Upgrading to SSD - TRIM, AHCI and dual boot
Currently my system is
Asus M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3
1x 1TB Samsung F3
2x 500GB Samsung F3
1x SATA DVD
1x IDE DVD (Disconnected)
I plan to add a SSD boot, and use the 1TB for backups only, with the 2 500GBs for data. Then later I want to go to 64bit, add more RAM and upgrade windows, but thats not for today.
When I first installed on this build there was some sort of missing driver or poor compatability with the IDE controller, so I had to disable it to install Linux. I was also told to set the SATA controller to IDE mode instead of AHCI as that was more stable for troubleshooting an install.
Now I want to add the SSD I will want to use AHCI instead. How can I change the drives over, if I flip the BIOS over will they still be readable or do I need to change settings in the OS too?
When I fresh install Linux I assume TRIM turns on automatically, what about this drive alignment that I have read a lot about online?
Also, last q, the SSD will be split between Linux and Windows, can Linux TRIM the windows NTFS partition for it because XP lacks this ability?