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It's refusing to format its drives correctly during XP startup, the system just hangs there forever getting nowhere. I'm on the hunt now for a way to format and align both SSDs (NTFS, 1024kb offset) so I can just point the installer at the partitions and it doesn't need to worry about anything.
Removing and reseating the SSD did the trick, however after installing XP I used MiniTools Partition Wizard to align the C: drive (required reboot) and it refused to boot the OS any more. Another reinstal and I'll see what I can figure out.

This is so annoying, I can't even use XP's Diskpart to format and align the bigger volume and just instal XP onto that:
1. XP's Diskpart uses the 'offset' command in place of 7's 'align', however it's bloody impossible to get a 1024kb offset. 1024 gives you a 1GB offset !?! Other numbers don't do what you'd expect either.
2. Even if I get the 16GB SSD sorted out, XP still installs some stuff to the 4GB one as part of its setup process, attempting to align that will no doubt give me the issue above tongue.gif

Any idiot-proof USB-bootable tools for this? I tried putting Partition Wizard's bootable CD image onto a USB and needless to say it didn't work for me, and you have to pay for a license to get their USB bootable version.
Edited by savage1987 - 11/19/13 at 7:01pm
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Alignment sorted. Booted from Win7 USB after realising the issues I was having were due to a poorly seated SSD.

Installed XP on the 16GB drive. Panda Cloud AV crippled the system, and the audio driver is somehow reporting itself as 1.5GB+ and unremovable... I've removed Panda and am working through endless Windows updates, slowly. This thing is still god awfully slow even aligned correctly. I'm sure it's just a software issue. I'll update BIOS soon and give zFlashpoint a go - if I can find it anywhere! Does anyone have an installer for it, because I can't find one.. did it go out of development?


edit: found it. It's called FlashFire now, version 0.99 is the newest stable I found.
Edited by savage1987 - 11/21/13 at 4:54am
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Alignment sorted. Booted from Win7 USB after realising the issues I was having were due to a poorly seated SSD.

Installed XP on the 16GB drive. Panda Cloud AV crippled the system, and the audio driver is somehow reporting itself as 1.5GB+ and unremovable... I've removed Panda and am working through endless Windows updates, slowly. This thing is still god awfully slow even aligned correctly. I'm sure it's just a software issue. I'll update BIOS soon and give zFlashpoint a go - if I can find it anywhere! Does anyone have an installer for it, because I can't find one.. did it go out of development?


edit: found it. It's called FlashFire now, version 0.99 is the newest stable I found.

Sorry to hear about the Panda Cloud AV not working out for you.

If there is one lesson I have learned when dealing with netbooks, it's to never take excess computing power for granted (college kids who own MBP and only use it for Facebook).
    
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Sorry to hear about the Panda Cloud AV not working out for you.

If there is one lesson I have learned when dealing with netbooks, it's to never take excess computing power for granted (college kids who own MBP and only use it for Facebook).
I haven't written it off just yet, I think there are/were definitely other factors at play. I'm going to get it all set up and updated then try Panda again later.

Have installed FlashFire (new name for the old zFlashpoint), it seemed to smarten up the performance of the 16GB SSD nicely. I'm sure there's more in it though. For one thing, these drives don't support TRIM as far as I can tell, so I'm still hunting for a solution for that.

Also installed MalwareBytes and Chrome with my standard complement of extensions (Adblock Plus, Adblock for YouTube, Javascript Popup Blocker) and they are working nicely. Churning through endless Windows updates now, it's a painstakingly slow process.

I've no idea what XP is using the 4GB SSD for - it's reporting 43.8MB used and no viewable files in Windows Explorer. Makes me wonder whether there's something intelligent I can do with it - I have read that it's a much faster SSD than the removable 16GB one. Open to suggestions! smile.gif
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and the audio driver is somehow reporting itself as 1.5GB+ and unremovable...
.... It's now showing up at 4.65GB :l ... I can't find any info on this issue so far, going to try to get rid of it in safe mode and load in a fresh driver.

Still not sure what to do with the 4GB drive.
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.... It's now showing up at 4.65GB :l ... I can't find any info on this issue so far, going to try to get rid of it in safe mode and load in a fresh driver.

Still not sure what to do with the 4GB drive.

Maybe you can use it as a page file drive (in case you have a tendency to open too many tabs in Chrome browser).

Chrome eats up memory space like a hungry panda eats up bamboo.
    
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