This subject keeps coming up so I thought I would start a thread to address this. The following is what I personally do with all my OS installs to a new SSD.
UPDATE IF YOUR MOTHERBOARD CREATES A SCSI DISK (WHICH MY ASUS DID MY MSI DID NOT) THEN YOU MUST SET TO ACHI INSTEAD OF RAID OR TRIM WILL NOT WORK. IT LOOKS LIKE THE RST 11 SERIES DRIVER IS CREATING THE SCSI DEVICE. WHEN I USED THE 10 SERIES RST DRIVER (10.6) IT DID NOT CREATE THE SCSI DEVICE. WHEN I USED THE 11 SERIES IT DID. FURTHERMORE IS SEEMS LIKE THE SCSI DEVICE IS ONLY CREATED ON GEN 3 BOARDS BUT IM NOT SURE ABOUT THAT YET. SO FOR INTEL USERS THE 10 SERIES RST DRIVER LOOKS LIKE THE ONE TO USE AND I THINK THE RAID METHOD WILL WORK FOR EVERYONE IN THAT CASE. X79 NOT SO SURE. IF YOU ARE WONDERING ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE TAKE A LOOK AT THIS VANTAGE I RAN ON MY NEW BUILD FOLLOWING THE GUIDE. THIS IS WITH A PERFORMANCE PRO 128 AND A 2500K ON AN MSI Z68GD65 G3
IN bios set to RAID mode (basically we are now using the RAID driver instead of the AHCI driver on a single drive. The RAID driver is more robust than the AHCI driver. There is no end user difference from using the AHCI driver other than massively increased performance and a 2 second longer boot because of the RAID BIOS. TRIM still works the same, tool boxes still work the same, firmware updates still work the same, secure erasing still works the same, etc. Now your single drive can use the RAID driver and take advantage of a massive speed increase.), disable hot plugging to drive, disable all cstates, set sleep to S1, OUT of bios pre-format whole drive as a secondary drive (with Windows 7) prior to installing not with the Windows Disc but in Windows, clean install Windows (if your image has not come from another ssd that has already been installed using these exact procedures) to the pre-formatted partition just hit next when installing and no separate boot partition will be created, also and this is very important only have the SSD installed on port 0 and no other Hard Disks hooked up during installation. After Windows installation: Install latest IRST driver for Intel systems or the equivalent for AMD. Disable page file, disable system protection, set power plan to high performance, set hdd to never power off, disable indexing on the drive, check both Windows caching options, disable hibernation by opening cmd prompt and type: "powercfg -h off" press enter then exit, set to never sleep in Windows, disable disk defragmenter service, shrink partition 20% after installation and leave 20% unallocated. Windows may not allow the shrinking of the partition in some cases if that is the case use this: http://download.cnet.com/EaseUS-Part...-10863346.html then finally run WEI and reboot. please note: by preventing the creation of the boot partition Windows Ultimate users will lose the bit locker function. If you wish to keep this function do not pre-format just format as usual with the windows dvd and follow all other steps. This will not affect performance in any way you will just have the hidden boot partition.
This is what we want to accomplish:
Besides the score look at the alignment see how it is 1024K? On the C drive? This is because we eliminated the separate boot partition and it now resides in a folder on your "C" partition.
Look at my virtual disk manager:
Notice how there is no separate boot partition on any drive? This is because I pre-formatted the whole drive and only had the SSD hooked up during the installation and no other hard disks. See the unallocated space on my "C" drive? While this is not a necessity it is good practice to leave some unallocated space around 20% if possible. The reason for this is the drive will maintain top performance a lot better because it has more space to do its internal maintenance. Another reason for this is the NAND will last MUCH longer. These are the reasons Enterprise SSD are over-provisioned 20% to 50% by the factory. Un-allocated space does the exact same thing for us consumers. This is why I recommend 20% over-provisioning (OP) of all SSD's. Look here: http://www.storagereview.com/intel_s...erprise_review these guys really do a good job of showing the advantages of this practice.
As to the reason I now recommend the RAID driver over AHCI here is why:
Performance Pro 128 with AHCI driver:
Performance Pro 128 with RAID driver:
HyperX 240 with AHCI driver:
HyperX 240 with RAID driver:
See the difference a driver makes?
Please feel free to comment or question