Hey guys, I've got a question that I'm sure somebody here must know the answer to.
Here's my system so you all know what I'm dealing with:
1055t 4ghz (287*14 - 1.45v)
Noctua D-14 HSF
Asus M4A89TD PRO USB3 - AM3+ Ready
4Gb A.Data 2000mhz DDR3 (1525Mhz 7-7-7-20)
XFX 6850 Dual Fan
60Gb OCS Vertex SSD
640Gb WD Black
1.5Tb WD Black
2x 2Tb WD Green
NXZT Hale 90 850w PSU - 80+Gold
NXZT Lexa S Case - 3*120 2*140 CF
I've currently got my Bios set to IDE for all my drives. My motherboard will only use one setting for all 0-6 Sata ports.
My question is that my SSD supports TRIM and I would like to enable this for speed and longevity purposes; the only thing is, I don't know if I enable AHCI in my bios (for all Sata ports) if I will loose or corrupt data on the other 4 HDD's?? I'm willing to do a clean install of windows and programs, but I don't want to loose all the data on all of my drives. Will Windows7 still be able to read the data from the other 4 hdd's that were previously set to IDE if I enable AHCI and therefore TRIM support on my SSD??
Switching to AHCI mode won't hurt the data on your hard drives, but it will prevent Windows from booting because it won't have the right drivers loaded to let it access the discs. Fortunately there's a Registry tweak you can do to solve that problem:
1) Run the Registry Editor (regedit.exe)
2) Navigate to Registry Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Msahci
3) Set the "Start" value to 0 (zero)
4) Navigate to Registry Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Pciide
5) Set the "Start" value to 0 (zero)
6) Shut down
7) 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.
Ok, I'll make sure my SSD is boot priority #1; however, like I say, my controller will only allow for one setting for all of my sata ports. aka if I set the ssd to AHCI, my other sata ports will also be running in this mode. Does this fact change any previous advice?