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Samsung Electronics Samsung 840 Series Solid State Drive (SSD) 500 GB SATAIII 2.5-Inch MZ-7TD500BW by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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Samsung Electronics Samsung 840 Series Solid State Drive (SSD) 500 GB SATAIII 2.5-Inch MZ-7TD500BW
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 1295 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.7
Returned or considering to return: 0.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Reliability5.0   above average
Quality4.8   average
Price4.7   average
Packaging4.5   above average
Speed4.5   average
Boot4.3   above average
Warranty4.3   above average
Firmware4.0   exceptional
Windows4.0   average
Reliable3.9   below average
Power3.8   average
Read3.6   average
Installation3.5   below average
Transfer3.4   below average
Capacity3.2   below average
Write2.8   below average
Cable2.5   below average
Case2.5   mediocre


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Boot

Boot:
"I've owned it for a year and a half now and its still kicking in high gear at the stated speeds and recently i removed it from my pc and added it to an old aging Dell Inspiron 1525 (BIOS A17) to breathe new life into and at first while installing it into the laptop, i got frustrated thinking that the ssd drive might have not been compatible because when i tried to boot it, it would say No bootable devises--strike F1 to retry to boot, F2 for setup utility, Press F5 to run onboard diagnostics."
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"That can be a bit of a challenge to go from an existing dual boot to the same configuration using a new drive."
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"Pros: Super Fast, Super small, Sometimes its hard to hit F11 for boot options haha!"
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"Its factory HDD was beginning to fail, and it would take up to three minutes to boot!"
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"Oh, for those of you who have another mechanical hard drive plugged into your PC make sure it's unplugged when you try to boot your computer up for the first time with the SSD; otherwise you might run into some conflicts and not able to boot."
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"Update: (became 2 stars)After 1.5 month of use, the drive not only randomly gave me boot up problem, it will also disappear after the windows start up."
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"If you're looking for a solid boot drive, then this is a good bet, but if you're looking for storage, then get an HDD."
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"My boot speeds are amazingly fast with this little guy, less that 10 seconds into Windows 8."
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"Everything is a bit snappier and boot is quicker as well."
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"If you're looking to speed up your machine, or just to have some reliable storage space, I highly recommend getting one of these as your boot drive."
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"This one is quite fast and makes it nice to have a PC that boots up in seconds."
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Cable

Cable:
"could have terabytes of storage for that price...product disappointment: the cable inputs (power and sata) was sooo inside the device itself both cables did not fit snugly into the jacks because the SSD chassis was protruding and blocking the cables from fitting properly"
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"I made a mistake and bought this one thinking it came with the cables to copy your hard drive and all that but it did not."
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"I made the mistake of not ordering a SATA cable and had to borrow the one connected to my DVD drive, but it seems to work just fine."
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"its painful process to order correct cable and order norton ghost, read instructions and follow them for this particular situation."
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"Dislike: SATA cable or casing not included."
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"Easy install, however adapter cable or external enclosure must be purchased separately for file transfer."
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"Then I switched the dvd drive and no to that as well, then the ram sticks, sata cables, psu, everything aside from the motherboard and this SSD."
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"The physical installation went well, once I acquired an adaptive power cable and a SSD drives converter kit6 inch 4pin MOLEX Male to 15pin SATA II Female Power Cableconverter kit:http: www."
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"You will need an adapter to clone your old drive and I recommend the Anker Uspeed USB 3.0 to SATA 3ft Converter Adapter Cable which worked very well for me."
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"This ssd works well the only concern is that you need a SATA to USB cable in order to clone the disk as it will not recover from the DVD bachup I had prepared."
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Capacity

Capacity:
"Well worth the money, the only way you'll ever regret getting a Samsun SSD drive is if you regret not getting a larger capacity one."
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"I was using a SATA2 SSD for about half as much space... this actually opened up my computer to use its full read write capacity (not that I noticed)... Great reliable drive and super tiny... and worth the $$$$ I do notice the performance with with my 2nd drive HDD 7200 750GB Momentous."
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"SSD's are amazing, if you're on a budget, I'd recommend to try this, if not then go for the 250 GB size, it has faster writings and has bigger capacity; it's expensive, though, so beware."
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"Unfortunately it's of course really limited in capacity (a usable 91GB after all the overprovisioning)."
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"I also got a adapter kit from Other World Computing (OWC) that allowed me to keep the original drive in the Mini along with this drive, which I highly recommend as a way to get the best of speed and capacity in a Mac Mini."
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"That being said I recommend getting a lower capacity ssd and just putting your cannot live without and frequently used programs on there along with your os, and the rest on a standard hdd, combining the best of both worlds."
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"laptop boot time went from around 45 seconds to under 10. it doesn't have super high capacity, so i'd either only recommend it if you don't have a lot of files, or if you have space for another drive where you could put a hard drive (or a cd drive you can pull out and replace with a hard drive caddy) (boot off ssd, data on hdd) (ssd's life drops dramatically if you load them up to the brim with data).also, the battery life was greatly improved."
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"I am a farmer and rancher by day, and spend my evenings,thinking about pci-e graphic cards, RAM in terms of 8 and 16 GB , HDD's in terms of 2-3-and 4 TB , e-sata, disk management etc, and SSD's in terms of 250GB and 500GB soon to be 1TB, and planning my next upgrade or computer build, I I I plan tol build a gaming machine for each of my grand children, And for sure their will be a Samsung 840 series in each one of my builds, If you have the need for speed this is the SSD to buy large capacity at a very reasonable price,and Amazon also gets it to you very fast."
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"I'm suing this for the OS Application drive now, which it has plenty of space for, and have replaced my optical (DVD-RW) drive with a caddy that contains the Seagate SSHD, so now I have the best of both worlds, speed and storage capacity."
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Case

Case:
"I think the case of the macbook will die out way before this machine slows down now."
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"I was am extremely concerned about the life of these drives (after viewing reviews) so I have a 7200RPM drive of the same size that I am mirroring just in case of failure."
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"I currently use a 16GB SD card for all of 'my documents' to keep it quick and clean, and the old hard drive is now in safe storage, just in case the hard drive fails at any point."
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"at fist the thin light plastic like case had me had me worried but after its in theirs no probleminsane speedthe 4k read right is 40X faster than old HDDSPEEEEEEED! "
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"This product the 120GB version doesn't come with the mounting spacer is just the Flash disk so if you don't have a 2.5 inch aperture in you Desktop case you're going to have problems but if you're going to install it in a Laptop you're fine."
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"Lastly, using the external DVD case and the DVD drive I had removed, I assembled a nice little external DVD burner that uses a USB 2.0 cable."
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"Tossed this drive (120GB) into my case and it's working perfectly fine as advertised."
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"SSDs are well known to be the best investment in case one wants faster computer."
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"Gives new life to old laptops, Inspiron 1420 in my case, Works great with Windows 8, and the boot last around 7 segs"
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"Never had to call them - which in this case is a good thing."
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Firmware

Firmware:
"If your firmware is up to date, you are good.17) Samsung Magician says I need a firmware update but it gives me an error or says it can't be done."
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"Unlike a number of other devices that suggest not updating your firmware unless you have a problem, this SSD will have improvements besides fixes incorporated in the firmware."
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"The only hitch I encountered was while the Samsung magician nicely told me that there was a firmware update -- each time I tried to update it failed (including using the iso cd boot option which booted up with an unintelligible screen)."
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"I had heard about problems due the lack of support to do a firmware update in a Mac, so I didn't try it, and apparently I didnt need it."
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"If your firmware is up to date, you are good.17) Samsung Magician says I need a firmware update but it gives me an error or says it can't be done."
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"Once rebooted you should be able to run the Samsung Magician software and update the firmware without errors."
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"You probably have a computer using an AMD controller that conflicts with the Magician firmware update, and there is an easier way."
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"Worked well out of the box with no firmware flashing needed."
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Installation

Installation:
"I've owned it for a year and a half now and its still kicking in high gear at the stated speeds and recently i removed it from my pc and added it to an old aging Dell Inspiron 1525 (BIOS A17) to breathe new life into and at first while installing it into the laptop, i got frustrated thinking that the ssd drive might have not been compatible because when i tried to boot it, it would say No bootable devises--strike F1 to retry to boot, F2 for setup utility, Press F5 to run onboard diagnostics."
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"Most of the 'settings' are left over from the early days of SSD when they were smaller, the chips were not as good, and the Windows installation routine for SSD was not very good."
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"Apps run very fast and given it's only 250gb it makes me stop installing all kinds of junk software I'll never use or ever need."
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"Not sure what is going on there, but the read and write speeds have degraded slightly from the original installation."
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"Installing it wasn't so easy, but that's mainly due to the architecture of the computer."
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"Installation from regular hard drive is a bit of challenge."
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"Installation was painless, and has been absolutely trouble free."
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"Fast, not a single problem since installation, until 1 day, it will just not boot my macbook pro 2012."
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"Easy installation one you get your computer setup to use it as a boot drive."
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"Installation went easy and the drive works perfectly."
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"Still, once that was done, installing the o s and other software was a easy and quick - and now that I have everything up and running, I barely have to wait for the computer to finish booting up - or programs to open."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"The positive side: the disk was immediately recognized by my relatively old ACER ASPIRE AST180 motherboard BIOS (2007).The negatives, the disk package lacks basic instructions of what to do after your PC BIOS recognizes the disk."
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"THIS ARTICLE WITH ALL MY EXPECTATIONS FULFILLED RECOMMEND IT BECAUSE THE PACKAGING AND JURISDICTION ENTRAG CORRECT, IN ADDITION TO RUN FERFECION"
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"They have great packaging, great service and support and you cannot go wrong with this item"
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"Please be aware when opening package, mine was dislodged from plastic housing and fell on table when I pulled it out.. got lucky there."
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"They are lighter as well (if that's an issue).As for the product itself, the packaging was decent (I had gotten a refurbished one through Amazon) and had most of the tools needed for the install."
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"Very easy to install; packaging of product was minimalist but effective; includes ghosting software (which I did not use)."
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Power

Power:
"could have terabytes of storage for that price...product disappointment: the cable inputs (power and sata) was sooo inside the device itself both cables did not fit snugly into the jacks because the SSD chassis was protruding and blocking the cables from fitting properly"
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"Was informed my computer specialist that the best power strips are useless."
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"Who doesn't love raw speed and power?"
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"Best drive every- fast- power efficient"
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"Additional software is great for tune up (more performance, more reliability, less power consuption)."
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"Between the clean Windows install as well as faster disk, my power button to browser time has dropped from over to a minute, down to less than ten seconds."
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"Also SSD's use less power than HDD and are more durable (no spinning disks, etc)."
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"Was informed my computer specialist that the best power strips are useless."
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Price

Price:
"Well worth the money, the only way you'll ever regret getting a Samsun SSD drive is if you regret not getting a larger capacity one."
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"If you want an ssd upgrade this does work as it should, but it is far from the fastest SSd on the market, and with prices dropping i would not recommend it."
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"Although, if you're on a budget and need a hard drive, a 7200 RPM should be what you choose because these SSDs are not only expensive but there isn't a whole lot of space unless you feel like spending a ridiculous amount of money on a 512-1TB SSD."
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"could have terabytes of storage for that price...product disappointment: the cable inputs (power and sata) was sooo inside the device itself both cables did not fit snugly into the jacks because the SSD chassis was protruding and blocking the cables from fitting properly"
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"The Sansdisk price is attractive but the headaches and glitches and forums reading and experimentation woes you'll most likely experience are not worth the savings."
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"It isn't the fastest out there, but for the price it is really hard to beat."
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"CONCLUSION:I really like these SSDs as they are a good value for the price."
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"Recommend this to anyone wanting price and speed and reliability! "
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"This is a very good product and has given consistent good performance at a very good price."
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"Great SSD for the price."
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"EXCELLENT PRICE AND PRODUCT."
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Quality

Quality:
"Nevertheless, the product is of very good quality and I have had no failures up to now."
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"excellent quality of the materials used"
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"Good quality, it was as we expected and we can recommend it."
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"I like it though because I actually own 3 SSD drives and this one seems the most stable and best quality."
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"cost quality= 10 of 10.this is what you want, belive my, its durable, fast, high quality"
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Read

Read:
"If you dont have a bumper, find something to prop up the driveI read about the Samsung ssds and marvel controllers being incompatible on other forums but it think now (2014) all of that has been correctedwould have saved me alot of time if i had this to read so i write this for others"
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"Not sure what is going on there, but the read and write speeds have degraded slightly from the original installation."
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"Constantly get a disk read error when loading the operating system."
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"Then I bought this...Two months later I get disk errors, random write fails, read fails, drive not recognized by bios, etc etc."
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"I was using a SATA2 SSD for about half as much space... this actually opened up my computer to use its full read write capacity (not that I noticed)... Great reliable drive and super tiny... and worth the $$$$ I do notice the performance with with my 2nd drive HDD 7200 750GB Momentous."
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"at fist the thin light plastic like case had me had me worried but after its in theirs no probleminsane speedthe 4k read right is 40X faster than old HDDSPEEEEEEED! "
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"The write has not really degraded but the read has dropped down to 250mb s. I don't have any idea what could be causing that change."
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"The logs for ZFS are stored on this and work perfectly and the entire SAN has a read write of below 5ms (it also has 16GB of RAM on it) using NFS."
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"Has a great write and read performance."
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"If you are looking for a SSD with excellent read performance this is the SSD for you."
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"Nice read write speed."
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Reliability

Reliability:
"Recommend this to anyone wanting price and speed and reliability! "
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"Additional software is great for tune up (more performance, more reliability, less power consuption)."
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"On the Windows Experience Index, this drive scores a maximum rating of 7.9.Reliability has been good so far, but I do use Acronis to keep a backup image on a conventional hard disk."
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"So far the speed is good and I haven't had any reliability issues."
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"As for reliability, so far it has been flawless - no problems of any kind running OS X 10.8.2 on a 2012 MacBook Pro, but time will tell (I have only used it for one week)."
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Reliable

Reliable:
"The Samsung SSD should also be reliable as they don't have any known issues or high fail rates."
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"I was using a SATA2 SSD for about half as much space... this actually opened up my computer to use its full read write capacity (not that I noticed)... Great reliable drive and super tiny... and worth the $$$$ I do notice the performance with with my 2nd drive HDD 7200 750GB Momentous."
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"OCZ hasn't had the great reputation for reliable SSDs, but since they acquired Indilinx and stopped using the SandForce controller they have gained a lot of the SSD market back and have far more reliable SSDs."
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"Installed this on a new pc in raid 1...works super smoothly...totally reliable.."
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"If you're looking to speed up your machine, or just to have some reliable storage space, I highly recommend getting one of these as your boot drive."
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"I am very happy with the speed and the reliable product."
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"A really great upgrade for your computer laptop, good quality, low price, reliable."
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"Great ssd have had it for about a year and its fast and reliable gets the job done very well"
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Speed

Speed:
"As much as I liked the drive to start out, it has definitely compromised in performance throughout the last two years."
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"I have never seen performance degradation as long as you properly set them up and properly maintain them."
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"Before my 3D games would have some spots that would always have a problem rendering fast, but this SSD has solved that problem too."
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"My software loads fast and installs are so fast it's ridiculous."
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"a very solid drive, never had a problem, pretty good speed."
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"Recommend this to anyone wanting price and speed and reliability! "
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"As much as I liked the drive to start out, it has definitely compromised in performance throughout the last two years."
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"Best way to speed up you mac or windows machine"
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"This is a very good product and has given consistent good performance at a very good price."
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"Mad fast, no problems in two years."
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Transfer

Transfer:
"the only negative i have experienced with this product is that the data transfer software that it comes with is cumbersome to use and doesn't allow you transfer portions of files to the new drive."
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"SSD works amazingly, Very fast read write speeds, although the data transfer failed from my old hard drive, re installing only took 20mins, make sure and backup your data before hand."
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"I think, only the data transfer software CD is useless!"
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"Windows Easy Transfer brought over tons of useless files that cluttered up the now limited in size disc but NOT the program settings!"
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"How come I see such great benchmarks and file transfers and start up even when the aforementioned advntages are missing?"
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"This Drive is so good it makes the transfer quickly and runs the OS, any, in a very high speed."
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"This was easy to install in my laptop after the easy transfer from the old hard drive."
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"Transfer of data from the old to the new was super easy as the SSD came with a program to move the data."
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"I ended up reinstalling the win 7 a second time to undo the Windows Easy Transfer."
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"Windows Easy Transfer brought over tons of useless files that cluttered up the now limited in size disc but NOT the program settings!"
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Warranty

Warranty:
"Samsung is replacing it for free under warranty, but still, complete and sudden failure after only 2 months is unacceptable."
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"The only downside of this model is that it only has 3 years of warranty (840 Pro has 5 years) which makes me think it will not last long, will see."
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"Samsung products has a great warranty so that is amaze balls."
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"I understand mistakes can happen, and that's the onus of the manufacturer to support the customer with a clear, concise warranty process."
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"Most likely this will not fail and if it does , It comes with a warranty"
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"Love the warranty too (on the off chance that it spontaneously combusts ).Def a 5 Star product"
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"The rest is there to toy with and at $100 this was a good buy (6 2013).Comes with a 3 year warranty so its reliable and hasn't had a hick-up yet."
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Windows

Windows:
"Most of the 'settings' are left over from the early days of SSD when they were smaller, the chips were not as good, and the Windows installation routine for SSD was not very good."
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"The Samsung software changes Windows settings that are hard to undo."
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"The missing star is because when I'm navigating in windows explorer the disk make some kind of sounf when a folder is clicked, it's weird but for now it's just that, a annoying sound nothing else."
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"Update: (became 2 stars)After 1.5 month of use, the drive not only randomly gave me boot up problem, it will also disappear after the windows start up."
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"I had several problems booting the computer due to Windows sensing itself being installed on a drive other than C:."
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"I installed this on my first computer build, was a bit confused when it had to be partitioned, installed Windows 7 and it runs perfectly fine."
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"Best way to speed up you mac or windows machine"
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"Was easy to install and works great would recommend to anyone looking for an SSD to put windows on! "
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"Still, the drive does perform well and does speed up the bloated OS that Windows is."
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"A very fast HD, enters windows in 15 seconds, your windows is on steroids with this HD .. Good for video edit also, no problems with it."
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Write

Write:
"Not sure what is going on there, but the read and write speeds have degraded slightly from the original installation."
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"SSD works amazingly, Very fast read write speeds, although the data transfer failed from my old hard drive, re installing only took 20mins, make sure and backup your data before hand."
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"Then I bought this...Two months later I get disk errors, random write fails, read fails, drive not recognized by bios, etc etc."
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"For example updating games in Steam is giving me a 'Disk Write error' that I have never seen before (i've had this pc for 4 years)"
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"Write isn't bad but it is definitely nothing to complain about."
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"Not very good write speed, but then that doesn't really matter after all those software installation."
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"The write has not really degraded but the read has dropped down to 250mb s. I don't have any idea what could be causing that change."
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"The logs for ZFS are stored on this and work perfectly and the entire SAN has a read write of below 5ms (it also has 16GB of RAM on it) using NFS."
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"Has a great write and read performance."
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"Nice read write speed."
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"SSD works amazingly, Very fast read write speeds, although the data transfer failed from my old hard drive, re installing only took 20mins, make sure and backup your data before hand."
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