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Cannot get AHCI mode to work after cloning HDD to SSD

  1. #11


    I've attached a view of my controllers in device manager. As you can see, no mention of AHCI

    The driver dates back to 2009

    There's also a view from Disk manager

    Ah ha - pasting screenshots in didn't work

    Not quite sure what I'm doing here - hope you can see the attahments OK
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Disk management.jpg   Device Manager.jpg  
    Last edited by Albourneboy; 04 Oct 2013 at 11:45. Reason: Pasting in screenshots didn't work

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  2. #12


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    Windows 8.1 x64


    Sorry, but I edited my previous post. Nothing is showing up for the references you state. Did you upload the files after you selected them?
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  3. #13


    Can you see the screenshots now?
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  4. #14


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    Windows 8.1 x64


    Yes, I can see them. The SSD looks OK, but you do have several other Active Partitions on your system. The extra active partitions may not be causing the current situation, but using Diskpart to remove the active status might keep problems from occurring later.

    When drive manipulation has been done, sometimes the labels on the partition might look a little different than you would expect. The Fact the System partition on the SSD shows as DATA and not System Reserved is one of those instances. I think I would remove the other drives, at least the old install HD and see if anything changes. You may need to end up checking the attributes on the System (Data) partition.
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  5. #15


    The partition thing's a bit wierd. The old C drive (now D and F) wasn't partioned when I cloned it so I've no idea why it (and the SDD) are partioned now.

    When I first tried to switch to AHCI mode, the SSD was the only drive installed and I got exactly the same issue as I'm getting now.
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  6. #16


    Finally bit the bullet and re-installed Windows. Followed the tutorial from this forum and the whole procedure took less than an hour and was completely painless. The tutorial also explained where the partions came from and why so that's that mystery solved .

    Set the BIOS to AHCI mode, booted from my Windows 8 DVD, formatted my SSD (removing the partions to alow Windows to re-create them!) and installed Windows 8 Pro on it. Will probably have to spend the weekend installing all the Win 8 updates dating back to last November now before I install the 8.1 upgrade. Then will have to re-install all my software and use Windows Transfer to get all my files and settings back but should be back to normal by Sunday I hope provided SWMBO doesn't decide there are better things I need to be doing with my weekend .
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  7. #17


    I was going to mention changing to AHCI before you installed windows 8 but it looks like you figured that out.

    Going to 8.1 using the upgrade option was seamless for me, I didn't have to reinstall a single program but that may not always be the case.
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