By Mike Clements posted Apr 14th 2011
Force Series™ SSDs continue to offer blistering performance with an awesome combination of read and write speeds. We are continually working with SandForce® to support and improve our SSD line up. We noticed that even after our most recent firmware update for our SF-1200 based Force Series SSDs (released November 2010), that a small number of users are still having issues relating to startup and hibernation. In some cases these issues relate to how certain systems boot up or recover from a hibernation state. We're currently qualifying several firmware versions to evaluate their reliability and effectiveness at addressing these issues. However, they're not ready for release at this time.
We determined that some users with these startup and hibernation issues can benefit from using a work around. Many motherboard BIOS have a feature that occurs during the POST process relating to boot speed called Quick Boot, or Fast Boot, or some similar variation of this term. We've found that activating this setting may contribute to these start up and hibernation issues.
If you're a user experiencing these issues, we've prepared a guide for disabling this quick boot feature. Disabling quick boot may help with either desktop or laptop users. Your individual BIOS may differ in either layout or terminology. If you're not certain which term your BIOS uses for the quick boot feature, or how to enter and navigate inside your BIOS, please refer to your manual or your motherboard or laptop manufacturer for assistance.
Enter your BIOS. Typically this is done using the Delete key or F1 key.
Navigate to the Boot tab and enter this section.
Keep in mind that your BIOS may appear slightly different on a laptop, as seen below, compared to a desktop as seen above.
Navigate to the Quick Boot option and set it to disabled.
Again, the appearance on the laptop is similar and the end result is the same.
Save the settings, exit the BIOS, and reboot. The F10 works for this action on most laptop or desktop BIOS.
While changing this setting may not resolve the issue for all users, our lab testing has indicated that it is often helpful, while having little impact on boot time and no impact on performance.