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Need help for step-by-step WinXP Intall on Intel 520 180GB SSD

Hi,

I am quite new to the world of SSD, just purchased a Intel 520 180GB SSD. I plan to install WinXP Pro on this SSD.

I am not sure what software will come with the SSD box. Perhaps I might need to download something.

Could anybody give me step-by-step WinXP installation instruction on SSD? It will be great if the optimization steps are included.

My rig:

WinXP Pro SP3

Intel Yorkfield 9450

Asus P5Q (P45 and ICH10R)

4GB 1066 DDR2

WD 1TB SATA2

Nvidia GTS8800

Thanks in advance!

Dennis

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With XP doing a format the partite aligning is not correct for ssd , there are several ways to get good partition aligning .

Make the partition with Gparted , this utility can also correct bad aligning follow the steps in the helpsection http://gparted.sourceforge.net/ http://gparted.sourceforge.net/

It is possible to connect the ssd to a pc with W7 or W8 beta and create the partition in windows, that is the easy way .

The ASSD benchmark utility checks aligning without doing a benchmark http://alex-is.de/PHP/fusion/downloads.php?download_id=9 http://alex-is.de/PHP/fusion/downloads.php?download_id=9

Very useful is a streamlined xp with Intel sata/raid drivers http://www.nliteos.com/ http://www.nliteos.com/

In the bios the setting for ssd is best set on ACHI/RAID ,not the IDE setting .I recommend the raid setting even for a single ssd .

Now install xp on the ssd , use the good aligned partition made earlier . When ready, install the Intel Toolbox

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=18455&lang=eng%20 http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=18455&lang=eng%20

The toolbox for tweaks and the use of optimizer , XP has no trim . Good aligning is the most important thing

Several tweaks can be found with the ssd tweaker utilitie http://elpamsoft.com/Downloads.aspx?Name=SSD%20Tweaker http://elpamsoft.com/Downloads.aspx?Name=SSD%20Tweaker

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