05-08-2013 09:54 AM - edited 05-09-2013 01:18 AM
Hi I am experiencing issues with my 256gb Crucial M4 thats only a few months old. My drives performance seems to have greatly decreased in windows and in other applications.
My boot time use to be around 10-15 seconds and now takes 40-50 seconds to fully boot.
Overall everything feels really sluggish compaired to how it did a few months ago and I am not sure what is causing it?
*Asus Maximus V Z77 -BIOS v1707)
*G.Skill Trident X 16gb
*GTX 680 Twin Frozr iii
*1xCrucial M4 256GB -Boot drive)
*1xCrucial M4 128GB
*1xWD Caviar black 2TB
*1xSpinpoint f1 1TB
*Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
I am using firmware version 040H for both of my SSDs as my drives are not detected when using version 070H.
Also the drives are configured as AHCI in BIOS and I am using Intel RST.
Any help/advice on things to try would be appreciated thanks...
05-08-2013 04:01 PM
Perhaps you have a problem with TRIM?
Or maybe not correct alignment, although the windows 8 installer should have taken care of that.
Info on TRIMcheck here:
SSD Tool - free space trimmer:
Can you post your SMART data?
05-08-2013 04:16 PM
The drive speeds look fine to me. Could be a software problem rather than the drive. Try running malware and virus scans and disabling unneeded startup entries in task manager.
05-08-2013 05:09 PM - edited 05-08-2013 05:21 PM
I should have mentioned that TRIM is definitely functioning correctly, I have tested this using a tool called "trimcheck".
I also gave that "free space trimmer" you linked a try but have had no improvements
As you requested
05-08-2013 05:18 PM - edited 05-08-2013 05:22 PM
I update and run malware/virus scans daily and can confidently say my system is clean.
I dont have many programs running at startup, however I did disable all startup entries to see if any programs where causing this issue at boot and unfortunately noticed no boot speed increase.
05-08-2013 10:19 PM
What is drive G:? Could you post SMART data of this drive? Could you disconnect it and check if that would improve yoour system performance?
05-09-2013 01:14 AM - edited 05-09-2013 01:20 AM
Drive G: is an old Samsung spinpoint f1 that is being used as a second/other storage backup after my WD caviar black.
I have tried disconnecting all other drives and left my boot drive connected, but this made no difference to performance.
05-09-2013 03:27 AM
The SSD is performing fine in your benchmark and shows no errors in the SMART data. The problem is not likley to be your SSD.
If the slowdown happened recently, perhaps a system restore will help.
Failing that, is there anything in event viewer? Have a look at this guide: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/window-on-windows
05-12-2013 10:52 AM - edited 05-12-2013 10:52 AM
Sorry for the delay I was away over the weekened.
Anyway I have had the issue for over a month and I dont have a restore point that far back
I will try varous things to see whats causing this issue. Also a complete wipe of the drive is something I would rather avoid, unless it's a last resort.
Thanks... any further help or suggestions would be very much appreciated.
05-12-2013 02:56 PM
I'm not sure what to suggest at this point other than a Windows re-install.
Maybe someone else has other ideas?