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VAIO AHCI mode option not in BIOS

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March 18, 2012 12:26:43 PM

Hello,

I have a 1 year old Vaio VPCEB4L1E which I want to install a Vertex 3 SSD - but there is no option in BIOS to change to AHCI. The Sony site is next to useless, but assuming the chipset HM55 is capable then what will happen when I install W7 ? will the install see the drive and select AHCI ??
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March 18, 2012 1:21:26 PM

Is there an option for "IDE" or "Native" mode?
March 18, 2012 1:33:24 PM

ulysses35 said:
Hello,

I have a 1 year old Vaio VPCEB4L1E which I want to install a Vertex 3 SSD - but there is no option in BIOS to change to AHCI. The Sony site is next to useless, but assuming the chipset HM55 is capable then what will happen when I install W7 ? will the install see the drive and select AHCI ??


I also have an old Snoy Vaio, without that option. But, in stalled an ssd anyway. it's been in there for two years. It still greatly increaded the performance and has has no issues at all. The laptop does have win 7, which I installed myself. originally, it came with win xp.
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March 18, 2012 1:43:21 PM

no options for ide or ahci whatsoever - machine is not that old either, running i3 cpu ... either that or sony decided that it wasnt an option that was needed
March 18, 2012 7:14:01 PM

Your post got me wondering....So, I looked in my Sony Vaio Control panel, to see which controller I was using. I did this after looking in my bios, and discovering...same as you, that there was no option to change to ahci. What I found, in my control panel, surprised me! I saw that my laptop was indeed using an ahci controller. apparently, the Sony laptop knows when you install an ssd, and makes that change for you, automatically. At least, mine did... Otherwise, let me recommend Secunia PSI. I have been using it for a long time now and really like it. It will automatically keep you advised when driver updates and software updates become available for your computer.
March 20, 2012 11:26:31 AM

laptop is working fine with the SSD - hoping to remove the CD/DVD and put a caddy in for the old 500gb HDD.

I looked and the VAIO does automatically choose AHCI controller - so looks like its up and runnign ok with no need to make changes.

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