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So I just got a new SSD to add to my system that I plan to install Windows 7 to. Currently I have 7 already installed on one of my current HDs. I noticed that in my BIOS my SATA mode is Native IDE. So questions about switching it to AHCI or not:

-Should I switch it? Is it worth the potential hassle?
-If I do, I understand that the 7 install on my HD will probably freak out. What about the data on that HD (files, etc.)?
-What about my 2nd HD, that does have the OS on it (it's just files)?

Thanks.
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Originally Posted by kurt1288 View Post

So I just got a new SSD to add to my system that I plan to install Windows 7 to. Currently I have 7 already installed on one of my current HDs. I noticed that in my BIOS my SATA mode is Native IDE. So questions about switching it to AHCI or not:
-Should I switch it? Is it worth the potential hassle?
-If I do, I understand that the 7 install on my HD will probably freak out. What about the data on that HD (files, etc.)?
-What about my 2nd HD, that does have the OS on it (it's just files)?
Thanks.

If you set it to AHCI, the performance would be better overall however you may have to reformat. Try it. If you don't boot, switch it back! I think you only have to reformat if your going from raid to ahci and ahci to raid.

Or

To save on a format, there is a reg tweak you can make "before" switching to ahci and this will allow you to use ahci without a reformat!
As for the actual tweak, you will have to look it up on google.
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Well, that was easy enough. Here I was being all paranoid and all I had to do was change one registry key. Ah well, better to be safe than sorry.
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Well, that was easy enough. Here I was being all paranoid and all I had to do was change one registry key. Ah well, better to be safe than sorry.

It is always better to double check on stuff like this. Glad i was of assistance.
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applaud.gif Inb4SeanWebster biggrin.gif anyway..If win7 is the only OS installed..it's a breeze
http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-devices/17876-enable-ahci-windows-7-a.html simple regedit..set to 0....reboot..set ahci in bios..load windows..one more reboot..done! thumb.gif

now xp is a whole different headache rolleyes.gif

doh.gif how did i miss that you already did it??
owell got 'er done! drunken.gif
 
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With win xp, i don't think the reg tweak can be made. My advice is leave it to IDE otherwise your current win 7 won't boot.
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Or start Fresh! thumb.gif
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Or set it to AHCI and install windows on the SSD. If you ever need to boot from the other install of windows, switch to IDE. Job done.
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^ Yep
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^ Yep

It's a nice and easy way lol.
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