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    Default Z68 Pro Gen 3 Fatility add SSD but keep IDE DVD Drive

    I am adding a SATA 3 Samsung SSD drive but have an older IDE DVD drive hooked up with IDE ribbon cable. I am going to install the SSD in AHCI mode but have read that after switching to AHCI my computer will no longer boot from the IDE DVD so I can reinstall windows.

    How can I install this new SSD in AHCI, but still keep my backwards compatibility without running the SSD in IDE mode? I have also read that this is a problem with SATA DVD drives.

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    8 GB RAm
    EVGA GTX570 2.5GB

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    Default Re: Z68 Pro Gen 3 Fatility add SSD but keep IDE DVD Drive

    With my P35 system, I have no trouble running a sata2 ssd as my boot drive with AHCI enabled and have no trouble with my $20 Lite-On DVD optical drive. Some IDE optical drives will work with some systems when AHCI is enabled for your ssd. It appears to be hit or miss affair. Hardware incompatibility is always a possibility with any hardware that you install.
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    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
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    Default Re: Z68 Pro Gen 3 Fatility add SSD but keep IDE DVD Drive

    An update in case anyone is wondering. The new SSD came and I switched to AHCI and was able to boot with my old legacy IDE DVD Rom to install windows. Thanks for the help.

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    Default Re: Z68 Pro Gen 3 Fatility add SSD but keep IDE DVD Drive

    You're welcome, glad to hear that everything worked out OK.
    Thanks for the update.
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S
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