One thing I'd do when you get the new hard drive is make sure it is working in ACHI mode. Far better performance when used in real life work loads.
You can do this once Windows 7 is installed, but make sure you enable it in the windows registry before changing your BIOS setting to ACHI. Do this by:
1. Startup "Regedit
2. Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SYSTEM / CurrentControlset / Services
3. Open msahci
4. In the right field left click on "start" and go to Modify
5. In the value Data field enter "0" and click "ok"
6. exit "Regedit"
Once you've done that, restart the machine and enable ACHI in the BIOS for that drive.
Or, you could just enable it before you install Windows. But if you don't do the registry thing before you enable it in the BIOS, if you've already got Windows installed, then Windows is unlikely to boot.
Then re-install the chipset motherboards with the latest version to get the manufacturers ACHI driver running.
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