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Hi guys,

i have a Western Digital WD2500K hard drive (250GB Sata II)

i have it set as IDE in my bios although of course it is connected through a SATA data and power cable.

When i set it as AHCI i couldn't get windows to install without a driver and i dont have a floppy drive so i just set it as IDE.

I am worried now though that i am not getting the full potential speed and performance out of my drive. Is it going to run slower now it is set to IDE in bios?

thanks,

edd
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Hi guys,

i have a Western Digital WD2500K hard drive (250GB Sata II)

i have it set as IDE in my bios although of course it is connected through a SATA data and power cable.

When i set it as AHCI i couldn't get windows to install without a driver and i dont have a floppy drive so i just set it as IDE.

I am worried now though that i am not getting the full potential speed and performance out of my drive. Is it going to run slower now it is set to IDE in bios?

thanks,

edd
Were you still able to install Windows even without the 3rd party Raid Controller? Had a buddy who had to go buy a floppy drive just for that reason. We couldnt figure a way around it. Everytime he got to the part of the install asking for the raid controller, if he didnt choose the F6 option, the install would not recognize his Sata drive. He even set it to IDE in the bios and it didnt make any difference.

As far as running slower, I dont think it will make any difference unless you go to an actual Raid setup. When I went from IDE to Sata, I didnt notice any real difference in speed.
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