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I just rebuild my PC using some new upgrades where a new SSD is one of them. In a rush to get it up and running I installed Win7 without doing any prep work or tweaking. Shame on me as a member of this board for acting so rashly without reading some of the great tips given in this forum.

So, what do I do now? Should I leave the install and tweak now, wipe the drive and do the entire thing over, what?
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I'd say leave the install and tweak now. No need to torture the SSD with another reinstall
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If you have not set the SATA controller to AHCI, then we can still do that without formatting and starting over.

However, I want to see something first. Download and open AS SSD (but you don't have to run the benchmark). I'd like to see a screenshot of what it looks like (it has information I can use).


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Originally Posted by ronnin426850 View Post
I'd say leave the install and tweak now. No need to torture the SSD with another reinstall
It wouldn't be torture to a modern SSD. Sure, maybe it might be a little bit harsh on an older generation SSD (like pre-Indilinx), but not so much anymore.
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post #4 of 11
Well, the only tweaking you really need to do before Windows is to switch your SATA setting to AHCI mode. Check in BIOS if it's set to that already.

If not, here's a good guide:

Win 7 SSD's Setup and Secrets
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post #5 of 11
Is your SSD your boot drive? Second question are you utilizing AHCI mode for the SSD? I would start but updating your hardware info on your profile include your motherboard other hard drives. I've been thru every SSD tweak guide here its a good place to start. Also post the SSD drive brand and size.
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However, I want to see something first. Download and open AS SSD (but you don't have to run the benchmark). I'd like to see a screenshot of what it looks like (it has information I can use).
Here's what I got:

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Originally Posted by For_the_moves View Post
Here's what I got:

Oh cool. See where it says "103424 K - OK"? The reason why it says "OK" is because the SSD is "aligned" properly. That was one of my concerns! I'm relieved to see that this is good because it would have meant that you'd have to align it which includes formatting and starting over. So, whew.

Also, see where it says "pciide - BAD"? The reason why it says "BAD" is because IDE mode is currently enabled instead of AHCI mode. So I recommend switching over to AHCI mode in the BIOS. However, do this first:

Open Regedit and navigate to this key:

Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\System\\CurrentControlSet\\Services\\msahci
In the right-hand pane of Regedit, look for "Start". Right-click it and change the value to "0" and then click OK.

After that, reboot into the BIOS and then switch to AHCI mode. Caution: if you perform this Registry tweak, then do not let Windows load back up until you've switched over to AHCI mode. Otherwise, you will get a BSOD since Windows will be expecting the motherboard to be in AHCI mode.


Here are screenshots that help explain my instructions (source):




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Followed your instructions and got this :



Anything else that I need to do?
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Quote:
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Followed your instructions and got this :



Anything else that I need to do?
That is awesome!

Now you can get this AHCI driver:

http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownloa...d_windows.aspx

http://www2.ati.com/drivers/11-7_win7_32-64_ahci.exe

I recently saw it recommended in a different thread, and the person who recommended it said that it's a really good driver. It sounds like it might be AMD's answer to Intel's Rapid Storage Technology.

Beyond that, I guess you could do some tweaks if you're interested:

Tutorials: Real world Windows 7 SSD tweaks and optimization

Win 7 SSD's Setup and Secrets

[OCZ's message board] * Windows 7 Ultimate Tweaks & Utilities *


However, you don't have to do absolutely everything you see in these guides. I recommend just keeping it simple.
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Big thanks for all the advice. rep+!
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