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  1. 2 64GB Adata SSD drives (S596 & S599) configured for RAID 0 on a GA-EX58-UD4P MB (BIOS F14n) running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit.
  2. Has anyone been successful in taking an already installed Windows 7 OS on an AHCI SSD drive, and then imaged that drive, set up a RAID 0 SSD configuration, and then restored that image to the RAID 0 array...successfully? I was able to create the RAID 0 volume and restore my Windows OS (using TI 2010)...but it would blue screen at boot time. I even tried regedit-ing iaStorV Start DWORD from 3 to 0 before imaging the old drive...but still got the BSOD. Is this ALWAYS a start over situation? Or can it be done without starting over?
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    Adata 64GB S596 vs S599

    Ah yes, I forgot about the booting problem. My S596 wouldn't get recognized at boot time every once in a while. But I did the firmware upgrade and the problem never came back. As for my S599, I'm going to tell Newegg about this problem again. There seems to be others that are having problems as I noticed by the reviews. Maybe I'll get my money back? But I really would like to know if it is my Microsoft driver or my motherboard that is not getting along with the Sandforce controller. Anyone used a different driver? My BIOS is the latest for my motherboard (GA-EX58-UD4P). The S599 probably just needs a firmware tweak, either that or the chips are flakey? Has anyone had luck with a certain motherboard or different device driver and this drive?
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    Adata 64GB S596 vs S599

    Just received the new S599 from Newegg and this one has 320 bad sectors and behaves just as badly as my first one did. I am of the opinion that there is something seriously wrong with these drives. After I read of your experience, and then the experience that I have now had with 2 of them in a row... These things are shipping with bad sectors. Aren't these supposed to be new drives? My S596 didn't have any bad sectors on it. My first S599 had 416 bad sectors and this replacement drive has 320 bad sectors. They're putting defective chips in these things and passing them off as new drives! And Newegg won't give a refund. I'm not sure what to do at this point. Anybody want to buy this drive? :c) I guess I'll never buy another ADATA product. $114! You get what you pay for!
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    Adata 64GB S596 vs S599

    You would not think so. Considering the S599 r/w speeds are within the capabilities of the SATA II controller. Yet the the test results when compared to mine showed that their test platform performed much better than mine...using the same test program. Assuming you are correct, then the only explanation I have is that it may be due to the defective drive. However, time will tell. Newegg has just received and accepted my S599, and is sending out the replacement.
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    Adata 64GB S596 vs S599

    Did you try my link in post #9? Browse around the site. They show comparisons between the different benchmarking applications. This is a good example of how even benchmark software varies from one to another on the same machine. And if you ran those same programs on your computer they would be different from the posted results. So, who can we trust as being the most accurate testing application...when the results vary like this? What it boils down to is how it performs for you. Not how it performs for me. If I give you my test results, they will be based on my particular hardware. I can see from their test results (compared to mine) that having a SATA III controller vs my SATA II makes a significant difference with the S599.
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    Adata 64GB S596 vs S599

    No, sorry I don't. But results will vary from machine to machine as you should know. As an example, when installing AutoCAD, the S599 may turn out to be 30% faster than the S596 on MY computer. But on yours it may be different, say only 25% faster. When you consider the throughput variations of the differing hardware platforms...this really isn't a good way to benchmark hard drives. My source drive (with the AutoCAD DVD) may be slower throughput than yours. If there are cab files that need to be decompressed, my computer may be slower in processing. These will have an impact on the total time it takes to install a program. Only benchmarking software can give the most accurate comparison of HDD or SSD drives.
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    Adata 64GB S596 vs S599

    70 euros is a really good price. I paid $114 in the USA which is about 83 euros. I hope the new drive will be the answer. I just sent the old S599 back yesterday. Could take a while. So check back in a week or two.
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    Adata 64GB S596 vs S599

    Thanks, I will try that on my replacement drive. The S599 really acted strange on my machine (see my OP for specs) whereas the S596 behaved consistently. By strange, I mean my boot-up times would vary. One time it would boot quickly, leading me to believe all was well. Then the next time it would take as long as a minute longer to boot-up. Then it would boot-up fast, and then slow again, maybe two times down the road. Then I would get errors in my Outlook database. App launch times would vary. The HD tune results were never consistent. The reads & writes would always vary...drastically sometimes. HD Tune 4.6 also reported 416 bad/damaged sectors. All the time I was testing the S596 along side and as I stated previously, it behaved consistently under the same conditions. I spent a lot of time troubleshooting this, and I've concluded that I am going to have it replaced. I'll report back when I get the replacement.
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    Adata 64GB S596 vs S599

    Here is a link to a comparison I did between the two SSD drives using HD Tune Pro 4.6.
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    Adata 64GB S596 vs S599

    I think I need to find a 64 bit version of atto. What I've got (bench32) locks up my PC during the tests. As for PC Mark Vantage...that thing is nearly 700MB to download. That would eat up a lot of my Verizon Wireless bandwidth of which I am limited to 5GB/mo. So I don't really want to do that. I used to have HD Tune Pro trial version. And I just tried to install it again, but it says that my trial period expired. Do you have any other suggestions for disk benchmarking my SSD drives (small downloads and 64bit compatible versions)? Meanwhile take a look here: http://www.ssdreview.com/ssd-review/compare/a-data-s599-64gb-310/ You can find some real world test results for the S599. Do some SSD drive comparisons too.
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    Adata 64GB S596 vs S599

    ATTO locked me up solid during testing...and my computer NEVER locks up. Go figure. Maybe it had something to do with the filename being "bench32" and I am running a 64bit version of Windows??? Is there a 64bit version of ATTO? My BIOS "f14n" is the latest and greatest for my GA-EX58-UD4P mb. And I was not able to find any firmware updates for the S599 drive. But there was for the S596, and I already updated that firmware some time ago. However, I solved my boot-up time issue (being 1 minute longer) with the S599 vs the S596. I initialized the S599 in TI 2010 instead of Acronis DD 2011. Believe it or not, that did the trick. Once more, go figure. My application launch lag however, has stayed about the same...which is slower than it was on my S596. But I can live with it. It's not real bad, it just takes a few seconds longer to launch large applications than it did on my S596.
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    Adata 64GB S596 vs S599

    Thanks. I know that's good advice, but in my case it is easier said than done. Speed (the Sandforce) is why I upgraded in the first place. And my justification was that I wanted to upgrade my other computer with my old S596 which does not have an ssd boot drive. I wanted to keep it simple, and the thought of starting from scratch sends shivers down my spine. Because there is a lot of work in this boot drive including tons (Gigabytes) of updates from Microsoft for my OS and Office apps to name just a few. I also have Verizon wireless as my ISP, and that limits me to 5GB per month at roughly 1Mbps. So that takes a lot of time and GB just to update, which will shut off my internet access until the next billing cycle when I get 5 more GB. Currently I use up 45GB between my OS and primary applications of my total 64GB (which is really 55GB) SSD. I think I'll just live live with my mistake (which was to image my drive vs a total redo). But I appreciate your advice, and I know that it is very good advice. FYI, I just ran Crystaldiskmark and got 185MBs as my fastest read score, and 65MBs as my best write score with my S599. Yeah, not very impressive for a Sandforce controller. Be nice if someone came out with an SSD drive optimizer. So people wouldn't have to redo from scratch to get the best performance.
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    Adata 64GB S596 vs S599

    Thanks. I'll give that a try after work tomorrow. You know, now that I have 2 of these drives I've been thinking about RAID 0. But I have a multi-boot system with three other operating systems. All 3 OS's set up for AHCI. And I don't think I can run both RAID 0 and AHCI. I think it has to be RAID/IDE. Unless I bought another controller. hmm. The thought of SSD RAID 0 is tempting. Nothing much faster than that, right? UPDATE: I tried the cloning suggestion using TI 2010. My results were basically the same. I say basically because I think it booted 5 seconds faster vs the image restore boot-up time. I also still have the lag issue when launching an application from within windows 7. Aside from a total redo, I don't know what else I can try to resolve this. I don't think this is a drive problem, but I'm not 100% sure. Has anyone else done a Cyrstaldiskmark on their Adata 64GB S599? I'd be interested in knowing your results.
  15. My specs: GA-EX58-UD4P, i7-920, Radeon HD4850X2, 1GB x 3 Kingston HyperX, Windows 7 64bit Ultimate, Adata 64GB SSD (upgraded from S596 to S599) I decided to upgrade my Adata S596 to an S599(w/Sandforce cntr), and use my S596(w/Jmicron cntr) in another machine. So I did a disk image with Acronis True Image 2010. And restored that image to the new S599. To my surprise it took about a minute longer to boot-up, and after I was booted the S599 drive was noticably slower. There is a fair amount of "lag" when I launch an application that was not there with my S596. So I wiped both drives right down to unallocated space. Re-initialized & formatted both drives using Acronis Disk Director 2011. Then restored the same image to both drives. Same story. The S599 with the Sandforce controller was slower to boot by about a minute. And I had a fair amount of lag when launching applications. But the S596 was just as fast as it has always been. It boots fast and executes my large apps fast. Now, this is where it gets weird. When I benchmark the drives using Passmark 7 64bit version, the S599 is about 42% faster than the S596 which is what you'd expect. So why does my new drive (the S599) take so much longer to boot-up, and have so much lag when executing applications, yet it finishes 42% faster than the S596 in the Benchmark? I've played with the write cache settings, and nothing seems to change substantially. Any ideas? UPDATE 19 Nov 2010: HD Tune Pro 4.6 reports 416 damaged sectors on the S599. I am also experiencing inconsistent behavior along with minor data errors. So the drive has been returned for replacement. You should probably ignore all of my comments about the Adata 64GB S599 as these were based on what appears to be a defective drive. UPDATE 30 Nov 2010: Just received my replacement S599. Same results as listed by me in this thread previously. Draw your own conclusions. -jmw