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Swap from IDE to SATA port

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Last response: in Storage
July 29, 2012 6:18:51 AM

so I got my new SSD today, and eager to try it out, I accidentally plugged it into an IDE port on my motherboard instead of a SATA one. I only realized the mistake after installing Windows 7 on it and finding out the performance left a bit to be desired. So I am wondering, can I simply plug my SSD back into a proper SATA port and boot from it without doing anything special, will it work? I don't want to try it out without being confident it won't break something :( 


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July 29, 2012 7:12:48 AM

Hmm what now? You can't plug a SATA drive in to an IDE port. I'll assume you had your SATA port in IDE mode instead of AHCI. In which case it won't boot if you change it. You must fix windows first

FYI googling switch IDE to AHCI would have answered your question
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July 29, 2012 7:48:23 AM

Wow indeed, I got a bit mixed up there :) . My registry was already properly set up (somehow) so I just changed my controller from IDE mode to ACHI, and it worked without making any OS changes. Perfect!
July 29, 2012 7:48:52 AM

Best answer selected by Bacterius.