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Installed windows 7 on an SSD in IDE

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This was my first build and I decided to go with a 60gb patriot pyro for my boot drive as I hear SSDs are the shiznit. I am currently using an external 500gb usb drive for storage and plan on later on getting some internal spinners for more storage. Not sure if it is important or not, but cpu is i5 2500k, msi z68ma-g45 mobo and 8gb of ram.

I got it all assembled succesfully and it is stable, but I need to exchange the ram for some 1.5v 1600mhz ddr3 as they sold me 1.65v at frys.mad.gif

I didn't change anything in the uefi before installing it and have since learned that ahci is needed to fully utilize the ssd drive. Well, I found you can either change the settings via changing registry keys and then changing the uefi. Or, is it better to just start fresh and clear the drive and then do a new install following Sean's optimized guide?

I know most of the settings are changed after the install on the initial running of windows 7 and thus can be changed at any time. So I ask these questions:

1. Does it matter if I switch to ahci before installing windows or change to ahci after windows is installed?

2. Will my performance differ if I perform the system setup now or after clearing the drive and installing windows? (Turn off/shrink: hibernation, system protection, indexing, page file) I have read that ssd drives perform worse after formatting them. Is it important to shutdown for the FIRST time AFTER those settings are made? Will it matter that I already shut down many many many times?

3. Is formatting different than the full security clear where the memory is spiked to reset it?

I did know well enough to install the latest drivers, just common sense to do that right away.

If there is any other reasons you can think of that would effect my decision to wipe the ssd and start fresh or to just optimize my current install, please let me know. I am kind of inclined to optimize this current install and do a benchmark, then to just redo it all and benchmark. This is my real jump into computer enthusiasm as a hobby and I would be interested to see the difference.
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have a read . . .

http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds
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You can change to AHCI after installing windows, but you have to take some steps first. When the OS loads, it only installs the drivers that support your SATA config. So if you install in IDE, the OS does not install AHCI drivers. If you just switch to AHCI without correcting this, the system will boot and immediate BSOD. here is the fix:


This is a reg fix that will make the changes for you. I sent this to a friend after he did the same thing you did and installed his SSD in IDE mode. It is an easy fix:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976
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