Originally Posted by prosthotoothist
Good morning and thanks for your reply. I know that a fresh start is a good idea: however, I am rather paranoid about disturbing the huge number of programs and their configurations by doing a fresh install of Windows. I ordered and have received (next day) the SSD and have successfully cloned the system drive to it. This morning, I am going to replace the HDD system drive with the SSD and hope that all goes well when I boot up. I do have a question for anyone reading this post: does it matter to which SATA port the system drive is connected? I have discovered that the HDD system drive is connected to the SATA 3 port, so I plan to connect the SSD to the same port and then if booting is successful, I will go through the process of activating AHCI.
Thanks again everyone for your help.
No, it doesn't matter what port the drive is connected to since you can change the boot order in BIOS via the Boot Priority menu.
You should have had AHCI turned on already - if you're currently set to IDE or RAID for your SATA mode and you switch to AHCI, then you may possibly get a BSOD because it doesn't have the AHCI drivers.
There's ways to install the AHCI drivers after the fact and activate them, however.
This may not be the case though - it may boot right up, install the drivers, and work fine. But just be aware if you didn't have it set to AHCI on your initial install of Windows...you may have to set it back to IDE/Legacy and do some work arounds... or just fresh install Windows.