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My Corsair F60 finally arrived today and I was just wondering if anyone could point me to a link or guide on how to install and optimize when installing this SSD with windows 7.

I know you have to enable certain options in the bios for it to run at optimum... is there any other tips and tricks that I need to know about to maximise performance?

I dont want to install and then have to re do it cos I missed something.

Thanks. And happy holidays!

-- EDIT --

Problem with dual booting: I installed using AHCI as it was the only way the windows installation would work...it wouldn't work set to RAID mode the SSD wasn't being detected in bios (although it was in the POST screen)

After installing I then plugged back in my raided drives, set it back to RAID mode and I get no dual boot just boots from my raided drives back into Vista... although i installed Win 7 on the SSD... I can also access the SSD from the "my computer" bit in windows fine.

But I can't boot from my SSD when RAID mode is enabled only when AHCI mode is enabled... but then I cannot dual boot my vista RAID.

I was told that I would be able to dual boot with my Vista RAID and my Win 7 install on my SSD... I am thinking this may not be true frown.gif
Edited by OCZedd - 12/30/10 at 10:33am
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http://www.corsair.com/media/cms/manual/How_to_Optimize_Your_SSD_Boot_Drive.pdf
    
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Originally Posted by OCZedd;11815887 
My Corsair F60 finally arrived today and I was just wondering if anyone could point me to a link or guide on how to install and optimize when installing this SSD with windows 7.

I know you have to enable certain options in the bios for it to run at optimum... is there any other tips and tricks that I need to know about to maximise performance?

I dont want to install and then have to re do it cos I missed something.

Thanks. And happy holidays!
If your motherboard has an AHCI option (Advanced Host Controller Interface), then enable that first.

Also, if it does have an AHCI option, then install this driver: Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver version 10.1.0.1008 (it only works in AHCI mode)

Other than that, feel free to do some (or all) of these tweaks:

* Windows 7 Ultimate Tweaks & Utilities *

Tutorials: Real world Windows 7 SSD tweaks and optimization


However, it's safe to avoid these tweaks too. Except, just avoid defragging it. smile.gif
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Cool thanks for those. This looks like a nice guide to follow on here too:

http://www.overclock.net/ssd/890571-guide-installing-windows-7-new-drive.html


And is this any good to follow:

http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/3116/tweaktown_s_solid_state_drive_optimization_guide/

Alot of tweaks there! So firstly I just enable ACHI and install Windows 7 as normal and then install that intel driver + other drivers. Then update SSD firmware to 2.0 (I just bought this drive would it not have 2.0 on it already?) Finally do all tweaks I want.

Btw I am gonna be dual booting with my Vista raid0.
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I have the same drive and am quite pleased with it. Check this link for a guide on how to move your user profile(s) to another drive. Saves space on the SSD.
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Hmm is it good to move the user profiles though.. as they would slow down not being on the SSD?
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Hmm is it good to move the user profiles though.. as they would slow down not being on the SSD?

What do you mean "slow down"?

Moving the user profile location to another drive saves space on the SSD, and lowers the amount of read/write cycles on the SSD. What is there to "slow down"?

All I can say is that the way my drives are setup now is much faster than what I had before.

60GB for OS and applications and my HDD for user profile data/documents/movies/music/images/etc.
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Yeah I just meant that documents and stuff inside the user profiles will be slower on a hdd than an SSD
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Yeah I just meant that documents and stuff inside the user profiles will be slower on a hdd than an SSD

You are correct. Technically opening a document on a solid state drive vs. a HDD would be faster.

However, is is really that important to have that 115kb word doc. open half a second faster? M$ Office 2010 is still installed on my SSD.
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Hmm... I see your point. I might do it for Music and Pictures... but maybe Documents I will leave on the ssd.

Btw I read that its best to leave 10-20% free space on the ssd for it to run optimumly is this true?
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