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How do I know if my ssd is Working properly?

Hey guys, I installed a new ssd, followed a tutorial on lifehacker website about installing an ssd without reinstalling windows , and I was on a step that told me to format my hdd but windows said I couldn't. Why couldn't I? All I did was backup all my hdd data on an external drive and also clone my hdd to my ssd. I didn't have multiple partitions(just in case that's a relevant fact). What do I do at this point? When I tried to boot from my ssd it was insanely slow. Back to my question: how do I know my ssd is working properly? Thanks
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    You can download CrystalDiskInfo. It's a free app and it will give you a lot of info about your ssd.
  2. +1 on spooky, pay particular attention to your partition offset, and making sure your running in AHCI mode, as these can really affect performance, Crystaldisk will tell you if its all good or not.

    Cheers.
  3. Thanks guys. Gonna try that now.
  4. It says the health status is good but what do I look for to know if anything is not working properly? I have an M4 Crucial
  5. CelicaGT said:
    +1 on spooky, pay particular attention to your partition offset, and making sure your running in AHCI mode, as these can really affect performance, Crystaldisk will tell you if its all good or not.

    Cheers.

    I am running in that mode. Also, what do you mean by partition offset?
  6. If the offset is divisible by 4 (KB) then you are ok, Crystaldisk would flag that otherwise. Simple answer is that because of how SSD's write data if it's not aligned, then the controller has to clear 2 full blocks of data before writing instead of just 1. This cuts your throughput in half and also will reduce the life of the drive. If you formatted with win7 it sets the offset at 1024 MB by default.


    (edit: added link)
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/270102-32-useful-articles-part
  7. The thumb rule is never clone an OS, an OS have to be installed not transferred, by cloning to a sense you did a transfer of OS, and thus giving you all that trouble. Just do a fresh install of OS and everything will be fine.
  8. Cloning works perfect for me. I keep a fully updated version of windows plus a few programs that I use on an HDD. I constantly push the limits with my OC and do things that I probably shouldn't. Anyways I get to the point that I have corrupted the OC beyond repair sometimes. It's all a learning thing. Well I just clone my OC from the HDD back to the SSD and all is well again. Then I load the important data that I have backed up and I am back in business again. Another thing, before cloning, I update windows on the HDD if there are any updates and there usually are some. Cloning saves a lot of time reloading everything from scratch. Windows is always activated too after the cloning. I luv it!

    Cloning like that will not work so flawlessly if you are switching computers or mother boards.
  9. When I bought my 128 GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD I cloned my entire C: drive from my HDD to the SSD. Since then, it has never given me a bit of trouble.

    I just installed Samsung Magician v. 4.3 and enabled "Rapid Mode". Results are posted here: http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1921922/samsung-magician-adds-rapid-mode-840-pro.html

    Based upon these results, I would say that my SSD is running in tip top shape!

    Yogi
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