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Windows 7: New Hardrive Setup files

16 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
New Hardrive Setup files

I took my computer into a store and they did the physical install of a new hard drive. I installed everything (Windows and my applications) and I hear there's a setup disk for the hard drive that I have had installed. I bought the bare drive off Newegg. The software is here. In the Downloads section, click Software.

From what I understand, there are three modes of the hard drive, which affect the drive performance/speed. I would like to use the setup files to make these necessary changes, that is, if my drive isn't setup for 'performance', I'd like to set it to do that.

Would doing this wipe out my Windows partition?

My other question is, I did try to burn the setup files for CD to a CD and it did not boot (it just went straight into Windows). I used WinRAR to unzip the ISO and Windows 7 to burn the files to the CD. I checked my boot sequence in BIOS. It's set such at 3 1/2>CD>Hard disk. So, that isn't the problem. I probably burned the disc incorrectly. Can someone show me how?

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16 Apr 2011   #2
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Hard drives are controlled by the SATA or IDE storage controller in your Device Manager, a part of your chipset.

The settings in BIOS which may apply are SATA controller settings of AHCI or IDE mode. We recommend installing in the more modern AHCI mode which enables hot-plugging, however IDE mode is fine.

Hard drives like DVD/CD drives can have firmware updates but it is rare and not really needed unless indicated by performance problems.

Are there any performance problems with the Win7 you installed onto the HD?

If not, just make sure you check optional Windows Updates for newer drivers after enabling hardware auto-updating: Automatically get recommended drivers and updates for your hardware. Win7 is pretty good with drivers, having most in its installer or quickly updated via optional Updates.
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17 Apr 2011   #3

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

"The software is here. In the Downloads section, click Software."

That software is a hard drive diagnostics package. It tests the drive for errors or potential failures. It has nothing to do with "setting up" the drive or changing performance settings.
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