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Win7 native AHCI vs Intel AHCI
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Default Win7 native AHCI vs Intel AHCI - 11-27-2012, 13:01 | posts: 15

Just installed my first SSD Drive, Crucial M4 128GB, so far so good!

I decided to do a fresh install of Win7 64bit instead of migrating from my old drive, so Windows should already have enabled it's native AHCI drivers during installation.

My question is; my motherboard has onboard AHCI controllers for both Jmicron and Intel, should I just run with the native Win7 drivers, or install drivers for either Jmicron/Intel, and if so which one? (What are the differences?)

EDIT: Found out that the jmicron controller only controls eSata and one lonely sata port which I do not use, so I disabled the jmicron. The question remains though, Native Win7 drivers or Intel Driver for AHCI, does it really matter?

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Default 11-27-2012, 14:36 | posts: 749 | Location: France

Normally the Intel driver is a bit better than the default one.
Your MB is a bit old now so you are limited to latest 9.x version of the Intel RST.
You can find it there:
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...adType=Drivers
   
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Default 11-27-2012, 14:50 | posts: 15

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Normally the Intel driver is a bit better than the default one.
Your MB is a bit old now so you are limited to latest 9.x version of the Intel RST.
You can find it there:
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...adType=Drivers
Thanks! Should I ideally be using the F6 installation method during OS installation, or can I just update the drivers directly via device manager?
   
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Default 11-27-2012, 15:10 | posts: 749 | Location: France

Just download the STOR_allOS_9.6.0.1014_PV.exe file and run it. It will install everything you need in windows.

The other 2 small files have to be used only when installing an OS which is not supporting your controller (for windows 7 it is not needed since you can do it afterward )

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Default 11-27-2012, 15:11 | posts: 23,961 | Location: NZ

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Thanks! Should I ideally be using the F6 installation method during OS installation, or can I just update the drivers directly via device manager?
Install the OS with AHCI enabled in BIOS then update through Device Manager.
   
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