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Windows 7: From where can I get Intel(R) Mobile Express Chipset SATA AHCI driver?

31 Mar 2012   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

The driver I linked to contains the RAID and ACHI drivers and is can be installed fine from within Windows. You can download a exe version, Download Center, but it will install the program as well that is not really necessary but can be beneficial for RAID setups.

Is your SATA controller set as ACHI in the BIOS?

If you can tell us the Vaio model we could look a little deeper into it.

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01 Apr 2012   #12

windows 7 home 64bit

Kegobear and Duzzy

It is a VPCCB15FG i5 2nd gen 2410M CPU

Duzzy I haven't checked if it is set to ACHI in bios, but it just so happens that I have Mr Speccy open, and this is what he says. Maybe - as I don't want to re-boot right now -you can tell me if it does from this data. If not I will re-boot and check.

I understand what you are saying, but I am the kind of person who believes less is more, not just for the sake of it, but because the less stuff you have (anywhere) the less "junk" there is to clog things up, as well as less stuff to wade thru to find something, the less stuff to eliminate when isolating a problem, as well as less stuff to cause problems in the 1st place.
CONsequently, I don't want to install unnecessary stuff, and I have no interest in setting up a Raid drive config. . But thanks for your suggestion and explanation

Manufacturer Hitachi
Product Family Travelstar
Series Prefix Standard
Model Capacity For This Specific Drive 500GB
Heads 16
Cylinders 16383
SATA type SATA-II 3.0Gb/s
Device type Fixed
ATA Standard ATA8-ACS
LBA Size 48-bit LBA
Power On Count 156 times
Power On Time 9.5 days
Speed, Expressed in Revolutions Per Minute (rpm) 7200
Features S.M.A.R.T., APM, NCQ
Transfer Mode SATA I
Interface SATA
Capacity 488GB
Real size 500,107,862,016 bytes
RAID Type None

Thanks for your help
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01 Apr 2012   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Have you gone to the Sony support website and downloaded the drivers for your laptop?

Support for VPCCB15FG : C Series : VAIO™ Notebook : Sony Asia Pacific

All of the drivers you need are right there.
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01 Apr 2012   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

However I did just now check it again, and this is what it tells me

" Intel® HM65 Express Chipset Family
Current Version Installed "

Now this is incorrect, unless there is some issue with the driver, or this utility's capability to recognise it; because my Device Manager tells me that I have version installed!
If you check the link kegobeer post above the latest driver for your chipset is and the latest SATA driver is so in fact they are two seperate drivers. Also your specs specify that you do have the Intel® HM65 Express Chipset.

There is no need to create a RAID with the driver I linked to it will work with both RAID and AHCI. It is the latest and it specifies in the inf file "Intel(R) Mobile Express Chipset SATA AHCI Controller" which was posted in the OP. The zip file is all you'll need, not the exe version.

If you want to try this driver create a restore point first and make sure you can boot the Repair your Computer from the Windows 7 DVD. If you find you can't boot after installing it then use the System Restore from the DVD.
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01 Apr 2012   #15

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1

What you are looking for is Intel Rapid Storage technology (<direct link for the installer), however for a non-SSD drive the Windows 7 AHCI driver ( is just. In fact, I think it's fine for SSDs too.
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11 Apr 2012   #16

windows 7 home 64bit

Thanks everyone for all the suggestions and advice. I apologise for the delay in replying. STILL trying to sort out how to clone my xp.

Waiting for Paragon to respond - after 3 emails over the week - about their Go Virtual prog; and trying to determine if setting up my xp drive as a VHD - which saves it as a .vhd file - is a workable option.

Anyhow, I have been on the Sony site. That is where I got most of my drivers from, but was stumped by the HM65 file, and especially its version, which was different to the (specific) AHCI driver version; which was also a later version than the one in the HM65 chipset.

All seems to be settled now. In fact I installed the Gigabit driver yesterday, as I needed it

I would say that this issue is now solved.
Again, thanks for all your help.

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11 Apr 2012   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit & Windows Consumers Preview

if u install Win 7 or older versions of Windows, the drivers will be provided by the Installation of Windows.
Hope This Helps
Shon John Xander
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11 Apr 2012   #18

windows 7 home 64bit

Thanks. I will keep that in mind

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 From where can I get Intel(R) Mobile Express Chipset SATA AHCI driver?

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