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Need some information on how to check if my new SSD Intel X25 80G2 is setup correctly. I read the post about setting up the BIOS to ACHI after the fact. How do I get to the ACHI setting after the install? THX
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  1. Is this what you are looking for???
    sminlal said:
    OK, so you've just changed the BIOS configuration from IDE to AHCI and it won't boot, is that right? If so, this is how you fix it:

    1) Set the BIOS config back to IDE so you can boot Windows and (you guessed it) boot Windows.
    2) Run the Registry Editor (regedit.exe)
    3) Navigate to Registry Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Msahci
    4) Set the "Start" value to 0 (zero)
    5) Shut down
    6) Start up again, but before Windows boots go into the BIOS configuration screens and change the disk mode to "AHCI". Save the new BIOS configuration and restart so that Windows boots.

    When Windows starts, it will detect the change, load new disk drivers, and do one more reboot to start up with them.
    Which was taken from this thread... http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/255232-32-next-move-fresh-install-windows-intel
  2. Yeah this guide saved me about a month ago. It works. When ahci was not on my ssd would perform well under spec but when its on it performs over and above spec. Just follow instructions and does work.
  3. OK, been doing my homework . . . but, it Doesn't look like my SSD is performing to expectation (Transfer Rate Maximum : 184.5 MB/s). Ran CrystalDiskInfo and it shows that I am set to AHCI (I think).

    Should I be expecting more? What should I expect Benchmark wise from HD Tune Pro: INTEL SSDSA2M080G2GN

    Any thoughts friends?
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CrystalDiskInfo 3.5.6 (C) 2008-2010 hiyohiyo
    Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

    OS : Windows 7 Ultimate Edition [6.1 Build 7600] (x64)
    Date : 2010/05/26 0:27:36

    -- Controller Map ----------------------------------------------------------
    + ATA Channel 0 (0) [ATA]
    - Optiarc DVD RW AD-7560A ATA Device
    + ATA Channel 0 (0) [ATA]
    - INTEL SSDSA2M080G2GN ATA Device
    + Standard AHCI 1.0 Serial ATA Controller [ATA]
    - ATA Channel 0 (0)
    - ATA Channel 1 (1)
    - ATA Channel 2 (2)
    + Intel(R) ICH8M Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 2850 [ATA]
    - ATA Channel 0 (0)

    -- Disk List ---------------------------------------------------------------
    (1) INTEL SSDSA2M080G2GN : 80.0 GB [0-1-0, pd1] - il

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    (1) INTEL SSDSA2M080G2GN
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Model : INTEL SSDSA2M080G2GN
    Firmware : 2CV102HA
    Serial Number : CVPO003003L5080BGN
    Disk Size : 80.0 GB (8.4/80.0/80.0)
    Buffer Size : Unknown
    Queue Depth : 32
    # of Sectors : 156301488
    Rotation Rate : ---- (SSD)
    Interface : Serial ATA
    Major Version : ATA/ATAPI-7
    Minor Version : ATA/ATAPI-7 T13 1532D version 1
    Transfer Mode : SATA/300
    Power On Hours : 21 hours
    Power On Count : 39 count
    Host Writes : 59.03 GB
    Temparature : Unknown
    Health Status : Good (100 %)
    Features : S.M.A.R.T., 48bit LBA, NCQ, TRIM
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    HD Tune Pro: INTEL SSDSA2M080G2GN Benchmark

    Test capacity: full

    Read transfer rate
    Transfer Rate Minimum : 110.3 MB/s
    Transfer Rate Maximum : 184.5 MB/s
    Transfer Rate Average :
    Access Time :
    Burst Rate :
    CPU Usage :
  4. then again, I have read that it isn't just/prime read write speeds that make the SSD fast but the random access speeds . . . all that aside, I just like how much cooler my tablet runs.
  5. One thing I noticed is your firmware is not current. You should be at 02HD not 02HA, which will impact your performance some. I would go here and follow the instructions to update your firmware... http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=18363

    Update firmware at your own risk, as a faulty update could cause the device not to work
  6. Thx Joe, going there now. Any advice/gotchas for a firmware upgrade I should gnosko (greek word for knowing) know about? Done lots of FU in the past but not for a SSD. "I dun know what I dun know."
  7. It is nothing difficult to do... just follow the Intel instructions and you'll have no issues!! (well... hopefully :D )
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