says. First make sure the firmware is up to date. The original firmware had a nasty bug that occasionally would reset the drive to 8Mb and only a secure erase would restore it to functionality.
I used mine for months with no problems and others that I know of had no problems either, however it never hurts to be careful.
I did all of mine BTW. The only optimizing I did was what was done by the Intel SSD toolbox and making sure the Drive controller was set to AHCI mode. If it isn't set that way Microsoft has a FixIt for me that makes the needed changes.
If it is going to be a fresh install just make sure the controller is set in the BIOS to AHCI then install. Windows 7 will take care of most things you need to worry about and the toolbox will do the rest.
Tell Us how you like the SSD once you get it up and running. My thoughts are once you go SSD you never want to go back. For data 7200 RPM is OK but for OS the SSD is great. It will even speed up virtual memory speed if you leave that there.
Also try and keep it under 3/4 used. That gives wear leveling more room to work and extend the drive life.
You also might look at Overprovisioning on a SSD:http://www.micronblogs.com/2009/04/overprovisioning-give-a-little-get-a-lot/
BTW you already have a 8Gb spare space allocated. That is why it is 120Gb not 128Gb.
You can get the benefits of overprovisioning by keeping the drive with free space and still have the space for temp use if needed.
Edited by rotor123, 27 December 2011 - 05:53 PM.