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Is AHCI a driver? I thought it was a setting in the BIOS, but my manual says it's included as a driver in Windows 7.

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I am getting a SSD sometime soon, probably in the next month, and read that AHCI enhances performance a good bit. I was searching for a it in my BIOS, to see if my motherboard supported it, but didn't see it. I than got my manual out, and it said that it was a Windows 7 Driver, that you enable while installing. Could you shed some light on this? My motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3-B3.


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Edited by raptorxrx - 1/18/12 at 6:27pm
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I am not sure but Windows 7 always BSODs mid boot when I enable ACHI.
    
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I am not sure but Windows 7 always BSODs mid boot when I enable AHCI.

I have read that if you enable it after you have installed Windows, you will have troubles, and will need to do a fresh install. I am trying to figure out if it is a BIOS setting, a driver or both. I am led to believe it is both, but don't see it in my BIOS. I guess it might be my motherboard might not support it.
Edited by raptorxrx - 1/18/12 at 6:27pm
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In storage option (or SATA controller). There should be something called mode, with IDE, AHCI, and RAID being options. Set it to AHCI, then follow Sean's guide on installing Windows 7.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-guide-optimization-for-ssds-hdds

It is AHCI.
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In storage option (or SATA controller). There should be something called mode, with IDE, AHCI, and RAID being options. Set it to AHCI, then follow Sean's guide on installing Windows 7.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-guide-optimization-for-ssds-hdds
It is AHCI.

Great, my motherboard does support it. Did I spell it wrong?rolleyes.gif Nah. Thanks, I edited to the right spelling. I was worried that I would buy a SSD, and take a performance hit because of it. Once I get a SSD, I will use the guide you linked, +rep.
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AHCI is a more advance implementation of the ATA protocol. It includes additional features like Hot Swap and NCQ. If you enable this mode, the OS will need to load AHCI drivers instead of the more "simplier" legacy IDE/ATA driver.
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