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Windows 7: ACHI Problems


17 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
ACHI Problems

Okay, my system is accurate under my profile...so on with my question. Thanks again to this forum, it has been a lifesaver!

I just got the Corsair 800D case. One of the features is the Hot Swappable drive bays in the front. I thought I had previously enabled AHCI but I enabled AHCI for the GSATA not the SATA. So now that it is set right, I put my C drive in the 1st hot swappable drive bay, which plugs into Sata0, then the second one, I put a 1TB WD Black Sata drive which plugs into Sata1 on the board respectively.

Once I got into Windows 7, the OS started installing the drivers which took about 2 minutes, then it finished. I removed the secondary HD from bay 2 (sata1) after using "safley remove hardware" to stop the drive. All went find. about 2 minutes later, I plug it back into the same bay, the computer then restarts without warning. It consistently does this and I am not sure why. The computer also acts very buggy, takes a long time to boot up, and just acts strange...where should I start as far as diagnosing the problem?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Zach

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17 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

LOL, wow, 40 views and no comments. :-) I guess I've stumped the masses. LOL j/j I also misspelled it, so that could be why. AHCI is what I ment to say.
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17 Jun 2010   #3

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Do not Hot Swappable the drives.
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17 Jun 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

that's one of the main reasons I wanted this case, besides it obvious beauty, I want to be able to add sata drives while the computer is on so that I can scan them and clean them, etc.
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17 Jun 2010   #5

WinXP / Win 7 / Win 8.1 64bit Dual Boot
 
 

Don't believe you can "hot" swap the drives.
You can add and remove the drives with the system powered down. Which is a much safer approach.
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17 Jun 2010   #6

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Do not Hot Swappable the drives.
Use one of those.USB.

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18 Jun 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Are the drives themselves made for hot swappable applications.
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18 Jun 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

when I anable AHCI in my bios on the sata ports, the drives show up under the "safely remove hardware and media" application. I can "eject" the hard drive I want, and then it says it is safe to remove. Afterwards if I plug it back in is when the computer will crash. Is this not something that is possible? I thought that was one of the features of AHCI.
Quote from wikipedia "AHCI is separate from the SATA 3Gb/s standard, although it exposes SATA's advanced capabilities (such as hot-plugging and native command queuing) such that host systems can utilize them."
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18 Jun 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Although the drives CAN be hot swapped, I would advise against it. as theog said, it is much safer to not hot swap them and do it while the machine is powered down.

TBH I have never really seen the point of Hot Swapping.
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18 Jun 2010   #10

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by morrowmedia View Post
I thought I had previously enabled AHCI but I enabled AHCI for the GSATA not the SATA. So now that it is set right.....
So if I understand this correctly, you installed Windows 7 on your system drive before you set the SATA configuration in the BIOS to AHCI. Correct?

You cannot switch SATA modes after installing Windows 7 without problems*. To use AHCI mode you need to clean install Windows 7 again after setting the mode in BIOS.

*There are ways to edit the registry to correct the condition (I am told) but just reinstalling windows in the proper mode is faster and easier IMHO.
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