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    Default Achi Mode and Windows 7

    hey all,
    i finally jumped onto windows 7 x64 and ACHI mode.

    now i wonder what app do u use to create an image backup ?
    wonder what to use, cause i've put lots of hours creating the pc exactly as i want it.

    acronis true image, norton ghost or maybe Winpe+IMAGEX

    thanks for all the responses.

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    Default Re: Achi Mode and Windows 7

    I like Acronis - have used it many times with no problems.
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    Default Re: Achi Mode and Windows 7

    if you want to turn on achi mode in the bios you have to reinstall windows for it to work because you have to press F6 doring the install to supply driver. There is a work around this but its easier to reinstall the OS if you do not reinstall the OS you will get BSOD all the time.
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    Default Re: Achi Mode and Windows 7

    I've always been wondering, is there actually any performance difference in using the AHCI mode compared to the IDE mode? Just thinking that I might switch over to AHCI if there's no performance hit. The only special thing I need to do during the install is to install the AHCI drivers, right? (Sorry if it feels like I'm hijacking the thread, that's not my intention at all)

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    Default Re: Achi Mode and Windows 7

    try out window 7 backup utilities, it's been redone since vista and works rather well. I've been using it and even did a successful recovery from an image. I normally use ghost or PING (partimage is not ghost) but I've been using the window 7 utilities so far and like them. I think they finally got it right.
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    Default Re: Achi Mode and Windows 7

    if you are using a single driver, switching to ahci won't make any difference, only good with raid setup

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    Default Re: Achi Mode and Windows 7

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebmxer View Post
    if you want to turn on achi mode in the bios you have to reinstall windows for it to work because you have to press F6 doring the install to supply driver. There is a work around this but its easier to reinstall the OS if you do not reinstall the OS you will get BSOD all the time.
    This isn't true for Windows 7 (and maybe Vista, too). AHCI drivers are part of the shipset and will load automagically if the system BIOS sets the SATA controller for SATA as AHCI mode.

    You will need a third party AHCI driver to use the outboard jMicron secondary SATA controller (G-SATA) in AHCI mode. My EA45-UD3P had one on the utility disc that came with the motherboard. That has to be installed into a working Windows 7 installation but does not require the "Press F6" silliness, but might require setting Vista compatibility mode in order for it to install (can't remember...but it works).

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    Default Re: Achi Mode and Windows 7

    +1 for Acronis True Image from me

    Norton (Damn) Save and Restore 2.0 also works great

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