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    Anyone recomend a brand of SSD Hard Drive to use with the Audi system

    Not delivered yet, but I am considering putting my FLAC files on an SSD instead of a memory stick. I figure this should draw less current than the spinning discs and be more reliable. Has anyone tried this yet? Or have any recommendations? I figure a 256gB will do the job, although I could get away with 128 if needed.

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    Samsung 840Pro SSD's have been good for us at work (and home); reliable, fast and reasonable £.

    Whack it in a carrier and surely it should work a treat. Now you've mentioned it I'm tempted myself.
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    Can the system play FLAC files? We have the non-tech pack and FLAC won't play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigD289 View Post
    Can the system play FLAC files? We have the non-tech pack and FLAC won't play.
    I have tech pack and FLAC plays fine but I didn't think it was the tech pack that enabled this.
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    Have been using both offerings from Crucial without issue, the M4 and M500 range, 256GB and larger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJAlix View Post
    Have been using both offerings from Crucial without issue, the M4 and M500 range, 256GB and larger.
    I've just purchased a 960Gb Crucial M500 SSD for my desktop computer. I have two 256Gb Crucial M4 SSDs and they work fine but I need a bit more capacity which is why I went for the M500. Unfortunately every time I try and create a partition on the M500 I get a BSOD. My computer has a Haswell processor and looking on the Crucial website it suggests upgrading the firmware version from MU02 to MU03 to overcome a compatibility problem with these processors. So I have done that and it makes no difference. I have also tried a M500 480Gb and it gave the same results. According to DJAlix they seem to work OK with the A3.

    So the M500 is going back and I shall purchase a Samsung 840 EVO either 750Gb or 1Tb. The best prices I've seen for both the Crucial and Samsung are from Amazon and if you were to get problems it is very easy to return the SSD for a refund. What size SSD are you thinking of buying as I will shortly have at least one Crucial M4 256Gb, maybe two, which I would be happy to sell.
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    Am using the same 960GB M500 that h5djr mentioned with no issues, however I have not been trying to create partitions and been using on a MAC with OSX so cannot comment on the reported issues.

    The M500 is new to me and seems like a great bit of kit so far. I have an M4 256GB also, going on 3 years now, also with no issues. I have read / been told good things about the Samsungs though. h5djr is correct re Amazon pricing. They do seem to beat dabs and overclockers 9 times out of 10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snakehips View Post
    I have tech pack and FLAC plays fine but I didn't think it was the tech pack that enabled this.
    Actually I think I only tried with the Apple Lossless (ALAC) which didn't work. Will try FLAC to see if it plays.

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    I have Crucial M500 range SS and mSATA drives in my laptop; faultless and reasonably priced
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    Quote Originally Posted by pat15312 View Post
    I have Crucial M500 range SS and mSATA drives in my laptop; faultless and reasonably priced
    What processor is your laptop using?
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    Thanks for your help here. So as I hear what you are saying is that there are a few good economical choices. These are really internal drives and I would need to get an enclosure, that i presume comes with a USB connection. Is that right? Are these easy to find a fit?

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    If going for a newer drive then you need an SATA III caddy with a mini USB connection, and all the SSD's listed above are SATA III.

    Just to throw another idea out there... You could probably get away with using a cheaper SATA II SSD as I doubt the MMI will take advantage of the SATA III read speeds. Only reason I am using SATA III is because I had the drives as spares for my macs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by h5djr View Post
    What processor is your laptop using?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pat15312 View Post
    Gen 3 Intel Core i7-3632QM CPU @ 2.2GHz in a Dell XPS 15. I wanted to wait for the Haswell version but needed something sooner.
    My desktop is a Dell 9020 with a 4th gen Intel Core i7-4770 (3.40GHz) Haswell processor, the Intel Q87 chipset and 8Gb RAM. Having had the problems with the Crucial M500 disk I've returned that to Amazon and had a new Samsung 840 750Gb SSD delivered at lunchtime today. I have just installed it and created the partitions and everything is now working as it should. 750Gb should keep me going some time now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by h5djr View Post
    lunchtime today

    My desktop is a Dell 9020 with a 4th gen Intel Core i7-4770 (3.40GHz) Haswell processor, the Intel Q87 chipset and 8Gb RAM. Having had the problems with the Crucial M500 disk I've returned that to Amazon and had a new Samsung 840 750Gb SSD delivered at lunchtime today. I have just installed it and created the partitions and everything is now working as it should. 750Gb should keep me going some time now.
    The Samsung was my second choice to be fair but it didn't seem to have much of an advantage over the Crucial. Also I paired the hard drive upgrade with the bump to 16GB of Crucial RAM at the same time as taking the laptop apart is straightforward but always worrying.
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    Dave, are you running 64-bit OS?
    If so, are you running Etka in a 32-bit virtual machine, or have you managed to get Etka and all updates to work properly in 64-bit OS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by veeeight View Post
    Dave, are you running 64-bit OS?
    If so, are you running Etka in a 32-bit virtual machine, or have you managed to get Etka and all updates to work properly in 64-bit OS?
    I'm running 64-bit Windows 7 and have Etka running in a VM Ware 32-bit Windows 7 virtual machine. I originally had in running in the Windows XP virtual machine but I have found VMWare Player (which is free) to be quite a bit quicker at loading and suspending. I think the problem with running Etka in 64-bit is the hardlock drivers that are needed. I understand there are no 64-bit versions of these.
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    Quote Originally Posted by James Chr View Post
    Not delivered yet, but I am considering putting my FLAC files on an SSD instead of a memory stick. I figure this should draw less current than the spinning discs and be more reliable. Has anyone tried this yet? Or have any recommendations? I figure a 256gB will do the job, although I could get away with 128 if needed.
    if you only need 128Gb, why don't buy an SD card ? it will take 0 space compared to an SSD in the glove box, will not need an usb adaptator and probably work better.

    this is what I use

    anyway, I don't think putting FLAC files in the A3 is really usefull. I don't think someone can hear the difference between a good mp3 320 and a flac file in a moving car
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowfree52 View Post
    if you only need 128Gb, why don't buy an SD card ? it will take 0 space compared to an SSD in the glove box, will not need an usb adaptator and probably work better.

    this is what I use

    anyway, I don't think putting FLAC files in the A3 is really usefull. I don't think someone can hear the difference between a good mp3 320 and a flac file in a moving car
    Good points. I might try the SD first. I have FLAC files not MP3 so it would be a PITA to change them all to MP3. I also figure with the B&O I should give it the best input I can. It is certainly obvious at home when I am listening to crappy and compressed recordings.

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    Does the MMI in the A3 8V support FLAC then? I was trying to find this out but I read conflicting reports based on the different car models...

    All my music is in FLAC after spending forever backing up all my CD's so I'd hate to have to convert them to MP3 when I eventually get a shiny new car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shermo View Post
    Does the MMI in the A3 8V support FLAC then? I was trying to find this out but I read conflicting reports based on the different car models...
    Tech Pack High certainly does.

    I did have an issue with unplayable files recently when ripping some new CDs.
    The software I use (Exact Audio Copy) had written both FLAC and ID3 tags - which the MMI didn't like and refused to play.
    Once I removed the ID3 tags - all was good again.
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    Thats good, I planned to get the tech pack and B+O sound system anyway Waiting patiently for the e-tron to come out, missus has given approval for that, although still working on persuading her to let us try out the 184 TDI quattro as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by snakehips View Post
    I have tech pack and FLAC plays fine but I didn't think it was the tech pack that enabled this.
    Just to confirm FLAC does not play with the non-tech pack.

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    I'm picking up an S3 with the Tech Pack and the B+O sound-system tomorrow. How are you connecting hard disks? Is it via the USB socket in the central compartment?
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