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

Posted on 2006-04-12
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
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?
Question by:lhoarty
    LVL 14

    Expert Comment


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

    LVL 14

    Accepted Solution


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

    LVL 30

    Assisted Solution

    by:Duncan Meyers
    Your hardware needs to support all aspects of native command queueing to get the full benefit. The following articles provide more information:

    And this article has all the good oil:

    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.  

    Featured Post

    How to run any project with ease

    Manage projects of all sizes how you want. Great for personal to-do lists, project milestones, team priorities and launch plans.
    - Combine task lists, docs, spreadsheets, and chat in one
    - View and edit from mobile/offline
    - Cut down on emails

    Join & Write a Comment

    Suggested Solutions

    Don't buy such-and-such disk drives, they are not reliable!    Boy, how many times have we read a post from a well-meaning person who had some bad experiences with a drive and now they exclaim the entire company's products can't be trusted.  First, …
    AWS Glacier is Amazons cheapest storage option and is their answer to a ‘Cold’ storage service.  Customers primarily use this service for archival purposes and storage of infrastructure backups.  Its unlimited storage potential and low storage cost …
    This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of installing the necessary services and then configuring a Windows Server 2012 system as an iSCSI target. To install the necessary roles, go to Server Manager, and select Add Roles and Featu…
    This Micro Tutorial will teach you how to reformat your flash drive. Sometimes your flash drive may have issues carrying files so this will completely restore it to manufacturing settings. Make sure to backup all files before reformatting. This w…

    746 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    20 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now