Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: IDE for an SSD drive with an older MB

21 Mar 2016   #1
ineuw

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
IDE for an SSD drive with an older MB

I use an 32 bit motherboard and plan to purchase a new SSD drive. Since Windows 7 and the other drives were configured for IDE, I can't change to AHCI because that's disastrous, possibly fatal (I tried). Can I use the new SSD with IDE?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
21 Mar 2016   #2
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

I would take a backup image with macrium reflect free first to be safe, then clone your os as it is to your ssd with the image you made with reflect, then do this change AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista to the registry, shutdown and put in your ssd only on the same sata port as the old drive and boot into the bios to change it to AHCI then boot into windows if it does not work just restart the computer after putting the old drive back in and set it to IDE again and reboot and windows should be fine. If it is hosed for some reason you can easily restore with the macrium image. DO NOT put the macrium image on your OS drive make sure its on a backup drive or something. EDIT: oh sorry to answer your question your drive will work in IDE mode so if your cool with that then yes your good to go, you can still just clone your OS to the ssd with Reflect though.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Mar 2016   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

21 Mar 2016   #4
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
I think they are wanting to use a SATA controller in IDE mode as that is what they have the current spinner set with. If it's the MOBO in there specs then it is with SATA ports. I did not know that they made SSD's with IDE connections though that's pretty cool. EDIT: they apparently have IDE on that board as well hmm...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Mar 2016   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Yea my first make of it is why waste a ssd on ide
Seems a hdd would have the same speed ?
Does x-p... support trim if not it could be a short lived ssd experience ?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Mar 2016   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

1st question is, what is the purpose for the new ssd ????


Sure you can use it, just hook it up.

But don`t make any changes.

Personally I would tell you to install windows on the ssd, and use your hard drives for storage.

And also, your motherboard is not 32 bit, your windows install is.

I would max out the memory to 8 GB and install 64 bit Windows 7 on the new ssd.

https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards...pecifications/

You could also research getting a Core 2 Extreme cpu for it, you could find one on Ebay easy.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Mar 2016   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I have run SSDs on IDE. They are a tad slower but still a lot faster than any spinner. I see no inconvenience doing that.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Mar 2016   #8
ineuw

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
1st question is, what is the purpose for the new ssd ????
Sure you can use it, just hook it up.
But don`t make any changes.
Personally I would tell you to install windows on the ssd, and use your hard drives for storage.
And also, your motherboard is not 32 bit, your windows install is.
I would max out the memory to 8 GB and install 64 bit Windows 7 on the new ssd.
https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards...pecifications/
You could also research getting a Core 2 Extreme cpu for it, you could find one on Ebay easy.
AddRAM, I really appreciate your bringing this to my attention, but are you sure about being not being 32bit? It's a 9 year old motherboard. I am familiar with the specs page in the link you provided, but there is no indication that it's a 64bit MB. In addition, I am very surprised that socket 775 is still used and there are CPU's to be had.

I am planning to upgrade the hardware soon, so spending money on more DDR2 memory and a new 775 CPU is not wise. There may be something wrong with the motherboard as it is, and until I analyze and find out what's wrong, I am not making a purchase other than items that are usable with the new setup.

This desktop has served me well for these past 9 years, and was an excellent trouble-free system but the SSD issue opened a can of worms. This was partly the AHCI and the fact that I can't upgrade the OS to 64bit free, because the software (which is legitimate) can't be re-armed free and must negotiate with Microsoft.

The reason I want to use IDE is because I have no clue how the two existing (recently purchased) Seagate Barracudas (which will be turned into pure data drives) are affected by the change from IDE to AHCI. Not changing them now buys me time to plan well.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Mar 2016   #9
ineuw

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I have run SSDs on IDE. They are a tad slower but still a lot faster than any spinner. I see no inconvenience doing that.
whs, thanks for the reassurance. In my reply to addRAM, I explained why I would like to stick to IDE for now.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Mar 2016   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

It`s the system you install on it that determines if it`s 32 or 64 bit, not the motherboard. Right now you have a Core 2 cpu capable of running Windows 7 64 Bit.

Although, the motherboard has a hand in determining what cpu you can run on it, it`s the cpu that actually determines what system you can run on it.

Of course it`s not wise to waste money on old equipment, but you`ll never buy new equipment for the price that you can buy a cpu, ssd and some ram for your 775 socket board.

For a decent new motherboard, cpu, memory and video card you are going to spend $1000 easy, and that`s just for 4 parts.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 IDE for an SSD drive with an older MB




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Problem Replacing 750GB Boot Drive with 3TB Drive on older Desktop?
Hi, I have an HP Pavilion p6240f desktop purchased in 2010 that came with a 750GB C: drive. I'd like to replace the drive with a new 3TB drive using a cloning program to copy the old drive contents to the new drive. I've read that to access and boot from drives larger than 2TB "your system...
General Discussion
Older hard drive worry
My Windows 7 computer is 4 years old. I am worried that my 500 GB hard drive is old and 75% full and I'd like to upgrade to a 1 TB drive. When I bought the Lenovo H415 it did not come with a re-install disk and there is no recovery partition. How do I setup a new drive? I don't want to clone my...
General Discussion
Help Please-Older Sata drive how to remove/re-use partitions
I have recently installed a new Sata hard disk . as the old one was 'smart' assessed 'ready to go 'and did..lol Can anyone help me please -How do I remove-increase or delete the partitions on the old drive (eblow)..so that I can use whats left of the old one to use as storage. There is on the old...
General Discussion
How do I install a newer hard drive to an older computer?
My current tower computer a HP a1640n has a fried motherboard due to a power outage. It had Windows 7 34bit edition home. Hard drive inside is still good an usable. I have an old tower unit Sonia Vaio PVC RX752 which has an old IDE hard drive which crashed, and I went out at that time and just...
Hardware & Devices
removing software programs from older hard drive
I ran out of room on my C:\ drive and purchased a new hard drive. Using a software program, I was able to "mirror" everything from my older hard drive to my new hard drive. I am now booting from the new hard drive, thanks to this forum. My question is this: I want to remove several programs from...
Software
Help an old man with an older father who has a balky drive
Hi all, Hoping you can help an XP user who is trying to help his father, through Crossloop, who is using a Gateway NV53 laptop, equipped with Win7 Home Personal. Dad's got a functioning Win2K desktop, but I thought he'd be happier with a modern-day laptop. I was wrong. So it's been largely...
Hardware & Devices


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 20:07.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App