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Will my system run AHCI?

post #1 of 14
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Heyo lads,

Just wanted to do a quick checkup to find this out (at work atm)

Will my system (in sig, just rebuilt) support AHCI? on my WD Caviar Black? i've seen the Driver on the AMD drivers page "AHCI drivers for windows 7", but i've not tried this AHCI business before, and iv 'heard' if its not compatible it can maybe damage your drive, ofc im not sure about that, but it never hurt to be careful right?

Plus just a small side question as well, Whats better about it vs IDE?

Any info on this is greatly appreciated ^^ thanks.
post #2 of 14
Just set the AHCI in Windows Registry and then boot into your BIOS and select AHCI and boom.
You're now using AHCI.
post #3 of 14
If you aren't using an SSD or hot swapping HDDs, I see no reason for AHCI.

http://expertester.wordpress.com/200...ark-advantage/
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by mbudden View Post
Just set the AHCI in Windows Registry and then boot into your BIOS and select AHCI and boom.
You're now using AHCI.
Thanks alot for the reply mate, Err what do you mean by setting it in the registry though? As in, look for an AHCI key and enable it or the like?
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post #6 of 14
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Thanks chaps, checking out the links +1
post #7 of 14
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If you aren't using an SSD or hot swapping HDDs, I see no reason for AHCI.

http://expertester.wordpress.com/200...ark-advantage/
Um, really? AHCI won't see improvement in sequential writes but random reads, which will speed up Windows in general. When I changed my system from IDE to AHCI on the raptor as a boot drive, the boot time decreased by 15 seconds(from button push to all programs loaded).

Benchmarks measure only certain things, but personal experience is also needed to make a full judgement.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by herkalurk View Post
Um, really? AHCI won't see improvement in sequential writes but random reads, which will speed up Windows in general. When I changed my system from IDE to AHCI on the raptor as a boot drive, the boot time decreased by 15 seconds(from button push to all programs loaded).

Benchmarks measure only certain things, but personal experience is also needed to make a full judgement.
Thats what i like to hear

Gonna check out the links and try it out when i get home, and i'll report back if it works or not. nice1 lads
post #9 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by herkalurk View Post
Um, really? AHCI won't see improvement in sequential writes but random reads, which will speed up Windows in general. When I changed my system from IDE to AHCI on the raptor as a boot drive, the boot time decreased by 15 seconds(from button push to all programs loaded).

Benchmarks measure only certain things, but personal experience is also needed to make a full judgement.


I've never experienced such things with a mechanical HDD before, but it's his computer, he can do what he wants with it.


I'm going by what I've noticed, which was nothing, when I changed it to AHCI on my non-SSD driven systems. Soooo
post #10 of 14
One thing to worry about running AHCI is once you set it up in windows, you'll get a bluescreen if you try to boot with IDE mode set in your BIOS (which is usually default). It's an easily forgettable step in the event of a bios reset that can lead to some frustration (Not that I'm speaking from experience or anything...)
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