Hopefully this is a simple question to answer. Perhaps someone that has a SATA III drive in their machine can confirm it's fully compatible?
I can confirm that M18x is the only laptop currently shipping that is supposed to support SATA III.
Thanks for the response Chris, although your use of the word "supposed" is a little concerning! I just checked the manual on the Dell site and have found the following which contradicts what you have said
The manual is available here:
Any thoughts on this Chris? Should I assume that I can use a Sata 3 SSD in my machine? Don't want to shell out for an expensive drive if I can't utilise it.
You can use it but there is a known documented issue with using Port 0 - sometimes it runs sata III other times not. If you use Port 1 and you arent on bios A09 it runs SATA III speeds all the time - Dell Really need to address this issue.
I'm running BIOS A08 so on Port 1 it should run SATA III at all times.
With regards the installation, is the following correct: At the moment I have 2 HDD. I plan to remove the 2nd drive and replace with the SSD and then clone the 1st HDD onto the SSD. Then I will replace the 1st HDD with the newly cloned SSD and reinsert the 2nd HDD leaving me with the SSD with the OS on and the 2nd HDD with my documents on.
(1) How does one clone a drive? Will OCZ provide software with the drive to achieve this?
(2) Since I want the SSD on Port1 to get the max speed will simply swapping the drives round still leave me with a bootable system.
(3) Additionally, since this is a laptop that I use for work I need to minimise downtime, therefore if I run into problems with the SSD installation can I simply put the HDD back in and everything will be back to how it was before I started messing with the SSD?
(4) I've read something about different HDD settings in the BIOS (IDE, AHCI, something like that). Can I just amend this as appropriate and the cloned OS will work OK? Or does the OS need to be installed with the BIOS settings?
I installed 2 SSD 512gb SAMSUNG 830 in Raid 1 in a M17x R3 full options bought 15 days ago:
I got during WIN 7 x64 installation little crackling noises in the speakers.
After complete install; specialy audio driver; they were still there.
I unplugged 1 drive: OK, no noise
i switched to the other one: OK, no noise
reinstalled both together: noise again...specificaly during software installation or files migration.
I decided to order 2 VERTEX 3.
the installation of the Raid 1 was fantastic! no noise any more.
BUT after 2 hours i got a message from Intel RST: volume raid 1 degraded...
Unplug the SSD 1, restart with the degraded volume.
Put back the disk, rebuilt, OK
3 hours later volume crashed AGAIN.
I had 5 AlienWare in my life. I never had this kind of INTEL problem.
The worse is Intel has no solution to fix this issue. The ports 0 & 1 has no capacity to manage SATA III in the same time.
I spent $3185 for this laptop. And nobody knows how to fix a Raid 1 or a Sata III installation.
come on Intel ! wake up.
The M18X supports Sata III...................M17x DOES NOT support Sata III.............Chris is correct as he stated ONLY the M18X supports Sata III
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