Category: Storage & Hard Drivers
Manufacturer: Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
Caution Level: Intermediate
Download File Size: Unknown
Operating System: Windows 98, Win 2000, Win ME, Win XP, Win Vista
Latest Version / Release Date: 220.127.116.11 / 11 Oct 2007
AMD Serial ATA (SATA) controller acts as a storage interface used for connecting bus adapters from PCs motherboards to storage devices such as optical drives and hard drives. AMD Serial Advanced Technology Attachment or SATA controller is able to operate at very high speeds. The AMD SATA controller allows users to be able to add and remove devices while it is still operating. Most SATA controllers run under AHCI (Advanced Host Controller interface). However, if the motherboard or the chipsets does not support the AHCI, the controllers will operate in NATIVE IDE mode. AMD SATA CONTROLLER (NATIVE IDE MODE) uses a new power connector that has a wider 15-pin shape, which prevents users from inserting wrong connectors. The increase in the number of pins provides the AMD SATA CONTROLLER with a third voltage (3V) apart from the 5V and 12 V.
Unless you update your drivers regularly you may face hardware performance issues.
To check your drivers you should manually verify every device on your system for driver updates
The AMD SATA CONTROLLER (NATIVE IDE MODE) uses connectors that enable desktop computers to use 2.5-inch drives without wiring adapters. Using the AMD SATA controller in IDE mode allows the SATA driver to communicate with the hardware chip using similar standards that were used under 32bit operating systems. However, those who want to change the mode from ADE to AHCI can be able to easily do so. Windows OS usually installs the IDE driver on the background during setup thus, enabling it to boot off any hard drive that is connected to the AMD SATA controller. Before using the AMD SATA CONTRLOLLER (NATIVE IDE MODE), the compatible driver must be installed. Furthermore, it is recommended for users to use the latest update of the AMD SATA CONTOLLER driver. This is because using old driver versions may cause the system not to function properly and may lead to conflicts between the devices. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and AMD SATA CONTROLLER (NATIVE IDE MODE) errors before installing any driver updates.