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Windows 7: How to confirm I properly enabled AHCI and drivers

22 Jun 2013   #1

windows 7 pro 64 bit SP 1
 
 
How to confirm I properly enabled AHCI and drivers

I went through the process of enabling AHCI on my already installed OS. My intel 520 series SSD had been running obviously slower and CrystalMark & AS SSD benchmarks confirmed it. I think everything went fine: Installed AMD AHCI/raid drivers from the ASUS web site, changed the registry, changed the BIOS to AHCI, enabled SMART and booted into windows. No problems, no BSOD -went too smooth. BIOS confirms that SATA 1 is enabled to AHCI and all the proper screens popped up showing what the tutorial said should happen along with the reboots.
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I then saw Brinks post of the new AMD drivers so I downloaded and installed them.

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Everything still works fine and the systems WEI HD subscore has improved from 6.1 to 7.0 and Device Manager screen has now changed to:
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But after all of this it appears that SMART is not working. BIOS says it is enabled, fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify says it is on, but the Intel SSD toolbox says it is disconnected and speedfan shows nothing under the smart tab. So, have I really enabled AHCI correctly and what's up with SMART?
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22 Jun 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

When you tried to see if Trim is enabled did you use the command below

fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify

It should give you a 1 or 0

1 : Disabled
0 : Enabled
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22 Jun 2013   #3

windows 7 pro 64 bit SP 1
 
 

It was enabled
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22 Jun 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Is the Intel SSD toolbox current ?
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22 Jun 2013   #5

windows 7 pro 64 bit SP 1
 
 

current as per their website this date. One of intel's support site indicates the toolbox may not like AMD much and might have problems and they are working on it
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22 Jun 2013   #6

windows 7 pro 64 bit SP 1
 
 

31. Re: Intel Solid-State Drive FAQ: Read This First!


kford-Intel Mar 11, 2013 9:07 PM (in response to homecomputerdoctor)
Hi Homecomputerdoctor,

Thanks for the heads up on the FAQ being out of date. I'll make time to work on it.

For you firmware update problem, please try the bootable firmware update tool located here:
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...+34nm&lang=eng

Be sure to back up your data before updating the firmware!

The toolbox issues may indeed be due to the fact that you have an AMD chipset. Other users have had a better experience by changing to the Microsoft(r) AHCI driver or by disabling the Volume Shadowcopy Service.

We are actively working to identify compatibility issues AMD based systems but there may be limits on how much we can fix. I'll keep you posted.
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22 Jun 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

If Windows sees its enabled then you're fine
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01 Jul 2013   #8

Windows 7 64 BIT
 
 

I already read switch IDE TO AHCI while the os is already installed will not do anything.

You have to install driver while fresh install your os
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01 Jul 2013   #9

Win7 Pro 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by p1tcho0 View Post
I already read switch IDE TO AHCI while the os is already installed will not do anything.

You have to install driver while fresh install your os
You have to enable AHCI instead of IDE in your BIOS as well as enabling AHCI via the registry tweaks noted elsewhere on this site.
It's fairly rare that the registry tweaks and switching to AHCI in BIOS don't work and require someone to install AHCI drivers only when installing Windows from scratch.
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