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Samsung 850 Pro 512GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-7KE512BW) by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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Samsung 850 Pro 512GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-7KE512BW)
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 1336 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.7
Returned or considering to return: 1.1%

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Individual Feature Rating
Reliability5.0   above average
Shipping5.0   above average
Transfer5.0   above average
Price4.6   average
Capacity4.5   above average
Speed4.5   average
Reliable4.2   average
Quality4.0   below average
Warranty4.0   average
Cable3.9   average
Installation3.8   below average
Packaging3.8   below average
Expensive3.6   average
Service3.6   average
Write3.6   average
Case3.5   average
Read3.5   average
Windows3.1   below average
Boot3.0   below average
Firmware2.3   below average


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Boot

Boot:
"I had problems getting Windows10 to boot from the SSD, but using the old HP recovery disks I had they actually fixed the missing Windows key and it booted right up."
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"Boot up is a ridiculous 7 seconds! "
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"I had to swap out the data cable because minute errors crept in on boot, forcing the system to use a default 3GB s; the swap allowed for full 6GP s on boot."
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"Not the best on the market, but enough for a boot drive, and definitely enough for a laptop that doesn't really store anything."
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"I bought this to replace another SSD that I thought was giving errors only to discover that it was a problem in the BIOS settings that caused it to try to boot from a USB stick!"
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"It does migrate the data, but doesn't create enough space in the system boot partition resulting in a missing bootmgr error when attempting to boot to the newly minted ssd."
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"Best drives for the reasons already stated by others, huge warranty, best speeds, computers FLY at boot up."
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"It should boot up without a problem, though, as an external USB drive, expect it to be slow booting."
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"Once it boots, you can examine your files and programs and see that it is indeed an exact copy of your internal drive.14 Once you are satisfied that the drive will boot and that its contents are an exact replica of the drive you are replacing, shut down the computer, pull the power cord and disconnect the external Samsung drive from the USB cable.15."
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"Insanely fast and a great price to boot."
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"fresh ssd for new windows 10, it's good, and about 20 seconds from boot to login windows desktop."
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Cable

Cable:
"It was not the right product for my laptop and the i had to return it, and i was not told that this product also needed to buy a cable to transfer programs to the disk so it was not very useable out of the box...the order takers did not have enough information to tell me that it was the wrong part and that i should also buy the cable as well....a poor experience all the way around, except the return policy was terrific and not problem in returning the part"
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"I had to swap out the data cable because minute errors crept in on boot, forcing the system to use a default 3GB s; the swap allowed for full 6GP s on boot."
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"After buying the adaptor cable and failing to be able to migrate, I was able to create a new windows disk using the Recovery disks, however that creates a recovery partition on my SSD which WIN 8.1 can't delete using the disk manager."
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"(please note, that you have to buy an extra cable for the cloning process)."
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"Samsung sends you a Drive imaging kit with cable and CD, and the product is super easy and works perfect! "
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"There isn't even a Letter that is assigned to the SSD when the connection is made with the recommended StarDust connection cable!"
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"It was not the right product for my laptop and the i had to return it, and i was not told that this product also needed to buy a cable to transfer programs to the disk so it was not very useable out of the box...the order takers did not have enough information to tell me that it was the wrong part and that i should also buy the cable as well....a poor experience all the way around, except the return policy was terrific and not problem in returning the part"
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"Installation was easy, I have 2 drives, just disconnected the D drive and hooked up the cables to the ssd , cloned the C drive to it then removed the C drive."
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Capacity

Capacity:
"But our only complaint if there is one, is that it did not max out at Capacity: 256GB as described on our computer (which is a new system)."
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"Good quality, fast speed, long durability, large capacity, but little bit expensive"
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"If you don't mind paying the premium, the Samsung delivers the best performance, highest capacity and longest warranty time currently available on the market."
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"great capacity, very fast, easy to install."
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"Very fast, good capacity for an SSD."
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"This Puppy is super fast and I definitely recommend it at any storage capacity! "
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Case

Case:
"A really disappointing case of incredibly poor customer service."
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"Pretty (unfortunately it is inside my case)Very very very fast"
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"If you own the 850 Pro and have Samsung Magician software installed and decided to update to the most recent firmware version through the software, then you need to back up and image the drive ASAP in case of failure."
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"I tried three different cables (one for USB3 and two for USB2) and the Samsung software failed to detect its own drive in all three cases."
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"It is inconceivable that this is the case but after many hours and after talking with Samsung, it is clear that these will not work with Windows 10 if you are cloning your HD and upgrading."
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"If Samsung or Amazon want to do something special in this case and help out, please- feel free to do it .. but my normal channels are not helping at all..."
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"I would recommend but definitely keep ur stuff backed up just in case"
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"Just buy a separate external hard drive case to make the process easy."
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"But anyway the case look nice."
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Expensive

Expensive:
"As of now, it is an expensive paperweight, and not a very effective one at that in light wind."
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"you put out expensive craps on the market and they are not reliable at all."
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"Since PCI-based SSDs are either too expensive or not reliable enough he's been sticking to Samsung Pro drives."
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"Good quality, fast speed, long durability, large capacity, but little bit expensive"
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"If you are looking to boost the performance of your laptop or desktop and SSD and more memory is about the best you can do without replacing very expensive components."
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"I am a designer for over 15 years, spend tons of money on expensive hardware but now the conclusion in 2015 is very clear:Get yourself a minimum of 8GB Ram, i7 CPU, Good graphic card and extremely fast SSD and say goodbye to slowness issues."
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"Very expensive but the speed is very good"
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"Works great, but it's the most expensive drive out there right now."
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Firmware

Firmware:
"Some sort of weird firmware prevents it."
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"The Magician is great for tuning, and everything I'd read implied that the newer versions would still be able to see the drives, to help me keep firmware current, but unfortunately this still doesn't work."
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"I found out that it decided to install the firmware for me without asking me or giving me any notification after a few days, so I think the firmware update is the cause of the malfunction."
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"I can't speak to other reviewers complaints about updating firmware bricking the drive, mainly because it runs so good now, I don't know why you would update it anyway."
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"nice and fast, I dont apply the firmware updates or install the junk on the CD unless there is a problem... and so far after 20+ of these installed in production environments I have not had issues...Will buy many more of these and the 512 versions..."
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"A little research turned up quiet a bit of other users with similar failures, not just with recommended firmware upgrades for the 850 pro that came out in February but with many other Samsung SSD's as well."
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"The main thing I would reiterate is that it is best to either not update firmware (if it's not broke...) or at least wait a month or so to make sure there are not issues with new FW updates and then update if you like."
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"The Magician is great for tuning, and everything I'd read implied that the newer versions would still be able to see the drives, to help me keep firmware current, but unfortunately this still doesn't work."
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"I did upgrade the SSD to the latest firmware without any problems."
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"I can't speak to other reviewers complaints about updating firmware bricking the drive, mainly because it runs so good now, I don't know why you would update it anyway."
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"nice and fast, I dont apply the firmware updates or install the junk on the CD unless there is a problem... and so far after 20+ of these installed in production environments I have not had issues...Will buy many more of these and the 512 versions..."
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Installation

Installation:
"Installation couldn't be easier, as there are plenty of tutorials online."
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"Failed to succeed in installing on Lenovo T410i laptop."
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"I would also commonly have problems installing updates and new programs."
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"Something was wrong with the drive as it would regularly corrupt my windows 8.1 installation and certain windows core features would become unavailable."
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"Faster, no problem installing on Windows 8.1"
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"Installation is not as easy as promised."
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"I had to replace my HDD because it was full and got an advice to update my system with an SSD drive (and keep the other drive as well).I'm not a techy guy, but the cloning process and installation was really easy, and man the change in operating speed was AMAZING."
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"Samsung provides nice software to go along with the drive which makes installation a breeze."
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"Seamless installation in MacBook Pro 13 (Late 2011) QUICK AS A CATInstallation in MacBook Pro 13 (late 2011)NOTE: MY COMPUTER IS OUT OF WARRANTY, SO I AM NOT VOIDING ANY WARRANTY BY DOING THIS PROCEDURE."
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"Installation was easy, I have 2 drives, just disconnected the D drive and hooked up the cables to the ssd , cloned the C drive to it then removed the C drive."
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"Easy installation and data migration from old hard drive to this fastest SSD which has the longest warranty (10 years) in the market so far."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"Not sure what happen here but I tried to do the Data Migration 2.7 that came with the package on my Windows 10 computer I ran into this error Cloning Failed Target Disk has been disconnected."
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"I was initially confused because I missed that 2 packages were required from the included Samsung DVD; Data Migration must be run first; Magician is run AFTER the data is migrated and the SSD physically replaces the old drive."
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"I am disappointed in the overall condition in the packaging."
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"Packaging was in good condition and shipping is fast."
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"Works well, item new in package as described."
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"good quality package."
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"The package was in good shape .."
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"Arrived on time and packaged very well."
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Price

Price:
"Not as fast as the new Intel's but the quality and price point is hard to beat! "
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"The only problem I see is the high price."
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"My only complaint is that if I had waited just a few more months, I could have saved over $100 on the price."
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"The only thing i would say negative about it is the prices for these hard drives are a lil salty i believe."
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"Only with caveats, and only to the extent you find it at a decent price, i. e., cheaper than any competitors."
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"These EVO drives (the Pro versions and the non-Pro versions) are the best and fasted drives for the money."
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"You an of course spend a lot more money for a few drives that are faster, but this drive is the best deal."
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"One of the best of the market and in very good price."
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"The best solid state drive money can buy."
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"I have bought several so far - 830, 840 & 850 series and had not issues with any so far - no hiccup, hangup or crash and best of all, the prices have been very competitive!"
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Quality

Quality:
"Not as fast as the new Intel's but the quality and price point is hard to beat! "
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"I did the drop test on this dropping it on my pillow from 4.35 inches and it did no damage at all showing some nice quality."
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"Software Disappointments all-aroundGenerally I am astounded at the low quality of Samsung software related to this product."
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"This is a SUPER quality product and brain dead can accomplishthis outstanding upgrade."
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"Good quality and speed."
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"Good quality, fast speed, long durability, large capacity, but little bit expensive"
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"good quality package."
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"I did the drop test on this dropping it on my pillow from 4.35 inches and it did no damage at all showing some nice quality."
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"Good quality hardware."
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Read

Read:
"I have read Samsung's responses to the individuals that are having the same problem, and apparently Samsung is aware of the issue and promised to have a fix by late September."
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"I attempted to perform a backup which failed because of read errors and other IO errors."
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"My issue is my 9 month old new drive (that failed) was replaced by a drive with 3x the read write, hours-on, etc."
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"Great drive, fast read write, no faults."
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"Please read these posts, and article:[...]Unfortunately - Samsung has made no effort to acknowledge the issue or help consumers."
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"It has an insane number of read and writes before Samsung claims it might malfunction, truth is though it has been tested and it can last even longer."
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"The read and transfer rates are phenomenal."
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"The drive provides reliable fast read and access."
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"My drive is showing over 3Gbps on read and well over 2Gbps write speeds."
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"The read write speed on this product is excellent, and the provided software makes it easy to clone your OS to the new Samsung SSD."
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"The Magician is great for tuning, and everything I'd read implied that the newer versions would still be able to see the drives, to help me keep firmware current, but unfortunately this still doesn't work."
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Reliability

Reliability:
"If you want great performance and reliability then go this one."
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"This is the best SSD one can use for speed and reliability."
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"Reliability is also VERY good, I never have issues with Samsung drives."
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"I've only had this set up a couple of days so I can't speak to reliability of longevity, but the performance of this drive is excellent."
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"Performance testing using Samsung Magician and CrystalDiskMark showed that the drive wasn't quite as fast as advertised after I configured several Windows and SSD settings in a way that I believe struck a reasonable balance between performance and reliability, but the drive is fast enough that the difference hardly matters to me."
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Reliable

Reliable:
"EaseUS was able to get around all the errors on my dying drive, and now I have a reliable, speedier drive!"
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"I have stuck with Intel SSDs and have been extremely satisfied because I use them in RAID 0 and they perform and are very reliable long term I have yet have one fail knock on wood."
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"Fast, reliable, and software made it easy to transfer files from my HDD."
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"Excellent driver, Very fast and reliable ! "
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"Zero problems and rather reliable."
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"Very happy with the product, well see how stable and reliable the unit is in the coming months.."
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"Good quality, reliable and priced right"
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Service

Service:
"A really disappointing case of incredibly poor customer service."
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"The reason for my current post, however, is to report on the poor service from Samsung Customer Support once they had identified the problem."
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"As an IT Admin, I think this is a great SSD, Samsung and Intel have the best performance and the lowest failure rates (I used to be head of service and support for a major computer manufacturer so I know failure rates) and upgrading to an SSD was my only option for speeding up her laptop."
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"Great product at a decent price - good service."
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"Excellent service and a great product!"
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"My Samsung laser printer had a drum issue after 2 months as well and they dragged out customer service so long, I gave up and just replaced the parts myself."
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"I have an older 128Gb 830 which has been giving good service on my gateway ( i5 sandy bridge )."
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"Big Thanks Amazon for excellent service."
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Shipping

Shipping:
"Packaging was in good condition and shipping is fast."
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"FAST Shipping V. Good PRODUCT"
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"Excellent product, will buy again if needed, fast shipping"
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"very fast boot times, 15 seconds; very happy with purchaseExcellent pricing and shipping"
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"great love it fast shipping Great Experience"
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Speed

Speed:
"I hate laptop performance to start with, but this drive almost makes it bearable."
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"It is hard to believe how fast you will speed up an old computer by installing one of these."
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"I attempted to perform a backup which failed because of read errors and other IO errors."
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"Great drive, fast read write, no faults."
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"In spite of these problems, once you work around them and get used to the better performance of an SSD, you'll never be satisfied with a mechanical HDD."
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"Amazing difference in Laptop performance."
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"Work great speed up my laptop by a lot"
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"Great speed .Small and good looking"
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"Packaging was in good condition and shipping is fast."
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"Very fast and easy to install."
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Transfer

Transfer:
"Fast, reliable, and software made it easy to transfer files from my HDD."
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"The read and transfer rates are phenomenal."
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"The Samsung Magician software makes it a breeze to clone your existing drive so that you don't lose any data and the transfer is seamless."
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"The included data transfer software worked well."
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"Easy to install and transfer data from my old drive to the new one."
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Warranty

Warranty:
"This review is both about the drive which has some flaws making is useless, but also about the warranty system that can do with some upgrades IMHO."
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"**Second lesson: Samsung product support is terrible and don't be fooled by this drive's 10 year warranty."
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"While they agreed the failure was within the scope of the warranty, I've now been without a hard drive I spent $600 on for over two months."
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"Even though I had preregistered the drive, and extended the warranty to a ridiculous ten years and 3 months; and even though the drive was only a few months old; they would only replace it with a refurbished drive."
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"How can you not love a 10 year warranty?"
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"It's hard to beat a 10 year worldwide warranty."
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"If you don't mind paying the premium, the Samsung delivers the best performance, highest capacity and longest warranty time currently available on the market."
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"Best drives for the reasons already stated by others, huge warranty, best speeds, computers FLY at boot up."
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"Very fast SSD and a 10 year warranty makes this a great drive."
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"10 year warranty, best in the business."
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"Albeit the cost a little more than the other SSD drives, but for the speed and warranty I think it's well worth it!"
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Windows

Windows:
"NOT COMPATABLE WITH WINDOWS 10 - BEWARE."
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"I had problems getting Windows10 to boot from the SSD, but using the old HP recovery disks I had they actually fixed the missing Windows key and it booted right up."
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"The bottom line is that it truly is a disappointment that so many people are having this problem with the Samsung SSD units when working with Windows 10."
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"Windows 10 is NOT compatible with this Samsung 850 Pro 1TB Hard Drive."
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"Unfortunately, Samsung's Data Migration software, included with the SSD, is not compatible with Windows 10."
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"Well you have to right click on My Computer, Click on Windows Experience and then click on Re-run the Assessment."
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"It is inconceivable that this is the case but after many hours and after talking with Samsung, it is clear that these will not work with Windows 10 if you are cloning your HD and upgrading."
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"After cloning the drive using the Samsung migration software, I swapped out the old drive and booted into Windows 7 without problems."
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"Microsoft releases developer versions of Windows well in advance of product launch so that software companies can develop and make compliant their software products AT THE TIME OF WINDOWS RELEASE!"
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"Samsung provides any required drivers, and a Magician utility that properly tunes Windows to work best with your SSD."
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Write

Write:
"Initial indication that there was a problem with the drive was disk write lock ups and system hangs."
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"My issue is my 9 month old new drive (that failed) was replaced by a drive with 3x the read write, hours-on, etc."
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"And its predecessor the 840 Pro absolutely blew away all comers for write rewrite repetitions at over 2.5 petabytes before failure."
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"It has an insane number of read and writes before Samsung claims it might malfunction, truth is though it has been tested and it can last even longer."
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"This complaint will get very long if I write done my experience with the first and second responses."
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"It's especially great for those who regularly need to write a huge amount of data to the internal drive every day."
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"This is a tough review to write, since I love some pieces of it, while others are not great."
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"My drive is showing over 3Gbps on read and well over 2Gbps write speeds."
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"The read write speed on this product is excellent, and the provided software makes it easy to clone your OS to the new Samsung SSD."
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"Mirrored writes to a RAID6 array are nice, but having a rock-solid primary drive is nicer."
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