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Format SSD before clean Windows 8 install?

Should I do some sort of filesystem change or format on my SSD before I install Windows 8 on it? Or do I just plug it in and stick the Windows 8 OEM disk in and install it like if it was an HDD?
I'ts brand new.
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  1. Install it just like a HDD. Windows will take care of alignment and everything for you.

    You can format it from the installer if you plan to have partitions for any reason(some users set aside some space to ensure the drive can not be filled to the max, but you generally should not have to).

    Just make sure your bios is set to AHCI mode first.
  2. nukemaster said:
    Install it just like a HDD. Windows will take care of alignment and everything for you.

    You can format it from the installer if you plan to have partitions for any reason(some users set aside some space to ensure the drive can not be filled to the max, but you generally should not have to).

    Just make sure your bios is set to AHCI mode first.


    Thanks for the response! Much appreciated!
    Is there any easy way to make sure my bios is set to AHCI mode? Do you know where I'd find it? Also, should I be doing this before or after I've put in the Windows 8 DVD and installed Windows 8?
  3. You enter the bios with the DEL key when you see the system start to display information. It is a bit different for all boards.

    What board do you have? Some set it to AHCI by default.

    While in the bios you will also want to ensure that the DVD drive is set as your first boot device to ensure you boot off the DVD as well.
  4. Also, if you had any advice for this one, that'd be great too, as someone I know will be installing 8 on an SSD on this, too.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130679&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
    Thanks!
  5. Best answer
    In the bios it is under

    Settings
    Advanced
    Integrated Peripherals
    SATA Mode

    The first board should come set to AHCI mode,but the second one does not list in the manual what the default setting is.

    Either way, changing it is the same on both boards.
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