For backup I installed a 3.5' SATA hard drive dock. However my system doesn't see a HD in the dock unless its present when I boot the system. How can avoid requirement of rebooting to use the removable disk? My system is built on the ASUS P8P67 Pro mb and Windows 7
I read something that suggested that AHCI isn't enabled by default on the MB in order to maintain compatibility with older devices. Do I need to check the capability of my HD's and optical drives before using AHCI?
All SATA II hard drives for the most part will work with AHCI (haven't ran into any issues, unless your drive is real real old). It is recommended to run optical drives on IDE but not a must (though most secondary controllers like Marvell don't support optical drives).