« on: December 02, 2014, 10:57:03 AM »
......You can also get an M.2 SSD drive to mount directly to the motherboard ....Well, thanks a pantload for that info Rusty, I was unaware of such things in the consumer market, though they were priced for enterprise use.
More shopping, mods, ick. Just when I was content with my build.
Hey Rusty! Any tips for easy migration to an M.2?
Sure, no problem! The M.2 drives are SSD drives that are similar to mSATA in that they mount in a slot but M.2 is a newer design and much faster. Why? Because they are connected directly into the PCIe bus, not the SATA bus. Check out this link... http://rog.asus.com/308552014/labels/guides/ssd-guide-pci-express-m-2-msata-and-sata-express-the-differences-explained/ Best part is that the M.2 drives aren't much different in price than other SSDs. Sweet!
You could use most any recent backup/hard drive program for migrating the OS. Acronis, Paragon, Macrium, EaseUS, etc all have free versions or you could spend less than $50 and buy their advanced home offerings and then make a boot CD, boot from the CD and do the drive migration that way. There are other free open source offerings available as well but they might be a little more difficult to use and not as polished. If you are currently using a spinning HD and not a SSD, you should probably look at the Paragon Advanced product and make sure you get the SSD Migration piece because it will realign the sectors to work best on SSD. Keep in mind that if you use an SSD, you NEVER WANT TO DEFRAGMENT. All that does is prematurely wear out the chips with needless writes. SSDs by their very nature/design cannot get fragmented like a spinning platter drive can. Good luck!!