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I'm saving files directly to the HDD, but they are not taking up any space. After installing the OS onto the SSD, I reconnected the hard drive and reformatted it. Maybe something went wrong between those two steps?
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No idea what the issue is.
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just wanted to throw my crucial m4 64gb's benchmark up here. i have no idea what's good or bad as far a benchmarks go, but if it's bad feel free to chime in and let me know what i can do to make it better.

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What port do you have the drive plugged into? If it is in the Marvell port then I see why there is a cap on the speed. If it is in the Intel Port install this: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/confirm.aspx?httpDown=http://downloadmirror.intel.com/20624/eng/iata_enu_10.8.0.1003.exe&lang=eng&Dwnldid=20624&ProductID=2101&ProductFamily=Chipsets&ProductLine=Chipset+Software&ProductProduct=Intel%C2%AE+Rapid+Storage+Technology
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i'm pretty sure the 6gb/s ports on my sabertooth are marvell controllers, if that's the correct way to put it.

i'm downloading a bunch of crap so i can't get on the manual now to look it up, but is there something i can change, and if so would it give a noticeable real life improvement or are me more in the range of benchmark improvement.
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i'm pretty sure the 6gb/s ports on my sabertooth are marvell controllers, if that's the correct way to put it.

i'm downloading a bunch of crap so i can't get on the manual now to look it up, but is there something i can change, and if so would it give a noticeable real life improvement or are me more in the range of benchmark improvement.

I would put it on the Intel SATA 2 port and disable the Marvell Ports in the BIOS.
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I would put it on the Intel SATA 2 port and disable the Marvell Ports in the BIOS.

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moved the ports and disabled marvell and this is what we're looking at.
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i am looking to make an image of my windows SSD drive. at this point it looks like when i make an image that it will also backup the entire drive. I am not interested in backing up the entire drive. Its 63gb....i have the space, but i just really want to backup windows 7.

i think i might be SOL at this point, because i did not make a OS partiton....so that poses the question.

When i do a clean install of windows on my SSD and finish your guide, is it safe/ok/advisable to make a partition just for windows? then use the remaining space on the SSD for programs?
If yes, is it even possible to shrink a voume for W7 at this point?

Sean, would you just recommend making a image/backup that is the current size (63gb)...again, i do have more than enough space
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I'm getting a new crucial M4 this week, been reading your guide a couple times to get ready. Looks really simple with the way you explain it thumb.gif. I am wondering though before I install windows on the ssd, do i need to reformat my original HDD? Or can I do this after plugging it back in. Thanks!
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Hey Sean - great write up. Love the install guide - thanks so much for us SSD wannabes! +rep
   
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i am looking to make an image of my windows SSD drive. at this point it looks like when i make an image that it will also backup the entire drive. I am not interested in backing up the entire drive. Its 63gb....i have the space, but i just really want to backup windows 7.

i think i might be SOL at this point, because i did not make a OS partiton....so that poses the question.

When i do a clean install of windows on my SSD and finish your guide, is it safe/ok/advisable to make a partition just for windows? then use the remaining space on the SSD for programs?
If yes, is it even possible to shrink a voume for W7 at this point?

Sean, would you just recommend making a image/backup that is the current size (63gb)...again, i do have more than enough space

move any games or personal files off the OS partition/drive and make the image then. If not what's the big deal about a 63GB image? It may actually end up smaller due to the OS having the ability to be compressed in the back up.

You can make as many partitions as you like for what ever reason. But on a SSD it is best to just leave it a single partition since you gain nothing from partitioning on a SSD.
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I'm getting a new crucial M4 this week, been reading your guide a couple times to get ready. Looks really simple with the way you explain it thumb.gif. I am wondering though before I install windows on the ssd, do i need to reformat my original HDD? Or can I do this after plugging it back in. Thanks!

You don't need to reformat the original HDD, but you may want to delete the System reserve partition on it after you plug it back in. Then shrink the old system partition, make a new one and move everything to it and delete the old system partition after that is done.
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Hey Sean - great write up. Love the install guide - thanks so much for us SSD wannabes! +rep
No problem. smile.gif
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Just a quick question, wanted to know if I should secure erase or just reformat during install?
Thanks

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Just a quick question, wanted to know if I should secure erase or just reformat during install?
Thanks

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Just do a quick format will do.
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