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I'm Not Achieving the Benchmark Speeds I Expected

Performance can vary depending on hardware, software, and other system configurations.  The simple steps below will ensure your SSD is configured correctly:

  1. Check what SATA speed the motherboard supports (SATA-I, SATA-II or SATA-III), as this will limit the potential speed of the SSD. SATA I supports only 100-120 Megabytes per second and SATA-II supports only 250-270 MB/sec in most real-world testing
  2. Ensure the system is set to run in AHCI mode and the latest AHCI drivers are installed
  3. If the system is a desktop, try using a different SATA  port and SATA cable
  4. Ensure the latest firmware is installed on the SSD.  The firmware updates can be found here
  5. Ensure the partition on the drive is aligned correctly. If the drive was cloned, we suggest a fresh install of the operating system
  6. Disable drive indexing and defrag
  7. Update system BIOS, chipset drivers, and SATA controller drivers

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