I had a major problem occur today and am looking for suggestions
Here is what occurred. Went to open my DVD drawer and accidentally hit my power button and shut down the PC. After it shutdown I pressed power to restart and message came on the screen that my bios was corrupt and it was loading backup. When loaded I had option to start with check (recommended or normal and I took the check one. It didn't find the problem so i restarted again same screen to check or normal tried normal no luck PC just shut down. Tried again and took the check, repair route and tried system restore using both restore points. No Go.
I am not very good at getting into and messing with a PC (that's why I had NCIX build it). Probably will have to take it back to them to sort out but as that involves a 2 hr trip from Niagara area to drop of then I am sure another to pick up another day or two later. I mirrored the system drive when I first got it and will not lose anything but time as data is backed up as well.
Anything that anyone could suggest I could try that isn't going to make things worse
System was built by NCIX Markam Ontario and this is what I have.
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($85.99 @ Computer Valley)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.04 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ NCIX)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.29 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Canada Computers)
Win 7 64bit
What happened is that when they built your computer they set the sata ports to AHCI and when your bios reset it automaticly reset to the IDE setting which is the default. If your hard drive was loaded with the OS in AHCI mode then when the bios was reset to IDE the hard drive wouldn't load the OS because it has to be in AHCI mode. That's why you had to change the sata ports to AHCI mode for your computer to work.
Well next time this happens you'll jnow what o do.
So is there a benefit to setting the sata ports to AHCI or would the PC work fine if set to IDE the default on the Bios.
Can the BIOS be set to default to AHCI?
The other nagging concern now is what if it was some other setting next time than had to be figured out. Not sure if this motherboard has the ability to save the settings to a USB stick and have them reset from a saved file.
The AHCI setting is usually used for SSD's and not so much for regular hard drives , but if you had a SSD for the boot drive you would want the sata ports to be set to AHCI . I doubt you can change bios file settings but most bios have a profile saving file where you can save a certian profile you are using. It is mostly used for overclockers that want to save thier overclock settings.