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Just ordered an SSD, need some input...

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March 20, 2012 11:35:13 PM

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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March 20, 2012 11:43:39 PM

Same thing as installing a HDD.
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March 20, 2012 11:53:16 PM

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.

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March 21, 2012 12:29:30 AM

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.
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March 21, 2012 12:37:15 AM

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.
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March 21, 2012 1:00:45 AM

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?

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March 21, 2012 1:09:46 AM

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/MKNSSDCR120.... 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).
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March 21, 2012 2:00:11 AM

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March 21, 2012 2:00:24 AM

thanks!
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March 21, 2012 2:02:02 AM

anytime :) 
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