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Windows 7: SSD Upgrade questions

24 Jun 2014   #11
essenbe

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

Is that an Nvidia chipset on that board?


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24 Jun 2014   #12
Victek

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Is that an Nvidia chipset on that board?
Yes, it's described as "NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI". The motherboard is the EVGA 132-ck-nf79. Would an alternate driver, such as the Intel iastor SATA driver work?
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24 Jun 2014   #13
essenbe

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

I don't believe it will work on an Nvidia chipset. If it will, EVGA would have IRST as one of the drivers for that board on their driver list, but I have never known an Nvidia chipset to have one. I seriously suspect you can't use it. If you installed Windows with the other windows hard drive connected, I suspect you can't boot without the other drive connected. I would try it just to see. It is fixable, so I would try it and see. We can work you through fixing it, if that is necessary.
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24 Jun 2014   #14
Britton30
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Good point Steve, the EVGA site is horrible, I find the board but nothing about drivers, etc.
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24 Jun 2014   #15
essenbe

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

EVGA Download Center -7901 Ultra SLI > Only 1 option >All >windows 7 X64

But, IRST is for Intel chipsets. I don't believe Nvidia chipsets have AHCI mode.
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24 Jun 2014   #16
Victek

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
EVGA Download Center -7901 Ultra SLI > Only 1 option >All >windows 7 X64

But, IRST is for Intel chipsets. I don't believe Nvidia chipsets have AHCI mode.
Although there's no AHCI option in the BIOS I do have an AHCI entry in the Device Manager:


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24 Jun 2014   #17
essenbe

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

How many sata controllers do you have in BIOS?. Sometimes you have the chipset controller and a Marvel or ASMedia controller.
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24 Jun 2014   #18
Victek

Windows 7 x64
 
 

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How many sata controllers do you have in BIOS?. Sometimes you have the chipset controller and a Marvel or ASMedia controller.
I just looked through the BIOS settings and found one for a JMicron AHCI controller [enabled] The board has a single red SATA data port apart from the others so I guess that's it, but there's nothing in the manual about it. Tomorrow I can try connecting the SSD to it. Will I need to boot the Windows 7 DVD and run a repair?
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25 Jun 2014   #19
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

If you swap SATA headers you may need to tell BIOS it is the boot device.
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25 Jun 2014   #20
Victek

Windows 7 x64
 
 

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If you swap SATA headers you may need to tell BIOS it is the boot device.
Thanks for that. Here are a couple of screenshots of what's going on now. I don't know if it's better/worse/the same I hunted around for a JMicron specific SATA driver and found a few possibilities, but haven't been able to ID the embedded controller precisely yet. Any additional suggestions will be appreciated.


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