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I didn't want to open up a new thread to ask this, so I'll ask it here.

Considering how much faster my desktop is with this m4, I'm considering adding a ~120GB drive to my laptop. I'm fairly sure it's a SATA 2 port (any way to check?), so unless SATA 2 and SATA 3 prices are the same, I figure a SATA 2 drive will be cheaper and work just as well. That being said, are there any recommendations? Reliability is a fairly large concern (don't want to deal with any issues that the Sandforce controller had).


@Sean Webster: Something you may want to consider adding is that in order to flash the firmware on the m4 drives, you have to be in either legacy IDE or AHCI in the BIOS. Being in RAID mode will not allow the SSD to be seen by the firmware updater. The Crucial manual never mentioned this, so I thought it would be a good point to make. I don't know whether any other drives have this issue.
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I didn't want to open up a new thread to ask this, so I'll ask it here.

Considering how much faster my desktop is with this m4, I'm considering adding a ~120GB drive to my laptop. I'm fairly sure it's a SATA 2 port (any way to check?), so unless SATA 2 and SATA 3 prices are the same, I figure a SATA 2 drive will be cheaper and work just as well. That being said, are there any recommendations? Reliability is a fairly large concern (don't want to deal with any issues that the Sandforce controller had).


@Sean Webster: Something you may want to consider adding is that in order to flash the firmware on the m4 drives, you have to be in either legacy IDE or AHCI in the BIOS. Being in RAID mode will not allow the SSD to be seen by the firmware updater. The Crucial manual never mentioned this, so I thought it would be a good point to make. I don't know whether any other drives have this issue.

Thanks added.

As for SSD...look up some and throw me a list of what you are considering, most SATA 2 drives are the older gen. I think the 128GB OCZ Octane is only $120 @ NCIX. Try to find cheaper lol.
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This is a benchmark in my Laptop. Is this bad? It seems slower than some of the other benchmarks but that might have to do with the laptop.
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This is a benchmark in my Laptop. Is this bad? It seems slower than some of the other benchmarks but that might have to do with the laptop.

Yea that is why, laptops have power saving features which affect SATA throughput performance, but still those are reasonable speeds. smile.gif
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cool, I could look for my old OCZ summit benchmarks and I bet this is 3x as fast.
I wish I could make it hot swappable and just take it out of my laptop and put it into my desktop lol.
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Just purchased another SSD. This time a Corsair M4 64GB as my Pagefile/Game Drive. Yummy.

Also Sean I actually was speaking with a company about the Sandforce based OCZ drives as I was asking them about there current batch and making sure none of them where the bad one ( Before I purchased the M4), This is a reputable company and I was surprised at there response. They suggest that OCZ not only released a firmware to combat the BSOD issue but also revised the hardware. Here is the response I got.
Quote:
The very first batch of these drives did cause machines
to BSOD but this was quickly fixed with the latest Sandforce chip 228 which
is now present on these drives.

Interesting if indeed true.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ENTERPRISE View Post

Just purchased another SSD. This time a Corsair M4 64GB as my Pagefile/Game Drive. Yummy.
Do you mean Crucial M4? rolleyes.gif

If so, swap out your agility as the OS drive one day. biggrin.gif And if you haven't update to the newest 0309 firmware.
Quote:
Also Sean I actually was speaking with a company about the Sandforce based OCZ drives as I was asking them about there current batch and making sure none of them where the bad one ( Before I purchased the M4), This is a reputable company and I was surprised at there response. They suggest that OCZ not only released a firmware to combat the BSOD issue but also revised the hardware. Here is the response I got.
Quote:
The very first batch of these drives did cause machines
to BSOD but this was quickly fixed with the latest Sandforce chip 228 which
is now present on these drives.

Interesting if indeed true.

I think I read something about the 2282 SandForce controller not giving issues like the 2281 does with BSODs, so that may be true. I really would have to look for that tho.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by ENTERPRISE View Post

Just purchased another SSD. This time a Corsair M4 64GB as my Pagefile/Game Drive. Yummy.
Do you mean Crucial M4? rolleyes.gif

If so, swap out your agility as the OS drive one day. biggrin.gif And if you haven't update to the newest 0309 firmware.
Quote:
Also Sean I actually was speaking with a company about the Sandforce based OCZ drives as I was asking them about there current batch and making sure none of them where the bad one ( Before I purchased the M4), This is a reputable company and I was surprised at there response. They suggest that OCZ not only released a firmware to combat the BSOD issue but also revised the hardware. Here is the response I got.
Quote:
The very first batch of these drives did cause machines
to BSOD but this was quickly fixed with the latest Sandforce chip 228 which
is now present on these drives.

Interesting if indeed true.

I think I read something about the 2282 SandForce controller not giving issues like the 2281 does with BSODs, so that may be true. I really would have to look for that tho.

Lol woops yeah Crucial haha. The Crucial SSD already has the latest Firmware on it biggrin.gif As for swapping them out, not sure I really fancy re-doing my OS lol. Plus I really do not think I would see a HUGE performance gain, I only use my PC for general and data usage. No gaming really.

Well hopefully my SSD which I got from that company features the newer hardware..I think it does considering its only 2 weeks old lol.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ENTERPRISE View Post

Lol woops yeah Crucial haha. The Crucial SSD already has the latest Firmware on it biggrin.gif As for swapping them out, not sure I really fancy re-doing my OS lol. Plus I really do not think I would see a HUGE performance gain, I only use my PC for general and data usage. No gaming really.

Well hopefully my SSD which I got from that company features the newer hardware..I think it does considering its only 2 weeks old lol.
Well, you could do a system image restore to the M4 from the Agility then just format the Agility when done or you ever reinstall for some reason. whistle.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by ENTERPRISE View Post

Lol woops yeah Crucial haha. The Crucial SSD already has the latest Firmware on it biggrin.gif As for swapping them out, not sure I really fancy re-doing my OS lol. Plus I really do not think I would see a HUGE performance gain, I only use my PC for general and data usage. No gaming really.

Well hopefully my SSD which I got from that company features the newer hardware..I think it does considering its only 2 weeks old lol.
Well, you could do a system image restore to the M4 from the Agility then just format the Agility when done or you ever reinstall for some reason. whistle.gif

Not that I am looking to re-image my SSD as I do not see much point in having the OS on the Crucial Vs the OCZ but what would you recommend for Imaging ?

Thanks smile.gif
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