Last week I decided to start playing around with Windows 7 on my laptop … just to see how it’s going to work.
Luckily I have a spare SATA hard drive, so there was no risk that I would damage anything permanently. If the Windows 7 install went bad, I could simply switch back to XP on the original hard drive.
Well, it’s been a little more than a week with Windows 7 and I’m quite impressed.
One thing I noticed is that the hard drive controller wasn’t for the AHCI I thought was configured. Then I remembered, when I had the motherboard replaced due to the video problems, the default hard drive controller settings would be in place … and the default is to use ATA instead of AHCI.
Theoretically, AHCI should give me better performance than standard ATA.