While customers of Intel 6 series motherboards patiently wait for Intel and manufacturers to ready replacement units, many companies have advised consumers to work around the potential problems by plugging their devices into the available SATA III 6Gbps ports, which are unaffected.
Unfortunately for users who have purchased prebuilt systems, or Sandy Bridge notebook users, knowing what ports were used isn’t exactly readily available information.
GIGABYTE however, has developed a tool that will conduct a quick test to let you know whether your system is safe, or if you should switch the ports your devices are plugged into. The tool will return one of three scenarios;
- The 1st scenario is where there are no devices connected to the affected Intel PCH SATA 2.0 ports, and the utility will let you know that your “SATA configuration (is) OK”.
- The 2nd scenario is where your devices are all connected to the affected Intel PCH SATA 2.0 ports, and the utility will advise you to “(Please) move 1 or 2 devices from (the) Intel PCH SATA 2.0 ports to the free SATA 3.0 ports.
- The 3rd scenario is where you have devices connected to the affected Intel PCH SATA 2.0 ports and the SATA 3.0 ports are also populated. Here the utility will advice you that “Use of (the) Intel PCH SATA 2.0 ports is not recommended”.
The GIGABYTE 6 Series SATA Check can be downloaded here: http://www.gigabyte.us/support-downloads/Utility.aspx
We recommend that users who want to adjust their SATA port positioning, consult the motherboard manual, or the manufacturer’s technical support service.
For users who are forced to plug extra storage devices into the SATA II ports, Hardware Canucks recommends downloading HDTUNE, and using the “Health” test to look for failures.