How to Update SATA Drivers? – 5 Methods

While most hard drives connect to desktops and laptops through the SATA (Serial ATA) standard, they make use of a driver for communicating with the computer.

If you are facing performance issues with a hard drive or data loss or corruption, then the drivers may be out of date. Hence you would like to know how to update SATA drivers.

This can be done by automatically updating the SATA AHCI Controller driver using Device Manager. You can also perform manual updating by downloading the driver from the manufacturer’s official website. If the problem persists you can update the drivers for the SATA hard drive through Device Manager.

How to Update SATA Drivers?

AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) is the modern standard for the operation of the SATA controller. Therefore, the SATA AHCI Controller driver is needed for the computer’s motherboard to communicate properly with the hard drive. Otherwise, you may face problems with the drive, and you need to update the driver.

We will look at different ways through which you can update the SATA AHCI Controller driver. We will also talk about updating the SATA drivers for the disk if the problems persist.

How to Update SATA Drivers
If there is an issue with your SATA drivers, you will find either the SATA AHCI controller driver missing from the device manager, or have a warning sign next to it.

1. From the Motherboard Manufacturer Website

The best way to find the right drivers for your SATA controller is to visit the motherboard manufacturer’s website.

You will need to know your motherboard model number in order to find the right drivers.

If you have a done fresh install of the operating system, then it is recommended that you install all the latest motherboard drivers which sould also fix any issues with your SATA controller.

Also Read: How to Update Motherboard Drivers?

2. Updating Through Windows Update

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Another easy way to update the drivers is to use the Windows update service.

You can access this on Windows 10 easily via the search bar on the taskbar by typing “check for updates:.

3. Updating SATA Driver Through Device Manager Automatic Updating

  1. Make sure you are logged into your computer using the Administrator account.
  2. Depending on your Windows version, open Device Manager. In Windows 10 you can do this by right-clicking the Start button and choosing Device Manager.
  3. Double-click and expand the section named IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers.
  4. Right-click the SATA AHCI Controller and choose Update driver.
  5. Select the option for automatically searching updated device driver software.
  6. Windows will search and install the SATA Controller driver automatically.
  7. You may be prompted to restart your computer.

4. Manual Updating through an Executable File

You can also download the drivers for the SATA AHCI Controller driver by visiting the official website of the PC or motherboard manufacturer.

For this, find the precise SATA AHCI Controller driver by searching for your PC or motherboard model. It should be according to the operating system and computer architecture (32-bit or 64-bit).

Download the driver manually in an easily accessible storage location.

Once you are done with downloading the correct driver, double-click on the file that will usually be in the form of an executable (.exe). Follow the instructions for installing the driver and when the installation is finished, restart your computer.

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5. Manual Updating through Device Manager

In case if the manufacturer provides a zip file, double click on it to extract its content. Once done follow the steps below to update the SATA AHCI driver:

  1. Open Device Manager.
  2. Expand the section named IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers.
  3. Right-click the SATA AHCI Controller and choose Update driver.
  4. Select the “Browse my computer for drivers”
  5. Click the Browse button.
  6. Select the folder where you have extracted the driver files.
  7. Enable the “Include subfolders” option that allows for finding the correct files to update the driver.
  8. Click Next and wait for the wizard to install the correct driver for SATA AHCI Controller.

Updating the SATA Drivers for the Disk

Usually updating the drivers for the SATA AHCI Controller would fix the issues you are facing. If the problems remain, you can also automatically update the drivers for the SATA hard disk that’s installed on your computer.

For this follow the steps below:

  1. Open Device Manager.
  2. Expand the section named Disk Drives to view the SATA hard drive. The drive will be labeled according to its model number and manufacturer.
  3. Right-click on the SATA drive and choose the Update driver button in the menu that appears.
  4. Follow the instructions to update the driver software for the SATA drive.

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