Solved Running HDD in BIOS AHCI Mode

December 27, 2012 at 10:38:32
Specs: Windows 7

Hi,
I built a high spec computer on a tight budget last year and had Windows running on a small SSD (120GB) for nice speedy boot times etc.
At Christmas I received a nice 1TB HDD, so I installed it. In the BIOS I set both drives to run in AHCI mode...is this bad?
Both drives are recognized and are running smoothly at the moment but I am worried that I may have problems in the near future like BSODs or breaking the HDD.
Do I have anything to be worried about?
If possible I know how to configure SATA ports 1-3 in AHCI and ports 4-6 in IDE but I just cannot be bothered to open that thing up and wiggle around the SATA cables again!
Cheers!

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#1
December 27, 2012 at 11:02:58

If your disk is a recent one, AHCI will be the best and fastest option. IDE is an older standard which doesn't support all the features modern disks have. So you're safe!

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#2
December 27, 2012 at 11:04:47
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If it's running fine in ACHI mode then there's no reason for it to suddenly stop working. You might want to ensure, for best performance, that you are using the manufacturer's drivers rather than the Microsoft generic ones.

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#3
December 27, 2012 at 11:13:40

Brilliant! The SSD was running in AHCI mode from day 1 but I was just worried the HDD might malfunction under the same situation.
Thanks for putting my mind at ease!

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