Jun. 24, 2022 / Updated by Helia to Windows Driver Solutions
SATA AHCI driver is crucial if you want to install Windows in AHCI mode instead of IDE. AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) makes NCQ (Native Command Queuing) as well as hot-plugging or hot swapping through SATA (Serial ATA) host controllers possible. Before you enable AHCI mode in BIOS/UEFI, make sure you’ve download and install correct AHCI driver.
If you are not sure whether there is SATA AHCI driver installed, or if you encounter driver problems when installing the AHCI driver, don’t worry. This tutorial will show you how to download and install the SATA ACHI driver.
1. Download the AHCI driver from the Internet.
For example, if you are going to install Asus AHCI driver for windows 10, you can go to the Asus support page and download the exact SATA AHCI driver you need. You can also download the driver elsewhere, but make sure the driver is digitally signed in case Windows 10 Anniversary driver signature issue occurs (if your Windows OS is a clean install of Windows 10 Anniversary).
Read More: How to Check Unsigned Drivers on Windows 10
2. Install the Driver
Use Windows shortcut keys Win + X to launch the Jump List and select Device Manager. And then expand the IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers entry. Navigate to your SATA AHCI controller, which is the device you are going to install the driver on. Right click on it and select Update Driver Software.
Click Browse my computer for driver software.
And then click Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.
Choose the model from the box, and then click Have disk.
Click Browse to locate the SATA AHCI driver file you’ve stored, and then click OK to install the driver.
After you finish the installation, restart the computer to make the driver take effect. Now you can enter the BIOS to enable the AHCI mode.
Download SATA AHCI driver manually is time-consuming and if you install the driver in an incorrect way, serious PC problems like random restarts, INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE error on Windows 10, 100% disk usage, etc. may occur suddenly.
If you want to download and update SATA AHCI driver easily, try the all in one driver update utility, Driver Talent, then you can download and install the driver one time and fix the AHCI driver problem easily.
Just click the button above to get it directly and follow the steps below to install the SATA driver quickly.
1. Do a Free Scan for Your Computer
Click Scan to detect whether there exist missing or incorrect configured AHCI driver.
2. Download and Install the Driver in One Click
Click Update to download proper AHCI driver for Windows. Or click Repair to fix the driver problem instantly.
3. Restart the PC
Don’t forget to reboot to make the driver changes take effect.
1. Remember to back up drivers or create a system restore point before any system changes, or windows crashes will annoy you.
2. Below are parts of the SATA drivers for various brands of PCs, and you could click the links to download the drivers manually.
Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Intel SATA AHCI Preinstall Driver 188.8.131.522 64-bit
Lenovo ThinkPad X200s Intel SATA AHCI Preinstall Driver 184.108.40.2062
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E445 AMD AHCI Driver 220.127.116.11 for Windows 8 64-bit
Acer Aspire 7339 Intel SATA AHCI Preinstall Driver 10.1.0.1008 for Windows 7 64-bit
Acer Aspire S7-392 Intel SATA AHCI Driver 18.104.22.1683 for Windows 8 64-bit
Acer Aspire V5-573G Intel SATA AHCI Driver 22.214.171.1246 for Windows 8 64-bit
ASUS E2KM1I-DELUXE AMD AHCI Preinstall Driver 3.2.1540.75
Gateway NV79C Intel SATA AHCI Driver 126.96.36.1991 for Windows 7 64-bit
Dell XPS One 24 Intel AHCI Driver 188.8.131.522 for Vista
For more AHCI drivers, click here.
Hope this helped you install the SATA AHCI driver successfully and you finally can enable the AHCI mode in BIOS. If you have any other Windows issues, check for solutions in Resource Center in this site, or comment below directly please.
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