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Windows 7: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

26 Apr 2013   #310
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Artman View Post
@Brink
Thanks for the help. The reinstall process went like a charm. However, I'm wondering whether I install the Intel RST. There is no RAID in my rig. Just SSDs & JBOD
Any gain or no need??

Hello Artman,

The Intel RST driver is for RAID, SATA, and AHCI. You would still want to install the latest version.

So far the latest 12.6.0.1028 WHQL version at Station Drivers have been working fine for me.
intel drivers pour Raid/Sata/Ata/Ahci
OR

11.2.0.1006 WHQL at Intel.
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Det...*&DownloadType=



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26 Apr 2013   #311
Artman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

@Brink

Man I installed the Intel RST "However, I didn't use the link you provided". The link says that this applies to boards like the Z77 but not ones with the X79 chipset. So I downloaded the RST Enterprise from the download page on Intel specific to my board. https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Det...&DownloadType=
AND the boot times went from something in the 20 seconds to 90 seconds. After the post the system just halts as if it is scanning for Hard Drives. Yet, I have the Rapid boot enabled & hard disk delay is set to 0.
I'm now in the process of returning everything to the way it was.
Any advice???

NB:
It also changed the name of the drives in the Device Manager "eg. OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6g 240GB to SCSI OWC Mercury Extrm"
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26 Apr 2013   #312
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That stinks.

You could uninstall the listed "Intel...." drivers from "Programs and Features", or do a system restore using a restore point dated before they were installed.
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26 Apr 2013   #313
Artman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

@Brink
I have the restore disabled. However, I did uninstall the RST, cleaned the registry thoroughly and restarted. Surely, at this point nothing in the device manager changed nor the boot times "still at 90 secs". Went into the device manager deleted Intel AHCI driver. Which was under something called "C600 series chipset SATA AHCI Controller". Replaced it with the MS AHCI driver & now it's almost back to the way it was.
Anything wrong with what I did??
Brink isn't it strange that the old MS driver behaves better than the new Intel driver?? I mean I did everything by the book

PS I love your Motherboard looool

Now it simply says Standard AHCI 1.0 Serial ATA controller "I think it was named differently but not sure". Doesn't matter but, any negative impact in your opinion??
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26 Apr 2013   #314
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You didn't do anything wrong. Some driver versions perform better than others.

It has the 3.6.0.1093 RTS Enterprise version at the Intel download page for your Intel DX79SI motherboard. The one I posted above wasn't a RTSe version.

https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Sea...keyword=DX79SI

https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Det...adType=Drivers

If it's running fine for you now, then I wouldn't worry about it unless you just wanted to test it. Be sure to create a restore point first so that you could quickly undo it if you don't like the results.
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29 Apr 2013   #315
Nanda

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

I'm a bit baffled which way to install Windows after reading the 2nd step, do you have to create partition through the cmd prompt or through the normal Windows installer? Does one of the ways have any exceptional benefits to the other?
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29 Apr 2013   #316
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Nanda, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Personally I prefer to make the disk unallocated through the normal Windows installer, and let it Windows setup the disk then.

This tutorial can be handy if you were unable to do the above normally, say if the SSD was a dynamic or GPT disk for example.
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02 May 2013   #317
Nanda

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

@Brink

Thank you for your reply. The re-install works flawlessly. But I was wondering, is it normal when the installation had took me hours to complete? Because at that time, it was constantly stuck at 0% on 'Expanding Windows files' after I did the 'clean all' command. But after few hours later, the installation began to flow normally again until it finished.

Usually when I re-install normally without using any special optimization, the re-install process goes for only few minutes.
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04 May 2013   #318
Artman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I wouldn't worry about it Nanda,
From what I understood, you used the clean all command. Which will erase the entire HD. Hence, the long time "especially on a mechanical drive".
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04 May 2013   #319
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Nanda,

Sorry about the late reply.

The long time is normal for the "Clean All" command since it takes longer to do the secure erase (1x overwrite).

Normally you could just use the "Clean" command instead that does the same as "Clean All", but without the secure erase to finish a lot faster.
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