MyDigitalSSD mSATA SSD 64GB Very Bad Performance - Update: FIXED w/ FW 030

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  1. crisoto

    crisoto Newbie

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    Hi all,

    I just got a MyDigitalSSD mSATA SSD 64GB for my new Lenovo Thinkpad T520 and I'm finding the write performance to be very bad. I read through the other threads here regarding this SSD and I installed Intel Rapid Storage Technology and made sure that I have the latest firmware. I did a clean install of Windows on the SSD from the Lenovo recovery disks. But I still have very bad write performance, and I don't notice any "real-life" speed-up that SSDs are supposed to give compared to the HDD.

    Below are my CrystalDiskMark results. As you can see, Read is OK, but Write is really bad for an SSD. This is much slower than what I see other people reporting on this same SSD (http://forum.notebookreview.com/solid-state-drives-ssds-flash-storage/579322-mydigitalssd-msata-ssd-64gb-x220.html). I actually see that some people are complaining about the same issue lately (http://forum.notebookreview.com/solid-state-drives-ssds-flash-storage/599675-mydigitalssd-bullet-proof-128gb-msata-review-16.html#post8271704).

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    Does anyone have any ideas what the problem may be? Anything else I could try to fix this?

    Thanks!
     
  2. JOSEA

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  3. crisoto

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    Yes, BIOS is set to AHCI and I checked and made sure that the SSD partition is aligned correctly. I don't have an unallocated partition on the drive, but I do have 35% of free space. But even without the unallocated partition, this SSD should not have such an abysmally bad performance as I'm seeing. There must be something else going on...

    Any other ideas?

    Thanks!
     
  4. elbigarino

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    I had the same problem. Write speeds were horrific, especially the 4k writes. I wrote to MyDigital and they were happy to RMA it.
     
  5. crisoto

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    elbigarino, did you get a replacement of the same drive? Is that one performing better? Or did you just return it or exchange it for another SSD?

    Thanks!
     
  6. elbigarino

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    I actually just sent the bad drive out in the mail today. I'm going to give the replacement a shot and we'll see how that goes.

    BTW, this is what I was getting for scores:
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  7. crisoto

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    OK, thanks. Reading around in different forums, I'm finding that many people are complaining about the very low write performance of this SSD lately (for example Y560P with MyDigitalSSD 64gb mSATA SSD - Lenovo Community, http://forum.notebookreview.com/solid-state-drives-ssds-flash-storage/579322-mydigitalssd-msata-ssd-64gb-x220-7.html#post8291337, install mSATA drivers on X220 - Lenovo Community). So I would suggest everyone to stay away from this SSD until it is confirmed that it is not a widespread problem or that it can be fixed in some way.

    If no one has any other ideas on this, I guess I may have to RMA this drive as well...
     
  8. elbigarino

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    I originally thought that it was misaligned (it was, btw). I used Gparted to get it all proper-like and the write speeds were still garbage. The address that I sent it to is literally 40 minutes from my house so I should receive my replacement soon. I'll update when I re-install.
     
  9. wildcard36qs

    wildcard36qs Notebook Consultant

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    Yea, mine has been bad as well. I know they recently switched over to 28nm I think? That may be the issue. I dunno. Mine isn't as bad as yours in benchmarks, but it is horrible in real performance. Any kind of writing brings the system to a halt. I have to wait for the writing to be finished before I can move on. And it is not any snappier than my 5400rpm HDD. Really regretting this purchase. I contacted them and hopefully will get a replacement or refund.
     
  10. crisoto

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    Well, I contacted MyDigitalDiscount and they told me to contact their "Technical specialist". I wrote him about this problem and that several other people have this issue with their 64GB mSATA SSD. I'm waiting for an answer.

    Those of you who got a replacement, please share if your replacement doesn't have this issue any more.

    Thanks!
     
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