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Windows 7: My first SSD!

13 Nov 2010   #11
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for those very useful tips spyknee. Im not sure what you mean by over-provision though.
AHCI is enabled now for my current hdds. I understand AHCI is needed for the TRIM support.
So would it be best to create an 8gb partition on the hybrid drive (D and move the pagefile to that?
I think id still need indexing for the hdds that will still be connected so I can disable indexing for C: and maybe d: but enable it for the hdds.
I usually move browser cache files off the c: drive anyway.

So basically:

SSD - C: (120gb)
Hybrid - D: (490gb) and E: (10gb pagefile)
1tb HDD - F: games
1tb HDD - G: music and video
1tb HDD - H: other stuff
blu-ray - I:


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13 Nov 2010   #12
spyknee

W7 Ulti/64, XP Pro/32
 
 

I have found the OCZ forum most helpful. As useful as this one.

Trim will run whether IDE or AHCI, it is a function of the OS and the SATA controller. Using a RAID array pretty much disables trim. TRIM will not pass thru any RAID controller.
OCZ FW, uses "GC" garbage collection. This is a function of the FW on each drive, so it is not affected by the controllers. GC works when the system is idle, thats why never sleep the drive, so to guarantee proper drive maintenance you will leave the system on all night, once a month, with users logged off.

Over provisioning is leaving a large % of the drive unallocated space. I have seen figures as high as 50%. This helps with the wear leveling process of the drives maintenace. Thats why I say Google some about this???????????
I say use 15%. Then do not fill the partition you make to capacity, only 60%.
Remember SSD's have a limited life span. Over provisioning is leaving more fresh nand as backup.

SSD's are about set it and forget. You do not want to be making and unmaking files on it. Brink has a great tutorial on SSD's and W7 and optimization.

Do only a clean install. Least problematical IMO.
FW updates will be done only in IDE mode. More than likely, it was shipped with the latest FW but check it out. wtf

The page file, there will be a great debate about this. Some say nay, others yay. I'm positive that a pagefile must be in place somewhere. Windows and some apps require it.
If you move it off the SSD, it looses its SSD performance. Albeit minor loss. I personally feel that todays modern cpu's can process two sata inputs faster than waiting for 1 drive que to execute, so...................
I have also done this,
http://www.tipandtrick.net/2008/enab...aging-to-disk/

Setup on the user, worth .1 of a WEI disk point. Forces majority of pagefile into the ram, which is way faster than any spin drive. My systems all SSD's and I got a marked boost. Anything that the "user" calls up is put entirely into the ram. One of my favorite discovered tweaks.
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13 Nov 2010   #13
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Thanks again guys for your valuable input.
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13 Nov 2010   #14
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

The limited writes is actually blown way out of proportion.
technically, its the amount of erase cycles that wear a SSD.


More Info Here for those interested:
Intel X25-M SSD: Intel Delivers One of the World's Fastest Drives - AnandTech :: Your Source for Hardware Analysis and News


Quote:
Intel went one step further and delivered 5x what the OEMs requested. Thus Intel will guarantee that you can write 100GB of data to one of its MLC SSDs every day, for the next five years, and your data will remain intact
Even if a SSD can only manage 50GB a day, every day, for 5 years, that would be nearly impossible as a OS drive.
If using it for HD video editing .. maybe.
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13 Nov 2010   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Wishmaster, you are always on top of things.
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14 Nov 2010   #16
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Will windows installer setup that 100mb unassigned partition even on an ssd and if so, how can I bypass that?
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14 Nov 2010   #17
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
Will windows installer setup that 100mb unassigned partition even on an ssd and if so, how can I bypass that?

Yes it will.

If you do not want it take a look here:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Obviously being a Brand New SSD, you can probably skip the clean all cmd, but the rest would still apply.
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14 Nov 2010   #18
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
Obviously being a Brand New SSD, you can probably skip the clean all cmd, but the rest would still apply.
Yep. Just hit shift+F10 to open the cmd prompt during installation setup, diskpart to create/activate the partition then install.
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14 Nov 2010   #19
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Thanks guys. What would be your recommendations, leave it on?
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14 Nov 2010   #20
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

just leave it on. it's only 100mb
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