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just setting up 120gb vertex 3 for the first time, drive come unformated, wondering if i should leave it at windows7 default or 512-64k options listed? using windows7 disk management for format
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Originally Posted by TwoCables;11240632 
I have been told that it can help to get the best performance possible from the SSD or something, so I guess it's recommended. Here's how to do it (it's way easier in real life):
  1. Switch to AHCI (refer to motherboard's manual)
  2. Boot from the Windows 7 DVD
  3. When you see the three options related to choosing a language, click Next
  4. When you see the window with the big "Install now" button, click the text below it that says "Repair your computer" to provide access to where we need to be
  5. You'll see a little window appear named "System Recovery Options" which will immediately search for Windows installations
  6. When it finishes, you will see a dialog box. Select "Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows. Select an operating system to repair.", and then click Next.
  7. Click "Command Prompt"
  8. Type diskpart to load DiskPart
  9. Type list disk
  10. Type select disk 0 (or whichever number your SSD gets)
  11. If you want to be sure you have the right one selected, then type list partition.
  12. Once you know you have the right drive selected, type clean.
  13. Type create partition primary align=1024
  14. Type format quick fs=ntfs
  15. It will appear like it's going to take forever, but then like 5-10 seconds later, it suddenly finishes, jumping straight from 0% to 100%.
  16. Type active
  17. Type list partition to see your creation. smile.gif
  18. Type exit
  19. Type exit
  20. Click Restart
  21. Boot from the DVD again and perform a normal installation using the "Custom (advanced)" type of installation.

So to summarize:
  1. Switch to AHCI (refer to motherboard's manual)
  2. Get to that Command Prompt
  3. Type diskpart
  4. Type list disk
  5. Type select disk 0 (or whichever number it turns out to be)
  6. Type clean
  7. Type create partition primary align=1024
  8. Type format quick fs=ntfs
  9. Type active
  10. Type exit
  11. Type exit
  12. Click Restart
  13. Install Windows 7 (don't click format or anything else - just go right on through with the installation)

This will prevent Windows 7's installer from creation that 100MB partition, and it will also be properly aligned!


When I was taught how to align my SSD to 1024KB, I discovered that it was actually aligned to something like 101MB. Plus, now I no longer have to look at that 100MB partition. smile.gif

that worked wonderfully for me
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