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Just want to make sure that this is the correct method for formatting and installing windows 7 to your SSD. First do you enable AHCI mode in the BIOS and then install Win 7? Once in Windows update your firmware then you can edit and change stuff around as you see fit. I heard that you shouldn't change from IDE to AHCI after windows is installed on the drive. Noob question but where in the BIOS is AHCI mode? I don't have the SSD installed now as I'll unplug the other drives to solely work with the SSD until Windows is installed. I can't seem to find IDE or AHCI anywhere.

Edit: I found where the sata configuration stuff is located but it only lets me change the entire sata configuration (I was thinking I could edit each sata port). If it doesn't boot up, then I should just switch to IDE and be done with it?
Edited by Vitaminx - 1/7/11 at 7:23pm
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post #2 of 25
Yeap, just make sure you are in AHCI when installing windows 7 and then leave it in AHCI.

Then, follow this guide to set windows up properly for your new blazing fast SSD.
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post #3 of 25
Here is the guide I used. It aligns it manually(heard it does align with new install, also heard it doesnt) and gets rid of the 100mb partition that you cannot get rid of otherwise. Some other tweaks can be done if are wanting to.

http://www.overclock.net/ssd/859971-...l#post11240632

This guide is older, but has some good tweaks that can be done. Just pick the ones that you think apply to your rig

http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...ur-os-ssd.html

EDIT: yeah my board is the same way, I think they all do that. I set mine to AHCI, and had to reboot before it would take effect(so I could see all the drives). But make sure it is plugged into the first SATA port on you MOBO. Then It will be the default drive.
Edited by goodtobeking - 1/7/11 at 7:42pm
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Well I changed the mode and booted off the CD. And it started windows and now it's just the Windows background screen with a mouse cursor. Nothing really happening for a couple minutes now. Should I wait a while or restart?

Edit: Seems I was just too impatient
Edited by Vitaminx - 1/7/11 at 8:04pm
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post #5 of 25
Just remember....breathe...lol. Let us know how it goes, and if you have any questions. Hope you enjoy it when you are done.
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post #6 of 25
hmmm.. I didn't bother to check for AHCI for my install.. Was that bad?
post #7 of 25
It's about a ~10% increase in speeds over IDE. I did the same thing, installed in IDE, but was able to go into the BIOS and change to ACHI after the windows install and still saw an immediate increase in benchmarks.
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post #8 of 25
Cool, I'm going to change it to ACHI, thanks Pulk.
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Ok it installed as Drive C. But my old hard drive is labeled as Drive C as well that has my old windows on it. Should I name this drive B for the time being so when I boot up with all drives connected there aren't any issues? You're able to delete the windows partition on an old drive that you are using as a storage drive through windows partition right? Another thing to note is the dvd drive is now the D drive where before it was E. Should I unplug that when I reboot as well or it should fix itself?
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post #10 of 25
You should've disconnected your HD before installing OS on the SSD. Go into Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Storage, Disk Management. Then Right click on your HD and select Change Drive Letter. Change drive letter to E and save/OK. Restart.

No don't disconnect your DVD drive.
And yes you can just delete the Program folder on that E drive, or copy all your files and format that drive in the same area that you changed the drive letter, wiping it clean and then replace your files.

See pic of menus.

Edited by letsgetiton - 1/7/11 at 9:26pm
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