Quoting JcRabbit, reply 10Make sure AHCI mode is enabled instead of IDE mode, it's faster. If you're still using IDE mode, read THIS before switching or you risk not being able to boot into Windows afterwards.Maybe I'm dense, but that reads like it's advice only for Intel chipsets. Mine isn't.
ahci IS for ANY SATA interface/drive, NOT the cpu/northbridge.
it stands for Advanced Host Configuration Interface, the main reasons to use this are that
1 it allows drives to queue mange the requests (ie data request from track 20, 70, 30, 120, 50 would actually execute 20,30,50,70,120 saving stepping time (ssd not applicable as ALL data is electronically accessed no moving parts)
2 it allows hotswapping.
there are other reasons to use also, but these two are the main ones.
ide mode dates BACK to the days of 20MB ide interface hdds to replace the older MFM & rll controlloer/SEPERATE drive sets from the 80's & very early 90's