Change to AHCI problem

Ok, I know that this has been brought up in one form or another a million times, but my situation is just different enough to validate a new post.

The system involved is the one in my signature, the motherboard has 5 SATA ports and with this latest SSD install, I now have 6 SATA devices. So I bought a cheap inland 2 port PCIe SATA controller to run one or both of my optical drives (if yet another HDD finds its way into my case). For what it's worth the SATA controller says it is compatible with AHCI "Spec. Rev. 1.3". For the SSD install I did not do a clean install of windows, I cleared out enough space on the boot drive and used Acronis Trueimage to clone onto the SSD.

Anyway in my BIOS settings the current storage configuration is IDE, so I followed all the tutorials and found the Msahci "start" registry key, but its value was already 0? I also changed the IastorV "start" key and changed its value from 3 to 0. Then going back to the BIOS I changed the storage configuration to AHCI from IDE and when I tyr to boot the computer locks at the animated windows logo. If I go back to IDE it boots fine.

I'm hoping for some advice on this issue, I don't know if the SATA controller could be causing the problem, or something else I have overlooked.

Thanks in advance
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  1. You are trying to boot off the SSD that has a cloned Windows image? What did you do with your original Windows install? In the sata ports make sure that the SSD is connected to port 0 (since it starts 0,1,2 etc) so that it's on the first sata port.
    I would also try to start the computer with the SSD disconncted if you still have the original OS install on the other drive.
  2. I can boot from both the original platter drive and the SSD just fine in IDE mode, but neither will boot in AHCI.
  3. Didn't realize that my signature didn't appear, here are the specs of my system:
    Case: NZXT Tempest 410
    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 970 OCd to 4.0 Ghz
    Motherboard: ASRock 870 Extreme 3
    Graphics: Sapphire Radeon HD6870
    8 GB RAM
    HDDs:
    OCZ Vertex 4 120GB
    1TB Hitachi Green
    500GB Seagate 2.5 Hybrid
    320GB Western Digital Blue
    Optical:
    LG Blueray ROM
    LG DVD-RW
    Cooling:
    Cooler Master Hyper 212+
    6 Misc 120mm fans
    Other:
    Cheap PCI WIFI card
    Inland PCIe SATA expansion card
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