Horribly slow SSD drive - brand new install
Posted on 2008-10-09
I am asking this here in hopes that someone can help me. I did my research ahead of time & looking at the speeds etc, I settled on buying a Patriot Warp 2 128gb SSD drive. I originally did a mirror of my existing drive & was dumb-founded at how slow & non-responsive it was. So, I did a factory restore using the Lenovo provided XP discs for my brand new x200 laptop. The boot up time is incredibly fast...but, the second I launch anything, it slows down so much that I think I could boot dos off a floppy disk and be more productive! Literallly every few minutes, I will click on the start menu or something & wait 30-60 seconds for it just to respond. I have downloaded all of the latest drivers from Lenovo's website & have seen no improvements. I have tried a few of the things that I have read on-line & nothing seems to help.
That said, I am VERY dependent upon Outlook 2007 & its indexing features, so I am wondering if the index is what is killing me. The disc activity laptop is ALWAYS on, so that's where the slowness is coming from.
I am literally shocked that a drive that performs like this can really be released, so I am wondering what I could be doing wrong. (I did a fresh install on my T60p with this drive too & experienced the same horrible slowness) I would say that my productivity would be cut in more than half if I kept using this drive. Fortunately I have a 130 dollar Western Digital Scorpio Black drive with a mirror image, so I can always roll back, but NewEgg offers no return on the 500 dollar SSD drive, so I would like to get my monies out of it. (primarily since I am very hard on hard drives, moving around etc, so that was the main reason to get an SSD)
Please let me know if you have any tips or tricks - as I mentioned, it is an x200 from Lenovo, so maybe someone knows of a chipset driver that would work with the Intel ICH9M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller.
2.4ghz Intel P8600 processor
Windows XP Pro, SP3 (could SP3 be the issue?)
Thanks for your help!