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Which SATA Port for my ASUS M4A89TD board?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Going to be upping myself into a Crucial M4 128GB SSD boot drive very soon, but first need to know which port to use.
Also, the AHCI/IDE modes confuse me, anyone care to explain some specificity for me? smile.gif

Manual attached..

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post #2 of 9
plug it in the SATA 1 port. And have the SATA mode set to AHCI.
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks my main question was assuming I had no Marvell ports, which look like I don't.

It also sets the range ports 1-4 to AHCI.
Is there anything wrong with two of my storage hdds and DVD drive with AHCI?
post #4 of 9
nope just increases performance. smile.gif
post #5 of 9
IDE is an old school connection. I'm not even sure why they have it on newer model motherboards anymore. Unless maybe it's for people who still have IDE equipment. But they'd have to use a SATA to IDE convertor to even hook it up. It's a completely different interface. It's also huge compared to a SATA connection. It's similar to what your 24-pin motherboard power connection looks like.
post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by Phantom_Dave View Post

IDE is an old school connection. I'm not even sure why they have it on newer model motherboards anymore. Unless maybe it's for people who still have IDE equipment. But they'd have to use a SATA to IDE convertor to even hook it up. It's a completely different interface. It's also huge compared to a SATA connection. It's similar to what your 24-pin motherboard power connection looks like.

Actually meant the IDE/AHCI options that the mobo gives you the options of SATA port options.
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Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

nope just increases performance. smile.gif

Thanks!
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by rawfuls View Post

Actually meant the IDE/AHCI options that the mobo gives you the options of SATA port options.

Yeah... IDE is for IDE (PATA) equipment. AHCI is for SATA. I was referring to the BIOS not the ports. I haven't seen any new motherboards with IDE ports but the IDE setting still exists in the BIOS.

SATA will work using the IDE setting, but it will be missing some features such as NCQ and hot-plugging.
post #8 of 9
I had to set my sata 2 ports to IDE mode to update the firmware on my M4, just a little heads up. But if your bios says Sata Ports 1-4 with options IDE or AHCI, could say raid instead of AHCI but its the same thing pretty much less there is an option.

And as Phantom_Dave said above in IDE mode it just turns off all the AHCI commands so it works like a IDE for example if you are installing onto windows and dont have a floppy disk to install said drivers.
 
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post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
Turned on the AHCI mode, but forgot that if you change the mode with an existing installation, booting up won't work.
Turned it back onto IDE mode on the SATA port, just to check the SSD life and all checks out.
Was only turned on 30 times prior to me receiving it, woo!

On another note, is leaving it on IDE mode (while also a secondary drive) for a few days a bad thing?

I don't have the time to install Windows 7 & do my migration until Thursday night.
Then again, I supposed unplugging the power to it will do the trick just fine, so.. nevermind.
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