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    Formatting the SSD to 64k cluster sizes

    Thanks for the help and hopefully it will help others with Intel SSDs. I tested mine with CDM after booting into safe mode (image below). Could be better, I suppose, but I'm really happy with it's performance. What a difference! I haven't yet applied any registry tweaks. Just turned off the usual services and features recommended.
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    Formatting the SSD to 64k cluster sizes

    According to Intel's website and the IDF video, secure erasing isn't necessary on a brand new drive. Only if the drive has been used. On a new drive on which nothing has been written it is only necessary to, as you said, leave some unallocated space at the "end" of the drive, or, "after" the main Windows partition. I wasn't aware that I could adjust the partition sizes during installation with the Windows GUI. That makes it all a lot simpler and there's no need for the Linux method. The only advantage of the Linux method is the ease of cluster size adjustment via it's GUI -- no command-line (terminal) commands are necessary. Thanks.
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    Formatting the SSD to 64k cluster sizes

    @StamatisX: Since your method does not allow for setting partition size via Diskpart, I might do that manually with a Linux LiveCD (PartEdMagic on USB flash drive) and then start the Windows install. I'm sure it can be done with diskpart but I'm not familiar with the commands. The Linux method will allow me (via a GUI) to set partion size, format to NTFS with designated cluster size and set flags such as boot, active, primary, system, etc. My concern is the 100MB "Sytem Reserved" partition that Windows 7 creates. I have seen Win7 installs where this partition does not exist... so I'm assuming it is not actually required but is just the "Windows way" of doing things. I have, on past systems, installed Windows 7 to a single, pre-created partition and it did not create that smaller 100MB partition. This whole post is about making sure that a certain percentage of the drive is NOT partitioned but left free for the SSD's "scratchpad" for "read-move-erase-write" operations to extend longevity of the drive. The bigger the unallocated area, the longer the drive will last. This issue is, I believe, unique to Intel SSDs, but I could be wrong about that.
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    Formatting the SSD to 64k cluster sizes

    @Brian: Sorry, I'm not familiar with that (IDF Session) video. Could you please provide a link? I would very much like to watch it. Thanks. EDIT: Nevermind, I found it, Here From that video I gather that excluding (upon initial use) around 12GB (15%) of the 80GB drive from partitioning will triple it's write endurance... from about 15TB (conservative estimate) to 45TB (probably much more). What a deal! [image below from the video] That leaves me around 68GB for OS and programs. I can work with that because all data (large files, anyway) will go onto an external USB 500GB platter drive. (My SSD is going into a laptop.)
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    Formatting the SSD to 64k cluster sizes

    After using your method for partitioning, formating & adjusting cluster size did your benchmarks show the expected (or better) performance results for your drive? (I'm assuming this method also provides proper alignment just as the default (4k) GUI method would.)
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    Formatting the SSD to 64k cluster sizes

    @StamatisX: Thanks! I'll report back if it worked okay when I get the drive in a day or two. I'm already thinking I should have ordered the 160GB, but the Gen3 drives will be out (supposedly) in early 2011 and there is speculation that you might get double the capacity for the same price due to them being 25nm... but some say that the Gen3 drives won't be noticeably faster or offer greater write-longevity.
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    Formatting the SSD to 64k cluster sizes

    Looks like this is that thread now... thanks. @StamatisX: Yes, I read where Windows 7 will automatically create the alignment properly during install but I haven't figured out how to get it to give me the 64k clusters. I don't know why it defaults to 4k clusters -- perhaps the OS itself creates a lot of tiny files and this is their way of saving space in the partition. @Brian: I understand that increased space allows a longer lifespan due to extra space for erasure block operations but it was never clear to me if that is to be unallocated (unpartitioned) space or merely unused space on the partition(s). On an 80GB X25-M (G2) I understand that around 6-7.5% of the drive is reserved for this. So I'm assuming it's best to give it a bit more to bring it up to 10%?
  8. @StamatisX: This may be a bit off-topic -- I believe it was you who mentioned somewhere that formatting the SSD to 64k cluster sizes provided a significant performance boost. I'll have a new X25-M soon and wondered if this can be done during the clean-install of Windows 7 or will I need to boot from a USB (I have no ODD) and manually create partition and format parameters? If the latter method is the only one available to me I'm worried about alignment, since it will not be the Win7 install creating the partition. Any thoughts?