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#1 pcpunk

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 12:35 PM

Do I need to install new drivers for a new/older HDD that I just installed.  Seems that I remember Installing Standard AHCI 1.0 Serial ATA Controller Driver last time I did this for an older SATA-1.5 Drive.  This newer one is a SATA-II.  As always just trying to squeeze every little ounce of performance out of this little laptop.

 

I looked up for some Controller Drivers but with this old HDD there is nothing on the Official Site.

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#2 mightywiz

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 01:00 PM

no, but you only have 4GB of ram,  windows will run better with more ram , at least 8GB  16 is better.

 

what's the model number of your computer?  i want to see what your spec's are to see if you can even add memory as old as it is.


Edited by mightywiz, 21 February 2018 - 01:01 PM.


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Posted 21 February 2018 - 03:50 PM

Sorry Mightywiz, I should have said, this is one that I plan to sell, but may keep if no one wants to pay the price.  I'll keep er around to beat up and test things on if needed.  Don't want to put more RAM in it, just want to "work with what ya got" type thing.  Already burned a SATA-II HDD on it that could have been used on something a little nicer, but at the moment don't have another for it.  It's in good shape but just never was a great Laptop.  I used it for a while as my personal laptop, but now have better.

https://support.toshiba.com/support/modelHome?freeText=2520796

 

Just want to make sure am getting the best Controller Drivers in there, and not the ones that MS Provides.

 

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Posted 23 February 2018 - 01:14 PM

usually hardware device drivers, windows will keep those up to date as long as your doing the optional updates.



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Posted 23 February 2018 - 02:34 PM

Hard drives dont need drivers, they just need to be formatted.

If for some reason windows doesnt detect it you can use a linux live image and Gparted which can format drives into NTFS plus there is the handy linux disk utility tool to make sure it isnt suffering from issues with SMART.

I do this a lot to old drives i am unsure of.


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Posted 23 February 2018 - 02:55 PM

Drives do need drivers...take a look in Device Manager...but Windows supplies them.

 

Another indication of such would be the fact that Windows alerts users when a new drive is detected and ready for use.

 

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Posted 23 February 2018 - 03:01 PM

I meant third party drivers, usually windows does the drivers on its own.

 

I forgot to edit the above post, bit tired :D


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