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Hi Sean,
Thanks for the Windows 7 SP1 ISO links. Now I don't have to slipstream them myself. I did have a question for you: Have you heard of the SP1-U refresh that Microsoft posted to DigitalRiver to resolve a bug? You may want to update your links accordingly:
http://www.mydigitallife.info/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-from-digital-river/
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BTW - windows 7 takes up about 18gb...not sure if I missed something...thought it should be closer to 10gb.

EDIT: I have Windows Ultimate...im sure that's the reason. And the mass amount of updates I installed...i think.
Edited by malikq86 - 5/7/12 at 10:42pm
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After Windows updates and installing about 2.5GB of software my Windows 7 Home Premium partition is 29.2GB full, not sure how it got that large. I'll have to look into that. I guess the page file is 8GB and I didn't disable system restore, that'll account for some of it. This is after running CCleaner to delete temp files. The Windows folder is 14.7GB.

Ok now I just noticed that hilighting everything in C only comes to 26.3GB. I have hidden files turned off. where did my missing 2.9GB go?
Edited by Snakes - 5/7/12 at 11:13pm
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Does this look right? This is my second attempt ph34r-smiley.gif

Originally is was C:\Program Files and C:\Program Files (x86)
At least I'm pretty sure... it was definetly on the C drive and my Caviar Black is my 'D' drive.... lol im skurd rolleyes.gif
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Originally Posted by malikq86 View Post

And this: http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme4_review,4.html
"The 2x grey ports on the left are supplied by Intel Z77 and the 2x grey ports on the right are supplied by AS Media (ASM1061)."
I think I need to connect my SSD to the grey SATA 6.0 port (Intel?) right next to the black SATA port....not the grey SATA port on the outside edge (ASMedia ASM1061 controller, where it's connected
EDIT: Actually, im pretty sure I'm right, lol. No worries.

I suggest using the Intel SATA6 ports for your OS drive.
Then you can use the ASMEDIA SATA6 ports for other SSDs/HDD you have.

I believe the ASMEDIA ports can Not use optical drives (like a DVD player) they can only use Data Drives (SSD/HDD).
And double check the PCI-e requirements. Some boards will disable the ASMEDIA ports if you use the PCI-e (x4) slot at the bottom of the board if used in (x4) mode. (x1) mode is usually ok.
This has to do with the limited PCI-e lanes. Not usually an issue for most users though smile.gif
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So I enabled AHCI with the registry mod and my bios settings in preparation for the SSD, now my harddrives appear on the system tray as removables, anyway to disable that with out losing performance?

Also with a single non RAID array disk configuration do I need to install the Intel Rapid Storage Driver or anything else?
Edited by EarlZ - 5/8/12 at 6:52am
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So I enabled AHCI with the registry mod and my bios settings in preparation for the SSD, now my harddrives appear on the system tray as removables, anyway to disable that with out losing performance?

I wondered why my drives were showing up as removable rolleyes.gif
    
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I had that same experience, guys. When I first got an SSD and was on my old Gigabyte EP45-UD3P mobo I installed windows with AHCI and all my hard drives were showing as removable. I just reinstalled Win 7 with my new Z77X-UD5H board and that's no longer the case. I feel like the motherboard is what made the difference but that's just an assumption.
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@ Sean or any other fellow member

 

I finally figured out everything 

 

I first plugged my SSD as a secondary drive so I could do a firmware update.

 

After the firmware was updated I followed the guide on how to install Windows 7 and some of the optimizations.

 

However i have few questions

 

1-) My keyboard acted up during the installation process and I could not follow the CONTROL A DRIVE USING A BIOS motherboard MRB format

 

I could not hit Shift + F10... Will this bring me any troubles? I could not allign my SSD to 4K. Am i still good to go? What i basically did was just have my brand new SSD plugged in, no HDD. and selected that SSD and installed Windows 7. I hope i did not miss on anything via that specific place in the guide

 

2-) I plugged in my HDD and now i have 4 drives in total.

 

1 is Drive C for my SSD

 

the other 3 are drives E F and G... How can i combine all of these 3 drives into a specific drive such as drive E? and how can i format everything?

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First wanna say thanks to Sean for the quick and easy guide on maximizing the SSD. Got my M4 running good since 1 week ago. But , there's a thing that keep bugging me about the CPU usage which i dont know why is it acting like that. As shown in the picture above , i have that RSTWmiService running all time and it is affecting my idle temp. I dont know what this thing is , I've tried re-installing windows again 4 days ago but still it stays the same. Any advice on this? I think it is from the chipset driver or something that i installed. Thanks in advance.
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