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Ok, so my Aunt has a Toshiba Satellite X205-9810 laptop which has two painfully slow 5400rpm Hitachi drives in it. I suggested she replace her main drive with an SSD, so she agreed and ordered this one. I really want to set her storage mode to AHCI when I install it for her, but there's no option in the BIOS to do so.

Has anyone ran into this issue or know how I can successfully get AHCI drivers enabled for her with a clean Windows 7 install without the option in the BIOS?

Much obliged.
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According to this it uses the Mobile Intel PM965 Express Chipset, which most likely uses the ICH7 or 8 SB. AHCI was an available option for the desktop variant of both SB controllers. The mobile version may differ however and if it's not in the BIOS you certainly can't do much about it.

Have you tried updating the BIOS to the latest version to see if perhaps it has been added?

If the hardware controller isn't available for Windows to recognize you definitely won't be able to force the driver installation.
Edited by bavarianblessed - 6/20/10 at 5:24pm
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According to this it uses the Mobile Intel PM965 Express Chipset, which most likely uses the ICH7 or 8 SB. AHCI was an available option for the desktop variant of both SB controllers. The mobile version may differ however and if it's not in the BIOS you certainly can't do much about it.

Have you tried updating the BIOS to the latest version to see if perhaps it has been added?

If the hardware controller isn't available for Windows to recognize you definitely won't be able to force the driver installation.
It is using the ICH8DO controller, which to my knowledge supports AHCI. For instance, I found this on Intel's website:



And yes, the BIOS is updated to the latest version.
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Okay so the SB supports both RAID and AHCI. Perhaps Toshiba opted to not install the Matrix controller ROM to save on cost?

Dumb question but have you looked to see if the drives are running in AHCI already? I only ask because my brother has a new HP laptop with ATI 4250 NB and AMD SB750. He installed an X-25M 80GB and wanted to do the same thing but it's running AHCI already by default. There isn't an option in the BIOS to turn it on either.
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Okay so the SB supports both RAID and AHCI. Perhaps Toshiba opted to not install the Matrix controller ROM to save on cost?

Dumb question but have you looked to see if the drives are running in AHCI already? I only ask because my brother has a new HP laptop with ATI 4250 NB and AMD SB750. He installed an X-25M 80GB and wanted to do the same thing but it's running AHCI already by default. There isn't an option in the BIOS to turn it on either.
Hmm, interesting idea. I'll check it in a few minutes.
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if you're wondering how to check, the easiest way I found was to open AS SSD Benchmark (even if you don't run the actual benchmark) since it shows the driver name on the left side of the window you're looking for "msahci" or "intelide" or "pciide" or "iaStor"
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