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Old June 21, 2012, 11:50 AM
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I bought a Crucial 256gb SSD for $170 on sale and is faster then my raid -o of regular hardrives.It gives me a 7.9 in the WEI so I guess it is faster .I know it is faster, but I thought it would boot up even quicker.
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Old June 21, 2012, 12:17 PM
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We don't know your requirements, but assuming that your system is capable of TRIM , that means at least Intel ICH10R, nothing Nvdia, and no AMD below 8xx series, you should be ok with mostly anything. If no TRIM capable system, than you should think Crucial M4, the drive with the best ITGC on the market, or Vertex 4, which is also based on a Marvell controller.
For partition size : minimum should be enough space to allow the OS to install but best idea is just to leave it a single partition. Unpartitioned space wouldn't really help as the controller already has pre-allocated blocks that are not made available to the OS, so it can replace the bad blocks with no issues.
TRIM is an o/s function isn't it? motherboard is an old ASUS M3A, not sure what you mean about AMD below 8xx series.
No problem leaving it as one partition, ok.
I guess my biggest problem would be trying to use an ssd on this old motherboard.
thanks for the help.
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Old June 21, 2012, 01:52 PM
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TRIM is an O/S function, but needs hardware that supports it to act on. Your M3A mobo is ATI chipset 700, no good for TRIM. It is not a problem, as long as your sata controller can give you AHCI mode is ok, you will have all the necessary speed. I have an OCZ Vertex Turbo 30GB on my mobo with AMD 785G chipset and works fine. Just no TRIM. That's all.
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Old June 23, 2012, 01:55 PM
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I bought the Crucial M4 256gig and it works great ,but why do they have so many different ones .
Newegg.com - Computer Hardware, Hard Drives, SSD, Internal SSD, Crucial, 256GB

I bought my on sale for $170 should have got two of them for that price.
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Old June 23, 2012, 02:01 PM
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Size and accessories. Usual height of an SSD is 9.5 mm, but some are available in 7 mm to fit into particular notebook drive bays. The accessories typically come in the form of a transfer kit, such as a USB cable to allow you to copy your existing hard drive without having to install it into the computer (necessary if you have a laptop with only one drive bay), or in the form of adapter brackets to allow you to mount the 2.5"-wide SSD into a desktop computer which only accommodates 3.5" drives.
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Old June 26, 2012, 07:42 AM
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The Crucial M4 and Mushkin Chronos are both great drives, I have the M4 128GB as OS and 2 x Chronos 120s in RAID 0 for games they have been working flawlessly since I got them a couple months ago. One thing I'd like to note is the Chronos case does not support the SATA connector so it is prone to flex and bend a bit when connecting/moving the cables.
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