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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard drive replacement, 23 Mar 2013
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I have recently bought this 128GB Sandisk Pulse SSD earlier this year, the intended use was to replace the stock SATA II hard drive in an Acer 3810TZ laptop. All of which I have done now and what a difference! from the power on button to desktop screen after all passwords is now done in less than 40 seconds, applications run faster and the lag effect has all gone, battery life is now much improved as well. This is a perfect example of the use of an SSD, you will not regret it!

How did I do it?
I used the OEM version of Windows 7 on the laptop and backed up the software as you would to create your rescue discs, did a clean install on to the SSD and this was done without even burning any DVD discs.

1. Run your laptop and use your browser to search for and install the 30 day free version of Virtual CD, this allows you to mount a virtual DVD burner. Read the instructions, but basically you create a blank virtual DVD and mount it in the virtual burner.
2. Run from your start button the Acer folder> Recovery> Acer recovery program > Create factory default disc. Follow the instructions, but first of all look to see how large the recovery data files are (mine was 8.5GB)
3. Go back to Virtual CD, go and create a new blank ISO DVD disc, but change the size of the disc to a larger capacity (I did 13.4GB ish) Since it's virtual you can custom select a larger disc more than 4.7GB, this way it's all done in one step. Mount the disc into the virtual DVD burner
4. Now go back to the recovery program, select the DVD burner/disc that is now available and run the Create factory default disc process.
5. Now you need to prepare a suitable USB flash drive (I used a 16GB) You need to specifically create a bootable USB drive, follow the instructions on Maximum PC How to create a bootable USB, only format the USB drive to NTFS and not FAT32.
6. Go to your newly created Backup Virtual DVD and mount the disc into the virtual CD drive, from Start > Computer open the disc to view all the folders and files, select all, copy the entire contents to your newly prepared bootable USB drive.
7. Hardware, now your nearly there! Shut down your laptop and follow your Laptop / SSD instructions to replace the hard drive with your new SSD.
8. Now before you boot only have your newly prepared USB connected, go to the Bios (hitting F2) and go to the boot priority and change it to USB HDD as priority 1. Also make sure your set to run the SSD in AHCI mode, not IDE. Save your Bios settings and allow the re boot to commence
9. Follow all the instructions and it should re install the OEM version of Win 7.
10. Once completed don't forget to change your Bios boot priority back to the SSD as priority 1 and not the USB

I followed various tutorials on YouTube as well, but don't go for all this in one go, do it in stages it take hours! But as I can testify you can reinstall your backup OEM software without using DVD's or having to buy an optical drive just for the job. Other tips as well for an SSD are to disable SuperFetch, indexing and defragmentation; these all give the SSD a hard time and reduce life expectancy. If your SSD has software tools, these may be dealt with for you, if not just search your web browser for simple instructions.
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Initial post: 21 Jun 2013 07:51:22 BDT
Ian_Exeter says:
Open Command Prompt with Administrative privileges (Run as administrator) and enter the follow command.
fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify
If the result is '0' TRIM is enabled.

TRIM and the SSD own built-in garbage collection is enough to maintain a healthy SSD running at peak speed and efficiency.

It's recommended to visit your SSD manufacturer to see if there's a new firmware available to add / improve / correct garbage collection and/or other issues. Make sure to backup your SSD before doing a firmware upgrade!

You failed to mention about Trim in your review
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