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  • Hello, I just installed WHS on a new DYI machine, using a Gigabye 780G based motherboard.  Initially, when I set the SATA drives to operate in ACPI mode, WHS won't install properly (crashes after formatting and copying files).  I set the SATA drives to IDE mode and it work from there on.

    My question is:  Should I set those drives back to ACPI mode to get better performance or should I leave those in IDE mode just in case I (touch wood!) I suffer a server crash and need to do a recovery?


    Friday, February 13, 2009 8:54 AM


  • Hi,
    IDE mode is easier to handle, if it comes to a server reinstall, since the drivers are integrated in Windows Home Server setup.
    Also the performance gap is not that much, especially since the bottleneck in a server OS is usually the network drive.
    Finally - changing this setting on the fly after the installation is done is not possible and would result in a necessary server reinstall.

    Best greetings from Germany
    Friday, February 13, 2009 8:59 AM