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Hi Sean, I have just joined Overclock.net after reading this thread.
I have found it easy to follow and understand and commend you for it.
I have recently purchased a 120gb SSD drive and installed it as the boot drive with Win7 Pro on a Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 on the SATA3-0 Intel port after setting the Bios to AHCI mode as I do not intend to use Raid. I then performed an express install of the drivers from the Cd provided with the motherboard.
Now that is where I need your assistance. My understanding was that the later drivers installation included the Intel Rapid Storage Technology drivers. A later check in Device Manager showed no category for Storage Controllers or any mention of the IRST drivers anywhere in Device Manager. I also noted that no Marvell mention exist either. When checking under the SSD drivers tab, Microsoft drivers are mentioned. I then downloaded the latest IRST drivers from Intel's site and ran them. I still cannot see any evidence of the drivers anywhere. I am at a loss to understand where or if I have gone wrong.
I have completed all the recommended tweaks and the system boots fine. I just do not know whether the proper drivers are installed for the SSD. I would appreciate your advice with this.
Regards
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Originally Posted by d3v0 View Post

I know this might be slightly off topic Sean, but I did a re-install today and noticed that when I follow your link and install Intel RST, I still have a "!" unknown device in my device manager-> other device, and no "storage controller" Naturally, I downloaded the correct version (Win 7 x64.) of Intel RST... But its odd. Has anyone else encountered this issue?

It may be your Marvell SATA controller or your JMicron eSATA controller.
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Originally Posted by frogman946 View Post

Hi Sean, I have just joined Overclock.net after reading this thread.
I have found it easy to follow and understand and commend you for it.
I have recently purchased a 120gb SSD drive and installed it as the boot drive with Win7 Pro on a Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 on the SATA3-0 Intel port after setting the Bios to AHCI mode as I do not intend to use Raid. I then performed an express install of the drivers from the Cd provided with the motherboard.
Now that is where I need your assistance. My understanding was that the later drivers installation included the Intel Rapid Storage Technology drivers. A later check in Device Manager showed no category for Storage Controllers or any mention of the IRST drivers anywhere in Device Manager. I also noted that no Marvell mention exist either. When checking under the SSD drivers tab, Microsoft drivers are mentioned. I then downloaded the latest IRST drivers from Intel's site and ran them. I still cannot see any evidence of the drivers anywhere. I am at a loss to understand where or if I have gone wrong.
I have completed all the recommended tweaks and the system boots fine. I just do not know whether the proper drivers are installed for the SSD. I would appreciate your advice with this.
Regards

Post a screenshot of AS SSD: http://alex-is.de/PHP/fusion/downloads.php?cat_id=4&file_id=9

When you open the program in the top left it should say iaStor.
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Would most of these tweaks still apply for WIndows 8 most likely? Am thinking about installing the consumer preview on my SSD.
    
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Would most of these tweaks still apply for WIndows 8 most likely? Am thinking about installing the consumer preview on my SSD.

I have no idea, I have yet to use Win 8 yet lol, I will check it out soon tho.
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I can't check it out right yet because I've got a meeting to get to and need the computer working for that so afterwards I'll get started on it. I would think they would apply though since it's still Windows 8, I mean how much could of changed even if it was supposedly rewritten completely.
    
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I'm really new to the SSD thing, i just got done building a new PC with the following specs:
Gigabyte: GA-990FX-UD3
AMD: FX-6100 3.3Ghz
Kingston DDR3 1600Mhz: 16GB
Gigabyte HD 6850 1GB DDR5 - V.Card
OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSD
(2) 750GB Seagate SATA HDD
Corsair H80 Liquid Proc. Cooler
Kingwin 80+ Bronze 850W Pwr Supply

I have came back to this post several times in the past week, plus i gave the site to some of my friends as well.

So i just wanted to say: thumb.gif Thank you for the detailed guide, i can see a lot of work went into this..............
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Sorry maybe a dumb question, but do I have to use a windows 7 bootable USB installer? Can't I just use the windows disc?
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Sorry maybe a dumb question, but do I have to use a windows 7 bootable USB installer? Can't I just use the windows disc?
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Originally Posted by casinoslotguy View Post

I'm really new to the SSD thing, i just got done building a new PC with the following specs:
Gigabyte: GA-990FX-UD3
AMD: FX-6100 3.3Ghz
Kingston DDR3 1600Mhz: 16GB
Gigabyte HD 6850 1GB DDR5 - V.Card
OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSD
(2) 750GB Seagate SATA HDD
Corsair H80 Liquid Proc. Cooler
Kingwin 80+ Bronze 850W Pwr Supply

I have came back to this post several times in the past week, plus i gave the site to some of my friends as well.

So i just wanted to say: thumb.gif Thank you for the detailed guide, i can see a lot of work went into this..............
No problem. biggrin.gif
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Sorry maybe a dumb question, but do I have to use a windows 7 bootable USB installer? Can't I just use the windows disc?

Where does it say you have to use a USB to install? rolleyes.gif
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Sean, thanks for the quick reply, I just saw you go thru the instructions for making a bootable USB, I thought it may be optional or for those without optical drives but I am very new to this so I wanted to make sure.

That being said, on your advice I just ordered a Crucial M4 128Gig SSD (Very Excited). I recently built a new system and while I am very happy with it, it was still only as strong as its weakest link. In this case my HDD. I will be using the SSD as my boot drive, with Windows and a few other programs. I intent to have a few games on it as well. I still would like to use my HDD for other games and programs I dont use as often...and just storage. In your section of the install guide you talk about things to do if its just SSD or just HDD or both. Since I will be actively using the HDD as well should I follow the instructions for SSD and HDD?

I assume once I have the SSD installed and windows on it, I can simply format my current HDD and start using it normally?
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Post a screenshot of AS SSD: http://alex-is.de/PHP/fusion/downloads.php?cat_id=4&file_id=9
When you open the program in the top left it should say iaStor. [/quote]

Thanks for the response. I downloaded the linked application. Do you want me to actually run the benchmark or just take a screenshot of the opened application?
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