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Alrighty, welp here's the skinny. My brother bought a 64gb Sandisk SSD just as a boot drive, so I go to hook it up and all is fine, and so I reinstall Win7 onto the SSD, only later to check the bios and find out that it was in IDE mode(as was the previous HDD as well). So I changed the SSD to AHCI, and reinstalled Win7 onto it and all was fine, I also changed the HDD from IDE TO AHCI, and all *seemed* fine, until my brother went to play any game with it, and then came the problems. Any/every game(on the HDD) he would try would crash the whole computer. I didn't reinstall any Windows OS onto the HDD, so I thought switching from IDE to AHCI on it would work fine, but it seems not.

Is this where my error was? My brother can't exactly back up half a TB of his HDD, if the solution is for me to reformat the whole HDD to make it work in AHCI mode. So I'm not quite sure what I can do here. Based on what's happening, I'm assuming it's the HDD that's the problem and not the SSD, as everything related to the SSD works fine, but the fact that the whole HDD(that used to house the Windows 7 OS) was IDE, and then I just switched it to AHCI, is that what's causing the problems? Sorry if this is a tad confusing, as I'm confused myself, any insight on this would be much apppreciated, thanks.
Edited by venomblade - 5/29/13 at 6:53pm
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If you switch from IDE to AHCI after installing windows on your SSD you either need to reformat or properly install the drivers for it. I personally advise just reinstalling windows while in AHCI mode as I've had nothing but problems doing it any other way, you shouldn't need to worry about the hard drive though.
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If you switch from IDE to AHCI after installing windows on your SSD you either need to reformat or properly install the drivers for it. I personally advise just reinstalling windows while in AHCI mode as I've had nothing but problems doing it any other way, you shouldn't need to worry about the hard drive though.

Sorry if I wasn't clear, but I've already done that and said as much. I'm thinking the issue is the fact that I just outright changed the HDD from IDE to AHCI and I'm guessing it's not liking the change. Unfortunately, I'm not at my brother's to test, but I will be going back tomorrow and I'll be trying various things including changing the HDD to IDE, and the SSD to IDE if need be to see if that fixes anything. I'm not even fully sure if the issues I've detailed(games crashing) are even caused by something related to IDE/AHCI, I just figured that must've been it since that's one of the few things I changed.
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