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Can't Get AHCI To Work - Windows 8

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    windows 8

    Can't Get AHCI To Work - Windows 8


    first, great community! here's my problem, really hope someone can help, i just can't seem to get windows 8 to install/use the ahci controller - some specifics:

    - new system
    - clean windows 8 install (non-pro)
    - one new ssd drive and one new hybrid drive, latest firmware flashed
    - windows 8 installed on ssd (samsung 120gb)
    - bios set to ahci+raid
    - bios version current
    - installed w8 without pre-installing latest storage drivers during setup, ahci not recognized in device manager
    - reinstalled w8 using latest pre-installed drivers during setup, ahci still not recognized in device manager


    spent a lot of time researching this issue and none of the suggestions i've come across seem to work, including registry hacks. regardless of what i do w8 just won't recognize my drives as ahci mode - ahci mode is setup in bios but w8 still loads the ide drivers which can be seen in device manager under ata/atapi controllers. what am i doing wrong? why won't windows 8 recognize the bios ahci setting? any help would be greatly appreciated!


    chipset - intel pch-c206
    hp z1 server
    latest bio update installed
    cpu - e-1245
    ssd (120gb) - operating system
    hybrid drive (500gb) - storage
    memory - 16gb

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    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Can you post a screen shot of Device Manager?

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    Posts : 4
    windows 8


    here it is:

    Click image for larger version

    fwiw when I run Samsung's ssd utility it reports that the drive is not in ahci mode and recommends that I change it to ahci mode...

    also, I believe my device manager should look something like this when the driver is correctly installed (found this image doing a google search):

    Click image for larger version
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Have you installed the Windows 8 Intel Chipset drivers?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 4
    windows 8


    yes i did. also updated bios to latest version before install and updated the samsung firmware.
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