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Do I have to rebuild win 7 OS to use GSATA 6GB?

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January 24, 2012 5:56:00 PM

Hello,
I was told by gigabyte tech support that I needed to rebuild my system in order to use the GSATA 6 GB connection. The controller is a Marvell 9128. I originally installed the OS on a SATA 2 ICH10R port using a Corsair Force III SDD. Is there a way to modify the OS (win 7 64) without having to rebuild the system?

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January 24, 2012 8:28:51 PM

What do u mean by modify?

Re-install? U cannot do that. Clean install is the only way, if that's what u need.
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January 24, 2012 8:53:44 PM

You don't need to rebuild. I use back up software such as Acronis to image my os c:\ and data drive. It doesn't matter what type of drive or SSD. As long as there is sufficient space on the new drive or ssd the back up software will install it. I switch OS drive in a matter of 20 to 30 minutes by just installing from the image.

I use my w7 and other application program discs once. After the installation i create an image file.

I do that regardless of the controller. If you are using a RAID... Setup the RAID drive (i.e. 500GB). Then when its configure the backup software will install from the image file.

I save my image file from portable HD and Blue Ray disc. The image file can be loaded from the network as well.

This is one option available to you. You don't need to keep reinstalling OS and APPS. Do it once then create an image.
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January 24, 2012 8:58:18 PM

Thanks nikorr,

I guess what you're telling me is to start from scratch with a clean win 7 install. I was hoping there might be a regedit fix like the one converting from IDE to AHCI which might do the trick?


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January 24, 2012 8:59:03 PM

tonyhammer said:
Hello,
I was told by gigabyte tech support that I needed to rebuild my system in order to use the GSATA 6 GB connection. The controller is a Marvell 9128. I originally installed the OS on a SATA 2 ICH10R port using a Corsair Force III SDD. Is there a way to modify the OS (win 7 64) without having to rebuild the system?

The controller interface and speed don't have anything to do with the installed OS other than the possible driver Windows would use to see the hardware. If you switch interfaces like to a new interface add-on card, just make sure you have the latest driver and windows will add the device and new ports. The only issue I have seen that could be an problem is if you were to go from SATA to AHCI settings in the Bios for the given port. Windows may still work but features like garbage cleanup needed on an SSD drive may no longer work, causing degradation of performance over time. Sometimes Windows will just refuse to boot. Generally if you just go from one AHCI port on one device to another AHCI port on another port and make sure the Bios know what your new boot order is there should not be a problem. I notice people like to treat SSD drives like they are super special but they almost exactly the same as any other drive for the most part in setup.
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January 24, 2012 9:12:17 PM

tonyhammer said:
Thanks nikorr,

I guess what you're telling me is to start from scratch with a clean win 7 install. I was hoping there might be a regedit fix like the one converting from IDE to AHCI which might do the trick?

U could try.

I like to perform a clean install and make image of the system when all is done so all is as good as it could be.
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