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Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-7TE500BW) by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-7TE500BW)
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 7355 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.7
Returned or considering to return: 1.2%

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Frequently Mentioned by Customers:


Individual Feature Rating
Copying5.0   average
Price4.8   average
Quality4.8   average
Reliable4.8   above average
Battery4.7   above average
Capacity4.7   above average
Shipping4.7   average
Weight4.7   average
Speed4.6   average
Bracket4.4   average
Boot4.2   above average
Transfer4.2   average
Installation4.0   below average
Write4.0   average
Expensive3.8   average
Service3.7   average
Cable3.6   below average
Read3.6   average
Windows3.6   average
Connection3.3   above average
Case3.2   average
Connector3.2   exceptional
Port3.1   average
Warranty3.0   mediocre
Partition2.7   above average
Writing2.5   average
Controller2.3   average
Firmware2.3   below average
Screw2.3   mediocre


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Battery

Battery:
"I booted from a cold, dead battery in about 12 seconds."
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"Faster, quieter, longer battery life...what's not to love."
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"The enhanced performance and battery life was well worth the risk."
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"Speed is amazing but even for non-disk intensive use, the battery life over a mechanical drive is worth it."
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"Much better than the original that came with my MacBook, once cloned and installed it's much faster ,more reliable and gives outstanding battery life."
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"I did however notice a decent amount of battery savings, which is claimed by Samsung."
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"- Booted first time, after disk formatting (5 hrs 1TB).- Battery efficiency is not noticeable, might have to customize some properties...."
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Boot

Boot:
"Computer said boot drive was missing."
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"I cloned the HDD boot drive to SSD OK, but first few attempts to boot from SSD filed."
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"Broken, computer wont boot because it cant find the hard drive, when you go into the BIOS it then sees it under sata drives but not under bootable, after you restart it reads the boot and then boots windows... going to have to replace..."
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"Even worse, Samsung's firmware fix isn't Mac compatible, unless you want to deal with trying to boot your Mac into DOS mode after burning a boot disk DVD or USB, which apparently doesn't always work depending on what model Mac you have."
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"Selected the SSD for boot priority and started up no problem."
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"Works great and boots up super fast."
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"Made my MacBook boot pretty fast."
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"My system boots up nicely and runs much faster."
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"16 seconds to boot up and my computer is ready to go, love it!"
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"Went from a 2-minute cold boot to 10 seconds, and sleep resumes are instantaneous."
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Bracket

Bracket:
"Only complain about the harddisk is that it doesn't come with any 2.5 brackets for your PC and there are no SATA cables provided too."
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"My only complain was that it didn't come with bracket to fit into the 3.5 bay but for the price it's unbeatable."
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"I bought the SSD alone(not the upgrade kit) which I would recommend for two reasons, the mounting bracket and the USB adapter."
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"hard drive itself functions perfectly but doesnt come with any cables or brackets to mount at all, only the drive itself in a box"
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"Since this drive is smaller than the original drive in the laptop, it would of been nice if they also added a bracket to fill up the open space."
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"I have no complaints about the drive, the only complaint I would have is that Amazon suggested a combo which included a SATA 3 Cable for $0.59 and a bracket to hold the drive... well okay, could use both and $0.59 for cable isn't bad....so I took the combo not realizing that the stinky little cable wasn't included in my Amazon Prime and paid $2.97 for shipping! "
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"My only complain was that it didn't come with bracket to fit into the 3.5 bay but for the price it's unbeatable."
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Cable

Cable:
"Turned out it wasn't the hard drive that was the problem with my MacBook Pro and that the cable between the motherboard and the hard drive had failed."
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"Started off disappointed since the samsung data migration process kept on failing on me, I think I tried about 4 or 5 times, with several 2-4 hour runs that failed, it seems like it might be my usb to ssd connector that is causing the failure, maybe it's too loose or something or it could be my usb cable is too new and it has a tension that is lifting the ssd maybe few millimeters off the table, after I put a book on top of it finally completed the migration."
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"Other Thoughts: The drive itself is flexible... meaning my power cables running to it are not so easily persuaded to run where I want them too... because they are a heavy gauge."
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"Unfortunately, the cable is not supplied."
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"You could also crack your case and swap the SATA cables, but that's a hassle compared to the BIOS way, unless you're more comfortable with manual swapping two cables than navigating your BIOS.3."
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"One negative is that as its a laptop drive it comes with no cables."
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"Good news is that the cable is cheap."
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"Also don't forget when you are buying the cable you will also need SATA 3 for those as well."
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"I suggest to look in the case to see what type of cables you should get, they make SATA cable with angles as well to aid in installing in tight cases."
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"When you get the unit you go looking for a transfer cable, but nobody (Best Buy, Radio Shack, etc.)"
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"Good product but didn't know i had to buy the sata cable separately would have liked to know that so i could have bought it at the same time."
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Capacity

Capacity:
"I do not think is a good idea to spend a lot of money buying and expensive ssd from 240gb to 1tb if don't last much longer than a year, that is a huge mistake buying high capacity ssd."
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"Oh btw you can order some really cool metal Samsung SSD case stickers off of ebay instead of the stickers that come with this that are colored...The only other thing I can think to mention is Im not sure what the formatted capacity isI installed my system and reinstalled the hidden restore partitionI always leave them on just in case but I want to say with that installed the drive had about 900 GB of free space left."
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"My only regret is that I didn't buy a higher capacity one like 500GB because I like to dual boot to Windows 7.Make sure that whatever OS you install, you should Google a guide on tweaking the OS for SSDs."
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"also acronis tells me the clone process will take 2 hours and then after about 10 more hours in the process it tells another 1:42 hours to go what is the problem to divide total capacity by data rate to get a good estimate?"
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"Although, if you're going to get this one, I definitely recommend putting in an extra 10$ for the newer model & 2x the capacity:http: www."
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"Only comment I have - if you can only install a single HD (example: laptop), I would recommend higher capacity drive."
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"The capacity is great for business and personal use but if you have lots of pictures and videos, you can take out your dvd drive (if you have one) and get one of the 2nd HDD caddy for 12.7mm Universal CD DVD-ROM put your spare hdd in it and have additional storage within your laptop."
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"Great SSD for the price compared to its capacity."
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"I own several of these in different capacities and they even work well with mac computers."
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Case

Case:
"Worst case they corrupt all your data."
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"In all cases the software provided allowed me to quickly and easily transfer my data from a current HD to this SSD (I made sure I had less then 250GB of data to transfer in all cases, which makes this a not nicer of a transfer)Depending on your installation you may need to purchase some additional cable(s) and or a bay adapter (for desktop)."
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"It feels like a hollow aluminum case filled with two quarters... Incredibly flimsy feeling but that's how SSD's feel! "
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"I have the 250gb 840 evo in case there is confusion with multiple models having bunched up reviews."
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"You could also crack your case and swap the SATA cables, but that's a hassle compared to the BIOS way, unless you're more comfortable with manual swapping two cables than navigating your BIOS.3."
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"I feel compelled to write a review in case my problem happens to someone else."
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"Paired with the Oyen Digital case - works fantastic."
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"Best case they have the performance of a HDD."
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"I suggest to look in the case to see what type of cables you should get, they make SATA cable with angles as well to aid in installing in tight cases."
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"The aesthetics are also great; it will fit in with any case color scheme and is very elegant."
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"Blazing fast performance and looks good with a windowed case."
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Connection

Connection:
"The initial copy caused a problem because it did not recognize the USB connection."
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"Drive is working fine, but the Samsung Data Migration software that I tried to use to transfer the data from the old fixed disk to this new SSD (mounted in a USB connected enclosure) failed immediately."
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"Easy installation, but beware, the installation software requires a usb connection."
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"My 840 Pro crashed during a full image backup session due to an error in making power connections."
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"I choose not to use it as my computers are not connected to any UPS, so I am worried that a power failure could result in some file corruption if the RAM drive suddenly blinks out."
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"So if you have the same issue (i dont know if using the USB cable before and then connecting to the motherboard later avoided this problem), here is what you do."
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"The drive is jokingly easy to install and mount, power connections are equally easy to attach."
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"Drive works well once it connected properly to my laptop."
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"I am even able to get more out of my broadband internet connection!"
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"- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -I have been told the Samsung evolution was really good but the back connection panel is super cheap and was dented."
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"Tried to boot from the SSD while keeping it connected to the USB and everything worked good."
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Connector

Connector:
"I missed the fact that the software requires a USB-drive connector which was not part of the package, so delayed my installation while I sat on pins and needles waiting for the cable to arrive."
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"Started off disappointed since the samsung data migration process kept on failing on me, I think I tried about 4 or 5 times, with several 2-4 hour runs that failed, it seems like it might be my usb to ssd connector that is causing the failure, maybe it's too loose or something or it could be my usb cable is too new and it has a tension that is lifting the ssd maybe few millimeters off the table, after I put a book on top of it finally completed the migration."
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"Had to use an external data connector to format, but I believe this to be a fault of the computer, not the drive."
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"The plastic is a little flimsy though and the sata connectors are really tight, which lead to me easily break a corner off of the male sata power plug."
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"I took me a while to realize because the USB connector was missing too."
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"Anther problem is that there is no information given that the USB connector and mounting screws are not available."
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"Can't go wrong with Samsung SSD, SATA connector still feels lose like other model but never seen one break."
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"With some connectors I was able to clone the drive and install this one with no problems."
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"It would have been good if Samsung provided and explained the best USB connector."
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"Double check before purchasing that your computer has sata3 connectors on the motherboard, I am only able to use at Sata2 speeds which is still much faster than an HDD."
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"review update ;I received a replacement drive and it works great but the connectors are still weakly built unlike my western digital hard drive."
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Controller

Controller:
"I got frustrated and just left it on SATA II with my motherboard controller."
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"The Samsung EVO drives have been reliable and fast when installed internally in a machine that does not use a SATA controller with an incompatible chipset."
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"If your mass storage controller is slower you will not be able to achieve the same speed improvements I saw."
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"However The main reason I am not redoing the drive is because the tech told me that I could redo the drive, and it is possible the problem will show up again because there was no way for me to check whether there was a physical problem to drive or the controller."
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"Now, mind you that my computer is a little older and can't make the best use of this SSD - it runs on a SATA II controller, and uses DDR2-800 memory, but still, I feel like I have a brand new machine thanks to the Samsung EVO."
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"For those of you building your own homebrew ESXi whiteboxes, you may have noticed that the disk performance is terrible if you don't have a caching disk controller."
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"The Samsung NAND controllers are fairly close to the best in the business."
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"Greetings to the SAMSUNG guy writing firmware for the flash controllers, keep up the good work and entertaining the geeks."
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"great performance, even on a sata II controller."
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"Very remarkable performance boost and I only have a SATA II controller."
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"This is a great drive with the latest memory controllers available, even better than the pro series."
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Copying

Copying:
"It comes with some really fantastic drive copying software, which lets you easily copy your current HD and seamlessly install the new one."
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"My PC's did not recognize both of them, but when the Samsung cable kit was used, there was no issue in initializing and copying all data from the old HDD's."
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"The copying software that came with it makes it SOOO easy to transfer."
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"But once I swapped the connections around so that the SSD was on sata-2 and the disk I was copying was on sata-1, all was good.2."
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"Also, the method of copying your existing OS onto the ssd was incredibly easy as well."
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Cost

Cost:
"Extra cost to install due to Magician not being able to get through corrupt sectors?"
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"They have the least failure rates, the Samsung Evo's are half the cost, and have just as good read wright speeds as all of the other SSD's."
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"Since SSD's are still not as cost efficient as HDD's its best to use the SSD for your operating system only with your usual games and programs installed but for storage purposes use an HDD as a secondary drive if you have room for it."
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"The client was thrilled and felt it was like having a new computer at a fraction of the cost and hassle."
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"The only drawback is how much it costs, but I'm sure it will get cheaper and cheaper over time."
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"99% of the time, upgrading from an HD to an SSD will be the most cost effective performance improvement you can do to any computer, whether it's a Windows PC or a Mac or even Linux."
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"No one at customer service in Samsung Argentina nor in US were able to help me at a reasonable cost in the replacement process because I'm living outside US."
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"Kingston and Intel known to be best but according to my experience it's more better than these and in good cost."
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"Although there are new EVO's I went with this one for cost efficiency and I am very happy with the performance."
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"Cost effective."
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Expensive

Expensive:
"Who wants to buy an expensive SSD or any memory that requires this excessively high level of maintenance each month, year in and year out."
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"Very expensive lesson as I missed the return period."
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"Before I started using this, I was really not happy at all with my 2000$ expensive as heck (for me) i7 laptop."
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"This was an expensive failure."
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"It's good quality and all, just inconvenient (and more expensive) to have to order the cable separately."
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"I could have gone with the Pro version, but I think the TLC technology is more recent and not too bad compared in performance compared to the Pro MLC more expensive and dated technology."
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"It has the speed of any other better expensive hard drive with amazing boot up times."
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"Incredibly drive and while expensive it is the best upgrade you can make to a laptop."
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"Fast, great capacity and not terribly expensive."
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"You need an enclosure as well - get the more expensive option of this if you don't already have one."
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"Summary:Yes it's expensive, but the return on the investment is phenomenal."
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Firmware

Firmware:
"If you choose to buy this product and run it under Linux, beware that Samsung's April 2015 firmware update introduced a bug and fails to TRIM (fstrim) properly."
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"The firmware is broken and the means provided bySamsung to patch it does not work."
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"Basically, around last year people started noticing read degradation on these drives, prompting the first firmware update....but since the problem is that reading old data needs old data to show whether or not the problem is fixed, it took a while for everybody to realize that Sammy would need to provide a second update for the first one that didn't work."
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"I've had other vendors and had nothing but trouble with some, mostly irreparable firmware problems."
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"Just make sure you get the Performance Restoration tool from Samsung's site to update the firmware, the Samsung Magician software doesn't alert you that this is necessary and will incorrectly tell you that the firmware is up to date when it isn't."
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"Samsung issued a firmware update which supposedly fixed the problem, but it appears that the fix only appeared to work because it refreshed the old files on the SSDs."
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"great drives updated firmware after that no problems"
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"NOTE: there is a firmware update I had to do to keep the speed up but by now they should be good from the factory."
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"Be sure to update to the newest firmware, since older firmwares may have issues, but this is a reliable SSD for sure! "
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"Buyer beware: There is a tool, freely available from Samsung and easy to use, that will update the firmware on this drive."
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"Yes, Samsung *finally* admitted the defect and issued a firmware fix and software to run, but this does little good for users like me who are hosting servers remotely where booting into DOS can't be done without manual assistance."
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Installation

Installation:
"Fortunately I applied the fix prior to installing anything, but its still a hassle and the first fix didn't seem to fix that issue permanently because in April 2015 they just released another fix to attempt to make the fix permanent."
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"Initially I was cautious about SSD technology, having read so many negative reviews of people just having their SSD being DOA or failing soon after installation."
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"The Samsung cloning installation program failed twice to supply a working Windows SSD."
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"In all cases the software provided allowed me to quickly and easily transfer my data from a current HD to this SSD (I made sure I had less then 250GB of data to transfer in all cases, which makes this a not nicer of a transfer)Depending on your installation you may need to purchase some additional cable(s) and or a bay adapter (for desktop)."
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"Had problems installing the software....suggested an update and did so but it apparently did not install the update after it was downloaded."
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"I've installed 5 of these--many bought from Amazon--with no trouble installing and no subsequent problems."
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"The Samsung drive is great and reliable and has a very thin profile, making installation super easy even if your system does not have a specific slot and holes to mount it into - you can simply rig a solution like Velcro and put it in there anyway!"
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"Fairly easy installation."
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"Installation went very well and Samsung also provided another utility that assisted with the optimization of the SSD based on the applications, usage and configuration of the laptop."
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"Installation was easy and my macbook is faster than ever."
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"I went with the Samsung 840 EVO because an IT friend of mine installs these in all of his server installations and has never had a user complaint."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"Arrived without fuss and was well packaged."
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"terrible packaged without anti static of any kind against factory recomendations"
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"Samsung's software (Magician) did not work and I tried several other software packages, and they all failed."
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"The drive arrived within 2-days of ordering it -- I was not happy with the packaging though, it was in a bubble envelop and a small corner of the box inside was crushed however the drive was not damaged."
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"I have some problems in the packaging since it was open when I received the product."
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"Samsung has done a terrible job packaging this drive in the box it comes in."
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"Excellent product and packaging."
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"Made an old notebook PC boot up faster as well as loading software packages."
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"Seller packaged it very well with several handwritten instructions."
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"Solid performance, good package."
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"This may be an unfortunate disconnect between product listing description on Amazon and the extent of accuracy of the documentation that is inside the product packaging."
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Partition

Partition:
"I was able to clone my original hard drive including its partitions with no problem."
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"If you don't know what those are, and aren't comfortable messing with new DOS partitions on your Mac and whatnot, then you see the problem."
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"Drive clone was perfect, no worries about partitions and all that junk reading peoples blogs go pms'ing over."
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"After three attempts which all created a completely full hidden System Reserved partition that prevented Windows Backup from running."
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"The only problem I have now, is that the data migration software only clones 2 partitions of the disk, and the the Dell oem recovery partition is missing on my new ssd."
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"Having 1TB SSD is great for a data partition."
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"I highly recommend SSDs, especially for the partition that holds the operating system and software."
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"Also had to turn System Restore on for all partitions so I was able to create a restore point."
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"My cloning example: 750GB HHD with three partitions going to the new Samsung 500GB SSD--the software is able to take a larger partition of an existing hard drive and shrink the partition size assuming the used space does not exceed the new partition size."
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"The migration tool made everything very easy, cloning the OS with no problems (including the UEFI partition)."
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Port

Port:
"Bought this SSD for my son's laptop and even though the laptop only supported SATA II (rather than the drive's SATA III port) and did not take advantage of the maximum data transfer rate, the speed up was quite noticeable since most of the reads are small and randomly distributed."
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"Only downside is the ports for sata data and power are plastic, which unfortunately appears to be the industry standard, breaks too easily."
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"I put this in my laptop and unfortunately didn't realize that my SATA port is SATA II and this is a SATA III SSD, but I still top out with 250 MB s read and write."
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"The only problem I have is the Sata 3 port card on my MOBO isn't supported atm and I'm not able to get full SATA 3 speed with the HD on that port."
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"Just remember to check if your computer has SATA 3 port, it will work on SATA 2 as well but the speeds will be much slower."
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"If your system is modern with 6gb SATA ports you will be able to take full advantage of the speed of this drive."
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"I didn't need to power-up the cable as the USB 3.0 5V port on my laptop was good enough to powerup the SSD during the file transfer."
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"So it was easy to port it over using Samsung's Migration software."
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"In order to fix that, make sure you plug the ssd into the Gray SATA port, which is mostly intel port, or into your motherboard manual and hook it up to the intel SATA port to get the best speed possible."
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Power

Power:
"The Crucial brand has a problem where they power down and then aren't recognized by the PC again without a hard reset or uninstall and reinstall."
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"Other Thoughts: The drive itself is flexible... meaning my power cables running to it are not so easily persuaded to run where I want them too... because they are a heavy gauge."
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"Only downside is the ports for sata data and power are plastic, which unfortunately appears to be the industry standard, breaks too easily."
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"My 840 Pro crashed during a full image backup session due to an error in making power connections."
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"I choose not to use it as my computers are not connected to any UPS, so I am worried that a power failure could result in some file corruption if the RAM drive suddenly blinks out."
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")ok, don't give up easily, power cycle again and all is finewireless still not working - needed to get the 'diagnostic policy service' running - googled it and found 2 command line commands that enabled itwireless back and all is okoh, btw my DVD drive disappeared also after the Samsung software install - came back after many rebootsi did not really time all details but cold boot to the prompt for windows7 PW = 10sfully booted windows 7 about 25secprograms load much faster - 2-4xexplorer etc is instantaneous chrome and E8 load very fastalso the list to be populated is very fast (5sec) when you try to delete programs - with the HDD that took forever (1min)so far it works well and i keep it but it took me 2 days to get it installed."
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"I have watched him play some of his newer games and the system just makes them look gorgeous, amazing processing power!"
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"Remember the graphics card listed below recommends a minimum 750 watt power supply due to the high wattage of the card."
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"Using Anker USB 3.0 to SATA 3ft Converter Adapter Cable for 2.5 inch 3.5 inch Hard Drive Disk HDD and SSD, Power Adapter included, I was able to copy my MacBook HD data to this Samsung SSD and instal the SSD into my MacBook with little difficulty."
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"The drive is jokingly easy to install and mount, power connections are equally easy to attach."
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"Great SSD...I have a few brands and this model blows them away as far as speed and value...highly recommend for both casual and power users"
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Price

Price:
"bought this to replace my kyston hper x and i must say not really impressed with this drive boots up slow but got at a great price to can[t complain to much"
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"For this difficult wrong price."
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"The only problem is that the price I paid was $118 and now if I want to buy one more the cost is $128."
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"Will send the product back, expected way more for the price and hassle."
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"The only thing I hate is that its price decrease to $129 after I just bought it on $149."
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"PROs: No more spinning hard drive failures, price, plug-n-play for SATA controllersCONs: I would like to see the price-point drop some more on solid state."
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"Money well spent"
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"I love the size, hopefully prices keep dropping and capacity keeps rising."
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"Great for the money."
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"So far very solid performance and love the quality and speed for the price."
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"Fast, cheap, reliable."
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Quality

Quality:
"Software Disappointments all-aroundGenerally I am astounded at the low quality of Samsung software related to this product."
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"Unfortunately, other SSD brands have a range in quality from OCZ's horribly reliability to Kingston's bait-and-switch low speed drives."
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"It's good quality and all, just inconvenient (and more expensive) to have to order the cable separately."
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"I am a loyal Samsung customer and I have a number of other Samsung products that have amazing quality and customer service but this product unfortunately doesn't live up to that same standard...the hardware itself is fine - the problem is the documentation, software, and services that are associated with it."
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"So far very solid performance and love the quality and speed for the price."
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"I am a believer in Samsung and them being reliable and good quality."
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"excellent product quality"
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"Great price, fast shipping, excellent quality"
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"Best quality SSD in the market! "
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Read

Read:
"In short, there is an unfixable hardware issue that causes read performance to degrade over time."
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"Basically, around last year people started noticing read degradation on these drives, prompting the first firmware update....but since the problem is that reading old data needs old data to show whether or not the problem is fixed, it took a while for everybody to realize that Sammy would need to provide a second update for the first one that didn't work."
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"Had terrible luck with SSD drives, read some reviews and from what I had gathered this drive would be more reliable."
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"Basically, old data becomes hard to read on these drives."
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"Initially I was cautious about SSD technology, having read so many negative reviews of people just having their SSD being DOA or failing soon after installation."
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"BUT it has a bug that degrades read write speeds over time (more info here: http: www."
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"this is a great Samsung 840 solid-state drive with very quick read and write speeds."
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"Great performance, Quick read writes, EXCELLENT SSD"
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"Easy to install the OS and fast read write speeds."
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"Had terrible luck with SSD drives, read some reviews and from what I had gathered this drive would be more reliable."
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"I wish samsung trusted us to be able to read, though."
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Reliability

Reliability:
"If you do not need the best out there performance reliability which are the 850 Pros these are the best value out there IMO."
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"Plus, Samsung has the best reliability failure rate out of all its SSD competitors."
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"I've heard stories that SSD, in general, is still an early technology and there has been big disappointments in the reliability of the drive."
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"Though little bit worried about the reliability of this SSD."
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"While still faster than many MLC competitors and rock solid reliability, I commendSamsung on their achievement but at the same time this will degrade faster in performanceover time and uses a CHEAPER type flash memory which should reflect it in the price."
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"It is still very new so reliability remains to be seen, but so far I have no complaints."
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"Reliability is excellent as well."
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"Love the speed and the reliability."
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"Samsung 840 EVO 250GB hard drive offers excellent performance and reliability."
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"I'm not a hard drive nerd, but I really appreciate this hard drive's speed and reliability so far."
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"Excellent Read Write speeds, and great reliability."
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Reliable

Reliable:
"They have been completely reliable and I have had no problems with them at all, unlike the massive failure rate I seem to have with newer spinning hard drives."
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"They've gotten reliable, but the fact is they WILL fail someday and you don't know when."
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"It is super fast, super reliable and has yet to cause any problems on either Windows or Linux."
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"The Samsung drive is great and reliable and has a very thin profile, making installation super easy even if your system does not have a specific slot and holes to mount it into - you can simply rig a solution like Velcro and put it in there anyway!"
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"I am a believer in Samsung and them being reliable and good quality."
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"Good reliable Solid-State Drive."
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"Easy to install and reliable."
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"Great purchase, flawless, reliable, fast."
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Screw

Screw:
"The only complaint is that it does not come with screws to screw it into the hard drive case."
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"For those of you who plan on upgrading your 2012 Mac Mini with a SSD, please don't force the hard drive to come out, you could have a situation like me where the hidden screws are holding it in place where you have to remove the motherboard before you could get to the screws."
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"I was unable to remove the HD due to there were two hidden screws holding it in place where I couldn't get to them until I removed the motherboard."
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"Does not include any mounting screws, but that is no problem really."
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"My specific laptop used the tamper-proof screw variety and was size T5 which means I had to go out and find a screwdriver set that had a screwdriver capable of fitting such a small screw (which wasn't easy)."
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"Please notice I didn't buy the adapter to install it in my desktop but I was able to use two of the screws to fix it in one of the bays, considering it doesn't have moving parts, I don't think I will have problems with this approach."
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"Physical installation was a pain in the rear end because of the configuration of the desktop and its not easy to install the SDD in the adapter because is so freaking small as are the screws bu that's not the fault of the SSD and is just informational for the reader."
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"The adapter was not hard to find and the screws are standard hardware for hard drives, but it would've saved assembly time if I had them in advance."
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"Please dont use your metal screw drivers to pry up anything."
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"Easy four screw install, fits all 2,5 SATA slots, sturdy construction."
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Service

Service:
"We here at the service center cannot make any recommendations for what third party tool you should use, which is why we provide a link of another source that does."
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"Good service and no problem with the SSD."
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"Lucky for Samsung that Amazon has such amazing customer service for dealing with problem purchases, I'm willing to tolerate this experience."
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"Kudos for their support and awesome service, they were fast in answering and understood how horrible the situation was, 5 Stars."
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"I am a loyal Samsung customer and I have a number of other Samsung products that have amazing quality and customer service but this product unfortunately doesn't live up to that same standard...the hardware itself is fine - the problem is the documentation, software, and services that are associated with it."
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"The SSD drive itself is fine, but the documentation provided with it is almost non-existent, I had a lot of difficulty getting the Data Migration Software to install, and I didn't have a good experience with Samsung Customer Service."
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"No one at customer service in Samsung Argentina nor in US were able to help me at a reasonable cost in the replacement process because I'm living outside US."
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"The SSDs work well but Samsung's warranty service process is awkward and SLOOOOOOW."
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"I installed this in an old HP xw8400 dual-Xeon workstation in an effort to get a few more years of service and, hopefully, a nice speed boost."
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"Wery good service was exactly delivered without trouble, only Clouds was that i could not get it to clone my drive but i sorted it without a bit trickier"
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"You always working for a good service."
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Setting

Setting:
"Finally figured out (after lots of frustrating searches) there are settings in the Registry that need to be changed."
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"I'd have to save an awful lot of microseconds to make up for the hours of fussing with settings, and I just don't see the need."
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"Perfect clone of windows 7 all the way down to all my annoying little settings gadgets."
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"The inclusion of the Samsung Magician software for cloning and tuning your SSD is very worthwhile, as it can take some advanced settings along with trial and error to maximize everything."
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"I can now use the power saving settings that I had problems with in the past."
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"I had a few hiccups setting it up for my main storage device since it works best with AHCI enabled on the BIOS by default."
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"I imagine there's a setting in the software that would have avoided this, but it would have been nice if it wasn't a default setting."
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"No problems installing or setting up."
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"Good software manager to adjust settings on computer to have last long."
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"The ease of setting this mode and then running benchmarks makes it very easy to fine-tune the settings based on the amount of performance and stability you're looking for."
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Shipping

Shipping:
"So to honor their three year warranty, they are shipping me a refurbished (someone else's junk)."
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"Shipping speed with not complaints, excellent conditions."
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"Great price, fast shipping, excellent quality"
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"great product fast shipping"
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"great product, fast shipping, great price, great seller"
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"Good product and fast shipping! "
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"Product works well and fast shipping."
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Speed

Speed:
"It works, it's fast as expected, nothing to complain."
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"In short, there is an unfixable hardware issue that causes read performance to degrade over time."
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"Speed was good and product as advertised, but complete failure (with complete data loss) after only 14 months."
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"First fix restored performance, but then slowly started degrading again."
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"Sony laptop went from dead to the fastest PC I've owned when upgrading to solid state."
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"Has been in Use for 1 year no faults and fast."
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"It performs great."
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"Works well in my computer build, and gives me a fast start-up."
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"99% of the time, upgrading from an HD to an SSD will be the most cost effective performance improvement you can do to any computer, whether it's a Windows PC or a Mac or even Linux."
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"Very fast and reliable thus far."
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"So far very solid performance and love the quality and speed for the price."
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Transfer

Transfer:
"Bought this SSD for my son's laptop and even though the laptop only supported SATA II (rather than the drive's SATA III port) and did not take advantage of the maximum data transfer rate, the speed up was quite noticeable since most of the reads are small and randomly distributed."
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"In all cases the software provided allowed me to quickly and easily transfer my data from a current HD to this SSD (I made sure I had less then 250GB of data to transfer in all cases, which makes this a not nicer of a transfer)Depending on your installation you may need to purchase some additional cable(s) and or a bay adapter (for desktop)."
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"I have only one real complaint and that is that the transfer disk they give you only transfers data not the operating system."
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"If you experience huge speed decreases, performance degradation, reduction in data transfer speed for OLD data on your drive, please read."
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"I just got the newer version of the 850 a few weeks ago its very nice my workstation's file transfer is outrageously fast now and boot time is within the 4 second range even though i have post bios screen enabled."
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"Both are very fast and I noticed a great increase in speed on file transfers and opening programs."
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"Awesome drive, super easy to transfer from my 120gb ssd of a different brand, love it"
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"(Well, OK: 5 seconds) Transfer rate?"
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"The included transfer software worked well and was easy to use."
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Warranty

Warranty:
"The only downside is the shorter warranty, but I don't foresee that being necessary to be honest."
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"That is why you will need your second SSD to use while Samsung takes its sweet time replacing the failed SSD under warranty."
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"When your first SSD fails, it will take 2 to 4 weeks to get it replaced under warranty."
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"So to honor their three year warranty, they are shipping me a refurbished (someone else's junk)."
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"Customer support through Samsung's chat is not helpful, through robot responses and general lack of knowledge, my problem of how to even claim my warranty is still left unsolved."
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"Very inconvenient, but the warranty is 3 years at least..."
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"Was able to warranty swap one of them, but to do that you have to send back first, which meant I had to buy a third so that i could swap it in and send the other back."
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"The SSDs work well but Samsung's warranty service process is awkward and SLOOOOOOW."
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"The swap process was straightforward and I would recommend the process to those not afraid to void any warranties."
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"It's Hardware Encrypted and it's FAST has a great Warranty, Good Customer Support and VERY Competitively Priced."
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"WELL, THEY ARE CHOOSING TO IGNORE THAT, BECAUSE THE NEW WARRANTY ON THEIR WEBSITE DOESN'T STATE IT!"
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Weight

Weight:
"For 5 months it was great and then nothing, no booting, no use as an external drive, not even a good paper weight (it is too light)."
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"Small, fast, and lightweight; this Solid State Drive is the best one that I have owned, it generates little to no heat compared to my older Mushkin 60GB drive that died only a year or so after purchase."
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"its a pretty light weight drive.. it is ficken fast."
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"The installation is easy, and the unit is lightweight."
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"Good- The immediate weight difference upon extracting the mechanical HDD from the Macbook, and picking this SSD up to replace the mechanical HDD."
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"Incredible weight, very fast and easy to install."
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Windows

Windows:
"I've had it for about a year now and installed it in my new Asus computer (with windows 8.1) and I have had no issues or problems."
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"I haven't had a single issue with this drive since I installed it and I can't tell you how nice it is to be on the Windows desktop in 10 seconds (probably 8 seconds of POST time)."
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"Maybe these SSDs have no problem with Windows."
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"The Samsung cloning installation program failed twice to supply a working Windows SSD."
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"I also have a 120 gb Crucial MX100 which comes w Acronis (a 3rd-party software) was a gigantic PAIN to migrate because it uses a 4k physical sector size (aka Advanced Format), so migrating from a standard HDD w a 512 physical sector size to an AF SSD caused all kinds of issues (of which I will not get into here).If you're not the savviest hardware person and want to skip all the hassle of getting Windows to migrate to a new SSD, go w a Samsung drive."
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"The performance of the Samsung also increased my windows experience score to from 7.5 to 7.7.out of a possible 7.9, not the greatest benchmark test but every windows 7 has this feature you can use if you dont have the software to fully test the product."
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"99% of the time, upgrading from an HD to an SSD will be the most cost effective performance improvement you can do to any computer, whether it's a Windows PC or a Mac or even Linux."
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"Windows loves its background continuous hard drive access."
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"I recommend using windows 7 (or the brand new windows 10) with the ssd's."
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"Works really well in my pc as a main install source for windows and a few favorite programs."
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Write

Write:
"The Random Read test was only 45% of the benchmark and the Random Write test was a horrible 30% of the manufacturer's benchmark."
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"BUT it has a bug that degrades read write speeds over time (more info here: http: www."
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"I got the read write speed upward 4000MB s. That got to be wrong somewhere (using Samsung Magician Benchmark) but then I used HD tune and CrystalDiskMark and got the same result."
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"To make sure you get the best speeds: make sure your motherboard supports SATA III, attach it directly to your motherboard's internal SATA ports, and make sure your real-time virus scanning software is disabled (unless you need it).These disks also work great in small RAID arrays: I can get double the speed in a RAID 0 array of two SSDs (measured this and I get about 960 MB s reads and writes), or be secure against a disk failure by using a RAID 1 pair (as well as improve read speeds)."
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"After only a few weeks it is already having disk write errors and bad sectors."
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"I feel compelled to write a review in case my problem happens to someone else."
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"Great performance, Quick read writes, EXCELLENT SSD"
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"Easy to install the OS and fast read write speeds."
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"SSD benched for me these speeds crystal disk mark seq read 489 write 459 512k read 443 write 440 4k read 30 write 65 4k32d read 198 write 176 Please click helpful if this was usefull to you."
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"The write speeds are amazing, never going back to a hard disk drive."
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Writing

Writing:
"To be honest im scared to really do alot of writing to the SSD plus its only a 250GB SSD im using 52GB with Windows 7 installed Steam and MapleStory install and Toy Soldiers Complete installed i only got like 179 GB free which is alot but can fill up fast luckily i have a 1TB storage."
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"Cons: The drive will fail at about 400 TeraBytes of writing."
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"I am on my second 840 EVO SSD and after two weeks it is exhibiting the same problems as the first unit I purchased I am writing this review to see if others are having similar problems."
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"This is a very nice disk (much faster pc after replacing my old school hard disk) but in the first attempt at cloning with the Samsung data migration software, after a few hours it gave the error message that the cloning failed An error occurred while writing to the Target Disk."
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"What if my power were to fail, I would have been writing what a fool I was not to use my UPS."
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"Of course, my main concern was it's life span, as you know these devices are not meant to last forever, as it has a limited number of writing attempts per sector."
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"Greetings to the SAMSUNG guy writing firmware for the flash controllers, keep up the good work and entertaining the geeks."
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"I know by the time I am writing this, the price has come down further but even at $500 its a great value."
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"As of this writing, I have had the laptop a little over a month, and I have had no problems with the SSD."
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"After doing some quick research I was also able to verify that even though it's built using lower endurance NAND that unless your writing pretty much insane amounts of data on this per day it is going to last longer than you ever generally end up using a hard disk anyways."
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"SSDs are great at writing to empty memory cells, but the presence of data from files marked for deletion and not yet deleted (that's how an HDD works), will force the SSD to spend time copying the page to a cache, manipulating it there, erasing the page, and re-writing it from the cache, and that will definitely impact performance."
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