help, how to setup hdd for sata on ich7, win7

June 23, 2010 at 08:40:17
Specs: windows 7 pro 32 bit
Help i have Windows7 32, g31m es2l (ich7) mobo, celeron
e1400 3gb mem Ati4650 gfx and sata1 wd800jd caviar se
hdd. my problem is my hdd is running in ide mode, how can
i get it to run in sata mode? I have all drivers from mobo
website installed etc.PlzhelpSoon

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June 23, 2010 at 08:52:30
Changing the mode at this point will require a Windows reinstall. Do you want to do that? If so, refer to section 2-5, page 42 of your motherboard manual to see how you need to change settings in the BIOS.

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June 23, 2010 at 12:12:56
Yes i can re install windows No problem. i have tryed all the things
in p42 of manual but intel chip id utility still says sata controller
found in ide mode and sisoftware sandra lite Hdd Read
Performance Benchmark gives 55mbs highest Reading.. Wb

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June 23, 2010 at 12:24:12
If you are using SANDRA then you are in Windows 7. You need to make the changes in the BIOS and then boot to the Windows 7 DVD and reinstall Windows 7.

Your current Windows 7 installation is based on using the IDE compatibility mode.

Did you make any changes in the BIOS and did you save them?

What settings did you attempt to use? When you re-enter the BIOS are those same settings still there?

Before you go any further let me tell you something. What you are trying to do is a lot of work and you will not see any visible difference in the performance of the system. SANDRA may show better burst speeds but that won't reflect in any real world gains you can see.

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June 23, 2010 at 14:12:17
So what your saying is it wont improve my 3d games performance? It
still would be nice to get it running in sata mode. The settings i usd
were, on chip sata mode-enhanced and then i done a fresh install
of win 7 and After it was still in ide mode. why wont this go into
sata mode What driver must i load?

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June 23, 2010 at 15:10:11
Look in the BIOS again to verify the setting is still set to Enhanced.

If it is and you performed a completely fresh (no over the top) install of Windows 7 then the SATA controllers are running in the SATA mode.

Don't pay too much attention to how the drives are listed. Run the burst speed test again and see what you get.

One thing that can affect the SATA performance is, believe it or not, a sharp fold in the data cable. If it has been folded too tightly, unfolding it may not fix it. There is shielding inside the cable and just like coaxial cable on your TV can be damaged that way, so can the SATA data cable.

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June 23, 2010 at 15:19:12
You have a weak board, weak CPU, weak video card & a SATA1 HDD. How much of an effect do you honestly think IDE vs SATA is gonna have on your gaming?

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June 23, 2010 at 15:24:32
Good catch jam

I was too lazy to check all that hardware. Just looked at the board. If the hard drive is a SATA I model then it isn't going to perform any better than an IDE latest generation drive.

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June 23, 2010 at 16:36:41
Yeah i know its weak thats why im trying to get the most out of it. do
i not need to load drivers for drive before i install win 7? the mobo
has udma5 max or sata1

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June 23, 2010 at 19:01:17
Windows 7 has the drivers already.

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