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#21 OFFLINE   dpeters11

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 05:24 PM

Can someone recommend what they thing the best manufacturer is? I have always been partial to Crucial, but there is no rhyme or reason to it.


Intel's certainly are good, but have not been problem free in the past. Crucial does also make a very good one in the M4.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 05:58 PM

I had to buy 1GB of memory for a SUN UNIX machine in 1991. Cost about $21,000.


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Posted 04 July 2012 - 06:27 PM

I've set up price watches on CamelCamelCamel and CamelEgg for $180 for the 256GB models of the following:
  • OCZ Vertex 4
  • Crucial m4
They seem to be the best models out there, although I am willing to listen to suggestions beyond Intel (too much of a price premium). Of course, some suggestions for some good trayless drive bays would be nice too.

How is the "Out-of-box" install experience for the Linux distros and SSD?
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Posted 04 July 2012 - 07:15 PM

Just be sure to use a fairly recent distro and ext4, which is the default at least for Ubuntu.

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 11:18 PM

I've set up price watches on CamelCamelCamel and CamelEgg for $180 for the 256GB models of the following:

  • OCZ Vertex 4
  • Crucial m4
They seem to be the best models out there, although I am willing to listen to suggestions beyond Intel (too much of a price premium). Of course, some suggestions for some good trayless drive bays would be nice too.

How is the "Out-of-box" install experience for the Linux distros and SSD?


SSD 240 GB/6 Gbps for $179 at Fry's http://www.frys.com/...bmit.y=10&cat=0

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 12:12 AM

I've set up price watches on CamelCamelCamel and CamelEgg for $180 for the 256GB models of the following:

  • OCZ Vertex 4
  • Crucial m4
They seem to be the best models out there, although I am willing to listen to suggestions beyond Intel (too much of a price premium). Of course, some suggestions for some good trayless drive bays would be nice too.

How is the "Out-of-box" install experience for the Linux distros and SSD?


I've heard a few bad things about the OCZ ones. I got a couple of 256GB Crucial M4's for $179 a piece from Amazon about a month ago and they have been great. No problems whatsoever. I'm using them in laptops and it makes a big difference in speed... even the one that is an i7 which was already fast.

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 05:16 AM

I've heard a few bad things about the OCZ ones. I got a couple of 256GB Crucial M4's for $179 a piece from Amazon about a month ago and they have been great. No problems whatsoever. I'm using them in laptops and it makes a big difference in speed... even the one that is an i7 which was already fast.



I am sorry that I missed that deal!

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 07:05 AM

Disagree with holding the grudge, I hold one till it dies then take it to a taxidermy location and have them stuff it then put it on the fireplace mantle to hold it longer


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Posted 07 July 2012 - 07:43 AM

I got a couple of 256GB Crucial M4's for $179 a piece from Amazon about a month ago and they have been great. No problems whatsoever. I'm using them in laptops and it makes a big difference in speed... even the one that is an i7 which was already fast.


I bought 2 of those from Amazon when they had them for that price as well. Also bought a Samsung 830 256GB SSD from Newegg when they had them for $189.99 the last week of June (they are currently $274 though): http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820147164

Prices fluctuate almost daily, and by quite a bit.

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 01:18 PM

Newegg & Buy.com has the Crucial M4 256GB drives on sale for $179.99 today:

http://www.newegg.co..._-20148443-L01C

http://www.buy.com/p.../221150375.html

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 06:09 PM

Amazon is price matching it. I put one on order. In a few months, I'll probably pick up some at a lower price.

Edited by Mark Holtz, 21 July 2012 - 06:17 PM.

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 12:57 PM

So, the drive is on order, and should be arriving Monday or Tuesday. I am just going to migrate an existing Windows 7 64-bit drive to the SSD. I'm using Acronis True Image to back up my drives. I've looked over the instructions from Lifehacker and was wondering.... won't TrueImage do the adjustment when I do the restore from a backup?

Also, I'm thinking that I have to switch my GigaByte GA-EP45-UD3L to ACHI mode in order to better utilize the commands for SSD. Thoughts?

Edited by Mark Holtz, 22 July 2012 - 01:04 PM.

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 01:54 PM

I would use ACHI, at least it handle how-swap for non-system drives.

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 05:14 PM

Here is an article on Enabling AHCI mode AFTER Windows 7 Installation. Also, instructions on determining if your partitions are correctly aligned.

Edited by Mark Holtz, 22 July 2012 - 06:22 PM.

"In many ways, this opera does fulfil my often quoted description of what most operas is about. The tenor is trying to sleep with the soprano, and the baritone is trying to stop them." - Sean Bianco, KXPR At The Opera
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:06 PM

Here is an article on Enabling AHCI mode AFTER Windows 7 Installation. Also, instructions on determining if your partitions are correctly aligned.


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Posted 22 July 2012 - 11:35 PM

I did switch to AHCI in a BIOS before installation - simple and easy way.

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 11:54 PM

I've had two of the Crucial M4 256GB SSDs for about 6 months now. Excellent drives (i'll never buy a hard drive for booting from again). I hear the Samsung 830 is now the top dog. I've been waiting for a deal to get one.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 12:29 AM

I wouldn't exactly group the Intel SSDs into the "affordable" category but I have 2 X25-Vs and a 120GB 520 series and they are great! The benefit of the Intels is their firmware and their software is great as well. Not to mention their speed!

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 04:56 AM

Warning about AHCI: some of the time you can just switch it. In my case because of full-disk encryption, that's not possible.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 01:07 PM

I got the drive today. I am still wrapping my head around the fact as to how SMALL the drive is, considering that I usually deal with the big huge 3.5" drives. I used to think that Spock used 3.5" disks on TOS, now I'm wondering if he was actually using these drives.
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