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Donnie J.

Donnie J.

Joined on 03/22/03

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The best upgrade I've ever done

Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1
Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1

Pros: Boot to Windows 7 x64 desktop in 10 sec. Near instant level loads in all the games i play. BC2, L4D2, STO I only have SATA2 on my mobo. My benchmarks as follows: CrystalDiskMark 2.2 Seq. Read 277 Seq. Write 141 512K Read 265 512K Write 142.4 4k Read 31.46 4k Write 71.2 SSD Bench Access time Read .133 MS Write .714 300MB/s is the max sata2 can handle and after signaling overhead my read speeds are as fast as your gonna get on sata2. This drive will do 355 read on a SATA3/6 controller but at this point i don't think i need it. I do not have another drive i can write to at that speed nor a network link that does more than 1 Gb/s.

Cons: I only have SATA2 on my motherboard and do not want to install a SATA3/6 controller card. Besides the PCI Express bandwidth would limit it to 5gbps after overhead anyway and thats the limit for 1 drive. Add another drive to the card and its pointless. Will wait for my next mobo upgrade so i can avoid the bottleneck and potential headache.

Overall Review: To JADabandon and everyone else having some performance issues: ITS NOT THE DRIVE, CHECK YOUR PARTITION ALIGNMENT! Acronis has issues with this so be careful and do your research before doing a clone to a SSD. You can clone your drive and get correct alignment for free using win7 pro built-in tools and 1 other free tool. Use this as a guide it will explain everything. http://sonic-media.dk/?p=103 No lag issues here. I DID LEAVE MY PAGEFILE ON THIS DRIVE! Your asking for hicups if you disable or move it to a spindle drive. The whole pagefile issue destroying your drive was played to death because of first gen SSD's. Unless you plan on keeping this drive for 15 years then its not gonna be an issue. Before the flames come in please look this up for yourself. Modern NAND's have a far longer life. anandtech has great articles on this. Good luck!

Great drive!

Western Digital Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Quiet and fast. One of the best traditional drives out there. 105 MB/s seq. read and write. Around 9 ms access time. Haven't had it that long so i can't speak to how reliable it is. Just recently purchased a c300 so this is serving me well as an external backup drive. When i did use it for my OS it served me well.

Cons: None so far

Fast, quite, Great drive

Western Digital Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Great specs across the board. One of the best performing 1TB 7200RPM drives out there.

Cons: None so far. Bought this one to replace what i thought was a dead seagate drive until i found i firmware update to fix it.

Overall Review: This was my system drive before i made the move to SSD. It still serves me well as an external drive.

Worked great for my C300 SSD

ICY DOCK 2.5" to 3.5" Bay SATA HDD & SSD Converter / Mounting Kit /Bracket - EZConvert MB882SP-1S-1B
ICY DOCK 2.5" to 3.5" Bay SATA HDD & SSD Converter / Mounting Kit /Bracket - EZConvert MB882SP-1S-1B

Pros: Simple, effective, solid construction. Does what it does well. Fit in my hard drive cage just like it was a regular 3.5 inch drive

Cons: None

The best upgrade I've ever done

Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1
Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1

Pros: Boot to Windows 7 x64 desktop in 10 sec. Near instant level loads in all the games i play. BC2, L4D2, STO I only have SATA2 on my mobo. My benchmarks as follows: CrystalDiskMark 2.2 Seq. Read 277 Seq. Write 141 512K Read 265 512K Write 142.4 4k Read 31.46 4k Write 71.2 SSD Bench Access time Read .133 MS Write .714 300MB/s is the max sata2 can handle and after signaling overhead my read speeds are as fast as your gonna get on sata2. This drive will do 355 read on a SATA3/6 controller but at this point i don't think i need it. I do not have another drive i can write to at that speed nor a network link that does more than 1 Gb/s.

Cons: I only have SATA2 on my motherboard and do not want to install a SATA3/6 controller card. Besides the PCI Express bandwidth would limit it to 5gbps after overhead anyway and thats the limit for 1 drive. Add another drive to the card and its pointless. Will wait for my next mobo upgrade so i can avoid the bottleneck and potential headache.

Overall Review: To JADabandon and everyone else having some performance issues: ITS NOT THE DRIVE, CHECK YOUR PARTITION ALIGNMENT! Acronis has issues with this so be careful and do your research before doing a clone to a SSD. You can clone your drive and get correct alignment for free using win7 pro built-in tools and 1 other free tool. Use this as a guide it will explain everything. http://sonic-media.dk/?p=103 No lag issues here. I DID LEAVE MY PAGEFILE ON THIS DRIVE! Your asking for hicups if you disable or move it to a spindle drive. The whole pagefile issue destroying your drive was played to death because of first gen SSD's. Unless you plan on keeping this drive for 15 years then its not gonna be an issue. Before the flames come in please look this up for yourself. Modern NAND's have a far longer life. anandtech has great articles on this. Good luck!