You can plug the drive in either before booting the computer or plug it in when Windows is running already, all you have to do is a simple scan of new hardware and the drive will come up.
Intel Core i7 920
MSI X58M Motherboard
Corsair Tri channel kit DDR3
Patriot TorqX 64GB SSD (MLC drive like the Crucial)
Nexus NX-5000 PSU
Arctic Cooling Lumiere Thermal Paste
Windows Vista 64 bits and Win7 Ultimate
Testing was done with Winrar, Pcmark Vantage and with reboot, startup and shutdown times.
Here we ran the Pcmark Vantage HDD benchmark, and this is the total score of the test. The higher the better is what counts in this test.
Pcmark Vantage test results split up:
The HDD test in Pcmark actually tests quite a bit of various scenarios and in this graph we have them all separated. We can see that the new Crucial drive is faster at most tests but trailing in a couple.