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    Default Yet Another Ssd Install Guide

    Maybe This will be helpful to some noob SSD users. Its a step by step installation guide. Its what I do on all my installs. I have compiled it from many different guides. Believe me I have tried every tweak out there and these are what I feel is the minimum necessary for a proper high performing and reliable SSD installation.

    Windows 7 SSD installation procedure: (starting with a new or secure erased SSD)

    (1) Check the board is in AHCI mode, if no option is available there is nothing you can do.

    (2) Check if S1 and S3 sleep are supported in bios, I usually set S1 but S3 should be ok also....if they are not in bios there is nothing you can do

    (3) Check ACPI 2.0 is in bios and enabled, if its not in bios there is nothing you can do.

    (4) Let win7 installer create and format the partition, all you do is hit NEXT even though the installer sees the drive and reports the drive space is RAW. Win7 will create a primary partition and quick format all on its own.

    Immediately after installing Windows:

    (1) Turn Off Hibernation File: Type cmd in search, right click cmd symbol that comes up and choose "run as administrator". Type “powercfg -h off” and press enter.

    (2) OPTIONAL BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Turn off paging file: control panel/ system/advanced system settings/performance settings/advanced/virtual memory/change click no paging file, click set, apply, ok. (Restart later) Note: if you want to use a paging file for some reason make the minimum and maximum size the same. (Restart Later) Note: don't move the paging file to a spinner it will really hurt performance.

    (3) OPTIONAL BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Turn off system protection: control panel/ system/system protection make sure all drives are off especially C. You can make system images so system protection is just a giant waste of disk space.

    (4) Turn off drive indexing: Right click all drives and uncheck drive indexing, click apply (ignore all when comes up) Also go to windows storage manager select the system reserved partition right click uncheck drive indexing, click apply (ignore all when comes up).

    (5) OPTIONAL: Turn off Recycle Bin or reduce in size.

    (6) Turn Off Reliability Monitor: Admin tools, open task scheduler. expand task scheduler library, then Microsoft, then Windows. Scroll down and click on RAC. Go to the top and select View then show hidden tasks IF RACTASK is not showing. Right click on RacTask and select disable. To re-enable it, you right click it and select enable.
    Here is the good part.... disabling it stops it from PROCESSING reliability data and errors for reliability viewer. The data is still collected in the logs, just stored efficiently. You can re-enable it and see the reliability stuff when U wish. Disabling it saved RAM and some drive churning until U need to look at it.

    (7) Set the power state to high performance and set the machine to never sleep, HDD power down to NEVER (NEVER is before 1 minute).

    (8) Disable SuperFetch: Type regedit in search, click on symbol then go HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchPerameters right click EnableSuperfetch hit modify and change to 0 and hit OK. (NOTE: alot of people also disable prefetch as well as superfetch but I find system runs better with prefetch enabled).

    (9) Enable Large System Cache: Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Session Manager\Memory Management right click LargeSystemCache hit modify and change to 1 and hit OK.

    (10) Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\FileSystem right click NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation hit modify and change to 1 and hit OK then right click NtfsMemoryUsage hit modify and change to 2 and hit OK.

    (11) Disable SuperFetch in services: Go to Control Panel select Administrative Tools\Services double click SuperFetch select startup type as disabled then click ok.

    (12) While in Services double click Disk Defragmenter select startup type as disabled then click ok. Or turn off scheduled defraging and leave defrag on manual.

    Now Restart Your System For The First Time then:

    (1) Install Chipset Drivers.

    (2) Use win7 native AHCI (Will be automatically installed by windows during installation) driver for AMD. Use the newest Intel RST driver (Download and install after windows installation. Note INTEL Chipset Drivers should be installed first then RST driver.)for INTEL systems. Get driver here:

    (3) RESTART

    (4) Enable windows write back catching on C drive: right click C drive/hardware/your drive/ properties/change settings/policies/ check turnoff windows write-caching buffer flushing.......................

    (5) Install Windows Updates Including Optional Hardware Updates.

    (6) Install any additional drivers as necessary.

    (7) Install Software

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    will try to do it, thanks.

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    Default Re: Yet Another Ssd Install Guide

    Hello, and thank you for this amazing guide! I know that this guide may be somewhat old, but it seems to me that this is still pretty accurate.

    I have one question though. In corsair's FAQ for SSDs they say that you do not need to tweak your operating system what so ever to get optimal perfomance.

    How does this affect your guide? Are they saying this because they don't want the additional "oh my god, how do i do this and that?" requests to their tech support? Or is it actually true, that you don't have to do a thing?

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