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MINIX 3 can use SATA hard drives in native mode, which is also called AHCI mode. This option is supported from MINIX 3.2.1 pre-releases onward.


To enable SATA, set the BIOS to use native/AHCI mode for the hard drive.

Then, choose this boot option during installation:

Regular MINIX 3 (with AHCI)

To enable this for an installed system, add ahci=yes to a menu entry in /boot.conf.

Potential Problems

When using SATA in VirtualBox, consecutive restarts might not find the installer CD. To fix this, shutdown MINIX 3 and close the VirtualBox VM. This will erase any temporary data that may be causing the problem.


Please let us know about your experience.

usersguide/sata.txt · Last modified: 2016/12/14 17:01 by stefanschroeder