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Windows 7: Speccy won't recognize my hard drives as SATA. Should I be concerned?

05 Jun 2010   #1
capheine

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Speccy won't recognize my hard drives as SATA. Should I be concerned?

I just ran Speccy... check out the hard drive section (I uploaded the image).

The Kingston is an SSD and the Seagate is an HDD. Both hard drives use a SATA interface, but Speccy shows one drive using IDE and the other as "unknown".

Everything on my system works fine for the most part, but should I be concerned that Speccy doesn't have my interfaces right?




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05 Jun 2010   #2
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The drives may be SATA drives, but if the controllers aren't set to SATA mode they will run in IDE mode. So to answer your question, no it isn't anything to be concerned about.
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05 Jun 2010   #3
capheine

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
The drives may be SATA drives, but if the controllers aren't set to SATA mode they will run in IDE mode. So to answer your question, no it isn't anything to be concerned about.
Should I set the controllers to SATA mode? Will it make any difference in performance?
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05 Jun 2010   #4
steve-pressman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 - OEM Service Pack 1
 
 

Yes & Yes


Steve
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05 Jun 2010   #5
Spidey1976

Windows 8.1 Professional x64
 
 

I have 2 HDD's that are SATA 2.0 and are showing IDE on Speccy - is this controller something I can find in the BIOS settings or is it an add on card that I need?
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05 Jun 2010   #6
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Unless you have a controller card installed (doubtful), then it is a bios setting.

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Should I set the controllers to SATA mode?
You can but don't be surprised if Windows doesn't boot if you change it without making sure there is a SATA driver of some kind installed (may or may not just be detected after the change, and if it is all should be fine; if it isn't Windows won't boot).

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Will it make any difference in performance?
For the most part unless you are going to sit and run hard drive benchmarks all day, probably not enough that you would notice.
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05 Jun 2010   #7
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Read this Tutorial if you want to change from IDE to AHCI (Sata) mode. The AHCI driver gets disabled and this will restore it.

AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista

You wont notice any speed gain unless you are running multiple programs with lots of disk activity.


Jim
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