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What is the best way i can perform a clean install from a system image? Just use the win 7 disk and do the below steps again and then restore from system image?


Boot from the Windows 7 DVD/USB
After booting you see the Install Windows 7 screen, press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt.
At the command prompt, Type diskpart, press Enter
Type list disk, press Enter
Type select disk X (where X is the number your drive shows up as), press Enter
Type clean, press Enter
Type create partition primary align=4096 (1024 is default), press Enter
Note: If you are using multiple disks in RAID 0 use 1024 for the alignment instead of 4096 for best performance.
Type format quick fs=ntfs, press Enter
Type active, press Enter
Type exit, press Enter
Close the Command Window, and click the Install button.
Proceed to install Windows 7 and perform a normal installation using the "Custom (advanced)" type of installation. You do not have to manually format it.
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Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

All drives are plugged in the Intel ports and you have the RAID 0 array created already correct?
  1. You pop in the install disc, boot up.
  2. Go to custom install and no drives show up.
  3. open dvd tray
  4. swap the install disc with the mobo disc
  5. Click load drivers
  6. click browse
  7. manually select the drivers on the disc
  8. and it wont work?

 

9. You are correct.

 

I built the array and it should be there, first time I'm doing it so probably not doing it right.


There's no "custom install" I don't even get there, just clicking install and brings me to the nothingness...

 

I can't manually select drivers because disk doesn't show up.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by gotasavage2 View Post

What is the best way i can perform a clean install from a system image? Just use the win 7 disk and do the below steps again and then restore from system image?


Boot from the Windows 7 DVD/USB
After booting you see the Install Windows 7 screen, press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt.
At the command prompt, Type diskpart, press Enter
Type list disk, press Enter
Type select disk X (where X is the number your drive shows up as), press Enter
Type clean, press Enter
Type create partition primary align=4096 (1024 is default), press Enter
Note: If you are using multiple disks in RAID 0 use 1024 for the alignment instead of 4096 for best performance.
Type format quick fs=ntfs, press Enter
Type active, press Enter
Type exit, press Enter
Close the Command Window, and click the Install button.
Proceed to install Windows 7 and perform a normal installation using the "Custom (advanced)" type of installation. You do not have to manually format it.

Yea that will do fine.
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9. You are correct.
I built the array and it should be there, first time I'm doing it so probably not doing it right.
There's no "custom install" I don't even get there, just clicking install and brings me to the nothingness...
I can't manually select drivers because disk doesn't show up.

Odd...:/ can't really think of anything. frown.gif
post #1104 of 5384
Just got my M4 up and running just wanted to give Sean a big thanks for this guide. Folowed it to the end and everything workining flawless!!!thumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gif
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Me neither :(

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Quote:
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Try installing in IDE mode, update the SSDs firmware, then use the guide on changing sata modes to change to AHCI.

Worked like a charm dude!!!!!! thanks a stack!thumb.gif
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If the problem is in RAID drivers, would running the SSD in AHCI and ditching my raid 0 array(until i switch to intel or get raid card) solve the problem ?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by StormXLR View Post

If the problem is in RAID drivers, would running the SSD in AHCI and ditching my raid 0 array(until i switch to intel or get raid card) solve the problem ?

that would be the way to go for now.
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Really good walk through! Really help me out with my first SSD!
Thanks mate!
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If the problem is in RAID drivers, would running the SSD in AHCI and ditching my raid 0 array(until i switch to intel or get raid card) solve the problem ?

Probably not, but you could always try… It certainly couldn't hurt as a test.
Single drives that are not part of an ARRAY, even though managed by the RAID controller, operate in AHCI mode (or at least are supposed to). The controller should be using an AHCI driver that is incorporated into the RAID driver for the single drive.

With AMD, it may be possible to garner a little extra from the SSD if the controller also does not need to manage the ARRAY (less controller overhead).

Rather than a complete reinstall for the test, initially why don't you try disconnecting the two RE4s to see if just having the SSD attached shows improvement. The controller without the extra drives attached should require less overhead. If you see no (or some for that matter) improvement, you could always reinstall after that to see if further improvements can be seen.

But either way, let us know your results... You’ve peaked my curiosity.
Edited by xandypx - 12/16/11 at 6:03am
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