New SSD (Corsair) takes 1-2 minutes before it’s found after first boot

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Problem :

My new SSD Corsair CSSD-F60 actually works – using it for boot and system disk (Windows 7 64-bit). But when first (cold-) booting the PC it’s not properly found by BIOS and Intel ICH9R Controller. The first boot attempt always fails. When I wait for about 1-2 minutes, and retry using CTRL + ALT + DEL it’s getting recognized and everything works as expected from now on – until the next boot from a turned-off state. I’m also running a RAID-5 SATA set in this machine, this was my previous system partition.

Some screenshots describe the problem:

  1. Turning PC on, initialization, shows up like this. The problem is: While it’s recognized at “Port 00”, it doesn’t appear in the Physical Disks section:

    First attempt: SSD not listed in physical disks section

  2. Error because boot disk was not found:

    Boot fail

  3. When I’d press CTRL + ALT + DEL instantly, the procedure likely will repeat from (1). But after about 1-2 minutes have passed from the first start, it’s certain that I get the following screen. From now on, everything works fine! Note that now the SSD appears in the Physical Disks section:

    Now it's working

    Interestingly, when going to BIOS during the first period, I’m not able to select the SSD as my boot device because it simply doesn’t appear in the list. After it was recognized, I can select it from the list.

    This is the working version
    (This is the working version, during the first period there is only my Intel RAID device listed)

Usually, I turn on my PC, wait two minutes and press CTRL + ALT + DEL to get it booted – this always works.

What could this be?

Here some facts:

  • Phoenix BIOS up-to-date (Manufacturer ABIT doesn’t provide any support for mainboards anymore, this is the IX38 QuadGT with Intel X38-ICH9R)
  • Storage Controller/Bus running in RAID mode which supposedly include AHCI (have to run in RAID mode because of the existing RAID set)
  • Switching ports (hardware) and exchanging cables didn’t help

Any clues?

EDIT 1:

My PSU is the following: Corsair TX650W from summer of 2007.

EDIT 2:

Bad news guys, I’ve pulled off the power connectors from all three hard disks (Ports 01, 03 and 05) and from the DVD-ROM drive (Port 04) so there was only the SSD plugged in – same effect, I wasn’t able to boot from cold start state but minutes later. I also exchanged the port to 04 for a single test, no success.

Solution :

It can also be a capacitor issue. Sometimes power delivery on either the device or PSU has almost-but-not-quite working capacitors, so when the system have been powered for a while they work, but it takes some time for them to charge. This is obviously a hardware malfunction issue.

I would cross-test the SSD on some other computer to see whether it’s the SSD or your motherboard/PSU that has problems.

Some important things you should try:

  • Reset the BIOS using the jumper.

  • Disable any (dynamic) overclocking to ensure that clocks and timings are right.

  • Disable AHCI if possible, note that this could need a OS reinstall.

  • Update the SSD firmware if possible, as it might not be a BIOS problem.

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