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Guys, I seem to have my hard disks (Maxtor and Seagate.. check sig rig) on IDE Mode..

I remember when I first assembled the i5 2500k, new RAM and new mobo.. I wasn't able to boot successfully into Windows Desktop..

So, I changed the SATA options from the BIOS/UEFI of the ASUS Z68 from AHCI to IDE mode

Voilla! Successful boot up..

Now, I have a new drive coming.. a Seagate 1TB SATA III, 7200 RPM. Snagged it for 47 bucks total..

Is it possible for me to have the new drive in AHCI mode while the other drives in IDE mode? And that they'd still work together?

AHCI + IDE + IDE mode? xD

Well, is AHCI really even worth it though?
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post #2 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by tubers;13832199 
Guys, I seem to have my hard disks (Maxtor and Seagate.. check sig rig) on IDE Mode..

I remember when I first assembled the i5 2500k, new RAM and new mobo.. I wasn't able to boot successfully into Windows Desktop..

So, I changed the SATA options from the BIOS/UEFI of the ASUS Z68 from AHCI to IDE mode

Voilla! Successful boot up..

Now, I have a new drive coming.. a Seagate 1TB SATA III, 7200 RPM. Snagged it for 47 bucks total..

Is it possible for me to have the new drive in AHCI mode while the other drives in IDE mode? And that they'd still work together?

AHCI + IDE + IDE mode? xD

Well, is AHCI really even worth it though?

Better preformance and hot swappable. As far as running both AHCI and IDE i don't think so.
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Originally Posted by FREELINE57;13832285 
Better preformance and hot swappable. As far as running both AHCI and IDE i don't think so.

Aww..

Hmm so how do you exactly install in AHCI?

I read somewhere it's like:

1.) fresh drive
2.) pick AHCI mode in BIOS
3.) Install Windows?

Does windows installation automatically knows that it should install AHCI drivers (this is from the CD right)? Instead of just the regular?
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Going from IDE to AHCI requires a fresh install or a tweaking process that eventually makes you wanna reinstall tongue.gif Windows should figure the drivers out on its own. If not, you can add the drivers from the manufacturer during the set up of the installer. Windows will let you know before the installation, whether it knows about your drivers or not.
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Originally Posted by Xenthos;13832342 
Going from IDE to AHCI requires a fresh install or a tweaking process that eventually makes you wanna reinstall tongue.gif Windows should figure the drivers out on its own. If not, you can add the drivers from the manufacturer during the set up of the installer. Windows will let you know before the installation, whether it knows about your drivers or not.


I see thanks.. Just wondering..

If I have a main drive running at AHCI.. will it still "see" and access the other HDDs connected to the mobo? They'd be in IDE ofc..

+reps
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tubers;13832352 
I see thanks.. Just wondering..

If I have a main drive running at AHCI.. will it still "see" and access the other HDDs connected to the mobo? They'd be in IDE ofc..

+reps

it should still see the other drives, as long as your install drive (with windows7) has the fresh install it should be fine. Ive also read before that you can switch from ide to ahci with out the fresh install it just needs come work in cmd and deleting/re-entering.

but ide is suppose to be easyer to use and more universal to work or something like that and ahci is suppose to give better performance (mostly in ssd from what ive seen)
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post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by DNytAftr;13832374 
it should still see the other drives, as long as your install drive (with windows7) has the fresh install it should be fine. Ive also read before that you can switch from ide to ahci with out the fresh install it just needs come work in cmd and deleting/re-entering.

I might ask on that some other time smile.gif

If I plan to use AHCI from scratch, from a fresh new drive..

do I need the get the Motherboard's CD?

What would the drivers be called? Marvell or Intel Chipset?

+rep
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post #8 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by tubers;13832382 
I might ask on that some other time smile.gif

If I plan to use AHCI from scratch, from a fresh new drive..

do I need the get the Motherboard's CD?

What would the drivers be called? Marvell or Intel Chipset?

+rep
you will need to just reformat and reinstall after selecting ahci in bios

so boot up > goto bios > change to ahci > install from windows cd > done and you can install your normal programs and games biggrin.gif

shouldnt NEED to install the stuff from the cd to get the ahci option but, i would recomend installing the mobo cd after the install so you have all your mobo features biggrin.gif

last i changed it was on my h67 mobo a few weeks ago
Edited by DNytAftr - 6/11/11 at 3:50am
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post #9 of 19
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DNytAftr;13832392 
you will need to just reformat and reinstall after selecting ahci in bios

so boot up > goto bios > change to ahci > install from windows cd > done and you can install your normal programs and games biggrin.gif

shouldnt NEED to install the stuff from the cd to get the ahci option but, i would recomend installing the mobo cd after the install so you have all your mobo features biggrin.gif

last i changed it was on my h67 mobo a few weeks ago

Wow.. I hope that's just how it is.

Thanks smile.gif

I wouldn't want to run into fancy azz problems xD

+rep smile.gif
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You dont need to format at all to change to ACHI mode, there is even a tool that Micorsoft released to change Windows 7 to AHCI mode. Doing it manually is also a cinch

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976
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To resolve this issue yourself, enable the AHCI driver in the registry before you change the SATA mode of the boot drive. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Exit all Windows-based programs.
  2. Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
  3. If you receive the User Account Control dialog box, click Continue.
  4. Locate and then click one of the following registry subkeys: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Msahci
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\IastorV
  5. In the right pane, right-click Start in the Name column, and then click Modify.
  6. In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.
  7. On the File menu, click Exit to close Registry Editor.
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