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I recently bought a Crucial M4 for my netbook that didn't fit. Instead of returning it, I bought a 7mm version. I kept the old one and now I'm wondering what to do. I also have a spare Crucial M4 at home.

Here's what I got:

2xCrucial RealSSD C300 256GB
2xCrucial M4 64GB

Instead of using a 256GB RealSSD for the OS as I was doing before, I was thinking I could use the M4 for the operating system drive instead and keep both 256GB drives for storage and my games. Since I have a second M4, I was thinking of using this for a Linux operating system.

My question is, will I notice a performance increase/decrease on the OS drive since its only 64GB drive?

Any thoughts on how I should set this up?
post #2 of 40
he setup sounds fine and im glad i didnt see RAID 0 in your post LOL
IMO if anything you should notice faster loading speeds for boot times using a Crucial M4 64GB drive as opposed to the Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB.. how much im not sure but anyway it would be the way to go is your planned set up thumb.gif
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post #3 of 40
I have the M4 64GB in my system with the OS on it. My boot time is around 29 seconds from the time I hit the power button. Its 1 of the most noticeable upgrades ( next to GPU/CPU) you can make IMO. Follow Sean's guide on how to do it:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds/0_20
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Thanks guys. smile.gif

So I'm gonna assume the 64GB M4 is faster than a 256GB C300?
I will also assume that a 64GB M4 is slower than a 256GB M4?

Thanks for the guide as well.
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Originally Posted by xyeLz View Post

Thanks guys. smile.gif
So I'm gonna assume the 64GB M4 is faster than a 256GB C300?
I will also assume that a 64GB M4 is slower than a 256GB M4?
Thanks for the guide as well.

I don't know about side by side speed comparison but having the OS by itself on a small SSD and using the larger for storage only seems like the way to go. Maybe someone who knows more about this can help you on the speeds.
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you have 2 sets of identical drives, i would say raid it! the lower capacity for the system, and the higher capacity for the rest, thats what i did.

i have 2x 60gb force gt in raid 0 for my system
and 2x 120gb force 3 in raid 0 for the programs/games
HDD for media.
Edited by ghostrider85 - 3/8/12 at 1:54pm
post #7 of 40
you will not notice a difference in use b/w the two different drives.

Use the larger ones for storage and the smaller one for the OS and be set.
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I don't know about side by side speed comparison but having the OS by itself on a small SSD and using the larger for storage only seems like the way to go. Maybe someone who knows more about this can help you on the speeds.

Well how about this curveball?

My R3E motherboard only has 2 SATA III connectors. Before, I was using one C300 for OS and one for data. This resulted in both of them running at SATA III speeds since there were enough connectors. Two extra Crucial M4s will mean that I have four drives. Two of them will need to run at SATA II speeds if I choose to do the setup I listed. Should I just return the M4s and continue using my C300s as I was before? Perhaps I should get a PCIe controller?
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Originally Posted by EVILNOK View Post

I don't know about side by side speed comparison but having the OS by itself on a small SSD and using the larger for storage only seems like the way to go. Maybe someone who knows more about this can help you on the speeds.

Well how about this curveball?

My R3E motherboard only has 2 SATA III connectors. Before, I was using one C300 for OS and one for data. This resulted in both of them running at SATA III speeds since there were enough connectors. Two extra Crucial M4s will mean that I have four drives. Two of them will need to run at SATA II speeds if I choose to do the setup I listed. Should I just return the M4s and continue using my C300s as I was before? Perhaps I should get a PCIe controller?

as far as i know, if you plug a sata iii ssd in sata ii port, only the sequential speed will be affected, for me thats not a big deal.
post #10 of 40
SSD can still run at the Sata II speed but they work the best on Sata III so performance isn't going to be noticed on those using a board with only 2 Sata III ports. Upgrade the board or add the Sata III controller.
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