Fill in your SIG RIG for spec's so we can be more informed.
(more info, more help)
If you are talking new build, make sure AHCI mode is selected in BIOS.
Most newer MB's have SATA3 and SATA6 type.
(MB's label each port, consult your manual.)
Hook up ODD(DVD, etc.)on SATA3 port(doesn't matter which one)
Find out which of your MB SATA ports is SATA6-0 or SATA6-1-hook up SSD.(only)
Load windows(or other OS)
(Usually you would load from Optical drive, best on SATA3 as SATA6 speed not necessary).
If you are loading from USB, hook up ONLY SSD to SATA6-0 or SATA6-1
(SSD only so Windows does not spread install/boot info on 3 diff drives!).
Once OS installed, add your two HDD's to SATA6 -2, or -3,etc & format for use.
Sean's guide to SSD's is very informative.(here on OCN).
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Not exactly sure what all your advice meant. Its a brand new RIG and I havent even installed Windows yet. Above is my specs.
plug one end of the sate cable to the motherboard, and the other end to the sata port on the hard drive/ ssd
the small one is for data which connects to your motherboard, and the big one is for power, which connects to your power supply.... to give it power.
turn on your computer, it will prompt you at post if you want to jump into bios screen before loading, go into your bios, (( it might be f8.... for f10... or del button )) and go into hard drive properties under one of the tabs and make sure its in AHCI mode , save the bios then exit, and put in your windows CD and boot. when you install your windows make sure you install it to the drive with the least ammount of data, since obviously its going to be your SSD.
You will have to re-install Windows and all programs. I don't know about needing to delete everything and losing your own files on the C: drive. You will in any case only have to do things to the drive where you installed Windows, your SSD.
All current PCs can use the 64-bit version of Windows.
The 32-bit version can only make around 3 GB of RAM available. The rest of your RAM won't be accessible for programs. That's the main difference in practice.
My several years old scanner does not have a driver for 64-bit Windows. It only works in 32-bit Windows. Problems like that are very rare nowadays.
I am starting my computer for the first time and havent installed anything. I have only the SSD sata plugged into Sata 0 and the Optical drive in sata 5 or 6. (I have 2 2tb HDD that are not plugged in that I DID NOT plan to Raid.)
I am following Sean's Windows 7 Install & Optimization Guide. Says to do some prep work. I have AHCI enabled for Onchip SATA Type. On the guide it says see if the is a AHCI 2.0 available. Where do I see this?? (I am a complete NOON here). Next it says check the firmware for your SSD and make sure its up to date. Well how the hell do I do that when the SSD is plugged into the new PC and I dont have windows installed?? I am on a laptop now and see a firmware available on the OCZ website, but how to I get it from the laptop onto the SSD for the destop??
I have never done an aftermarket MOBO before and want to do it right.