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Kingston Digital Inc. SSDNow V 200 90GB SATA 3 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive with Adapter (SVP200S37A-90G) by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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Kingston Digital, Inc. SSDNow V+200 90GB SATA 3 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive with Adapter (SVP200S37A/90G)
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 3164 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 2.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Quality4.8   above average
Price4.6   average
Reliable4.6   above average
Shipping4.5   average
Boot4.4   above average
Speed4.4   average
Warranty4.3   above average
Transfer4.2   average
Windows4.2   above average
Cost4.1   average
Installation4.0   average
Power3.9   above average
Service3.8   below average
Adapter3.5   average
Case3.5   below average
Expensive3.5   average
Firmware3.3   above average
Packaging3.3   below average
Write3.3   below average
Read2.7   below average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Adapter

Adapter:
"Fast, reliable, for notebook or PC.. works with XP, Vista, Win 7, 8,...10,Easy to plug in SATA cable, (Not in package).It's pretty good idea to buy adapter for large PC drive bay 3.5 to 2.5 for some $5 or so..This drive is not mechanical, so battery in notebook lasts much longer."
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"But the so-called adapter that comes with the item is nothing more than a flimsy piece of molded plastic that could probably be snapped by a 2-year-old kid."
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"Without the adapter the drive would probably have strained and broken the SATA connector."
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"This is a problem to put in a desktop with no adapter."
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"Cons: Missing adapter for a normal pc chassis."
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"Installation was tricky as the recommended 3.5 adapter was not mac compatible."
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"Fairly easy set up but lost a star for no adapter, though was a steal when I got it at 39.99 :D"
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"Good value but adapter is worhtless and not appropriate for a standard HDD bay."
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"Teaming this Kingston SSD up with the Orico AC325 Series Aluminum Adapter, I was able to flawlessly upgrade the legacy computer."
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"The drive mounted without problems using the 9.5mm adapter provided by the manufacturer."
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"Pros:Very fastAmazing pricePlenty of hardrive space for your OS and some extra gamesCons:It is a 2.5 so you may need an adapter for it to fit into your caseOther Thoughts:I highly recommend buying this is a great product"
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Boot

Boot:
"On one computer I had this weird boot problem - seemed to be a general SSD drive issue that occurs sometimes."
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"The suppled software was just not able to set up the drive so it would boot and Clonezilla kept failing too."
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"Otherwise warm boots fail"
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"I would suggest this ssd if you are looking for a good bargin and are'nt worried about havign the fastest drive like for a boot drive as locating the file is nearly instantaneous but if it comes down to pure speed I would suggest a slightly more expensive newer one."
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"I can't remember the details of why this was beneficial, but you will recognize why - if you ever use the Windows Recovery Program to straighten up a Boot problem."
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"Well once I thought the SSD was dead because my computer would not boot."
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"Pretty much standard to have one now a days for boot drive and a couple of games."
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"I've run various operating systems on this and it's a pleasure to say that I can boot Windows 8.1 (64-bit) from a cold off state to the login screen in just about 10 seconds."
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"Been using this HD for a while, no problems, boots fast."
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"Great for a boot drive when used with a much larger 1TB drive for main data storage."
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"Great product, makes my PC boot much faster than my old hard drive! "
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Capacity

Capacity:
"Who doesn't love a SSD with a good capacity?"
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"My only regret is not getting a larger capacity drive."
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"The main problem is SSD drives are typically smaller in capacity than the HDD they are replacing even if your size of what you have used in the HDD would appear to fit on the SSD drive, which was my case."
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"Hard to imagine such capacity and speed in so small of a package!"
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"The average person can use this in any machine and feel satisfied with the capacity and speed of the product."
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"If you have a ton of large files that exceed the comfortable capacity of this drive, better to keep them on a server somewhere than on your desktop."
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"Good capacity at a very good price."
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"It's fast, reliable, and (the 240gb) has enough capacity for your OS, system and work files."
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"Great price point for the capacity."
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Case

Case:
"I am a techie, so yes, I confirmed I was running AHCI mode within the BIOS, also booted in safeboot and tried in case there was another driver conflicting with AHCI mode."
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"My computer case did not have an adequate bay to accommodate it but I was able to attach it to the internal side of the frame with no problem."
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"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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"Although I wish their were a tray for the case, but maybe that's the case's fault."
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"Item comes sealed in one of those plastic cases that are horrible to open."
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"Works great, case feels cheap."
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"I am very happy with the results in both cases."
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"It's faster, quieter, lighter, cooler and easy to place almost anywhere in my case."
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"I used the disk first on my laptop but also i bought and external case with usb 3.0 and the behaivor is excellent."
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"Works well in an external drive case for backing up files."
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Cost

Cost:
"Very disappointed, it cost me quite a bit."
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"Unfortunately, shipping cost is on the customer to get the product returned."
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"I picked this up even though it's not the most cost effective SSD for it's size because I've recently had a bad experience with a lesser known brand so I decided to fork up a few extra dollars and buy the known brand this time."
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"Very cost effective for an OS drive."
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"Fast and great for the cost!"
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"Cheap, cost effective SSD."
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"I was looking for a good and reliable product at a cost effective price point and this drive fits the bill."
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"Of course if you need a lot of storage space the older mechanical drives are still more cost efficient."
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Expensive

Expensive:
"3 Stars, just because the ssd is not writing at the speed they put in the description, the reading even go superior to the speed they described, i'm not too demanding client because the product has a really cheap price for being an ssd, so, if you're like me you can buy it, waiting the surprise of the model you'll recieve, but if you are too perfectionist and demanding, and the product writes or read 1KBps slower, i don't recommend this one, buy the expensive one kingston ssd."
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"Add to that the fact that Kingston uses either synchronous or asynchronous NAND memory (one is expensive and fast, the other is cheap and slow) and it becomes obvious as to why people are reporting such wildly differing results in speed here."
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"Waited a long, long time to purchase one of these SSD's as they were expensive, and I had read reviews about instant and random failures."
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"Any pre-2010 computer will be revived with one of these, no need in getting anything more expensive as your hardware will rarely take advantage of it."
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"My laptop now boots up in about 30 seconds and runs all my programs as smoothly as my expensive gaming computer."
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"windows is able to boot in 8 seconds flat with the amazing speeds from this SSD, i was really impressed at how this cheap SSD was comparable to the more expensive samsung SSD's in performance, So is it good for gaming?"
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"They are crazy fast, very reliable, but a bit more expensive, and often out of stock when you want one."
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"The pros:+ Not overly expensive & the shipping was free.+ Very good customer product reviews.+ Simple installation..."
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Firmware

Firmware:
"Super fast but the Kingston software for firmware updates and secure erase is primitive and hard to use."
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"After a quick online query, I found that this drive has known problems and that I should install a Firmware update fro Kingston."
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"It runs super slow when installing both ubuntu & xbuntu on it, and unable to run firmware upgrade to see if that helps."
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"Beware of the new firmware"
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"As for the complaints, I could understand then given the change in firmware, but for a new buyer, you're probably not going to notice the technical differences unless you are trying to benchmark the SDD."
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"Worst is that you cannot update the firmware from a Mac, so I wasted my time installing Windows to see if I had the latest firmware."
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"I bought a crucial SSD, and was able to install the firmware without any issue!"
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"Who ever buys this, have fun updating the firmware! "
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"I've purchased over a few thousand Kingston drives the past few years with about a 1% failure rate, we're now experiencing major issues with performance and reliability of the V300 drives, with systems not detecting the drive 50% of the time even after updating the bios on the system as well as checking the firmware."
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"FYI, I do not believe that the firmware version has ANY bearing on how well the drive performs."
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"Please note the firmware version retrieved using DiskCheckup is: 520ABBF0The bottom line is ensure your system is capable of using any upgrade to it's full potential before reaching a final conclusion that the upgrade is faulty."
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Installation

Installation:
"It runs super slow when installing both ubuntu & xbuntu on it, and unable to run firmware upgrade to see if that helps."
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"The only problem I had was that the installation instructions were a little vague (they were just some pictures)."
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"Needless to say I was upset because I had the hard drive for a month and just finished installing the OS, drivers, and other software."
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"Not worth a gamble works on some new installations fails on others"
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"The drive itself was simple to install, and while fresh installing windows was slightly challenging, the drive presented no major issues, and greatly increased system performance over the old HDD"
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"After dl'ing and installing GTA4 5 and MGS4 I might have a problem with space."
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"Good for installing your OS and frequently used programs."
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"Was able to fix it with Windows installation repair usb."
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"Now, I am installing WINDOWS 7 again on the new disk and I am hoping for the best."
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"Easy installation and performance."
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"I completed the installation by changing some settings recommended on the Ubuntu user boards and have not had any problems after a few weeks."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"Only complaint would be the packaging which was pretty feeble and a bit nasty to open."
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"Fast, reliable, for notebook or PC.. works with XP, Vista, Win 7, 8,...10,Easy to plug in SATA cable, (Not in package).It's pretty good idea to buy adapter for large PC drive bay 3.5 to 2.5 for some $5 or so..This drive is not mechanical, so battery in notebook lasts much longer."
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"I was disappointed that the package did not include the cloning software."
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"Well crafted, and the only thing I dislike is the packaging, that s***ty, annoying hard plastic thing."
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"Direct mail Chinese, received when the package is open, OK no problem commodity"
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"Great drive, but due to the ridiculous plastic packaging."
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"Only complaint would be the packaging which was pretty feeble and a bit nasty to open."
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"Shipping was on time and well packaged."
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"Beautiful package and protection."
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"Odds are, Amazon recommended a bracket bundle package when you pulled up this page!"
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"Well crafted, and the only thing I dislike is the packaging, that s***ty, annoying hard plastic thing."
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Power

Power:
"When I inserted the power cable it was not so loose and because of the small tension small piece of the corner of the power slot broke off."
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"If you don't have a SATA 3 interface on your host machine - don't expect SATA 3 performance from this drive - but it will work and one should see improvement nevertheless..Solid State drives have a lot of advantages: lower power, higher mean time between failure, silent running, shock (drop) resistance - SO - performance is not the only improved figure of merit in a solid state storage device."
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"The only logical issue I could think of was that maybe there is something wrong internally with the drive or that there was not enough power being supplied."
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"this used on the banana pi r1,boots great with either openwrt or bananianneed a 2 amp or greater 5vdc power supply"
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"I looked into getting a solid state drive for speed, efficiency and lower power consumption."
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"And more power efficient (laptop battery lasts longer now)."
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"It's a slow SSD, but a slow SSD is still faster and more power efficient than a fast hard drive, and I didn't need a lot of space."
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"The difference is amazing, my desktop now powers up in 32 seconds as apposed to 134 seconds and application are lightning fast to respond."
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Price

Price:
"A great disappointment and a waste of money on this Kingston product! "
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"Not as good as my Samsung 500GB 840 but the price is right on this."
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"I upgraded my friends 2008 macbook rpo with this and the difference for her is night and day....I have Samsung, OCZ, Crucial and corsar SSD in my rigs and have 3 of thes in older work laptops, and for the price you really cant and wont go wrong!"
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"Kingston has not let me down, good price for the amount of space."
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"For the price, why complain"
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"They're a great compromise of size for the price."
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"Works well, good price."
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"fast cheap good."
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"This is a good hard drive for the price."
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"A great disappointment and a waste of money on this Kingston product! "
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"I love how cheap it is and works great."
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Quality

Quality:
"My friends told me this is not the best quality of ssd, but I feel ok with that."
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"I was told by some more experienced builders that this wasn't the best quality line of SSDs, but I used it in my new computer build and frankly, I'm impressed."
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"Great value and quality."
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"Very good Quality"
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"very good price quality match"
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"These are amazing quality at a great price and I have never had to send any back yet."
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"Superior quality for an amazing price."
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Raid

Raid:
"I had them in a RAID 1 and both failed within a week of each other."
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"I would like to point out to people complaining about speeds that your motherboard and RAID controller have a LOT to do with the speeds."
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"Amazing persormance y you raid 0 it."
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"If you have an Intel setup with a modern board & current 11.0 or newer RST, good news, TRIM works on your SSDs while they're in RAID array!"
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"installed without surprises, and works well, I have 2 in raid 0 and the machine flies now."
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"I have a couple of these in raid 10 in my NAS and they work really good."
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"Excellent in a raid configuration."
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Read

Read:
"I have been using a Samsung SSD at work as my main laptop drive for 6 months now, and its has 0 faults, and 0 read errros."
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"It was already shown multiple read errors, and drop outs."
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"granted they were very minor, but my WD mechanical drive which is now on its 4th year has less drop-outs, and read errors than the Brand New less than 1 year old SSD?"
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"3 Stars, just because the ssd is not writing at the speed they put in the description, the reading even go superior to the speed they described, i'm not too demanding client because the product has a really cheap price for being an ssd, so, if you're like me you can buy it, waiting the surprise of the model you'll recieve, but if you are too perfectionist and demanding, and the product writes or read 1KBps slower, i don't recommend this one, buy the expensive one kingston ssd."
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"Unfortunately I haven't read the reviews in details and went for the average score, which is pretty good."
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"pretty disappointed at the write and read speed."
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"good read write speeds."
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"These have Amazing Read Speeds for a cheap SSD."
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"Fantastic read write performance for $52."
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"While some people reported less than satisfactory speeds mine is operating at around 250MB s read and write speeds which is much better than my 7200RPM hard drive at only 100MB s. Currently it's used as ReadyBoost cache for Windows and to hold game files to improve load times and performance."
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"This is my first SSD and I have installed in a 6 year old Celeron CPU laptop and was surprised that it outperforms (Win 7 boot up time, read write) a 2 year old i3 notebook with regular motorized HD,"
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Reliable

Reliable:
"This has been reliable to me and seems fast, but it's not easy to compare the speeds of SSD drives."
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"Due to their lower power low heat operation, they are much more reliable than regular HDD's, which are especially failure prone after 4 or 5 years of regular use."
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"Kingston is reliable, and incredibly easy to install."
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"Good Value and a reliable brand."
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"Inexpensive, fast, reliable, easy to setup and work with."
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"Very good, Does it job, Reliable too ! "
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"Fast, cheap and reliable so far, Great for a laptop used mainly for surfing the net."
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Service

Service:
"- Drive in working condition: 5 5 stars- Drive failing after 1 month: 1 5 stars- Kingston RMA service: 4 5 stars- Replacement drive: # 5 stars"
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"We have about 170 of these at work that have been in service for about 2 years with only 1 failure."
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"I called customer service, explained the situation, and they said no problem just mail it in and you'll get a replacement expedited."
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"I've read the customer service responses to all of the negative reviews- the bottom line is it does not perform as advertised- whether it's the firmware or not, the speed is the speed."
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"Installed this drive in a Dell E6400 in early September, it's now failed (Error Code 1322) after only a couple months in service."
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"However, Kingston Customer Service was nice enough to replace it under warranty."
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"Excellent product and delivery service from Amazon"
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"Just what I expected, great service."
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"Excellent, great product and service."
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"Great product and great customer service."
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Shipping

Shipping:
"So long as nothing else fails, it's reinvigorated some older tech for only $80 (with Prime overnight shipping)."
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"Unfortunately, shipping cost is on the customer to get the product returned."
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"I am also out of town for 2 more months so if it is broke from shipping I will not be able to return."
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"works well as expected, quick shipping"
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"Fast shipping, fit perfectly into my HP Pavilion DV4 laptop with NO driver compatibility issues AT ALL."
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"Shipping was on time and well packaged."
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"Fast shipping and great product."
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"Finally, the shipping was fast, the price was good, and installation was a breeze."
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Silent

Silent:
"If you don't have a SATA 3 interface on your host machine - don't expect SATA 3 performance from this drive - but it will work and one should see improvement nevertheless..Solid State drives have a lot of advantages: lower power, higher mean time between failure, silent running, shock (drop) resistance - SO - performance is not the only improved figure of merit in a solid state storage device."
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"Improved my battery, no annoying sounds and the fans pretty silent already."
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"Absolutely love the high performance and silent running."
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"Great SSD Fast and silent."
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"Great backup SSD, fast and silent."
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"Pros: Fast, easy to install, completly silent."
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"It is cheaper than local, suitable to lower spec desktop, quite fast and silent...Very good choice~I wanna buy more if I need..."
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Speed

Speed:
"Fast and no errors."
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"Not very good performance out of a SSD if you ask me."
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"I was super excited when I bought this drive for a friends gaming rig but was greatly disappointed at the performance of this drive."
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"I know a 70-90 mb s difference might seem like a lot on paper, but I'm telling you now that in real world performance, you will not be able to notice the difference unless you test it with a stop watch."
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"This has been reliable to me and seems fast, but it's not easy to compare the speeds of SSD drives."
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"Fast & Good."
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"Great product and fast delivery."
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"fast cheap good."
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"Been using this HD for a while, no problems, boots fast."
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"Fast, works great and no problems."
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Transfer

Transfer:
"I also wasn't happy that it came without transfer software like the other two brands of SSD I own."
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"Now, after transferring data between SSD and HDD, it appears there is really nothing wrong with the HDD as the transfer rates are average."
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"I was pleasantly surprised to see the advertised data transfer speed was rather close to the 450mb s advertised speed."
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"I would have liked it if they would have specified that it didn't come with the cable or cd to transfer files and install."
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"I know the 2.0 connection limits the transfer rating but since it is backward compatible, it didn't matter and it was cheap enough to be worth it."
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"I was getting transfer rates well below what they advertise, and in some cases, slower then transfer rates between my SD Cards to my normal 7200 rpm hard drive."
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Warranty

Warranty:
"However, I fail to see any link to get me to any warranty related page."
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"I chose this drive over the Silicon Power SSD which is a bit cheaper without tax because when I had a Kingston memory card fail recently, it was very easy to get it replaced under warranty."
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"However, Kingston Customer Service was nice enough to replace it under warranty."
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"SSD for normal use and good warranty."
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"Excellent warranty"
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"Not the best, not the worst, but gets the job done for a home computer, good warranty support if needed (never needed on a V300)."
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"Good speed, cheap as they come with good warranties"
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Windows

Windows:
"Horrible, as soon as I installed a fresh version of windows 7 on a brand new rig I built it provoked random BSODs."
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"ingoodnightand I RECEIVED 120gb hard drive I was testing today and the same error meda dumping physical memory to disk and when the error is not is freeze the windows as they could help meterested in this page from Amazon."
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"I have had same problem since windows 8 and now with 8.1. when you google it says Flash drives are the issue."
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"After testing it on other machines I can confirm that the drive itself is no longer good, which is a shame because I had just formatted it and installed Windows 7 on it for my daughter before it failed."
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"I managed to install the drive and configure Windows, but I noticed that when I would reboot, the Dell BIOS would fail to recognize the drive."
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"Unfortunately, they only supply a Windows version."
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"I've run various operating systems on this and it's a pleasure to say that I can boot Windows 8.1 (64-bit) from a cold off state to the login screen in just about 10 seconds."
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"It's good product I installed my Windows on it."
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"Was able to fix it with Windows installation repair usb."
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"Now, I am installing WINDOWS 7 again on the new disk and I am hoping for the best."
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"I stuck one in an old Dell Inspiron 1545 from the Windows Vista era (as well as some more RAM and a better CPU), and now it goes from a ~4 minute boot to a 15 second boot."
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Write

Write:
"3 Stars, just because the ssd is not writing at the speed they put in the description, the reading even go superior to the speed they described, i'm not too demanding client because the product has a really cheap price for being an ssd, so, if you're like me you can buy it, waiting the surprise of the model you'll recieve, but if you are too perfectionist and demanding, and the product writes or read 1KBps slower, i don't recommend this one, buy the expensive one kingston ssd."
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"pretty disappointed at the write and read speed."
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"I got lucky on my order, however the new versions of this SSD read and write horribly slow, buyer beware."
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"So far I have not seen any write failures, hoping it will be a long time before anything bad happens! "
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"Regarding the 506 firmware:Yes, the ATTO test speeds are over 400MB s, but testing on CrystalDiskMark yields read speeds only around 180MB s and write speeds hovering around 100MB s. Those are highly unacceptable speeds for an SSD."
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"One thing to remember if you are placing an SSD in a laptop as I did, or any PC is to make sure that you disable hibernation, this writes your session to the drive and shuts the computer down, the main downside of an SSD is that over time too many writes can slow them down and eventually limit life."
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"good read write speeds."
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"Fantastic read write performance for $52."
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"I normally don't write negative reviews, but if this saves someone the headache I went through."
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"This is my first SSD and I have installed in a 6 year old Celeron CPU laptop and was surprised that it outperforms (Win 7 boot up time, read write) a 2 year old i3 notebook with regular motorized HD,"
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"The first thing was a test... the write and the read was perfect... im very happy with my SSD."
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