Samsung 830 – GPT Partitioning incompatible?

Hello

I recently had some problems with my previous purchase of an OCZ Vertex 3 and got an RMA, and I'm now looking for a new SSD for my new set-up.

Based on my own recent experience with OCZ and reading other general complaints my confidence in OCZ has dropped and I have decided to now look at getting either the Crucial M4 or Samsung 830 (256GB).

However I have read on one forum that the Samsung 830 is incompatible setting up as a GPT partition with an UEFI install. Can anyone confirm if there are any known issues with Samsung? I would have thought any SSD would have been compatible with GPT partitioning.
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  1. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't GPT tables not really neccessary unless using really big drives? What would be the goal on an SSD?

    http://www.windowsnetworking.com/kbase/WindowsTips/WindowsVista/AdminTips/Misc/WhentouseGPTdisks.html

    Also, as for SSD reliability, it's not something that needs worrying about:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-reliability-failure-rate,2923.html

    Recall that OCZ sells -a lot- of SSDs, so naturally they are going to report the highest return/failure rates.

    Of course I can't speak against your experience.

    I've had good luck with Mushkin products; their RAM has a crazy-low failure rate, which seems to be the explanation for their 10-20% price premium.

    Mushkin Enhanced makes a Callisto and Chronos series drives which seem to be priced competitively on Newegg.
  2. Well on my new mobo (Asus P9X79 Pro) initially it installed via UEFI automatically thus creating a GPT partition (was on the aforementioned Vertex 3 I had problems with). As this was my first new build in several years and somewhat ignorant on what UEFI was I have had to do some homework.

    But I guess you’re advising if the drive is less than 2TB (which it is or will be) then I should only install in a non-UEFI installation. However I thought there were other technical merits by UEFI other than just removing the 2TB hard-drive partition limit.
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