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My SSD should arrive sometimes this week. Going to have windows and some of my games on it using steammover. However, I don't really know much about ssd so
Is there anything else I should? I remember someone saying to delete some useless files that windows will put on the ssd I forgot what it is.

So any tips would be awesome.
It's a 128gb ssd.
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im not trying to be lazy or anything but basicly all you need to know is located in this thread http://www.overclock.net/ssd/929553-win-7-ssds-setup-secrets.html

have a good read wink.gif
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Awesome thanks, it says on there that I should update the ssd firmware, can I just do that through windows after I plug my ssd in?
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its recommended to that before installing the OS . things should go like this: install SSD/update firmware/install OS
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The best advice I can offer is don't over think it. There's really not a lot you have to do.. As far as the firmware, most ship so soon after manufacture that you'll probably have the latest firmware on it. It should tell you on the box which version it is. If not current, you can update it easily enough.

As far as setting up:
Unplug everything from your SATA ports except CD/DVD and SSD.
Go into BIOS and set to boot from CD. Also make sure SATA controller is set to AHCI.
Insert Windows CD and install as normal.
Set boot order back to SSD and plug in the rest of your stuff.

After starting Windows you can go in and check that TRIM is enabled, defrag disabled, etc. Then you can read up on all the million and one things you absolutely must do to optimize your SSD. tongue.gif

If your board is like mine, it's even easier. It was set to AHCI by default and Windows detected the SSD and set TRIM and defrag for me.

Just my 2c worth...hope it helps,

Rich
Edited by Lost Hawaiian - 8/21/11 at 11:10pm
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Awesome thanks, it says on there that I should update the ssd firmware, can I just do that through windows after I plug my ssd in?

Depends, what SSD do you have? I tend to take a "don't fix what ain't broke" approach to SSD firmware. There's been cases of newer firmware introducing issues.
post #7 of 17
have ssd in achi mode, and some more, like prefetching superfetching and pagefile off. other then that good to go .
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I wouldn't mess with any Windows 7 settings at all unless you find yourself running out of space. For me, I have every single file on my computer (except for games, those are on a HDD) on my 64GB SSD with Windows 7 64-Bit and not even half of the SSD's space is used.
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Can I format my raid 0 drives after installing windows on SSD and replugging them back in? I am
Not going have problems even if they have windows installed on them?
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You're going to have Windows on both your SSD and HDD's in RAID?
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