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Intel 320 SSD as sluggish as a regular HDD.

Esteemed Contributor III

I have an Intel 320 300GB SSD. When I installed it (and properly set up the computer to accept the SSD), somethings were fast (boot up and shutdown, opening and closing of apps). However, there was no fast performance for processing things like editing video and photos (and others, too).

I also installed the firmware update, but it made the SSD somewhat slower.

How do I fix this, or do I need to return it for warranty service ?

HP Media Center PC M8125x


Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit)

Nvidia GeForce 7350 LE


Esteemed Contributor III

I am not all that familiar with how pcs handle ssd's, but you may need to activate trim support in windows 7.

Maybe this will help:

What your describing might be a symptom.

Esteemed Contributor III

Have you tried running the SSD Optimizer included in the Intel SSD Toolbox? I believe the HP Media Center PC M8125x utilizes an Intel ICH8 storage controller so it should work.

Do you have benchmarks of before and after to provide objective performance differences?

Video and photo editing are CPU and RAM intensive. A SSD would provide some benefit if the application cache is on the SSD but a better CPU or more RAM would provide much more gains.

Esteemed Contributor III

Did you make sure that your laptop runs in AHCI mode and not IDE?

The other thing you can check of is that your laptop supports 3gb sata 2. If your laptop doesn't support 3 gb sata 2 you might not get the high speed you'd expect.

Even with AHCI and 3gb sata I still don't see the performance advertised under Windows 7.

Also check out these threads:

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Esteemed Contributor III

Make sure that the partition on the SSD is aligned. THIS HAS GREAT POSITIVE IMPACT ON PERFORMANCE! If you don't know what "aligned" means, read on the Internet.