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Hello all,

I will be putting together my new build tomorrow (it is listed on the bottom of this post).

From what I understand, the first thing I will do is flash my bios to the latest version. When I reboot, however, do I need to do anything to my SSD before I install Windows 7 on it?

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Make sure AHCI is enabled in the BIOS.
    
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post #3 of 21
no, just have the ssd and optical drive attached to mobo, ssd on first sata port. enable achi mode in bios and install windows, you may need to install the mobo achi driver, if your ssd is not shown to install to.
Edited by moonmanas - 2/27/11 at 4:26pm
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post #4 of 21
after you have installed windows, and graphics and sound drivers run WEI,

Disable superfetch, in services, snd superfetch and prefetch in registry.

Disable pagefile as u have plenty of ram

disable indexing to the drive

disable sleep, defrag, and system restore

even download free ssdteaker and run that....

run AS SSD benchmark the top left of it will show things are ok if they are.

Run WEI again you should get 7.9 in that if you havent 7.9 something is up!

If u use firefox send the cache to ram with this method http://lifehacker.com/#!5687850/spee...-disk-required

Thtas the basics
Edited by moonmanas - 2/27/11 at 4:27pm
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.... go to power settings advanced and set all those things on max.....no sleep stuff...

in control panel > programs and features> turn windows features on or off....untick "remote differential compression" and any other windows crap in there u don't use..
Edited by moonmanas - 2/27/11 at 4:11pm
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If you forget to enable Achi in bios on setup do it from windows registry like this http://www.windows7news.com/2010/05/...-in-windows-7/

MAKE sure hibernation is disabled with this http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/15140...o-i-delete-it/

Thats most of it all good luck
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post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by moonmanas View Post
after you have installed windows, and graphics and sound drivers run WEI,

Disable superfetch, in services, snd superfetch and prefetch in registry.

Disable pagefile as u have plenty of ram

disable indexing to the drive

disable sleep, defrag, and system restore

even download free ssdteaker and run that....

run AS SSD benchmark the top left of it will show things are ok if they are.

Run WEI again you should get 7.9 in that if you havent 7.9 something is up!

If u use firefox send the cache to ram with this method http://lifehacker.com/#!5687850/spee...-disk-required

Thtas the basics
It's been shown it's best to leave the superfetch/prefetch stuff alone. Also LEAVE THE PAGE FILE ALONE! This can and will cause issues with some programs. Also I advise leaving System Restore on unless you plan on imaging the drive from the start.
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It's been shown it's best to leave the superfetch/prefetch stuff alone. Also LEAVE THE PAGE FILE ALONE! This can and will cause issues with some programs. Also I advise leaving System Restore on unless you plan on imaging the drive from the start.

These things come from tried and tested best ways to tweak ssd's which you dont appear to have in your sig rig! Having a pagefile with 16GB of ram and an ssd is crazy it will use 12gb of space......if one isnt happy with no pagefile make it small with an ssd like 750mb or so....not having a pagefile has NEVER interferred with ANY program ive ever ran...and I run many...

System restore is also a waste of time...disable it and create an image if u feel happier that way....


Also superfetch and prefetch are not any use as ssd's find things FAST on startup.....thats like one reason they were created!
Edited by moonmanas - 2/27/11 at 4:53pm
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post #10 of 21
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These things come from tried and tested best ways to tweak ssd's which you dont appear to have in your sig rig! Having a pagefile with 16GB of ram and an ssd is crazy it will use 12gb of space......if one isnt happy with no pagefile make it small with an ssd like 750mb or so....
Look at my laptop. I've got a Samsung 256GB SSD. Leaving the page file alone is the smartest move you can make. I've had issues when I disabled it with many applications. Doing a quick google search you'll see many tests proving as much. Lower the page file size is fine, but not having it on is just plain stupid. Superfetch/prefetch and such is left on for a reason, some SSD's had issues during testing on Windows 7 with the drives slowing down to a crawl, hence why MS left that stuff on in most cases. There is an article from MS about that issue on their site. Though disabling that won't matter as much as no page file.

Due to space you can always turn system restores allocated space down - like I said if you plan on doing backups all the time via drive images leave it off. But I recommend leaving it on - heck I just had to use it on my notebook due to a windows update issue today. If it was off I'd have to redo the notebook from my image.

And for the record that 256GB SSD in the laptop was insanely expensive but well worth it.

Edit:

"Will Superfetch be disabled on SSDs?

Yes, for most systems with SSDs.

If the system disk is an SSD, and the SSD performs adequately on random reads and doesn’t have glaring performance issues with random writes or flushes, then Superfetch, boot prefetching, application launch prefetching, ReadyBoost and ReadDrive will all be disabled.

Initially, we had configured all of these features to be off on all SSDs, but we encountered sizable performance regressions on some systems. In root causing those regressions, we found that some first generation SSDs had severe enough random write and flush problems that ultimately lead to disk reads being blocked for long periods of time. With Superfetch and other prefetching re-enabled, performance on key scenarios was markedly improved."

Source: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/e7/archive/2...rives-and.aspx

In other words Windows will disable that stuff automatically if the SSD is fast enough. If it's on still there is a reason for it.
Edited by Cyrilmak - 2/27/11 at 5:03pm
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