Lesson 05 – Installing Drivers, disabling Defrag and backing up your C drive

Updating drivers for SATA or RAID controllers in Windows

When we downloaded the Pre-install drivers for the SATA RAID controller from Gigabyte.com we also downloaded the Intel SATA RAID driver which installs after Windows is installed. I’ll run through the install and it wants a restart. It updates the drivers for the controller and installs a monitoring utility for the drives connected to it including any RAID arrays.

Computer Setup Lesson 3 of the Home PC Builder lessons shows you how to update all of the drivers in Windows Vista or 7.

Disabling defragmentation in Windows

Unlike hard drives, SSDs do not need to be defragmented. In fact you if allow defrag to run on an SSD it will slow down performance. To turn off defragmentation for your SSDs. Click the start orb, search for defrag and run Disk Defragmenter. Click Configure schedule and Select disks. Windows may detect that your C drive is an SSD and not show it in the list for drive that can be defragmented. If it is in the list uncheck any SSD drive letters, click OK , OK and close.

Using Seagate DiscWizard or Acronis True Image WD Edition to backup and restore the files on your SSD or RAIDed SSD array

Once you have all the drivers updated and your most used programs installed on the SSD or SSD RAID0 array you should consider making a full backup so in case of drive failure you can replace the drive and restore the data to be back up and running quickly. You can do this by making a backup image of the SSD drive or RAID0 SSD array onto a hard drive. This is the drive or drives you install in addition to the SSD or SSD RAID array in order to keep all your very large files.

Both Seagate and Western Digital provide a version of Acronis True Image for free. Seagate calls theirs DiscWizard and Western Digital calls it Acronis True Image WD Edition. Depending on which make of hard drive you have you can download it from the makers website. I have a Seagate hard drive in my computer so I’ll run through the install of Seagate’s version. Both versions are very similar. It wants to restart.

To create an image of the data on my SSD RAID0 array I’ll click Image Backup and Image Restore, Image Backup, next, My Computer is the only option with the free version, next, Disc and partitions and by default it will have a check on the C drive. If I click Next it asks me where to save the image file and to name it, I’ll put it on my D drive, Use defaults, you can add a comment if you like.

If I click Proceed it will make a backup image file of everything on my C drive, which is my SSD RAID0 array. In the future if you want to restore the C drive to the point when the backup was made you can click Image Restore and follow the prompts. If your SSD dies or in my case if one of the two SSDs dies I can replace the failed SSD with a new drive and use a bootable recovery CD and the image file on my D drive to restore to the point of the backup.

To create the bootable recovery CD you need to go back to the main page, click Create Bootable Media and follow the prompts to select your burner and make the CD.