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Windows 7: Show Us Your WEI [4]

29 Jun 2013   #741
newpgm

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 



Someday I would like to put an SSD in, no hurry. But it is my understanding that is the only way to get above 5.9 on the hard disk. My machine = Dell Studio XPS 435MT & it also my understanding that I would have to enable RAID in the BIOS for AHCI (TRIM support) driver. This needs to be done before the fresh OS install or in my case I was planning on using the data transfer kit.

But the SATA II Barracuda & both Optical drives should still be using IDE & before they could be used I would have to change them thru the device manager to IDE/UDMA? Still a bit fuzzy on that part.

Is it as easy as just picking IDE thru a drop down window in the device manager after the OS is installed?

Thanks


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29 Jun 2013   #742
essenbe

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

No, you need to use AHCI not raid or IDE, unless you have drives set up in raid. Ahci is set in bios. That should not affect anything other than the OS drive. My optical disk is in AHCI and works fine.
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29 Jun 2013   #743
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dom View Post
Updated my system specs, I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that the 965 BE overclocks like a dream. I will make every effort to go through tutorials before I overclock!
Yeah they do well depending on your board. I had a 965BE and ran it at 4.5GHz stable.
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29 Jun 2013   #744
newpgm

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
No, you need to use AHCI not raid or IDE, unless you have drives set up in raid. Ahci is set in bios. That should not affect anything other than the OS drive. My optical disk is in AHCI and works fine.
That would be great & I hope you're right

I don't have an optioin for AHCI in BIOS - only RAID & IDE. My understanding for this XPS 435 by selecting RAID for the SATA Mode, AHCI is enabled on all four SATA ports.

Then there is some discussion on the Dell forum regarding a failed install of the OS described in the MS Knowledge Base Article 2466753 -

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2466753
This is a known issue with both Windows 7 and Windows 8. Don't know about Vista though. There are workarounds involving editing the system registry by creating keys, subkeys, and values, as well as workarounds to the workarounds depending on what controller your SSD uses. Assuming at some point you get your system up and running from your SSD, there is one other problem that crops up when you insert a blank optical disk into your burner. Your system will likely either freeze or crash entirely. This is due to your optical drive(s) also running AHCI drivers when they should be using IDE/UDMA. When you select the RAID option for the SATA Mode in the BIOS, all the SATA ports switch over to AHCI. So, before you use your optical drive(s), check in Device Manager to see if you can change the driver for the optical drive's SATA controller in the OS to IDE/UDMA.

If it weren't for that paragraph I would have attempted to install a SSD already. Aside from upgrading the video card, installing windows a few times my knowledge of this PC is pretty limited.
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29 Jun 2013   #745
essenbe

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

newpgm, You may be right then. I do know that Raid usually incorporates AHCI drivers, but it must be a Dell thing. I've worked on several Dells and all have had a AHCI option in bios, but maybe Dell made some models without it. It is a pretty common setting. Most of the new boards have AHCI enabled by default.
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29 Jun 2013   #746
newpgm

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
newpgm, You may be right then. I do know that Raid usually incorporates AHCI drivers, but it must be a Dell thing. I've worked on several Dells and all have had a AHCI option in bios, but maybe Dell made some models without it. It is a pretty common setting. Most of the new boards have AHCI enabled by default.
Thanks for the assist. May give it a shot this coming winter & I'll come back for expert advice when necessary.
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29 Jun 2013   #747
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dom View Post
I am very happy with this new build I have finally managed to find a way to connect to the internet and I am currently downloading some Steam games. I'm sure if a bought an SSD I would be happy with all above 7.0 score. Does anyone know if overclocking improves the rating?
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Someday I would like to put an SSD in, no hurry. But it is my understanding that is the only way to get above 5.9 on the hard disk. My machine = Dell Studio XPS 435MT & it also my understanding that I would have to enable RAID in the BIOS for AHCI (TRIM support) driver. This needs to be done before the fresh OS install or in my case I was planning on using the data transfer kit.

But the SATA II Barracuda & both Optical drives should still be using IDE & before they could be used I would have to change them thru the device manager to IDE/UDMA? Still a bit fuzzy on that part.

Is it as easy as just picking IDE thru a drop down window in the device manager after the OS is installed?

Thanks
Great numbers guys

A Guy
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01 Jul 2013   #748
Stoffiss

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 


I'm Swedish and therefore the wierd texts ;P
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01 Jul 2013   #749
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Great scores stoffiss
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01 Jul 2013   #750
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Great scores

A Guy
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