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I have an Asrock x58 Extreme motherboard flashed to the latest bios (1.80). I have an Intel x25-m 160Gb (SATA slot 1) pluged in but the BIOS seems to register it as a Kingston SSDNow 40Gb. I wanted to try to update the SSD firmware but I cant get the BIOS to post when I switch into "Compatability" mode (Which intel claims is required to run their firmware updater ISO)

When I insert the Windows 7 install disk it also registers it as a 37.3Gb drive I can create a partition on.

This is a brand new system I am setting up. Any ideas what is wrong?

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Did you buy it off eBay? – Jan 20 '10 at 6:57
No I got it through Amazon. I am very unsure now. I'll try the drive at work, but it seems really odd – Scanningcrew Jan 20 '10 at 8:32
What was the end result of this? Did you end up getting a replacement that worked? – Troggy Sep 16 '10 at 21:39
up vote 3 down vote accepted

If you bought the drive secondhand, the chips may have been switched out by a shady seller. There's a pretty active market in counterfeit SSDs these days; here is a thread on the Intel community forums about counterfeit x25s.

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Well I got it from Amazon (Through Tiger Direct). I am returning it and getting a new one. If it is this I would be very shocked. It seems pretty shady for that sort of company – Scanningcrew Jan 20 '10 at 8:17
Yeah, I hope that's not the case. Sad thing is that anyone down the chain, even just the guy packing the box to ship, could switch it out and pocket the difference :( – phoebus Jan 20 '10 at 9:03

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