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Gonna install an SSD on my laptop, few questions

  1. #21


    Orbiting the Moon
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    As long as the HDD is connected in a SATA port and you can use AHCI in the BIOS, all should be fine (speed will be as fast as possible).
    Nothing else to set in the BIOS, disk-related because Windows will install anyway.

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  2. #22


    Loulé, Algarve
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    Windows 7 Home Premium x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    As long as the HDD is connected in a SATA port and you can use AHCI in the BIOS, all should be fine (speed will be as fast as possible).
    Nothing else to set in the BIOS, disk-related because Windows will install anyway.
    Great, then! But how do I check if I can use AHCI?
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  3. #23


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Almost all modern BIOS'es have the option, something like this:

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    Advanced Host Controller Interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    If your chipset and SATA controllers are from Intel then you can update the Intel Chipset drivers too after the OS is installed:
    Latest Intel Chipset Driver Software Released

    Some new SATA controllers (like raid-capable ones) aren't detected by Windows during the install (disk will not be seen on the media list for installation) and in this case you'll need to manually add the drivers from USB/removable media:
    SATA Driver - Load in Windows 8 Setup

    SATA driver pack has to be the one that matches your motherboard/chipset, to be downloaded from manufacturer site (the maker of the machine/motherboard but In case of Intel chipset go to Intel's download site as well, https://downloadcenter.intel.com/default.aspx).
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  4. #24


    Loulé, Algarve
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    Yeah I have an Intel Chipset HM55 (SATA II), so my BIOS should have that. I'll check it out, either way, just to be sure. Thanks for the info

    I'm afraid that Windows doesn't detect the new HDD, now that you mention that. Is it possible for the BIOS to detect an HDD while the OS doesn't? Or when I replace the HDD, and see that the BIOS detects it, am I safe?

    I'll download the drivers from Intel's site, that's what I did last time I formatted the PC and installed a new OS, and everything seems fine.
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  5. #25


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Kratos Aurion View Post
    Yeah I have an Intel Chipset HM55 (SATA II), so my BIOS should have that. I'll check it out, either way, just to be sure. Thanks for the info

    I'm afraid that Windows doesn't detect the new HDD, now that you mention that. Is it possible for the BIOS to detect an HDD while the OS doesn't? Or when I replace the HDD, and see that the BIOS detects it, am I safe?

    I'll download the drivers from Intel's site, that's what I did last time I formatted the PC and installed a new OS, and everything seems fine.
    If the drive is not partitioned and formatted it won't show up in explorer. If it doesn't have a drive letter the only place you'll see it in in disk management. So yes, your BIOS can see it while the OS doesn't.
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  6. #26


    Loulé, Algarve
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kratos Aurion View Post
    Yeah I have an Intel Chipset HM55 (SATA II), so my BIOS should have that. I'll check it out, either way, just to be sure. Thanks for the info

    I'm afraid that Windows doesn't detect the new HDD, now that you mention that. Is it possible for the BIOS to detect an HDD while the OS doesn't? Or when I replace the HDD, and see that the BIOS detects it, am I safe?

    I'll download the drivers from Intel's site, that's what I did last time I formatted the PC and installed a new OS, and everything seems fine.
    If the drive is not partitioned and formatted it won't show up in explorer. If it doesn't have a drive letter the only place you'll see it in in disk management. So yes, your BIOS can see it while the OS doesn't.
    Oh, I guess that makes sense. So I should format the HDD I bought through Windows, before replacing my current HDD?
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  7. #27


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kratos Aurion
    I'm afraid that Windows doesn't detect the new HDD, now that you mention that.
    I've also didn't had that with most of my machines but the latest laptop had the issue. Was fixed by using the previously mentioned tutorial.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kratos Aurion
    Is it possible for the BIOS to detect an HDD while the OS doesn't?
    Yes, BIOS will detect it all the time, otherwise the device it's wrongly connected, has no power or it's defect. The OS has specific drivers and so is bound to some software interaction in order to communicate with the hardware. You can say the BIOS gets more directly in touch with the hardware.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kratos Aurion
    Or when I replace the HDD, and see that the BIOS detects it, am I safe?
    Yes you're safe, check the options as well because sometimes you might need to change one or two things, save and exit, then you just need some drivers for it to be seen in the OS.
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  8. #28


    Loulé, Algarve
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    ...ok, got really confused with both of your posts :S Really sorry.

    So I replace the HDD, first thing to do is load BIOS and see if it recognized the new HDD. If it does, then check to see if Windows Installer detects it? And only THEN if it doesn't detect it, I follow the SATA driver tutorial right? If the Windows Installer ends up detecting the drive, am I good to go and install it?

    Really sorry for mixing everything up, I just want to do this right
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  9. #29


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Yes, if Windows see's it during the install your good to go. You can partition and format it during the install. If a SATA driver is needed you'll know as Windows will ask for it when it can't find a drive to install too.
    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
    SATA Driver - Load in Windows 8 Setup
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  10. #30


    Loulé, Algarve
    Posts : 52
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Yes, if Windows see's it during the install your good to go. You can partition and format it during the install. If a SATA driver is needed you'll know as Windows will ask for it when it can't find a drive to install too.
    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
    SATA Driver - Load in Windows 8 Setup
    Ok, thank you for the info

    Is there any tutorial on how to partition an HDD while installing Windows 8.1? I can't seem to find one here...
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