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My dad just purchased 2 SSD’s. They are the A-Data S599 64GB. He is going to use one in his system and I get the other one.

He doesn’t want to fuss with computers anymore as he got out of that hobby. So he wants me to install his system for him and make it trouble free.

So my question is. He is running Windows XP Home. I plan to install the drive with the current OS installed and using Partition Magic to partition it. Then restart set the SSD to his main boot drive and install Windows XP Home. After I Install that I was just going to install Intel SSD Toolbox and be done with it. Can it be just that simple? Or will it begin to slow down fairly quick, a few weeks, months?

He does not want to upgrade to Win7 as he has some old programs that will not work on Win7. If not the ill just go ahead and do all the steps linked in this thread.

Thanks for any and all help!
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The A-Data S599 64GB is a Sandforce drive, so it doesn't need TRIM to be kept up to date. The only thing it needs is to be properly aligned for 4kb sectors, then it will run almost as it would on Windows 7. It will lack TRIM, but SF drives have good garbage collection and aren't affected much by the lack of this command.

/offtopic: In Win7 Pro your dad could use XP Mode to run any program that can run only under XP. Win7 has quite a few advantages vs XP, it may be a good idea to upgrade.
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Do I even need to install Intel SSD Toolbox then?


Off Topic: As for the Virtual XP in Win7. I tried to tell him that but he wants to stick with the system he knows. . . Maybe I’ll get him to upgrade some day. I have that on my laptop and the Microsoft version SUCKS! Talk about cutting the power. I found a free version (form here I think) that made much better use of system resources.

Thanks for the help!
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No, the Intel SSD toolbox is for Intel SSD's only. If he were to use Windows 7 Pro x86 he is guaranteed perfect operation of the SSD as well as a virtual XP that will absolutely run everything he needs it to. When he tested these applications before was it in 32 or 64 bit Windows7?
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What old programs?
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He has never dealt with the Virtual XP in Win7 but I have. When I used the Microsoft’s version of VXP on my laptop Autodesk Inventor 8 (one of the many CAD programs he uses) was literally like watching a slideshow. Only after installing the free version of VXP (that doesn’t require you to spend $100 to upgrade to Pro) did it run silky smooth.

I have told him about that capability but he still does not want to mess with it just yet.

As for programs he uses. Autodesk Inventor 8, and many programs for running his 2 desktop 4 axis mills.

Edit: It was 64 bit Vista and 64bit Win7
Edited by Max78 - 1/4/11 at 10:27am
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