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17 May 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 - OEM Service Pack 1

Most of my program open in under 2 seconds Phtoshop, Dreamweaver, Fireworks Outlook 2010, Word 2010, Excel 2010, Google Chrome is so fast I can't even time it

Here are my SSD Bench Marks


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17 May 2010   #12

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Here is my benchmark
SSD is a Corsair Nova 128GB (125.03GB Corsair CSSD-V128GB2)

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22 May 2010   #13

7 Ultimate x64

So I finally decided to get rid of my Caviar Green and use it as my backup disk.

I got an Intel X25-V SSD 40Gb. I'm fairly happy with my SSD performance so far but I can't boot in AHCI mode. I installed Intel Matrix Storage Manager, the correct chipset driver for my mobo (P6X58D Premium). Even installed Marvell driver V1.0.0.1027 but now my disk somehow shows up as SCSI (see attach).
I don't have any performance issues (benchmarks look good, see SSD perf thread) but I'd rather not have it listed as SCSI and boot in AHCI.

I currently boot in RAID, but the SSD is not in any array, only my storage (3x1TB RAID0)...

Any ideas? I've been through the technet article (Error message when you start a Windows 7 or Windows Vista-based computer after you change the SATA mode of the boot drive: "STOP 0x0000007B INACCESSABLE_BOOT_DEVICE") and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\IastorV start is on 0 (however msahci isn't...)
I tried picking drivers manually but it won't let me pick msahci or anything like that, just generic disk driver. Annoying.

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22 May 2010   #14

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cushke View Post
First off, hi. Long time lurker.

Anyway, I am the proud owner of brand new i7 930 2.8, 6GB 1600 DDR3 Triple Channel RAM and Asus P6X58D Premium. Graphics card is an old GTX 8800 but I'm not an avid gamer so it's quite alright.

I'm fairly happy with my system, except for some minor things. My WEI is only 5.9, dragged down by my HD. (Others are - respectively 7.5/7.5/6.9/6.9).
My OS HD is a 1TB 64MB WD10EARS Caviar Green.
I have 3 Samsung HD103UJ 1TB drives sitting in RAID0, acting as my storage. (Planning to get 1 or 2 extra drives and go for RAID5)

Now my question to you guys... I am returning this WD HD because it's choking my system. I have the chance to upgrade to a Caviar Black for 15Ä... or should I shell out 150Ä more and get an SSD?
I realize it's just a question of budget but I'd like to see your opinions on the subject.
I replaced the drive on my Toshiba laptop with an SSD (128 GB Corsair Nova). The Toshiba drive was 160 GB.

I definitely noticed the performance difference (5.4 to 7.4 disk score on the Windows Performance Index). Am well-pleased with my decision.

I cloned the drive using only Disk Management and Windows Backup and Restore. According to many you can't go from bigger to smaller bur I did and I did not need to reinstalll Win 7 and zero problems.

Be sure to buy a SSD with Trim implemented.
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23 May 2010   #15

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64

Congrats on the SSD, saw your benchmark on the SSD Performance site, that is an amazing score. I did some research before buying my X25 V, and never saw a score anywhere near that high.

Did you update the SSD firmware?
Should be - Intelģ X25-V Value SATA SSD on 34nm (silver case) - updates to FW version 02HD

Did you try the Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology 9.6 driver?

I currently boot in RAID, but the SSD is not in any array, only my storage (3x1TB RAID0)...
Was your BIOS setting in SATA or RAID when you installed the SSD?

I remember, vaguely, finding a site that said you will need to disconnect the RAID array, have the SSD the only drive connected when you install it and load the OS. Don't remember if you need to set it to SATA AHCI or not for the installation but, it can be ran in RAID.
Did a quick search but haven't found it. If I come across it, will post it here.

It will work with Trim after you re-connect the RAID array, as long as the SSD in not in RAID. Maybe search the Intel SSD support forum.

There is good info on the OCZ SSD site, Intel SSD support site and a few others.

Let us know if you find anything.
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23 May 2010   #16

7 Ultimate x64

Karl , I think you missed the last post. Proud owner of an SSD since yesterday!

Dave, I suppose it was in RAID from my old 7 install. I might disconnect my RAID after I backed up all my stuff on it and see what it does then.

Thanks for the info, I know what to do today!
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23 May 2010   #17

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64

There are a lot of people running 2 or more HDDs in RAID and a SSD not in RAID.

So it should be just disconnecting them for the SSD and OS installation then setting the RAID up, seem to remember that you don't have to re-install the RAID setup, just change the relevant BIOS settings and plug them back in.

Will post the info if I come across it.


Found one small mention that with the new Intel Driver a SSD non-Raid will have Trim when HDD are in RAID.

From Intel.

The SSD showing up as a SCSI drive may be caused by the SATA port the SSD is connected to.
You need to have the SSD connected to SATA port 0, when installing the SSD and OS.
Be sure it's not connected to a Marvell controller port.

This isn't exactly the same issue, but the info confirms a couple of the steps mentioned. Further searching should find a closer situation to yours, but this is on the right track.

Re: X25-M G2 - Raid Problem

The configuration should be the following:
1. The SSD should be connected with the first of the available SATA ports (port0 or port1).
2. Before you are going to install Windows 7, you should unplug all other hdd's.
3. Once Win7 is up, you can reconnect the RAID'ed hdd's to the next SATA ports.
It is possible, that Windows 7 will not see your RAID partitions and data at once. You can repair this by opening the "IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers" section of the Win7 Device Manager and replacing the listed "Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controllers", where the RAID'ed hdd's are connected,... Just do a right click onto them, use the "Update driver software" option and let the Device Manager show the compatible devices.
You should read this thread, not completely relevant to your issue but, good background info.

For any AHCI to RAID BIOS settings you might need to do there is a Good guide,

General Windows 7 Performance Tweaks - Enable RAID Mode after Installation

Most of the SSD tweaks in the above thread are for older Gen1 SSDs and are not needed with your Gen2 SSD.
The only changes needed are disable Disk Defrag and disk indexing. Some say to disable Superfetch, some say you don't need to, I have turned it back on to check if there are any issues.
Win7 will detect your SSD during installation and set everything that is needed, still double check them.
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