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Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Notebook Kit Version Internal Solid State Drive MZ-... by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Notebook Kit Version Internal Solid State Drive MZ-...
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 327 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.7
Returned or considering to return: 1.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Transfer5.0   above average
Installation4.6   average
Speed4.3   average
Cable4.0   average
Price3.9   below average
Boot2.9   below average
Windows2.1   mediocre


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Boot

Boot:
"After I made the swap, computer boot time was so fast I KNEW something was wrong."
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"After 3 attempts where the Samsung Magician said it successfully cloned the current SSD but each time the new clone failed to boot."
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"Old HDD was failing to boot up on occasion with some strange clicking going on in there."
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"I especially like the eerie silence as it boots- dead quiet."
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"Boot time was painfully slow, well over a minute at best and closer to two most of the time."
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"The only complaint is the Magician software loads at every boot up but that can be tweaked away."
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"Boot times and app launch times are splendid."
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"It's amazing how much faster my computer boots and runs."
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"The Data Migration program took about 2 hours 30 minutes for around 250 GB of data, and once I got into the Bios and chose the SSD as my boot drive, everything worked great."
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"Less heat and samsung quality you can't beat, boot up is quick as an oil slick."
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"I tried twice, and on two different laptops (a Lenovo Thinkpad and an HP Notebook) and although the Data Migration (disk cloning software) appeared to go smoothly (though it took a long time) and physical installation was easy, in both cases when I turned the machines on I got a Boot drive not found or unable to access Bootmgr message."
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Cable

Cable:
"Since I have a Mac, the software provided with the kit was useless, but the SATA to USB cable worked great."
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"Was disappointed to see the stock cable being far inferior in speed to the stock cable."
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"Installation was painless, and the included transfer cable worked as expected... plug your old drive into one end, plug the other into a USB slot, and you're able to access all the files, no sweat."
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"Software and cable to move Windows worked great."
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"Since I have a Mac, the software provided with the kit was useless, but the SATA to USB cable worked great."
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"And as a bonus, the USB to SATA cable works great for using my old 1TB HDD as an external drive."
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"This kit comes with a cord that connect the ssd to the laptop usb for easy data transfer."
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Installation

Installation:
"Installation was a bit more of a challenge as we had to go into the laptop from beneath the keyboard, something I had never done before, but we waded through it with only one screw left over when we were done."
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"HOWEVER: Installing it on my Macbook Pro was more challenging."
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"Installation was painless, and the included transfer cable worked as expected... plug your old drive into one end, plug the other into a USB slot, and you're able to access all the files, no sweat."
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"The installation was easy."
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"Easy to transfer the old into the new with the installation program."
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"Simply love the speed and easy of installation."
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"The included software for cloning my existing hard drive and the spacer made the installation very easy to do."
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Price

Price:
"I wound up returning it because I wanted to use it in a PS4 and the performance gains were not that great, and considering the price, there were better options for me."
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"I could have saved some money buying it from Amazon but I would not have been able to get it until Tuesday."
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"Outside of the price for SSD'S there is no downside to them."
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"Since one can save the old drive from the computer and swap it back easily and use this drive on a new computer I see no downside or wasting of money."
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"Not cheap but very easy."
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"Unfortunately price has decreased after my purchase :("
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"Works great for the price."
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"Maybe my expectation was too high because of the price and many great reviews."
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"Great price and quality product"
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"Great drive for the money and it comes with data migration software to make the transition flawless."
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"Easy install runs very fast the very best upgrade you can make all at a great price"
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Speed

Speed:
"I wound up returning it because I wanted to use it in a PS4 and the performance gains were not that great, and considering the price, there were better options for me."
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"After I made the swap, computer boot time was so fast I KNEW something was wrong."
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"My laptop was a slow, annoying mess."
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"delivery was very slow and the worst part was the data migration software did not work."
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"My 250 GB was full and I was experiencing severe performance degradation and HDD memory issues."
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"Boot time was painfully slow, well over a minute at best and closer to two most of the time."
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"Great hard drive, very fast, and VERY easy to install."
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"Perfect for OS --- Fast boot-up! "
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"Very happy with the speed."
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"Zero problems and still lightening fast! "
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"My computer just restarts without trace error , apparently fails with virtual machines , speed is not constant when a large file is passed."
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Transfer

Transfer:
"Everything loads in a flash and the transfer kit is extremely easy."
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"Installation was painless, and the included transfer cable worked as expected... plug your old drive into one end, plug the other into a USB slot, and you're able to access all the files, no sweat."
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"The best part is the incredibly stress-free transfer software."
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"This increased my laptop speed a poop ton and was very easy to transfer data from my old hdd to this ssd."
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"Easy as 1-2-3 to transfer the old drive image onto the new Samsung SSD with the included Samsung kit."
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Windows

Windows:
"I was expecting to have some OS registration issues since this happens at work when cloning hard drives, but was happily wrong (as a test, I tried it on both a Windows 8.1 drive and a Windows 7 drive, each with numerous partitions, both cases successful).I am very happy."
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"I wasn't able to use the software that is included as it is Windows only."
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"Did get a popup box from Windows 7 about fixing some errors on my drive, said YES, and all proceeded as expected."
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"During the install on windows 8.1 asus n550JK it kept throwing an error when the software tried to update itself as it detected a newer version than the one provided on the dvd."
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"If you don't do this, you may get an annoying window whenever you start windows asking for permission to run the program."
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"Software and cable to move Windows worked great."
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"However please take note during the upgrade, the windows will not show the SSD harddrive as you need to create new volume."
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"Installed the SSD after the cloning was finished and watched in amazement that as the laptop presented the Windows 8.1 login screen in 12-seconds."
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"Pros:Great for Mac's (10.9.x)(noticed a large difference when switching from a normal HDD)Great for Ubuntu Kubuntu (13.10 14.10)(noticed a large difference when switching from normal HDD)Great for Windows 7They keep getting cheaper."
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"I've had this SSD now for two months in my Windows 7 laptop and have had virtually no problems with it."
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