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I also bought Windows 7 Pro 64-bit today.

Here's the plan:
  • Install SSD as a secondary drive on my current system (Vista 64 bit), do a "Secure Erase" using OCZ tools, because it's apparently causing problems if you don't do this (as seen here: http://www.overclock.net/ssd/988085-...x-3-issue.html)
  • Update the firmware
  • Shut off computer, remove all hard drives, insert only SSD and install Windows 7
  • Installed drivers
  • Update Windows

etc...

Question is, how do I "align" the SSD, and what does it mean

And what tools/benchmarks should I have?
Edited by i7monkey - 4/19/11 at 10:31pm
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BOOM shazoom
Here ya go
http://www.overclock.net/ssd/929553-...p-secrets.html


Follow that i use it on all the ssds i have had to help people install

yes there is a how to allign part in there its at the beggining read it through first before doing anything

The biggest part is update firmware allign BEFORE YOU INSTALL( you can do this from the win7 repair side with CMDprompt )
then enable trim after the install and bam there you go baller copy of win7 64 bit super fast have fun
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Wish me luck guys, I'm about to take the plunge and install the thing. God....it's format time, lol.
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Just enable ACHI load the ACHI drivers at the Load Drivers bit of windows install, download and run free ssdtweaker. And it'll fly. Then do the other tweaks if it's not fast enough! http://www.computing.net/howtos/show...ows-7/552.html
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Quick question!

I'm trying to secure erase the SSD before installing Win 7 using a bootable DVD program and it won't let me. It says: Unfortunately, the selected drive's security state is set to frozen (a safeguard action performed by the computer's bios at boot). Security-erase command cannot be performed).

Is there any way I can secure erase the SSD through Vista 64-bit by running the SSD as a secondary drive? If so what program can I use? I can't seem to find OCZ Toolbox software anywhere.

Someone please help, I'm stuck using my other crappy computer typing this, lol.
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I check the OCZ board and one of OCZ's official staff says to another user:

Quote:
No, a new out of box drive does not need to be Secure Erased.

But that's weird, because according to this thread (http://www.overclock.net/ssd/988085-...x-3-issue.html), the user needed to Secure Erase his Vertex 3 to because it was giving him boot problems, and it solved that problem after he did it.

Do I secure erase or not?
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You do not need to align anything. Windows 7 will do that itself before it installs.
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If everything works fine and you are satisfied, you don't need to secure erase. Mine ran fine and I was happy. I only ran the secure erase to get it back to factory fresh after I ran hours of benchmarks.
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You do not need to align anything. Windows 7 will do that itself before it installs.
The other user said he was having boot problems with his Vertex 3 in AHCI until he Secure Erase it prior to Installing Win 7. Should I do it too?

You also mention that I don't need to align anything, but according to the Tweaks and Tricks thread (http://www.overclock.net/ssd/929553-...p-secrets.html), I should do the following to "properly align" my drive:

Quote:
Originally Posted by TwoCables
(5) Check and see if there is an Update to the FIRMWARE of you SSD and Update if necessary.

To make things easy, disconnect all other drives (but leave any optical disc drives connected)
Boot from the Windows 7 installation DVD
When you see the "Install now" button, click "Repair your computer"
You'll see a little window named "System Recovery Options" appear that searches for Windows installations.
When it finishes, you will see a dialog box. Select "Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows. Select an operating system to repair.", and then click Next.
Click "Command Prompt"
Type diskpart to load DiskPart
Type list disk
Type select disk 0 (or whichever number your SSD gets)
If you want to be sure you have the right one selected, then type list partition.
Once you know you have the right drive selected, type clean.
Type create partition primary align=1024
Type format quick fs=ntfs
It will appear like it's going to take forever, but then like 5-10 seconds later, it suddenly finishes, jumping straight from 0% to 100%.
Type active
Type list partition to see your creation.
Type exit
Type exit
Click Restart
Boot from the DVD again and perform a normal installation using the "Custom (advanced)" type of installation.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by i7monkey View Post
The other user said he was having boot problems with his Vertex 3 in AHCI until he Secure Erase it prior to Installing Win 7. Should I do it too?

You also mention that I don't need to align anything, but according to the Tweaks and Tricks thread (http://www.overclock.net/ssd/929553-...p-secrets.html), I should do the following to "properly align" my drive:
Trust me, you don't need too. Windows will do it's own aligning. I just did this and have had excellent results with recommendations from the actual manufacturer.

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