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Pros: I initially had problems installing this drive using Windows 7 pro 64bit. I kept getting this message: fine-set-root--ignore--floppies-ignore-cd/bootmgr: error 15: file not found. I could not get passed that. I almost returned it and even had a RMA. I was surprised since I have a fairly upate to date i7 ivy biostar motherboard. After some experimentation and discussions with tech support, I came to the conclusion that the problem was my Windows 7 pro 64bit original restore disc because I had no problem installing using a retail disc that had Windows 7 service pack 1. However, the problem was eventually, solved by updating the firmware to MU03. I then reinstalled my Windows 7 restore disc without SP1 and it installed without any problems.
Cons: I decided to give it 4 stars, even though, eventually I got it working fine so far with the firmware but Crucial should not have put this out to market like that. I didn't have any problems with Windows 7 without SP1 on other SSD drives. I have already purchased about 4 so far and this is the only one requiring a firmware update.
Other Thoughts: Nice fast drive. I thought the price was decent for a 480gb SSD drive. 240gb gets to be a little thin these days. It's nice to have more room. These SSD drives are amazing. I put one in a Dell GX280 SSF 2.8ghz HT and it runs Windows 8.1 32bit like a champ. Much better than Windows XP. Windows 8.1 may be clunky but a SSD drives brings back life to this ole computer. I did it out of curiosity and now use the computer as a backup computer.READ FULL REVIEW
Cons: This drive is not getting a lot of good reviews and I can see why. I had such serious lags in copying files to it. and general operations. It took forever to copy a file to it. I'm talking about 4 gigs taking forever. I finally realized that there is something wrong with this drive. I put an older Sata II 5900rpm drive in it and it copied large files very quickly. I have a computer with an i7 processor and a sata 3 port.. I even tried different ports and cables. It was returned. This is a 7200rpm drive with sata 3. It should fly. compared to a the other drive. I am not taking a chance on another one.
Other Thoughts: As usual, NewEgg makes the RMA process painless and easy; so it makes you want to return to NewEggREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: I have been through 3 NEC USB 3 cards which did not work very well for me. It would just stop in midstream, losing my transfers. I'm not bashing NEC, which worked very well in USB 2. So I don't know whose fault: manufacture or NEC. Koutech also makes a NEC USB 3 chipset pci-e card. This TI [Texas Instrument] chipset works consistently to the end of large gigabyte transfers. It was recommended to me. I wanted to try USB3 because I have been very annoyed with eSata ports and cables not being very sturdy and easily coming loose. So far USB 3 seems to keep pace with my eSata adapters and drives. Of course, you are always limited to the drive, even though it may be sata 3 with USB3. Probably only SSD drives would come close to the speed USB 3 promises. I'm presently only getting speeds twice as fast.
Cons: No cons. Great card.READ FULL REVIEW