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  1. Is this an overclocked machine? I don't overclock my machine. I tested a 16GB Sandisk Cruzer Glide, the package said it was a USB3. Could it be I got a crappy USB3 drive, or is it that my USB3 is not set up properly on my machine?
  2. I got it from Newegg. Taking another look at it, it turns out that I did get the Gen3 x4 version... So, I'm good in that department. Maybe there's something about it that makes it more expensive than other M.2 drives... For example, I've learned that there are M.2 drives that are really just SATA drives, and then there are the M.2 NVMe (NeVer Me - LOL) which are the ones that are connected to the PCIe lanes. Maybe that's why you've seen a price difference. Or it could be because it's 2TB? Thanks for giving me your thoughts on the numbers, ir_cow.
  3. For years, I've left my PC on, 24/7, but now I'm using an M.2 SSD card. Should I shut down my PC to save it heat related ware and tear, or is it better to leave it on 24/7 to save wear and tear of the M.2 SSD from temperature differences between on and off?
  4. This is the last chipset X99 that supports Win7, and the CPU, Broadwell, is the last Intel CPU that supports Win7. But I'll have another look in the BIOS, tomorrow. Really appreciate you guys' help. Thanks. I'll let you know tomorrow how it looks.
  5. I got a new Samsung 960 PRO NVMe M.2 2TB SSD. I had just installed it onto my PC and installed Windows 7 on it. I then installed the .exe version of CrystalDiskMark. I did four tests of my new drive using the CrystalDiskMark software. I did four tests, the 1GB, 4GB, 16GB, and 32GB tests. Here are the results. What do you think? Are those good numbers? You know what's funny? I spent around $1300.00 for the Samsung 960 PRO NVMe M.2 2TB SSD. Now they have the 970 NVMe drive, and it's Gen 3 - 4 ready, also 2TB, and it is going for just over $700.00. I feel cheated somehow, because now I'm realizing that my "new" 960 Pro is not Gen 3-4 ready... Which means, I'm not using the full capabilities of my motherboard... *sigh* In any case, I want to know if those are good numbers. What do you guys think? O.K. here is my USB3 stick getting the CrystalDiskMark treatment. This time it's a 16GB USB3 stick, and I did five passes of a 50MiB test on it. Is that too slow for USB3?
  6. I'm having trouble using the Internet, this morning. I'm tired. Sorry for all of the double posts and other weird mistakes.
  7. My keyboard and mouse were connected to the "gray" USB slots in the back of my computer. The blue USB slots are for the USB3.0 and USB3.1 connectors. I moved the keyboard and mouse to the "other" gray USB slots, but that didn't work. The 40 second delay continues to exist.
  8. Thanks for that. However, that didn't work. The 40 second delay continues.
  9. I'm just choosing not to give Microsoft all of my data, like the EULA for Windows 10 requires.
  10. I wasn't able to locate where that is. I looked at your jpg image and my Power options doesn't look like that. I'm using Windows 7. I couldn't find any way to modify the way USB works from the Power Options. I noticed, at the bottom of your jpg image that it says Windows 10, is that a Win10 dialog box? I'm using Win7.
  11. EDIT: I get to the point in the EDITS added at the bottom of all of my yapping.... My system build is Asus X99-E WS motherboard. I have a USB keyboard and mouse attached. Works fine until I install the Intel USB3 drivers. After I install the drivers, the keyboard and mouse turn off, during Windows 7 start up. I have to wait around ten seconds before the keyboard and mouse come back on again. I need the USB3 drivers, otherwise I
  12. So, I did a whole lot more research, and it seems that Intel won't make it easy to use. It's all command prompt, and the drivers barely support Win7.... I didn't find anything that said that Windows sees it as multiple drives, nor that it used software RAID, but I did see that the download tools (the software) is what you would use when inspecting and configuring a RAID of these drives. Does that mean it is a software to manage a hardware RAID or a software to manage configure a software RAID? I don't know. I was looking at Intel's website and reading the details of the downloads (software drive management tools, drivers, firmware updates). To get Win7 support, you have to go back to older versions of the drivers, and even then, you don't get complete support for Win7. DC P3600 is discontinued, as far as Intel is concerned, even though you still find them for sale, everywhere. I started looking at the 4TB DC P4500. It also has limited Win7 support. The "enthusiast" line of product absolutely only supports Win10, so it's a no go.... In then end, I guess I will not get the Intel Fultondale 3 DC P3600 AIC 2TB PCI-Express 3.0..., nor the DC P4500 model, either. I guess I'll start looking at M.2 drives. I just hope they've gone up in capacity. Believe it or not, 500GB is not enough space for me. LOL That's how big they seem to make them. EDIT: LOOK WHAT I FOUND!! https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA12K6CC1961 2TB! Now all I have to find out is if it's compatible with Win7 and my mobo.... EDIT 2: So, my mobo is compatible, and so is Windows 7!! https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000005967/memory-and-storage/enthusiast-ssds.html
  13. The mother board has an M.2 slot (or maybe two of them?), so, the mobo supports these drives. Where did you read that it shows up as two drives? I want to read about that. Can you give a link to the article? Its hard to get info on these drives. I know it's way fast, which is why I wanted to get it, but I didn't see any of that other info on anything I read about it.
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