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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Performance, 31 Oct. 2011
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This review is from: Crucial CT256M4SSD2 256GB M4 SATA III 6Gb/s MLC 2.5 Inch Internal SSD (Personal Computers)
I got this to coincide with my intention to do a fresh install of Windows 7. I had originally upgraded to Windows 7 from Vista. This worked OK but then I upgraded again from Windows 7 32 bit to 64 bit and had all sorts of problems with the PC not seeing all my RAM and it kept crashing. I therefore decided I would buy an SSD and load Windows 7 64 bit onto it as a clean, new installation. Physically installing the SSD was simple with an adaptor tray to make use of a spare 3.5" bay. I disconnected all my SATA HDDs so only the SSD was connected. I connected it to a SATA 3 socket, ensuring I used the correct cable that had been supplied with my motherboard (no cables supplied with the SSD). I put the Windows 7 64 bit disc in a DVD drive, ensured the boot sequence was set to the DVD drive and the Hard drive type was changed from IDE in BIOS, and booted up. The installation began OK but when it asked to choose a drive to install the operating system, there were none present. Clearly the SSD wasn't formatted and there was nothing in the included instructions to suggest this. I therefore connected the HDD with Win 7 still on it, changed the boot sequence and switched on again. The intention being to use Win 7 to format the SDD, however when Win7 booted up it couldn't see the SSD either! I tried all sorts but in the end I temporarily connected the SSD to a SATA 2 socket. Win 7 then saw it so I formatted it, reconnected it to the SATA 3 socket and checked Win 7 could still see it and it could. I then reset the boot sequence, disconnected my old HDD again and booted to the Win 7 disc. This time it saw the SSD and the installation was completed. I've now reconnected all my HDDs and restricted what I've loaded to the SSD to just those applications where I need speed. The PC is running reliably without crashing and it's seeing all 8Mb of RAM. The main observation is the speed of boot up. Overall I'm very pleased with the performance and my only criticism is the lack of information included with the SSD. Crucial seem to assume these drives will only be installed by experts!
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Initial post: 10 Mar 2012 14:08:03 GMT
Vipera says:
Probably due to only having 8MB of RAM!!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2012 15:07:15 GMT
Muds says:
Clearly you don't appreciate that the 32 bit version of Windows 7 can only see 4MB max. even if you have more RAM. My comment about the RAM was to confirm to the reader that the 64 bit version, unlike the 32 bit, saw all 8MB.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2012 20:50:02 BDT
Leigh says:
(Cough)8gb(Cough).

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2012 12:06:09 BDT
Kirk Jewell says:
Me thinks the joke was missed on Muds - however its a decent review thanks for the feedback

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2012 12:07:04 BDT
Jay says:
4 months later and you still believe you have 8MB of RAM lol funny!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2012 15:02:42 BDT
My first 386 had 8mb! Good review by the way
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