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So last night ended up having company so I decided to start getting a few flash Drives ready, a few items and drivers etc since I will be doing a fresh OS install and re-install of my games etc.

So I ended up downloaded that program to put bootable linux or whatever on a flash drive, luckily had a simple 256 MB Wrist Band Flash Drive I got long ago.
Latest Bios update for mobo,

what else do i need?

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3.Enable AHCI SATA mode in the UEFI/BIOS. Use RAID if you are going to use a RAID array or Intel SRT. (AKA: SSD caching, guide below)

I dont know what Im doing =( Do I want this SRT?


the guide says to make a Win 7 Bootable flash drive, I dont actually have access to a big neough drive so the disc is fine yes?


What do I actually6 need lol
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Oh No! I just realized I dont have any Drive Bay Adapters, I wont be able to put the SSD in a comfy Bay =(

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[quote name="Sean Webster" url="/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds/2040#post_16466810"] Try test disk: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk Ok I did it I am running it now and I let it go from morning its analyzing what going after that?will I be able to save all my data?
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So last night ended up having company so I decided to start getting a few flash Drives ready, a few items and drivers etc since I will be doing a fresh OS install and re-install of my games etc.

So I ended up downloaded that program to put bootable linux or whatever on a flash drive, luckily had a simple 256 MB Wrist Band Flash Drive I got long ago.
Latest Bios update for mobo,

what else do i need?

BIOS Update
M4 Firmware
NvVidia Driver of Choice, (i think 197.**, since I dont care for new drivers since they bloat out old GPU's and make them slower)

....i have a whole freaking check list on the first post. tongue.gif
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3.Enable AHCI SATA mode in the UEFI/BIOS. Use RAID if you are going to use a RAID array or Intel SRT. (AKA: SSD caching, guide below)

I dont know what Im doing =( Do I want this SRT?
Use AHCI you are not using the SSD as a cache device to the HDD.
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the guide says to make a Win 7 Bootable flash drive, I dont actually have access to a big neough drive so the disc is fine yes?

What do I actually6 need lol
Use whatever you feel to, if you have dvds use a dvd. wink.gif
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Oh No! I just realized I dont have any Drive Bay Adapters, I wont be able to put the SSD in a comfy Bay =(

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you don't need one
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Quote:
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Try test disk: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
Ok I did it I am running it now and I let it go from morning its analyzing what going after that?will I be able to save all my data?

yea, read over some of the documentation for it. It will rebuild the file system.
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Hello,

I just ordered a Plextor PX-256M3 and it came in today. My question is this:

I have 5 hard drives right now, 2 of which are in RAID0 and are my boot drive. Can I unplug all 5 drives, follow your guide and install Windows 7, plug them all back in, and then boot back to my RAID0 drives while keeping the SSD plugged in? Basically, I want to get the install of Windows out of the way on the SSD and do the tweaking for it when I have more time, meanwhile I'll be using my old Windows install on my hard drives. I know you can do this with hard drives, I just want to be sure it won't change anything with the SSD...

Thanks,
Matt
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Hello,

I just ordered a Plextor PX-256M3 and it came in today. My question is this:

I have 5 hard drives right now, 2 of which are in RAID0 and are my boot drive. Can I unplug all 5 drives, follow your guide and install Windows 7, plug them all back in, and then boot back to my RAID0 drives while keeping the SSD plugged in? Basically, I want to get the install of Windows out of the way on the SSD and do the tweaking for it when I have more time, meanwhile I'll be using my old Windows install on my hard drives. I know you can do this with hard drives, I just want to be sure it won't change anything with the SSD...

Thanks,
Matt

The SSD will not make any difference over the conventional HDDs. If you can do that with a HDD the SSD will be able to do the same. Also, use the MBR install guide if you decide to do the alignment with diskpart as well.
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The SSD will not make any difference over the conventional HDDs. If you can do that with a HDD the SSD will be able to do the same. Also, use the MBR install guide if you decide to do the alignment with diskpart as well.

I was actually interested in doing a GPT. Is that still possible?
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I was actually interested in doing a GPT. Is that still possible?
Yea, it is just really meant to do for 2.2+ size bootable OS partitions, it boots like a second or two slower, and limited on system image backup support since the majority of systems have their drives MBR formatted. lol Up to you. I and switching back to MBR on my next re-install.
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Hey sean I followed your guide, but now I can't put in my windows product key. When I booted from the CD to install it wouldn't work so I left it blank. After windows was installed tried to put it in and it said not valid, but then I formatted my storage 1 TB (Old primary) tried it again, then it said "The following failure occurred while trying to use the product key: Code 0xC004F061 Description: The software licensing service determined that this specified product key can only be used for upgrading, not for clean installations." Did I do something wrong?
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Hi, Sean i finally figured out i am gonna buy extra hdd 1TB so i can recover all my data from external hdd but i have a question about my configuration can i add another 1tb hdd to current crucial m4 128gb, 320gb WD and it would be new 1 tb HDD???
which one is better WD black caviar or Seagate Baracuda?
i went by ur tutorial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGFyEeNn-hk&feature=player_embedded and i set it up crucial m4 128 like u said in video it can be like that???
thank you!!!
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