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Windows 7 Intel drivers support

By nawnwa
May 15, 2010
  1. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,506   +238

    For what it's worth, I always use AHCI mode (or SATA depending on BIOS) and I've always used SATA hard drives. In my last few builds I've also started using SATA optical drives exclusively. I guess since I'm used to it, using the F6/floppy drive procedure for Windows XP has not been a particular problem for me. Yes, I installed a floppy in all my PCs.

    My latest PC is my first Windows 7 PC (Home Premium 64 bit). While Windows 7 may contain more/many SATA drivers, it appears they don't have them all. For example, I used a Gigabyte GA-790FXTA-UD5 motherboard and the manual makes reference to installing AHCI drivers during W7 setup and and driver CD indeed contains a W7 AHCI driver for a floppy (or USB flash drive). So I went with it and installed it at the appropriate time. Installation of W7 proceeded without a hitch. After Windows installs I always subsequently install "full' versions of SATA controller drivers for whatever it's worth. If there is more than one brand of SATA controller on the motherboard (as in this case), I install all of their full SATA drivers, of course.
     
  2. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Thanks Captain and mailpup.

    I intend to format my system in a while so maybe I'll go with AHCI. Just one question though, is AHCI noticeably faster than IDE. Like transferring large files, installing games, etc.?
     
  3. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,062   +77

    I've recently reinstalled my PC with ACHI settings enabled in bios (which I prompty failed to do so during previous installation :rolleyes: ). Anyways, I haven't bothered to benchmark the difference in read/write speeds of both modes, but in general, the system seems to be slightly more 'responsive', if that is what you want to know.
     
  4. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,506   +238

    Sorry, Ritwik7, I've never used IDE mode with my SATA drives so I don't have a comparison. I would if I could.
     
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