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Set AHCI in BIOS, installed Win7 onto SSD, still shows up as IDE in BIOS.

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Hey guys, just today I finally got around to installing this SSD I've had on my desk for some weeks into my gaming PC.

I did my research and realised I'd be better off setting the drives to AHCI mode to enable TRIM function of the SSD, so I got that all set up on the existing HDDs with the standard registry Dword edit and BIOS setting, that all seemed to go just fine.

I unplugged the HDDs and added the SSD, installing Win7 with no other drives plugged in. Now I'm going through Sean's guide on optimising Win7 and I've noticed (annoyingly) that even though the SATA ports are set to AHCI in BIOS, the SSD still shows up as "IDE:Sandisk whatever whatever". Is this to be believed, or is it just misreporting in that particular BIOS screen? Is there a way to test which it's running under?

I understand leaving an SSD in IDE mode will cause it to prematurely wear out, so I'd rather get this sorted out early.

I'm really not sure what I could have done wrong.

Thanks!
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Further to this, if it helps at all, I just stumbled across another of Sean's videos describing how to check if TRIM commands are enabled. My system is reporting that they are, does this mean it's definitely BIOS giving me a false positive on IDE?
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More info again, just because I had to go bumble about in BIOS for something else..

ALL my drives have an "IDE:" tag before their names in BIOS. The SSD, both HDDs and the optical drive. Surely this isn't just a bug with the Crosshair IV F's reporting. I'd really love to know if they are actually in AHCI mode or if I'm killing my SSD off quicker than I should be. All SATA ports are definitely set to AHCI (1-4, and 5-6)
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More info again, just because I had to go bumble about in BIOS for something else..

ALL my drives have an "IDE:" tag before their names in BIOS. The SSD, both HDDs and the optical drive. Surely this isn't just a bug with the Crosshair IV F's reporting. I'd really love to know if they are actually in AHCI mode or if I'm killing my SSD off quicker than I should be. All SATA ports are definitely set to AHCI (1-4, and 5-6)

I have a Crosshair IV Formula.

I have my drives in AHCI mode and in boot options i saw IDE too.

:S

And this is my ssd performance (Kingston SSDNow v300)



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OK so it's possibly a bug with this board.

For reference, here's mine (SanDisk Extreme 240GB):

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OK so it's possibly a bug with this board.

For reference, here's mine (SanDisk Extreme 240GB):

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But the mine is 60gb unit and with a SandForce controller...

But my HDD gives me the same writing rate, i don't know if this is normal.

All in AHCI mode and all drives SATA rev3.

I tried only putting the SSD, same results.
Edited by dexis - 7/29/13 at 5:26am
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I don't know enough to help you on this one.

I can only suggest perhaps dropping your screenshot into Sean's HDD troubleshooting thread and see what he thinks. He's much more knowledgeable on these things.
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