SSD performance

Started Mar 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
Tareq Abdulla
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Re: Update Everything (BIOS Firmware, chipset drivers, etc.)....
In reply to Jim Cockfield, Apr 3, 2013

Jim Cockfield wrote:

Plug in your Service Tag number here:

http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19/Product/inspiron-15r-n5110

By plugging in your specific machine's service tag number, you can see the updates that are specific to your machine (not just that particular model, as there are some differences in how Dell equips the 15R, like the video chipset used, etc.).

Then, install all updates Dell has available for it (expand *every* category), so that you get not only the drivers, but firmware updates (BIOS, etc.).

After everything is updated, check Microsoft updates for it (as they may have some newer drivers available).  Just click on your start menu and type in Windows Update and click on the result that comes up.  Then, on the next screen, you'll see a choice on the left side to Check for Updates.  Click on it and it will find available updates and let you install them.

Then, go to this URL (after you make sure you've installed all updates from Dell and Microsoft, and update anything Intel related.  It can scan your system and provide available updates.

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Default.aspx?lang=eng

For example, I see newer Intel Storage System updates are available for your chipset than Dell has on their download site for your model.  But, I'd make sure to apply the Dell updates first (for example, the latest BIOS Firmware update from Dell), to increase compatibility with the latest Intel updates.

Then, make sure your BIOS is setup for fast boot.  If you go into your BIOS setup (F2 during bootup with Dell models), it's probably the very first setting you'll see in the Advanced Menu (it is on multiple Dell machines I have, including the newest Dell Netbook I have with an Intel Chipset in it).  That way (Fast Boot Enabled), it skips some of the steps it performs like memory tests, looking for new drives, etc.), and speeds up bootup time.

Then, see what you get for startup time.

If you don't see a significant improvement after making sure everything is updated (and I suspect you will), then we can try manually changing the SATA drivers from Microsoft to Intel (as the latest Intel drivers support AHCI OK, and they may allow faster bootup compared to the MS drivers).

But, I'd do that much first and see what you get.

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I tried all that, didn't work, the boot time is fast but never so blazing fast as i want or it should be maybe, i can't keep trying the updates forever when there no any more updates to use and still no improvements, i think then it is not with the updates and firmware and software keys, i have to test this SSD on different machines specifications and see what is the main factor it plays on the speed/performance of that SSD.

I checked one laptop in a big store that the only one has SSD and the boot time was similar or same as mine and never closer to the video clips i saw, the laptop model is newer than mine [mine is maybe 2010 or 2011] but not i7, so i will take mine and test it on another laptop on a shop and see if i can find a laptop can give me highest or better performance with it over mine.

By the way, even with all the updates, my BIOS never has a "Fast Boot" option, so i think my laptop model is not designed for newer higher technology if available, i will check another laptops for that point and see.

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