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As I understand it , you really don't need to do this .. or do you?
Enquiring minds etc, etc!

I am also curious about whether or not you really need to leave empty space on the M4. I just got my M4 128GB this week and cloned my Intel 320 80GB over to it and in that process I increased the partition to the M4's full capacity. After using the M4 for a couple days, I read that you should shrink your drive by about 25% so I did that, dropping my M4's usable space down to about 100GB. If this "shrink" was not necessary, can I extend the volume to include that space I removed without any performance issues or otherwise? I'd love to get that ~20GB back if I can but also want to do what's best in the long run.
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As I understand it , you really don't need to do this .. or do you?
Enquiring minds etc, etc!

I am also curious about whether or not you really need to leave empty space on the M4. I just got my M4 128GB this week and cloned my Intel 320 80GB over to it and in that process I increased the partition to the M4's full capacity. After using the M4 for a couple days, I read that you should shrink your drive by about 25% so I did that, dropping my M4's usable space down to about 100GB. If this "shrink" was not necessary, can I extend the volume to include that space I removed without any performance issues or otherwise? I'd love to get that ~20GB back if I can but also want to do what's best in the long run.

Like I said before you do not need to at all. If you want you can even ask xandypx or DuckieHo yourselves. They have an even better understanding of SSDs than I.

However, you still do not want to fill the drive's space up completely either, you will have degraded write performance. You should have at least a little free space. That is why some users do manual partition restriction.
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Sean Webster did you end up getting that bug fixed with your M4 regarding the 4K write speed yet?
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Like I said before you do not need to at all. If you want you can even ask xandypx or DuckieHo yourselves. They have an even better understanding of SSDs than I.

Thanks Sean. I guess now the question becomes "How do I most effectively recapture that space without compromising the drive's performance as well as retaining my OS and programs that are installed on it?". I was thinking that the best way might be to create an image of the drive using True Image Home 2012, then reformat it (quick format) to full capacity, then restore the image back on to it and in doing that be sure I increase the size of the partition to the full capacity of the drive.
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Sean Webster did you end up getting that bug fixed with your M4 regarding the 4K write speed yet?

Nope, I am going to RMA sooner or later though. I still think they need to look into it, it may just be a software issue. It is weird to me that the threaded reads would just get cut in half like that.
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Thanks Sean. I guess now the question becomes "How do I most effectively recapture that space without compromising the drive's performance as well as retaining my OS and programs that are installed on it?". I was thinking that the best way might be to create an image of the drive using True Image Home 2012, then reformat it (quick format) to full capacity, then restore the image back on to it and in doing that be sure I increase the size of the partition to the full capacity of the drive.

Go to disk management and just expand the partition?
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Nope, I am going to RMA sooner or later though. I still think they need to look into it, it may just be a software issue. It is weird to me that the threaded reads would just get cut in half like that.
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Thanks Sean. I guess now the question becomes "How do I most effectively recapture that space without compromising the drive's performance as well as retaining my OS and programs that are installed on it?". I was thinking that the best way might be to create an image of the drive using True Image Home 2012, then reformat it (quick format) to full capacity, then restore the image back on to it and in doing that be sure I increase the size of the partition to the full capacity of the drive.
Go to disk management and just expand the partition?

Yea, I can do that easy enough, I just wonder if that is the best way to insure optimal performance?
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Yea, I can do that easy enough, I just wonder if that is the best way to insure optimal performance?

eeh, it is better than doing a system image restore you said...that would simply be wasting time because in the end all you end up doing is expanding the partition still once the image is restored...just like I said to in the first place.
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eeh, it is better than doing a system image restore you said...that would simply be wasting time because in the end all you end up doing is expanding the partition still once the image is restored...just like I said to in the first place.

True Image Home 2012 allows you to resize a cloned partition during a restore when restoring to a larger drive. Not sure exactly what that does though -- it may do essentially the same thing as using the "extend volume" in Windows' Disk Management..
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True Image Home 2012 allows you to resize a cloned partition during a restore when restoring to a larger drive. Not sure exactly what that does though -- it may do essentially the same thing as using the "extend volume" in Windows' Disk Management..

EXACTLY, IT DOES THE SAME THING. All you are doing when you restore a image is wasting p/e cycles. Just use disk management. lol
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look, i was in the same boat, and then i ordered the m4. this is why:
there's basically 2 paths
1. [get intel] - you'll know that you don't have as fast speeds as other drives, but youre in safe heaven that you've got the most reliable
2. [crucial] - you'll know you have great speeds [better than intel 320], but you'll constantly live in fear that reliability isnt as good as intel
BUT
speeds you can't fix
ssd breaks, (and not your fault), you can RMA get a new one

from reading all these threads, crucial reliability is within 0.1% of intel (my guesstimation)
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