I’ve just purchased a SanDisk Extreme 120GB SSD for my EVGA 780i motherboard, which is limited to SATA II and doesn’t have all the features to play nice with a SSD. MY QUESTION: would it be better for me to replace my dial-up modem card (which I neveer used) with a dedicated hard disk controller for the SSD so, for example, I could get SATA III, TRIM, and some of the other SDD benifits?
_ PROBLEM ALMOST SOLVED: _
- Researched SATA III plug-in controllers and concluded that I would get no performance boost with my eVGA 780i MB running SATA II.
- Had a fifth disk drive I wasn’t using, so I unplugged drive G and replaced it with the SSD.
- During boot-up the SSD was recognized.
- Used the disk tools to assign drive “G” to the SSD and format it.
- Used Acronis True Image to copy the “C” image to “G” (SSD).
- Rebooted, but during reboot, entered into BIOS setup and reassigned the boot drive as “G” instead of “C”
- System booted with no problem
- Ran Windows Experience Index; primary hard disk transfer rate improved from 5.9 to 7.0
What’s left: the Thermaltake 3.5" HDD converter bracket for SSD/2.5" will not fit in my CoolerMaster disk drawers; must find another adapter.
Will post another thread on that subject.