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    Default GA-EP45-UD3R - SATA settings for XP (BIOS)

    I'm not confident I'm using the best settings for XP in my BIOS for my SATA II drives. I've found the following settings:


    • SATA RAID/AHCI: DISABLE/ENABLE/AHCI
    • SATA AHCI MODE: DISABLE/AHCI (VISTA only so ignore, assume good for Win 7 also I guess)
    • SATA PORT 0-3 NATIVE: DISABLE/ENABLE
    • ONBOARD SATA/IDE DEVICE: ENABLE/DISABLE
      • If enabled: IDE/AHCI/RAID-IDE


    Also, is there any argument if favor of S1 or S3 for Power Management on XP? If Win 7 then?
    Last edited by SBMongoos; 10-26-2009 at 11:22 PM.
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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R - SATA settings for XP (BIOS)

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R - SATA settings for XP (BIOS)

    Quote Originally Posted by SBMongoos View Post
    I'm not confident I'm using the best settings for XP in my BIOS for my SATA II drives. I've found the following settings:


    • SATA RAID/AHCI: DISABLE/ENABLE/AHCI
    • SATA AHCI MODE: DISABLE/AHCI (VISTA only so ignore, assume good for Win 7 also I guess)
    • SATA PORT 0-3 NATIVE: DISABLE/ENABLE
    • ONBOARD SATA/IDE DEVICE: ENABLE/DISABLE
      • If enabled: IDE/AHCI/RAID-IDE

    Also, is there any argument if favor of S1 or S3 for Power Management on XP? If Win 7 then?
    This is an easy question to answer
    SATA RAID/AHCI should have three choices RAID AHCI or IDE mode-This really comes down to AHCI or IDE mode because RAID is not common on desktop PCs. Some people think they are getting best performance by RAID 0 setup but it really creates the possibility for data loss (if one drive goes south). Use AHCI if you have a drive that supports the features that AHCI enables ie NCQ or native command queing or hot plug capability. Read up on your hard drive capabilities on the home web page. Then choose accordingly between the two modes. IDE mode is for most other drives with no special features.
    SATA AHCI Mode Vista and win 7 EDIT I think this is only for the EP45-UD3 board not the UD3R which is what you have so it should not be in your BIOS
    SATA port 0-3 mode either on or off it does not matter Check your operating system requirements and refer to your manual I have it enabled on my rig.
    Onboard SATA/IDE device This should be only for IDE hard drives why would there be a SATA option? Oh maybe its an extra SATA controller that can be run in SATA or IDE mode I guess user choice on this oneOne more thought is that some programs will not run in AHCI mode like Express recovery 2 and maybe the BIOS image utility in the BIOS(back up to Hard drive a copy of BIOS) the original backup BIOs will still work however. Look at you mobo software readmes first before you make decisions but I think you want speedy hard drive so AHCI would be the choice IMO. (provided your hardware allows of course.)
    MadMax out
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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R - SATA settings for XP (BIOS)

    Quote Originally Posted by MadMax2911 View Post
    This is an easy question to answer
    1)SATA RAID/AHCI should have three choices RAID AHCI or IDE mode-This really comes down to AHCI or IDE mode because RAID is not common on desktop PCs. Some people think they are getting best performance by RAID 0 setup but it really creates the possibility for data loss (if one drive goes south). Use AHCI if you have a drive that supports the features that AHCI enables ie NCQ or native command queing or hot plug capability. Read up on your hard drive capabilities on the home web page. Then choose accordingly between the two modes. IDE mode is for most other drives with no special features.
    2)SATA AHCI Mode Vista and win 7 EDIT I think this is only for the EP45-UD3 board not the UD3R which is what you have so it should not be in your BIOS
    3)SATA port 0-3 mode either on or off it does not matter Check your operating system requirements and refer to your manual I have it enabled on my rig.
    4)Onboard SATA/IDE device This should be only for IDE hard drives why would there be a SATA option? Oh maybe its an extra SATA controller that can be run in SATA or IDE mode I guess user choice on this oneOne more thought is that some programs will not run in AHCI mode like Express recovery 2 and maybe the BIOS image utility in the BIOS(back up to Hard drive a copy of BIOS) the original backup BIOs will still work however. Look at you mobo software readmes first before you make decisions but I think you want speedy hard drive so AHCI would be the choice IMO. (provided your hardware allows of course.)
    MadMax out
    So, in short are you saying that AHCI can be taken advantage of in Windows XP Pro SP3? This is the OS I'm currently using.

    1) this is specific to the hard drive or the OS?
    2) seems to be specific to the OS as in not for XP but Vista (and I assume 7)
    3) didn't see anything so I'm not clear if this works in XP or not. Didn't clarify and I didn't want to assume.
    4) once set to Enable you get the three options: IDE/AHCI/RAID-IDE. I'm wondering if I can take advantage of AHCI in XP or not. I'll check on the hard drives but again I thought this was specific to the OS not the drive.

    As for RAID I'm not to concerned as I quit using RAID about 2 years ago. Didn't really need it.
    Last edited by SBMongoos; 10-27-2009 at 10:59 PM.
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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R - SATA settings for XP (BIOS)

    All I know is what I see.
    ATTO run on the same drive, XP Home addition, the drive is few years old 80GB SATA.

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R - SATA settings for XP (BIOS)

    Quote Originally Posted by Chike View Post
    All I know is what I see.
    ATTO run on the same drive, XP Home addition, the drive is few years old 80GB SATA.
    Hmm...not really a big difference. AHCI looks more consistent in it's graph but not sure it's worth the switch. Not clear on which (1 - 4) to enable on the list above and settings yet. May not matter.
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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R - SATA settings for XP (BIOS)

    I am unclear on what you are asking here. I can say be sure you plug your OS Drive into SATA2_0, once you tell me what you want to run such as IDE mode (Normal SATA) AHCI or RAID I can give you proper settings.

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R - SATA settings for XP (BIOS)

    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    I am unclear on what you are asking here. I can say be sure you plug your OS Drive into SATA2_0, once you tell me what you want to run such as IDE mode (Normal SATA) AHCI or RAID I can give you proper settings.
    At this point I guess it's best to find out if it's worth using AHCI or not in XP Pro SP3 or not. If it's negligible it's not worth bothering with.

    If so then I wanted to know the settings for the following in the BIOS:


    • SATA RAID/AHCI: DISABLE/ENABLE/AHCI
    • SATA AHCI MODE: DISABLE/AHCI (apparenlty VISTA only so ignore, assume good for Win 7 also I guess)
    • SATA PORT 0-3 NATIVE: DISABLE/ENABLE
    • ONBOARD SATA/IDE DEVICE: ENABLE/DISABLE
      • If enabled: IDE/AHCI/RAID-IDE

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R - SATA settings for XP (BIOS)

    It is not worth the hassle if you are already installed. AHCI does not offer much better speeds, and is really only needed if you have to use hot-swap on a drive or something.

    Otherwise I would say just wait till next time you do a clean install, then try it out

    For AHCI you want these settings and your OS Disk plugged into the first yellow Port (SATA2_0) >>

    Integrated Peripherals

    Intel Controller (Yellow Ports)
    SATA RAID/AHCI Mode (Intel ICH10R Southbridge) ............. AHCI
    SATA Port0-3 Native Mode ................................... Enabled (or Disabled, both will work just fine)

    Gigabyte/J.Micron Controller (Purple Ports)
    Onboard SATA/IDE Device (GIGABYTE SATA2 Chip) ............. Enabled
    Onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl Mode (GIGABYTE SATA2 Chip) ........... IDE

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R - SATA settings for XP (BIOS)

    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    It is not worth the hassle if you are already installed. AHCI does not offer much better speeds, and is really only needed if you have to use hot-swap on a drive or something.

    Otherwise I would say just wait till next time you do a clean install, then try it out

    For AHCI you want these settings and your OS Disk plugged into the first yellow Port (SATA2_0) >>

    Integrated Peripherals

    Intel Controller (Yellow Ports)
    SATA RAID/AHCI Mode (Intel ICH10R Southbridge) ............. AHCI
    SATA Port0-3 Native Mode ................................... Enabled (or Disabled, both will work just fine)

    Gigabyte/J.Micron Controller (Purple Ports)
    Onboard SATA/IDE Device (GIGABYTE SATA2 Chip) ............. Enabled
    Onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl Mode (GIGABYTE SATA2 Chip) ........... IDE
    Thanks! I'll deal with it when I load Win 7 from scratch (clean install). You running 7?

    Also, you've helped before in another thread. Would you be willing to look at post #251 at this link? http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/stab...1/index26.html Pyscho101 had been helping but apparently is busy and I have some details left to work out.
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