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so im planning to get a plextor m5 pro. how much should i leave unpartitioned for optimal overprovision, so my drive lasts as long as possible? about 50% of the drive?


from what i understood in the original message is that it is bad to use the automatic partitioning that leaves 7.3% of the drive unused or whatever, right?


also will i need to update my bios for optimum speed (or to be able to support it at all) with plextor m5 pro? since my motherboard was made before the release of the plextor m5 pro?


and ive been reading about optimizing ssd and some say only put ahci some say do some more things. what can i do to have the max out of my ssd without sacrificing any of its life? i heard windows will try defragging it automatically so you have to disable that somewhere? or should i only put it in ahci and no further optimization is needed because it wont automatically defrag? anything else to decrease boot times without sacrificing any performance possible?
Edited by ilikesoldat - 8/13/12 at 6:06am
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128GB Crucial M4 for $80: http://www.buy.com/prod/crucial-m4-128gb-2-5-sata-iii-solid-state-drive-ssd/221150373.html?len=&&

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Sean you moved Plextor M5 Pro to #1? How sure are you on that, not questioning - just wondering. Which reviews did you look at?

From what I remember M5 Pro had issues with PCMark Vantage benchmarks (real-world?) and there was concern about TRIM/GC efficiency....I could be wrong thought.
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hey can anyone help me out? i posted at the top of this page i would really appreciate it
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so im planning to get a plextor m5 pro. how much should i leave unpartitioned for optimal overprovision, so my drive lasts as long as possible? about 50% of the drive?
Don't need to leave any.
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from what i understood in the original message is that it is bad to use the automatic partitioning that leaves 7.3% of the drive unused or whatever, right?
No, it is not bad.

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also will i need to update my bios for optimum speed (or to be able to support it at all) with plextor m5 pro? since my motherboard was made before the release of the plextor m5 pro?
For speed, no. For stability, firmware fixes, bugs, settings updates, etc, yes.
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and ive been reading about optimizing ssd and some say only put ahci some say do some more things. what can i do to have the max out of my ssd without sacrificing any of its life? i heard windows will try defragging it automatically so you have to disable that somewhere? or should i only put it in ahci and no further optimization is needed because it wont automatically defrag? anything else to decrease boot times without sacrificing any performance possible?
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Sean you moved Plextor M5 Pro to #1? How sure are you on that, not questioning - just wondering. Which reviews did you look at?

From what I remember M5 Pro had issues with PCMark Vantage benchmarks (real-world?) and there was concern about TRIM/GC efficiency....I could be wrong thought.
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256GB Vertex 4 for $192 a good deal?

edit: if no then are there any at staples that you suggest?

http://www.staples.com/Solid-State-Drives-SSD-Hard-Drives-USB-Drives-DVD-Burners/cat_CL163882

they sent me a 20% off any item coupon and i was thinking of using it on an SSD, (i have some store credit as well)
Edited by Blindsay - 8/16/12 at 8:18am
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256GB Vertex 4 for $192 a good deal?

edit: if no then are there any at staples that you suggest?

http://www.staples.com/Solid-State-Drives-SSD-Hard-Drives-USB-Drives-DVD-Burners/cat_CL163882

they sent me a 20% off any item coupon and i was thinking of using it on an SSD, (i have some store credit as well)
Right now it is $188 at newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227792

But if you have that $20 off then yea it is a good deal.
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I got impatient while waiting for the M5P and I got in a 256GB Plextor M3Pro in to play around with. Not too impressed so far:

M3PRO.png


128 GB Vertex 4:

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Not sure why the M3Pro has this low of results, I thought they would be higher. Certainly higher than a 128 GB Vertex 4. Another extremely annoying thing with this Plextor drive is no simple way to secure erase. With OCZ Vertex 4 you can use windows Toolbox or Linux boot up disk. I don't know what crack Plextor was smoking when they decided to make their Windows Plextool set to only secure erase "external drives". The Plextor HBA is locked and even DOS HDDERASE won't send the secure erase command. I guess I'll have to try Ubuntu HDparm. So far not particularly impressed with the $270 M3Pro.
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How about $336 for the 512GB M4?
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How about $336 for the 512GB M4?

Ooh, where? Only bought 1 when Amazon had them on sale for $350.
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