How Do I change from IDE to AHCI for my hard drives in windows 7?

Made the change in BIOS but Windows 7 just gives me the blue screen at startup.   Tried to boot from my Windows disk and run startup repairs.  No success.   Windows could not make the repair.  Had to return BIOS to IDE mode for the drives.

I under5stand that I will need AHCI in order to add any solid state drive.

Hardware is as follows:

Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H motherboard, AMD Phenom II 965 processor, 6 Gigs DDR3 memory. Western Digital 1TB SATA3 hard drive, Baracuda  1TB SATA2 hard drive.

   Appreciate any suggestions.



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Last updated January 24, 2019 Views 194,696 Applies to:


The Msahci driver in Windows 7 is disabled if the original install was made with the BIOS set to native IDE. The Msahci driver must be enabled before you change the SATA/RAID mode of the boot drive.

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