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Well I got all the hardware ready for the windows installation. But I want to know which STEPS should I follow to install everything properly.

I got:

1x SSD (OS)
2x HDD for raid 0
1x HDD MEDIA storage

So...Which things and when should I tweak my SSD, build my raid 0. ?

Extra: My W7 it's without SP1, should I install that one or get a native SP1 w7 version? any difference?
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take a look at this thread...maybe this'll help you out?http://www.overclock.net/ssd/664738-...secondary.html
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What about the W7 version?
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Originally Posted by Overclocker.Monster View Post
What about the W7 version?
Install using any copy of Windows 7 that you have and then just use Windows Update to get SP1. No difference at all. I've never even seen Win7 with SP1 preinstalled.

When installing Windows, leave only the SSD plugged. When you finish, plug the HDDs and form RAID.

Make sure you are in RAID SATA in BIOS.

P.S. Add your PC specs please
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Great, but what about updating the firmware of the SSD first? and changing the mode to ACHI or something like that? shall I do it before installing w7?
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Ah sorry, I assumed someone already answered first part of your question Yes, you need to do these things before installing W7. In BIOS under SATA mode you need to choose RAID, then all single drives will automatically operate in AHCI, while you can still create RAID arrays. Updating an SSD firmware is optional but I always do it anyway. Plus, you've got Crucial m4 and unlike OCZ SSDs it doesn't have problems with firmware. After that you are good to go

I also noticed you've got Z68 board so you might wanna set up SSD caching but I've never done it myself so can't say much about it.
Edited by XSCounter - 8/12/11 at 5:33am
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Great dude, I'll clean "the mess" before starting the building process I'll hope I could boot from my old w7 version to do some info backup...
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