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Hello I was wondering if anyone on the Forums here has any experience with ssd drives and windows xp Pro? What would be the best ssd for it as well?

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Edited by spectre1 - 9/3/10 at 9:34pm
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The problem with installing XP on an SSD is that XP does not have the TRIM command.
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Windows XP is an old Operating System and doesn't support SSD's all too well, unlike Windows 7. If you are to get a SSD then I suggest disabling the scheduled "Disk Defragment" which comes with Windows XP.

No SSD is suited to an OS, you are best helped if we better understand your needs for the drive, e.g. gaming, editing etc...
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XP can run SSD drives, but they will degrade pretty quickly. If memory serves only Win 7 has built in Maintenance for SSD Drives.
What will you be doing with it? And how often will you be willing to replace the drive because it degrades?
In XP you would be better off just getting a Velociraptor Drive.
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The problem with installing XP on an SSD is that XP does not have the TRIM command.
That's why he's asking.

He could get an SSD with Idle Time Garbage Collection (ITGC) or one with a cleaner application.


Intel G2 SSD Optimizer works in XP: http://download.intel.com/support/ss...oolbox_fqa.pdf

Indilinx SSDs have ITGC and a Wiper Tool.

Samsung controllers have ITGC as well but they aren't as good.
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I'd get an Intel and as ^^ said, run the Intel SSD Toolbox
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post #7 of 31
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I'd get an Intel and as ^^ said, run the Intel SSD Toolbox
Yes that would be the best bet, the Toolbox works well.
post #8 of 31
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Originally Posted by spectre1 View Post
Hello I was wondering if anyone on the Forums here has any experience with ssd drives and windows xp Pro? What would be the best ssd for it as well?

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Thanks.
Intel's where made for XP, I ran two different Intel SSD's with XP and they worked fine, just use the Intel tool box like once a week and it will trim your drive very nicely, in like 10 minutes or less.
Only thing is XP will not align your Intel SSD, so if you do an AS-SSD bench test it will show as 31K misaligned, I did testing with the drive aligned and unaligned and there was little difference in performance.
http://www.overclock.net/9744525-post79.html
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The problem with installing XP on an SSD is that XP does not have the TRIM command.
Which means he needs a Vertex 1, flashed with the v1.6 garbage collecting firmware.

Quote:
Originally Posted by TekWarfare View Post
No SSD is suited to an OS, you are best helped if we better understand your needs for the drive, e.g. gaming, editing etc...
Not true! I gather the C300 is only suited towards Win7. Sandforce drives are great on Linux/OSX(?)/Win7, and Indilinx drives are great on WinXP+/Linux.

Or something like that.

I'm not quite sure where Intel drives fit in... they all appear to have similar names to me.

Quote:
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Only thing is XP will not align your Intel SSD, so if you do an AS-SSD bench test it will show as 31K misaligned, I did testing with the drive aligned and unaligned and there was little difference in performance.
http://www.overclock.net/9744525-post79.html
I believe it matters for Indilinx SSDs. Good thing you can download a Vista or Win7 System Repair disk - which apparently can partition/align drives?

Just make one big NTFS partition, then get out of there and install XP.
     
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Which means he needs a Vertex 1, flashed with the v1.6 garbage collecting firmware.


Not true! I gather the C300 is only suited towards Win7. Sandforce drives are great on Linux/OSX(?)/Win7, and Indilinx drives are great on WinXP+/Linux.

Or something like that.

I'm not quite sure where Intel drives fit in... they all appear to have similar names to me.



I believe it matters for Indilinx SSDs. Good thing you can download a Vista or Win7 System Repair disk - which apparently can partition/align drives?

Just make one big NTFS partition, then get out of there and install XP.
Paragon Alignment Tool, is the easy way to align all your drive's and is stated to extend the life of your SSD's, and it does it on an active drive, I have used it on all my drives, wonderful tool!
It is a GUI tool that will show all your drives and tells you if your drive supports alignment, or does not support. It also gives color codes to your drives..Green Optimally aligned partition, Yellow Non-Optimally aligned partion.
I had an Intel SSD 80gb g2 & 40gb g2, that W7 did the align to I dont remember something like 130,424 ( I see that all most all SSD intel or not ) show this high number. Now the 40gb is 1024 and the 80gb is 2048.
You just select an Non-optimally aligned partition and it goes to work..simple!
Pargon Alignment white paper link, you fill in the form and they email you the link,http://www.paragon-software.com/land...ment_tool.html
Pargon Alignment Tool, sorry is no longer free.
Edited by H969 - 8/31/10 at 10:33pm
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