How to Change SATA Mode to IDE on an HP Laptop

by Mike Venture

At 99 percent market share as of 2013, Serial ATA is the most common PC disk interface, according to the Serial ATA International Organization. In HP laptops, SATA can operate in two modes: AHCI and IDE. AHCI is faster and offers extra features such as hot-swapping, but sometimes has compatibility or driver issues. If that's the case, you need to change the SATA mode to IDE by making changes to your HP laptop's BIOS settings.

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Turn on or reboot the laptop.

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Press "F10" as soon as you see the HP logo to enter BIOS Setup.

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Use the "Left" and "Right" arrow keys to navigate to the System Configuration tab.

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Use the "Up" and "Down" arrow keys to select "SATA Native Mode."

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Use the "+" and "-" keys to change the setting from "Enable" to "Disable" to change the SATA mode from AHCI to IDE.

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Press "F10" to save the changes and restart the computer.

About the Author

Based in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mike Venture has been writing since 2005. He has written for the RAND Corporation, Sterling & Ross Publishers and Metropol Literary Agency. He has also worked as a technical writer at several software start-ups. Venture holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh.

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