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Just finished doing a swap on my OS drives (formerly 2xRaptor RAID 0) to an Intel 510 120GB. Love it. The data migration was (almost) straightforward using the Intel Data Migration tool. I've gone through and made sure to do the optimization tweaks (ensure ssd is not on defrag schedule, disable prefecth & superfetch). It runs pretty good atm.

Running on a 790i FTW Mobo. I've got the SSD plugged into one of the nvidia controller SATA plugs (black), NOT the red Jmicron ones.

I'm also running a 4-disc RAID 5 array of standard 7200rpm disk drives for storage, on the nvidia controllers.

However, I have two things going on with the SSD right now that I'd like to get straightened out:

1) Intel SSD Toolbox - it won't let me actually use any of the tools on the drive. I click on the applicable drive, and it just refreshes the list, and the buttons all stay greyed out. After some googling, apparently it's an incompatibility with the native nvidia storage drivers? I attempted to rollback the driver that the SSD was using to the Standard Dual Channel IDE one, but that driver was not listed in the options to select from, nor could I grab it from any windows drivers directories.

Can anyone help me get the driver rolling, or another way to be able to use the SSD Toolbox?

2) I run AS-SSD, and it notes that my partition is not properly aligned - it lists "31K - BAD." From my research on SSDs, properly aligning the partition is extremely helpful to the longevity of the drive, as well as boost performance a little bit. It was my understanding that the Intel Data Migration tool would properly align the partition (I cloned my old RAID 0 array on the SSD) - but alas it did not.

Can anyone help me get this partition aligned so that it is correct, without having to uninstall/reinstall windows or my clone?

Thanks in advance,

surfsk8snow.jah
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Just finished doing a swap on my OS drives (formerly 2xRaptor RAID 0) to an Intel 510 120GB. Love it. The data migration was (almost) straightforward using the Intel Data Migration tool. I've gone through and made sure to do the optimization tweaks (ensure ssd is not on defrag schedule, disable prefecth & superfetch). It runs pretty good atm.

Running on a 790i FTW Mobo. I've got the SSD plugged into one of the nvidia controller SATA plugs (black), NOT the red Jmicron ones.

I'm also running a 4-disc RAID 5 array of standard 7200rpm disk drives for storage, on the nvidia controllers.

However, I have two things going on with the SSD right now that I'd like to get straightened out:

1) Intel SSD Toolbox - it won't let me actually use any of the tools on the drive. I click on the applicable drive, and it just refreshes the list, and the buttons all stay greyed out. After some googling, apparently it's an incompatibility with the native nvidia storage drivers? I attempted to rollback the driver that the SSD was using to the Standard Dual Channel IDE one, but that driver was not listed in the options to select from, nor could I grab it from any windows drivers directories.

Can anyone help me get the driver rolling, or another way to be able to use the SSD Toolbox?

2) I run AS-SSD, and it notes that my partition is not properly aligned - it lists "31K - BAD." From my research on SSDs, properly aligning the partition is extremely helpful to the longevity of the drive, as well as boost performance a little bit. It was my understanding that the Intel Data Migration tool would properly align the partition (I cloned my old RAID 0 array on the SSD) - but alas it did not.

Can anyone help me get this partition aligned so that it is correct, without having to uninstall/reinstall windows or my clone?

Thanks in advance,

surfsk8snow.jah
Unfortunately, properly aligning it (err, re-aligning it) requires formatting it. So if you are still willing to do that, then I will post the instructions.

Regarding using Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller, try this:
  1. Go back to the Driver tab of that properties window where you see those buttons labeled Driver Details, Update Driver, Roll Back Driver, etc.
  2. Click Update Driver this time
  3. Click "Browse my computer for driver software"
  4. Click "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer"
  5. In here, you should see it. If you do, then double-click it (I can't remember what happens immediately after double-clicking it)
  6. If you don't, then disable "Show compatible hardware" and look for it. In the list of manufacturers over on the left, scroll all the way to the top and select "Standard IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers"


However, does the 790i FTW have the Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI)?
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Yep on all Nforce boards, The Intel SSD toolbox does not work properly under the current Nforce drivers. I currently own a 320 series SSD (love it) which is on my ASUS M2N32 SLI-Deluxe which is based on the 590MCP. In order to use it as posted above, you have to use use the generic MS dual channel IDE controller. I actually dual boot OS's and on my secondary OS that's not on my SSD, I use that MS driver every-time i wanna run Intel's SSD toolbox.

I can't make heads or tails if using the Nforce driver is better then the MS one since I make use of the tool box.

I choose to use the Nforce driver because, I noticed that I got much higher scores in AS SSD but form what I have been reading, the Nforce driver may not pass the TRIM command properly. Every week or when every I am on my secondary OS, I take the time to run Intel's garbage collection program in the SSD toolbox.

About AHCI, I think the Jmicron controller supports this mode but am not sure.
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