Originally Posted by eBombzor
I have only 2 drives and I have 2 SATA 3 ports (0 and 1) and 4 SATA 2 ports (2,3,4,5). The BIOS won't automatically use Intel SRT or RST when I plug in both of my drives (SSD & HDD) into the 2 SATA 3 ports, right?
What board do you have anyway? UD5H?
If so then you also have two more SATA III ports, the Marvell ones. but don't use those for boot drives, just stick with the Intel ports.
But no, you need a small SSD in the mSATA port for RST. Everyone and his brother uses SSD's for boot drives anymore (and rightfully so) and there is nothing extra you need to do other than install the OS. Windows 7 or 8 will automagically take care of things like turning off defrag and otherwise setting up the OS for SSD use. From a user point of view it's simple, just plug it in and install Windows.
No need for any preinstall drivers either, just set the bios for AHCI before installing Windows.
After Windows install then install all the drivers; chipset, USB 3.0, sound, etc etc.