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SSD hard drive do i use Sata as IDE or AHCI in Bios

Q: SSD hard drive do i use Sata as IDE or AHCI in Bios

Hi Guys I have just fitted a SSD SSD as IDE i AHCI or hard Sata use do Bios in drive drive in my computer windows bit system when I installed windows onto the new SSD I just unplugged my old hard drive and fitted the SSD and just installed windows and all worked ok But after the SSD hard drive do i use Sata as IDE or AHCI in Bios new install was working I was told I needed to make SSD hard drive do i use Sata as IDE or AHCI in Bios a change in the BIOS to alter the settings from treat Sata as IDE to treat Sata as AHCI I did this and all was ok with the new drive the installation worked and the new drive is running ok But now I have since SSD hard drive do i use Sata as IDE or AHCI in Bios read that I should have made the bios change before installing windows nad should not be done after the install So do I need to reinstall windows with the bios changes to treat sata as AHCI before I install or will it work ok it seems to be ok but im not sure now I was also under the impression that I could still have my old hard drive fitted and just select the hard drive I wanted to boot from as the computer started I wanted to do this so I could still has access to all my old stuff if I needed it But now my old hard drive will not boot until I change the Bios back to treat Sata as IDE so is this not going to work or will I have to change the bios each time I need access to my old drive Also I have an Asus P T SE motherboard so can I plug the SSD into any Sata port or is it better to plug it into number if so how do I find which one is number one

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A: SSD hard drive do i use Sata as IDE or AHCI in Bios

See this tutorial: AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista
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So after I did change to SATA AHCI mode in the BIOS, the main boot hard drive shows as a removable device in system tray. So how do I fix this issue, and I did follow the instructions in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 922976, and is found right here;

A:after change to SATA AHCI mode in BIOS, the main boot hard drive shows as removable

There is nothing to fix, SATA drives are hot pluggable so that is all perfectly normal.
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So after I changed to SATA AHCI mode in the BIOS the main boot internal hard drive shows as a removable device in system tray So how do I fix this issue and I did follow the instructions in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article http support microsoft com kb to enable the sata driver first before I changed the BIOS setting However in the Vista on the same hard drive in the same removable shows SATA BIOS drive AHCI to in after mode the change computer after change to SATA AHCI mode in BIOS the drive shows removable with the same SATA AHCI fix done to enable the needed drivers the internal hard drive does not show in the system tray as removable So possibly if I install the Intel Matrix Storage Manager from their site for this ASUS P QL Pro motherboard with a Intel P express chip set known as ICH then after a re-boot it may no longer show as removable This computer is a store built desktop that has only one GB SATA hard drive installed I had it set in the IDE compatible mode so that I could mult-boot with XP Vista and Ubuntu Linux

A:after change to SATA AHCI mode in BIOS the drive shows removable

That's not an issue at all, and it's perfectly normal. AHCI offers, on some boards, hot swap capabilities. It's nothing to worry about.
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A:SATA, AHCI, RAID Hard drive compatiblity

Reactivation shouldn't cause a problem or $$. Follow the steps provided and all should be well.
Keep us posted
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I ve been informed that my first problem is that I didn t install AHCI along with Window during the Windows installation However I did find a registry tweak which enabled it Once the drive. SATA not 7 Windows recognizing AHCI hard a tweak was uh tweaked I rebooted enabled all the AHCI options in the BIOS that I could and when Windows came up again it installed the controllers drivers and upon another reboot I should have been good to go However I have an external hard drive connected via SATA cable to the SATA inputs on the back of my mobo and the PC won t recognize that it is even connected Windows 7 not recognizing a SATA AHCI hard drive. If I connect it via USB it works just fine but I want Windows 7 not recognizing a SATA AHCI hard drive. to get the benefits of the SATA connection Any ideas on why my PC won t recognize this drive when it s connected to the SATA port One other thing during POST if I have the external drive powered on and connected via SATA there is a message that a TB Hitachi drive is found if it is off I get no such message so the computer sees it during post but not once the OS loads nbsp

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does anyone know if it's possible to change the hard drive mode from SATA to AHCI (or even IDE) in the BIOS ?

I can see the hard drive in the BIOS but I am unable to select it to make changes as it's "greyed-out".

I have installed the latest BIOS but that has not made any difference.
Many thanks.

A:Equium L40 - Can I Change Hard Drive Mode from SATA to AHCI?

I don?t have this notebook model but usually SATA controller mode options in BIOS are either AHCI or compatibility.
I presume it is set to AHCI.

Your notebook has SATA HDD so I don?t understand why do you want to change anything. Using AHCI mode HDD can run with ?full speed?.
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When I turn on my Dell XPS 410 I can't get by a screen that says:

Serial ATA AHCI BIOS Version iSrc 1.02.22 07062006
Copyright © 2003-2006 Intel Corporation
**this version supports only hard disk and CDROM drives**

Controller bus#00, device#1f, function#02: 02 ports, 02 devices
Port--00: hard disk, wdc wd2500js-75ncb3
(this drive is controlled by the RAID BIOS)
Port--01: CDROM, nec DVD+/-rw nd--3650A
AHCI BIOS installed
Intel® matrix storage manager option rom v6.0.0.1022 ICH8R
Copyright© 2003-2006 intel corporation. All rights reserved.

I have no idea what to do. Please help.

Thank you


Can you boot into safe mode?

Any onscreen error messages?

The lines you list...are from the BIOS, which is part of the normal boot process.

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It is already set to ahci and could not be changed to anything other than that. What makes you think it is other than ahci?
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A:Help! Cannot Choose "AHCI" in BIOS/SATA Operation

I "can't" go through a process that reinstalls Windows XP from scratch -- the "professional" lost my reinstall disks and I have so many problems getting and installing drivers from Dell.I can't understand whyAs long as you registered it and you're the owner, they're free
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A:W540 SATA Option (RAID or AHCI) gone after BIOS up...

Did you order your system as RAID model?  W540 does not come with RAID by default.  Lenovo has to license RAID option ROM (costs $) so it is only provided if you order RAID model from Lenovo.  As far I as I know, the only RAID model in Europe is 20BG001Sxx.  And your 20BG001Cxx model came with only 1 disk.  If I am wrong about this, please let me know.
I believe there was a bug in 1.05 that mistakenly enabled RAID on some non-RAID models.  The bug was fixed in 2.05, so unless you really have a RAID model W540, then RAID would become properly disabled on your system.
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I did some digging around and discovered that Dell have hidden this option from BIOS setup for the sake of saving time, answering costumer support calls regarding SATA operation and drivers.
So my question is, will Dell be able to release a new BIOS revision with this feature enabled? The D820 is still a capable and i would hate to see it crippled in this way.
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A:Latitude D820 BIOS | SATA AHCI Mode

The answer is that this system is long since end of life - it will not see any further BIOS updates.
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The yellow led lights up
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I switched that back to IDE

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A:sata to ide adapter do not see PATA hard drive in the bios?

Following this guide, i made it so windows boots ok with bios setting to AHCI
AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista

Still the bios does not show drive with adapter connected.
I have tried 4 HD and a dvd drive.
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A:Dell XPS PC BIOS does not detect my sata hard drive, but the Vista OS does?

If the drive is "seen" by the OS, it has to be detected by the bios. Swap the SATA drives and see if the bios now "sees" the former phantom drive
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A:Bios cant find hard drive SATA after computer crash

Could you clear up a couple of things. Your title implies that BIOS does not see the SATA drive, but later you say it can be detected (typo?). Is the SATA drive plugged into the motherboard or into a connector card? You reset CMOS by moving the jumper or removing the battery? Your system may have crashed for a reason. If the drive is not detected in BIOS and connections and cables are OK it could be the drive.
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A:CD/DVD Drive not recognized in BIOS after installing SATA hard disk

No one going to take a stab at this one. Please, I need some help here. Any advice would be appreciated
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A:Switching BIOS SATA RAID/AHCI setting causes BSOD at Windows Start

This is a hard one. As I'm sure you know, there should be no difference (to Windows) for RAID vs AHCI. It is normally the same driver, and the same registry setting.

So here is my WAG: maybe you need to have all 3 hard drives connected to break the RAID and change to AHCI.

Once completed, you would then remove the extra drive. Hopefully you have not formatted or changed that drive at all.
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May I ask : Is it safe (in terms of data reliability) to plug the old WinVista HD in the current system for retrieving data files ?

A:plugging old SATA hard disk in AHCI system

Why do you mention the XP machine ?

Yes, it`s safe.
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To get maximum performance should i install windows on SSD ?

which SATA mode should i use in BIOS settings?

A:SATA Mode IDE or AHCI when you have a SSD drive?

Quote: Originally Posted by extremed

To get maximum performance should i install windows on SSD ?

which SATA mode should i use in BIOS settings?


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A:can't boot from cd/dvd sata drive/AHCI mode

The controller settings shouldn't have any affect at all on it's ability to boot. My controllers are always set to AHCI and are left that way.

If you are trying to install Windows, a simple work around would be to use a USB flash drive. I can't remember the last time I've installed Windows from a disc.
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A:Intel Sata controler ICH10R AHCI + Jmicron AHCI error

You may not be doing anything wrong...or at least, you're doing the same wrong thing that I am. I've never been able to get that jMicron deleted to work in AHCI mode.

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A:T61 - AHCI SATA Intel Matrix Storage Manager drive...

*BUMP Does anyone have any idea about what I'm talking about? Perhaps the standard driver is just fine. Link. But for those using SSD's might have problems. eh?
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Dear Experts, 
I am unable to find 'ATA' option in dell optiplex 3040mt. Hence could not deploy Windows 2008 server image on it. In dell 3020 i can deploy the image using ATA mode. Please advise how to enable 'ATA' option in Optiplex 3040 and install windows 2008 server.Thanks!

A:Dell Optiplex 3040 MT - In BIOS there is No option to select 'ATA' for SATA Operation!!! (Unable to deploy Windows 2008 Server Image in AHCI Mode)

Jesse There is no such option in 3040 because ATA mode is no longer supported.  The F6 drivers are REQUIRED for windows 7 or 8 or 10.   XP/VISTA aren't supported at all and will not install.
AHCI is the only option available in Modern Bios and chipsets.  
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see second post.

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Changing to "AHCI" "As SATA Type" as shown in image in second post, causes Windows 7 x64 to lose / not see the GPT on my drive D: and it wants to "initialize" it as MBR or GPT-- no way!!

A:cloned C:, installed AHCI drivers, changed BIOS to AHCI, D:'s GPT gone

ok, returning to BIOS and setting back to RAID, as AHCI typeenabled me to view the drive D: again
C: drive seems to be running much more slowly again.
these drives are plugged into the OnChip SATAWith AHCI as SATA typeno drive D:

With RAID as SATA typehave drive D:
but C: definitely dog-tired-slow
I really should not have fiddled with this at 3AM on a Sunday morning!!! Bah, I'm a pro, what could go wrong???

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The other question this makes me ask is how do I keep my GPT when I move to another motherboard? I don't trust the GPT like I do MBR hm....

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A:No AHCI option in BIOS, is my computer default in AHCI or IDE?

Run this tool and see what it says,

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A:AHCI mode stopped reconizing Hard Drive

You may want to see if any bios updates are available for it.
IDE mode will never see the AHCI data it can be reformatted in ide mode and then have windows installed on it.

Here is a thought though.
completely power down the laptop remove the battery and everything.
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A:No boot sector on internal hard drive while AHCI enabled installation

When AHCI mode is enabled, is the first boot device changed? it's as if it's trying to read from say a USB stick or memory card slot first, then moving on to the next boot device of Hard disk or Optical when that has failed.
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I had a similar problem, I thought it may apply to you.

When I first installed my XP Pro on my system with a new Seagate 250 GB HDD, XP created the C: drive at 125 GB, basically cutting the disc space in half. The rest was just unformatted.

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And vice versa?
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If you have access to another PC check if the drive can be read on a different machine.
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depends on the OS that you are booting to.
1 or 2 for xp and 3 for vista.
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A:sata ide or ahci

Hello Danny,

Yeah, I would go ahead and change it to 0 and restart the computer to help make sure that it's using AHCI.

AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista

Also look in your Device Manager to make sure that it's show as a AHCI controller like below.

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A:Solved: Bios setting for sata drive

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A:Configure Sata as IDe or AHCI?

I would only use AHCI if you want hot swappable hard drives connected to your internal SATA ports (not your eSATA ports located on the I/O panel). If you do want hot swappable then you'll need to install this registry edit before you make the change in the BIOS.
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A:Switch from SATA to AHCI

Hi: That can't be done. As long as you install the latest Intel RST driver from your notebook's support page, or get it from Intel, TRIM support is enabled in RAID mode since your notebook has a mobile Intel series 7 chipset. You may find this discussion if interest to you, as your notebook is in the same status...
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I hope some people share there solution.. Or if they have the windows xp with all ahci/sata driver support can you share it?

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And sorry for my english...

A:about ahci or sata drivers...

and welcome to the Forum

You can slipstream the sata drivers on the XP CD, follow the instructions in this guide :
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The issue is the disk is showing IDE.? I did not set it to AHCI in BIOS, It is a SATA SSD Drive.

It should have been set to AHCI for the install. Rather than try to fix that after the fact, I would suggest a clean install as my preferred method of handling this issue. However, there have been some with reported success in changing the mode from IDE to AHCI after the fact but there also have been may reported failures as well. I say go for the clean install.

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A:Sata Mode AHCI / IDE

That's weird. I thought Windows 7 handled switching to AHCI mode better than that. Guess it has the same problem as XP.

Anyway, quick answers to a couple of your questions:

1) There is nothing magical about AHCI. About all you will gain is the ability to hot-plug drives. That may be worthwhile if you use an external HDD connected by eSATA. Otherwise, I wouldn't worry about it.

From what I've read, NCQ is only of real benefit in an environment where the disk is being accessed constantly, such as server. Normal desktop users probably won't see any measurable benefit.

The staggered spin-up thing probably doesn't matter either. Maybe it would, if you were running a large RAID (like maybe a 6-disk RAID 10) and had a barely-adequate power supply.

2) Yes, there should be a way to install the AHCI drivers so that Windows 7 doesn't bluescreen on startup. I did it with Windows XP, although it wasn't all that straightforward. I didn't have to reinstall Windows XP, and you shouldn't have to reinstall Windows 7 either.


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Rebooted and entered BIOS setup program.
Changed the SATA configuration to AHCI.
Checked the Boot order next. It absolutely refused the option to select the SSD (with O/S) as the first boot drive. In fact it does not display that drive anywhere in the boot list.
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Bottom line, no AHCI

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Which SATA port is the SSD connect to?
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A:Sata Drive Used As Slave, Not Shown In Bios. One Will Not Format

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A:Intel NUC DN2820 SATA Drive not showing in BIOS

Is BIOS set to legacy or UEFI and are you formatting as MBR or GPT? Is strange it won't appear in BIOS though, could be a hardware problem.

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Change the cables round to suit.
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It should be as simple as installing a couple of cables. Hopefully you've got a nice flat cable either with the new slave drive, or a spare with the motherboard: it's normally red, but can be other colours, about 1cm wide and 1mm thick. That needs to be plugged in between the drive and one of your SATA slots on the motherboard. They'll normally be black, and unlike most, will have a slight 'L' shape to them. If you get a torch on your motherboard, you should see SATA1 or SATA2 written very close to them. If you've already got a SATA drive, then it should be easy to spot, so just use the second port.

When you start the machine up, go into the BIOS by pressing the appropriate key (it should come up with a screen just after displaying what graphics card you have / testing memory, telling you what key to press - normally F1, F2, F12, Esc or Del),

Then find your way to the 'Boot Order' section (sorry, not sure quite where it'll be for your chipset - but it'll be either on the first screen, or more likely a menu off of it), and make sure that it's still on your CD/Floppy/original drive first and hasn't swapped to your new SATA (it shouldn't have done, but some prefer a SATA drive by default to an IDE).

Any probs or questions, please come back. You'll do fine!

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ynotbme said:

1st does it matter who the manufacter is? Dell wants WD. I want Seagate.Click to expand...

Brand names are irrelevant especially when you are installing your own OS.

ynotbme said:

And do I just load the XP Pro disc in and start?Click to expand...

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