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Does diskpart say your drive is GPT? How do you know for sure?

Every time I typed convert MBR, it wouldn't let me do it. I think is said something about EFI. I'd have to do another install as I can't remember exactly what it said. My SSD is a Crucial M4 128GB drive.

Edit : I wonder if it has anything to do with my MB Bios needing an update? Got a Rampage 4 Formula with 1404 Bios.
Edited by Ice009 - 11/3/12 at 7:04am
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Does diskpart say your drive is GPT? How do you know for sure?

Every time I typed convert MBR, it wouldn't let me do it. I think is said something about EFI. I'd have to do another install as I can't remember exactly what it said. My SSD is a Crucial M4 128GB drive.

Edit : I wonder if it has anything to do with my MB Bios needing an update? Got a Rampage 4 Formula with 1404 Bios.
got to diskpart and see wat it says.

diskpart > list disk > post the displayed results.



As you can see in my example there is no star (" * ") under the GPT column. That means my disk is MBR formated. If there is a start then it means it is GPT.
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Hey sean! Been awhile since I've lurked the SSD forums but I wanted to mention something.

I ended up buying Windows 8 and a Samsung 256Gb 830 series SSD. I followed this specific guide and everything worked perfectly and about 4 days later I was like "oh I didn't run AS SSD yet to see how it runs". Ran it today and I noticed my Seq Read speed was around 350 and the overall score was about 680.

So I glanced over the Windows 7 guide and there was something I did not do in Windows 8 because it wasn't placed here. Device Manager -> Disk Drives -> "my SSD" -> Policies -> and I put a check in the "Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on the device"

Did a restart and my re-ran AS SSD, new random read speed was around 500 and the overall score shot up to about 790.

Just thought I'd mention it since it looks like it applies to Windows 8! smile.gif
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Hey sean! Been awhile since I've lurked the SSD forums but I wanted to mention something.

I ended up buying Windows 8 and a Samsung 256Gb 830 series SSD. I followed this specific guide and everything worked perfectly and about 4 days later I was like "oh I didn't run AS SSD yet to see how it runs". Ran it today and I noticed my Seq Read speed was around 350 and the overall score was about 680.

So I glanced over the Windows 7 guide and there was something I did not do in Windows 8 because it wasn't placed here. Device Manager -> Disk Drives -> "my SSD" -> Policies -> and I put a check in the "Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on the device"

Did a restart and my re-ran AS SSD, new random read speed was around 500 and the overall score shot up to about 790.

Just thought I'd mention it since it looks like it applies to Windows 8! smile.gif
Ok, thanks. I guess I accidentally deleted it form here or forgot to paste it lol. I'll add it when I get home. thumb.gif

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Actually some off the SSD tweaks and especially the write-cache buffer flushing can have different impact on different SSDs. For reference, check Tom's Hardware benchmarks here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-performance-tweak,2911.html. Therefore, I guess one should check the results of tweaking by doing some benchmarking. and setting his system appropriately.

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Actually some off the SSD tweaks and especially the write-cache buffer flushing can have different impact on different SSDs. For reference, check Tom's Hardware benchmarks here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-performance-tweak,2911.html. Therefore, I guess one should check the results of tweaking by doing some benchmarking. and setting his system appropriately.

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Yep. I've already stated that in my Windows 7 thread for buffer flushing specifically. smile.gif

Added it to the guide now.
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got to diskpart and see wat it says.
diskpart > list disk > post the displayed results.

As you can see in my example there is no star (" * ") under the GPT column. That means my disk is MBR formated. If there is a start then it means it is GPT.

yeah it has a star there for disk 0 under the GPT column. Is there any advantage to using GPT for Windows 8 itself?

Should I try reinstalling Windows 8 to see what happens?
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got to diskpart and see wat it says.
diskpart > list disk > post the displayed results.

As you can see in my example there is no star (" * ") under the GPT column. That means my disk is MBR formated. If there is a start then it means it is GPT.

yeah it has a star there for disk 0 under the GPT column. Is there any advantage to using GPT for Windows 8 itself?

Should I try reinstalling Windows 8 to see what happens?
Leave as is. It doesn't really matter. If anything your data is more secure and you may boot and resume faster from sleep.
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Hey Sean, is it safe to use programs such as File Shredder to erase certain documents or other confidential files from an SSD? Could it potentially damage the SSD?

I use File Shredder which is included in Your Uninstaller.
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Hey Sean, is it safe to use programs such as File Shredder to erase certain documents or other confidential files from an SSD? Could it potentially damage the SSD?

I use File Shredder which is included in Your Uninstaller.
Hell no, don't use it, they're useless on SSD as well (LBAs managed by controller and then by OS, program isn't writing where it thinks it is anyways)

TRIM does a far better job anyways.
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