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Im stuck. I did the following steps
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Booting, partitioning and alignment of GPT for Windows and UEFI:
Boot from the Windows 7 install media (You must initiate this boot from a device labeled as a UEFI device, or the installation of Windows 7 will produce an error that the OS cannot be installed to a GPT partition) These UEFI boot devices will have a prefix UEFI: , and show as a boot option in your UEFI (BIOS).
After booting to the UEFI device, and selecting your language, when you see the Install Windows 7 screen, press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt.
At the command prompt, Type diskpart, press Enter
At the Diskpart prompt, Type list disk , press Enter
Type select disk 0 (or whichever number your SSD gets), press Enter
Type clean, press Enter
Type convert gpt, press Enter
Type create partition efi size=100, press Enter
Type format quick fs=fat32 label="ESP", press Enter
Type create partition msr size=128, press Enter
Type create partition primary align=4096 , press Enter
Type format quick fs=ntfs label="SYSTEM", press Enter
Type assign letter=C noerr, press Enter
Type Exit, press Enter
Close the Command Window, and click the Install button.
Proceed to install Windows 7 on the GPT partition labeled "System" using the "Custom (advanced)" type of installation. You do not have to manually format it."

And this happen:

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You need to make sure you boot off the EUFI: device in the EUFI. If you just boot via normal device it will give you that error.

Also, if you are using your X58 board you can't install via GPT, only MBR....
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Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

You need to make sure you boot off the EUFI: device in the EUFI. If you just boot via normal device it will give you that error.

Also, if you are using your X58 board you can't install via GPT, only MBR....


Oh. redface.gif

Then I presume I move onto the next step: "Configure a drive as a boot drive using BIOS and MBR"?
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Success! Windows is installed and now moving on to the optimization steps! Thanks for all this info Sean!
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Ok im done (i think) I still have to map the pic, doc folders etc.

Is this ok? It seems slower then some of the other benchies, maybe due to I have SATA II mobo?

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Sean,
I just bought an Intel SSD 80GB Gen. 3 which I will pair in raid 0 with my present Intel SSD 80 GB Gen 2.
Gen 2 is 32nm while G3 is 22nm but controller is the same on each with some improvements on Gen 3.
My plan, untill SSD Raid 0 Trim will be out, is:
1. make a current SSD image of the Win7Ultimate 64 bit already installed.
2. install the 2nd SSD (G3) and initiate the Raid 0 array - I can use either the Marvel 6GB controller or the Intel 3 GB controller on my Asus Rampage 3 formula... not sure which one to use but most likely I'll go with Intel since the G2 is 3GB speed.
3. create an OS partition using the Win 7 install disk of 120GB and leave the rest (guess around 30GB) unallocated. I think of making a 9 GB (1.5x6GB installed RAM) partition for the page file... dunno.
4. restore the Win 7 image on the Raid 0 120GB partition
5. disable prefetch and defrag in Win7.
6. Done!

Any suggestions where I can go wrong?
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Ok im done (i think) I still have to map the pic, doc folders etc.

Is this ok? It seems slower then some of the other benchies, maybe due to I have SATA II mobo?

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Use AS SSD and ATTO if you want, it seems good to me. What SSD do you have exactly? If you mentioned it before sry. lol
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Sean,
I just bought an Intel SSD 80GB Gen. 3 which I will pair in raid 0 with my present Intel SSD 80 GB Gen 2.
Gen 2 is 32nm while G3 is 22nm but controller is the same on each with some improvements on Gen 3.
My plan, untill SSD Raid 0 Trim will be out, is:
1. make a current SSD image of the Win7Ultimate 64 bit already installed.
2. install the 2nd SSD (G3) and initiate the Raid 0 array - I can use either the Marvel 6GB controller or the Intel 3 GB controller on my Asus Rampage 3 formula... not sure which one to use but most likely I'll go with Intel since the G2 is 3GB speed.
3. create an OS partition using the Win 7 install disk of 120GB and leave the rest (guess around 30GB) unallocated. I think of making a 9 GB (1.5x6GB installed RAM) partition for the page file... dunno.
4. restore the Win 7 image on the Raid 0 120GB partition
5. disable prefetch and defrag in Win7.
6. Done!

Any suggestions where I can go wrong?

Make sure your system image is set up with RAID enabled rather than AHCI.

Use the Intel controller for the drives

Page file doesn't need to be large. You can keep it smaller unless programs force you to keep it larger. I have mine disabled.

Once up and running; run WEI. Then go through the whole guide checking over everything. So defrag may be disabled for the SSD array once you run WEI, but I am not sure on it.

I would just set up the array then start over with a new install. Do your plan first, but make sure all your data is backed up too. If you run into issues then just do a reinstall.
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Its a Crucial M4 128

Here's benchies in AS SSD and ATTO
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