Originally Posted by GreenStone
Looking forward to a clean and faster system
Could you guys give me some advice on installation? I have a second HDD (Samsung F3). I heard that you have to activate AHCI and then install windows.
I would like to have Windows on the SSD (maybe 2 partitions, one for Windows itself and the second for some important programs?)
Just print the first two steps from Sean's SSD Installation and Tweaking Guide. The alignment part and the tweaks before first reboot part. Remember to donwload your drivers previously to installing Windows, put them on your HDD.
Then, power off your computer, unplug power supply cable and SATA/Power cable of the Samsung F3 and the motherboard. Make sure your pretty little Samsung 830 is the ONLY hard-drive plugged into your motherboard. Put your Samsung SSD wherever you want, plug power cable and make sure it uses a SATAIII connector(if available in your motherboard). Then, power on and follow the first two steps of Sean's guide, making sure you install Windows 7 for TRIM(I see you have Windows 7 X64 on your rig, so no worries there). After doing the first two steps, installing your drivers, Windows Update, do a Windows Experience and see that beautiful score.
Install Samsung Magician(the cd contains V3.0, download from Samsung v3.1 and the newest firmware update that has been released today). I recommend to wait a bit before updating your Samsung 830 firmware to see what feedback users post in the forums. It's always good to wait for some feedback about firmware before updating.
In Samsung Magician(what a beautiful toolbox), check OS Optimization and where you see a red marker, check it and click Tune. If you want, allocate some space on your SSD for Overprovisioning, it's recommended. Then, you can make the partitions you want. Plug your Samsung F3 again and delete the OS partition, or the whole drive, if you want.
One recommendation: Samsung GC/TRIM works when your computer is iddle. So if you want TRIM to work, just let your computer idle for some hours. Usually, I check performance after an hour, and Samsung GC/TRIM works quite well.