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Windows 7: No AHCI option in BIOS, is my computer default in AHCI or IDE?

18 Jun 2014   #1
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No AHCI option in BIOS, is my computer default in AHCI or IDE?

I bought a brand new SSD, installed it in Windows 7, and there is no option in my BIOS for the SATA controller (to switch between IDE and AHCI Mode). How do I determine whether my computer's sata controller is using IDE or AHCI?

I want to make sure that my AHCI controller is enabled and not IDE when using TRIM.

If anyone can look at the picture below and determine whether my computer is default in IDE or AHCI, then I will mark this as Solved.

Thanks.




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18 Jun 2014   #2
derekimo

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Run this tool and see what it says,

AS SSD Benchmark 1.7.4739.38088 Download - TechSpot

It will show you what mode it's running in.

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18 Jun 2014   #3
WindowsOP

Windows Ultimate x64
 
 

Awesome, thank you.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Run this tool and see what it says,

AS SSD Benchmark 1.7.4739.38088 Download - TechSpot

It will show you what mode it's running in.

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18 Jun 2014   #4
derekimo

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You're welcome.
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20 Jun 2014   #5
WindowsOP

Windows Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
You're welcome.
I heard , is it bad to use ASSSDBenchmark.zip? it has something to do with reducing the life of the ssd?
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20 Jun 2014   #6
derekimo

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It's just a benchmarking tool, have a look through this thread,

Show us your SSD performance 2

They are running a few different tools like that quite frequently with no harm being done.

You will be doing a quick test on your SSD, and the lifetime of SSD's are quite respectable now a days, just enjoy your SSD, the only thing not recommended on an SSD is defragging.

It is useless on an SSD and will reduce it's life.
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20 Jun 2014   #7
WindowsOP

Windows Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
It's just a benchmarking tool, have a look through this thread,

Show us your SSD performance 2

They are running a few different tools like that quite frequently with no harm being done.

You will be doing a quick test on your SSD, and the lifetime of SSD's are quite respectable now a days, just enjoy your SSD, the only thing not recommended on an SSD is defragging.

It is useless on an SSD and will reduce it's life.
On the first sentence of the quote, he said that don't write benchmarking often and then explains why , etc etc etc.

What I'm doing is not write benchmarking right?

Also, is there a guide that I can tweak my SSD so that the SSD will last longer? The ssd's have a short life span of writes so preventing this would help.




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1) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do NOT do the write benchmarking often. Each memory cell on a SSD has a set number of times it can be written to. The controller keeps track of the number of writes to a cell and makes it read-only when this value is met or exceeded. Most of the write benchmark programs out there write all across the SSD several times to every open cell either at the block level or file level then erase the block/file. Then the controller is left to clean up the mess, hurting performance and drive life. I watched an OCZ tech burn out one of their SSDs running write benchmarks over and over for several days non-stop. The drive became read-only after a slowdown of 98%.
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20 Jun 2014   #8
derekimo

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Where is that from? When quoting stuff it helps to link the source.

Yes they have a certain number of writes, but you would have to be running them constantly to do any real harm.

Your quote above seems to be dated honestly
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20 Jun 2014   #9
WindowsOP

Windows Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Where is that from? When quoting stuff it helps to link the source.

Yes they have a certain number of writes, but you would have to be running them constantly to do any real harm.

Your quote above seems to be dated honestly
Here's the source to the quote, sorry.
I used that CrystalDisk thingy that you just run and it give you results without running any tests, my SSD is 100% healthy and says around 35-40C or F?

I just want to see the performance on my SSD which comes to the link you provided that does that but want to make sure if its safe first.
SSD Tweaks and Optimizations in Windows 7
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20 Jun 2014   #10
derekimo

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Sorry, but that info is questionable, specially when the next post in that tutorial recommends a defragger,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lightningltd View Post
What would SSD speed be without some free, cool tools that are helpful...

Benchmarking (as above): HD Tune Free Download
Auslogics Disk Defrag: Download Auslogics Disk Defrag for free
CrystalDiskInfo: Crystal Dew World - Download Center
Crap Cleaner (Keeps things cleaned up): http://www.ccleaner.com/ (I have it auto-clean on logoff)

Helpful well behaved Windows 7 gadgets (get them from http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/personalize?T1=desktopgadgets )
All CPU Meter (shows memory and cpu usage, all cores)
Wireless network meter (also works for wired) shows network usage
Drive Meter 1.0.0.1 Shows all IO to your drives.. MOST useful of the three!
I think that needs to be removed, everybody knows you don't defrag an SSD.

If you want up to date advice from some real pros go to this thread,

Show us your SSD performance 2

Once again, I really have to point out your SSD is not as fragile as you think, enjoy it for it's intended purpose, every thing has a limited life so just enjoy it while you have it.
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