AD-7200S, Should I just stick to liteon?

vbimport

#1

[qanda]This thread is about the Optiarc AD-7200S. Click here to see full specs[/qanda]After having a quick read & buying a AD-7200S (to run on a DFI LP DK P45-T2RS mobo) I’m thinking about sending this drive back.
Am I mad?

From what I gather I may have read problems, plus I can’t enable AHCI or RAID for my NCQ Seagate SATA drives (e.g. they could disappear in XP 32 from the wiki ACHI page).
I read the review for the PATA drive & it seemed really good but I keep hearing of DVD-R reading problems.
Should I just stick to liteon (I have some not bad 6x burns with OHT on with an LiteOn DH20A3P on my old pc here & here)?
Plus I’ve read the PATA optiarc equvalent may have issues with my JMicron controller.
:confused:

EDIT: Maybe I’ll keep it & see how it compares, has anyone successfully ran this drive in AHCI mode in XP 32bit?
I did try & got an emulation error from seagate discwizard when trying to partition (although I could run IDE mode for partitioning & AHCI for loading XP I guess), but I have ram compatibility issues atm (amongst other things) so am waiting on new ram before I can try again.


#2

I have the 7201S and it runs perfectly in ACHI mode in Vista 64Bit and XP 32bit on a GigaByte GA-X48-DS4 (ICH9R). It also works perfectly in non ACHI mode.


#3

AD-7200S works fine on XP (32-bit) SP3 with AHCI drivers on ASUS P5QL-E here.


#4

My AD-7200S is one of the best drives I’ve ever had. Operating on XP Home (32-bit) SP3 with AHCI drivers on my ASUS P4C800-E Deluxe MB. Consistent 95% or better quality scans using MCC004 and scanned with Nero DiscSpeed in a BenQ 1640.

BTW, my previous drive before the Ad-7200S was an AD-7170A which was also a great drive. My only reason for replacing that one was to go to SATA.


#5

It’s my mobo :frowning: Whenever I try to run ACHI it just bsods on XPsp3 setup sighs I’m running pesky IDE mode & it seems pretty stable.

The drive is pretty good, I get strange pif spikes (clickety-click) which I’m hoping will be better with 1.09 firmware
(I’ll then try Liggy’s and Dee’s firmware). Cheers!


#6

I am not sure what motherboard you have but this thread may help


#7

Mines an ICH10R but an interesting read, thanks anyway.


#8

Ofcoz it would BSOD you. You’ve got to enable AHCI driver in registry before enabling it in BIOS or reinstall an OS with AHCI already being set on in BIOS.


#9

[QUOTE=gjazz;2190615]Mines an ICH10R but an interesting read, thanks anyway.[/QUOTE]

gjazz - (your response to APVM) it doesn’t matter (that you have the newer “10R”) , you still have to follow the correct steps when it comes to installing XP with AHCI enabled - this has nothing to do with the 7200-S , if you return it for another (SATA) burner / reader you will have the same issue .

bottom line - the 7200-S works well with many boards in AHCI mode (XP - Vista x86 & x64) , find a forum related to your motherboard and get some guidance in setting up a slipstreamed XP installation disc (I’m using the latest Intel AHCI drivers with a Giga Ep45-UD3R) - tip: Nlite makes setting up a slipstreamed XP disc very simple http://www.nliteos.com/

good luck in getting setup in full AHCI mode


#10

Lol, thanks mastercca, I’m already on another forum but with no solutions yet, I’ve already said it’s my mobo/drivers. (I’m talking about xpsp3 32 setup !)et0nat0!2 )


#11

Oh, my bad. Completely forgotten that xp has no native ahci support…


#12

[QUOTE=gjazz;2191394]Lol, thanks mastercca, I’m already on another forum but with no solutions yet, I’ve already said it’s my mobo/drivers. (I’m talking about xpsp3 32 setup !)et0nat0!2 )[/QUOTE]

just get your AHCI driver and slipstream an xp install using Nlite , you will be fine