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Old 03-27-2014, 10:42 AM
 
Location: state of enlightenment
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I'm doing a new Win8 build using an SSD for the first time. Is there anything special you need to do besides the usual format?
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Old 03-27-2014, 02:25 PM
 
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If the SSD is brand new then no, just make sure AHCI is enable in BIOS, format & install. You do want to disable scheduled defrag once Windows is installed, you do not defrag SSD's.
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Old 04-02-2014, 02:24 PM
 
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If the SSD is brand new then no, just make sure AHCI is enable in BIOS, format & install. You do want to disable scheduled defrag once Windows is installed, you do not defrag SSD's.
Thanks for the info. I can't believe what a difference it makes. 15 sec startup vs 3 min and programs launch much quicker.
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:40 AM
 
Location: Sector 001
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windows tends to automatically format install drives using the MBR or master boot record. GPT, or the GUID Partition Table, is an evolution forward and tends to protect drive data better but in all practicality you will notice no difference using either unless you have a large 4TB hard drive, then you will have to use GPT on that drive.

I formatted SSD and installed using GPT just for the heck of it, and converted all my data drives to GPT, which can actually be done on the fly with no data loss using software (not the windows drive though) .

Main benefit of GPT:

"Perhaps one of the biggest pitfalls of MBR-based disks is their potential for corruption of the partition table, a region on the disk that maps sectors to logical block numbers. MBR disks only have 1 partition table to keep track of all the blocks in the partition. If the table becomes corrupt, the entire disk must be recovered from backup. Windows GPT-based disks have multiple, redundant partition tables so that if one is detected as being corrupt, it can self-heal itself from a redundant copy of the table."
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Old 05-07-2014, 11:08 AM
 
Location: NW NJ & SE Oahu
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Main benefit of GPT:

"Perhaps one of the biggest pitfalls of MBR-based disks is their potential for corruption of the partition table, a region on the disk that maps sectors to logical block numbers. MBR disks only have 1 partition table to keep track of all the blocks in the partition. If the table becomes corrupt, the entire disk must be recovered from backup. Windows GPT-based disks have multiple, redundant partition tables so that if one is detected as being corrupt, it can self-heal itself from a redundant copy of the table."
This I never knew...have I got a ton of MBR-based data drives that'll get the GPT conversion soon!
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Old 05-11-2014, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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You really don't have to do anything with Windows 8 or 8.1. The OS is optimized already for SSDs. As someone said, just make sure under SATA options in the BIOS you set it to AHCI before you start the installation. It'll work with standard IDE, but performance is better with AHCI (and once you install its not easily switched).
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Old 05-11-2014, 04:11 PM
 
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Sean's Windows 7 Install & Optimization Guide for SSDs & HDDs
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