Gigabyte Releases Intel 6 Series SATA Check Utility
By now everyone is aware of the problem affecting Intel 6 Series motherboards and what manufacturers are doing to fix the problem. You may not know if you need to send in your motherboard to be fixed, but how do you find out? Well, if you have a 6 Series motherboard, you can download a handy SATA check utlity to find out for sure. Gigabyte has created the utility and it should prove invaluable for P67 and H67 owners. If you only have a couple SATA devices, then you shouldn't have to send in the board since you can just move the connectors over to the unaffected SATA 3 ports. But if you have multiple devices then the Gigabyte SATA check utility will diagnose whether or not you need to apply for an RMA. Simply download the program and it will tell you if the connected SATA devices are on the affected Intel PCH SATA 2.0 ports.
If you don't have any devices connected to the afflicted ports, then the program tells you everything is OK. If you do have something connected to them, then it will tell you to move them over to the SATA 3 ports. However, if you have something connected to the SATA 2 and 3 ports, then the program tells you having devices connected to the SATA 2 ports is not recommended. At this point, you will be able to determine whether or not you need to send in your motherboard, but the Gigabyte program comes in handy to help you determine the proper action. Feel free to download it if you are curious on whether or not your Sandy Bridge motherboard is affected.