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Just bought an M4 and my motherboard is SATA2 only

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July 2, 2012 7:40:09 AM

Hello there,

Yesterday I placed an order for a 64GB Crucial M4 SSD.
The SSD is SATA3 but it's also compatible with SATA2, and I wonder if I'm gonna notice a significant difference in "real world usage"?
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July 2, 2012 12:13:58 PM

Only if you also have another system with the same SSD connected to a SATA 3 controller.
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July 2, 2012 12:19:02 PM

I see what you mean.

My old iPod touch's screen looked stunning, and then came the Retina display.

Well, I guess switching from HDD to SSD is a huge improvement in any case, right?
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July 2, 2012 12:33:03 PM

Absolutely.
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July 2, 2012 12:38:48 PM

This is kind of funny actually because I did the same thing a few months ago. All I can say is that this thing is still pretty fast and light years ahead of an HDD. But I mainly bought one because their so reliable (NEVER buying OCZ again!).

F.Y.I. the write speeds are largely unaffected by SATA II on this drive.
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July 2, 2012 1:37:29 PM

whooleo said:

F.Y.I. the write speeds are largely unaffected by SATA II on this drive.


Because its write speed is not that fast (for an SSD) to begin with?

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July 2, 2012 2:51:40 PM

yonyz said:
Because its write speed is not that fast (for an SSD) to begin with?

SATA 3 helps with the faster sequential read transfer rate. According to http://www.anandtech.com/show/4253/the-crucial-m4-micro..., the sequential write transfer rate of the 64GB version is up to 95MB/s. Larger SSDs are significantly faster.
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July 2, 2012 2:55:02 PM

Does that mean that I can actually copy-paste files at up to 95MB/s?
Cause with my HDD I only get 30MB/s at most.
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July 2, 2012 2:58:51 PM

If you'll be reading from and writing to the same SSD. it will be much faster than a hard disk, but it probably won't reach 95MB/s. Is copy-paste files the sole purpose of getting an SSD?
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July 2, 2012 3:02:43 PM

No, it's not the purpose at all.
I bought an SSD not because I need specifically an SSD, but because I needed another hard disk, and not for the extra GBs.

I currently have 2 operating systems installed on my HDD, both of which are Mac OS X Lion.

I would like to install Windows 7 for video games but I can't have another partition of a different scheme on that HDD, so I'll move both current OSs to the SSD and install Windows on the current HDD.

The cheapest HDD I found is 300 shekels (160GB) and the M4 64GB is 380 shekels, so I figured it's time to upgrade.
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July 2, 2012 5:30:46 PM

The write speeds have actually improved with the latest firmware. I've recorded up to 110MB/s in real use.
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July 2, 2012 5:40:32 PM

That's utterly awesome. :) 
If only I could make the delivery faster. :D 
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July 9, 2012 4:46:33 AM

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