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TO AVOID A WASTE OF READING TIME (Unless you want to read about the 10 hour SSD Installation drama!) PLEASE SEE THE RECAP BELOW.

I wanted to install an SSD.
The PCI-E SATA III Controller that I purchased didn't have TRIM Support.
I was annoyed.
Proceeded to install SSD with Intel SATA II controller.
Display issues (screen goes blank after start up graphic).
Several more Windows installations and extreme troubleshooting from awesome forum users here later...
My Dad walks in and randomly comments about my PC being connected to my TV as well.
I facepalm.
The forum facepalms.
I am now happy, although slightly dispaointed with the speeds. And the SATA III controller.

Bottom line: Startech stink. Get a refund. SATA III Controller doesn't work.



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I recently got a Crucial C300 128GB SSD. I have yet to install it as I'm not 100% sure on what to do. There are so many "tweaks" that you have to apply to ensure good life and speed of the SSD and I have no idea what order to do them in.

So here goes;
1. I have also purchased a SATA III PCI-E card. Do I install it NOW along with drivers on current HDD, do I put it in along with the SSD or do I install the SSD first and then install the card, of course now connecting the SSD via the SATA III cable.

2. I don't want to transfer any user data over. I haven't seen a guide that does what I want, which is to install Windows 7, then put in my old drive to access my files, then install some programs and games to the SSD. I just want a fresh install of Windows. All I need to do is connect the SSD, set BIOS to boot from CD, put in the Win 7 install DVD and install it, right? I saw something about alignment - do I need to do this?

3. In the "SSD Secrets" topic it says you need to install Windows 7 and then change to AHCI mode in both Win 7 registry and then the BIOS. I saw an NCIX tech tips video that simply changed it in the BIOS PRIOR to installing Windows 7. Which do I follow?

4. SSD Firmware updates. How, and when? Do I install the latest update (Boot from CD) after I install barebones Windows 7 (since the update apparently erases all data)?

I will probably have more questions eventually :X

Thanks for your time.
Edited by Sheza - 4/23/11 at 12:24am
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1+3 install the pci-e card and ssd, remove the hdd's you have by unplugging the sata cables and install windows 7 from disk, you should have a disk for your pci-e there is an option to install drivers you should do that now. (set achi in bios 1st or your pci-e card may have the option i dont know)
2 when installed windows 7 connect up your old hdd and make sure boot order is to your ssd in bios cos it could change and copy over any data your wanting. install programs again on ssd.
4 firmware should be up2date anyway
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Installing now. The card is in place, my other drive is unplugged. the SSD is being mounted. It's already got the latest firmware as stated on the label under the disk, brilliant. After it's in I will proceed to check the BIOS settings for boot mode and AHCI. Then I will install Windows 7 as per usual choosing the SSD as the install location, then when prompted will install motherboard and SATA 3 pci card drivers. Please correct me if I am wrong at any stage of this process.
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install the pci-e drivers from the disk, download latest mb drivers from website and use them (place on usb pen or cd, will have to extract from any zip files)
boot mode should be dvd drive for install, when connecting other drive to copy docs check ssd is one to boot.
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Loaded PCI card drivers after unticking "hide drivers that are nit compatible with your hardware" for whatever reason. Now the install says it cannot proceed, error 0x80300001
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did you put back in the windows 7 disk and refresh
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What is a PM driver? It says this one is compatible now, the driver disc has tons of drivers, amd and i386 with normal and PM?
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Note, that you will probably get better performace using native Intel SATA Controller (although it is 3GB/s only), rather than PCI-E controller (although it is 6GB/s). You will most likely also lose TRIM support if you use non-native controller.
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Originally Posted by richie_2010;13226353 
did you put back in the windows 7 disk and refresh

No, aha.
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Note, that you will probably get better performace using native Intel SATA Controller (although it is 3GB/s only), rather than PCI-E controller (although it is 6GB/s). You will most likely also lose TRIM support if you use non-native controller.

What? That's the whole reason I forked out extra for the card in the first place!!!!
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