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If you are booting from a CD for GPT this is what it should look like:

Before: You need it to boot from the UEFI: DVD drive
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I seem to be having a problem at this step. It says "AHCI: P2: ASUS..." for my DVD drive instead of UEFI. Same for my SSD. Any ideas what could be the issue?

Nevermind. Updating the BIOS seems to have sorted it out.
Edited by Faraz - 12/7/11 at 5:40pm
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I am wondering what to set my GSATA 3 Ctrl Mode to and my PCH SATA Control mode to. They have RAID, IDE, or AHCI choices. I am going to install WIndows 7 to my Crucial SSD and then use my HDD for storage. Would that mean to use raid? I'm really nooby at this and I'd aprpeciate your help. Thanks.

This is my Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128512


Using a Crucial M4 64GB SSD.
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I am wondering what to set my GSATA 3 Ctrl Mode to and my PCH SATA Control mode to. They have RAID, IDE, or AHCI choices. I am going to install WIndows 7 to my Crucial SSD and then use my HDD for storage. Would that mean to use raid? I'm really nooby at this and I'd aprpeciate your help. Thanks.

It won't be RAID with 2 drives that are independent of each other. So just set to AHCI.
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well still showing about 30GB on my SSD after going through the optimizations.

Even with the shrinking and all.
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Okay and one more question. I have my brand new SSD ready to install Windows 7 onto. My old hard drive has been backed up, and I'm okay with deleting everything on it (including Windows 7 installed on it currently). I'm about to insert my Windows 7 CD into my DVD drive. Should I unplug my hard drive SATA cable? Or should I format the hard drive during Windows 7 installation partitioning? I understand that if I don't unplug it there might be a boot sector or something that won't load to the right drive, I'm not really sure. I'd appreciate your thoughts. Thanks!
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well still showing about 30GB on my SSD after going through the optimizations.

Even with the shrinking and all.

You sure the page file is set to 1GB and hibernation is disabled?
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Okay and one more question. I have my brand new SSD ready to install Windows 7 onto. My old hard drive has been backed up, and I'm okay with deleting everything on it (including Windows 7 installed on it currently). I'm about to insert my Windows 7 CD into my DVD drive. Should I unplug my hard drive SATA cable? Or should I format the hard drive during Windows 7 installation partitioning? I understand that if I don't unplug it there might be a boot sector or something that won't load to the right drive, I'm not really sure. I'd appreciate your thoughts. Thanks!

Load up the install disc with only the HDD connected and do this:
  1. Boot from the Windows 7 DVD/USB
  2. After booting you see the Install Windows 7 screen, press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt.
  3. At the command prompt, Type diskpart, press Enter
  4. Type list disk, press Enter
  5. Type select disk X (where X is the number your HDD drive shows up as), press Enter
  6. Type clean, press Enter
  7. Type create partition primary align=4096, press Enter
  8. Type format quick fs=ntfs, press Enter
  9. Type active, press Enter
  10. Type exit, press Enter
Then shut down, unplug the HDD and plug in your SSD like normal and start the guide
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You sure the page file is set to 1GB and hibernation is disabled?
Load up the install disc with only the HDD connected and do this:
  1. Boot from the Windows 7 DVD/USB
  2. After booting you see the Install Windows 7 screen, press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt.
  3. At the command prompt, Type diskpart, press Enter
  4. Type list disk, press Enter
  5. Type select disk X (where X is the number your HDD drive shows up as), press Enter
  6. Type clean, press Enter
  7. Type create partition primary align=4096, press Enter
  8. Type format quick fs=ntfs, press Enter
  9. Type active, press Enter
  10. Type exit, press Enter
Then shut down, unplug the HDD and plug in your SSD like normal and start the guide

Can I do this backwards? Install Windows 7 to SSD first then do the first steps you said? I was in a rush and am already in the installation process lol. I need to get to sleep but have to finish this before I sleep, so was hurrying.
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I'll double check and my bad I am using 16GB on the SSD now and not 30GB. I was mixing up the free space instead of used.
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Well my page file was set to none for the C: (ssd) drive. I changed it now to 1GB.

Hibernation is also turned off.

is 16GB still a lot to use up?
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