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So I only had about 5 seconds to look at my shiny new Crucial M4 128 GB today before I had to go to work.

1st things first: I almost thought Newegg forgot to ship it, the thing is about 10 times lighter than I expected.

2nd: At first glance, I'm boggled by the back of this thing. The hardware interface looks completely different than I expected. Is that just a stripped down SATA power and SATA data interface as far as cabling goes? Or do I need something custom?

3rd: I've read the following guides about "Tweaking" SSD's for performance and quality of life improvements:

http://www.overclock.net/ssd/1133897...ing-guide.html
http://www.overclock.net/ssd/700470-...ows-7-ssd.html
http://www.overclock.net/ssd/929553-...p-secrets.html

Besides these guides however, is there anything I *Must* know before using a SSD for the first time as my boot drive? As far as I currently know, the only hard and fast rule is never Defrag a SSD. Any other beginning info?

I'm mostly concerned about the power/data cables, and what cable I need to pick up on my way home this evening.

Thanks!
Edited by Kaeth - 10/7/11 at 4:18pm
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post #2 of 17
Put HDD in bios to AHCI mode, install windows, disable write caching (in device manager>click properties>polices) and then relax. Thats my tweaking guide.

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2nd: At first glance, I'm boggled by the back of this thing. The hardware interface looks completely different than I expected. Is that just a stripped down SATA power and SATA data interface as far as cabling goes? Or do I need something custom?
It will be the same as you're spinpoint.
Edited by andrewmchugh - 10/7/11 at 4:14pm
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Does the back of your SSD look like this? http://techreport.com/r.x/crucial-m4/drive1.jpg
If yes then thats normal old sata data, and sata power. If not then post a picture so someone here can help
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Indeed, looks exactly like that, I've just never seen those connectors stripped so far back like that, thought I had accidentally bought a laptop-exclusive SSD.
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I have a 128GB M4. The SATA/SATA power are exactly the same as any normal SATA HDD. It just looks different because the drive is so small.
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Originally Posted by andrewmchugh View Post
Put HDD in bios to AHCI mode, install windows, disable write caching (in device manager>click properties>polices) and then relax. Thats my tweaking guide. It will be the same as you're spinpoint.
Off topic slightly, but still may help the op: Can safely clone your hdd onto a ssd?
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Originally Posted by Yumyums View Post
Off topic slightly, but still may help the op: Can safely clone your hdd onto a ssd?
I've heard you can clone, but you need a program that "knows" it's writing to a SSD, so that it formats it properly apparently.
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looking at your mobo and ssd . . .you need something like this . . .

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812123360

if you bought your mobo new it should have come with some.

the power is the same fitting that connects to a sata hdd.
Edited by rdr09 - 10/7/11 at 4:22pm
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looking at your mobo and ssd . . .you need something like this . . .

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812123360

the power is the same fitting that connects to a sata hdd.
Oh wow, thanks for that reminder - I'd completely forgotten that this is going to be hooked up to the 6Gb/s header and needs the proper cable for that.

THANKS!
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Off topic slightly, but still may help the op: Can safely clone your hdd onto a ssd?
I was answering Q3.
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