I have a Crucial M4 SSD and currently only GTA IV is installed on it. I wanted to get faster loading times and faster texture loading. However, I am experiencing the opposite. When me and my friend play the game together through LAN, his HDD loads his game 4X as fast! Even my HDD loads faster than my SSD. What is going on? The SSD is so much slower, it seriously adds 4X as much loading. The only reason I keep the game on the SSD is that it does load textures and keeps them loaded much better than the HDD. The slow loading is not only during the game start up either. Starting multiplayer, re-spawning after dieing, and exiting multiplayer all take 4X as long. Any help would be much appreciated, I feel as if I bought a dud.
The SSD is in a SATA III port running in AHCI mode with TRIM activated.
No, each port has its own separate bandwidth, so there's no conflict there.
Did you do a fresh O/S install, or did you clone or image your O/S?
If you installed your O/S from a clone or image it's possible that your O/S is not aligned properly.
This brings up an interesting idea. I copied all the files for GTA IV from my back-up external HDD because I do a lot of modding, do you think this is the issue? Should i rather install the game directly to the SSD and then patch it up and mod it? Would it be OK to install the game, and then replace what I have modded via copy and paste from the HDD? Also, the last question, does My Documents need to be in the SSD so it can load my save files faster? Thanks