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Using a Hard Drive and an Optical Drive on the same controller

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  • Optical Media
  • Storage
  • SATA
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  • Western Digital
  • Hard Drives
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December 24, 2013 10:18:40 AM

I'm working on a computer with a Samsung SH-S223B optical drive, and a SATA Western Digital hard drive (WD Black 1TB if I remember). The motherboard is an Asus P6T.

On the P6T, there a two SATA controllers, one is a standard Intel and the other one is some JMicron "SATA-E".

This PC is currently running both the hard drive and the optical drive on the Intel controller, and the BIOS has set the controller to IDE mode.

My question is, can I run the controller in AHCI mode in order to get the full potential of the hard drive, while still keeping the optical on the same controller? Or will the optical drive not be compatible with AHCI mode?

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a b G Storage
December 24, 2013 10:21:45 AM

Out of curiosity, why not run the Optical on the JMicron controller? The dip in performance from the JMicron won't be seen using an optical since the bandwidth doesn't even come close to saturating lanes.
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a c 253 G Storage
December 24, 2013 10:45:00 AM

I have all of my SSD, HDD and ODD set to AHCI and all on the Intel controller. Asus may be different but I doubt it.

If you are not going to use the other controller, you could disable it in the BIOS and possibly speed up your boot time as Windows will no longer need to load the driver for that controller.

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December 24, 2013 1:22:14 PM

itzdanielp said:
Out of curiosity, why not run the Optical on the JMicron controller? The dip in performance from the JMicron won't be seen using an optical since the bandwidth doesn't even come close to saturating lanes.



I don't really know anything about the JMicron other than that it needs special drivers that I don't want to bother with, and that if it's enabled it adds a good 6 seconds to boot time.

And the real concern is that it's SATA/AHCI only, and my main question for this thread is whether or not that optical drive will work correctly with AHCI.
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a b G Storage
December 24, 2013 1:44:12 PM

no big deal i use the jmicron for my op-drive but i dont use the jmicron driver it runs off the windows defualt driver and all is good.
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December 24, 2013 2:23:14 PM

It will work fine in ahci mode though if you already have windows installed you will need to make changes to windows before you make the change in the bios.
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December 24, 2013 3:58:12 PM

popatim said:
It will work fine in ahci mode though if you already have windows installed you will need to make changes to windows before you make the change in the bios.


So if I plan on reinstalling Windows then I don't need to worry about anything, correct?
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a b G Storage
December 26, 2013 7:26:03 AM

correct
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