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Intel 320 series 80GB SSD advice.

post #1 of 10
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This is my very first one and yes i know there are tons of threads what to do to start it and install and tweak it. I'm still baffled by all the guides and yes i'm too excited about this and just can't calm myself and tell me which guide to pick. Wish there was a SIMPLE easy guide without having a headache or encountering problems with the SSD. I never want problems lol. However i need to know what i really need to do first?

Do i reformat my pc and start OS install on the SSD or just leave it alone. I only want Battlefield 3 installed on my new SSD so i can have it run faster biggrin.gif

I just really don't know where to begin and especially with security standards? Is there a way to make sure it's secured and etc? This is MY first SSD and i feel like a newbie all over again when it comes to knowledge about computers. I'm a whiz at everything and i admit i don't know crap about SSD and i did read and understand what it does and all. Just a little confused there are tons of ways to use the SSD and i just don't know what to pick and what is the most safe method way to use the SSD for?

80gb isn't nearly enough for Win 7 and 1 game? What if i wanted more games? Wouldn't that be a bit of a problem? I bought this at Best Buy for 119. Yes you heard me right. They were stupid to price it. I think i should had gone for the 120gb since it was 169 on sale and i think i should had taken advantage and got it instead lmao. I didn't say nothing to BB because the 80gb is normally priced 149.99 biggrin.gif Oh yea i'm loving my day. That price is the price on NewEgg too! LOL!

Anyhow back to the moot point being here, what should i do? I'm nervous i'll make a mistake lol.rolleyes.gif
post #2 of 10
I think you are covered in my thread, it is the newest and best one to date as well. rolleyes.gif

And you have tech support right here too with me...when I am awake that is. tongue.gif

Clean install is best.

80GB is more than enough for like OS, programs and 3-4 games lol.

And for information on SSDs read here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1179518/seans-ssd-buyers-guide-information-thread

And just follow my guide and read carefully. smile.gif
post #3 of 10
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UGH gotta follow your guide lol. Dude you have so many guides and i just don't know where to begin. I even have a 1TB hard drive. What am i suppose to do with that then? lol.

So what is the BEST thing to start with? Do i need to download updates and firmwire for the SSD or is that after?

Man i'm so freaking nervous lmao.
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UGH gotta follow your guide lol. Dude you have so many guides and i just don't know where to begin. I even have a 1TB hard drive. What am i suppose to do with that then? lol.
Disconnect the drive before you install on the SSD.
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So what is the BEST thing to start with?
lol. Post's # 1 and 2 here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-guide-optimization-for-ssds-hdds#post_15521879
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Do i need to download updates and firmwire for the SSD or is that after?
Answered in my thread. Intel toolbox...

Install SSD in your PC now install the toolbox, see if you can update the firmware.
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Man i'm so freaking nervous lmao.
Don't be, a SSD is just a hard drive. lol If you just follow my guide you will be good to go.
post #5 of 10
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Thanks you're a huge help. Wouldn't Windows Update install the updates for me instead of the tools? Well i went ahead and download the software tools. Gonna burn these.

What you mean by POST 1 and 2? Just install OS on it and then follow up the small minor tweak and i'm done?

Do i gotta reformat my hard drive also if i am not using it? I do wanna use the 1TB for something. Maybe install things like pics, videos? What about games? Don't i need a OS

Man this is weird, this is totally my first SSD,hope the results are rewarding from your guide!
post #6 of 10
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If your hardware is overclocked please revert to stock clocks for installation.
Enable AHCI SATA mode in the UEFI/BIOS. Use RAID if you are going to use a RAID array or Intel SRT. (SSD caching)

is this what you mean by POST 1 and 2? or the whole section of instructions? LMAO sorry for the confusion!
post #7 of 10
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Ok i think i know what to do. Hope everything turns out ok. Be back in a bit.thumb.gif
post #8 of 10
So many questions...do you need them answered still or do you got it? lol
post #9 of 10
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Check your thread and inbox in case sir. Thanks much.
post #10 of 10
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Problem solved. Only last resort is install firmware tool which i never seen or done before. Don't know why there is a iso file included? Part of the tool related too?

However does anyone know if this is needed and recommended http://downloadcenter.intel.com/SearchResult.aspx?lang=eng&ProductFamily=Chipsets&ProductLine=Chipset+Software&ProductProduct=Intel%C2%AE+Rapid+Storage+Technology

I don't use RAID anyways.

Also second question, can i install steam on the SSD? Will it cause problems? Or just install it on my secondary hard drive which is a 1TB hard drive. Can i play games from my other hard drive?

Wouldn't the SSD work for my HD anyways or does it read and write seperately?
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