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Windows 7: ssd for OS and 2hdd on raid0

19 Jan 2010   #21
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would not format it - just initialize. The SSD needs to be formatted with an alignment. Win7 does that for you. Also, you do not want to write anything on the SSD without Trim control. Trim will later not recognize the disk as being trimmed and you get slower writes.


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19 Jan 2010   #22
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Yes it will work that way, like i said its upto you which side you want to setup your raid on as this mobo has two seperate sata raid controllers controlling different ports and both will support raid 0 and will work on either side i had mine setup that way because of IDE drive and i like to keep two raid drives occupying the two gsata ports then i have six sata two ports free in normal mode for all other devices
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19 Jan 2010   #23
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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thank you as well, good info. so if CrystalDiskinfo shows that my ssd supporting TRIM it mean that actually this function is already installed and working in my SSD or it means that my ssd only support it.
If the firmware of your SSD supports Trim, that means it will erase data when the operating system tells it to do so. But only Win7 can do that. There is no trim support in Vista or XP.
Usually, the erased data is just flagged to be "available space". It keeps sitting on the SSD and the next write to that area has to first move it out of the way. Trim moves it out of the way as soon as the OS tells it to do so.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRIM
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19 Jan 2010   #24
giegaand1

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I would not format it - just initialize. The SSD needs to be formatted with an alignment. Win7 does that for you. Also, you do not want to write anything on the SSD without Trim control. Trim will later not recognize the disk as being trimmed and you get slower writes.
upss i did format i hope i didnt damage it.
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19 Jan 2010   #25
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by giegaand1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I would not format it - just initialize. The SSD needs to be formatted with an alignment. Win7 does that for you. Also, you do not want to write anything on the SSD without Trim control. Trim will later not recognize the disk as being trimmed and you get slower writes.
upss i did format i hope i didnt damage it.
Damage no, but you could get a performance hit unless you did a quick format. Usually SSDs are to be formatted from the command line. But the Win7 installation will take care of the alignment.
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19 Jan 2010   #26
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

You should be fine. I too have always done the formating, partition setup through diskpart prior to installation, but that just my preference.

If you let Win7 create the partitions and a quick format of the main partition in the main setup screen, it will set everything correctly for you on its own.
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20 Jan 2010   #27
giegaand1

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Damage no, but you could get a performance hit unless you did a quick format. Usually SSDs are to be formatted from the command line. But the Win7 installation will take care of the alignment.
yes i did quick format so i should be ok Still i gonna do fresh windows 7 installation over the weekend, like you said win7 installation will take care of the alignment.
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20 Jan 2010   #28
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would be curious to know how you did with the installation and what you think about the performance. I would advise not to double boot. I unplugged my HDD when I installed Win7 on the SSD and I switch the boot sequence with the BIOS. That is a much cleaner setup - especially since I hardly go back to my Vista on the HDD now. Once you get used to Win7, there is really no need to use anything else (and I am a Vista fan). But it will take a little while until you have setup Win7 the way you like it.
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20 Jan 2010   #29
giegaand1

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I would be curious to know how you did with the installation and what you think about the performance. I would advise not to double boot. I unplugged my HDD when I installed Win7 on the SSD and I switch the boot sequence with the BIOS. That is a much cleaner setup - especially since I hardly go back to my Vista on the HDD now. Once you get used to Win7, there is really no need to use anything else (and I am a Vista fan). But it will take a little while until you have setup Win7 the way you like it.
im using already win7 but it is installed in a hdd, then i bought ssd and goimg to instal win7 in to it. i fink i already got used to win7 so shouldnt be problem for me. i will post on weekend how is my system after upgrade. thank to all ya
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20 Jan 2010   #30
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

But again, I would strongly advise you to unplug your HDD from the mobo when you install win7 on the SSD. That way you don't get a MBR mess and have 2 neately seperated systems. The day you want to delete the win7 on the HDD, you just need to reformat that partition and have no MBR to fix.
The part that I am curious about is how you will "feel" the performance difference between your HDD win7 and the SSD win7.
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