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Do I need to install the SATA RAID/AHCI drivers of my motherboard?

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January 6, 2014 7:41:25 PM

I've downloaded all the drivers for my motherboard (link) in preparation for setting up the software side of my new desktop build next week. Below are the items I got from the manufacturer's website:

Audio
- Realtek HD Audio Driver
Chipset
- Intel Management Engine Interface
- Intel INF installation
LAN
- Intel LAN Driver
SATA RAID/AHCI
- Intel SATA Preinstall driver (For AHCI / RAID Mode)
- Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
- Marvell SATA Controller Driver
- Marvell Preinstall Driver
VGA
- Intel VGA Driver
USB 3.0 Hotfix
- Win8 USB Patch

I've been reading a bit and so far, I know that I need to install all items for each of the main drivers (Chipset, LAN, Audio, VGA). Also the USB 3.0 hotfix.

But I'm not sure about the SATA RAID/AHCI. Do I need these? I currently do not want to setup a RAID configuration for my system. The standard (I don't know what it's called) is enough for me. My storage setup will be an SSD and an HDD with the SSD as the OS drive. I'm not sure if AHCI will be helpful for that setup. Will I be missing out on anything if I skip these drivers? If I do need to install these drivers, is there a special way of installing them? I read that I may need to install the "Preinstall" ones before the OS is installed.

Any advice is appreciated.
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January 6, 2014 7:57:13 PM

If running a SSD it's best to run with AHCI driver interface
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January 7, 2014 6:08:55 AM

Tradesman1 said:
If running a SSD it's best to run with AHCI driver interface


Noted. So I should install all the SATA RAID/AHCI drivers then.
- Intel SATA Preinstall driver (For AHCI / RAID Mode)
- Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
- Marvell SATA Controller Driver
- Marvell Preinstall Driver

Do I need to install these two before I install the OS?
- Intel SATA Preinstall driver (For AHCI / RAID Mode)
- Marvell Preinstall Driver
Also, after installing these two, do I need to configure something in BIOS before I start installing the OS?
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February 11, 2014 5:14:50 AM

I was also wondering the same about whether they are required to be installed BEFORE installing the OS. I re-partitioned my HDD when I installed all my new hardware inc my z87-hd3 ggb mobo. Everything was fine until i Installed ALL of the mobo drivers, and when I tried to reboot, I couldn't get past the windows start-up logo. I am currently putting this down to the 'Sata preinstall' drivers affecting my drive. If anybody does have an answer to this thread, I too wish to know, though I am not that bothered about installing the SATA pre-install drivers, if you can install the intel rapid storage drivers without it causing an issue with my currently installed partition.
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February 11, 2014 8:03:15 AM

Only need the AHCI or RAID if installing the OS on the appropriate drive for the OS, install the remainder after Win is in place
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February 11, 2014 7:49:07 PM

youngy93 said:
I was also wondering the same about whether they are required to be installed BEFORE installing the OS. I re-partitioned my HDD when I installed all my new hardware inc my z87-hd3 ggb mobo. Everything was fine until i Installed ALL of the mobo drivers, and when I tried to reboot, I couldn't get past the windows start-up logo. I am currently putting this down to the 'Sata preinstall' drivers affecting my drive. If anybody does have an answer to this thread, I too wish to know, though I am not that bothered about installing the SATA pre-install drivers, if you can install the intel rapid storage drivers without it causing an issue with my currently installed partition.
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In my case, I did not install the pre-install drivers since I don't need them. Here's a closed thread from another forum
http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/922071.aspx
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February 14, 2014 6:43:07 AM

Thanks. Also I just wanted to add, for some reason, Installing the intel rapid storage drivers made it so my system was stuck on the starting windows screen and I had to system restore to solve it. I did think this might have been an incompatibility, but looking on the intel site, I can't seem to find anything which would inditcate this. I am using a gigabyte z87-hd3 mobo on win7 64bit.
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