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ATA, AHCI im so confused..did i buy the wrong drive please help

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so according to my BIOS my sata ports are AHIC. The box of the hdd says ATA. I also cannot change the setting in my bios thus getting a windows 7 install fail every time. Anything I can do about this? Even if i clone the drive im sure it will just bsod on start up.
post #2 of 20
Can't change settings in BIOS? try change BIOS to IDE mode & then try install Win7 & if you want AHCI enabled after that, there is a tweak i can show you + you will need a AHCI driver from your Mobo's website.
Edited by KEX - 5/12/12 at 12:58am
post #3 of 20
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attempted ide boot crash on startup
post #4 of 20
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bsod i mean
post #5 of 20
Did you reformat the harddrives when you tried to reinstall? AHCI is used for installing W7 on SSD's and not necessarily needed for regular HDD's. Your best bet would be to set it to IDE and try to wipe the harddrives and start from a blank slate.
 
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attempted ide boot crash on startup
Try reset BIOS to default (with IDE mode) & make DVD Drive first boot device, with Win7 disc in it.
post #7 of 20
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AHCI was the defualt setting for my old hdd so no its not for ssds. secondly I tried changing to IDE and get a BSOD on start up
post #8 of 20
Why not just leave it in AHCI? If it's a SATA drive, it should work fine in AHCI mode. I have my system in AHCI, and I'm running SSD's and mechanical drives on it.
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because windows 7 wont install from my factory image disc on an AHCI drive or so I hear i really dont wanna take 12 hours to clone my current 1 tb drive but it looks as if i have no choice...anyone know any good cloning software? sigh....
post #10 of 20
Sorry I didn't clarify very well but AHCI must be on for SSD's to be recognized but it will boot either mech or ssd's for loading W7 on it. I had it on AHCI ever since I have had this current mobo and it installs perfectly.

One other thing but were you trying to repair a W7 install? that might be your problem since W7 may be too corrupt to repair. Also, if you have another drive to back your files up on then just copy the files not so much clone the whole drive. Clones still have all the dust and stuff that windows picks up over the years of use and a clean install should help with stability if you overclock or have intensive games/programs.
 
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