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Windows 7: How to change SATA mode

09 Jul 2012   #1
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 
How to change SATA mode

I want to change the SATA mode to ACHI from the what it is currently, IDE I think. Irritatingly I can't due to restrictions forced down by the manufacturer. So, is there a way to bypass the restrictions and change the SATA mode? And I am aware that if I change it, the current OS will be unable to work, but I'll just reinstall it.

Thanks


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09 Jul 2012   #2
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Its usually an option in the BIOS and as you say it may render your current windows unusable. There is also this tutorial which may be helpful - AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista

Danny
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09 Jul 2012   #3
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

I've looked all through the BIOS settings, and there's nothing about sata mode. Looking through the guide, when I get to change the 3 to a 0, the value is already a 0. Does that mean its already in ACHI?
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09 Jul 2012   #4
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I'm no expert but I would think so.Have a look in device manager, under IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers or something alike and see if AHCI is mentioned there.

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09 Jul 2012   #5
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

This is what I've got, is the highlighted one the hard drive? If so it must already be ACHI, right?


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09 Jul 2012   #6
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Yer looks good mate I think thats just the default driver. Not sure why mines different I would just presume its an updated Intel one (Dunno know you got me thinking now lol) Im running an SSD that could be the difference.

But yes you're good

Danny
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09 Jul 2012   #7
solarmystic

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

Yes it is! That's the entry to look out for!
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09 Jul 2012   #8
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

OK, thanks. Obviously I don't want to change it from that now, but is there a way to be able to change it in the BIOS settings, by bypassing the restrictions?
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09 Jul 2012   #9
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by solarmystic View Post
Yes it is! That's the entry to look out for!
Like I said Im no expert with this, why is mine different, I do have the option in device manager to install that driver, is it worth it Solarmystic. Im running an ssd though

Danny
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09 Jul 2012   #10
solarmystic

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

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Yes it is! That's the entry to look out for!
Like I said Im no expert with this, why is mine different, I do have the option in device manager to install that driver, is it worth it Solarmystic. Im running an ssd though

Danny
Yours is a custom one by Intel. Keep what you have, it could be better than the generic one by Windows. The one shown by the OP is a generic AHCI driver by Microsoft.

For a reference point, here's mine after updating it with the Intel INF utlity:-

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