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Windows 7: SSD Hard Drive and TRIM


14 Dec 2011   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

I'd rather have a drive with a sandforce driver than a marvel. I heard no end of bad things about marvel drives when it came to getting my SSD, as well as ocz's drives had their own issues. That's why I went for corsair.

I have since bought an ocz drive for my macbook, and had no issue at all with that wither

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14 Dec 2011   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I love the sandforce controllers on paper, but when it comes to failures, issues, problems, etc....there is certainly a lot more sandforce issues than anything else. Perhaps it's only because there are so many sandforce controllers sold...but either way....it concerns me.

My Intel might not be tops on the benchmark charts, and is always behind a sandforce controller, but it terms of reliability and overall return rate...I think the Intel is very hard to beat.
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14 Dec 2011   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I have only two Gen1 80GB Intels that are quite old. But they never gave me any problems. But the last one I bought was a Crucial M4 because the reviews were so good.
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14 Dec 2011   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
My Intel might not be tops on the benchmark charts, and is always behind a sandforce controller, but it terms of reliability and overall return rate...I think the Intel is very hard to beat.

Agreed.
They just work as advertised without needing any special attention or maintenence, even over the long term.


I have a 320 series 80Gb and a X25 40GB Intel SSD, and am very happy with them.
IMO, when it comes to a SSD, stability and Durability wins over outright speed.


That 80 320 series Intel is a very good drive. I would certainly recommend it.
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14 Dec 2011   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

all all my SSD's ive just shoved in and installed windows no attention needed!
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14 Dec 2011   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
all all my SSD's ive just shoved in and installed windows no attention needed!
True, same here.
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14 Dec 2011   #17

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

I have an Intel X25, a vertex2 and 2 crucial M4s. If I buy another it would be the crucial M4. You can't beat them for the price and what they do. I've had to RMA the Vertex and the Intel but never had a problem with the Crucials. Whatever you decide, go to someplace like newegg and read the feedback on the ones you are considering. It will help you make a more informed decision.
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14 Dec 2011   #18

 
 

I have to sit back and chuckle when I see discussions over SSD performance. I don't recall these discussions for different speeds of RAM.

I agree that, for me, reliability trumps performance. I won't be video editing or doing anything that requires a 6 GB/s channel. Hence, if I go SSD, Intel 320 it will be.
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14 Dec 2011   #19

Windows 7 64 bit SP1
 
 

m4 here too - great drive, very reliable, no issues and very fast. I would stay away from the Sandforce. I have an earlier model Sandforce too and its write performance isn't very good because of write-throttling these controllers do, let alone all the issues with the latest Sandforce controller.

As mentioned, configure the BIOS for AHCI mode and format it with Windows 7 and it will automatically be properly aligned and TRIM enabled.
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14 Dec 2011   #20
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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format it with Windows 7 and it will automatically be properly aligned
Are you sure of that?
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