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Just want to clear something up.
Might wanna add to OP in my message via FQA section

Ok alignment can be 1024 or 4096. (4096 will provide better speeds in real world environments whilst 1024 will show slightly better results via benchmarks).

Allocation Unit size MUST be 4096 no matter what! Even if your alignment is at 1024!
Isn't the allocation size 4096 the default anyways?
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well my other ssd finally showed up. stupid ups making me the last stop

anyways, i have a problem. im trying to update the firmware on the new drive and for some reason when i launch the flash program, its not detecting it. it shows my 1st ssd, but not the new one.

when i first plugged it in i had to go into disk management to first set it up. formatted it, yada yada. im able to transfer files from one drive to another, no problem. in my computer, it shows up as drive H: but like i said, the corsair firmware program isnt detecting the drive at all. ive done everything i can think of. hopefully you can figure it out what im not doing because im scratching my head on this one.

thanks.
Same drive? Did you read the instructions? You may need to use a older firmware for it first maybe...

Also try disconnecting all the drives and plug that one in port 0 or 1 on the mobo and be in IDE mode.
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You sure ide will be fine? The insctuctions on corsairs site say to be in ahci. ill give it a go and report back. Oh btw, switching ports had no effect.
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Hmm, maybe not IDE mode, not sure
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Nope no dice. Still the same thing. Maybe it just wasnt meant to be lol. Ok, time to raid these bad bad boys. bbialw
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Originally Posted by BradleyW View Post
Just want to clear something up.
Might wanna add to OP in my message via FQA section

Ok alignment can be 1024 or 4096. (4096 will provide better speeds in real world environments whilst 1024 will show slightly better results via benchmarks).

Allocation Unit size MUST be 4096 no matter what! Even if your alignment is at 1024!
Hehe, I'm glad I confirmed about this in my PM to you. It seems that your explanation last week about 4096 allocation unit size was taken as the 4096 alignment by most readers here (including me, initially).

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Isn't the allocation size 4096 the default anyways?
Yes, 4096 is the default allocation unit size for Windows 7.
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Nope no dice. Still the same thing. Maybe it just wasnt meant to be lol. Ok, time to raid these bad bad boys. bbialw
Post them up whenever, i'm off to bed.
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Having serious issues with the new mobo/chip and installing Windows 7 Pro. Since I have a new mobo, I'm installing a new Windows 7 Pro OEM and my wife will be getting Ultimat that I had on the other motherboard. Followed the guide with setup in diskpart, etc. Looks just like your screenshots. However, after installing drivers and what not, I shutdown, reconnect the other 3 drives and then Windows won't boot. The Windows logo pops, then I get two runs of the white bar at the bottom showing Windows in Loading Files, then just black screen with cursor in the upper lefthand corner. I tried doing a repair with the disk, but Windows says it can't fix it due to a missing driver. If I disconnect the other three drives, Windows boots fine. In device manager, there is one unkown device, but I can't figure out what it is. However, it's hosing everything up apparently. I tried just connecting different drives and was able to get it to boot normally once with all but my WD Caviar Black 1TB. Unfortunately, that's the only drive that really matters as that is where the user profiles and data is. Anyway, I can't get it to boot everytime with any of the disks connected. I tried another re-install, but still no dice.

I have a couple of theories:

1. Changing over to GPT has screwed things up. Regardless, my old version of Ghost won't work anymore with GPT, which sucks.

2. The disk alignment is causing problems switching to 4096 on just the boot drive? Doesn't seem likely.

3. Because the 3 other drives were authored using Windows Ultimate, Windows Pro can't handle it. (This better not be the case.)

What do you guys think?
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Anything else I should add? I am out of ideas!!! Lol
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thanks for the guide. I was hesitant on SSDs until i saw a deal for the M4 ($104) so i jumped on it and used this guide to set things up. im extremely happy with the purchase. thank you once again!
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