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Just ordered an SSD, need some input...

I have never installed an SSD before, just ordered an SSD for a friends computer (which I built for him).
The SSD is: Mushkin Enhanced Cronos 120GB Sata III.

Anything that I should know before hand?
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  1. If your SSD does not come with it, you will prob need a bracket that converts a normal 3.5" Drive to a 2.5" drive. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817812011 is one designed to work with the SSD you purchased.
  2. Same thing as installing a HDD.
  3. drwho1 said:
    Anything that I should know before hand?


    The SATA port that you will connect the SSD to should be in AHCI mode for maximum performance.
  4. I think it includes a 3.5 adapter, so it should fit into a hard drive bay.
    AHCI... setup in the Bios?

    I heard that some SSD's need some kind of upgrade, I'm trying to find out before I get it.

    This will be replacing his boot drive.
    I also heard that is best to do a clean install rather than just transfer the OS and main programs, is this true?

    I'm right now backing some of his "most important" files, documents etc...

    I also need to wipe that hard drive clean.
  5. Correct AHCI is set up in the bios. Do a clean install. you may need to do a firmware update on the SSD itself to ensure maximum performance.
  6. kelthic said:
    Correct AHCI is set up in the bios. Do a clean install. you may need to do a firmware update on the SSD itself to ensure maximum performance.


    How do I know if I need a firmware update?
  7. Best answer
    Find the exact drive on: http://www.mushkin.com/Digital-Storage/SSDs.aspx. The ssds that have available updates have a section labeled firmware updates, such as the one on: http://www.mushkin.com/Digital-Storage/SSDs/MKNSSDCR120GB-DX.aspx. There is a green link. It looks like the Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe 120GB does have an updated but the Mushkin Enhanced Chronos does not (no deluxe in name).
  8. Best answer selected by drwho1.
  9. thanks!
  10. anytime :)
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