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Did I set my ssd up optimally?

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I just built a sandy bridge rig. I used an msi p67a gd65 (had problems witj the asus p8p67 pro). I loaded the ssd, added windows, and ran all drivers/updates. Have the ssd plugged into port 1 (sata 3, 6gb).

I then plugged in my two 1TB F3 drives and created a raid 0. At this point I have of course switched the board into raid mode. Next I installed my 2TB F4 drive (to serve as my backup drive). Then I initialized the raid 0 and F4 drive as a simple volume in windows disk management.

I will be using the guide often posted here on ocn to move my user folder and programs folder to my raid setup. That leaves my ssd for the OS and most intense programs.

Have I done everything right? Is there anything I need to do for the ssd such as controller, apps, drivers (beyond running updates), or anything of the sort? i think at the moment it is running off the marvell controller, but not sure as the intel drivers are installed, etc. I definitely dont want to slow my other drives down or risk stability in doing so.
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sounds okaly dokaly to me
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I just did pretty much the same thing except I did use the ASUS P8P67 Pro. I would say you are good to go. I would download some benchmarking apps and run them once a week or so just to make sure your drives performance is not degrading and that Trim is working on it.

Just make sure that you have all of your controller drivers installed and there are no ! or ? in device manager.
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I just did pretty much the same thing except I did use the ASUS P8P67 Pro. I would say you are good to go. I would download some benchmarking apps and run them once a week or so just to make sure your drives performance is not degrading and that Trim is working on it.

Just make sure that you have all of your controller drivers installed and there are no ! or ? in device manager.
Is running windows updates and looking for device updates in device manager the best way to do that?
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Check out this guide. http://www.overclock.net/ssd/700470-...ows-7-ssd.html

There is many other tweaks to get the full potential out of your SSD.
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Check out this guide. http://www.overclock.net/ssd/700470-...ows-7-ssd.html

There is many other tweaks to get the full potential out of your SSD.
Should that be fine before or after I move the user anf program folder to my F3 raid 0 setup? In specific making a backup image.
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I just did pretty much the same thing except I did use the ASUS P8P67 Pro. I would say you are good to go. I would download some benchmarking apps and run them once a week or so just to make sure your drives performance is not degrading and that Trim is working on it.

Just make sure that you have all of your controller drivers installed and there are no ! or ? in device manager.
Running benchmarks is the one thing you don't want too do with an ssd,as it can degrade performance very quickly.At least not once a week,this is bad advice.If you do run a benchmark use atto only as it will have less detremental effects.
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You will want to make the backup after you have applied those tweaks you choose to apply from the link. As far as benchmarking, like already said, dont do it often. Apply the tweaks, run a benchmark if you want. Let the computer set all night but logged off. Then the next day restart, then run the same benchmark again. I always had a good improvement after that.

Make sure you use the Intel Rapid Storage Technology drivers.
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Running benchmarks is the one thing you don't want too do with an ssd,as it can degrade performance very quickly.At least not once a week,this is bad advice.If you do run a benchmark use atto only as it will have less detremental effects.
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You will want to make the backup after you have applied those tweaks you choose to apply from the link. As far as benchmarking, like already said, dont do it often. Apply the tweaks, run a benchmark if you want. Let the computer set all night but logged off. Then the next day restart, then run the same benchmark again. I always had a good improvement after that.

Make sure you use the Intel Rapid Storage Technology drivers.
So I should apply the tweaks AND move my user folders over to my raid and then do the image or do the image before moving the folders? The guide I will use to move the folders (not the tweaks) is the ssd plus secondary hard drive sticky in the ssd section.
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Is running windows updates and looking for device updates in device manager the best way to do that?
Personally Check your mobo manufacturer for the Driver downloads. Some of the newer boards have different controllers for SATA II and SATA III my board uses Intel and Marvell controllers for my SATA III. Make sure you check the board instructions to see which port is which and what controller you are using, if Intel as mentioned make sure you download Intel's software.

As for running the benchmark software, I should have specified that I use ATTO to test and bench my SSD. As other people have said also, leave your machine in logged off mode when you are not using it as mush as possible so the TRIM command works often.

http://www.attotech.com/products/pro...Disk_Benchmark
Edited by pravius - 5/11/11 at 12:21pm
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