Amdsata Service Defaults in Windows 8

AHCI 1.3 Device Driver by Advanced Micro Devices.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Amdsata
Service name:amdsata
Service type:kernel
Error control:normal
Group:SCSI miniport
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\amdsata

Default Behavior

The Amdsata service is a kernel device driver. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. If Amdsata fails to start, the error details are added to Windows 8 error log. When the operating system startup is complete, the user is being notified that the amdsata service hasn't been started.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Amdsata

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

2. Copy the command below, paste it into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config amdsata start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The amdsata service is using the amdsata.sys file that is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers directory. If the file is removed or corrupted, read this article to restore its original version from Windows 8 installation media.