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I'm sure you're all familiar with the AS SSD Benchmark tool if you have a SSD. My laptop has an older 1st gen Kingston 128GB SSDNow SSD and as such I can't expect record-breaking speeds or even to compete with any newer SSD -- however, there is something very wrong when my laptop IDE drive greatly exeeds the speed of the SSD i have in it. Not only are the read/write speeds disappointing, the 4K and 4K-64Thrd tests are very off. I'm getting about 110 mb/s read and 45 mb/s write, and when it comes to the 4K test it takes hours to complete, only going at about 0.15 - 0.25 MB/s on read and write. This drive should NOT be going THAT slow. Ancient 10 year old IDE drives hardly run that slow.

Now I know that there is no TRIM feature for this drive - so I took the liberty to do the research about some performance tweak suggestions and tried using the "Tony trim" method or whatever it's called. I used PerfectDisk 10 to consolidate my free space and then used AS Cleaner 0.5 (with FF) to try and clean the drive to optimize it as well. I have done the consolidation several times along with the AS clean several times with no avail -- I have heard reports of consolidating actually hindering performance, so I have abstained from doing that for the past week or so just in case that is what happened. Anyways if you're wondering my other system specs they're as follows:

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
Intel i7 720 1.6 GHz
4 GB Of RAM
NVidia GeForce GTX 280M
128GB Kingston SSDNow 1st Gen

My question is as follows: Is there something i'm missing? Am I expecting too much from this old SSD? Is there anything else I may be able to do to optimize this drive? I'm considering another fresh format as it hasn't been done in a few months, though I don't know if it will help much. It's a great laptop bottle-necked by the hard disk performance, Windows Experience Index reports a 5.9 performance for the drive but processor and memory are at 7.3 and 7.4, graphics at 7.0. My previous configuration was 2 250GB SATA drives in a RAID 0 and due to not having enough SATA ports in the laptop I had to break the RAID and now am running the 128GB SSD as my OS drive and one of the 250GB SATA for storage, the other SATA collecting dust on my desk. Am I never going to see the performance from this SSD as I would with the RAID config of the SATA drives? I understand i probably won't be getting the read/write speeds of the RAID but access times and 4K tests should exeed the RAID performance I would think. Anyways -- if you want any more info please let me know and thanks in advance for any input you have!
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do you have the drive set to AHCI in the BIOS?

check and see if there are any firmware updates for the SSD. There might be an issue there.
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Also, consider checking the SMART Status. The drive may be dying depending on the age.
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Denjiki, also, if you can, Secure Erase or whichever your able to do to your SSD to try to set it back to Factory specs. Plus, when you format, you can do any new trick's to send User data, program files etc to the storage drive. Plus, also possibly moving the pagefile.sys to the storage drive this time, might help. Along with the Index files, if your running it. You may already have done that. Another thing to note, is I went from the Asus Intel Matrix drivers to the new IRS 10.x driver, and noticed a difference on my 775 board.

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Rebelord: Awesome. I will try a format and defer my user data, etc and see how it goes. A format can only help in my mind at this point. I appreciate the suggestions, hopefully I can salvage some performance out of this POS. I'll get back with you and let you know how the format works out -- got a little backing up to do first. And college homework madsmiley.png
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oh ya, dont do a windows format. I followed the sticky at the top, and Win7 SSDs Setup Secrets
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If you still can return it, go with a vertex 2. They are great and would highly recommend them.
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Cleaned. Keep it constructive please.
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