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Solved: Crucial M550 Compatability Question...

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Sithtiger, Jan 6, 2015.

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  1. Sithtiger

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    I plan on doing a full upgrade and all at once, except one part. I'll be getting the Crucial M550 SSD for my B-day, which happens to be today. Anyway, I was wondering if it's compatible with my existing mobo. I have an MSI Z77A-G45. Sandra says my BIOS or UEFI has v2.2B3 installed.

    Will it work with my mobo and if so do I need to update my BIOS/UEFI. One last question. How do I setup the SSD? I plan on booting off of it. I'm going to get the 256GB variant, so I'll load Win 7 and a few games I play the most. I'd clone the drive, but my C: drive currently takes up more room than 256GB, so I'll have to do a clean install.

    Is it as easy as normally setting up a HDD or is there something more I need to do. Thanks!
     
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    disconnect the hdd, connect the ssd.........set mode to ahci in the bios.......set 1st boot to dvd,pop in windows disc thats it
    your mobo has 2 x SATA 6Gb/s ports.....so u are good

    do I need to update my BIOS/UEFI. ...............no
     
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    Thanks, I think I might have it set up to IDE in the UEFI/BIOS. Looks like I'm going to be reformatting anyway. I had an odd thing happen a couple months ago. My PC would suddenly get really slow when playing games. I was O/Cing at the time, so I thought that was it. It still happened when I reset everything back to factory settings. I found out it was my HDD causing the problem.

    Anyway. I believe I had it set to AHCI or IDE....can't recall. Anyway I formatted my HDD, because I was thinking a reformat might fix the issue since I hadn't done so in about 3 years. So I couldn't get the UEFI to recognize my HDD. I had to set it either to ACHI or IDE. As I said, I can't recall. It might had something to do with I had a dual installation of Win7 and Ubuntu. At any rate, I'm worried that this might happen again. If that were to happen again, is there a way to reset it so it will see it in AHCI mode?
     
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