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It's about a ~10% increase in speeds over IDE. I did the same thing, installed in IDE, but was able to go into the BIOS and change to ACHI after the windows install and still saw an immediate increase in benchmarks.
I tried that, and my SSD would no longer boot. Had to change back to IDE
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You should've disconnected your HD before installing OS on the SSD. Go into Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Storage, Disk Management. Then Right click on your HD and select Change Drive Letter. Change drive letter to E and save/OK. Restart.

No don't disconnect your DVD drive.
And yes you can just delete the Program folder on that E drive, or copy all your files and format that drive in the same area that you changed the drive letter, wiping it clean and then replace your files.

See pic of menus.
I did disconnect them. What I'm saying is that I used the C drive for my old windows hard drive. But since I disconnected them it see's the SSD as my new C drive. So when I plug the 2 HDD's in will it effect them at all?
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post #13 of 25
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I tried that, and my SSD would no longer boot. Had to change back to IDE
you have too tweak the registry
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Originally Posted by 808MP5 View Post
set AHCI mode first in windows regedit
hkey_local_machine\\system\\currentcontrolset\\ser vices\\msahci

change start to 0 default is 3 to enable AHCI

restart comp and set AHCI in bios
save bios
hopefully this works
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I did disconnect them. What I'm saying is that I used the C drive for my old windows hard drive. But since I disconnected them it see's the SSD as my new C drive. So when I plug the 2 HDD's in will it effect them at all?
Just plug in your old hard drive... your new c:\\ drive is it... when you plug in the old one... windows is smart enough to give it a new "logical" drive letter
Edited by 808MP5 - 1/7/11 at 9:51pm
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post #14 of 25
yep that worked, thanks 808.
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It seems that my product key wasn't on the back up CD as I thought it would be. So I have to go into the old Windows I had installed on my other HDD and find out what that key was before I delete that partition. Is there a way to do it without booting off that drive?
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windows 7?
how did you install windows without the product key?
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windows 7?
how did you install windows without the product key?
It lets you bypass it in the stages of installing it. Then gives you a trial 30 day one it seems until you activate your own. I downloaded windows 7 last year for 40 dollars and they sent me a back up disk. But the disk itself didn't have the key on it like I thought it would. So the only way for me to see what my key was is to boot from my old Windows partition and check and see. Do you think it will have any problems booting in a different mode other than IDE?
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post #18 of 25
it should boot... you will have to boot off the old HDD...
you should have an option during post to press "F8" or something to show the boot menu...
if you have the old HDD installed with windows on it... it should boot up fine from it...

once booted into windows you can use a key finder program like this one...
http://pcsupport.about.com/gi/o.htm?...com/keyfinder/

i just tried that program... all i had to do was install it and run it... it showed me my CD Key
Edited by 808MP5 - 1/7/11 at 11:01pm
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post #19 of 25
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It won't boot of the hard drive. It starts to load windows and then blue screen and goes back to the beginning loading the bios data. Any other suggestions on how to recover that key? I don't want to switch to IDE since it would probably cause problems.
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post #20 of 25
did you switch the bios to ACHI?

if so just switch it back to IDE and try booting off it again

1) go back into the bios and switch sata configuration back to IDE and save bios

2) restart into boot menu (probably by pressing F8 during post)

3) choose your old hard drive and boot into windows

4) run the Magic Jelly Bean Program and retrieve your cd key and write it down

5) restart and go into bios and set it back to ACHI (guessing you set the bios to ACHI prior to installing windows on the ssd)... save bios

6) boot from your new ssd... enter the key and enjoy

the magic jellybean program works here's a screenshot i took of me trying it before suggesting it to you

Edited by 808MP5 - 1/7/11 at 11:20pm
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