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How to Change the SATA Type in BIOS

If you want to install Windows XP or configure a RAID array, you may need to change the SATA type in BIOS. here I will introduce some method of SATA settings in BIOS. SATA HDD(hard disk) has been more porpular because of the hight transferring speed and simple installation. If you want to Install a Windows XP in SATA hard disk. we offen need a floppy disk to save the additional driver of SATA/RAID. but nowdays we cannot find the floppy anymore. So we can do another method, modify the SATA type to compatible IDE or ATA mode, etc.

If you do not know what SATA AHCI, you may like:

Does Your Computer Support SATA AHCI

Notes: If your computer has installed some other operating systems with compatible IDE mode. Changing SATA types may corrupt your systems or need to be repaired again. But when and how can I change the SATA type?

1. Assume you are prepairing install a new operating systems, commonly Windows XP. If it is Windows 7 or Windows 8, you need nothing changed in BIOS unless the default setting has been changed.

2. Or you want to install a RAID.

I will introduce how to install Windows XP at SATA HDD(hard disk) in the coming chapters, here we need to know how to change the SATA type in BIOS.

At first we need to access BIOS (How to Access and Exit the BIOS Setup Ultility ), Here is my desktop BIOS, we can find the BIOS is from AWARD software.

In my BIOS, the hard disk settings are in the line of Integrated Peripherals, different BIOS or different OEM menufactures may have different promise. you can try the Advanced BIOS features setting or Integrated peripherals, or system configuration, etc.

Locale to Integrated Peripherals and clicke Enter, you may find the SATA configuration.

the screenshot is the SATA configuration position. There are two items about SATA controller, Onchip SATA controller and Onchip SATA Type, There may be one or more configurations about SATA, we only need to change the SATA Type. you should not close the SATA controller if you don't know what's will be happened.

Navagate to the Onchip SATA Type and press ENTER, we can find these selections: Native IDE, AHCI, RAID. If you want to install Windows XP, you may need to change to Native IDE(some called ATA) mode. If you want to configure a raid array. set to RAID similarity. When finished settings, you should press enter to accept it, and save to CMOS before restart your computer. In my BIOS, I need to exit to the BIOS main menu at first and save it.

When the new status has been saved, you can press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart your computer, some OEM PCs may need to click the EXIT or Save to CMOS and Exit, the computer will be restart automatically.

Another example screenshot is my DELL notebook BIOS. DELL BIOS is not same as the desktop BIOS,  we can find the SATA operation behind the System Configuration. there are only three selections (Disabled, ATA, AHCI). If you want to install Windows XP, here need to be changed as ATA mode.


If you want to install operating systems, you may need to change the boot order (How to Change the Boot Sequence in BIOSto boot from your CD/DVD drive.

If you want to open AHCI option in Windows XP, just follow these steps: Finished Windows XP installation with ATA/IDE mode -> Update SATA drivers in Windows XP ->Change the SATA options to AHCI mode -> Reboot 

More Reading:

How to Access and Exit the BIOS Setup Ultility


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