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Basically I got this solid state drive today! smile.gif

But... now I need help making sure everything is working correctly. I reformated my computer and install windows 7 64-bit. I'm wondering what do I do now.

1. Should I Install my drivers on my SSD or my Storage Hard drive?

2.What is this Trim/ACHI people speak of?

3. There anything I could do int he bios to improve my SSD?

if you have any suggestions, I'll greatly appreciate it. redface.gif
Edited by qTAP - 12/22/10 at 9:06pm
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I'm no expert when it comes to SSDs but from what I've read.

1. I'd install drivers on the SSD as they probably will need to read/write on boot, this should speed up your boot.

2. Not sure technically what TRIM does, but in general terms it prevents performance degradation of your SSD over time. Its a built in feature of Windows 7.

AHCI seems to be a mode of interface for your SATA drive, from what I've seen it provides better performance than having IDE mode set in your bios.

3. Set AHCI through bios for better SSD performance.


Its frequently recommended that you set AHCI through bios then freshly install your OS, in that order to avoid problems. Never defrag a SSD as it will reduce performance, be sure to turn any automatic defrag scheduling through your OS off.


Probably worthwhile reading the sticky too:
http://www.overclock.net/ssd/700470-tutorials-real-world-windows-7-ssd.html
Edited by Buttnose - 12/22/10 at 9:24pm
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The Best way to know where you stand is for you to download Crystal DiskMark and run it and then post a score. U should be perfect, TRIM is automatic and the only hiccup ,ight be if u installed in IDE and not SATA.
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Originally Posted by Buttnose;11747226 
I'm no expert when it comes to SSDs but from what I've read.

1. I'd install drivers on the SSD as they probably will need to read/write on boot, this should speed up your boot.

2. Not sure technically what TRIM does, but in general terms it prevents performance degradation of your SSD over time. Its a built in feature of Windows 7.

AHCI seems to be a mode of interface for your SATA drive, from what I've seen it provides better performance than having IDE mode set in your bios.

3. Set AHCI through bios for better SSD performance.


Its frequently recommended that you set AHCI through bios then freshly install your OS, in that order to avoid problems. Never defrag a SSD as it will reduce performance, be sure to turn any automatic defrag scheduling through your OS off.

Thanks for the input!! I'll try find where i can set my drive in AHCI mode.
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The Best way to know where you stand is for you to download Crystal DiskMark and run it and then post a score. U should be perfect, TRIM is automatic and the only hiccup ,ight be if u installed in IDE and not SATA.

thanks.

anyone else with some good ssd tips?
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Originally Posted by qTAP;11747297 
Thanks for the input!! I'll try find where i can set my drive in AHCI mode

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyAqxYBEaL4[/ame]

Watch from 2.40 onwards he sets AHCI using a Gigabyte bios.
Edited by Buttnose - 12/22/10 at 9:42pm
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Originally Posted by Buttnose;11747226 
I'm no expert when it comes to SSDs but from what I've read.

1. I'd install drivers on the SSD as they probably will need to read/write on boot, this should speed up your boot.

2. Not sure technically what TRIM does, but in general terms it prevents performance degradation of your SSD over time. Its a built in feature of Windows 7.

AHCI seems to be a mode of interface for your SATA drive, from what I've seen it provides better performance than having IDE mode set in your bios.

3. Set AHCI through bios for better SSD performance.


Its frequently recommended that you set AHCI through bios then freshly install your OS, in that order to avoid problems. Never defrag a SSD as it will reduce performance, be sure to turn any automatic defrag scheduling through your OS off.


Probably worthwhile reading the sticky too:
http://www.overclock.net/ssd/700470-tutorials-real-world-windows-7-ssd.html

Helping you out a little, but for the most part it seems you are getting it. cheers.gif

1. Read on the SSD if you have firmware 006 you win as it's the latest, if you have firmware 002 upgrade to 006, if you have firmware 001 which I doublt since it's old update to 002 FIRSTTTTTTTTTTTTT and then update to 006.

2. TRIM tells which blocks of data on the SSD are no longer considered in use and can be wiped internally. Oh, also TRIM is on the SSD, Win 7 just supports it tongue.gif

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnBk2IGYerU[/ame]

3. To make it simple, AHCI is faster than the old ways. Set it in the BIOS, then install Win7. Since you already freshly installed Windows you can enable AHCI this way:

http://www.ithinkdiff.com/how-to-enable-ahci-in-windows-7-rc-after-installation/

Defraging just causes unnecessary wear and doesn't help at all with dealing with SSDs.

I also like AS SSD better for SSDs lol

http://www.alex-is.de/PHP/fusion/downloads.php?cat_id=4&download_id=9

When you unzip it make sure you put the English folder in the same place as the .EXE..unless you know German smile.gif
Edited by maximus20895 - 12/22/10 at 10:23pm
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the main things are dont defrag and set to ACHI

everything else is minimal differences really
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I was instructed to install Intel Rapid Storage Technology which increased my read/write speeds by a bit.

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?DwnldID=18859
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Originally Posted by Rayzer;11747876 
I was instructed to install Intel Rapid Storage Technology which increased my read/write speeds by a bit.

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?DwnldID=18859

That is used to control AHCI..windows has one too that is called msahci.

Here is an updated version:

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&ProdId=2101&DwnldID=19607&ProductFamily=Chipsets&ProductLine=Chipset+Software&ProductProduct=Intel%C2%AE+Rapid+Storage+Technology+%28Intel%C2%AE+RST%29〈=eng
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