SSD Not performing to its potential. Crucial M4 128GB

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  1. alittlemonkish

    alittlemonkish Notebook Consultant

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    Below is an image of what speeds it is currently running. After poking around the internet today I think I can do much better.

    I am hoping someone here might be able to help with the intermittent freezes. I believe it has to do with LPM from what I have read but all the fixes I have read are for the C300.

    I recently made sure TRIM was enabled. I am using a T400 which is probably limiting its speeds but I think it still has tons of room to improve. What else can I do to speed up my SSD while still keeping it reliable?

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    Mobile series 4 Intel chipset, SATA II. That's about as good as it's gonna get. There are a few tweaks that will get you a tad more speed, but most aren't worth the trouble imo. You could try disabling core parking though.

    128GB M4 in my N50 on Windows 8
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    128GB M4 in my G73 on windows 7
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    Same drive for both benchmarks.
     
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    Can anyone here help or walk me through LPM and whether turning it off on my M4 will fix the intermittent freezes? I have read all the registry edits but would feel better understanding what is happening before I trust something written on a forum.
     
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    I can't walk you through it since i haven't run into the intermittent freeze problem myself, but i do believe it'll likely fix the freeze problem. Did you check what the firmware on your M4 was, it should be 000F.
     
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    It says I am running 0309. Last time I checked I was quite certain I was running 000F. Does it sound like I need an update?

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    I would update to 000F. It should solve the issue.

    There isn't much speed lost when using a 128GB M4 in SATA-II, only on sequential reads really.
     
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    Yup, you should upgrade to 000F, you can either do it through a bootable disc or a bootable flash drive. The instructions for each method are available on Crucial's website along with the firmware file of course. I would backup the drive before, the update is non destructive and i've never had a M4 firmware update go bad on me, but better be safe than sorry.

    There is something with pre series 6 Intel laptop chipsets that does give slower random 4K performance on windows 7.
     
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    Firmware has been updated. I guess only time will tell if the intermittent freezing will stop. Thanks again!
     
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    Let us know, if you still get freezes we'll try to help you out. ;)
     
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    Your T400 is newer than my laptop, but I ran into the intermittent pausing w/a Samsung 830 on my T61p. Applying the LPM registry fix only to the affected drive fixed it completely. See http://forum.notebookreview.com/sol...ge/613245-samsung-830-ssd-25.html#post8287055.

    If you're hitting "Device\Ide\iaStor0, did not respond within the timeout period" events in your event log and the timestamps coincide w/when you're hitting intermittent pauses w/the drive light stuck on, then you're hitting it.
     
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