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Hello all, its been a while since ive been on. I decided to restore my old Dell Inspiron 5150 laptop for random gaming duty, and also for the hell of it; its almost 10 years old. Anyways, i ended up buying a Transcend PSD320 128GB PATA/IDE 2.5" SSD to replace the Hitachi 100GB thats already in there.

Since its PATA/IDE, not SATA II or SATA III, i am not sure what settings or alignment i should use; i assume 4k align; there is little info out there on PATA/IDE SSD's, and i dont want to screw it up, but i am willing to play with it to no end. I have a perfectly good Hitachi 100GB 7200RPM 8MB Cache HDD that works great; but after using strictly very fast SATA II or SATA III SSD's as boot drives, and ARECA RAID cards for work, i have become addicted to quick booting, installs, reads, and writes. And even though the system concerned is almost a decade old, Transcend makes a PATA/IDE SSD in 128GB format, so i bought it. I still use this machine randomly for HDV recording, audio capture or editing, and because it was the first PC i ever personally owned.

Anyways, below are the system specs. The SSD is supposedly capable of 90+ MB/sec read/writes, i am not sure how to format the HDD or align it (i assume 4k but i havent thus far; i left it with stock XP settings during install). Read speeds are 85-90MBps for files over 16MB, write tops out at just over 20MBps for files over 32MB; i know its misaligned and not set up properly. Write back cache is enabled, compression is disabled, indexing disabled, search disabled, everything but alignment and proper cluster size is set up.

The Hitachi 100GB drive is slower to boot by about 60%, reads are much slower (say 40%) but writes are at least 150% faster on average; say 35MB/sec average versus 18MB/sec on the SSD between 512-2GB on ATTO's disk benchmark. I would like to see max 70+ MB/sec write speeds. Manufacturer claims sequential 104MB/Sec read and 94MB/sec Write speeds; i am seeing 90+% of claimed read speeds on an ATA100 based system, yet less than 20% of claimed max write speeds in terms of ATA100 maximum speeds and manufacturer claimed speeds; and i know XP x32 does not allow me to align 4k, and i dont even know if that is totally correct. The Hitachi HDD i have on standby has 20% slower reads max, but 60% faster writes max; even if it has horrible latency.

Dell Inspiron 5150
Intel Pentium 4m 3.2 Ghz with HT (max)
2GB Kingston 333Mhz RAM (max)
UXGA 1600x1200 LCD (max)
Nvidia GeForece Go 5200 64MB RAM Graphics (max)
Transcend PSD320 PATA/IDE 128GB SSD (max)
NEC DVD-R/RW 8x (max)
Sound Blaster Audigy 2ZS Notebook 24bit PCMCIA card

I have (legit) windows 7 disks, i just need to know what specs to align/partition and format/cluster size this SSD to to get the performance i want out of it. Thanks!
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OSMonitorKeyboardPower
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 980x Rampage III Gene GTX660 24GB Kingston HyperX 9/9/9/24 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Vertex 2 120GB Areca 1222 with 8 Samsung HM500JJ Pioneer BDR-206BK/DVD-RW Lots of fans 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 x64 ACER 2560x1440P IPS LED LCD Microsoft and CS6 Editing keyboards EVGA 850w PSU 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
HAF 932 (Black/Blue) generic generic Built in 7.1 
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