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New SSD Choices Advice Needed
 
DABhand  posted on Jun 12, 2015 11:17:01 AM - Report post

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Oh yeah SSD's run better on AHCI mode.
 
DABhand  posted on Jun 12, 2015 11:23:23 AM - Report post

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ALSO...

You may want to check your SSDs partition alignment..

Grab AOMEI Partition Assistant, and you can optimize it.

When installed, right click on the SSD on the list, goto Advanced > Partition Alignment and select optimized.

Done.

 
kingkob  posted on Jun 12, 2015 11:34:38 AM - Report post

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Good optimization tips but I fail to see the connection between random errors and optimization, and it's not that he always had these errors.(correct me if I'm wrong)
Also and btw most MB's that came out in the last five years automatically configure ssd's in Ahci mode.

[Edited by kingkob, 6/12/2015 12:09:12 PM]

 
ServiusTheBear  posted on Jun 12, 2015 11:56:41 AM - Report post

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Samsung 840!
 
DABhand  posted on Jun 12, 2015 1:15:01 PM - Report post

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quote:
originally posted by kingkob

Good optimization tips but I fail to see the connection between random errors and optimization, and it's not that he always had these errors.(correct me if I'm wrong)
Also and btw most MB's that came out in the last five years automatically configure ssd's in Ahci mode.

[Edited by kingkob, 6/12/2015 12:09:12 PM]

It's not just optimization tips its to keep the SSD healthy for longer.

The errors could be from a bad partition alignment, it could be he has TRIM off which results in loss of data now and again.

Errors doesn't necessarily mean hardware issue, it could be software also.

Since he is going to buy a new one anyway, I give some tips to help prolong his current SSDs use and get the most out of it before he buys a new one.

 
kingkob  posted on Jun 12, 2015 4:01:07 PM - Report post

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Yes that's why I recommended to check it and be sure before jumping ahead and buying new ssd.
Errors due poor optimization are also rare especially in this case since he had no error's for years and they just started.
I'm leaning towards more simple software issues like Win errors or bad drivers/drivers conflict.
More info about the errors would be useful Linesma.
 
linesma  posted on Jun 13, 2015 7:59:15 AM - Report post

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quote:
originally posted by kingkob

Yes that's why I recommended to check it and be sure before jumping ahead and buying new ssd.
Errors due poor optimization are also rare especially in this case since he had no error's for years and they just started.
I'm leaning towards more simple software issues like Win errors or bad drivers/drivers conflict.
More info about the errors would be useful Linesma.

@Kingbob - Sorry for the delay in replying. The drive is "hanging" when the computer boots. What I mean by hanging, is Windows 8.1 fails to fully load on boot, both a cold boot and from hibernate. Windows will boot to the desktop, and then it will fail to load any icons for the desktop and the taskbar. This lack of activity will continue until I reboot the machine. It will do this randomly about 4 out of 10 times when I boot the machine.

To troubleshoot, I first did what I call a clean boot, no programs and no drivers, and it exhibited the same behavior. I then did a roll-back to factory settings, and this behavior continued. Then I did a fresh install and it still would happen. I also ran "memtest" to check for RAM errors and there were none.

I ran the program "HD Tune" and it did not find any errors. I did notice that my "wear usage" was at 57%, if that can mean anything.

Thank you guys for your help and patients with my replies.

 
kingkob  posted on Jun 13, 2015 9:40:21 AM - Report post

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Yup your drive is pretty much about to die, read this:
"If a particular block was programmed and erased repeatedly without writing to any other blocks, that block would wear out before all the other blocks — thereby prematurely ending the life of the SSD. For this reason, SSD controllers use a technique called wear leveling to distribute writes as evenly as possible across all the flash blocks in the SSD.
In a perfect scenario, this would enable every block to be written to its maximum life so they all fail at the same time. Unfortunately, the process to evenly distribute writes requires data previously written and not changing (cold data) to be moved, so that data which are changing more frequently (hot data) can be written into those blocks. Each time data are relocated without being changed by the host system, this increases the write amplification and thus reduces the life of the flash memory. The key is to find an optimum algorithm which maximizes them both."

Question: did you disable the page file on your ssd when you first bought it?

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