I am quite new to the world of SSD, just purchased a Intel 520 180GB SSD. I plan to install WinXP Pro on this SSD.
I am not sure what software will come with the SSD box. Perhaps I might need to download something.
Could anybody give me step-by-step WinXP installation instruction on SSD? It will be great if the optimization steps are included.
WinXP Pro SP3
Intel Yorkfield 9450
Asus P5Q (P45 and ICH10R)
4GB 1066 DDR2
WD 1TB SATA2
Thanks in advance!
With XP doing a format the partite aligning is not correct for ssd , there are several ways to get good partition aligning .
Make the partition with Gparted , this utility can also correct bad aligning follow the steps in the helpsection http://gparted.sourceforge.net/
It is possible to connect the ssd to a pc with W7 or W8 beta and create the partition in windows, that is the easy way .
The ASSD benchmark utility checks aligning without doing a benchmark http://alex-is.de/PHP/fusion/downloads.php?download_id=9
Very useful is a streamlined xp with Intel sata/raid drivers http://www.nliteos.com/
In the bios the setting for ssd is best set on ACHI/RAID ,not the IDE setting .I recommend the raid setting even for a single ssd .
Now install xp on the ssd , use the good aligned partition made earlier . When ready, install the Intel Toolbox
The toolbox for tweaks and the use of optimizer , XP has no trim . Good aligning is the most important thing
Several tweaks can be found with the ssd tweaker utilitie http://elpamsoft.com/Downloads.aspx?Name=SSD%20Tweaker