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Within the last few weeks, my Crucial realSSD 128GB has been rather flaky on me. It seems to stutter whenever I play videos or FLAC music files whenever I'm downloading a game off of steam or what have you. These benchmarks seem to also suggest something is wrong. I haven't really installed anything new since then, aside from the SSD benchmarking programs. Is this something I can fix, or do I need to get an RMA number from crucial?

If I do need to RMA it, can anyone suggest the best way to create a clone of the drive for easy re-installing?
    
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If you're using Windows 7 Pro you can use the built-in backup utilities to make a system image to an external hard drive or to network storage. When you get a new drive you can use the Windows install disc to restore from backup using that image and it'll be right where it was before with no reinstall.
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If you're using Windows 7 Pro you can use the built-in backup utilities to make a system image to an external hard drive or to network storage. When you get a new drive you can use the Windows install disc to restore from backup using that image and it'll be right where it was before with no reinstall.
So I guess by you going straight to the recovery that means the SSD is knackered?
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I don't know if anything is wrong with your SSD, I was just answering your last question about what to do with Windows if you need to RMA.

Is your system set up to use AHCI and is TRIM enabled? If this is on your sig rig it might not support TRIM so performance is going to drop as the drive is used. How long have you had the drive? Also, have you done tweaks such as disabling automatic defrag?
post #5 of 11
id suggest to check the alignment of your ssd...

to do so type "msinfo32.exe" in search programs and files

then go to components\\storage\\disks\\yourssd over there look for "Partition Starting Offset" then divide what ever value you have by 512 ,1024 or 4096, the number returned should be a full number, if not ,a win reinstall should fix the issue.

as stated above check that your are in AHCI mode (in bios).

right now thats all i can think of..gl
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Oh sorry, this is on a Thinkpad SL410 I bought last year. I ran the SSD tweaker I found somewhere in this forum, and I made sure that TRIM and ACHI are on (They still are).
The main problem I suppose is that it seems to choke when under a heavy load, which isn't all that heavy for an SSD that can have sequential write speeds up to 140MB/s.

The SSD is also correctly aligned as well, with 1,048,576 bites.
    
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Make sure the firmware on your SSD is up-to-date. IIRC the RealSSD drives had issues on the earlier firmware.
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Make sure the firmware on your SSD is up-to-date. IIRC the RealSSD drives had issues on the earlier firmware.
If you were to update firmware (currently thinking I might have a problem with early OCZ Agility 3 firmware), how would you go about doing so if windows is running on that drive?

Do you need to uninstall windows first and reinstall after the upgrade?
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If you were to update firmware (currently thinking I might have a problem with early OCZ Agility 3 firmware), how would you go about doing so if windows is running on that drive?

Do you need to uninstall windows first and reinstall after the upgrade?
I would like to know this as well. The SSD has got 4-5 months of Windows use on it.
    
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no ,you dont need to uninstall windows to update the firmware and you shouldnt louse your already installed data..but its always recommended to make a backup cause **** can happen.

updating the ssd is preety easy..

1. get the latest firmware update from the crucial website & burn it to a cd or make a bootable usb with it.
2. in bios set the ssd to IDE mode
3. reboot with the cd/usb loaded and boot from it
4. fallow the steps on screen
5. your done


edit: heres what crucial says about it

Quote:
WARNING: As with all firmware updates, it is strongly recommended that you backup or make copies of all important files
before performing this update. This firmware update process is done entirely at your own risk. If performed correctly, there
will be no loss of system or user data on the drive. However, if the firmware process is interrupted for any reason, your solid
state drive may not function properly.

Edited by InFit - 8/5/11 at 12:02pm
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