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Can I get an explanation regarding the drivers for my SSD? up until several days ago I had no idea it even required a driver. :X
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It's not that the drive requires a driver, but it's that you can use Intel's Rapid Storage Technology driver which is basically for the motherboard. Here's a link:

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...&DwnldID=19607
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I dont know , if your useing the sata 6gb/sec on my mobo it wont boot off it (in raid), on some mobos you cant boot up on the sata6gb/sec drives. The ssd dose not need drivers like 2 cables stated. But you mite want to look into the manafater of ssd it mite need a fw update. I would say put pc @ stock setting and flash it. Then install on it. There are alot of tips for ssds to get them to read better and less writes on ssd. The one i use is by ocz bertbike.
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
It's not that the drive requires a driver, but it's that you can use Intel's Rapid Storage Technology driver which is basically for the motherboard. Here's a link:

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...&DwnldID=19607
Isn't it used for RAID configurations as the description says?

What is "Intel's Rapid Storage Technology" anyways?
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Isn't it used for RAID configurations as the description says?

What is "Intel's Rapid Storage Technology" anyways?
It does indeed support RAID setups, but it's not exclusively for them. I don't have a RAID setup but yet I'm benefiting from Intel's Rapid Storage Technology driver.

Regarding what it is: all I know is that it's a driver/software package that even benefits Intel chipset users who don't have a RAID setup. For me, it made my reboot time a little faster and it also made file browsing feel a bit faster.

But I forgot to mention one thing: Intel's Rapid Storage Technology driver will only work if you're using AHCI mode.
Edited by TwoCables - 1/15/11 at 5:55pm
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How can I check if I am using it?

Also, will TRIM work on the get go, or will I need that driver for it?
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If you run AS-SSD it will tell you what driver you're using and if the partition is aligned correct

See mine says iaStor (Intel driver)
and 1024K in green means it's aligned correct
And Trim will be working
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How can I check if I am using it?

Also, will TRIM work on the get go, or will I need that driver for it?
I just noticed which motherboard you're using, so you might already have it. But let's check anyway. Here's how:
  1. Open Device Manager (one fast way to do this is to open the Start Menu, type device manager, and then press Enter)
  2. Expand IDE ATA/ATAPI controller
  3. If you have any entries that begin with "Intel(R)", then double-click that entry and check the version number of the driver (switch to the Driver tab once you've double-clicked it)
  4. Tell us which driver version you see.
  5. Or, use screenshots to show us everything you see in Device Manager.

TRIM support depends on the following:
  1. The operating system
  2. The solid state drive
  3. The SATA port to which the solid state drive is connected (more on this below)

The benefits of using AHCI and Intel's Rapid Storage Technology come in the form of improved performance as well as Native Command Queuing (Native Command Queuing is not possible in IDE mode, and then Intel's RST driver helps improve overall performance a bit, such as a slightly faster reboot time).

Now, it's possible to see if the TRIM command is being issued. Here's how to do that:
  1. Open the Start Menu
  2. Type cmd
  3. Right-click the result named "cmd" (or "cmd.exe", depending on your Folder Options) and choose Run as administrator
  4. Once opened, type fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify
  5. If it returns "DisableDeleteNotify = 0", then the TRIM command is being set.
  6. If it returns "DisableDeleteNotify = 1", then it isn't.
  7. If it just returns "DisableDeleteNotify" and nothing else, then the drive might be on the wrong SATA port (I've seen it before)

But of course, there's also the importance of making sure the solid state drive is properly aligned which is another thing that affects the overall performance! So using AS SSD Benchmark (it's not even necessary to run the benchmark) as described by ACHILEE5 is one very easy way to see the alignment. However, here's a direct link to where AS SSD Benchmark comes from:

http://www.alex-is.de/PHP/fusion/downloads.php?cat_id=4

If you need anything clarified, then I will do my best!
Edited by TwoCables - 1/16/11 at 5:05pm
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
I just noticed which motherboard you're using, so you might already have it. But let's check anyway. Here's how:
  1. Open Device Manager (one fast way to do this is to open the Start Menu, type device manager, and then press Enter)
  2. Expand IDE ATA/ATAPI controller
  3. If you have any entries that begin with "Intel(R)", then double-click that entry and check the version number of the driver (switch to the Driver tab once you've double-clicked it)
  4. Tell us which driver version you see.
  5. Or, use screenshots to show us everything you see in Device Manager.

TRIM support depends on the following:
  1. The operating system
  2. The solid state drive
  3. The SATA port to which the solid state drive is connected (more on this below)

The benefits of using AHCI and Intel's Rapid Storage Technology come in the form of improved performance as well as Native Command Queuing (Native Command Queuing is not possible in IDE mode, and then Intel's RST driver helps improve overall performance a bit, such as a slightly faster reboot time).

Now, it's possible to see if the TRIM command is being issued. Here's how to do that:
  1. Open the Start Menu
  2. Type cmd
  3. Right-click the result named "cmd" (or "cmd.exe", depending on your Folder Options) and choose Run as administrator
  4. Once opened, type fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify
  5. If it returns "DisableDeleteNotify = 0", then the TRIM command is being set.
  6. If it returns "DisableDeleteNotify = 1", then it isn't.
  7. If it just returns "DisableDeleteNotify" and nothing else, then the drive might be on the wrong SATA port (I've seen it before)

But of course, there's also the importance of making sure the solid state drive is properly aligned which is another thing that affects the overall performance! So using AS SSD Benchmark (it's not even necessary to run the benchmark) as described by ACHILEE5 is one very easy way to see the alignment. However, here's a direct link to where AS SSD Benchmark comes from:

http://www.alex-is.de/PHP/fusion/downloads.php?cat_id=4

If you need anything clarified, then I will do my best!
I didn't get tge drive yet, I'll update this thread when I get it.

Thanks alot for your help.
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