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I already decided my next system (Which im building once the P67 boards get re-launched) will have a SSD in the 120-160gb range as its primary OS/program drive as well as a 1TB RAID1 for photos/etc (my current dual 640 RAID is practically full lol)

So I just was doing a bit of reading and i wanna know if everyone is just making this out to be a lot more "involved" than it really is when it comes to setting up SSDs and that...Yes I looked at the various threads....What I'm gleaming from it all is the following:

1. Make sure AHCI is enabled
2. Make sure when you install windows 7 you only have the SSD and optical drive installed, dont install the other hard drive till after windows is installed
3. Make sure TRIM is set
4. Use that SSD Tweaker utility

Thats it basically right?
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I already decided my next system (Which im building once the P67 boards get re-launched) will have a SSD in the 120-160gb range as its primary OS/program drive as well as a 1TB RAID1 for photos/etc (my current dual 640 RAID is practically full lol)

So I just was doing a bit of reading and i wanna know if everyone is just making this out to be a lot more "involved" than it really is when it comes to setting up SSDs and that...Yes I looked at the various threads....What I'm gleaming from it all is the following:

1. Make sure AHCI is enabled
2. Make sure when you install windows 7 you only have the SSD and optical drive installed, dont install the other hard drive till after windows is installed
3. Make sure TRIM is set
4. Use that SSD Tweaker utility

Thats it basically right?
Basically, but I personally feel more comfortable performing the common tweaks myself so that I know that they're being done right. Plus, I also don't have to wonder what was done and what wasn't.

Other than that, I recommend installing Intel's Rapid Storage Technology driver (link) for the best possible performance. This driver definitely requires AHCI (or RAID) mode, but other than that just be sure to install it sometime after installing Windows.

Regarding making sure to leave all drives disconnected during the installation, this actually isn't an SSD-specific thing. I mean, it even applies for systems that don't have any SSDs. For some reason, the Windows 7 installer seems to be programmed to stick the boot sector on a different drive other than the one it is installing Windows 7 onto (that is, when more than 1 drive is connected during the installation). So it's best to unplug all of the SATA data cables from all other HDDs and SSDs until the installation is finished.

Oh yeah, and when you finish installing the Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver, do two things to ensure that you have the SSD connected to the right SATA port:
  1. Check Device Manager to see if the "Intel SATA AHCI Controller" (it'll have some variation on that name) is listed under "IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers"
  2. In cmd.exe (run it as an administrator), type fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify (it's "disable delete notify" without spaces). If you get a response of "0", then you're good. But if you get nothing at all (if you only get "DisableDeleteNotify"), then the drive is connected to the wrong port. But if you get a "1", then you can type fsutil behavior set disabledeletenotify 0.


And finally, if you're curious about tweaking manually, then here are two extremely excellent guides:

Tutorials: Real world Windows 7 SSD tweaks and optimization (here on OCN)

* Windows 7 Ultimate Tweaks & Utilities * (on OCZ's message board)

The only bad thing about the guide on OCZ's message board is that it recommends turning the Paging File off when it should really be left on - even if you have twice the amount of physical memory than you actually need. This is because Windows benefits from the Paging File when it's available even if you're only using like 10% of your memory.

Other than that, I think we have everything covered!
Edited by TwoCables - 3/1/11 at 1:23pm
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