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I just bought a G.Skill Phoenix Pro 240gb (SandForce 1200 controller) for my m11x laptop and got it set up yesterday. It originally had a Seagate Momentus 7200.4 320 GB. I just made a system image of the drive to a network location, put the SSD in, and used the Windows 7 install disc to restore the image and everything works great.

Anyway, I did some of the stuff from this thread (disabled Prefetch/Superfetch, disabled some logging, made sure defrag was off, made sure TRIM was enabled). Is there anything else I should do? I heard the Windows 7 restore mode was smart enough to properly align partitions on the SSD, is that true?

This is my first real SSD (I'm not counting the 8 GB piece of junk my HP Mini has) so I'd appreciate any advice for improving its longevity.

Here are my system specs.
Edited by mott555 - 2/22/11 at 7:35am
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This is another great thread for SSD owners. It shows you how to setup your SSD as the boot drive and how to setup your secondary drive to basically act as the boot drive. So windows installs to your SSD and other programs that you choose. But by default when you go to install a new program your computer sends it to your secondary drive thinking its your primary. I am acutally about to set this up either today or later this week once i get my 2tb storage drive.

Edit: Ops looks like you only have that 240gb ssd.
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This is another great thread for SSD owners. It shows you how to setup your SSD as the boot drive and how to setup your secondary drive to basically act as the boot drive. So windows installs to your SSD and other programs that you choose. But by default when you go to install a new program your computer sends it to your secondary drive thinking its your primary. I am acutally about to set this up either today or later this week once i get my 2tb storage drive.

Edit: Ops looks like you only have that 240gb ssd.
Yep, lol. Great info, but my laptop only has one drive bay and I'd rather not have to drag an external HDD everywhere I use it. Thanks though.
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this is the guide i followed. the best one in my opinion.
15min and you're golden

http://thessdreview.com/optimization...ation-guide-2/
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Yep, lol. Great info, but my laptop only has one drive bay and I'd rather not have to drag an external HDD everywhere I use it. Thanks though.
Ya that kind of defeats the point of mobility. But if you ever install a second hdd keep that thread in mind. How do you like your alienware? Im trying to decide on what laptop to purchase for next year im studying abroad.
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you could move any temp folders you have to a mechanical drive. the most important one for reducing writes is the windows temp folder. another one im sure no ssd guides have is bittorent programs. i use utorrent and didnt discover until i got my ssd that wherever its installed it will do almost 2 gigs of writes per day regardless of where / if youre downloading anything from all the statistics it logs.

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nevermind. apparently youre just using that drive alone. im not sure how tough gskill ssds are but just watch your writes if youre woried about lifespan. if you watch any online videos like youtube for example, you can do 2-3 gigs of writes in less than an hour if youre watching 1080p.
Edited by theyellowlemon - 2/22/11 at 7:22am
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this is the guide i followed. the best one in my opinion.
15min and you're golden

http://thessdreview.com/optimization...ation-guide-2/
Thanks for the link, there's a couple things in there I'll try out. Especially the System Restore and drive indexing stuff, I know I can live fine without those.

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Ya that kind of defeats the point of mobility. But if you ever install a second hdd keep that thread in mind. How do you like your alienware? Im trying to decide on what laptop to purchase for next year im studying abroad.
It's a great laptop actually, although it's really pricey for what you get. You pay a premium for the small size. I like it because it's about as powerful as my sig rig (graphics card is quite a bit weaker but I'm fine with that) and it's barely larger than your average netbook, so it's really portable and easy to store. I can pretty easily get 4 - 5 hours of battery life out of it, probably more if I tweaked it a bit and adjusted my usage. It'll be interesting to see how my battery life changes now that I have an SSD in it.

The GPU benches about the same as a GeForce 8800 GTS, since the screen is only 720p and I mostly play old games this isn't an issue. The only newer game I tried on it so far is Demigod and it runs that maxed out with no problems, even my newest games are 2 - 3 years old typically so I know it can handle everything I have. It does have NVidia Optimus, so when you don't need any GPU power it switches to the craptastic integrated Intel GPU which is great for battery life.

My only issue with it is the CPU, more specifically with the marketing folks at Intel that decided to call the CPU an i7. It has a Core i7 CULV which is dual-core with HT and nominally clocked at 1.2 GHz, with SpeedStep and Turbo on it varies from 600 MHz to about 1.8 GHz. It benchmarks about the same as my old Core 2 Duo E6600 so the i7 brand name was just thrown on there for marketing. Any cheap mobile i3 that isn't CULV will totally blow this CPU away in performance. But it gets the job done and it's more than fast enough for what I do, and there's nothing else in the 11" form factor with a good GPU.

In short, if you want something about netbook-sized but with power then this is a great laptop. Just don't expect i7 performance when you find out it has an i7 in it.
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imo, for modern a SSD all you need to do is this:

1) relocate Users folder (using symbolic links instead of ridiculous registry mods)
2) redefine TEMP environment variables
3) run SSD Tweak Utility
4) relocate Firefox cache

THE END

DO NOT disable System Restore if you plan on doing any OCing, so you can recover in case of file corruption from BSODs. also, restore must be active on the SSD and the HDD where the Users folder is linked - i had it turned off on the HDD, had to restore but the profiles got messed up (kept logging into temp profile since it could not find the previous version of the profile, because apparently restore DOESNT CARE ABOUT SYMLINK PEOPLE)
Edited by dealio - 2/22/11 at 7:37am
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