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Samsung 830 Series MZ-7PC128N 128 GB

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      02.07.2013 18:54
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      Does what it says on the tin.

      I purchased my Samsung 830 SSD as part of the Notebook Accessory kit, which included, in addition to the disk itself, a SATA-USB bridge and a copy of Norton Ghost software.

      Despite the SSD itself being extremely easy to install, the supplied Norton Ghost software was slightly confusing due to the huge array of apparently unnecessary features which it included - something which I cannot see helping novice users, who would probably prefer a simple piece of software to clone the previous disk alone.

      Personally, I had trouble cloning my previous hard drive due to the copy of Windows Vista which was installed on the old drive. Data transfer was very slow using the supplied SATA-USB bridge. Despite the HDD being cloned apparently successfully, my laptop would refuse to boot due to various complications with the bootloader not being included in the transfer, and in the end I was forced to do a clean install on the SSD of Windows 7. Luckily for me Windows 7 is vastly better suited for SSD use due to TRIM being automatically enabled, amongst other various features.

      The speed of the drive is immediately noticeable, and obviously significantly faster than that of any HDD I have previously used. The drive failed to live up to the speeds promised on the box however this may be (at least partly) down to my laptops failing to support SATA 3 (6Gb/s). After 1 year of use, it is still fast enough to notice the difference when using a HDD instead. In my current setup with a new laptop, and with Windows 8 installed on it, bootup takes roughly 12 seconds.

      Despite initial problems with cloning the drive, overall the 830 has been very much value for money.

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