The performance of a hard drive is crucial (and even more on a laptop) for any load: system boot, loading a level into a video game, copying files to Vista... This tip is to enable SATA mode for your hard drives. It uses BIOS: beginner users be careful!
Access to organics
To access the BIOS, (re)start your PC and press (almost) immediately on F2 or SUPPR until the BIOS appears.
Note: since BIOS are different from one brand to another, the names may not be the same as on your PC.
Use the keys on your keyboard to navigate through the BIOS i.e. directional arrows, Entry and Echap.
Activation of SATA mode
Move using arrows on the tab Advanced.
Open the menu IDE Configuration by pressing Entry.
Open the menu SATA Operation Mode by pressing Entry.
Use arrows to highlight Enhanced then validate by Entry.
Go to the tab Exit, position yourself on Save Changes and Exit and press Entry.
Validate by OK. The computer’s rebooting.
Once in Vista, session launched, a new device will be detected. In principle, the pilot settles on its own. If not, download the latest drivers of your SATA hard drive on the manufacturer’s website.
Note: if you want to install XP as a dual boot with Vista, you will have to return to Compatible mode, XP does not support SATA natively. You can reactivate Enhanced mode once hard disk drivers have been installed (provided your DD is SATA compatible).