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Would you leave your SATA drive in IDE mode?

By Dominik
Jan 24, 2009
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  1. I’m doing a clean install of Windows XP, Media Center Edition 2005, SP3. The question is, what (if there are any) are the consequences of leaving your SATA drive in IDE mode? Would you do it? Are there any drawbacks? What is the best option for a SATA drive, IDE or AHCI? And why? If left in IDE mode, will performance suffer/will I only be using a portion of my systems potential?

    The three options to choose from in my BIOS are:
    1.) 4P(IDE)+2S(IDE)
    2.) 4P(IDE)+2S(RAID)
    3.) 4P(IDE)+2S(AHCI)

    HDD I’m using: Samsung Serial ATA, 500GB/7200rpm/16M, Model: HD501LJ

    Thanks! Looking forward to your replies!

    Dominik
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Well this gets a little tricky, because even though your Harddrive is Sata, your DVD Drive can still be ATA (or IDE connection)

    If you do not have any IDE connected devices, then just disable IDE (if there is an option to do so)
    But normally there will be no ill affect either way, enabled or not. (in system performance)

    Now, in saying that, there has been many reported issues with certain configurations relating to Harddrives in system setup (or CMOS or BIOS setup)
    Where the computer will not work properly, or that Windows and plug and play devices have been affected (ie they don't work, or cause blue screens errors)

    It would be best to refer to your Motherboard manual on what settings to choose, if it's any consolation, I usually run "Setup Defaults" then go from there (ie disabling not-required areas in CMOS setup).
     
  3. Dominik

    Dominik TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Hey kimsland! Thanks for responding!

    Maybe the 4P(IDE)+2S(AHCI) setting would allow you to use both a SATA hard drive in conjunction with an IDE DVD drive without any problems. I'm not sure, but what else could the "4P(IDE)+2S(AHCI)" mean?

    I don't have the option to disable IDE (I don't think). I will double-check though.

    I've read through most of my motherboards user manual and it talks about settings in there that I simply don't see in my BIOS. It's translated into English rather poorly, so that may have something to do with it.
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    I'd probably go:
    4P(IDE)+2S(IDE)

    But I don't like Sata running in IDE mode
     
  5. Dominik

    Dominik TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    How come?
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Sata should be in Sata, and IDE off, or disabled on the Harddrive
    It's just one motherboard driver, that's not required
     
  7. Dominik

    Dominik TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    True dat!

    I'm not sure what you mean. If you don't like Sata running in IDE mode, then why go with the 4P(IDE)+2S(IDE) setting?
     
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Doh! make that

     
  9. Dominik

    Dominik TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    That makes more sense, :)!

    Ok, so I double checked whether or not I can disable IDE in my BIOS, and there's no "Disable" option there. So I figure the only way to disable it is to simply switch it to either "4P(IDE)+2S(RAID)" or "4P(IDE)+2S(AHCI)" as you can only have one of the three selected at any given time..
     
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Raid requires 2 or more Harddrives, and needs to be setup in Raid# Number like Raid0
     
  11. Dominik

    Dominik TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    RAIDing the kitchen!

    You can have 2 SATA drives without setting up RAID though, right?
     
     
  12. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    That's right

     
  13. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 3,556

  14. Dominik

    Dominik TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Great article! Short and sweet. Looks like AHCI is the way to go when it comes to SATA! Otherwise it would seem that you'd just be shortchanging yourself.

    Does this look right to you guys (see link)? This is what my Standard CMOS Features Menu looks like when I have my drive set to IDE mode.

    http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/ind...dID=75594228&albumID=2645700&imageID=42626219

    Or just browse over to my "picture uploads", it's in there too, it's the one entitled "Standard CMOS Features Menu".
     
  15. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    ooo A myspace link, I don't click on those
    You can attach the pic to a new reply attachment if you like
    Or use the normal free servers too.
     
  16. Dominik

    Dominik TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Just out of curiosity, how come you wouldn't click on a myspace link? Btw, its only a link to pictures/screenshots of my BIOS settings on my personal profile.
     
  17. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    It has the ability of checking users IP, and also howmany users have viewed it, and where from
     
  18. Dominik

    Dominik TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    :) Is that bad?
     
  19. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  20. Dominik

    Dominik TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    It's OK, I like jokes of all ages! :)

    In reference to the photo, I just uploaded it to my "picture uploads" here on TechSpot, it's the "Standard CMOS Features Menu" one.

    Microsoft collecting secret files, interesting stuff.....
     
  21. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    This is the tech forum, as stated earlier, just attach here
    Oh and read above (I edited my last post), it would be interesting to get a younger person's point of view
     
  22. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,552   +301

    I believe NCQ is not able to be used if the SATA drive is running as IDE.
     
  23. Dominik

    Dominik TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    I just wanted to thank you for the feedback SNGX1275! That's good to know. It looks like AHCI and SATA are meant to be...........together that is!

    How would one go about attaching a photo to a post? I am bewildered.......

    Never mind, I think I got it. The trick is to go into the advanced reply section, from which you can attach photos.

    Here's the question once again. Do the settings look correct in this screenshot? Btw, this is what my Standard CMOS Features Menu looks like when I have it set to 4P(IDE)+2S(IDE) mode.
     
  24. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Yes that screen looks right :grinthumb
     
  25. Dominik

    Dominik TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Thanks kimsland, glad to hear it! Btw, are you a site moderator or something like that?

    Point taken about merging posts.
     
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