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I have just ordered a 64GB M4 but i dont know how i should go about installing it
i dont know whether i should go SSD alone or go SRT. im tempted towards SRT as im lazy and cannot be bothered messing about to optimize the SSD using the guide on the forum.
Most likely i'll go SRT but which SRT? there's two to types maximized and performance i think; performance is when the cached data isnt backed up so if a power cut happens, files get deleted and this is my worry since i am college especially. If i use performance and have work on it, will it get saved to the cache or the HDD itself so if cached data is lost, my work wont be?

what do you guys think?
post #2 of 16
Check the firmware version first. Upgrade it to 0009.
http://www.crucial.com/support/firmware.aspx
   
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yh the update will be the first thing i do
the warning is a little worrying though... it is safe isnt it? just like a BIOS update? only screwed if power goes?
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everyone did upgrade their firmware. Just download the image file, burn it into a cd and then upgrade it.
   
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Yep. download 0009 firmware, burn it into a CD using the integrated burner in Windows (what I use) boot into disc, type yes, upgrade, restart. Though I had to reinstall Windows after the update.

Do NOT use SRT. It would be the daftest thing to do. In SRT, all you end up with is a faster HDD, while you can make use of the lightning-fast speeds on a SSD.

Do CrystalDiskMark tests, you should get 500Mb/s on Sequiential Reads (impt for boot), 180-200Mb/s Writes.
    
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Separate SSD for advanced user. SRT for novice user.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by A14M3D;15342195 
Most likely i'll go SRT but which SRT? there's two to types maximized and performance i think; performance is when the cached data isnt backed up so if a power cut happens, files get deleted and this is my worry since i am college especially. If i use performance and have work on it, will it get saved to the cache or the HDD itself so if cached data is lost, my work wont be?
Actually, isn't performance SRT mean that the data is only written to the SSD, so if you lose power you will still be fine? The only way you should lose data there is if the SSD dies you could lose anything that hasn't been copied to the HDD yet.

Whether or not you should use SRT is basically up to how much time you want to spend managing which programs are on which drive. You can setup SRT and install everything to one logical drive (and leave the caching to the system) or move programs you want most (which may/may not be cached using SRT) on the SSD to be there.
Edited by Xeio - 10/17/11 at 9:59am
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post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by Riou;15342467 
Separate SSD for advanced user. SRT for novice user.

i just cant be bothered looking after it though, especially because i am at college, studies come first...

i dont like the idea of my SSD filling up with rubbish like temp. files and stuff
Edited by A14M3D - 10/17/11 at 10:35am
post #9 of 16
Mine updated fine m8, no need to reinstall or anything.

Just make sure you have your SATA configuration to IDE and ideally the SSD should be in SATA port 0-3. The updater will automatically detect your drive and update with your permission.

(may take a few minutes)

Once the update is complete change your SATA config back to AHCI in your BIOS and you're good to go!

(ALWAYS backup irreplaceable files!)
post #10 of 16
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Hmmmm
It doesn't mention that it has to be updated in IDE mode
I will do a fresh install haven't got much on my pc anyway
Can I just prepare everything first, update firmware then change to AHCI and just install windows normally onto SSD and install all programmes onto it and store files onto HDD and just leave it that way, no other messing about, would this be fine?
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