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Any downside to installing the OS on my new drive in RAID mode instead of AHCI? Right now I have an ssd boot drive (that I'm replaceing with a larger Samsung SSD) and one WD 1.5 tb storage drive. That's the setup I'll be using for the next few months. But I may want to switch out the storage drive down the road for a RAID 1 setup to avoid any work downtime. Was originally just going to install using AHCI mode.
Nope, RAID is fine.
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Nope, RAID is fine.

So RAID is really just an enhanced AHCI mode and I'll be able to hook up the RAID array down the road without doing the registry hack? A bit new on the RAID stuff and just want to make sure I understand.
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Nope, RAID is fine.

So RAID is really just an enhanced AHCI mode and I'll be able to hook up the RAID array down the road without doing the registry hack? A bit new on the RAID stuff and just want to make sure I understand.
correct.
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so I just finished reading your guide. I am about to buy an SSD for the first time. I read that you prefer a fresh installation of windows rather than migration. One thing I like in migration is the time I save in installing the other apps *cough* Adobe *cough* (windows installation time is OK) and configuring the settings for the said apps. I also read the part regarding the 4k alignment. I also read your guide regarding which SSD to buy. I was eyeing the Corsair Force 3 SSD because of their migration tool which allows to 4k align it during the process of migration. But when I saw that it uses asynchronous NAND, I changed my mind and thought of buying the Intel 520 or Corsair Force GT. But the Intel Data Migration Software does not have the 4k align feature of the Force 3 software, and the Force Gt does not have any software at all. So what can you suggest?
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so I just finished reading your guide. I am about to buy an SSD for the first time. I read that you prefer a fresh installation of windows rather than migration. One thing I like in migration is the time I save in installing the other apps *cough* Adobe *cough* (windows installation time is OK) and configuring the settings for the said apps. I also read the part regarding the 4k alignment. I also read your guide regarding which SSD to buy. I was eyeing the Corsair Force 3 SSD because of their migration tool which allows to 4k align it during the process of migration. But when I saw that it uses asynchronous NAND, I changed my mind and thought of buying the Intel 520 or Corsair Force GT. But the Intel Data Migration Software does not have the 4k align feature of the Force 3 software, and the Force Gt does not have any software at all. So what can you suggest?

Intel uses acronis true image. It does align properly. If you did a normal install of Windows 7 before and are migrating over, then the partitions should already be 4k aligned.

Also, you can get many free migration softwares as well: http://www.overclock.net/t/1227835/how-to-disk-and-partition-cloning-backup-restoration-migration

Acronis still my favorite atm. I use both the Seagate and WD versions which are free like the intel version as long as you have a drive of their brand.
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Intel uses acronis true image. It does align properly. If you did a normal install of Windows 7 before and are migrating over, then the partitions should already be 4k aligned.
Also, you can get many free migration softwares as well: http://www.overclock.net/t/1227835/how-to-disk-and-partition-cloning-backup-restoration-migration
Acronis still my favorite atm. I use both the Seagate and WD versions which are free like the intel version as long as you have a drive of their brand.

my WD is not currently 4k aligned. according to AS SSD, it is 1024K aligned. Will it be aligned to 4k when I migrate to an intel SSD using Acronis?
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my WD is not currently 4k aligned. according to AS SSD, it is 1024K aligned. Will it be aligned to 4k when I migrate to an intel SSD using Acronis?
1024KB offset is 4k aligned. AS SSD is missing the "B" after the "K" to make it say "1024KB" as it should.
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Hi, thank you for this great tutorial!
I have a question, I am planning to buy an Intel 330 120gb SSD as my boot drive but I am worried that my motherboard won't support it? I can't find the "AHCI SATA mode" in my BIOS ohno-smiley02.gif
Also it is only SATA II.

Here is my motherboard: Biostar MCP6PB M2+ w/ nForce 430 chipset
http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=387&tab=1

Should I go on and buy an SSD or not? Thank you in advance!
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Hi, thank you for this great tutorial!
I have a question, I am planning to buy an Intel 330 120gb SSD as my boot drive but I am worried that my motherboard won't support it?
It should.
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I can't find the "AHCI SATA mode" in my BIOS ohno-smiley02.gif
Look a little more, see what options does it list under the sata mode and list them. If you're stuck in IDE mode it is ok still.
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Also it is only SATA II.
doesn't mater.
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Here is my motherboard: Biostar MCP6PB M2+ w/ nForce 430 chipset
http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=387&tab=1

Should I go on and buy an SSD or not? Thank you in advance!
Yea, SSDs are a great upgrade for any system.
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I have read that IDE mode can lessen the life of an SSD, is this true? I'll snap pictures of my BIOS and post it here.

Here are the BIOS settings which I think are relevant:
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Link to BIOS gallery:
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Edited by cyberpunkz - 8/10/12 at 9:08am
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