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  1. #1
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    Need help configuring Gigabyte BIOS for SSD

    Hey guys,

    I'm trying to setup Windows 7 on my hard drives so that my new SSD is the primary with games and I can still use my (old) 1TB HDD as a backup for music or whatever else.

    Setup:
    Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R rev 2.0
    Intel Core i7 950 Geforce GTX 680 4GB FTW
    Corsair 6GB (3x2gb) DDR3 1600mhz C7
    Silverstone ST75F-P 750w psu
    Samsung F3 1TB HDD
    Samsung 840 EVO 128GB SSD

    Question: How do I configure the BIOS settings below to enable AHCI for my new SSD? I'm not sure which settings to change to ACHI and which ones to keep as IDE. I installed my current (old) HDD using optimized defaults where IDE was selected in BIOS instead of AHCI. I plan on unplugging my old HDD, plug in my SSD, setup BIOS for SSD, install windows on SSD, then finally plug my old HDD back in after everything is setup on my SSD. My old HDD will be plugged into SATA2_0 port and my new SSD will be plugged into GSATA3_6 port, unless you'd recommend they're connected differently. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    BIOS Settings (2nd pic is scrolled down):



    Mobo layout for context:


    Opty 146 0540FPMW @ 3.0ghz
    300x10, 2.5-4-3-7, 2.7vdimm
    DFI Lanparty NF4 Ultra-D
    2x512mb OCZ Platinum Rev.2 TCCD
    ATi X1800XT 512MB
    Fortron 530w w/ modded rails
    Zalman 7000-AlCu

    MY HEATWARE

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    Re: Need help configuring Gigabyte BIOS for SSD

    At this point I've successfully installed Windows on the new SSD and I'm updating my OS. SSD is plugged into SATA2_0 and my dvd drive is plugged into SATA2_3.
    I ran into Windows install issues when I plugged my SSD into the Marvell 6GB SATA ports earlier, so I'm leaning towards sticking with the native Intel SATA ports (0-5). I googled around and it looks like many others have SSD issues with the Marvell SATA ports also.

    Question: Will I notice any performance issues if I plug all three of my devices into the native Intel SATA ports? Or is it best practice to separate my SSD from other devices by plugging the SSD into the Intel SATA (SATA2_0) and old HDD and dvd drive in the Gigabyte SATA ports?
    Opty 146 0540FPMW @ 3.0ghz
    300x10, 2.5-4-3-7, 2.7vdimm
    DFI Lanparty NF4 Ultra-D
    2x512mb OCZ Platinum Rev.2 TCCD
    ATi X1800XT 512MB
    Fortron 530w w/ modded rails
    Zalman 7000-AlCu

    MY HEATWARE

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