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Matthew Kane

Reconfiguring Windows for an SSD and reinstalling FSX

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Hi Guys,

 

SSD prices in New Zealand are finally starting to come down enough that I bought my first one this morning. I got an Intel SSD 330 series 60gb. I am going to use this drive for Windows 7 exclusively.

 

I am planning on getting a larger 240gb SSD (or bigger) down the road but they still run for about $500 in New Zealand so that one will wait for now.

 

I am going to reinstall everything from scratch and what I am going to do is:

 

C: - 60gb SSD – Windows 7 exclusive

D: - DVD Drive

E: - 500gb SATAII 32mb – User Files

F: - 500gb SATAII 32mb – FSX exclusive

G: - 500gb External Back-up

 

Here is my install order I will do for FSX….

 

-Install FSX and start to activate key

-Install Acceleration and start to activate key

-Start default flight and confirm everything running (Diving towards the earth in that trike)

-Remove all Default Aircraft from the Menu (except default Cessna 172)

-Set HighMemFix=1

-Install ORBX GO and configure

-Install PMDG NGX

-Defrag

-Start FSX and confirm all PMDG NGX systems are running

 

-Install REX, and all updates and configure settings

-Defrag

-Start FSX and check REX engine is running

 

-Install GEX USA, Canada, Europe, Africa & Middle East and configure settings

-Install UTX USA, Canada, Europe and configure settings

-Install FSGenesis Terrain Mesh

-Defrag

-Start FSX and check GEX and UTX and FSGenesis look visibly cool

 

-Install ORBX FTX Australia, Fjords, PNW, NRM, SRM, NZSI

-Install all ORBX FTX Airports and configure

-Defrag

-Start FSX and check FTX in a few locations (YMML, KSEA, PAKT etc)

 

-Install Ultimate Traffic 2 and all updates and configure settings

-Install ORBX AI Traffic

-Install rest of aircraft from PMDG, Carenado and any other third party aircraft

-Defrag

-Tweak until dawn

 

If anyone has any other ideas feel free to post…

 

Cheers

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How all your hard drives are physically connected to their interfaces ? I see you have 2 hdd on the Sata2 interface but, if your SSD is on the same interface, chances are it will saturate it leaving not much bandwidth for the other drives.

 

The best option would be having a dedicated PCI Sata 3 6gb/s card (if you mainboard doesn't already have one) with just the SSD connected to it.

 

Having just Windows on the SSD would result in some performance increase, and very fast boot times but, since FSX still runs on regular drives, you will not get so much performance gain from FSX and addons.

 

I would probably do the opposite: boot Windows from a regular drive, and put FSX on the SSD, assuming FSX and your addons will fit in 60 GB.

 

I currently have the whole Windows and FSX running on a Samsung 830 512 GB SSD, everything loads and feel faster but, since the drive is faster than the Sata 2 interface on my system ( a 2009 Mac Pro ), I'll probably need to add a dedicated PCI controller for it.

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