DQ77MK and SRT Setup Question

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DQ77MK and SRT Setup Question

Postby BillS22 » Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:57 pm

I have a DQ77MK and I am interested in SRT.

This Motherboard is equipped with a PCI Express Full-/Half-Mini Card slot.

1. Can I use this slot for a SSD?
2. If so, where and what do I purchase?
3. I have two Hard-drives now, will that be a problem setting up SRT?
My hard-drives are not Raid.
Just C and D drives.

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Re: DQ77MK and SRT Setup Question

Postby Major_A » Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:14 pm

My $.02 on SRT. I have a PC with a dedicated SSD to cache data and the difference between it and an identical drive in the same system is not noticeable. But to answer your questions...
1 and 2) Yes. Any mSATA SSD should work. However, I think that you are better off getting a 2.5" SATA drive. You can easily transfer it from PC to PC if you need/want to in the future. I personally would say skip caching and get a regular 120GB or 256GB SSD and call it a day.
3) It won't be a problem but from my recollection you can only cache one drive. So you will have to pick drive C or D.

Here's a quick search of mSATA SSD drives from Newegg. Here's a quick search of regular 2.5" SSD drives on Newegg.
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Re: DQ77MK and SRT Setup Question

Postby BillS22 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:18 pm

Thanks. Good advice.
My systems runs good enough, and if the performance increase isn't that much ....then....naw.
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Re: DQ77MK and SRT Setup Question

Postby Major_A » Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:52 pm

Definitely not worth it and I know several of the admins here agree with me.
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Re: DQ77MK and SRT Setup Question

Postby BillS22 » Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:13 am

Can I use the mSATA Slot as my Boot HD?

If so,...software question...
I've seen, but can't find, a software that always you to clone you HD to a SDD and during clone process setup the HD as your File/Data Drive.
All in one process. Transfer the OS to the SDD, and sets up your HD as your Data drive. Pretty slick...but I can't find the software.

Anybody seen this software?
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Re: DQ77MK and SRT Setup Question

Postby Major_A » Sat Apr 13, 2013 7:26 am

Again skip the mSATA port. They are usually much slower than an identical 2.5" drive. The other problem is most mSATA drives are only SATA II instead of the newer SATA III standard. Are you thinking of Acronis True Image or Norton Ghost?
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