Just picked up a Samsung 830 SSD in 128 GB capacity....
I built 4 machines with OG Agility (the horror!!! ) 2 years ago. 2 of them are still running strong Other 2 have been RMAed 4+ times
Just picked up a 240GB Kingston 3K for myself. Was too cheap until it finally hit $160 I'm familiar with SSD experience from client builds, so I'm not shocked by the performance. But it is almost infuriating to work on anything else now
It doesn't matter if you're running SSD/HDD. You need to do loss-mitigation by doing periodic backups. With that being said, solid choice on the Crucial M4. I have 4 in all of my household computers (256gb ver, because it was $169 for 3 days here in Canuckstan). I even put one on my gf's 2009 MBP with an older OS that does not support TRIM natively. Luckily there is a way to get around the "TRIM for mac-branded SSDs only" feature.
I've been running 4 40GB OCZ Vertex 2 in RAID0 off of an Adaptec 2405 controller for the last 2-3 Years in my personal machine. No issues and no performance drop that I can tell anyways.
The only issues I've seen with OCZ is when running with Windows XP. I've installed around 6-700 SSDs in the last 3-4 years. Havn't had to RMA 1 yet.
Like I said, some freaked out with XP (lack of trim support), but after a firmware update and secure earse using the OCZ toolbox, no issues.
Sorry, I just had to post a video of an SSD in action. I have a client (Bank Manager) who wants maximum speed for their Loan Officer. Installed a 120 GB Intel 330 SSD (sandforce controller), and this thing roars. Excluding the BIOS, I think the actual boot time is only around 5 seconds...
Lenovo Thinkcentre m92p
120 GB SSD
4 GB RAM
Last edited by Brett92; 09-07-2012 at 10:31 AM.
I've been fighting this drive for three days. Yesterday I found this link and so far the tweaks have my netbook running pretty reliably with the OCZ drive.
I'll give it another couple of days and if it still acts up I'll go to the Intel SSD.
What OS? was this a clean install or ghosted over? System specs?
The link you posted doesn't sound like your issue.
Try this (SSDTweaker) run the auto tweak on all of my SSD machines.
A couple of things about the older 945 chipset, they were never designed for SSDs and the older drivers never supported TRIM. Along with most originally shipping with Windows XP which had no automatic offset support, led to very upset people running SSDs for the first time.
Windows 7 (all version) installer will detect drives that need the 4K offset and do it automatically.
Your other issues of drivers, you can either try and update to the Intel RST SATA drivers, those can be found here (download the iata_enu.exe, not sure if the 945 chipset is supported or not, run the install, it will finish or error out.)
Or you can and use the Microsoft AHCI driver (also check your BIOS and make sure your SATA mode is set to AHCI (again, not sure if this was an option on the 945 chipset) check this anyway)
OEM computers that where designed for Windows XP had AHCI disabled because XP had no native support for AHCI (You had to slipstream your install cd, or F6 the driver during install)
Hope that helps.
I set my wife up with a netbook (Atom/945) and it ran a 64GB Agility 2 for a while then I switched it out for a 64GB Crucial M4. It's running windows 7 and is pretty quick for what it is, but it's still pretty dang slow. I want to get something else for the wife that's a bit better, something small, yet 1600x900 res, and a modern cpu.
It's honestly one of the best notebooks I have ever used. The only think that I will retire it for is a very high resolution 13" laptop like the new Retena 13" MBP that is supposed to be coming out later this year. Even then it will still remain at my side because it's just that good.
I just bought a new laptop (Asus G75 series) and I don't even have it yet, but my first upgrade is a 256 GB Crucial SSD to install the OS on. I'm very much looking forward to the speed of this thing, and I've been idly thinking about buying an SSD for my wife's laptop too.
So SSD install in the 08 MBP. Million screws and a special trip to the store to get the screwdrivers..
Anyway, its a solid 100% faster in all regards. No joke. BUT. I'm wondering if there is any way to speed up the bios boot??
Power button.... Sits at that blueish screen for ever 15-20secs maybe..... Apple logo, Little icon turns 3 times full boot.
Just a heads up! $150 for a OCZ Vertex 3 240GB 2.5" SSD.
I am not affiliated with Buy.com just sharing what I found.
Got a 128Gb Crucial M4 for my work laptop (a Dell D830). It came with a 120Gb, 5400 RPM Toshiba drive. Huge improvement. O/S is WinXP.
I also got a 240Gb Intel 520 for my personal laptop (Samsung Series 700Z). It replaced the factory Samsung 750Gb drive. Not such a huge improvement O/S is Win 7. Did a fresh install last night.
Last edited by OG; 10-05-2012 at 11:11 AM.
Got a Samsung 840 series SSD for the laptop; swapped the Intel into my desktop - half partition for Win 7 and the other for Ubuntu.
FYI - Both Intel and Samsung came with SSD tools; the Intel also had a 3.5" to 2.5" adapter to mount the SSD. The Crucial is no frills, but running well.