VAIO AHCI mode option not in BIOS

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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  1. Is there an option for "IDE" or "Native" mode?
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. terryd75 said:
    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.


    This just saved my life right now. Same thing Sony Vaio laptop, Slim pickens for BIOS options. No Disk Controller Mode selection in there. I just bought a SSD and had chatted with Crucial and Sony support and tried many other forums. Finally found this site and your answer. Sure enough I checked and Voilà, it's already in A.H.C.I. mode. So hopefully it stays in that mode when I put in the new SSD. Device manager is a great tool. Thank you so much for your answer, and kudos on the Secunia PSI reference.
  7. Hey Guys!
    I am facing the same problem with sony vaio VPCSB36FG, and I installed new windows 10, SSD intel 530 series.
    But I don't now how can I check my laptop is runing AHCI mode?
    Who can help me to check this mode step by step?
    Thanks so much everyone!
  8. Look in your bios. It should tell you what mode it's in.
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