Post 3 - You have a point. I wanted to point them to what is likely a better option.
I did not want to discuss PCI vs PCIe vs PCIe 2.0 or x1 serial channels vs. x4 serial channels, or serial protocol overhead, or RAID card vendors stating the actual x1 BW. I did want to point them to what is likely a better option.
Post 4 - Yea, I have tried several time to get it NCQ function. Set bios to AHCI and loaded the latest drivers. Surfed the web for details. If I missed something, it's because it's hidden, and it shouldn't be. This Gigabyte SATA controller also supports floppy,PATA, and the driver has a check box for Tagged Command Queueing. XP OS. The performance seems low and I don't need it.
Post 5 - I have been reading more about Windows Cache Manager. It's tough to get the details. Most hard documentation originated with Win 2K. I was led astray by some older caching utilies that reported my file cache as 100MB, but of course they did not function or reload on restart.
Small test files do have issues with cache distorting results. It seems the cache to concerned with is in the HDD. Most benchmarks can and shouuld bypass Windows file cache. FancyCache is a utility that uses a different cache method, strategy, whatever, they have a web site.
Post 6 - OK, I'm not sure where I read or drew that conclusion that from. The larger M4 SSD have higher sequential writes. Other brands / models tend to folow this trend.
Block Alignment - My C: to D: was put out of alignment by using ESUS, my favorite partioning program. It heard of the issue to late and don't care to do a clean install. I tried the command prompt queries and the calculate, and tried moving the partition boundries several times. There is software I can buy, but I can also ignore a tiny bit of unallocated space.
Relocating user folders was easy in XP. I did spend hours searching for W7 tips. These tips are work arounds, and suggest or require a clean install. I'm complaining about it, but not hurting with a 256GB SSD. The people using 60GB or less should know they could have issues.
Post 7 - This is Poor Mans Raid and we use what we have on the motherboard. I'm sure there are RAID 1 controllers that interleave reads for a price.
Post 9 - Good point. RAID 5 and RAID 6 capacity loss should be corrected. I had 4 drives to work with.. and did not think beyond that. I only touched on RAID 5 and 10 as they were supported motherboard bios options. Anyway, I made a case for only using two consumer drives. Anything more that that is out of the poor mans budget.
Post 11 - My side step is quick, easy, and low risk. I did not want to bother with registry changes. Tom's Hardware has a sticky with instructions. I saw a link to OCZ fourms for instructions.
Post 12 - It was beyond the scope. I don't have all the GPT details or a 3TB drive to test with. I'm sure there is plenty of info out there.