Last May I installed a JCAT SATA cable onto a new Samsung 850 Pro SSD (256gb), the latter cloned from a Plextor 128gb SSD (this is an i5-4690K desktop with a Gigabyte Z97-UD5H-BK mobo). Immediately, I started having boot problems into Win 8.1 (it would get past the BIOS screen, but sometimes change the boot order). Not every time, but often, sometimes taking 10-20 reboots to get through. A couple of months later, I finally did a clean reinstall of 8.1, but the problem, though narrowed in scope, continued in two forms:
“MBR Error 1 - Press any key to boot from floopy”
Windows goes into repair mode, reports repair failed and typically returns a 0xc0000185 code, which is a hardware problem code
So, after being away for a month, I decided to change to an OEM SATA cable and haven’t had a problem boot since. Discussing this with Marcin of JPlay, it turns out I’m not alone in this problem, that a couple of others have also reported boot problems with the SATA cable in various systems, Gigabyte and other brand recent motherboards. Someone on the JCAT forum also report having problems with the Paul Pang SATA cable(s). The obvious question is what could be causing an apparent incompatibility. Any ideas? Thanks,
Update: I tried additional testing by changing the JCAT’s port on the motherboard and then hooking the other end to an HDD. That worked fine a few times. However, hooking it again to the SSD didn’t right off. That suggested the problem might be on Samsung SSD end. So I left the changed mobo port but reversed ends of the JCAT cable. Thus far that’s worked on three reboots. Good news? Hope so, but won’t know without a much larger sample, since it’s not unusual to get two or three good days in a row. This leaves only the original mobo SATA port to check.