Antwoord op "New Hard Drive -> Installation takes too long/Drive access too slow"There is no problem with SATA controller nor the cable. You just need to downgrade EFI to 1.6 to cap the SATA connection to 150 mbps. This EFI also has support for many (or virtually all drives), while EFI 1.7 enables 300 mbps (no difference when using HDD) but at the same time removes support for nearly all non-Apple supplied drives.
Antwoord op "MacBook Pro doesn't recognize replacement hard drive."Downgrade to EFI 1.6 instead of 1.7. In 1.7 Apple has removed support for many 3rd party HDD and SSD drives. Had same problem with OCZ Vertex 4 SSD, and found this solution in forums there.