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Crucial M4 256GB Noise

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I purchased the Crucial m4 ssd a couple of days ago and I went ahead to install Windows 7 on it. I have read and followed Sean Webster's SDD guide before buying the SSD and during the installation of Windows. I changed the alignment to 4k but I don't think that's the issue. After installing all the drivers and software, I decided to test the loading time of a game, in this case the game was Sims 3. Whenever the game was loading I could hear a high pitched, somewhat faint noise coming from the M4 SSD.It only happens when there is heavy loading. I contacted Crucial support and they told me that they would have to arrange a replacement. The SSD came on the latest firmware and it is still making noise.

I have read some posts of some users with the same problem stating that changing some power settings might help, this has something to do with the SSD being slowed down by the CPU. If someone can help me with the settings of my motherboard (Asus p8h67-m), I wouldn't have to go through the process of sending it back, unless it really is faulty.

Thank You
post #2 of 7
change ur mobo's C3 and C6 C-states to disabled or vice versa. that's what i narrowed it down to on my M4.
post #3 of 7
Here is the explanation of the noise and where it comes from.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piezoelectricity

This effect occurs randomly on some SSDs due to manufacturing inaccuracy.
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Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

change ur mobo's C3 and C6 C-states to disabled or vice versa. that's what i narrowed it down to on my M4.

I disabled the C3 and C6 C-states but that did not solve the issue. I will try to exchange it.

I was just thinking if its better to get the 60GB model of the m4 and setup RAID instead of using the ssd as the main drive. It would definitely save me money but would you recommend it?
post #5 of 7
experiencing similar issues with my m4 256gb 2.5inch in my laptop...

I changed the speedstep but there is still a constant faint noise now.
 
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You won't be able to cancel this noise. It's construction-related. This effect occurs randomly on some SSDs due to manufacturing inaccuracy.
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Originally Posted by steve-n View Post

You won't be able to cancel this noise. It's construction-related. This effect occurs randomly on some SSDs due to manufacturing inaccuracy.

I may have to jump ship w/ crucial and try out the Samsung 840s frown.gif
 
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Crucial M4 128gb SSD + Seagate Barracuda 1TB plextor DVD/CD+/-RW Corsair H100 W7 Ultimate-64Bit 
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px2370 k800 AX850 antec 1200 
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px2370 k800 AX850 antec 1200 
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