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    wakey, wakey sleepyhead....
    from http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...tml#post380461, post #14, words of wisdom from LsdmeASAP, our A.W.O.L Gigabyte guru:
    RAID is best, and does support TRIM for single non-member drives.
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    Default Re: 4CoreDual-SATA2 R2.0: BIOS and AHCI

    Back again. - Second time, I can't imagine, whats went wrong with my last (or 2 last?) Posts! It / they disappeared ...

    I announced, that I will try to switch in RAID-Mode.
    I did... | Could'nt set to any Raid-Mode without formating at least one Drive.
    Three question marks:
    1) Is it useful, to update BIOS from 2.1 to actual 2.2?
    2) How ist it possible, to activate Raid-0 or Raid-JBOD, revere to pic:

    4CoreDual-SATA2 R2.0: BIOS and AHCI-select-jpg

    Under "Channel" the first HD ist my data disk, the second among them is my SSD with Win7 to be raided.
    3) Does it work, when I disconnect the other listet HD?

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    Default Re: 4CoreDual-SATA2 R2.0: BIOS and AHCI

    Quote Originally Posted by ASRock TSD - Emily
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    4CoreDual-SATA2 R2.0 doesn't support AHCI function.
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    Thanks to Emily and profJim!
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    Default Re: 4CoreDual-SATA2 R2.0: BIOS and AHCI

    Sorry to revive such an old thread. Has there been any updates? I have a computer I built with spare parts for my parents and stupid me didnt look into if the motherboard supported AHCI or not.. I installed a crucial M4 but not sure how to properly set it up on this motherboard. I tried RAID but not sure which drivers to use for windows 7 64bit. The ones windows installed seemed a bit... well slow. So I tried IDE mode and that improved performance slightly. Especially with access times. Data transfer is barely seeing SATA 1 speeds.

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    Default Re: 4CoreDual-SATA2 R2.0: BIOS and AHCI

    Quote Originally Posted by orlywutlol View Post
    Sorry to revive such an old thread. Has there been any updates? I have a computer I built with spare parts for my parents and stupid me didnt look into if the motherboard supported AHCI or not.. I installed a crucial M4 but not sure how to properly set it up on this motherboard. I tried RAID but not sure which drivers to use for windows 7 64bit. The ones windows installed seemed a bit... well slow. So I tried IDE mode and that improved performance slightly. Especially with access times. Data transfer is barely seeing SATA 1 speeds.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
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    Well, I see you're over here looking for help too, as well as the OCN SSD forum. Nothing wrong with that.

    Just read your latest posts on OCN. Regarding changing to RAID mode with your current IDE installation, you have the basic procedure right, but you're not looking for the right registry entry. The instructions you found are for Intel SATA chipsets and RAID drivers, iaStor, iaStorA. Changing those entries will do nothing, since you have a VIA SATA controller and driver.

    IF you are lucky, there might be an entry for the VIA RAID driver in the Registry, if you had it installed on that Windows installation before changing to IDE. Assuming the RAID driver is still installed, check the Device Manager entry for the VIA SATA controller, either in Storage Controllers, or IDE/ATA.... Open it and click the Driver tab. Click Driver Details to find the name of the driver. That is the driver entry you need to find in the Registry. But, I would check every such entry for that driver you can find, and be certain you are changing the correct one.

    Why are there entries for iaStor, the Intel RAID driver, in your registry, when you don't have an Intel SATA chipset? They are a standard part of the Windows 7 installation package, as well as ones for AMD SATA chipsets. Those chipsets are used on 90% of mother boards in use, and are included to simplify a Windows installation. Will VIA SATA chipset entries be there too by default? I don't know, I doubt it.

    Your other P5GZ board should support AHCI, the Intel ICH7 chipset it uses does have AHCI support, and an AHCI driver is included on the board's disk. Windows 7 also has a native AHCI driver that will be automatically installed if the SATA mode is set to AHCI. I would not suggest trying to move the Windows installation on the VIA chipset board to the P5GZ.

    IMO, use the P5GZ board, the SATA interface is much better than the VIA SATA chipset.

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    Default Re: 4CoreDual-SATA2 R2.0: BIOS and AHCI

    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    wakey, wakey sleepyhead....
    from http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...tml#post380461, post #14, words of wisdom from LsdmeASAP, our A.W.O.L Gigabyte guru:
    Yes it does, on Intel SATA chipset boards and drivers, and AMD too. That of course is what LsdmeASAP is referring to.

    But the VIA chipset/drivers on this board? That is not a given, and would depend highly on the driver version. The chipset itself may not (most likely not) support the SATA revision that provides TRIM.

    Yet another reason to not use this board with SSDs.

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    Default Re: 4CoreDual-SATA2 R2.0: BIOS and AHCI

    Well I did the swap. However I cant seem to get AHCI enabled for the life of me. In bios I dont have an AHCI setting in itself. Which is very confusing. I dont know what setting to choose? Also I have an IDE Dvd rom drive installed so I dont know if this is giving me any issues or not? I have the M4 installed and the IDE dvd rom. Only two drives installed.

    Settings are as follows:
    Onboard IDE Operate mode: Disabled, Compatable Mode, or Enhanced mode. I have it set on Enhanced.

    Under that theres this setting: Enhanced mode support on: S-ATA, P-ATA or S-ATA+P-ATA. UGH? I tried S-ATA and both S-ATA+P-ATA with no change.

    Am I missing something? Do I need to install different drivers?
    Last edited by orlywutlol; 06-26-2013 at 08:13 AM.

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    Default Re: 4CoreDual-SATA2 R2.0: BIOS and AHCI

    Well, I did download the manual for that board, the ASUS P5GZ-MX, correct?

    It's more... primitive than I expected, and it seems ASUS went with the plain ICH7 SATA chipset, so no RAID support. Also, no AHCI setting that I can see in the BIOS. Then again, this board is from the XP/Vista era, prior to common AHCI support.

    Installing drivers won't change anything. Windows 7 has a native AHCI driver, msahci, which won't install unless the BIOS supports AHCI mode. The BIOS and chipset determine the SATA operating mode. The last supported OS on this board's download page is Vista.

    Regardless, your SSD will perform better on this board than the other. Use SATA and Enhanced mode.

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