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Windows 10, SSDs and AHCI
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Marc Thomas
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September 10, 2015 - 6:03 pm
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I've just bought an SSD on which I'll be installing Windows 10.
I've been doing a fair bit of reading up on this, with particular regard to changing from native IDE to AHCI in the BIOS, particularly if you have a dual boot Win 7/10 or others.
Some motherboards allow you to run IDE on some channels and AHCI on others, say 0, 1,2 IDE and 3,4,5 AHCI for example.
It seems best to prepare the OS for the change first and then change the BIOS to AHCI.
I'll follow up on this when I've successfully completed the install on the SSD and all drives are booting as they should.

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Since I am running XP I have to use the Legacy or IDE mode but W10 and W7 can run in AHCI or Sata mode. I have no experience with SSD's and I am not sure what interface it might need. Keep us posted as you progress.

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Turns out that the BIOS already has sata channels 0-3 set to AHCI which is where Win 7 and 10 already boot from.
Saves a bit of faffing around in the registry then....

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I cannot set separate channel IDE/AHCI input on the mobo I am using now. I did look on the crucial web site and evidently SSD's are Sata interfaced also just like the Sata spinner drives.
While you are online check out the pc case dolly topic.

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Well that was pretty painless, particularly as four of the sata ports were already set to ahci.
Activation was invisible and it's up and running nicely, booting to desktop in seconds.

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That is great, enjoy that SSD. Maybe later you can tell all of us spinner users if the SSD is really worth the cost. Or maybe do a article on how to install a SSD.

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Amazing how much it fills up and also, a 250Gb isn't really that size as we all know, unless I've overlooked something.
Mind you, the games nowadays take up a huge amount of space and I've got 2 installed which is 55Gb to see how performance is.
To be honest, the game performance is not that noticeable except for load times, which are very fast with the SSD. Better off keeping the games larger than 15Gb on a data drive (spinner).

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From what I read that is why most users will boot the OS with the SSD and install programs in a 1TB spinner.

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True Daniel.
There is very little to gain putting the games on an SSD except for in-game load times and perhaps fetching data.
On the other hand, I have some mates in the UK who are long time gamers and are buying 1Tb SSDs for that very purpose.
If you've got the cash?

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For example, this Samsung 840 Evo 1Tb for $369 on Newegg doesn't seem so crazy really.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147374

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I just put a 1TB Seagate in my PC for Data that I bought from Best Buy for $65.00.

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We don't have the luxury of being able to have stuff shipped here from Best Buy, Amazon or Newegg due to government restrictions, so last week I paid $900 pesos for a 1Tb Toshiba, which at the official government dollar/peso exchange is around USD100.

This means that I've been able to free up a WD 250Gb drive that I'll be using in a recon build to sell on. I mean, 5 HDDs is just a little much. Besides, this one was making a dreadful humming noise that drove me nuts.

Hmm, there's an article right there about governments shafting us......................

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I did not know that. You know your country is on my bucket list of things to do, sure would like to see the Iguazu Falls.

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The Iguazu falls are very impressive.

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