HOW TO switch from IDE to AHCI mode without having to reinstall Win XP (GUIDE)

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glenmorangie

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Jack,

Thanks for the reply but I understood from your original senario you referred to SATA drives.
Now:- If you have two or more drives will it install "Raid function" without having the pain of re-installation of XP?
If so it would be an added bonus if people wishing to upgrade from IDE - Sata.

Thanks and sorry if I did not understand it was for a single drive.


 

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Jack the Newbie said:
@Victor92:

The important part is that you make sure the iaStor.sys-File is in the \Windows\System32\Drivers\-Folder.  It should be in in \Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\Driver by now.  Using the "-a -a"-switch does not really result in an installation but only in an extraction of all the files.
I use the "-a -a" switch, but the setup program is started (that I've aborted), and no file is copied in the boot disk (I've searched for the iastor.sys file and it isn't in the boot disk). So, should I run the setup file and install the drivers or must I get only the iastor.sys file and copy to the boot disk as your guide says ??
 

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glenmorangie, "Now:- If you have two or more drives will it install "Raid function" without having the pain of re-installation of XP?"

This is ONLY true for RAID-1. This guide is only applicable IF you want to RAID-1 your current XP drive.

For RAID-0, this guide is Not Applicable because for sure your XP is NOT the RAID-0 drive; and you are adding another 2 more HDD and want to set them as RAID-0. This can be done by enable RAID in the BIOS, setup RAID-0 drive in the RAID setup screen, then boot to XP and install the RAID driver then.
 

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I use the "-a -a" switch, but the setup program is started (that I've aborted), and no file is copied in the boot disk (I've searched for the iastor.sys file and it isn't in the boot disk). So, should I run the setup file and install the drivers or must I get only the iastor.sys file and copy to the boot disk as your guide says ??
Don't abort it if you use the "-a -a" switch.  Just let it run and extract the files.  It does not really install the drivers/files but rather "extracts" and copies them into the folder I mentioned.  And even if it would install anything it doesn't really matter.  Just make sure that the iaStor.sys-File is in the \Windows\System32\Drivers\-Folder before you make changes to the registry and restart to switch to AHCI-mode in BIOS.

must I get only the iastor.sys file and copy to the boot disk as your guide says ??
Exactly.  The File has to be in the \Windows\System32\Drivers\-Folder.
 

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Maesus,

Thanks

See if I have understood you correctly.


Senario: two sata hard drives both 200gb set up as IDE (C:,  E: and  D: ide dvd writer) not raid or achi and operating for a few months and you decide to change to achi the Jack the Newbies patches to the registry will be o.k. however if you wish to change to Raid 1 the patch I seen on the German site would be o.k (but one drive would be redundant) and all data on one drive non-exisiting ??
If you wish to have Raid 0 you have no alternative but to install the original xp (cd) installation process??

Again thanks for your reply



 

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Jack I've finally extracted the file, copied in \windows\system32\drivers folder, loaded the .reg info in the registry, rebooted, changed IDE by AHCI mode in bios, rebooted again, and... get a BSD. What can be wrong ??
 

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loaded the .reg info in the registry, rebooted, changed IDE by AHCI mode in bios, rebooted again
After executing the reg-file you have to restart the computer and switch to AHCI-mode before letting Windows XP start again. Otherwise you have to execute the reg-file again.

If you have done that, let me know and will I check the whole procedure again on my setup to make sure I made no mistake.
 

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Jack the Newbie said:
After executing the reg-file you have to restart the computer and switch to AHCI-mode before letting Windows XP start again.
I've done exactly that.
 

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I'm a bit confused about this:

\Windows\System32\Drivers\-Folder  is the folder name? or
\Windows\System32\Drivers\    is the folder name?

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I'm a bit confused about this:

\Windows\System32\Drivers\-Folder  is the folder name? or
\Windows\System32\Drivers\    is the folder name?
\Windows\System32\Drivers\    is the folder name !

@Victor92:

I have just completed a fresh Win XP SP2-Installation on a SATA-HD on my 975X Plat. PUE.  To test the guide again I started in IDE-mode and switched to AHCI after installation without having any problems.

Try to run the reg-file, install Intel Matrix Storage Manager (without the -a -a switch) and try to switch to AHCI-mode again after that.  I read through the whole thread in which the guide I reproduced here was originally mentioned and saw that this was advised in a case where the guide did not work as it should as well.



 

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Jack the Newbie said:
Try to run the reg-file, install Intel Matrix Storage Manager (without the -a -a switch) and try to switch to AHCI-mode again after that.  I read through the whole thread in which the guide I reproduced here was originally mentioned and saw that this was advised in a case where the guide did not work as it should as well.
It seems that AHCI is not for me, this is the message the installer gave me:

The computer does not meet the minimun requirement for installing this software. Setup will exit.

Any idea ??
 
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@ Viktor92

In order to use the Intel Matrix Storage Manager, you must have a Raid...


ACHI works independent of Raid...
 

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It works with RAID and AHCI. 

Here is a Screenshot (Sorry it is all in German but you will get the idea)...

 
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@Jack the Newbie

Maybe my explanation was a bit vague...

I will try to explain in a bit more detail...
I don't read German but do understand what I see...
There is some confusion about the new Intel Matrix Storage panel...
And I do understand why you are getting the message that you can not install it...
I will explain to you how you can use it...

When you are setting up your single drive, you are given 3 choices:
IDE
RAID
ACHI

The panel you are showing me, is a RAID panel...
It requires that you have (Intel) RAID activated in your bios...
So you must select the RAID option...
This works even if you have only a single disk drive...
If you have only one disk drive, you can still use the RAID option in the bios...
Now here is where most people get confused, so I will try to explain it in detail...

Intel wanted users that had one hard drive to be able to set up their system to be "RAID ready"
The Operating System had to be installed on a drive that was using the RAID drivers...
Notice the picture you posted
The drive is on the "Intel Serial RAID controller"

This is how you get a single Non-RAID drive on the RAID controller, so that you can install the Intel Matrix Storage Console..
Understand this will destroy all the information on your drive, since you will have to reinstall your Operating System...

First, connect your SATA drive to one of the Intel SATA connectors.
Start your computer, and get into the bios.
Go to the "intergrated peripherals" make sure that the Intel stuff is enabled
Then go to the SATA section and select RAID (also select your speed setting such as Force Gen II)
Make sure that your system is set to boot from your CD-DVD drive and that your Operatiing System disk is in the drive.
Also make sure that your floppy drive contains a disk with the Intel Raid Drivers on it...
Hit F10 to save your settings...
Your system should reboot and begin installing your OS, click F6 when instructed and then select the RAID drivers when asked to...
Leave the floppy disk in the drive, since the installation will use it again. DO NOT Remove it.
Install your OS and then after your OS boots for the first time, install the Intel Matrix software..
From that software you should be able to create and migrate your system to a RAID at a later time...

I am sure there are some reading this that think I am wrong or will panic since Control-I doesn't bring up the Intel RAID Control Panel during startup. The Panel will not appear because you don't have enough drives to create a RAID, for that you need at least two drives, We are using just a single drive, and the Intel RAID panel recognizes that and skips the screen.

I hope that is a bit clearer...
 

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Vaniireq, I am not having a problem here.  AHCI is active in BIOS, installing the Intel Matrix Storage Manager was not a problem and there was no error message.  The picture I posted ealier was for illustration purposes only. I apreciating your explanations, but in this case I like to insist that it is possible to install the Program using AHCI mode as well.

The Storage manager works with AHCI and RAID enabled in BIOS:

In 2006, Intel Matrix Storage Technology continues its support of hardware storage features. 3Gb/s support doubles the hard drive to chipset transfer rate, providing additional responsiveness and headroom, the eSATA capability in ICH8R extends this high performance interface outside of the desktop. By including support for Serial ATA Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI), Native Command Queuing (NCQ) provides additional performance & faster boot times, hot plug capability to allow drives to be added or removed with the PC running, and staggered spin up to reduce power loads on machines with multiple drives.
http://www.intel.com/design/chipsets/matrixstorage_sb.htm

@Victor92:

I have no idea, why the procedure is not working on your system.  I have done it a couple of times myself and it works.  The original thread in the German Gigabyte Forum indicates the same.  Only in a few cases there seem to be problems. I have recommended this method a couple of times in the German MSI Forum and the feedbacks were all positive so far.

I am not sure where the problem lies in your case.
 

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Thank you guys, I don't worry too much, because despite my curiosity to test the AHCI mode, I know the perfomance difference is minimal, and I don't want to try anything that involves reinstall the OS.
 
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hi, not using MSI but ASUS p5b-e plus, but just used this procedure and it went all just fine. Did it on a Vista 32bit ultimate installation..

Note: eventhough vista seems unstoppable installing new drivers I installed the Intel Raid stuff, before doing a reboot anyway..


Thought I'd give some feedback,


Erick
 

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Viktor92 said:
Thank you guys, I don't worry too much, because despite my curiosity to test the AHCI mode, I know the perfomance difference is minimal, and I don't want to try anything that involves reinstall the OS.
Speaking about reinstall the OS, my actual XP installation was done with my Asus K8V SE Deluxe (VIA chipset), and was repaired for the 975x Power Up (a procedure that incredibly has worked OK), so this is not exactly a clean install, maybe this is the cause the procedure to change to AHCI didn't work.
 

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i have the following issue help me plz
The computer does not meet the minimun requirement for installing this software. Setup will exit.
 
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