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Old 06-01-11, 12:18 AM   #1
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Default SSD noob needing some advice

Fellas and gals,

I am thinking of taking the plunge on a SSD drive. The drive I have in mind is OCZ Agility 3 120 GB model.

I know that the Agility 3 is SATA III and my motherboard is only SATA II, I figured I will not get the full Read and write performance as stated that the SSD drive can do. However, I do intend to upgrade to a Ivybridge or bulldozer within the time frame they come out and get SATA III and probably another Agility 3 120 GB model

I do however have the following questions / concerns

I would like to make this drive my boot drive with Windows and Age of Conan drive. Everything else (including my steam library) will be moved to my HDD. I will arrange that but I would like to ask if you experienced SSD owners have any tips and tools that I could use. To be more specific, I will be cloning my trimmed partition into the SSD. Which program would be the best? (free apps)

Then, I would like to ask, bout page file? Should it be kept on the SSD or HDD?

Are there any other performance tips / pitfalls / best practices that I should be aware of?

Any help is greatly appreciated
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The only tip I can offer is to make sure you update the firmware prior to using it. It's my understanding that updating firmware erases your data on SSD drives.
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The only tip I can offer is to make sure you update the firmware prior to using it. It's my understanding that updating firmware erases your data on SSD drives.
Vertex and Agility drives do not have destructive data firmware updates.

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Fellas and gals,

I am thinking of taking the plunge on a SSD drive. The drive I have in mind is OCZ Agility 3 120 GB model.

I know that the Agility 3 is SATA III and my motherboard is only SATA II, I figured I will not get the full Read and write performance as stated that the SSD drive can do. However, I do intend to upgrade to a Ivybridge or bulldozer within the time frame they come out and get SATA III and probably another Agility 3 120 GB model

I do however have the following questions / concerns

I would like to make this drive my boot drive with Windows and Age of Conan drive. Everything else (including my steam library) will be moved to my HDD. I will arrange that but I would like to ask if you experienced SSD owners have any tips and tools that I could use. To be more specific, I will be cloning my trimmed partition into the SSD. Which program would be the best? (free apps)

Then, I would like to ask, bout page file? Should it be kept on the SSD or HDD?

Are there any other performance tips / pitfalls / best practices that I should be aware of?

Any help is greatly appreciated
One good cloning software I know of is clonezilla. this you will have to burn to CD and run off boot. The only problem with cloning to a SSD is you may lose alignment and in effect lose performance. There is an app that can re-align but can't remember the name.

Never defrag your SSD, disable superfetch, disable indexing of the SSD.

As you have 8Gigs of ram you could disable the pagefile altogether, depending on if you use heavy imaging/video software.

Forgot to add, make sure AHCI is enabled in your BIOS, more than likely it is. You only come into problems if your cloning from IDE.
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I have been reading some bad reviews and feedback on the OCZ drives. I am thinking about the Intel 320 for reliability, if its a little slower oh well.
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I have been reading some bad reviews and feedback on the OCZ drives. I am thinking about the Intel 320 for reliability, if its a little slower oh well.
between SSDs maybe a lil only but between HDD and SSD....should be light years difference
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between SSDs maybe a lil only but between HDD and SSD....should be light years difference
Reliability greatly differs between SSD vendors, currently the Intel drives are by far more reliable. OCZ has drives that are less reliable than some of the best HDDs...

As far as SSD vs HDD performance, SSD has the edge depending on what type of apps you are running. I run SQL databases on SSDs, and I can say that the performance difference is insane. You wont see much difference at boot, gaming, image editing, streaming video, emailing/browsing, MS Word, well, nothing mind blowing.

And that pagefile goes on you HDD.
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Anyone had any experience with Crucial SSDs? There is a real sweet deal well USD50 off the 256 GB version of the Crucial M4 SSD here. Was thinking I could jump on it
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After reading of some horror feedback from newegg and ocz forums..i am staying away from OCZ!

Hmm any thoughts on Intel 320s?
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I would go with the Intel 320 for reliability.
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After reading of some horror feedback from newegg and ocz forums..i am staying away from OCZ!

Hmm any thoughts on Intel 320s?
Did you bother to read the intel forums too?

http://communities.intel.com/communi...state?view=all
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Did you bother to read the intel forums too?

http://communities.intel.com/communi...state?view=all
U wanna spare me the agony? Anything I should know abut Intel SSDs that you know of?
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U wanna spare me the agony? Anything I should know abut Intel SSDs that you know of?
you read the ocz forums and decided to base your opinion that they are crap from what other people say, so why not give intel the same treatment?
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