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Originally Posted by Sneaky Payload;15528088 
Here is a question, I want to do 2x SSDs in RAID 0. I know I Will lose TRIM, but will it effect my overall performance?

Should I just do 1 SSD and 1 large drive?

Been there done that. One large SSD is better but mostly a trade off. But what ever is cheapest is good.
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sean Webster;15527857 
I did the alignment before when it was set at 1k (1024...default windows) and 4k(4096) and it didn't make the extra 100mb partition.

That is actually for the MBR partition. The 100MB system partition is not needed when the drive is used as an OS drive.

It's a whole different thing for GPT drives because it needs THREE partitions. The 100MB ESP (EFI System Partition), 128MB MSR (Microsoft System Reserved) partition, and the Basic Data Partition itself.

So when you used GPT, what did you actually do? smile.gif That is my question.
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Nice guide. One thing tho, point 9, AMD users should use AMD AHCI driver. It out performs msahci
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For the Windows Defrag issue I feel like in the past when I formatted my SSD and put windows on it, sometimes it would have it enabled for the SSD and sometimes it wouldn't. Although I've heard if you run the Windows Experience Index tool (the performance thing) it will auto change it to off for the SSD.

If anyone does do the 4096 partition on an M4..do some benchies and post! smile.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tw33k;15529880 
Nice guide. One thing tho, point 9, AMD users should use AMD AHCI driver. It out performs msahci

Done, that stuff was outdated eh? lol
Quote:
Originally Posted by Crabby654;15530021 
For the Windows Defrag issue I feel like in the past when I formatted my SSD and put windows on it, sometimes it would have it enabled for the SSD and sometimes it wouldn't. Although I've heard if you run the Windows Experience Index tool (the performance thing) it will auto change it to off for the SSD.

If anyone does do the 4096 partition on an M4..do some benchies and post! smile.gif

I'll do one soon and see if there is a difference in performance.

I've never had defrag enabled myself, I'll put a note to verify in the op.
Quote:
Originally Posted by XSCounter;15530031 
Tweek is right. Use the corresponding driver for each controller for the best performance:

AMD: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Pages/raid_windows.aspx
Intel: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?ProductID=2101&DwnldID=20215&lang=eng&iid=dc_rss

Thanks wink.gif


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Great guide Sean. And to elaborate on this part:
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Turn off Unused Windows 7 Features:
1.) Click Start > Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features
2.) Click the Turn Windows features on or off from the left pane.
3.) Now uncheck all the features that you don't use in Windows 7 [ex. "Games"], click OK, and then restart the system for the changes to take effect.
Just noticed this last night while reformatting and going through your guide: "Windows Search" is also located in there. Even if you turn it off via "services.msc" and "Administrative Services" in the Control Panel....when you click on the Windows icon you can still type in whatever you want to search for (at least that's how it was for me). So, if you want it completely removed, just un-check the box in what you listed above.

I love how Microsoft makes completely turning off unwanted things a pain sometimes. smile.gif
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Offender_Mullet;15530345 
Great guide Sean. And to elaborate on this part:


Just noticed this last night while reformatting and going through your guide: "Windows Search" is also located in there. Even if you turn it off via "services.msc" and "Administrative Services" in the Control Panel....when you click on the Windows icon you can still type in whatever you want to search for (at least that's how it was for me). So, if you want it completely removed, just un-check the box in what you listed above.

I love how Microsoft makes completely turning off unwanted things a pain sometimes. smile.gif

I check it when I get home. Also, tell me if anything needs to be adjusted...like the step by step guides.
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I can't wait to get an SSD and W7 to try all this smile.gif.

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Great guide!
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