The firmware updated is done from a bootable CD from Intel site.
You normally enable AHCI in the BIOS, it might already be enabled, check in device manager.
I'd do it before you clone the drive.
What is the brand and model of:
Currently installed hard drive?
Does your laptop have a:
Do you have access to another laptop/desktop? If so, does that laptop/desktop have a:
USB port? If so, how many?
eSATA port? If so, how many?
After you have cloned your hard drive, what do you intend to do with it? Use it for:
a) Periodic backup of SSD
b) Store infrequently used files and backup of installation CDs
c) Not use it at all
I checked my BIOS, and as it turns out AHCI is turned off, so I will have to reinstall Windows anyways. I figured I'll just backup all my stuff, and move it over afterwards. Does anyone know if I will have to reinstall my programs if I use Windows Easy Transfer to backup and restore my stuff? My plan is to back everything up, switch the drives, update the firmware, enable ACHI, reinstall windows, then copy over the files and programs etc.