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I've been reading up plenty on how to properly set up my SSD. I understand most of the steps I need to take to properly set up and maintain the drive to optimize performance. Turning on AHCI, moving the page file, no defrag, etc. The only thing that I'm not sure about is how to make sure the disk is properly aligned. To be honest I'm not even sure what that means . So here's my question(s):

*This will be a fresh install of Win7 64bit on a 64GB Corsair C300 drive*

1. What does having a disk "aligned" properly, mean?

2. Do I even need to worry about it?

3. If I do need to worry about it, what steps need to be taken in order to do it successfully?

Thanks - R00STR
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post #2 of 10
I believe Windows 7 aligns by default.
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post #3 of 10
http://www.overclock.net/ssd/859971-...l#post11240632

Twocables helped me with this. It worked for me. It aligns it to 1024 and gets rid of the 100mb partition you cant normally get rid of.

EDIT:
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Originally Posted by beers View Post
I believe Windows 7 aligns by default.
I heard the same thing, most likely true. But his way gets rid of that extra partition. You dam ninja

EDIT2: How you like your Liquid Fusion and what color??
Edited by goodtobeking - 12/30/10 at 7:55pm
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Yea, just install windows normally, but make sure AHCI is enable in the BIOS before the install. The alignment will be fine.
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post #5 of 10
Here you go:
http://www.overclock.net/ssd/890571-...new-drive.html

Windows 7 aligns partitions correctly by default

An unaligned drive can cause some SSDs to do extra writes which means they are slower.
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Right on guys, thanx. Everything is installed and optimized at this point. I'm pretty sure the drive is operating in good condition.



I did have an issue with installing the Intel Rapid Storage driver though. My first attempt at it led to a BSOD, and had to reinstall the OS. What I'm thinking may have gone wrong is that I left Win Vista on it's original drive (the Vraptor), so the rig was giving me the option to choose between the two OS's. Maybe the driver was comflicted between the two?

Just wanting to make sure this is the right driver, as I'm going to try it again. I've read that the IRS driver is superior to the MSAHCI driver, and if that's so, would like to get it installed. Here's the driver I'm using: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...&DwnldID=18861

Thanks, and rep+ for the responses .
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I've always installed the OS and then the Intel driver and not had ant issues, you have the pre-install version there is that what your trying to do? There's a newer version also.

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?ProductID=2101&DwnldID=19607〈=eng &iid=dc_rss
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I've always installed the OS and then the Intel driver and not had ant issues, you have the pre-install version there is that what your trying to do? There's a newer version also.

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?ProductID=2101&DwnldID=19607〈=eng &iid=dc_rss
Yes, I had tried to load the driver before, or during actually, OS installation. Seemed a logical choice at the time. Obviously it was not . I'll be trying the driver package you linked shortly. Thank you.
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Any insight as to why my score has decreased from 490 to 456? First score is using MSAHCI driver, second score is using IRS driver.
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