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Windows 7: [QUESTION] Installing W7 on new SSD

15 Apr 2013   #1

Windows Ultimate x64
 
 
[QUESTION] Installing W7 on new SSD

I currently bought a new SSD (Plextor M5S 256 GB) to replace my HDD. Hence, I have few little questions FREQUENTLY asked by other forumers as I search but slightly different from mine.

1. I just wanted to confirm whether is this the steps to do a clean and clear installation for my new SSD. I'm sorry if it sounds awkward.

Unplug all HDD > Plug in SSD > get into BIOS and set CD boot priority AND onboard SATA to AHCI MODE > Insert disk and install Windows 7 etc > set back to SSD boot priority and reboot > install mobo and GC drivers > plug in HDD and reformat (lets say I don't need the data).

And I'm done. Is that correct? I have read WHS and Brink tutorial too.

2. Is it NECESSARY to install Intel Rapid Storage Technology? It kinda caused me frequent BSOD before this.

3. Is TRIM enabled after my steps?

4. Any more necessary things need to be done?

Thank you in advance.

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15 Apr 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

The main setup is no different than an HDD. You are right on with the steps, but I've been told that installing the Intel RST loads Intel drivers for the SATA ports, as opposed to built-in, Microsoft ones. I was able to confirm on two systems that my speeds for an SSD increased after doing so.

As for as TRIM, that would be enabled, yes. Nothing else needs to be done, except to install the remaining drivers, update the OS, and then enjoy.
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15 Apr 2013   #3

Windows Ultimate x64
 
 

Thank you for the fast respond. Do you personally think without RST will make a huge decrease of speed?

Just additional question, is it necessary to overclock my i7-2600k? Overclocking seems in return me multiple BSOD.
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15 Apr 2013   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

You could try Intels Rapid Storage Technology again........it may work right this time, or it may have not been the problem to begin with. No it is not necessary to do any OC'ing, but since you have a 2600K, you very well could. If you want help with that, post in the OC'ing subforum and we'll get you sorted out.
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15 Apr 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

after that, you are done. the things you should do are tho, turn off disk defrag (should never defrag an ssd) and reduce the number or writes. you can search that in the tutorials section.
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15 Apr 2013   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Disk Defrag is disabled for you automatically with an SSD, when AHCI is set in the BIOS before the install. You don't have to manually disable it.
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15 Apr 2013   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Disk Defrag is disabled for you automatically with an SSD, when AHCI is set in the BIOS before the install. You don't have to manually disable it.
i did. a schedule was set for like once a week.
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15 Apr 2013   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Quadrider10 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Disk Defrag is disabled for you automatically with an SSD, when AHCI is set in the BIOS before the install. You don't have to manually disable it.
i did. a schedule was set for like once a week.
Was that from a fresh install of Windows 7 onto an SSD, or was that a migrated image?
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15 Apr 2013   #9

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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

If you have hard drives, a schedule is set, but the SSD is not included in the schedule. But, I disable scheduling and do what needs yo be done manually. I disable Hibernate to save space, reduce the page file if you have 8GB or more of ram and that is about all. I move user folders to another drive, if you have another in a desktop to save space. Other than that, I do nothing else.
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16 Apr 2013   #10

Windows Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
You could try Intels Rapid Storage Technology again........it may work right this time, or it may have not been the problem to begin with. No it is not necessary to do any OC'ing, but since you have a 2600K, you very well could. If you want help with that, post in the OC'ing subforum and we'll get you sorted out.
W/O Intel RST will not cause any much decreasing of speed, yes no? I'm really afraid of spending hundreds bucks still encountering BSOD

Anyway, any opinion on my SSD (Plextor M5S 256 GB)?
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