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Win7 setup no harddrive ACHI. Fixed

post #1 of 21
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okay, letme explain a bit here, cause the title just doesnt give you guys enough info smile.gif

I'm Running 2 Drives of my GA-ex38-ds4. (bios : F6c ? latest)
with a Q9450 and 3 strips of 2GB ddr2 @ 800mhz 5-5-5-18.
now i Enabled ACHI in the bios, but when i want to instal win7 on the machine. all things going perfect, until i need to select a drive.
The drives are being detected in the setup, okay good, Once i select one and want to proceed There is a message like this :
windows cant be installed on this drive or something, well it just can use the drive, so i tried the other drive.
same problem
Formatted them both, still the same problem.

Also, the drives are not detected in the bios while in ACHI mode, they are detected in the ACHI starting log.

in IDE mode all is fine and runs perfect.

anyone has any idea on how to get windows to instal on a ACHI drive, or what the problem could be ?

helpfull might be :
1x Samsung 750gb ( HD753LJ )
1x WD 500gb (for os) ( WDC WD 5000AAKS-22YGA0)

Both are Sata II drives
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post #2 of 21
This is not a big deal man, I actually have seen this exact issue. Just go ahead and put them in IDE mode and install the OS, and after all is said and done just go to your BIOS and flip back to AHCI mode and your all set.

Another thing you can try is loading drivers for the AHCI controller off of your motherboard CD or from a USB drive. Just remember, if you do load drivers off of a CD, after they load, you have to remove the CD and put the windows CD back in before you select the drive and click "next" If you do not, you will get some stupid error that will confuse you (can't remember what it says exactly).

Either way, just roll with IDE mode for install and switch back to AHCI later and avoid the headache!
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Problem is if i switch back to achi after, i get a BSOD on startup. also i want to dualboot with mac osx which i heard needs to be installed on ACHI Mode ?
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hmmm... BSOD, that sucks... Did you try in RAID mode? I know on my MB I can set to RAID mode, and still run single drives, which basically is just ACHI mode.

Also, did you try flashing your BIOS? I am unfamiliar with that MB, but perhaps a newer BIOS update will help? Seems strange that you mentioned that you cannot see the drives in the BIOS even after the controller loads the drivers up...
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No raid mode will not work i think ACHI is needed for Mac OSx, but i guess i can look up the differences between Raid and ACHI.

well i have the latest\newest version of the bios on my MB. will see if mac runs from ACHI Mode when i have the time to instal it someday, can always switch bios modes when switching OS-es tongue.gif just a bit more effort to do it but w/e tongue.gif

Ty for your quick help smile.gif will keep posting in here if sometime i get it fixed smile.gif
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After you install Win7 in IDE mode, you can use the procedure here to change to AHCI and avoid the BSOD:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/61869-ahci-enable-windows-7-vista.html
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^^ good stuff. Will keep that for reference!
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Ah Thanks will sure try that thing smile.gif
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Just get the AHCI driver on a usb key, and select it during install, my Crosshair IV needs it, just like with RAID.
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Hmm wel. i tried that, didn't work windows wont seem to boot frown.gif.

but then again i have to options in my bios to set to ACHI :

SATA RAID/ACHI Mode [DISABLED] (can be set to : disabled, ACHI or RAID)
and,
Onboard Sata\IDE ctrl mode [ IDE ] (can be set to : IDE, ACHI or RAID/IDE )

any ideas on what to put on and off or something ?
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