Just installed brand new Intel SSD drive to my laptop. I am going to share 1day experience.
The package is just SSD with no cables, screws, nothing. Just SSD. And Intel “Speed demon” sticker. But that’s it.
I created bootable Windows 7 on usb flash drive using Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool. Installed SSD and was surprised that Windows installer is failing with “No device drivers were found”. You can find various causes for this problem on net. My was that I plugged usb stick with Win 7 installation to USB 3.0 port instead of USB 2.0. Yeah, it doesn’t work when running from USB 3.0. Problem solved.
Note: You don’t need to change SATA mode in BIOS to IDE, it can be AHCI.
Note: My laptop has only SATA II, so don’t be surprised that results are not as good as advertised by Intel.
HD Tune, 32kb block size
1MB block size
8 MB block size
Tweaks & tips
Windows 7: disable prefetch, superfetch, disk defragmenter, windows search. Also Change location of TEMP files folder to another drive. Or better use RamDisk.
Install Intel SSD Toolbox.
Intensive writing of lots of small files to drive will significantly reduce lifetime of SSD. So for example it means Firefox cache should be moved to RAM or other HDD. For Firefox consider moving profile to another drive.
Windows 7: Boot is greatly improved, it is about 12seconds from cold boot to usable desktop. Nice.
Applications: Startup is improved a lot, but depends on application. For some you will not notice any difference. For example IE9 starts instantly, IntelliJ IDEA is slightly faster than on regular drive (but not instant), Firefox startup improved a lot (under 2sec).
So overall big satisfaction with this particular SSD.