Hi, I finally got my first taste of an SSD with the X25M 80GB. I had some initial issues which I resolved by switching from SATA port 5 to 1, and also unplugging my two RAID 0 Seagate 7200.12 500gb HDDs. I changed my BIOS to AHCI thinking this was a smart move (I guess I didn't read enough) and reinstalled Win 7 64 bit (didn't do a clean wipe either...). First thing I did was delete Windows.old on the SSD, then downloaded updates and some apps I regularily use, as well as RST 9.6 (newest one) because obviously I'd have RAID HDDs installed and want to have TRIM. So, after getting it set up Win 7 was running beautifully - I did a bunch of the recommended optimizations too (except I left Indexing on). I then plugged in my HDDs and set the BIOS to RAID which obviously caused a BSOD when loading Windows. After some googleing (on AHCI) I found a Microsoft fix which actually worked, and switching back to RAID everything worked fine. Except that RST doesn't show my SSD now, only the RAID volume. When I had it on AHCI, I could see my SSD (HDDs weren't plugged in). I'm wondering, then, if maybe TRIM isn't getting passed on because it's not reconized in RST?
I wouldn't mind doing a re-install but only on the condition that I don't have to spend hours and hours re downloading and re installing everything. I did a Windows backup, would it be safe to assume I can just copy the image after a fresh install and everything will be as it is now? (Windows updated, iTunes and Opera installed, among other apps).
I did install the SSD Toolbox. It shows my SSD but I don't really know what I'm doing in there. The optimizations show they're done. I didn't run the tool that refreshes the SSD back to "like new" because if TRIM is working, I shouldn't have to (right?). I haven't done any benchmarks yet either, but that's certainly a possiblity (I'm only experienced in GPU and CPU benches and I don't want to put too much excessive wear on the SSD but I'm open to trying).
I don't know if this tells you anything, but for some reason after setting up the RAID volume my shutdown time is much longer. Not really an issue since I can tell I'm still getting faster loading times, but I don't know what would cause the shutdown to slow. There's only 1 app running off the HDDs and that's Steam.