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Kingbing

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Hi

 

Just got my X64 and was wondering in which start sector to align?

Is there any advise from Corsair for XP? 64k or 1024?

 

Also when will the Trim function or the wiper.exe tool be available? Any clue on that? One month ago corsair already stated "comming shortly"!

 

Thanks

Cheers Bing

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Hi

 

Just got my X64 and was wondering in which start sector to align?

Is there any advise from Corsair for XP? 64k or 1024?

 

Hi Bing

 

Do you really want to use windows XP? Vista I wouldn't touch with a barge pole, but Windows 7 is amazing ..... if you're thinking of upgrading to Windows 7 then I would wait until you get hold of it before installing your SSD.

 

However, if you really want to keep XP then you should follow these guidelines to align and format your drive.

 

Firstly you need to get hold of Diskpart.exe - you can get this from Microsoft from the following link:

 

DISKPART FROM MICROSOFT

 

I would suggest you connect your SSD to your system as a secondary drive for this process: i.e. your windows OS already running on a HDD and your SSD is seen as a second drive.

 

Once you have downloaded Diskpart.exe - open a command prompt window and run Diskpart.exe from the location you saved it in.

 

Now run these commands one at a time:

 

LIST DISK

 

Look at the number next to the disk that represents your SSD

 

Type:

 

SELECT DISK X (X=the number next to your SSD)

 

This will make this the active disk that Diskpart will work on

 

Type:

 

CLEAN

 

This deletes all partitions and data on the disk

 

Type:

 

CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY ALIGN 64

 

Now Type:

 

ACTIVE

 

Now Type:

 

FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK

 

Now Type:

 

EXIT

 

You can close the command prompt window and your SSD is now aligned and ready to receive Windows XP.

 

I would also suggest that you disconnect all other drives and place your SSD on SATA Port 1 .... once XP is installed you can then reconnect all your other drives - place your Optical Drive on the last SATA port and any other drives on the remaining SATA ports working backwards from 6 .... i.e. 6,5,4,3,2

 

There are no guarantees for a successful install with windows XP as there are so many other variables floating around regarding your other hardware. This is why I would wholeheartedly recommend you upgrade to windows 7.

 

Hope this helps and that your install goes smoothly and works first time :-)

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PS >>>> As for Wiper and Trim .... Ram Guy has mentioned that Wiper will be coming soon - as for Trim .... I'm sure that future firmware updates will have the Trim function enabled, but for now everyone is under None Disclosure Act restrictions from Microsoft until Windows 7 is officially launched, so no one can comment, even if they wanted to lol :-)
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Hey Davyc

 

First thanks for the detailed explanation.

I will try my best to do so. I'm actually only planning to install XP since thats the system I was running the past 4years and I do not have any other comparison. So I will take it from now as a reference well working system and look how the ssd performs or better outperforms :evil:!

 

Since the trim function is not working yet I don't see the big difference to run it on XP and wait for final W7 and new firmware in the meantime. Or are there other benefits ssd-wise?

 

Cheers Bing

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The biggest problem with computers is marrying new technology with old - as we progress the things that we have been comfortable with and are used to seemingly become obsolete; even though we love them. I was a staunch XP fan, loved it, loved playing with it and enjoyed its progress throughout the years. Then along came Vista and I detested it .... so many reasons for doing so. Windows 7 arrives in form of Beta and then RC1 .... loved it, took to it like a duck to water and now wouldn't go back to anything else.

 

It's big, it's solid and it's built to take advantage of the new technologies that we are enjoying now, including SSDs .... I wouldn't say that the advantages regarding SSDs are outstanding, but at least the OS recognises the new technology and performs substantially better in terms of ease of deployment/installation and once Trim is enabled within the firmware of SSDs it will help to maintain the performance and longevity of the hardware. As time progresses and SSDs become more maintream then we may begin to see even more features within the OS (perhaps even specialist software releases too) to take advantage of SSDs.

 

XP is a nice piece of kit, but then so was my first Soundblaster card and my Matrix Graphics card .... all superceded now by better technology. It was a bit of a wrench for me to leave XP behind, but I like new technology and for once Microsoft have got it spot on the ball with Windows 7.

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I would have to agree with with Davyc even about Vista had a copy given to me free when it was first released and gave it away because I detested it.

That being said one of my friends who works for Microsoft told me when I essentially told him the same thing Davyc just posted said that Windows 7 used the same interface. I said maybe so but it did not have all the bugs that Vista did. I would have to admit since service pack one Vista he worked much better. But I have went right to Windows 7 on most of the systems.

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