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I just got this installed, so I thought I would share. I have not tweaked it at all yet, other than make sure TRIM was enabled.

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Seems slow. Yes I installed it in IDE mode not AHCI. Should I enable AHCI mode now? Or leave it in IDE? Anything else I can do? Will it effect my HDD? I don't want to lose any information on that...

How do I update these drivers? That can't be right...


Edited by hondajt - 12/26/10 at 9:49pm
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Yes. Switch from IDE to ACHI.
You'll most likely see an improvement.
Do a Google search, it's pretty easy how to.
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I just got this installed, so I thought I would share. I have not tweaked it at all yet, other than make sure TRIM was enabled.

Attachment 186847
Attachment 186848

Seems slow. Yes I installed it in IDE mode not AHCI. Should I enable AHCI mode now? Or leave it in IDE? Anything else I can do? Will it effect my HDD? I don't want to lose any information on that...

How do I update these drivers? That can't be right...
Enabling AHCI mode now will cause a BSOD during boot-up. So, now it will require a Registry tweak:

  • Exit all Windows-based programs.
  • Press [Win] + R or take the RUN option from the start menu.
  • Now type regedit there and press Enter Key to open up the Registry Editor Window.
  • If you receive the User Account Control dialog box, click Continue.
  • Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\System\\CurrentControlSet\\Ser vic es\\msahci
  • In the right pane, right-click Start in the Name column, and then click Modify.

  • In the Value data box, type 0 [3 is default], and then click OK.
  • On the File menu, click Exit to close Registry Editor (or just press Alt+F4, or click the Red 'x')
  • Restart your computer
  • Go to BIOS and enable AHCI, Save & Reboot
  • Another restart will be required to finish the driver installation.

Alternatively

Just download this Reg File and double-click to implement AHCI on your Windows-based computer.
Just remember to do the BIOS switch as well when you reboot.

[source]


After booting up for the first time after switching to AHCI mode in the BIOS, install this:

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...&DwnldID=19607

It's Intel's Rapid Storage Technology driver version 10.1.0.1008. In a word, it's awesome (and I guarantee that it's compatible with your system).
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Would it have been beter for me to install the SDD in AHCI mode? Should I reformat it?
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Doesn't seem horrible for the money though. What brand is it?
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Doesn't seem horrible for the money though. What brand is it?
It's an A-Data Sandforce-1222.
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Installed a bunch of drivers, damn near instantly, and is working perfectly! thank you. I will re-run bechmark after installing new intel stuff.
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Would it have been beter for me to install the SDD in AHCI mode? Should I reformat it?
Nope. It's fine. This tweak will provide the same results as formatting and starting over in AHCI mode.

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Doesn't seem horrible for the money though. What brand is it?
It's the A-DATA S599.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...n=S599&x=0&y=0
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Yeah, the microcenter SSD is a rebranded Adata S599. Not a bad drive for $99, but slower than I was expecting.

Reran the benchmark...it helped my read times, but not my writes. Thoughts?
On IDE:
Attachment 186852
On AHCI:
Attachment 186851


Edited by hondajt - 12/26/10 at 10:11pm
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lol...no real change?? You're kidding right. Read the numbers again
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