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


28 Jun 2012   #1

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

Hi

I bought a ASUS P8H61-M LX Mother board for core i3 processor and a ADATA S510 6GB/s 60GB SSD

currently i have maxtor 250GB Hard disk and BIOS SATA mode is set to IDE.

To get maximum performance should i install windows on SSD ?

which SATA mode should i use in BIOS settings?


Regards


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28 Jun 2012   #2

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by extremed View Post

To get maximum performance should i install windows on SSD ?

which SATA mode should i use in BIOS settings?

Yes.

AHCI.
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28 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by extremed View Post
Hi

I bought a ASUS P8H61-M LX Mother board for core i3 processor and a ADATA S510 6GB/s 60GB SSD

currently i have maxtor 250GB Hard disk and BIOS SATA mode is set to IDE.

To get maximum performance should i install windows on SSD ?

which SATA mode should i use in BIOS settings?


Regards
AHCI is what you want. Read this tutorial for step by step on installation
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
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28 Jun 2012   #4

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Thanks for the quick response, in am following tutorial now

is it good idea to partition a SSD?
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28 Jun 2012   #5
whs
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SSDs are only relevant for the OS and the programs. Would be a waste to use them for Data. AHCI has to be set in the BIOS and in Windows7. AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista
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28 Jun 2012   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by extremed View Post
Thanks for the quick response, in am following tutorial now

is it good idea to partition a SSD?
Not unless the SSD is large enough to easily hold all of your data as well as Windows.
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28 Jun 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
SSDs are only relevant for the OS and the programs. Would be a waste to use them for Data. AHCI has to be set in the BIOS and in Windows7. AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista
Does the Paragon Migrate program do all of the registry work in the tutorial above?
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28 Jun 2012   #8

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
SSDs are only relevant for the OS and the programs. Would be a waste to use them for Data. AHCI has to be set in the BIOS and in Windows7. AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista
Does the Paragon Migrate program do all of the registry work in the tutorial above?
Everything but settting to AHCI in bios and Windows.

Those are two seperate operations. Easy in Windows.
Bios is usually easy if you read the motherboard manual first.
Where to locate the setting instead of getting the manual after searching.

Set AHCI in bios then in Windows.
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28 Jun 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

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?
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28 Jun 2012   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
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.
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