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Just finished building my PC and installed the OS, What drivers should I install

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June 18, 2014 12:13:04 PM

So I was following some tutorials on building a PC and they go from checking your bios settings and then installing the OS. So I installed Windows 8.1 Home and got it working. I then looked at the gigabyte website for drivers and saw that two of them said preinstall driver. I looked in my motherboard manual and saw that in the configuring SATA Hard Drives section that it suggested copying the SATA RAID/AHCI driver to a USB flash drive and installing it during the OS install.

Did I mess anything up by not installing that driver during the OS install or is it alright. Should I install those drivers now or can I leave them alone? If you need to know more about my system I'm using an AMD FX-8350, Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 motherboard, HyperX Fury 2x4GB 1866 RAM, MSI Radeon R9 280 GPU, a 240GB PNY Optima SSD, and 1TB Seagate Barracuda HDD. When installing the OS I disconnected the seagate HDD as was suggested by the tutorials I was using and have now reconnected the HDD.
June 18, 2014 12:37:24 PM

Windows 8.1 is new enough to have basic drivers for everything on your system. Just download the latest drivers from Gibabyte and install them and you should be fine.
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June 18, 2014 12:48:14 PM

raid drivers are only needed if you have a raid card fitted.
the motherboard should support raid anyway so will not benefit from them.
also if you do try to install them and dont have a raid card the system will crash randomly.
ahci mode enables hot plugging of sata drives and has little to do with raid.

i have a gigabyte ud5 board and it supports raid from the boot time menu (ctrl I) you just set it up there and pretty much forget about it. it gives you all the options to configure your raid array and then you just save and quit like bios.
1s done you just start your install of windows and the raid config shows up in the drive selection menu where you decide which drive to install windows to.

1 last point raid needs 2 hdd's/ssd's if you only have 1 of each you dont have a raid setup so no need for the drivers at all.
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June 18, 2014 3:26:49 PM

HEXiT said:
raid drivers are only needed if you have a raid card fitted.
the motherboard should support raid anyway so will not benefit from them.
also if you do try to install them and dont have a raid card the system will crash randomly.
ahci mode enables hot plugging of sata drives and has little to do with raid.

i have a gigabyte ud5 board and it supports raid from the boot time menu (ctrl I) you just set it up there and pretty much forget about it. it gives you all the options to configure your raid array and then you just save and quit like bios.
1s done you just start your install of windows and the raid config shows up in the drive selection menu where you decide which drive to install windows to.

1 last point raid needs 2 hdd's/ssd's if you only have 1 of each you dont have a raid setup so no need for the drivers at all.


Thank you

That's what I thought. So do I need to download the "AMD SATA AHCI Driver" and "Marvell 9172 AHCI/RAID driver" drivers from the Gigabyte website?
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June 18, 2014 3:41:17 PM

the sata driver is fine to download and can be installed after you install windows. you then enable ahci support in bios and it should be active the next time you run windows.
if not you will need a registry tweak to turn it on.
http://pricklytech.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/windows-8-1...
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June 18, 2014 4:22:58 PM

Thanks for your help
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