Difference between ahci and ide

I just built a computer using the following components

Asus P9x79 Deluxe
Intel i7 3960
Intel liquid cooler
Intel 250g SSD
Western Digital 1T HDD
Corsair Vengence 32G Ram
Asus AMD 1000 Mz Video Card
Antec 1200w Power supply
Sony Blu Ray writer
Lian Li Case

I am looking to use the SSD as the main drive but want to store large data files, photos, music on the HDD. I do not see the HDD in the configuration when booted. The system runs great otherwise. I though maybe I should set up a hybrid storage system but after educating myself I realize the large SSD is will be quicker. I believe my issue resides in the bios settings regarding AHCI or IDE selection. How can I best set up this board using the speed of the SSD and the volume of the HDD. I already have the system up and running. The HDD is present in bios but not in the operating system (windows 7 pro).

Phil
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  1. Right click computer select manage / Storage / disk management should be there needs to be allocated and given a drive letter. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/265764-32-guide-installed-disk-system
    Use ACHI for SATA drives.
  2. rolli59 said:
    Right click computer select manage / Storage / disk management should be there needs to be allocated and given a drive letter. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/265764-32-guide-installed-disk-system
    Use ACHI for SATA drives.



    Thanks! That did the trick, both drives are SATA so I will leave bios as is (ACHI) Thanks again.
  3. Both modes are dependent on the plugs they use. The IDE is a big wide cable for older hard drive disks. ACHI helps SATA drives to function.
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