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I think I may take the plunge a nab an 128gb M4. Hopefully the guide here will make it less painfull. Just not looking forward to reinstalling everything.
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Originally Posted by Rage19420 View Post

I think I may take the plunge a nab an 128gb M4. Hopefully the guide here will make it less painfull. Just not looking forward to reinstalling everything.

Do it, you will be blown away! SSDs are soo fast! smile.gif

And if you have any questions I am always happy to answer wink.gif
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First, awesome guide +rep, second I have a silly/potentially easy question. I am doing a new system build this weekend but am wondering if I should set my drives to AHCI or RAID for the initial install. Currently the plan is to use a 120GB Force 3 for my boot drive, a WD 256GB SSD for Steam/Apps and 2 x F3s in Raid 1 for important data. My original plan was to just set it to RAID, install on the Force 3, then bring the other drives online once I am sure the system is stable, but after reading the Corsair firmware flash guide, it seems that it can only be applied when the controller is in AHCI mode, is this true or more of a 'this is what worked best for us' kinda thing? Also is there any potential problems in installing with AHCI, doing updates/firmware updates, then swapping back to RAID, the Intel download page was pretty adamant about not doing ti after the OS has been installed.
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I currently have a vertex 2 as my boot drive and a HDD for games/files/prgrams.I also had moved the location which "my documenets, downloads, pictures, etc" are stored so theyre on the HDD not the SSD.

I just ordered a 120gb vertex 3 which I'll use then as a boot drive and install CAD, and other applications.. Whats the best way to keep my OS and installed programs. I guess is there a program which will mirror the OS from the vertex 2 to the vertex 3? so then I can wipe the vertex 2 and use to have a few games installed smile.gif
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After several days of using my computer formatted with your guide, I am truly amazed at the speed, increased OC ability, and all of the tips that Windows has provided all this time that most of us have actually paid some "company" that work first time around.

Great job Sean - and to all of those whose writings were compiled and used by Sean to make this guide so fantastic.

This is BY FAR, the best "How To..." guide on OCN.

Period.
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First, awesome guide +rep, second I have a silly/potentially easy question. I am doing a new system build this weekend but am wondering if I should set my drives to AHCI or RAID for the initial install. Currently the plan is to use a 120GB Force 3 for my boot drive, a WD 256GB SSD for Steam/Apps and 2 x F3s in Raid 1 for important data. My original plan was to just set it to RAID, install on the Force 3, then bring the other drives online once I am sure the system is stable, but after reading the Corsair firmware flash guide, it seems that it can only be applied when the controller is in AHCI mode, is this true or more of a 'this is what worked best for us' kinda thing? Also is there any potential problems in installing with AHCI, doing updates/firmware updates, then swapping back to RAID, the Intel download page was pretty adamant about not doing ti after the OS has been installed.

Thanks.

Hmmm, I am not sure with your drive, I will ask a friend. RAID mode is basically AHCI mode with extra support, I don't see why having the drive in RAID mode vs AHCI would make a difference, though like I said, I haven't used either of your drives.

Can't you boot the firmware from a CD?

With my Crucial M4 all I need to do is burn an .iso image of the newest firmware to a disc, put my SATA mode to IDE and boot off the disc. Then run the update, restart, switch back to RAID or AHCI and then I'm good.

Can you put the drives in your system you have atm and update them that way? Then you won't need to worry about switching the modes. Then you just make the new build and use RAID.
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I currently have a vertex 2 as my boot drive and a HDD for games/files/prgrams.I also had moved the location which "my documenets, downloads, pictures, etc" are stored so theyre on the HDD not the SSD.

I just ordered a 120gb vertex 3 which I'll use then as a boot drive and install CAD, and other applications.. Whats the best way to keep my OS and installed programs. I guess is there a program which will mirror the OS from the vertex 2 to the vertex 3? so then I can wipe the vertex 2 and use to have a few games installed smile.gif

Clonezilla should be good. I always use windows built in backup and restore to make a system image myself.
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Originally Posted by jcfsusmc View Post

After several days of using my computer formatted with your guide, I am truly amazed at the speed, increased OC ability, and all of the tips that Windows has provided all this time that most of us have actually paid some "company" that work first time around.

Great job Sean - and to all of those whose writings were compiled and used by Sean to make this guide so fantastic.

This is BY FAR, the best "How To..." guide on OCN.

Period.

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Thanks you very much, I appreciate it!
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