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June 7, 2013 11:37:28 PM

Hi
I need simple, I hope, advice.
I have Win7 on Intel 520 (I think) SSD. Something went wrong and I need reinstall, do I just let Windows 7 do it job when reinstalling like with regular HDD or there is something I need to do, or not to do when reinstalling on SSD.

Appreciate any help provided.
Thanks.

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June 7, 2013 11:55:23 PM

Depends on what 'went wrong'. If you suspect a virus, and for any reason don't trust your installation, best go for a clean install. When you get to the screen 'Where do you want to Install Windows' choose 'Drive Options' (Advanced). Delete all the partitions on your SSD until you are left with only Unallocated Space equal to the capacity of your SSD. Click on 'Next' and Windows will format and clean install. Otherwise it's much the same as installing an HDD. (You might check in BIOS that SATA mode is set to AHCI)
Once Windows is installed there are some good tips here to get the max performance from your SSD

http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/optimization-guides/...
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June 8, 2013 12:12:51 AM

Yes, it will be clean install. No, no viruses, but some weird compatibility problem - I can not install and keep installed Adobe flash, after each reboot it disappears, nasty situation, so when I tried to upgrade my NVIDIA drivers, something went wrong, all OS is messed up, never seen anything like this - I have NVIDIA installed, but I don't see see any drivers in Add/Remove list, like NVIDIA is not here, but it is.
Initial problem was that I forgot about Adobe flush until I installed BF3, which requires flush, and then it started - that flush was not able to stay on my PC, no matter what I tried. So this is the main reason for reinstall.
I am suspecting Adobe CS is a culprit, I don't need it on this machine, so I am planning to keep only Acrobat and Photoshop, I hope this was the issue.

I asked this question, because I seen somewhere something about special care about SSD during reinstallation, but I forgot what was that or if it was that important.

Aaa, forgot, AHCI is enabled.

Any second opinion, I am planning to start tomorrow, as soon as my other thread about saving certain game files got responses.

Thanks for any help.

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June 8, 2013 12:22:51 AM

AHCI is the only precaution before you install, otherwise the tips in the SSD Review are excellent for post installation... but with 180 Gb you probably won't need to pay too much attention to space saving...
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June 8, 2013 12:32:29 AM

dodger46 said:
AHCI is the only precaution before you install, otherwise the tips in the SSD Review are excellent for post installation... but with 180 Gb you probably won't need to pay too much attention to space saving...


I have more than 100 GB occupied already - CS took a lot, BF3 and FC3, and I am planning to get Crysis 3 and a few more Sniper games, it would be no space or very little left after all installed.
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June 8, 2013 12:37:35 AM

Ah well, the Guide will prove invaluable, then!
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June 8, 2013 4:44:18 PM

dodger46 said:
Ah well, the Guide will prove invaluable, then!


Guide is good, have nothing to say against.
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