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#1
About time this went down in price. Voted hot. I my self will hold out until prices for these drives, stop rocking my socks off, in comparison to hdd.
#2
I still haven't took the plunge to a SSD im using western digital black sata3 drives instead as i don't like the idea of a drive that will fail in around 18-36 months no matter what you do, alright they are faster than standard HDD but they don't have size or longevity on there side and until they do have a better life expectancy then im sticking with the standard HDD. This is a good price for the drive but its slower in the real world than the older version only in certain scenarios is it faster.

If you are buying a SSD be sure to read up on how to set it up right as leaving it how you install it will dramatically reduce the life of a SSD.

Edited By: polly69 on Jun 08, 2011 03:03
#3
I have the 128gb version of this, expected lifetime is 8 years 9 months.
#4
Defrag needs turning off thats it
as for instalation its easy ,and its faster in all scenarios, unless you have actually got one , then you can see how good they are
4 Likes #5
polly69
I still haven't took the plunge to a SSD im using western digital black sata3 drives instead as i don't like the idea of a drive that will fail in around 18-36 months no matter what you do, alright they are faster than standard HDD but they don't have size or longevity on there side and until they do have a better life expectancy then im sticking with the standard HDD. This is a good price for the drive but its slower in the real world than the older version only in certain scenarios is it faster.

If you are buying a SSD be sure to read up on how to set it up right as leaving it how you install it will dramatically reduce the life of a SSD.


http://thatssofetch.com/images/facepalm2.jpg
2 Likes #6
polly69
I still haven't took the plunge to a SSD im using western digital black sata3 drives instead as i don't like the idea of a drive that will fail in around 18-36 months no matter what you do


LOL, actually you are quite wrong, this number is around 10 years if you constantly using your SSD (I mean if you write to it 24/7 which is never the case, is it?)
I'm on SSD for well over the year now and this is the biggest game changer so far. The computer is blazing fast. to put this in the perspective if we take a new i5 laptop with Windows 7, start it then open a Word document and Photoshop image it takes around 2 minutes and 20 seconds. Then we clone the HDD to SSD, the same thing takes 50 seconds. This is 2 1/2 times faster, cannot beat this, no other component will get you this kind of improvement.

64 Gb is a bit low, can be actually guite nice as a cache for new Z68 chipset motherboard, but I haven't had a chance to test this one yet :/
Anyway voted hot, my first SSD was Samsung 40 GB, and I managed to squeeze Windows 7 installation and some programs on it, so 64 GB will certainly do.
#7
That deserves a double facepalm imho :P
#8
Amusing, I posted the 256GB at £325 about a month ago and it was voted cold, it was better £/GB than this by a smidge though, from Ebuyer. Don't forget the larger capacity the SSD the faster it goes, you can't buy a 64GB version off the back of a 256GB review, you need to check for your specific size of drive.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/crucial-m4-256gb-ssd-324-98-ebuyer/935793

Edited By: aron311 on Jun 08, 2011 08:04: .
#9
pl.peter
polly69
I still haven't took the plunge to a SSD im using western digital black sata3 drives instead as i don't like the idea of a drive that will fail in around 18-36 months no matter what you do

LOL, actually you are quite wrong, this number is around 10 years if you constantly using your SSD (I mean if you write to it 24/7 which is never the case, is it?)
I'm on SSD for well over the year now and this is the biggest game changer so far. The computer is blazing fast. to put this in the perspective if we take a new i5 laptop with Windows 7, start it then open a Word document and Photoshop image it takes around 2 minutes and 20 seconds. Then we clone the HDD to SSD, the same thing takes 50 seconds. This is 2 1/2 times faster, cannot beat this, no other component will get you this kind of improvement.

64 Gb is a bit low, can be actually guite nice as a cache for new Z68 chipset motherboard, but I haven't had a chance to test this one yet :/
Anyway voted hot, my first SSD was Samsung 40 GB, and I managed to squeeze Windows 7 installation and some programs on it, so 64 GB will certainly do.

As a newbie to SSD, and now with a budget of £150-£200, are there any drives you would recommend. Ideally I would prefer a larger drive than 64gb, so open to suggestions and you seem to be in the know.

Thank you.
#10
Also as a total noobie to ssd, is this any good compared to the others in terms of speed. 64 gb big enough for me. My windows partition is only 30gb so this will work fine.
1 Like #11
scotsann


As a newbie to SSD, and now with a budget of £150-£200, are there any drives you would recommend. Ideally I would prefer a larger drive than 64gb, so open to suggestions and you seem to be in the know.

Thank you.


Crucial M4 128GB & OCZ Vertex 3 120GB are both pretty fast.

Here's a review from a US site, but it's about the best and most comprehensive you will find - link.
#12
vik1
Also as a total noobie to ssd, is this any good compared to the others in terms of speed. 64 gb big enough for me. My windows partition is only 30gb so this will work fine.


This is on the upper end of the power scale yes. If you want faster I'd suggest getting a bigger size, though it's still light years ahead of a hard drive.
#13
Edit, amazon saying write speed only 95. Which i know is less relevant on these. But sure that there have been better value ones on here recently. On phone so can't link to them.
#14
Thanks aron 311. Are the bigger ones faster?
#15
vik1
Thanks aron 311. Are the bigger ones faster?

Yes. I posted a deal for a the 128GB version of this drive, and it got double the write speed. I went for that: http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/128gb-crucial-ssd-m4-2-5-sata-6gb-s-ssd-read-415mb-s-write-175mb-s-161-99-del-sc/941336/
1 Like #17
I've got one of these and it's a revelation. I might even buy another at this price. Note that it supports 6Gb/s SATA if your motherboard can handle that (mine's only 3Gb/s SATA and it's still plenty fast).

I used Paragon's SSD migration software to move my OS and apps to it, plus set the disk up correctly as an SSD. It's part of their disk suite which I already owned or you can buy just the SSD migrator from them:
http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/migrate-OS-to-SSD/

Note that Intel supply this software for free with their SSDs (you get no software with the Crucial):
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=19324
#18
SSD's are the dogs b*****ks. They make even a modest PCs fly. Does it really matter that they have a short life? Probably not. Lets be honest, most of us will have long upgraded to the next big thing way before they die!

I like OCZ best, although I have purchased quite a few other brands.

Dell Optiplex 745 - XP manual build including ALL drivers, Office 2003 and all Microsoft updates, Flash, Reader, Shockwave, Java took 2.5 hours. XP installed with a full disk format in under 15 minutes!
#19
If you want to check which firmware is installed on your drive, run this great little utility. http://download.cnet.com/CrystalDiskInfo/3000-2086_4-10832082.html
#20
Oh. Always keep your data backed up. Doesn't matter whether you run SSD or normal disks. Backup. Backup. Backup. Backup. Backup. Backup.
#21
be careful people, I bought one of these a while ago people and can't get it to run anywhere near as fast as it should. I have an MSI P55a G55 mainboad and although it supports 6Gbs SATA, this runs on a PCIe at 2.5Gbs.... so I'm no-where near the full speed of the drive.

It's crazy seeing as I have a top end intel i7 chip and a decent machine.

Any ideas on how to improve this are welcomed but thought I'd just let everyone know that simply buying a fast SSD might not be as great as you'd expect.
banned#22
A bit of advise please.

I'm running win 7 64bt

My Windows Folder is 16GB
Program Files Folder is 3GB
Proigram Files (86) Folder is 8GB

I nearly always save created files (MS Word, Photoshop, pdfs etc to another drive).

If I have photoshop app installed on SSD, yet the actual created file saved on normal HDD am I gonna get the full impact of using SSD. My common sense tells me no.

I could get away with smaller SSD drive if it's the app I need to concentrate on, but if created files are part of the equation I'm going to need to buy 2, and one larger than this.


Although I'm mentioning Photoshop here, I really haven't used this software for some time. However, as already mentioned, every created file of mine sits on a different drive from my installed OS and programs.

Thanks in advance






Edited By: Lyrrad on Jun 08, 2011 09:29
#23
I don't get why this is so hot, seems a pretty standard price and cheaper than another 26 places (link) buy a couple of quid.

Still, good to see SSDs coming down in price.

@Lyrrad Yes, in that senario photoshop will only write and read at the speed of the source drive i.e your other HDD. It will open the application quick though :)
#24
could I put one of these in my Acer One (a hot deal i got from here earlier this year!) to make it run faster and boot quicker?
1 Like #25
scotsann
As a newbie to SSD, and now with a budget of £150-£200, are there any drives you would recommend. Ideally I would prefer a larger drive than 64gb, so open to suggestions and you seem to be in the know.

Thank you.


This one should be high on your short list, IMO:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/246998

96GB for £102.96 delivered is very close to £1 per GB and this is a high performance SSD (not quite as fast as the Crucial M4, but pretty close - you'd never notice the difference in practice).
#26
Another n00b for SSDs, heard someone in the office say they only lasted a year, but glad to hear most people know that's not the case!

10yr lifespan sounds good for having it as an OS drive, will be tempted soon I thinks but would rather have the ones with quicker write speeds :)
#27
Does anyone know if this will be suitable for an Apple MacBook Pro 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (13-inch DDR3)
thanks Ray
#28
andyken
scotsann
As a newbie to SSD, and now with a budget of £150-£200, are there any drives you would recommend. Ideally I would prefer a larger drive than 64gb, so open to suggestions and you seem to be in the know.

Thank you.


This one should be high on your short list, IMO:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/246998

96GB for £102.96 delivered is very close to £1 per GB and this is a high performance SSD (not quite as fast as the Crucial M4, but pretty close - you'd never notice the difference in practice).


Can this be used in an Apple MacBook Pro 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (13-inch DDR3
#29
sparx1981
be careful people, I bought one of these a while ago people and can't get it to run anywhere near as fast as it should. I have an MSI P55a G55 mainboad and although it supports 6Gbs SATA, this runs on a PCIe at 2.5Gbs.... so I'm no-where near the full speed of the drive.

It's crazy seeing as I have a top end intel i7 chip and a decent machine.

Any ideas on how to improve this are welcomed but thought I'd just let everyone know that simply buying a fast SSD might not be as great as you'd expect.

I'm confused... this particular drive is a cheaper / older SSD and although it would be a good upgrade for an older machine the read / write speeds don't even exceed SATA 1 spec - you have SATA 3 so basically to get the full throughput you need a much faster (and more expensive) SSD
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@polly69: My C300 (the older model of this) is used as an os, games, and software development computer and has been powered on for an average of 9 hours a day over the past 5 months and has used less than 1% of the drive life. These newer drives last MUCH longer than the ones from a couple of years ago.

backing up aron311: in the crucial range, the smaller the drive, the lower the write speed. Read speeds are the same across the range. Other manufacturers may vary in how size affects their read/write speeds.

@supercharged: you can't just go off the transfer speeds. The manufacturers quote those speeds biggest it's the biggest number and looks good on the box! In reality, for an OS drive, fast 4k speeds reign and the newer drives (such as the c300/m4/vertex 4) rule here.

@themosh70: crystaldiskinfo is great, but make sure you have at least v4 for the crucial drives. The one you linked is. This is for the benefit of anyone who already has an older version of CDI and might wonder why it doesn't work!

@sparx1981: The marvell 912x sata 3 controller (which until recently was the most commonly used sata 3 controller) can only use a single PCIe lane. If this was tied to a motherboard chipset old enough that it only supports PCIe v1 then it would be limited to 2.5Gbs. This would make the controller effectively useless and would actually be slower than your southbridge controlled intel sata 2 controller. The only reason for a board manufacturer to do this is to con their customers into thinking they're buying a sata 3 board. I've only seen one person in that situation. Almost all other board manufacturers aren't that mean! If you support PCIe v2.0 then post an AS SSD screenshot on the crucial support forum and we can likely help you get it going faster. If you don't, then use your Intel controller instead.

@raymondmachugh
SSD's from a few manufacturers, including Crucial, don't function well on the 2011 Macs (the shielding on the sata 3 cable is the prime suspect). They do on all previous models though.
#31
Systems
I've got one of these and it's a revelation. I might even buy another at this price. Note that it supports 6Gb/s SATA if your motherboard can handle that (mine's only 3Gb/s SATA and it's still plenty fast).

I used Paragon's SSD migration software to move my OS and apps to it, plus set the disk up correctly as an SSD. It's part of their disk suite which I already owned or you can buy just the SSD migrator from them:
http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/migrate-OS-to-SSD/

Note that Intel supply this software for free with their SSDs (you get no software with the Crucial):
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=19324



Useful info - thanks
1 Like #32
hukd5
@polly69: My C300 (the older model of this) is used as an os, games, and software development computer and has been powered on for an average of 9 hours a day over the past 5 months and has used less than 1% of the drive life. These newer drives last MUCH longer than the ones from a couple of years ago.

backing up aron311: in the crucial range, the smaller the drive, the lower the write speed. Read speeds are the same across the range. Other manufacturers may vary in how size affects their read/write speeds.

@supercharged: you can't just go off the transfer speeds. The manufacturers quote those speeds biggest it's the biggest number and looks good on the box! In reality, for an OS drive, fast 4k speeds reign and the newer drives (such as the c300/m4/vertex 4) rule here.

@themosh70: crystaldiskinfo is great, but make sure you have at least v4 for the crucial drives. The one you linked is. This is for the benefit of anyone who already has an older version of CDI and might wonder why it doesn't work!

@sparx1981: The marvell 912x sata 3 controller (which until recently was the most commonly used sata 3 controller) can only use a single PCIe lane. If this was tied to a motherboard chipset old enough that it only supports PCIe v1 then it would be limited to 2.5Gbs. This would make the controller effectively useless and would actually be slower than your southbridge controlled intel sata 2 controller. The only reason for a board manufacturer to do this is to con their customers into thinking they're buying a sata 3 board. I've only seen one person in that situation. Almost all other board manufacturers aren't that mean! If you support PCIe v2.0 then post an AS SSD screenshot on the crucial support forum and we can likely help you get it going faster. If you don't, then use your Intel controller instead.

@raymondmachugh
SSD's from a few manufacturers, including Crucial, don't function well on the 2011 Macs (the shielding on the sata 3 cable is the prime suspect). They do on all previous models though.




Wish there were more posters like this. This is thoughtful and great knowledge sharing. Thank you.
#33
Really hope the price starts falling for the 256GB drives. I need one with at least 200GB to really be useful... Though one of these with a new Z68 board for the Intel Smart Response is pretty tempting.
#34
polly69
I still haven't took the plunge to a SSD im using western digital black sata3 drives instead as i don't like the idea of a drive that will fail in around 18-36 months no matter what you do, alright they are faster than standard HDD but they don't have size or longevity on there side and until they do have a better life expectancy then im sticking with the standard HDD. This is a good price for the drive but its slower in the real world than the older version only in certain scenarios is it faster.

If you are buying a SSD be sure to read up on how to set it up right as leaving it how you install it will dramatically reduce the life of a SSD.

3 year warranty. I have a crucial which I bought elsewhere and have a 5 year warranty. Anyways, backup whatever drive you have.
#35
Very good price, voted Hot.
#36
hukd5
@polly69: My C300 (the older model of this) is used as an os, games, and software development computer and has been powered on for an average of 9 hours a day over the past 5 months and has used less than 1% of the drive life. These newer drives last MUCH longer than the ones from a couple of years ago.

backing up aron311: in the crucial range, the smaller the drive, the lower the write speed. Read speeds are the same across the range. Other manufacturers may vary in how size affects their read/write speeds.

@supercharged: you can't just go off the transfer speeds. The manufacturers quote those speeds biggest it's the biggest number and looks good on the box! In reality, for an OS drive, fast 4k speeds reign and the newer drives (such as the c300/m4/vertex 4) rule here.

@themosh70: crystaldiskinfo is great, but make sure you have at least v4 for the crucial drives. The one you linked is. This is for the benefit of anyone who already has an older version of CDI and might wonder why it doesn't work!

@sparx1981: The marvell 912x sata 3 controller (which until recently was the most commonly used sata 3 controller) can only use a single PCIe lane. If this was tied to a motherboard chipset old enough that it only supports PCIe v1 then it would be limited to 2.5Gbs. This would make the controller effectively useless and would actually be slower than your southbridge controlled intel sata 2 controller. The only reason for a board manufacturer to do this is to con their customers into thinking they're buying a sata 3 board. I've only seen one person in that situation. Almost all other board manufacturers aren't that mean! If you support PCIe v2.0 then post an AS SSD screenshot on the crucial support forum and we can likely help you get it going faster. If you don't, then use your Intel controller instead.

@raymondmachugh
SSD's from a few manufacturers, including Crucial, don't function well on the 2011 Macs (the shielding on the sata 3 cable is the prime suspect). They do on all previous models though.


hukd5 thanks much appreciated
#37
Supercharged
sparx1981
be careful people, I bought one of these a while ago people and can't get it to run anywhere near as fast as it should. I have an MSI P55a G55 mainboad and although it supports 6Gbs SATA, this runs on a PCIe at 2.5Gbs.... so I'm no-where near the full speed of the drive.

It's crazy seeing as I have a top end intel i7 chip and a decent machine.

Any ideas on how to improve this are welcomed but thought I'd just let everyone know that simply buying a fast SSD might not be as great as you'd expect.


I'm confused... this particular drive is a cheaper / older SSD and although it would be a good upgrade for an older machine the read / write speeds don't even exceed SATA 1 spec - you have SATA 3 so basically to get the full throughput you need a much faster (and more expensive) SSD

The M4 is current gen. I get ~260 Read and 170 Write with sata 2, so I'd say that's a little faster than sata 1. He's probably connected to a marvel sata3 port which is tied to a PCIe x1 lane.

Edited By: nublets2k on Jun 08, 2011 19:03
#38
I am tempted by these but still haunted by a poster on here who's SSD hit difficulties coz it was for some reason writing a huge amount of data each day. I think his SSD lasted only about a year.
#39
I am so going to buy this and install Windows XP on it.
#40
Meathotukdeals
I am tempted by these but still haunted by a poster on here who's SSD hit difficulties coz it was for some reason writing a huge amount of data each day. I think his SSD lasted only about a year.

if you're writing a huge amount of data every day, then stick to an HDD
Opethian
I am so going to buy this and install Windows XP on it.

Might be better to avoid XP, it doesn't do Trim.

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