1 Reply Latest reply on Oct 27, 2010 8:16 AM by ericwaraujo

    What kind of SATA mode to use in Mass Storage Controller Configuration in BIOS?

    ericwaraujo

      What kind of SATA mode to use in Mass Storage Controller Configuration in BIOS?

       


      Hi there,

       

      I am trying to install windows 7 professional x64 on a system using motherboard Intel S5520SCR.

       

      Windows itself should be installed in a
      160Gb Intel  X25-M Mainstream Sata Solid-State Drive

       

      and I want to install 2 other Seagate Barracuda Hard Drives I have as internal hard drives. In the future I might install a third Seagate Barracuda, that I would still buy, but that's it.

       

      I want to use the hard drives as simple additional storage. I don't need to create any special partitions, I don't want to RAID or anything.

       

      Would you please be so kind to tell me what Mass Storage Controller Configuration to use? I listed below the options in the Bios, with the explanations offered in the Bios.

       

      Thank you very very much, I can't even start to list how many tries I have already tried to do this.

       

       

       

      Hard drives:

       

      -Intel 160Gb Intel X25-M for windows 7 x64
      -Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1Tb for additional storage only, single partition
      -Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500Gb for additional storage only, single partition
      - potentially a new Barracuda someday (for additional storage only, single partition).

       

       

       

      Options in the BIOS

      Enhanced - Supports up to 6 SATA ports with IDE Native Mode.

       

      Compatibility - SUpports up to 4 SATA ports [0/1/2/3] with IDE Legacy mode and 2 SATA ports [4/5] with IDE Native Mode.

       

      [AHCI] - Supports all SATA ports using the Advanced Host Controlled Interface.

       

      AHCI Option ROM - Enable or Disable the onboard Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) option ROM. Note: For AHCI capability in EFI, the AHCI Legacy Option ROM should be set to [Disabled].

       

      [SW RAID] - Supports configuration of SATA ports for RAID via RAID configuration software.