Iv got an aging HTPC which does the job but as an impulse buy, I saw a Crucial MX100 128GB SSD for sale thinking it would help with boot times and general snappiness.
The specs of my system are:
- Intel i3-2100 3.1ghz processor
- ASUS P8H61-M Pro motherboard
- Geforce 210 video card 512mb
- 1 x 4gb Ram
- 550w PSU
- Windows 7 Home Premium
- Replaced OEM SATA 160gb hard drive with SSD
- 320gb hard drive for other media
But as the title suggest I feel that the boot time is either the same or even slower than with the mechanical drive, it does seem to be snappier when in Windows.
I have just taken out the SATA cable from the old hard drive and put it on to the SSD.
A few things that I have done myself by looking on Google
- Set on AHCI mode in the BIOS
- Updated motherboard BIOS to the latest version from ASUS website
- General SSD tips found on the internet
The motherboard has 4 Intel x SATA 3GB connectors and 2 ASmedia x SATA 6GB connectors. The SSD is currently connected to the number 1 SATA port. I can't seem to see where to use the ASmedia connectors as a boot drive, the BIOS does not seem to recognize them as bootable and when I try Windows 7 install it says its unusable. The internet does say that generally ASmedia controllers are not very good.
Would I need a new SATA cable to get better bandwidth?
Am I doing something wrong? Any tips would be much appreciated, thanks.