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Hey guys. Just received my c300 today. This is my first ssd ever. I have been reading through the stickies in the ssd section, but I wanted to post here first.

Is there anything I need to know before I begin installation of os to the ssd? Any pointers, or advice, or recommendations. All feedback is welocomed, and appreciated.
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If you ask me this guide is the best way to move the users folder to another drive--

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...2-4f56aebb296e

It's tricky, but it's efficient. Let me know if you need help with the xml file, which you should edit to fit whichever drive you will be using as your HDD.

Keep your page file on, it greatly benefits from running on an SSD. Also if you use steam, look into steam mover or one of the guides that tells you how to move and link steam games between the SSD and your HDD.
Edited by Traches - 4/27/11 at 1:37pm
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Nope, nothing needs to be done prior to installing windows. Just make sure once you install windows you disable defrag, and if you're interested in any other tweaks you can check out my link below. I followed those tips and I haven't had any issues.

http://www.mydellmini.com/forum/wind...ed-tweaks.html
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Nope, nothing needs to be done prior to installing windows. Just make sure once you install windows you disable defrag, and if you're interested in any other tweaks you can check out my link below. I followed those tips and I haven't had any issues.

http://www.mydellmini.com/forum/wind...ed-tweaks.html
One of the tips is to disable the page file. This is bad advice.

Another of the tips is to disable write caching on the SSD. This is also bad advice-- all hard drives have some onboard ram that is faster than even the SSD's flash cells. The only reason to disable write caching is if you want to hot-swap, or are concerned with data integrity in the event of a power failure.
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thanks guys, +rep

edit: so should i keep the page file on the ssd?
Edited by AliceInChains - 4/27/11 at 1:46pm
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post #6 of 12
Follow this guide. Also make sure you are in AHCI mode in BIOS. Like someone else mentioned, can move user folder as well. Described here.
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thanks guys, +rep

edit: so should i keep the page file on the ssd?
Definitely. Keep your page file turned on.

Quote:
Should the pagefile be placed on SSDs?
Yes. Most pagefile operations are small random reads or larger sequential writes, both of which are types of operations that SSDs handle well.
In looking at telemetry data from thousands of traces and focusing on pagefile reads and writes, we find that:

Pagefile.sys reads outnumber pagefile.sys writes by about 40 to 1,

Pagefile.sys read sizes are typically quite small, with 67% less than or equal to 4 KB, and 88% less than 16 KB.

Pagefile.sys writes are relatively large, with 62% greater than or equal to 128 KB and 45% being exactly 1 MB in size.

In fact, given typical pagefile reference patterns and the favorable performance characteristics SSDs have on those patterns, there are few files better than the pagefile to place on an SSD.
source- http://blogs.msdn.com/b/e7/archive/2...rives-and.aspx

Discussed this in another thread not too long ago--
http://www.overclock.net/windows/997...l#post13261956
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post #8 of 12
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Follow this guide. Also make sure you are in AHCI mode in BIOS. Like someone else mentioned, can move user folder as well. Described here.
i plan on keeping my 2x caviar blacks in raid 0, Is this possible in ahci mode??? if not, will this effect my ssd if i keep it in raid mode. My ssd will be a non-member.
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Every drive that is in RAID mode but NOT in RAID Array will run in AHCI mode. So it will be no problem for you. Just keep it in RAID mode in BIOS.
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Every drive that is in RAID mode but NOT in RAID Array will run in AHCI mode. So it will be no problem for you. Just keep it in RAID mode in BIOS.
Ok, that helps alot. I kept reading about how ahci is best for ssd, but i wanted to keep my caviar blacks in raid. Thanx for the help, and +rep
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