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No problem, to be honest, I haven't tried to install via USB for GPT, my friend did and gave me the guide, I am going to test it in a few minutes, but if you can just use a DVD to boot off of.

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Well, I apparently made a mix up on the bootable USB tut for GPT lol. I showed you how to make a bootable usb in general for runing apps off of, ex. SSD firmware updates.

Here is what you should do for Windows installation:

Make a bootable USB device for UEFI and GPT:
  1. Open the Start Menu, type diskpart, press Enter
  2. Type list disk
  3. Type select disk 4 (or whichever number your USB drive gets) and press Enter
  4. Type clean
  5. Type create partition primary
  6. Type active
  7. Type format quick fs=fat32
  8. Type assign
  9. Type exit
  10. Copy everything from the Windows 7 installation DVD onto the USB key (a simple drag and drop will do; if you have an .iso extract first).
    Note: If you are doing UEFI and GPT follow the steps for that as well.
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Updated op...also, I think for the USB I can just upload the files so you guys don't have to move/make them manually. Anyone want to try who has a UEFI?
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Check turnoff windows write-caching buffer flushing
Note: SSDs have no cache, thus no reason to have enabled on the SSD. Also, do a before and after test with this, some drives may suffer performance loss, others will gain performance. I use AS SSD Benchmark personally.

This option does not turn off any cache (indeed without write caching the option is not available), it disables the periodic flushing of the write cache. This writes whatever is in the cache to disk at a regular interval so there is less chance of data being lost if the power fails.

Also, there are many SSDs with integrated cache.
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Originally Posted by Blameless View Post

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Check turnoff windows write-caching buffer flushing
Note: SSDs have no cache, thus no reason to have enabled on the SSD. Also, do a before and after test with this, some drives may suffer performance loss, others will gain performance. I use AS SSD Benchmark personally.

This option does not turn off any cache (indeed without write caching the option is not available), it disables the periodic flushing of the write cache. This writes whatever is in the cache to disk at a regular interval so there is less chance of data being lost if the power fails.

Also, there are many SSDs with integrated cache.

Thanks, I started to think about that before, but put it off lol. I adjusted it now. thumb.gif

Edit: waiting for a PM, I am so confused lol, all I know is that you get better performance having enable write caching for HDDs/SSDs and having write cache buffer off for SSDs
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Just taking a wild shot here, but as there has been a bit of discussion on raid - I thought it might be worthwhile asking.

Does anyone know how, in AMD's RAIDXpert, to set the read and write Cache status options?? They can be found under the logical drive area - settings - in RAIDXpert. I can not enable them to the correct settings, just wondering if anyone knows what I'm doing wrong, or possibly not doing?

This is an important step in getting the best performance from AMD raid - especially with SSD's, yet no one seems to know how to enable it - (that I have found anyway).

I have asked this question in quite a few different places - no answer yet.

EDIT: Specifically, I'm trying to enable 'READ AHEAD' and 'WRITE BACK'
Edited by sequoia464 - 11/12/11 at 10:17pm
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ahhhhh that ram disk has made my internet browsing 1000 times better.biggrin.gif
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ahhhhh that ram disk has made my internet browsing 1000 times better.biggrin.gif

Awesome! thumb.gif
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I generally instal Intel Chipset drivers and IRST immediately after a fresh install before doing anything else. After installing IRST it will ask you to restart twice, once when you initially install IRST and once more after you load into Windows.

I would skip step 15, install AV software as that tends to add seconds to your boot time. I personally recommend installing a imaging program like Acronis or Ghost after you have fully updated, installed and configured all your programs. Saves user the hassle of clean installing and reconfiguring everyone again.

I would also skip step 11, turn off defrag on SSD drive. I would disable defrag in services.msc all together since archive drives do not tend to get defragmented as quickly as the boot drive.
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For some reason after moving the cache to RAM Disk, GMail stopped working properly.. All messages appear blank frown.gif Even after removing Cache from there, still blank frown.gif dunno what to do..
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