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Use voucher code VOUCHER10 at checkout to get the CT256M4SSD2 for £162.99 delivered from Dabs. Possible 2% Quidco/TCB.

They also have the CT256M4SSD1 :

http://www.dabs.com/products/crucial-256gb-m4-slim-7mm-sata-6gb-s-2-5--solid-state-drive-7X2R.html?src=3

Some technical details taken from Crucial UK's website.

Part Number: CT256M4SSD2
* Sustained Sequential Read: Up to 500 MB/s(SATA 6Gb/s)
* Sustained Sequential Write: Up to 260 MB/s(SATA 6Gb/s)
* 4KB Random Read: Up to 45,000 IOPS
* 4KB Random Write: Up to 50,000 IOPS

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HelenaHandbasket#61
shaggydabbydo
Having bought a M4 128Gb for the wife's SATA II lappy just under a month ago for £112.68, I'm now a bit animal-in-the-headlights as it's now available for ~£90, which is quite a drop (£22.68)!.

I'd like a 256Gb for my SATA II lappy, but am caught in indecision wondering if the prices will fall even further from this seemingly excellent price of £166.98.

btw, here's a link to a review of the SATA III M4 installed in a SATA II lappy (which is my configuration): http://www.mikewilson.cc/2011/11/07/crucial-m4-256gb-ssd-review-on-sata-2/

Maybe I need to think about upgrading my lappy (Acer Aspire 5742 i3-370M) to a SATA III supporting one before upgrading my hard drive to a SATA III SSD. Thoughts?

Only one: Lappy.
pja77#62
Practical size at a great price, ordered one couple of minutes ago.
rhysce#63
Just bought one - thanks for the posting.
Jolsa#64
Probably a simple solution, but how do you find out how long the SSD has been running for (W7).

I'm still on Firmware 0009 for my 128GB model and have been reading about the 5000 hour bug... will update the firmware of course, but just interested to see how long my SSD has been going since installation.

Thanks in advance for any I.T. support offered...
rhysce#65
northerngeek
Advice needed about RAIDing one of these..

i read something about TRIM not functional if you have one of these SSDs in a RAID setup..so am i better off waiting for the newer version m5 whatever it will be called?

There is a brief comment about the perils of RAIDing these Marvell based drives here: TomsHardware Marvell based SSD review

That page explains one of the downfalls, and finishes with the paragraph quoted below...

Practically, none of this should dissuade you. Even in our torture test, issuing a TRIM command to the SSD results in performance recovering. Because that's not an option in RAID arrays, these SSDs aren't the best choice for combining for additional performance. Random writes will eventually trash the performance of a couple of Marvell-based drives in RAID.
AlmightyCushion 1 Like #66
Jolsa
Probably a simple solution, but how do you find out how long the SSD has been running for (W7).

I'm still on Firmware 0009 for my 128GB model and have been reading about the 5000 hour bug... will update the firmware of course, but just interested to see how long my SSD has been going since installation.

Thanks in advance for any I.T. support offered...

I don't think there is a way to actually check it but if you use it for 10 hours a day, every day you have about a year and a half before you hit 5,000 hours.
robot1000#67
How does it compare with the other deal posted today - http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/sandisk-extreme-ssd-240gb-only-164-99-overclockers-1207953

I know it's got slightly less storage space, but it seems to have double the write speed
AlmightyCushion#68
robot1000
How does it compare with the other deal posted today - http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/sandisk-extreme-ssd-240gb-only-164-99-overclockers-1207953

I know it's got slightly less storage space, but it seems to have double the write speed

The difference in write speed you won't notice. I'm not a fan of those sandforce based controllers since the reliability issues that plagued the OCZ Vertex 3 etc.
HelenaHandbasket#69
Jolsa
Probably a simple solution, but how do you find out how long the SSD has been running for (W7).

I'm still on Firmware 0009 for my 128GB model and have been reading about the 5000 hour bug... will update the firmware of course, but just interested to see how long my SSD has been going since installation.

Thanks in advance for any I.T. support offered...

http://ssd-life.com/
twe#70
Got my ssd drive just now even though I ordered it later in the day when it said 3 days delivery. Also noticed it doesn't say dabs.com but Northamber? Have they changed names or something?
siminplant1979 1 Like #71
Grr, if it wasn't so long till Payday I'd have snapped up one of these! Gutted spent too much in the past few days.. But hopefully this is a sign of things to come i.e price drops!
biggysilly 1 Like #72
twe
Got my ssd drive just now even though I ordered it later in the day when it said 3 days delivery. Also noticed it doesn't say dabs.com but Northamber? Have they changed names or something?
They are the biggest and oldest I.T wholesalers in the UK
meandu229#73
Got mine today aswell,, very impressed with delivery from dabs. cheers op
twe#74
biggysilly
twe
Got my ssd drive just now even though I ordered it later in the day when it said 3 days delivery. Also noticed it doesn't say dabs.com but Northamber? Have they changed names or something?
They are the biggest and oldest I.T wholesalers in the UK

Cool, didn't know that.
Ajibee#75
twe
Got my ssd drive just now even though I ordered it later in the day when it said 3 days delivery. Also noticed it doesn't say dabs.com but Northamber? Have they changed names or something?

Northamber are a big distributor - Dabs probably had them drop-ship it to you.
Ajibee#76
twe
biggysilly
twe
Got my ssd drive just now even though I ordered it later in the day when it said 3 days delivery. Also noticed it doesn't say dabs.com but Northamber? Have they changed names or something?
They are the biggest and oldest I.T wholesalers in the UK

Cool, didn't know that.

It's debatable whether they're the biggest or the oldest, though they've certainly been around for a long time. I remember buying stuff from David Atherton (the DA in Dabs) himself a couple of decades back at various computer shows, back when they were known as Dabs Press.

Since then DA has sold Dabs to BT (which is a minus for Dabs as far as I'm concerned, not being a fan of monopolistic incumbent ex-state organisations) and DA seems to have gone off the rails a bit himself, if I recall correctly various tabloid stories from a few years back.

I used to use Dabs a lot, but have fallen in love with Amazon and ebuyer since they arrived on the scene - both of whom I'd wager give Dabs a good run for their money in terms of size, and certainly service - Dabs deliveries always seem to be quoted in terms of 1-3 days - why they're unable to offer next day for the kinds of things that I might buy is quite beyond me.
biggysilly#77
Ajibee
twe
biggysilly
twe
Got my ssd drive just now even though I ordered it later in the day when it said 3 days delivery. Also noticed it doesn't say dabs.com but Northamber? Have they changed names or something?
They are the biggest and oldest I.T wholesalers in the UK

Cool, didn't know that.

It's debatable whether they're the biggest or the oldest, though they've certainly been around for a long time. I remember buying stuff from David Atherton (the DA in Dabs) himself a couple of decades back at various computer shows, back when they were known as Dabs Press.

Since then DA has sold Dabs to BT (which is a minus for Dabs as far as I'm concerned, not being a fan of monopolistic incumbent ex-state organisations) and DA seems to have gone off the rails a bit himself, if I recall correctly various tabloid stories from a few years back.

I used to use Dabs a lot, but have fallen in love with Amazon and ebuyer since they arrived on the scene - both of whom I'd wager give Dabs a good run for their money in terms of size, and certainly service - Dabs deliveries always seem to be quoted in terms of 1-3 days - why they're unable to offer next day for the kinds of things that I might buy is quite beyond me.
Dabs is a retailer not a wholesaler
Ajibee#78
biggysilly
Dabs is a retailer not a wholesaler


Correct, but it was you who said it was, not anyone else!
biggysilly#79
Ajibee
biggysilly
Dabs is a retailer not a wholesaler

Correct, but it was you who said it was, not anyone else!
Sorry just re-read my post and realized I wasn't specific on who i was referring to. I was referring to Northamber being a wholesaler and not Dabs
twe#80
Wonder how much they were selling at the wholesalers...

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