Thanks to Two Cables, I don't have to write it all out for you.
But there are several things to know about ssd's for 1st time users. You will need to reinstall windows after doing this. First follow these steps:
Originally Posted by TwoCables
I think that the installer doesn't align it properly to begin with. Here's a method that was recently taught to me that I guarantee will work perfectly to properly align a solid state drive:
(5) Check and see if there is an Update to the FIRMWARE of you SSD and Update if necessary.
To make things easy, disconnect all other drives (but leave any optical disc drives connected)
Boot from the Windows 7 installation DVD
When you see the "Install now" button, click "Repair your computer"
You'll see a little window named "System Recovery Options" appear that searches for Windows installations.
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.
Click "Command Prompt"
Type diskpart to load DiskPart
Type list disk
Type select disk 0 (or whichever number your SSD gets)
If you want to be sure you have the right one selected, then type list partition.
Once you know you have the right drive selected, type clean.
Type create partition primary align=1024
Type format quick fs=ntfs
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%.
Type list partition to see your creation.
Boot from the DVD again and perform a normal installation using the "Custom (advanced)" type of installation.
Here's another great tutorial from MagicMan. These steps should be taken after you do the steps above, and reinstall windows. They will increase your ssd's lifespan.
If you have any questions, just ask
Btw, on your original topic: If you ever need to go back and change to AHCI mode. Run regedit.exe.
Follow this path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\System\\CurrentControlSet\\Ser vices\\msahci
Right click the "Start" value. Select "Modify". Enter 0 for the value, save.
Select "ACHI" mode in the bios. F-10 (save), and reboot.
Windows 7 will update the driver automatically, and your good to go in AHCI mode then. Edited by Lucky 13 SpeedShop - 6/2/11 at 7:54pm