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Hey all. I just received an ADATA Premier Pro SP900 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) as a freebie from another member. Seeing as this is my first ever SSD I wanted to know if there is any special setup or preparation I need to make before using this as my OS Drive.

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You have two options.

1. Fresh OS install

2. Migrate an image of your OS HDD to your new SSD

The first option seems like the easier option but you have to factor in the amount of time you'll spend installing all your drivers, windows updates, and applications

The second option is, IMHO, the better option. You first prep the drive by aligning it. Then you run disk cleanup, ccleaner, and finally defrag on your HDD. Then you use a program to clone your HDD to your SSD. Then you swap out the drives and have fun with your new SSD.

Now I made option 2 sound a tad bit simpler than it really is, but it's not hard at all. This guide is fairly straightforward and easy to follow and works great if you're going with option 2.

One tip, though, is when you get to one of the final steps where you clone the drive the program will show you one final screen before you actually do the cloning. You'll see a colored bar for the source HDD and destination SSD. Click and drag to shrink the System Reserve partition in the SSD bar to as close to 100mb as you can but don't go under(hover over the sysres partition to view what size it is). For some reason this program tries to make that partition like 9gb which is unnecessary. You can fine tune the size of that partition to the recommended 100mb later on with Windows Disk Management but this will create unallocated space to the right(to the left of your primary C: partition) which will require a third-party partition program to allocate to your primary C: partition since Windows can't.

Then there are the list of tweaks to perform so you can optimize windows for your SSD. Disabling superfetch, prefetch, bootfetch. Disabling disk caching and enabling memcaching on firefox. Moving the file cache for firefox/chrome/etc to a secondary HDD. Enabling windows write-caching. Disabling certain windows logging. Setting search index to cache its files to a secondary HDD. Disabling disk defragmenter(you don't want to run this on an SSD!!!). Etc. It's up to you how many of these tweaks you want to use and most good guides will warn you if any specific tweaks have any downsides. The whole goal here is to reduce the amount of writes to your SSD and reduce the amount of garbage files that pile up on it since space is an issue. There are also ways to place your user folders and other windows essentials on a secondary hdd and map windows to their new locations, just another way to free up space on that ssd.

I just did all this yesterday with my new 60gb OCz Vertex. Win7 64bit with chrome, firefox, and a bunch of other programs(even a full-on rainmeter theme) and I'm sitting at about 30.5gb of space used. I performed most of those tweaks and have all my caches, indexing, pagefile, etc using my secondary raid-1 HDDs.
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If you go with option 1 and do a fresh windows install then windows will optimize itself, to a point, for your SSD. It *should* disable defrag and enable TRIM during the install. All the other tweaks you must do yourself. This option will take longer than option 2 but some people do prefer it and use this as a chance to do some 'spring cleaning.'

Also when I said I was only using 30.5gb of space that's with no special modifications or uninstallations of anything in win7 64bit ultimate to decrease space usage. Full install, all updates, all drivers, tons of programs, etc using the rig in my sig. The only stuff I had to move was some games to my raided secondaries which I had planned on doing anyway since my steam install+games were already on them.

I'll be brutally honest here, though, and tell you what I learned yesterday. You will see a quicker bootup and faster program launching but that's about it really. Nothing mindblowing, no spectacular differences, no parades, etc. Due to the small capacities of our SSDs we can't really benefit from all an SSD can offer because we can't fit all our stuff on it(assuming you're like me and are in to gaming or other stuff that requires a lot of disk space).

That 64gb is a good way to get your feet wet and see what all the fuss is about, though. I got mine for $25 from a friend fully knowing I couldn't put all the stuff on it that I'd like to have on it. Basically I paid $25 to see what SSD was all about and now I'm planning to get a much bigger one to replace this one.
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I have put the OS and the updates onto the SSD. Nothing else. Its used about 40GB of space on a 64GB SSD. Need to eventually upgrade to a larger SSD. But this is a good starting point. Already appreciating the >1:00min boot times.
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I have put the OS and the updates onto the SSD. Nothing else. Its used about 40GB of space on a 64GB SSD. Need to eventually upgrade to a larger SSD. But this is a good starting point. Already appreciating the >1:00min boot times.

With Windows 7 x64 Ultimate fully up to date and a decent list of programs I'm sitting at around 32.5gb of 59.5gb used. I have windows search index, firefox cache, chrome cache, and my pagefile all using E:. I also have system restore turned off(I've personally used it once in the history of that program). Because E: is also home to all my games, steam, music, pictures, word documents, etc I have it syncing to a third hard drive via DeltaCopy, scheduled to run every bootup.

I don't have a backup method for C: yet but I'll see about making a 60gb partition on that third hard drive and having DeltaCopy handle that as well. It's wise to have your own backup/recovery plan in the event of an SSD/HDD failure.
 
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