Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

How to go from AHCI to IDE just for firmware flashing on my SSD. Currently using windows 8. Tried a few times but kept getting the dreaded blue screen.

share|improve this question
3  
There are lots of questions about enabling AHCI after installing Windows, such as this or this. Also check the KB article. You can do the opposite to revert to IDE. AFAIK nothing about the procedure's changed in Win8. – Karan Feb 22 '13 at 1:53

If you need to switch to the Legacy/IDE mode just for the firmware upgrade - the trick is not to let Windows boot up while in this mode. Most SSD firmware updates come as a bootable .iso images with their own flashers integrated anyway.

So

  1. switch BIOS setting to IDE

  2. flash

  3. switch BIOS back to AHCI

  4. boot into Windows

share|improve this answer

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .