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Windows 7: For SSD which is best? IDE or AHCI

23 Aug 2011   #1
Synaptic Sam

Windows 7 64 bit Professional Edition
 
 
For SSD which is best? IDE or AHCI

I'm debating whether to turn on AHCI or to stick with IDE for my Intel SSD+WD platter HD system.

I've found this tutorial for changing after OS install:
AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista

but am a bit confused because according to MS the variable in the registry should be 0 (zero) not 3 !


To resolve this issue yourself, enable the AHCI driver in the registry before you change the SATA mode of the boot drive. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Exit all Windows-based programs.
  2. Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
  3. If you receive the User Account Control dialog box, click Continue.
  4. Locate and then click one of the following registry subkeys: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Msahci
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\IastorV
  5. In the right pane, right-click Start in the Name column, and then click Modify.
  6. In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.
  7. On the File menu, click Exit to close Registry Editor.

Error message when you start a Windows 7 or Windows Vista-based computer after you change the SATA mode of the boot drive: "STOP 0x0000007B INACCESSABLE_BOOT_DEVICE"

Also am concerned that AHCI may not play nice with optical drives. Some have reported this at least.

Is the performance improvements worth it? My Windows Experience Index for my boot drive (Intel SSD) is currently 7.5 FYI


or is it simply best to have it for future firmware updates? does Intel recommend IDE or AHCI?

Thank you in advance


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23 Aug 2011   #2
BugMeister

64-Bit W7 Ult_sp1
 
 

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23 Aug 2011   #3
Synaptic Sam

Windows 7 64 bit Professional Edition
 
 

Thanks, I did find that by googling but it is more than 1 year old. Anything more recent?
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23 Aug 2011   #4
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 X64
 
 

I have 4 SSDs and run them all in AHCI and it does not bother my CD/DVD. Almost all manufacturers of SSDs recommend AHCI for best performance. Also, with almost every program that does a secure erase, you will have to 'hot plug' the ssd. IDE does not support hot plug, but AHCI does.
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23 Aug 2011   #5
Solarstarshines

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Synaptic Sam View Post
Thanks, I did find that by googling but it is more than 1 year old. Anything more recent?
I can tell you right now i was given that same tuturial on how to convert SATA to ACHI it works like a charm follow it and you can't go wrong
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24 Aug 2011   #6
OldMX

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional
 
 

Windows Vista and Seven were designed for AHCI, so, if your hardware supports it, its a no-brainer.
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24 Aug 2011   #7
Synaptic Sam

Windows 7 64 bit Professional Edition
 
 

cool, do I need to install/update the new SATA drivers from Gigabyte? or is that just for RAID?

GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1155 - GA-Z68A-D3-B3 (rev. 1.0)

SATA RAIDVersionSizeDateDownload Here Intel SATA Preinstall driver
(For AHCI / RAID Mode)
Note: Press F6 during Windows setup to read from floppy.

10.6.0.10020.39 MB2011/06/22Asia China America Europe Europe(Russia) : FTP / Http
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24 Aug 2011   #8
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 X64
 
 

The raid drivers also include the Intel AHCI driver IaStor. I don't use raid but do use IaStor. I installed the IRST and then disabled it in services.msc. That's just what I did. YMMV.
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24 Aug 2011   #9
Synaptic Sam

Windows 7 64 bit Professional Edition
 
 

Just realized that the SATA driver from gigabyte's website I linked to is the same as the one from intel

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...ology&lang=eng

File name: iata_enu_10.6.0.1022.exe Version: 10.6.0.1022
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28 Aug 2011   #10
Synaptic Sam

Windows 7 64 bit Professional Edition
 
 

Thanks guys. The change over to AHCI went without a hitch thanks to the great tutorial.

:-)
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