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Windows 7: AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista

30 May 2011   #330
sltyler1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

alright. well i've taken all the steps here and my bios doesn't have any switching options :/

Intel Matrix Storage Console syas my Hitachi HD is Intel ICH9M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller

attached I have photos from my bios menu.

fyi this is a hp hdx16t-1200 laptop

any help is so much appreciated!!

Thank you!




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30 May 2011   #331
ZaLiTH

Win 10 x64 Pro x64 / Ubuntu 15.10 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sltyler1 View Post
alright. well i've taken all the steps here and my bios doesn't have any switching options :/

Intel Matrix Storage Console syas my Hitachi HD is Intel ICH9M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller

attached I have photos from my bios menu.

fyi this is a hp hdx16t-1200 laptop

any help is so much appreciated!!

Thank you!
You'll most likely find those options under "System Configuration" in your BIOS, I've never seen those options on the main BIOS page...
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31 May 2011   #332
plumpkatt1

Win 7 Pro 64-bit and Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I was looking at a different system of mine (Asus P4P800S-X) running XP. In the BIOS it has an option to set Enhanced mode for the SATA/ATA controller. The option is PATA, SATA, SATA+PATA. I have PATA+SATA set for Enhanced. I connected a storage IDE drive(WD Blue 500GB 32MB 7200K PATA) drive and another storage Drive which is SATA (Samsung HD103SI 5400 Eco Green). The OS drive is a standard 80GB SATA WD 7200K drive.

Anyhow my questions are, what is enhanced moded when PATA is involved? Can an IDE drive run in AHCI mode????
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01 Jun 2011   #333
ZaLiTH

Win 10 x64 Pro x64 / Ubuntu 15.10 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by plumpkatt1 View Post
I was looking at a different system of mine (Asus P4P800S-X) running XP. In the BIOS it has an option to set Enhanced mode for the SATA/ATA controller. The option is PATA, SATA, SATA+PATA. I have PATA+SATA set for Enhanced. I connected a storage IDE drive(WD Blue 500GB 32MB 7200K PATA) drive and another storage Drive which is SATA (Samsung HD103SI 5400 Eco Green). The OS drive is a standard 80GB SATA WD 7200K drive.

Anyhow my questions are, what is enhanced moded when PATA is involved? Can an IDE drive run in AHCI mode????
AHCI is a function of SATA, it uses the NCQ (Native Command Queuing) functionality of the Serial-ATA controller to improve random read and random write times on SATA drives (it does a bit more than just that, but that's where most people see the biggest improvement).. So, unfortunately, no it won't work on IDE drives.
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01 Jun 2011   #334
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I'm not sure how it fits into your question, because enhanced originally had nothing to do with AHCI, it was regarding whether a drive was designed to use an 80 wire cable vs a 40 wire cable, and thereby operate at a higher speed:

EIDE Vs. IDE Cable Compatibility | eHow.com

Why this would be an option on a modern motherboard is beyond me, unless they are using the term enhanced in a different fashion. Are you certain of exactly what enhanced means in your situation?
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01 Jun 2011   #335
ZaLiTH

Win 10 x64 Pro x64 / Ubuntu 15.10 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I'm not sure how it fits into your question, because enhanced originally had nothing to do with AHCI, it was regarding whether a drive was designed to use an 80 wire cable vs a 40 wire cable, and thereby operate at a higher speed:

EIDE Vs. IDE Cable Compatibility | eHow.com

Why this would be an option on a modern motherboard is beyond me, unless they are using the term enhanced in a different fashion. Are you certain of exactly what enhanced means in your situation?
I might be wrong here, but I suspect the 'enhanced mode' that plumpkatt1 was referring to is just a term used in his (her?) BIOS to indicate that both SATA and PATA controllers are enabled... My XFX 750a board is very similar in that way.
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05 Jun 2011   #336
plumpkatt1

Win 7 Pro 64-bit and Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I think you are right. My chipset is ICH5 so I do not believe that supports AHCI at all. Oh well.......Guess this mobo isnt that good after all. It is an older system but it does run really good for an older system. It is an Intel P4 3.2 ghz.....OC'd a lil....3333 Mhz is what it runs at cool and stable.... Just no AHCI....You guys think if I ordered a cheap PCI VIA SATA card that gave me the ability to run in AHCI, would I really notice any difference in speed. I have a new WD Blue 500GB IDE HD and on this system it transfers at about 72MB's and I have a Samsung HD103si SATA 1TB HD and it runs at about 92MB's so I am wondering if AHCI would really be noticable. I can get an add on PCI card on ebay for 5 to 10 bucks.
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06 Jun 2011   #337
ZaLiTH

Win 10 x64 Pro x64 / Ubuntu 15.10 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by plumpkatt1 View Post
I think you are right. My chipset is ICH5 so I do not believe that supports AHCI at all. Oh well.......Guess this mobo isnt that good after all. It is an older system but it does run really good for an older system. It is an Intel P4 3.2 ghz.....OC'd a lil....3333 Mhz is what it runs at cool and stable.... Just no AHCI....You guys think if I ordered a cheap PCI VIA SATA card that gave me the ability to run in AHCI, would I really notice any difference in speed. I have a new WD Blue 500GB IDE HD and on this system it transfers at about 72MB's and I have a Samsung HD103si SATA 1TB HD and it runs at about 92MB's so I am wondering if AHCI would really be noticable. I can get an add on PCI card on ebay for 5 to 10 bucks.
Looking at the I/O Controller Hub page on Wiki, the first mention I find to AHCI is on ICH6, so unfortunately that would seem to be the case. It would help a lot if you could tell me the make and model of your motherboard, then (if you want) I could do more digging for you?

When I switched from straight SATA to AHCI mode, my experience was that it did give a small improvement in speed, but more so on my larger drives than the smaller ones, and it helped a fair amount with drives that had heavier fragmentation. It won't make your PC 'feel' faster though, it's just a number game at the end of the day, much like the WEI system I guess...

Basically, I'd say it's worth looking into if your current hardware supports it, but if you need to buy expansion cards to enable AHCI, then it wouldn't really be worth while.. I'd suggest keep the money a SATA controller card would cost and put it towards an upgrade instead.
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30 Jun 2011   #338
rakall

WIN 7
 
 

OK I've got a MSI H55M-ED55 board and I followed BFKs instructions, and WIN7 seemed to load the drivers. Went in to the BIOS and saw AHCI enabled, it showed my HD and DVD drive (both are SATA) but not my SATA HD which is
in a cradle connected to the eSATA port. I've tried 3 different cradles, 2 Thermaltake Black Xs and one Voyager from new world computing. Could the eSATA port be bad?
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10 Jul 2011   #339
drnknondajawb

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

zalith, i need your help. can you please go look at my posts on your start orb tutorial?
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