I'm about to purchase an Intel x25m 80gb SSD and install Win 7 x64, just wondered if there is anything SSD related that I need to do in advance or after the install to improve performance/stability, or am I simply good to go?
Thanks for your help!
This question is a very commom one and has been answered so often, that users cannot expect an individual answer here.
Furthermore this is a Forum of the Intel Support Community and not a Forum for users, who want to know how to install an OS onto an SSD..
Please have a look into the other threads of this SSD Forum or do a Google search for the answer.
After installing your SSD, update to TRIM firmware if your drive does not come with TRIM firmware already installed. 2CV102HD is the latest TRIM supporting firmware from Intel. AHCI mode is preferred and using msahci default driver in Windows 7 will permit TRIM to run automatically without using Optimizer in SSD Toolbox. You can still use the Toolbox to check SMART attributes that include a wear indicator, and also diagnostic tests are available. Let Windows 7 install all the drivers needed. You can update your video card driver to latest from the manufacturer--recommended, and same goes for your sound card.
Install your SSD in the first port, either SATA port 0 or port 1, whichever is first on your motherboard.
Make sure Defrag is turned OFF immediately after installing Windows 7. You can type services local in the Start search bar, click on services local and scroll to Disk Defragmenter and set to Disabled--unless you have other non-SSD drives in your computer. If you have non-SSD drives in your computer, turn off defrag just for your SSD.
You could use Intel driver for AHCI but then would need optimizer to run for TRIM.
That is about it for now, got to leave. If you need more help, just fire away.
Thanks ambizytl, much appreciated.
Just a few questions in response..
If I do need to update to TRIM firmware do I do this after my installation of win 7?
Im guessing I enable AHCI mode in the BIOS?
How do I ensure im using the msahci driver?
Plug in SSD and update 'trim' before installing OS. Set 'IDE' in bios before trim update and change to ACHI prior to OS install. You can do it after OS install, but why wait? You have to create a bootable CD with trim software on it.
So plug in the SSD to SATA 0 or 1
Make sure it is IDE in the BIOS
Boot the TRIM install
Change to ACHI in the BIOS
Is that right?
Where do I find the TRIM bootable install?
Depending on your motherboard, the first SATA port will be 0 or 1--choose the one that is first.
I updated the newest firmware in AHCI mode--I did not change it to IDE. You could do it in AHCI mode and if that doesn't work, you can change BIOS to IDE--or you can start doing it in IDE. As I said, I did it in AHCI with no problems.
Before you install Windows 7, make certain your BIOS is in AHCI mode and it will install the default msahci driver for AHCI.
I installed the TRIM firmware after installing Windows 7 and all is well. I can't comment on doing it the other way. Well, just remembered I did install the original TRIM firmware in my other two SSDs that did not have Windows 7 installed, empty drives, so you can do it either way.
"Install your SSD in the first port, either SATA port 0 or port 1, whichever is first on your motherboard."
Does this really matter if your boot drive is set correctly in BIOS?
Mine is on port 4 (ie. the 5th), but then I had to switch to IDE mode to flash. I don't know if being on port 0/1 or would have made a difference since I didn't try. On an older P35 motherboard only 4 out of 6 ports would boot (by design), so port choice would be quite important there.
I Have Answer For your Question,
Question: "Intel SSD X.25 M not detected on Intel board"
First I want To Clarify the Following Thing.
The RAID CARD You Use Has the Following Technology called
1."Storage Controller with SSD caching is built on the same Unified Serial® (SATA/SAS) architecture" ?
Unless your RAID CARD Has this Architecture it will not be Detected in the COMBINED SATA and SSD Drives State.
I Ask You To View The Following Website Link For The Proof
2.Then You want To use The SAME SIZE OF HARD DISK FOR THIS MIRRORING OR RAID OPERATION
3. Windows 7 ULTIMATE 32 / 64 Bit Operating System must be Used For RAID Operations.
4. If Your SSD is 2.5 inch then You Must use 3.5 Inch Converter if you use SATA Back Plane.
5. You Use Any SAA BACK PLANE ? It must be used For HOTSWAP Operations , But This is Optional Only.
Intel Manufactures The Product.
Product Code : AXX6DRV3GEXP
The Reason For Your Problem is
1. NOT USING Raid Card With Storage Controller with SSD caching is built on the same Unified Serial® (SATA/SAS) architecture
2. NOT USING SAME SIZE OF HARD DISK FOR THIS MIRRORING OR RAID OPERATIONS.
3. NOT USING Windows 7 ULTIMATE Version Operating System.
When You Solve These Two Things Surely Your SSD Will be Accepted By Windows 7 Operating System.
I am Very Sure Your SSD will work in this Solution. Because SSD uses Seperate Data Entry Algorithm.