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Samsung 830 - Series MZ-7PC512N-AM 512 GB 2.5 Inch SATA III MLC Internal SSD Laptop Kit with Norton Ghost 15 by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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Samsung 830 - Series MZ-7PC512N/AM 512 GB 2.5 Inch SATA III MLC Internal SSD Laptop Kit with Norton Ghost 15
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 224 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.6
Returned or considering to return: 3.1%

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Individual Feature Rating
Installation5.0   above average
Price4.6   average
Speed4.4   average
Transfer3.8   below average
Boot3.7   average
Windows3.2   below average
Read3.0   below average
Partition2.2   below average


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Boot

Boot:
"Not sure what happened, and I am not able boot it up."
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"However, upon installing the new SSD drive, and checking the ROM BIOS settings, the system failed to recognize this as the primary boot drive."
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"I was super pleased with the performance after booting, but not so pleased with the boot time."
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"That was frustrating because now my boot time was actually slightly longer than before, but once booted everything was much faster; snappy like a brand new system."
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"i have 8 gigs ram on laptop and i7 processor both earning high 'windows experience scores' (above 7); with this, the disk transfer rate jumped up from mid 5s to 7.7boot is <15 seconds and file access is nearly instantaneous3."
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"Boot up is amazing."
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"Replace the default drives in my Lenovo latop and in my ASUS eeepc (1000he).great improvement in boot times, document retrieval and saving."
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"* Very good performance* Very reliable* Instant boot times ~3-7 seconds* Norton Ghost didnt work for me, I started from scratchCant go back to rotary HDsOn a ASUS G55VW laptop"
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"So far she is really happy with how fast the laptop boots and initiates programs."
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Installation

Installation:
"The installation was simple and easy."
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"Installation was easy ... just follow directions."
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"The installation is easy ( It takes 5 minutes approximately )My laptop port is SATA 2 ( 3 gb s ) so I didn't get the maximum speed of the drive but still there is a big difference in performance (the speed is 250 MB s , it was 50 MB s !"
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"This little ssd packs a lot of punch, for the price i can tell you, i put on Lenovo Thinkpad R61 (Core 2 Duo 2Ghz, 2GB Ram, Windows 8 Pro).First: the installation was easy: Retire 1 screw, retire the hd cover, swap the almost dying hard drive, put the ssd with the base that come along with the package, and finally put the hd cover in it's place with the screw."
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"Anyway, after reading the reviews here carefully, and generally being no big fan of Norton products in general, I took one reviewer's recommendation and downloaded Macrium Reflect, which is freeware (highly recommended).Installation Steps: First, the SSD comes with a Norton Ghost Instruction manual."
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Partition

Partition:
"But according to the directions you loose the hidden restore partition that Asus puts on there original drives I was able to copy them but I don't think they will function as Asus intended."
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"However, I was able to get a free copy of the Mini Tool Partition Wizard that uses a one button slider to extend the affected partition in question and the problem was solved."
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"I used that program as it could copy over the hidden recovery partition."
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"There were great write-ups on how to use the Norton Software, I was worried about the fact that my HDD had a 500 gig partition and the SSD was only 256 gigs, but the Ghost software seemingly boxed my HDD partition into the SSD, and I have everything I have on my HDD."
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"I installed it in a computer with a hidden partition."
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"Norton Ghost was not able to copy the partition correctly (it was no longer hidden)."
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"But according to the directions you loose the hidden restore partition that Asus puts on there original drives I was able to copy them but I don't think they will function as Asus intended."
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"The data migration tools for the Intel drive was superior, in that it did everything automatically, resized partitions and copied the drive with pretty much one click."
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"the instructions on the magician software cd said that Norton Ghost was unable to copy over the OEM recovery partition so i didn't even attempt it, even though it was in the selection list, mainly because it was almost 25GB and when i'm paying $1 per GB for an ssd, i am not going to waste it on an OEM recovery partition."
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"Ghost was great at copying the core partition, but it has trouble copying the system partition that appears to be necessary for booting."
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"Connect the new SSD with the included cable to a USB port and follow the instructions in the custom manual for how to do this (real easy).B) If your HDD have a 100MB SYSTEM partition you MUST Ghost this partition before any other partitions."
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Price

Price:
"Buyer beware, despite price!"
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"If you can afford it, well worth the extra money over rotating media."
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"Excellent ssd drive for the money."
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"Got an amazing deal on it from Amazon, which finally gave me an affordable SSD."
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"Plus the price was great compared to Apple's."
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"This was a good price for it as well."
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Read

Read:
"None of the hassle of having to read or learn about it at all in order to operate it."
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"I was also worried that a slight bump during read write operations would kill the thing."
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"I have read of many problems with fitment, but my drive and clamshell went together like they were really meant for each other."
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"3 drive in case I feel like upgrading my laptop in the future which will then take full advantage of a 6Gb s board, thus improving large file transfer speeds (roughly 350-550MB s sequential reads & writes) but in no way am I missing out in real world use until that time comes."
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"The Carbon Copy Cloner is by what I've read the best out there for Mac OS and it worked perfectly on my early 13 2011 MBP running Mountain Lion."
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"Installation of the product went well, though if I hadn't read some of the other reviews on this page I wouldn't have been successful."
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"Well most of us does not read write half a gig of data all the time so this should be sufficient."
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"I did not read the instruction booklet thoroughly."
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"In addition, I had read good reviews from online sources such as AnandTech."
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Speed

Speed:
"Fast hard drive, running 10.8.2 with out any problem ..Model Name: MacBook Model Identifier: MacBook5,1 Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor Speed: 2 GHz Number of Processors: 1 Total Number of Cores: 2 L2 Cache: 3 MB Memory: 4 GB Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz Boot ROM Version: MB51.007D."
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"Windows experience index is now 7.0 with the disk providing a score of 7.7The SSD upgrade worked well but actual performance was not spectacular as other reviewers have posted."
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"First, I bought this drive to replace the slow, slow 5400rpm drive in my laptop."
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"NOW I was... worried it wasn't going to be that fast on my not so new sata connections which I'm not exactly sure what they are but they're 4 years old, so I bought it for safety of my data but not expecting to see monster speed gains, but after getting everything migrated (note that task was also simpler then expected with the Norton ghost software) computer boots in seconds all my games run fast... this thing is just MONSTEROULY FAST on any sata connection and worth it even if you have only sata 3g or what every the early ones are."
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"The performance wasn't that great initially but they improved noticeably with a firmware update."
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"I had one of those moments when installing the OS that it needed to reboot and I clicked the button to do so, looked away to do something else and looked back shortly after and thought it never rebooted only to suddenly realize that it had rebooted but was just so crazy fast I had missed the act of doing so."
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"Fast, easy to use and no issues after two and a half years."
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"Had this for over a year and still works well, pretty fast as you know it's the infamous 830 unit."
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"Have 2 of these hard drives and super fast and have not have one fail over 2 year period."
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"I have this drive for a while, I only wish it had higher capacity :)The performance is very good and I didn't notice any slowdown while using it over a year."
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"Laptop turns on amazingly fast"
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Transfer

Transfer:
"The included Norton transfer software kind of failed at its job."
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"After three hours of not being able to transfer my windows 7, I actually had to buy a full version and do a NEW install."
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"TO MY DISAPPOINTMENT...GHOST can not transfer the PC manufacturer's recovery partition from the original HDD to the new drive."
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"Easy to install and transfer files with the provided transfer tools."
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"The other versions include some PC compatible software for data transfer and either a 3.5 adapter plate (desktop) or a USB > SATA cable (notebook)."
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"This drive worked seamlessly and data transfer (about 110GB) took about 2.5 hours."
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"Now, getting to the ease of the transfer of my old HD to the SSD I have to say the cable included was perfect as I did not have to buy a 2.5 external case thus saving that expense and hassle of in out case install."
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Windows

Windows:
"- since it's been around for a while, i feel good that the bugs are worked out... time will tellbad:1. ghost software did not work; could defn be user error but opted to reduce brain damage and do fresh install of windows 7. that was fine but requires a lot of driver downloads to get everything back up and running"
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"I am using an IBM Lenovo T420 with Windows 7 Professional SP1.I am bitterly disappointed with Norton Ghost."
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"This is a problem with Windows 8."
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"After three hours of not being able to transfer my windows 7, I actually had to buy a full version and do a NEW install."
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"Things were faster (my old ssd was full and causing windows to error) and fully functional once more."
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"The only downside to buying this SSD is it requires a windows machine to update the firmware."
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"They have good optimization software for Windows, which is a must for such a disk."
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"It is worth it to note Samsung recommends a clean Windows install which makes the process longer but not impossible."
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"This little ssd packs a lot of punch, for the price i can tell you, i put on Lenovo Thinkpad R61 (Core 2 Duo 2Ghz, 2GB Ram, Windows 8 Pro).First: the installation was easy: Retire 1 screw, retire the hd cover, swap the almost dying hard drive, put the ssd with the base that come along with the package, and finally put the hd cover in it's place with the screw."
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"I am delighted with the drive: when booting Windows 7, the swirly balls during the startup phase never come together, but move directly into the logon screen."
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"The 830 SSD is blazing fast, it scored a perfect 7.9 in my Windows Experience testing."
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