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SSD Lag Spikes

Hey! Recently I have been having problems with my SSD spiking! What do I mean? Well, lets say I am listening to music and I start a game like minecraft. Then the disk queue goes extremely high and it spikes for second. My music stutters and everything else too for that second.

The system also gets extremely slow when using demanding disk applications on the SSD.

Specs:
x1 Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P, Socket-AM3+

x3 Corsair Vengeance 1666mhz RAM CL 9-9-9-24

x1 Geforce 770 2GB

x1 AMD FX-6100 6-Core Processor

x1 Intel 530 SSD

x1 WD Green

x1 750 W PSU 80+ Bronze

x1 Cooler Master CM 690 II Lite Black

My SSD benchmark:


What I have tried:

- Enable AHCI -> Was already enabled both in W7 and in BIOS
- Enable TRIM -> Already Enabled
- Install Intel SSD Toolbox -> No change

What problems am I getting?

- The average queue lenght spikes when opening applications:

The spike happens exactly at the same time when opening anything.

- Applications that use a lot of disk lag a lot

What have I done that could affect this?

- Reinstalled Windows (Haven't changed any hardware though)
- I also got a BSOD a day ago and this was also happening, here is a link to it:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/38237670/report.txt
- I ran DBAN for 1 pass to wipe the SSD

Any help is appreciated, I can't really use the computer :(


I do like solving problems, but I have tried everything I know. Any help is greatly appreciated :)
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  1. czaarek99 said:
    One thing to mention too is that I did wipe the drive with DBAN for 1 pass. I know that might have done some damage but not completely killed it?


    It's possible that this is your problem. You shouldn't wipe or Full format any SSD.

    To "wipe" a SSD you should Secure Erase it. A Secure Erase sends an electrical charge to all of the cells on all of the NAND chips in the SSD and restores the SSD to a blank, fresh-out-of-the-box condition.

    SE the SSD and then do a fresh O/S install.

    I know that's a lot of work so you may want to wait to see if any other Forum members have any other suggestions that may help you before you take my suggestion.
  2. Dereck47 said:
    czaarek99 said:
    One thing to mention too is that I did wipe the drive with DBAN for 1 pass. I know that might have done some damage but not completely killed it?


    It's possible that this is your problem. You shouldn't wipe or Full format any SSD.

    To "wipe" a SSD you should Secure Erase it. A Secure Erase sends an electrical charge to all of the cells on all of the NAND chips in the SSD and restores the SSD to a blank, fresh-out-of-the-box condition.

    SE the SSD and then do a fresh O/S install.

    I know that's a lot of work so you may want to wait to see if any other Forum members have any other suggestions that may help you before you take my suggestion.

    I updated the thread with some extra info, and yes I will probably wait for help or confirmation from other members before I do a clean install again. As it is extremely annoying reinstalling everything all the time.
  3. Best answer
    If you do another clean install don't format the SSD in advance. Just Secure Erase it and then let Windows format it automatically during the install process.

    Good luck!
  4. You were right! DBAN messed my SSD up. It also ate 10% of its lifetime... But I guess thats my fault.

    Thanks :)
  5. Glad you got it straightened out!
    Unless some Intel SSD utility stated that you have 10% less of lifetime I wouldn't believe some 3rd party software that you actually did.
    I seriously doubt that 1 DBAN pass could use up that many P/E (Program/Erase) cycles. It's possible but being that your drive is an Intel I wouldn't worry about it.
  6. Yea, the intel drivers have a really long lifetime.
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