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Windows 7: SATA Mode IDE or AHCI when you have a SSD drive?

28 Jun 2012   #11
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

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Glad you are there Hoppy. I am going to be doing this over the weekend. Is this the order? Install SSD, run Paragon, change to AHCI in Windows then shut down, change boot order and change to AHCI in bios. is that right? Thanks, == After looking at the tutorial WHS has above, do I need to do all of the registry hacks to change to AHCI in Windows?
You got the right sequence. The one and only registry hack for AHCI is simple if you follow BFK's tutorial.
I am still a bit confused about when I change the Windows AHCI. Is it before I run Paragon so the changed registry is transferred to the SSD?


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28 Jun 2012   #12
Victor S

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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Glad you are there Hoppy. I am going to be doing this over the weekend. Is this the order? Install SSD, run Paragon, change to AHCI in Windows then shut down, change boot order and change to AHCI in bios. is that right? Thanks, == After looking at the tutorial WHS has above, do I need to do all of the registry hacks to change to AHCI in Windows?
Watch yourself. You just used used Paragon to copy Windows with IDE set.
Then tried to boot into it with AHCI set in bios.
Why not just change to AHCI now, before you install the SSD?
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28 Jun 2012   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I guess either way is OK as long as you change it in Windows and the BIOS. But I always do it on the SSD because some HDDs do not like AHCI.
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28 Jun 2012   #14
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Thanks for your help.
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28 Jun 2012   #15
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

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I am still a bit confused about when I change the Windows AHCI. Is it before I run Paragon so the changed registry is transferred to the SSD?
I did the transfer with Paragon first.

Second changed AHCI in Bios and changed boot order on a restart after Paragon Migrate. This reboot is when you are ready to switch over to the SSD.

Third after the bios reboot/changes when it loads Windows on the SSD I then changed Windows setting to AHCI.
BFK's tutorial.> AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista

I think the tutorial was already posted but there it is if needed.

Is it the best way? I just know it worked twice for me.
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29 Jun 2012   #16
extremed

windows 7
 
 

thanks for the help, i did a clean new install by setting SATA mode to AHCI instead copying old system since i didn't have valuable data

this was my first time using a SSD and there is a big performance difference using SSD to run OS
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29 Jun 2012   #17
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

SSDs do make a difference, don't they? A clean install is always the best way to go. But many don't like to spend the time. From the responses here, it seems it dosen't really matter when you change to AHCI mode, but personally, I like to do it before the Paragon transfer. I like to get the OS partition just the way I want it and then make the transfer. That way there is no chance to mess up a new install. Then I use Paragon Migrate and it has always worked perfect for me. But, in the end, I guess it is a matter of personal preference as long as it is done right whenever it is done. Don't go overboard tweeking the SSD. I make sure windows had turned off defragment on the SSD, disable hibernate, re check the alignment and not much more. And yes, I leave Superfetch on, leave the page file on the SSD.
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29 Jun 2012   #18
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

One final question before I install the SSD tonight. == My last drive now is G. When I install the SSD, I assume it becomes H. When I change the boot order that will make it become C, is that correct?
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29 Jun 2012   #19
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

That is correct.
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29 Jun 2012   #20
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Thanks very much == I hope you stayed away from the storm this past weekend.
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