12-29-2013 10:38 AM
I'm new to ssd's and want to a fresh install of XP. I've read about trim, alignment, and tweaks but would like to know how those things apply to this very modern sad.
1. How do I align?
2. Do I need to bother with trim? If so, how?
3. I plan to use AHCI.
Any advice, or pointing to current info will be much appreciated!
01-02-2014 07:47 AM
you will need a third party alignment tool.
XP does not support TRIM so you would need a third party TRIM tool
AHCI is not supported by XP by default so you will need some after market drivers.
I would really suggest moving to at least Win 7 if you plan to use an SSD.
01-02-2014 08:54 AM
Drlucky, thanks for the response. I was beginning to think there was noone here!
Is there a more active community for the Extreme II somewhere?
I know about the advantages of Win 7 and someday I'll do it but for now, I need to get back up and running after my OCZ Vertex drive died.
I was planning on doing the same thing I did 3 years ago when I started using the OCZ, which is basically using diskpart to align the Extreme II in another machine and formatting it, then do a fresh install.
Are TRIM and AHCI worth persuing? I don't need any more performance, in other words I'm not looking to split hairs a get slightly faster.
01-02-2014 09:12 AM
TRIM will help maintain performance over the life of the SSD. If TRIM is not enabled you may see a degradation of performance over time. If the computer does not get a lot of write erase operations you should not be affected that much and even so if you reimage it will take care of that issue as well.