Lets straighten things back out here shall we?
You can clone your current hard drive and put it on an SSD and not have to reinstall windows. Using a SSD as the OS drive will be the fastest solution, although it generally requires a larger SSD, I recommend at least 90GB ($100 after MIR typically
). If you only have the money for a 40GB SSD or something similar, then you'll have to settle with caching. SSD caching performance lies somewhere between OS on an SSD and OS on a mechanical hard drive without caching. Also, Intel Smart Response (caching) is limited to 64GB I believe.
The OCZ Synapse does ship with "Dataplex" caching software which gives the user the ability to use SSD caching even if they don't have a Z68 mobo. Other than the software, the Synapse is pretty much like any other SSD out there. And if you have a Z68 mobo and a Synapse, I wouldn't suggest using the OCZ software, it's most likely slower.Here
is how you enable AHCI mode after you've already installed Windows.
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