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I'm currently on my old Windows install, since my brand new 120GB Callisto is coming in the mail today (gotta love $4 overnight shipping). Is there anything I should do to prepare for the install?

I'll be doing a fresh install of Windows 7 and I'll obviously be following the SSD tweaks sticky in this forum topic. My BIOS is set to AHCI. Any other preparations I should do? Thanks!
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With an SSD straight from the factory, no. You just install like you normally would. If you need to reinstall in case anything gets botched, you will need to first do a Secure Erase to get the drive back to factory condition.

And set your SATA controllers to AHCI, but even this can be done later if it gives you any problems. The real setup comes with tweaking your OS to take full advantage of the speeds, and to increase the longevity of the drive. I spent a couple of weeks getting everything set up just right with my page file, programs that were hosted on another drive, disabling a lot of services that read/write large amounts to the drive, etc.

There is a really useful and definitive guides here and here. It seems like a good amount of the user-created information on SSDs that is on the internet is right here on OCN.
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You should definitely check out this thread... before and after installing SSD.

Lots of good tips in there, it helps me speed up mine.
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reaper, thanks for the link. I've read something about "aligning" the SSD before, but I have no idea what that does. Anyone care to explain?
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reaper, thanks for the link. I've read something about "aligning" the SSD before, but I have no idea what that does. Anyone care to explain?
You should not have to worry about it being a brand new SSD, but to be sure you are aligned properly after installing your OS you can always look in AS SSD benchmark to see if you get the "green ok".

Oh, and don't use AS SSD to bench your drive (if you care to do any benching at all). ATTO Benchmark will give you more accurate results with that drive.
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reaper, thanks for the link. I've read something about "aligning" the SSD before, but I have no idea what that does. Anyone care to explain?
You're welcome. and PhillyOverclocker is right. I wouldn't worry about aligning a new drive so much. In fact, I didn't even align mine at all. lol It's the other things in there (disable page file, etc) that help prolong the life and speed up your SSD.
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