SSD (w/w7-64bit)
    2-600gb DigiRaptors as RAID1
    SATA DVD
    I originally plugged the SSD and DVD into GSATA2 and the RAID1 drives to GSATA3. I had BSOD once a week til I moved the SSD to SATA2 port.
    Where should I have these drives plugged in for best performance?
    thanks everyone!
    80gb Vertex2 with win7 64bit
    I have everything in the Intel SATA ports (blue) and nothing in the GSATA ones (white). I know you are asking for information from the performance standpoint and I don't know what, if any, gain the GSATA have over the SATA but if it came down to a little performance gain vs weekly BSOD's I would stick with the SATA ports myself - with the SSD in _0. Since my last post on 1/15/11 I haven't had any issues.
    Last edited by Kramttocs; 05-01-2011 at 12:33 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uDraft View Post
    I'm a newbie thru and thru, in need of advice.
    I have a GA-X58A-UD3R Rev.2 w/i7/12gb RAM and the following drives-
    120gb Vertex2 SSD (w/w7-64bit)
    2-600gb DigiRaptors as RAID1
    SATA DVD
    I originally plugged the SSD and DVD into GSATA2 and the RAID1 drives to GSATA3. I had BSOD once a week til I moved the SSD to SATA2 port.
    Where should I have these drives plugged in for best performance?
    thanks everyone!
    Also, is there any difference between using SATA2 Port 4 and SATA2 Port 0?

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    Boot order. Port 0 will boot before 4.

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    Not just boot order. Only ports 0-3 are able to be set to/used in native AHCI mode (no IRQ needed, no legacy IDE component at all). Also, some SSD's have to be installed on the first port before a firmware flash or secure erase can be performed.

    As with any build, regardless of SSD use or just standard spinners, you ideally want your primary boot drive (OS/Programs etc) on port 0, any other drives can then be plugged in order, so 1, 2, 3 etc. Place your optical drives in the reverse of this convention, ie if you have one, place it on port 5, if you have two then use 5 & 4 etc. If you are in a situation where you have 6 HDD's/SSD's, then place your optical drives on the GSATA ports.

    Note that for best performance, enable AHCI in the BIOS, and also enable ports 0-3 Native Mode. If you have had to use a GSATA port for your optical drive and experience any issues with OS installation from optical disc, booting from CD/DVD or flashing firmware when booting from a DVD/CD, you may have to temporarily move your optical drive from that port to an Intel port while you do what you need to, then swap it back.
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