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introduction to ssd

I just purchased my first ssd and there are a series of questions. I have explored the site and have been left confused in terminology . To the point, i got the x25-m 160 gb SSDSA2MH160G2R5 and i just purchased the windows 7 premium upgrade. With typical hard drives you format the hard drive and then install the OS. From what i am reading is about trim and various setting that i need to do before i even install the OS or SSD. Wondering if there was a guide, i could read or if you guys can lead me in the right direction in terms of order i should set up everything. trying to understand tool box and trim and bios settings that i need to install drive into my pc. If there is a youtube video or anything step by step i'd be glad to read or view those as well any and all advice or instructions is helpful. Probably make a good sticky for most introductory users

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If you are installing Win 7 you don't need to do anything special. Set the bios to AHCI mode and install Windows like a normal SSD. It's better to use the latest Intel RST drivers if you have an Intel based controller, but you can do that after you have installed Windows. Run the optimisation tool from the Intel SSD toolbox and you are good to go.

There are a number of help guides here (including videos):