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As far as the RAID thing:
Using an Intel or AMD native controller, if your controller is in RAID mode, AHCI is automatically supported in RAID mode. Both the current Intel and AMD controllers support TRIM in RAID mode (with a single SSD, not sure about an actual RAID of SSD's). All you have to do is install the drivers and they'll take care of the single SSD for TRIM.

This is nice if you have a RAID array of mechanical drives, and would still like the full benefits of your SSD, without having to resort to the dreadful Marvell controller.

The Marvell controllers, I repeat, the Marvell controllers DO NOT support TRIM even in AHCI mode. They're also nowhere NEAR the rated 6Gb/s either. And once the drivers are installed for the Marvell controllers, you'll get stuttering.
OK, I thought you were saying an array of SSD's not a single one.

You hate that Marvell controller don't you
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OK, I thought you were saying an array of SSD's not a single one.

You hate that Marvell controller don't you
That stupid Marvell controller is HORRIBLE. I will spread the word, and keep SSD users from using that horrid thing. I can't even BEGIN to describe how horrible that thing was...
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That stupid Marvell controller is HORRIBLE. I will spread the word, and keep SSD users from using that horrid thing. I can't even BEGIN to describe how horrible that thing was...
I started to do that a while ago, I was so supprised at how many people didn't know about it!



Also, to all who read this, the partitioning guide may be delayed

I am trying to figure out how to boot the dvd/usb to install windows from the UEFI properly.
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I am trying to figure out how to boot the dvd/usb to install windows from the UEFI properly.
i wish i could help, but i do all my installs from a acronis image. its been forever and a day since i booted from usb.
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Under "Now the fun stuff! Optimization!" I updated step # 4.

My reboot time dropped 5 seconds! It took a few restarts though.
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So how do you change the alignment on a disk without distroying the OS? I used Windows 7 default (whatever it is) during the install.

BTW, excellent guide!! Looking forward to your GPT partitioning info/instructions. Can you use a GPT partition in RAID?

Edit:

I ran AS SSD on my drive and my score flat out sucks compared to yours Sean, what do you all think might be the issue?


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So how do you change the alignment on a disk without destroying the OS? I used Windows 7 default (whatever it is) during the install.

BTW, excellent guide!! Looking forward to your GPT partitioning info/instructions. Can you use a GPT partition in RAID?
Thanks!

Don't bother changing the alignment unless you are going to reinstall the OS, I don't think it is possible to do it any other way.

Yes you can run RAID: http://www.intel.com/support/motherb.../CS-031158.htm



Edit: Are you on the native AMD sata 6 port?
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The port supports SATA III, how do I tell if it is running as SATA III or SATA II?
   
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The port supports SATA III, how do I tell if it is running as SATA III or SATA II?
First of all I forgot to ask if you are using firmware 0009? That seems to be the problem, I am tired lol.

Now, you are on a sata 3 port. I just don't know if you are on a Marvell one. Check your mobo and see...you need to be on the native AMD port.
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Sean, re prefetch and superfetch, have you tested with both at default 3? Would be interested in knowing if having them fully enabled would speed things up even further or whether setting them at 2 is optimal over 0 and 3.
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