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Ok...

I bought an SSD about 6-7months ago, and followed a whole guide process to optimising Windows 7, disabling screens, enabling trim, etc etc (took me half a day, lol).

I was just exploring my BIOS screen to see if I can somehow shorten my boot time, and low and behold my system is currently running in IDE mode.

I tried enabling AHCI mode, but the PC would not boot.

So my question is (be-it long winded):

1. Am I losing in performance running in IDE...and is TRIM not working as a result?

2. How do I get ACHI working? Mobo drivers or something?

All advice is welcome!
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post #2 of 10
sometimes i find is if you had it on ide mode and change it to ahci you have to reinstall windows for it to work because it is trying to boot differently :S i would try remastering your pc first
 
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post #3 of 10
Yes you are losing performance.With a p45 chipset ahci is a must.I suggest re installing windows,setting your bios to ahci,that would be your best choice at this point.Be sure to erase your ssd properly before re installing windows.

There is a registry hack that will allow you to switch to ahci but it may be better for you to just reformat.

After be sure to use the latest intel ahci rst drivers.
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Reformat....damn....

Would I have to reformat all of my storage drives as well? 3TB in total....

rep+ for the help.
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what do you have on your storage drives? anything installed? if not i would just reformat the ssd and is should be ok
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by djglenn;12197939 
Reformat....damn....

Would I have to reformat all of my storage drives as well? 3TB in total....

rep+ for the help.
No you don't if you can set for example SATA ports 1-3 to run in AHCI mode and 4-6 in IDE mode.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by djglenn;12197939 
Reformat....damn....

Would I have to reformat all of my storage drives as well? 3TB in total....

rep+ for the help.

Another thing you can do is make a backup image using then reformat with ACHI and then install the image. This may work to save you some time.
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post #8 of 10
If you don't want to format it again, you can do this

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976
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Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ ) How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
To resolve this issue yourself, enable the AHCI driver in the registry before you change the SATA mode of the boot drive. To do this, follow these steps:

1. Exit all Windows-based programs.
2. Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
3. If you receive the User Account Control dialog box, click Continue.
4. Locate and then click one of the following registry subkeys:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Msahci
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\IastorV
5. In the right pane, right-click Start in the Name column, and then click Modify.
6. In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.
7. On the File menu, click Exit to close Registry Editor.
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post #9 of 10
You were supposed to set it to AHCI before you installed windows.
post #10 of 10
You absolutely don't need to reformat.
Quote:
Originally Posted by mib2347;12198126 
If you don't want to format it again, you can do this

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976
This is it, just follow that guide to change a registry value over before you change the BIOS from IDE to AHCI. Basically when Windows is installed if you are in IDE mode it only installs the IDE driver so when you swap the setting in the BIOS and try to boot you will blue screen. If you swap a registry value over before you reboot and change the BIOS setting then Windows will load the correct driver and everything will be ok. There is precisely no reason to reformat.
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