04-11-2014 04:13 AM
I fitted a Samsung SSD to my xw6400, after updating the BIOS and applying the BIOS settings outlined elsewhere. I never did manage to get AHCI Mode actuivated, even after doing a complete reinstall of Windows 8 and 8.1, but the performance boost is quite good enough without it.
My concern is that sometimes when I restart the machine from Windows, it will fail to detect the SSD, which is the system drive. It doesn't happen often and it's not a big deal anyway, since, if I switch off and on again, it does always discover it at power-on. This may prove to be a problem, though, if I'm away from home and need to access the machine remotely. Of course, I could avoid it by switching off Windows automatic updates before I leave home, but the problem is being old, so I will probably forget.
Does anyone have any ideas how I can remedy this?
Thanks in advance.
04-11-2014 06:45 AM
If you are using a SATA III SSD, this may be the problem...
I had the same thing happen to me on my dc7800 CMT when I installed a SATA III WD mechanical hard drive.
When I put the HP 1 TB Seagate hard drive from my HP 8200 Elite into the dc7800, it worked just fine as did the WD SATA III drive in my 8200 Elite.
04-12-2014 06:45 AM
Hmm. Iteresting, Paul. Thank you. So I need to buy a drive from HP. As my only concern is that the machine may not detect the drive on a restart while I'm away from home, I guess I'll just switch off Windows updates and then it won't have a reason to restart - the cheapskate fix.
04-12-2014 07:23 AM
You're very welcome.
You don't have to necessarily buy a drive from HP.
You just have to know what model Seagate drives they use.
Since they didn't use any SATA III SSD's in your model and I don't know which ones they use, I can't help you with that.
Of course, you can use a SATA II SSD in your model with no problem if you can still find one.
The 1 TB Seagate 7,200 RPM drive that came in my 8200 Elite that is now happily working in my dc7800 is ST31000524AS.