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You will be amazed. SSDs are awesome! You will never go back.
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Finally installed and have everything loaded on it! WOOT! Booted into desktop in 35 seconds, compared to 1 min 37 seconds on my old 5400rpm HDD.

Just updated firmware to 0009, time to fiddle with some settings!
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Finally installed and have everything loaded on it! WOOT! Booted into desktop in 35 seconds, compared to 1 min 37 seconds on my old 5400rpm HDD.

Just updated firmware to 0009, time to fiddle with some settings!
Sweet! Glad to hear your happy!
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is it 35 seconds from pressing the button on your computer and going through the bios loop first?

usually mine turns on in about 9.5 seconds.. but thats after the ACHI bios mode thing my motherboard goes through which takes 2 seconds.
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Yeah, 35 seconds starting from when I press the button. Damn 9.5 seconds?? I'm trying to figure out how to turn on the ACHI thing in my bios, played with 2 settings but failed to boot both times :\\ Flipping through my manual now...

Also, starting available space was 119.8GB for a 128GB drive. Is this about right?
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Yeah, 35 seconds starting from when I press the button. Damn 9.5 seconds?? I'm trying to figure out how to turn on the ACHI thing in my bios, played with 2 settings but failed to boot both times :\\ Flipping through my manual now...

Also, starting available space was 119.8GB for a 128GB drive. Is this about right?
I get about a 30 second boot myself...idk how he gets his lol, I have ahci and you should have it enabled too.

And yes your gb should be 119

Did you not follow his guide: http://www.overclock.net/ssd/929553-...p-secrets.html
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Unfortunately, I actually went through the guide AFTER I installed Win7 -__-. Wish I had actually looked at it beforehand. I made most of the changes that they recommended.

Still looking for the correct AHCI option in my bios....

EDIT - just tried to dl the newest RST driver from Intel, said "this computer does not meet the minimum requirements for this installation". Anyone know what's up?
Edited by CloudWhite - 10/12/11 at 9:05pm
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Unfortunately, I actually went through the guide AFTER I installed Win7 -__-. Wish I had actually looked at it beforehand. I made most of the changes that they recommended.

Still looking for the correct AHCI option in my bios....

EDIT - just tried to dl the newest RST driver from Intel, said "this computer does not meet the minimum requirements for this installation". Anyone know what's up?
You need to enable AHCI...Don't worry, there is a simple fix

Read the very beginning of the guide I linked you.

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Change from IDE to AHCI Mode after Windows 7 Installation

AHCI stand for Advance Host Controller Interface. AHCI is a hardware mechanism that allows software to communicate with Serial ATA (SATA) devices (such as host bus adapters) that are designed to offer features not offered by Parallel ATA (PATA) controllers, such as:

Hot-Plugging and Native Command Queuing (NCQ) -might improve computer/system/hard disk responsiveness, especially in multi-tasking environment

There is one way to fix this, although you need to have knowledge of registry editing. The detailed steps from Microsoft website are as follows:

(1) Exit all Windows-based programs.

(2) Press [Win] + R or take the RUN option from the start menu.

(3) Now type regedit there and press Enter Key to open up the Registry Editor Window. (If you receive the User Account Control dialog box, click Continue.)

(4) Locate and then click the following registry subkey:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\System\\CurrentControlSet\\Ser vic es\\msahci

(5) In the right pane, right-click Start in the Name column, and then click Modify.



(6) In the Value data box, type 0 [3 is default], and then click OK.



(7) On the File menu, click Exit to close Registry Editor.

(8) Restart your computer

(9) Go to BIOS and enable AHCI, Save & Reboot

(10) Another restart will be required to finish the driver installation.
post #19 of 26
u need to enable AHCi mode before u install windows on to the ssd
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You need to enable AHCI...Don't worry, there is a simple fix

Read the very beginning of the guide I linked you.
I feel dumb I had followed those instructions but it stayed on the "starting windows" screen with the glowing microsoft logo for over a minute so I thought it froze and turned it off. Retried turning on ACHI and waited with some more patience and it booted up and installed the drivers! Thanks!!

After the driver install and reboot, it was taking a longer to boot up (mostly at the starting windows screen). Gonna retry another reboot. Do I need to update the RST drivers or do I basically have the newest ones?

EDIT - Second boot up took close to 3 minutes, restarted again and now it's back to ~35 seconds. Guess it was just installing everything?
Edited by CloudWhite - 10/12/11 at 9:58pm
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