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Yep, you are fine, alignment is when you install. Your speeds are good for your AMD controller. And to erase the HDD DBAN is good for if you are selling the drive, but if you are not just delete all the partitions on it in disk management.

Thanks buddy. biggrin.gif

Oh, and I guess the good speeds is because the drive is completely empty w/o Windows and nothing written on it? tongue.gif

EDIT: Just noticed, can't give rep to you Sean. frown.gif Congrats though- you truly are the Storage Expert, I read all of the guide yesterday, man it's big! biggrin.gif
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Is SSD secure for security and protection? I always wondered that cuz someone made a thread about it earlier i looked.
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Results are in for my upgrade from my old misaligned Intel SSD to a new Samsung 830 SSD. It's good thumb.gifthumb.gif Thanks for your help Sean.

Before:

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After:

509

I'm happy with that. biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

Now I've got a 256GB SSD over my previous 160GB SSD though, I decided I'd go into PowerQuest's Partition Magic (although it's an old version 8.0 and doesn't like Win 7) and it reckons there's something wrong with LBA on my SSD Drive (1). Is it PM that's wrong? Or do I really have a problem? I've ignored the problem for now.

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edit: Just found a link to EaseUs partition tool, that doesn't seem to think there are any problems on my disk 1. I doubt Partition Magic the most because it's an old version. Here's what EaseUs Partition Master shows. I'll hold off on resizing my partitions until someone says "ignore Partition Magic, it's living in the past and doesn't understand what it's seeing".

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had a reading with 'as ssd' benchmark- as-ssd-bench M4-CT128M4SSD2 13.03.2012 12-20-47.png 28k .png file

what shall i do any help appreciated
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Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

Yep, you are fine, alignment is when you install. Your speeds are good for your AMD controller. And to erase the HDD DBAN is good for if you are selling the drive, but if you are not just delete all the partitions on it in disk management.

Thanks buddy. biggrin.gif

Oh, and I guess the good speeds is because the drive is completely empty w/o Windows and nothing written on it? tongue.gif

EDIT: Just noticed, can't give rep to you Sean. frown.gif Congrats though- you truly are the Storage Expert, I read all of the guide yesterday, man it's big! biggrin.gif
I believe so. I don't have a great amount of experience with AMD systems, but sata speeds are usually slightly slower than compared to intel systems.

Oh and I am Storage Editor now. biggrin.gif

No more rep button for me.
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Is SSD secure for security and protection? I always wondered that cuz someone made a thread about it earlier i looked.

It is the same as a HDD, you can encrypt it if you so desire and so a secure erase to wipe the data off of it or even destroy it if you like.
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Results are in for my upgrade from my old misaligned Intel SSD to a new Samsung 830 SSD. It's good thumb.gifthumb.gif Thanks for your help Sean.
Before:
After:
I'm happy with that. biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

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Now I've got a 256GB SSD over my previous 160GB SSD though, I decided I'd go into PowerQuest's Partition Magic (although it's an old version 8.0 and doesn't like Win 7) and it reckons there's something wrong with LBA on my SSD Drive (1). Is it PM that's wrong? Or do I really have a problem? I've ignored the problem for now.

edit: Just found a link to EaseUs partition tool, that doesn't seem to think there are any problems on my disk 1. I doubt Partition Magic the most because it's an old version. Here's what EaseUs Partition Master shows. I'll hold off on resizing my partitions until someone says "ignore Partition Magic, it's living in the past and doesn't understand what it's seeing".

I see nothing wrong really. The partition beginning offset is @ 4k and not 4096K. I think that is what the program may be referring to. Let the program run the "fix" and see what happens? lol
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had a reading with 'as ssd' benchmark- as-ssd-bench M4-CT128M4SSD2 13.03.2012 12-20-47.png 28k .png file

what shall i do any help appreciated

Bad alignment.

Do this: http://www.overclock.net/t/1226963/how-to-properly-re-align-your-ssd-hdd-partitions

Or reinstall.
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Question: If I install the OS on my SSD without doing anything to my old drive(which also has an OS), would I be able to boot from the old drive? Asking because I want to test this all out without having to back up my data right now.
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Question: If I install the OS on my SSD without doing anything to my old drive(which also has an OS), would I be able to boot from the old drive? Asking because I want to test this all out without having to back up my data right now.

You should be able to. You should get a choice of which to boot off of.
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Having issues getting Windows installed on my GPT Raid0 array using this guide. After I install the requisite drivers for Windows to recognize the array and perform all of the diskpart steps, Windows fails with the following error:

"Setup was unable to a create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log for more information."

If there is anyone that can help me trouble shoot this quickly, I would greatly appreciate it. Going to work tomorrow for 11 hours without this resolved is going to suck.

I see the three partitions created properly in diskpart and in Windows when I refresh, but I can't install to SYSTEM.
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Having issues getting Windows installed on my GPT Raid0 array using this guide. After I install the requisite drivers for Windows to recognize the array and perform all of the diskpart steps, Windows fails with the following error:

"Setup was unable to a create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log for more information."

If there is anyone that can help me trouble shoot this quickly, I would greatly appreciate it. Going to work tomorrow for 11 hours without this resolved is going to suck.

I see the three partitions created properly in diskpart and in Windows when I refresh, but I can't install to SYSTEM.

Do you have any other drives hooked up to teh system? If so disconnect them.

Try redoing the diskpart commands.

If all else fails I say forget about GPT and simply use the MBR set up. You may have to use the convert MBR command. So i added it here.

Booting and partitioning of MBR for Windows 7:
  1. Boot from the Windows 7 DVD/USB
  2. After booting you see the Install Windows 7 screen, press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt.
  3. At the command prompt, Type diskpart, press Enter
  4. Type lis dis, press Enter
  5. Type sel dis X (where X is the number your drive shows up as), press Enter
  6. Type cle, press Enter
  7. Type convert MBR, press Enter
  8. Type cre par pri align=1024, press Enter
  9. Type for quick fs=ntfs, press Enter
  10. Type act, press Enter
  11. Type exi, press Enter
  12. Close the Command Window, and click the Install button.
  13. Proceed to install Windows 7 and perform a normal installation using the "Custom (advanced)" type of installation. Do not format it the partitions again during the installation.
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I shut it off in frustration before your reply. I decided to boot it back up and just convert everything to MBR. After I loaded the RAID driver, I saw all of my partitions there and I clicked next on the SYSTEM partitions just for ****s and giggles and it WORKED! Windows is loading right now after 40 times of doing this exact same thing and it not working. I hope all of my GPT and alignment settings were retained after the reboot.

We shall see -- how will I know if it's a GPT volume/be able to check alignment after Windows finishes installing?
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