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First post. Thanks for an informative tutorial. This is going to be my first try with an SSD. I have read to unplug all drives but the SSD for the OS (windows 7 Ultimate). I want to use the batch file to move the user folders to the HDD. When do I plug the HDD in since I am supposed to have them all unplugged but must use the batch file before step 11? I have spent hours reading and searching for the answer, sorry for the dumb question.

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Plug the HDD in after you install the OS.

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awesome write up
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This is great, thanks Sean. I'm stuck on the part about installing the newest SATA and chipset drivers. For Intel you link to a search but I'm not sure which one to use. Is the 01/2/2012 release the latest? https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=20768&lang=eng&wapkw=rapid+storage+technology
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This is great, thanks Sean. I'm stuck on the part about installing the newest SATA and chipset drivers. For Intel you link to a search but I'm not sure which one to use. Is the 01/2/2012 release the latest? https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=20768&lang=eng&wapkw=rapid+storage+technology

Download the latest RST from here.

12.9.0.1001 WHQL
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Download the latest RST from here.

12.9.0.1001 WHQL

Thank you
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Thank you

No problem, thanks for the Rep thumb.gif
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EDIT: FOUND THE SOLUTION:

In addition to running Regedit as normal and changing the mentioned entries you must also run "%systemroot%/syswow64/regedit" and change the values there as well.





On a Win7 install I've moved the default install directories to D: but most programs I install just go to C: anyways. Sometimes they will install to C: but the shortcuts will always point to D: even if I change them manually to C:. I've had to uninstall and reinstall Firefox and Chrome a few times because of this.

It's all very frustrating.

I've changed the following in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

ProgramFilesDir
ProgramFilesDir(x86)

as well as trying:

ProgramW6432Dir
CommonFilesDir
CommonFilresDir(x86)
CommonW6432Dir

and even:

ProgramFilesPath

I found that %ProgramFiles% always points to whatever ProgramW6432Dir is set to so I left ProgramFilesPath alone.

Programs that give you the option of an install directory, like Firefox, can be installed to D: like I want and the shortcuts work fine, but programs that do not give you the option, like Chrome, will always install to C: and create shortcuts with D:. These shortcuts can't be changed manually for some reason and I have to delete them and recreate the shortcut for them to point to C: where the program actually is.

Can I get some help with this before I pull more of my hair out?

If it makes a difference, I moved my entire User directory to D: during install (not just specific folders like Desktop and Downloads, the whole directory) but haven't run into any apparent issues with that.

Sorry, I'm editing this post a lot.

I've just changed all of the "legacy" junctions in Win7 to point to their proper places. For instance, the "C:\Documents and Settings" junction now points to "D:\Users" instead of "C:\Users" and so forth. Still isn't helping.
Edited by darxide - 2/25/14 at 9:09pm
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Sean - first, thanks so much for creating the incredible guide and this thread. I've learned far more than I ever expected about how systems work from you and your contributors. I am reading the entire thread now as every few screens there is a goldmine of info. About halfway there.

My sig rig was initially built as an entertainment PC for games, movies etc., (LOTS of movies) but now am thinking of turning it into my main PC.

I have a question and would like some opinions as I am re-imaging the unit, hopefully for the last time so want to get it right..... one-time.

The question: I decided to go with GPT for all the drives. When I look at the partitions in "Disk Management" in the boot drive (SSD) I only see the EFI partition and primary partition. For the other drives (two 2TB and one 4TB) only a primary partition. I don't see the only MSR partition on any of the GPT drives even though they say they are GPT. I used the "Booting and partitioning of GPT for Windows 7 Automatically" part of the guide to setup the boot drive and "Disk Management" to set up the other drives as GPT. I'm thinking I missed a step somewhere along the way and need to start over (no biggie, willing to go again to get it right). Shall I have another go or is this normal? The system doesn't seem to mind and everything else went well through to the "Optimization" section but doing a once over before reinstalling games and programs turned this up.

The Opinions: I'll probably run into the answers for these as I read more but thought I would throw out my plan for critique.

Am on the fence on RAID. Initially didn't see much benefit to RAID since I was backing up to an external drive so was thinking of keeping movies, pictures etc. on one of the 2TB drives and other 2TB for data/games/low use programs with the 4TB as backup for both. Now am thinking of RAID'ing the two 2TB drives, leaving the SSD and 4TB out of the array to use for the OS and backup of the RAID drives respectively. If this were your system what would you do?

SATA drivers: My mobo has two native Intel 6GB SATA ports, two 3GB ports and four ASMedia 6GB ports. I have the SSD and one of the 2TB drives (the one I'll be putting Steam on) plugged into the native Intel 6GB ports. The other drives and Blu-ray burner are on the ASMedia ports. I'm still early in reading the thread so I may run across this later but have seen much trashing of the Marvel drivers. Googling the ASMedia drivers has seen a bit of the same trashing and skepticism. Some say it's because these ports rely on one PCIe lane to get to 6GB and it's a board design issue. Regardless of the cause, should I expect 6GB out of these ports or is dropping the driver going to produce faster results or does it matter?

Of course if the plan is completely cockeyed altogether, what would you do differently with this hardware? After reading a couple of thousand posts I've come to respect the opinions on this forum more so than on the "Internet Machine"

Thanks again - GREAT guide!
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Yep congrats Sean!!
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