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Enabling Native Command Queing on an existing Windows XP Professional Operating System

Can I enable Native Command Queing on my SATAII HD that supports this feature on an existing Windows XP Pro OS? Or do I have to do a clean install and press F6 for a third party driver to enable AHCI? If I can enable NCQ on an existing OS, how?
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lhoarty
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ppfoongCommented:

Go to Device Manager, right click on the device and select Properties. You might have the option to set it there.

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ppfoongCommented:

You can install 3rd party driver by using the Update Driver button there too.

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Duncan MeyersCommented:
Your hardware needs to support all aspects of native command queueing to get the full benefit. The following articles provide more information:
http://www.seagate.com/products/interface/sata/native.html
http://www.seagate.com/products/interface/sata/compatibility.html

And this article has all the good oil:
http://www.seagate.com/docs/pdf/whitepaper/D2c_tech_paper_intc-stx_sata_ncq.pdf

As I understand it, the drive will happily perform NCQ, but to take advantage of it, you need a comaptible controller and applications that use the different I/O architecture.  
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