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I just pulled the plug on an SSD (the OCZ Vertex 2 specificially) from Newegg and it should be arriving in the mail sometime this week. I am generally new to the SSD scene and was wondering if somehow could point me in the right direction of how I should install Windows? I currently have two other drives in my computer, a Samsung and Seagate 1TB. I plan on using the Samsung drive for storing games and my Seagate drive for storing my important data. Some questions I had in mind are as follows:

1) Would TRIM be automatically enabled upon Windows installation?
2) Is it safe to use CCleaner?
3) Should I make sure the firmware on the SSD is up to date before installing Windows?
4) How should I format my drive?
5) What tweaks do you guys use to ensure the longevity of the drive?

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by NitrousX;12284232 

1) Would TRIM be automatically enabled upon Windows installation?
2) Is it safe to use CCleaner?
3) Should I make sure the firmware on the SSD is up to date before installing Windows?
4) How should I format my drive?
5) What tweaks do you guys use to ensure the longevity of the drive?

1. Yes, in combination w/ Windows 7.
2. Depends on settings and point of view. Regular cleaning is not very write intensive, but if you select an algorithm like Guttmann, you get 35 rewrites so that could degrade it over time like normal use.
3. Sometimes, maybe there are improvements from the stock firmware. If there are on mayor bug/speed fixes, you could consider a flash. I would personally only change it if incompatibility or problems occur with installation.
4. Rephrase question... Use the standard and not the fast format option w/ Windows. Check AHCI in BIOS for best performance, if you fail to install windows because of a BSOD etc., you can select IDE modus.
5. Intel Toolbox Run the SSD Optimiser once in a while. Make sure you leave as much empty space on the SSD, this will improve performance AFAIK.

Compare your performance to others, and if it somewhat matches your all set.biggrin.gif
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Thanks for replying Aeogenia. I also heard that disabling super fetch and indexing can improve system performance. How would I go about doing that? Another question I had in mind is that since I plan on filling up my Samsung 1TB with games, is it safe to defrag that drive once in a while? Just to clarify, I will not be defragging my SSD, just my games drive.

Thanks.

Edit: Isn't the Intel Toolbox app only for Intel SSD's? And what do you mean by "use the standard and not the fast format option w/ Windows"? I usually use the quick format option before I install Windows (via Windows CD bootup).
Edited by NitrousX - 2/6/11 at 1:19pm
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Originally Posted by NitrousX;12285921 
Thanks for replying Aeogenia. I also heard that disabling super fetch and indexing can improve system performance. How would I go about doing that? Another question I had in mind is that since I plan on filling up my Samsung 1TB with games, is it safe to defrag that drive once in a while? Just to clarify, I will not be defragging my SSD, just my games drive.

Thanks.

Edit: Isn't the Intel Toolbox app only for Intel SSD's? And what do you mean by "use the standard and not the fast format option w/ Windows"? I usually use the quick format option before I install Windows (via Windows CD bootup).

Yes Intel drives only, forgot that you had an OCZ drive.
Definitely disable indexing on the SSD only, useless and can wear it down. Other drives you can enable it but unless you access all your files with the search option it will not improve performance much. Don't defrag an SSD, also useless. Indexing you can set in the control panel or type indexing options. Super-fetch is not really important IMO, some may say otherwise.

Quick format works 99/100% but it is not a complete format. Formation is the basis for your OS, you should make it right.wink.gif Regular format is more error proof, but if it works for you...
Edited by Aeogenia - 2/6/11 at 1:38pm
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Don't defrag an SSD, also useless.

I was wanting to know if it is safe to drag my games drive (not my SSD). Drive C = SSD | Drive D = Games

Thanks.
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I was wanting to know if it is safe to drag my games drive (not my SSD). Drive C = SSD | Drive D = Games

Thanks.

Yes, its "safe" on normal mechanical drives.
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