Hi everyone! I really need some help and would appreciate any advice that the knowledgeable people of this forum would be kind enough to provide.
I built a new gaming PC for myself a few weeks ago using a Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R motherboard and a Western Digital Caviar Black SATA hard drive (WD1002FAEX). It was my first time building a PC in many years and I had difficulty getting my BIOS to detect the hard drive in the beginning (due to my own error), so I set it to IDE mode "temporarily" while I was troubleshooting the issue.
Unfortunately, I forgot to switch the drive back to AHCI once I had everything working. I now have Windows 7 installed along with all of my games, programs, and data from my old PC. I didn't realize the mistake I made until I went into my BIOS this morning and saw that the drive was still set to IDE.
As I understand it, I'm taking a big hit in performance by running the drive in IDE, instead of AHCI. Would I need to reformat my drive and re-install everything in order to run it in AHCI? Would there be a more efficient way of accomplishing this without starting over from scratch, so to speak?
Thank you for your time -- I'm sorry for the long/clueless post!
I made the same stupid mistake myself once. I have a good excuse, but you don't really want to hear it, I'm sure. What I did was bite the bullet I keep in my pocket for just such occasions and do a clean install of Windows 7 after setting the BIOS to AHCI. That is the obvious straightforward fix, it's just a pain in the neck.
There is supposedly a workaround where you leave the BIOS set to non-AHCI, change the Windows registry, reboot and set the BIOS to AHCI, but I've never done it. Google is often your friend, but I was afraid of my friend this time.