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Kingston HyperX 3K 480 GB SATA III 2.5-Inch 6.0 Gb-s Solid State Drive SH103S3-480G by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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Kingston HyperX 3K 480 GB SATA III 2.5-Inch 6.0 Gb/s Solid State Drive SH103S3/480G
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 960 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.5
Returned or considering to return: 2.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Adapter5.0   exceptional
Quality4.8   average
Price4.6   average
Read4.6   above average
Speed4.6   average
Screw4.5   exceptional
Boot4.3   above average
Bracket4.3   average
Write4.3   above average
Installation4.2   average
Reliable4.2   average
Windows4.0   above average
Case3.7   above average
Connection2.9   average
Firmware2.9   average
Connector0.8   below average


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Adapter

Adapter:
"and the specs were a lot better then the counterpart (Kingston Digital 120GB SSDNow V300 SATA 3 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive with Adapter (SV300S37A 120G))I have optimized the settings for the best speed."
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"easy installation and it came with its own adapter to fit in with the other HDDs."
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"easy install, even came with a 3.5 inch adapter bracket."
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"wish it would have come with more than one type of adapter but im still highly satisfied with it."
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"However, they were nice enough to include a mount adapter - so the drive fits well into my external cage."
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Boot

Boot:
"However, after only 2 and half years, the drive died---BSOD and failed to recognize boot drive afterwards."
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"I used the PC one day and powered it down over night, the next morning I went to turn it back on and continue my work and to my surprise I booted to missing boot file screen."
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"I'm pretty sure everyone hates it when computers take more than 12 seconds to boot."
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"My older 60gb one just wasn't enough to even contain the win7 boot system, which tends to [unfortunately] expand over time with updates usage."
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"My windows 7 now boots in around 10 seconds, so I have no complaints and I recommend it."
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"i use it for my OS ( my boot time from dead off is about 10 sec.)"
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"Boot time is way faster with this drive I would recommend to anyone wanting better PC speeds"
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"The drive has been installed as the boot drive on my PC for about four months now and it is performing well."
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"Changing out the old HDD for this slick SSD has increased its speed noticeably and best of all boot up time is a few seconds now."
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"I bought this as a main boot application drive for my desktop PC, and have really enjoyed it."
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"My windows 7 now boots in around 10 seconds, so I have no complaints and I recommend it."
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Bracket

Bracket:
"The bonus is the 3.5 mounting bracket and the only negative is it 9mm and wont work in some laptops."
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"Installation was easy with one minor complication., upon installing this SSD in my desktop, a screw provided in the packaging ended up screwing into the SSD casing, it seem like this was as a result of the mounting position of the SSD on the provided aluminum bracket, so watch for that when installing, so as to avoid damage to the SSD casing."
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"Come with bracket, great speed."
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"Comes with a 3.5 drive bracket as well"
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"Comes with screws and mounting bracket for 3.5 to 2.5.Highly recommended."
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"Did not know how much this would improve speed, but was more than happy--- boots in seconds---searches, loading---everything much faster---- also has brackets and screws for easy, secure mounting."
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"Comeswith screws and mounting bracket for 3.5 to 2.5.Highly recommended, and as usual hats off to Amazon and their fast and on time delivery."
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Case

Case:
"The impacts have been somewhat different, but in both cases, unhappy customers are loudly complaining that they've been cheated, tricked into paying for a drive they otherwise wouldn't have purchased."
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"Bad news is that SSD is even worse; at least when HDD fails, for a while before the failure, in most cases, it gives all kinds of warnings and notices, etc; and enough time to complete the backup, etc."
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"I suspect that there is intention behind these failures, that they are not random happenstance and if that is the case such activity would seem to be criminal in terms of fraud."
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"Also the 3k rating is really a non-issue unless your an enterprise customer and in that case you're buying the wrong drive."
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"Well built metal composite case."
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"System recognized it right away, definitely a huge difference over my laptops 5200 rpm hddCons: The mount didnt fit extremely well in my case, (thermaltake chaser mk-1)."
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"Form factor fit perfectly into the case and put a fresh install of OSX."
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"I think this is a very solid ssd no problems at all, looks great in my case and runs very fast, boot times are 8 secs."
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"The drive was easy to mount in my case and connections went on without any trouble, through I tried not to mess with it too much as other reviews have mentioned that the connectors can break off."
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Connection

Connection:
"After trying all the software bug fixes I could track down over a few weeks, I discovered that the connector broke and the inconsistent connection was giving me problems."
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"I didn't think the connections were a problem because they are simple and seemed easy to inspect."
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"This drive completely saturates the SATA I connection and has ran perfectly with no hiccups."
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"The sata power cord from my PSU is not all that flexable and when I connected it to the drive, it broke the plastic backplate off from behind the pins."
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"The L-shaped connector was cracked out of the box, and a piece of it broke off as soon as I tried to connect a cable to it."
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"Best performance requires connection to sata3 port if you have it and AHCI disk handling protocol."
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"I didn't think the connections were a problem because they are simple and seemed easy to inspect."
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"Placing the second drive into the desktop was easy and the SATA connection appeared to seat cleanly."
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"I have a 100MB s connection speed and will easily load into COD:G and BF4 maps faster than almost every player."
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"This drive completely saturates the SATA I connection and has ran perfectly with no hiccups."
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Connector

Connector:
"After trying all the software bug fixes I could track down over a few weeks, I discovered that the connector broke and the inconsistent connection was giving me problems."
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"Last week, I noticed the bare copper pins at the SATA interface and upon inspection, discovered the drive's plastic SATA connector broken off and was stuck inside the SATA cable connector."
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"Opening up the box I found that the SATA connector on the second drive had also broken off."
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"The SATA connector on the drive is very brittle and broke off."
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"Just make sure you check the drive for loose or broken connectors when received."
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"Too bad the brittle plastic on the connector are also easily snapped."
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"The sata connector is cheap and flimsy, it broke off very, very easily."
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Firmware

Firmware:
"However, the update process is not essay and Kingston Toolbox update software was unable to update the SSD with the updated firmware."
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"The Kingston Field Updater was not able to install firmware 503 when installed on either machine."
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"Once on this page make sure your model is listed here (incompatible firmware will toast your SSD)."
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"Their response: Unfortunately, there is no way to update the firmware for this drive in MacOS."
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"There must be an incompatibility with revision 501.The Kingston firmware update utility will tell you your firmware revision number."
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"Details is useless, and Drive will tell you the model of your SSD and the firmware that came with your SSD."
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"After hours of troubleshooting(and thinking i bricked it once or twice) i was able to change the firmware."
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"Good drive if you get the right firmware with it(which i did not)."
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"Also updating the firmware is very easy and only takes a few minutes."
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"Thankfully I was able to track down the 503 firmware update."
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"dropbox (dot) com u 196323 Kingston%20Firmware%20Update%20503.zipSpeeds are okay, but I'm not terribly impressed with SSDs for the price."
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Installation

Installation:
"Luckily I have another drive at home, the RMA replacement for the first Kingston 240 GB that failed and I'm installing Windows on it now."
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"I got the drive formatted it worked fine but I could have done without the 30 minutes of searching on the internet to resolve a problem that should have been addressed in the installation manual."
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"Installation was easy with one minor complication., upon installing this SSD in my desktop, a screw provided in the packaging ended up screwing into the SSD casing, it seem like this was as a result of the mounting position of the SSD on the provided aluminum bracket, so watch for that when installing, so as to avoid damage to the SSD casing."
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"Before installing this drive, my old Macbook had problems with battery charging, screen dimming and flickering, and WIFI on-and-off intermittently."
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"After installing Windows 7, the laptop never worked so well."
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"Even though I've been using this particular SSD for maybe around a week now, installing it was flawless and easy with an included drive bay."
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"easy installation and it came with its own adapter to fit in with the other HDDs."
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"Performance was excellent... right up until it stopped functioning (about 2 months after installation)."
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"I'm not much of a spec guy, I don't know all the ins and out of it, but I can tell you it was a great value, gave me another 240 gigs of SSD space for my system and has been great since installation."
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"Installation was easy and now my computer starts up in 5-20 seconds but also the computer runs faster when using it throughout the day."
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Price

Price:
"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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"Possibly a little dated but the price ratio is a real value and very reliable."
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"Only downside at this price is the capacity since you cannot have too many games programs installed on this at once."
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"I have used OCZ drives in the past and two have failed within six monthsSave yourself some money and headache buy this drive instead of the OCZ."
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"hyperx 3k is not worth the money for the performance and i would not recommend this product to anyone in the market for ssd."
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"what is wrong with SSD price these days ?"
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"This is a good ssd because it has a direct relation between price, performance & duration."
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"Great for the price."
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"Great price! "
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"It's old and outdated just like the price."
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"Good price, I got 2 of these and they're great."
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Quality

Quality:
"Con: This isn't about the quality of the drive it's about the size which was also my fault."
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"Great quality! "
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"Excellent quality, great buy! "
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"Excellent product with good construction and quality parts."
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"Amazing price and quality!"
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"Really good quality and velocity"
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Read

Read:
"I read in forums that the drivers are faulty on these and a patch was available from Kingston for a while but it is apparently no longer offered."
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"It had great reads, horrible writes (slower than a 5400 RPM HDD)."
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"Great ssd fast read write speeds 10 times better than normal hard drives."
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"excellent speed read and write, and little energy usage"
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"Love these ssd's, this is my second and I have them in Raid 0..... 850 - 950 mb s Read )depends how you stripe it)Write speed about 500 - 550 (depends how you have it striped."
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"I love it, Ubuntu 14.04 benchmark worked at 480mb s Write and 486mb s Read!"
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"From what I had read, I was very confident of the reliability of SSD drives and all of a sudden after a year of use the drive FAILED."
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Reliable

Reliable:
"Possibly a little dated but the price ratio is a real value and very reliable."
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"Although the internals is not the best I trust Kingston will make it a reliable product and so far it looks like that's the case."
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"Nice fast and reliable so far."
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"Pretty reliable product and if you are coming from a traditional hard drive you will be very impressed."
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"It is perfect SSD, very fast and very reliable - never failed yet."
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"These drives are, however, very solid with the best thermal shielding I've ever seen and are as reliable as you could ever ask for."
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"I am completely satisfied with the reliable and consistent performance."
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Screw

Screw:
"The only real negative I found is that besides screws and the drive there is nothing else in the box."
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"it was very easy and fast to copy everything onto the SSD as well as remove the 8 screws on the back and 4 inside to pull out her hard drive and drop this one in."
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"Pros:+ Product is fast+ Product is solid, and sturdy.+ Product was easy to install (Even came with extra screws and a 3.5 inch mounting bracket)+ Comes with 3 year manufacture warranty."
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"drive came with 2 sets of screws and a nice drive tray that made mounting very easy."
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"Comes with screws and mounting bracket for 3.5 to 2.5.Highly recommended."
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"It does fit snugly into place so that it will not be moving without your help, but I was unable to screw it into the rack."
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Speed

Speed:
"Fast but fails after year"
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"I did at one point use these in a RAID 0 setup and was amazed at the near 10GB speeds I got but sadly my controller wasn't very good so I decided to use them individually as my motherboard's RAID controller is being used for a RAID 5.I would highly recommend Kingston HyperX products as I always found them to be reliable and promising."
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"Especially with how much online storage is available, I found it was OK to compromise a little space for this massive increase in speed."
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"So far, so good, and no performance problems despite my heavy usage (my OS enables TRIM by default).Under FreeBSD (may be useful to Linux users also), this is how the drives appear:ada0: ATA-8 SATA 3.x deviceada0: 600.000MB s transfers (SATA 3.x, UDMA6, PIO 8192bytes)ada0: Command Queueing enabledada0: 114473MB (234441648 512 byte sectors: 16H 63S T 16383C)I'll update if any changes in my experience."
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"Not expensive, easy to install an really, really, fast."
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"I bought this for my ASUS G75VW, and no complains, windows loads really fast and everything is working fine and fast, no more no less..."
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"This is a good ssd because it has a direct relation between price, performance & duration."
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"Great performance! "
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"fast, working well with mbp 2012."
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"When I finally got a working drive it was a great drive with adequately fast speeds."
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Windows

Windows:
"My windows 7 now boots in around 10 seconds, so I have no complaints and I recommend it."
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"I bought this for my ASUS G75VW, and no complains, windows loads really fast and everything is working fine and fast, no more no less..."
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"Luckily I have another drive at home, the RMA replacement for the first Kingston 240 GB that failed and I'm installing Windows on it now."
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"I'm not very happy with Windows 8 but this SSD is fast and has had no problems since being installed."
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"Windows boot up gives error and certain installed programs do not start."
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"After installing Windows 7, the laptop never worked so well."
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"When I installed this hard drive on my laptop and installed Windows 7 64 bit, it worked well for a few weeks then *blink* my C: drive was gone and my laptop could not find the hard drive."
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"Not the drives fault but a Windows issue."
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"Windows 7 Pro loads extremely fast and I enjoy both its' low power requirements and reduced heat generation as compared to a mechanical hard drive."
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"I installed the drive over 2 months ago, ran a clean install of windows, and I have not had any crashes or failures so far."
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"great hard drive, very fast start up for windows 7. fast download time and increases overall speed of your computer."
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Write

Write:
"A firmware update was supposed to solve a race condition where a write command during SATA error handling process that could cause drive to hang and fix false incrementing with SMART attribute 174."
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"It had great reads, horrible writes (slower than a 5400 RPM HDD)."
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"ATTO benchmark gives read speeds slightly greater than the claimed 550MB s but write speeds are about 450MB s whereas the claimed write speeds are 510MB s. Not a great issue though."
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"Great ssd fast read write speeds 10 times better than normal hard drives."
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"excellent speed read and write, and little energy usage"
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"I love it, Ubuntu 14.04 benchmark worked at 480mb s Write and 486mb s Read!"
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"Good deal for the price, good read and write speeds and was easy to installs."
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"Read and write times are amazingly fast and fluid."
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