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    Default EP45-DS3R AHCI problem

    Hello all!

    I have a EP45-DS3R motherboard, and I have a SATA WD5000AAKS-00YGA0 hard drive and an IDE drive on which windows is installed. When AHCI mode is turned off, the SATA drive is recognized and usable in windows. However, when I activate AHCI, the iSrc bios menu hangs while searching for drives, and never recognizes my DD. I tried swapping cables, ports, and when the menu comes to the port where my DD is, it hangs. I need AHCI to be turned on as I want to install another OS on the SATA drive. Without AHCI, it is impossible to boot a SATA drive I think, correct me if I'm wrong!

    Many thanks!

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    Default Re: EP45-DS3R AHCI problem

    Quote Originally Posted by albanderuaz View Post
    Without AHCI, it is impossible to boot a SATA drive I think, correct me if I'm wrong!
    If it wasn't I wouldn't be able to reply.

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    Default Re: EP45-DS3R AHCI problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Chike View Post
    If it wasn't I wouldn't be able to reply.

    I agree I have booted my WD SATA drive with out AHCI mode.


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    Default Re: EP45-DS3R AHCI problem

    How did you do that?
    Anyone knows if it is possible to use some sata ports as IDE in order to boot?
    Or anyone knows a way to boot sata without ahci or raid enabled?
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    Default Re: EP45-DS3R AHCI problem

    You need to install AHCI Drivers to use AHCI. So you would need to reinstall your OS if you want to use AHCI on this drive

    To boot SATA Without AHCI or RAID is simple, just disable those settings in the BIOS and boot.

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    Default Re: EP45-DS3R AHCI problem

    It doesn't work, it tells insert system disk... I cannot boot a SATA HDD directly without AHCI :(
    Thanks for your answers!

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    Default Re: EP45-DS3R AHCI problem

    yes it is possible to boot with out ahci enabled. You might have to reinstall windows to work with out it. not positive. I know you need to reinstall if you want to turn on ahci. If you had it on and want it off you might have double check your boot order. i know that gets thrown out of wake when messing with these settings in bios.
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    Default Re: EP45-DS3R AHCI problem

    Oh Ok, so I just need to check bios boot order to boot on sata? I never turned ahci on as I never needed it (windows was on IDE) but now I want to change. I'll check the boot order thing
    thanks!

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    Default Re: EP45-DS3R AHCI problem

    Do you have your external connectors plugged in? If they are you will need to use AHCI. If you are not using them just unplug them. You can plug them in later if you want to use them.
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    Default Re: EP45-DS3R AHCI problem

    Yes, please check your "Hard Drive Boot Priority" setting in the Advanced BIOS Page, at the top click enter to go in the first setting menu. Then move your OS or SATA Drive to the top of this list.

    You can use SATA without AHCI or RAID, FOR SURE!

    You will need to do a clean install to switch your OS to AHCI, there are workarounds for this but a clean install it much easier and better for your system

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