Windows 10: AHCI Clean install windows 10 onto new SSD drive Solved

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  1.    19 Nov 2015 #1

    AHCI Clean install windows 10 onto new SSD drive


    I seem to remember, when I installed windows 7 Pro 64 bit on a new build, a few years ago, I had to install some specific drivers during the Windows 7 installation to ensure drives used AHCI mode. Do I still need to do anything during windows 10 clean install to new SSD drive in order to achieve this (I did not see anything in the clean install tutorial ) or is this all now taken care of in Windows 10?

    Motherboard is ASUSP9X79Pro

    Thanks
    Dave
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       19 Nov 2015 #2

    To ensure you use AHCI it has to be enabled in BIOS and prior to install. Clean install before you do this need to take the SATA controller drivers put them on a USB flash drive and preinstall during the clean install just before, see option to load drivers on custom screen of clean install, when have USB thumb drive in and select it and load. Need to know bit more about system, as there are 2 SATA controller drivers listed ASMEDIA and Marvell

    Find drivers here, select 32 bit or 64bit windows 10, also download chipset drivers and install them after the windows installation. https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards...Desk_Download/
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  3. jds63's Avatar
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       19 Nov 2015 #3

    O.K. i see this for SATA controllers

    Storage
    Intel® X79 chipset :
    2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), white
    4 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), blue
    Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
    Marvell® PCIe 9128 controller :
    2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), white
    ASMedia® ASM1061 controller :
    2 x Power eSATA 6Gb/s port(s), green

    Marvell is for the SATA 6GBs Ports and ASMedia for the eSATA ports

    What brand and model SSD did you buy ?
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  4.    19 Nov 2015 #4

    Thanks for quick answer.

    My BIOS is currently set to AHCI on the SATA ports for existing spinning disks. I will be taking these out and installing to a single, brand new SSD drive. Data disks will be reinstalled after Windows.

    I have put the SATA drivers - ASMEDIA V3.1.6.0 and Marvell V1.20.1.1047 onto a separate USB stick to that which I will boot and install from.

    If I read you correctly, I should be able to leave the BIOS as it is set now (AHCI) and by taking the custom install option I will get the chance to load these drivers and ensure AHCI mode is used for the new W10 installation and the new SSD drive.

    Do I also need to install Intel Rapid Storage driver during the install process - there is none listed for W10 but a version (12.8.0.1016 is listed for W8)

    Dave
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  5.    19 Nov 2015 #5

    I have a Samsung Evo 850 500GB SSD which I will plug into SATA6G 1 socket - this is the Intel X79 first socket and I understand that to be the Asmedia controller?
    Dave
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       19 Nov 2015 #6

    One thing i forgot to ask, was this system ever activated with Windows 10 on it, seems not ? There is a tutorial should work for ones who never had it on since the upgrade download and want to do a clean install, but i have never tried it this way. Thos ASMedia and Marvell drivers are in a 64 folder this would be all you need on the thumb drive, will be those 2 folders, can put all just go to that folder upon loading them. No do not need Intel Rapid Storage as it is just a software.

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  7.    19 Nov 2015 #7

    May have caused confusion - looking at motherboard handbook it states for windows 7 ensure that the IRST driver is loaded during installation. None is shown for windows 10 on the ASUS site - should I used the one under windows 8?

    Sorry if these are daft questions

    No windows 10 never active. Current windows 7 but going for clean install to new drive.

    Dave
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       19 Nov 2015 #8

    Camera said: View Post
    May have caused confusion - looking at motherboard handbook it states for windows 7 ensure that the IRST driver is loaded during installation. None is shown for windows 10 on the ASUS site - should I used the one under windows 8?

    Sorry if these are daft questions

    No windows 10 never active. Current windows 7 but going for clean install to new drive.

    Dave
    Do usually use just the IRST drivers not the software unless you use the software. But your specs are showing Marvell and ASMEDIA.
    Windows 10 may have them in OS, but can not be sure for this board, mine did not. IRST not listed yes under Win 10 on ASUS Site.
    https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards...pecifications/
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  10.    19 Nov 2015 #10

    Thanks for bearing with me. I have downloaded and printed both those tutorials.

    I have just read further through my Motherboard handbook and it would appear the Marvell and ASMEDIA drivers are for the 2nd set of internal SATA 6G ports and for the SATA ports on the back of the computer.

    The internal SATA ports (the first of which I will use for the clean install) is the Intel X79. This is the one for which the manual advises to run IRST driver during installation.

    The IRST software loader on the website has a file for x64 drivers and that has 6 files within it:
    iaahcic.cat
    iaAHCIC.inf
    iastorA.sys
    iastorac.cat
    iaStorAC.inf
    iaStorF.sys

    Do I point to one of these?

    Dave
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