Why is my SSD not that fast?

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Found 29th Apr 2011
Hi I was wondering if any of you could help me. I bought a 60GB OCZ vertex 2 SSD as an OS drive but the performance seems 'meh'. On windows 7 the drive scores 6.9 only and below are the benchmark scores.
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http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/6846/benchmark1.png
Edited by: "mkins99" 29th Apr 2011
make sure it is aligned correctly, take what Win7 performance chart says with a pinch of salt
mds1256

make sure it is aligned correctly, take what Win7 performance chart says … make sure it is aligned correctly, take what Win7 performance chart says with a pinch of salt


And how would I align? Thanks
mkins99

And how would I align? Thanks



Here you go:

tinyurl.com/4ye…qx9
don't keep benchmarking your drive but get AS SSD benchmark tool and run it without running the actual test and it will show you the alignment.

Your drive is in IDE mode @ a guess so the WEI score is lower

alex-is.de/PHP…d=4

download is at top left or click here alex-is.de/PHP…d=9
Thanks I'll take a look at all of this
dontasciime

don't keep benchmarking your drive but get AS SSD benchmark tool and run … don't keep benchmarking your drive but get AS SSD benchmark tool and run it without running the actual test and it will show you the alignment.Your drive is in IDE mode @ a guess so the WEI score is lowerhttp://www.alex-is.de/PHP/fusion/downloads.php?cat_id=4And when I hover over it 'Offset/alignment @ 4k cluster' As you can see I'm pretty noob at this stuff download is at top left or click here http://www.alex-is.de/PHP/fusion/downloads.php?cat_id=4&download_id=9


Ok after installing I got this - I guess my drive is mis-aligned?
http://img251.imageshack.us/img251/771/ssd1.png
Edited by: "mkins99" 29th Apr 2011
did you partition it

or did you clone a copy of w7 back to it via ghost or similar ?

your firmware on drive is quite old as well


if your mobo allows AHCI in bios set the machine to this you will have to install windwos 7 again though (you can get w7 to run in AHCI through a hack when you installed drive as ide but) as you need to align drive you are going to have to install w7 again from a clean install ..


You should put drive back to being 1 partition (if you created partitions) makes it easier, then install windows 7 and just choose format do not recreate partitions via w7 just install
Edited by: "dontasciime" 29th Apr 2011
dontasciime

did you partition itor did you clone a copy of w7 back to it via ghost or … did you partition itor did you clone a copy of w7 back to it via ghost or similar ?your firmware on drive is quite old as well


1) No
2) No
3) Thought I had updated it...
Wow I'm terrible at this
Ok another question - although I don't know AHCI is I can't find if my mobo supports it? Can I find out in BIOS?
mkins99

Ok another question - although I don't know AHCI is I can't find if my … Ok another question - although I don't know AHCI is I can't find if my mobo supports it? Can I find out in BIOS?




in bios look for sata mode ...AHCI/ IDE EMULATED/ PATA


at present you have it set to ide mode/ ide emulated or whatever your BIOS manufacturer calls it

enable ahci if you can and save but if you try and boot into w7 it may lock up
yes ahci is normally next to sata/raid options in bios
Had a look in the BIOS but couldn't find anything. Heres my mobo; foxconnchannel.com/pro…506
thanks for the help
A76ML-K 3.0 this board foxconn site really slow for me
Edited by: "dontasciime" 29th Apr 2011
That's the one.

OnChip SATA TypeThis item is used to set the operating mode of your SATA … OnChip SATA TypeThis item is used to set the operating mode of your SATA ports.Options : [Native IDE]; [RAID]; [AHCI]; [Legacy IDE].[Native IDE] - This confgures the SATA ports to support native IDE mode.[RAID] - When you enable RAID, it means all your SATA drives must also support AHCI.[AHCI] - The Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) specifcation describes the registerlevel interface for a Host Controller for Serial ATA. The specifcation includes a description ofthe hardware/software interface between system software and the host controller hardware.AHCI provides more advanced features including SATA features, but some SATA drives maynot support AHCI, unless they are labeled with AHCI support in its specifcation.If your motherboard supporting AHCI, and you have a SATA device, which also supports AHCI,then you can select IDE option to have fair performance (only PATA, SATA level), or you canselect AHCI to get its best performance.[Legacy IDE] - This confgures the SATA ports to support legacy IDE mode which is running for old Windows system.

Taken from your motherboards manual
Edited by: "dontasciime" 29th Apr 2011
dontasciime

Taken from your motherboards manual


Thanks for all your help - I'll give all this a go tomorrow
found the AHCI mode and I'm about to reinstall windows. Will this align my drive?
the drive should not need aligning if you just install w7 to it as long as you tell w7 not to create partitions ..just format the drive when you choose custom install.

The second w7 goes in run as ssd and see if it says OK or bad

however you may have to get w7 to create a partition to wipe whatever you did last time at install time

ocztechnologyforum.com/wik…TEX
Edited by: "dontasciime" 30th Apr 2011
http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/6419/ssdstate.png
are you using upgrade media
take off any other hdd you have in that machine


use custom install

press shift f10 to get to a type of cmd prompt. (just when w7 is about to pop it's first screen)

then use diskpart eg type diskpart then follow below

list disk


select disk *whichever one

eg type select disk 0 [this has to be your ssd)

then clean

then type create partition primary align=1024

then type select partition 1

then type active

then type format fs=ntfs quick


Then proceed to install windows 7... custom install option and just click next don't even bother using format.



Edited by: "dontasciime" 30th Apr 2011
dcx_badass

Upgrade Media does not exist, All Windows 7 disks are the same, it is … Upgrade Media does not exist, All Windows 7 disks are the same, it is only the key that decides what version is installed.And the ei.cfg on the disk decides which edition, there is no upgrade/full.




the procedure is different to some end users as they upgrade from old op to new and should not be used here in this instance is what I meant


they are not all the same either per say but you can still full install from so called upgrade media when you are not really supposed to be able to. So therefore I was checking user is not upgrading from old instead of using Custom install. This media does still however have Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate locked down to titled Op named on disc. Only when ei.cfg is not present will it offer the above




Edited by: "dontasciime" 30th Apr 2011
Thanks so much for your help! Sorry I'm so incompetent!
I'll do all this tomorrow morning and let you know how I get on
http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/7198/asssdbenchoczvertex2ata.png
Your instructions worked perfectly - I also updated the firmware and it already feels more snappy. I can't thank you enough!
What method did you use to update drive ? out of curiosity . gparted/ or from toolbox as a spare drive or have they now got a toolbox that allows updating firmware on a system disk
I read that doing too many speed tests in succession can damage the SSD so I'm waiting a few hours
I used the OCZ toolbox before the current install, just did it all for me :P
Also is it time to install my new sticker?!
[snip by DBA]

(_;)
BTW it now scores 7.4 in the windows 7 scores (even this they mean nothing )
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