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SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive available in 60GB, 120GB, 240GB & 480GB.
After having a recent hard-disk failure on my laptop I began looking for a new one, the old was just short of 500gig so needed something of similar or higher capacity. After some browsing online I landed on a page explaining how much better the new Solid State Drives are in comparison to traditional style H.D.Ds due to the increased speed in reading and writing data, it made sense that if the PC could read/write faster than already then surely my hardware would be more efficient, so I decided that would be the way and I would be upgrading to a Solid State.
The main reason for choosing this brand and model is as follows;
SanDisk is a name which I see everywhere, not just phone and camera shops but pretty much anywhere that sells external or portable memory, I've also had endless amounts of SanDisk memory cards over the years which I've stored plenty of important data on and to this date have never encountered any faults or loss of data so I personally am a fan of SanDisk products when it comes to storage. In addition as mentioned above my previous hard disk was close to 500gb so this was the next closest match I could get based on my previous spec was the 480GB edition. The 480 cost quite a lot more in comparison to the 240GB if I remember correctly I paid approx £265 via eBay however it was brand new which was an important factor to me, If I was to spend this sort of figure on an upgrade I wanted to be sure it wasn't going to break down after a number of days or weeks so I was happy to receive my warranty for the product.
Anyway after installation how does it compare to the old??
Well all I can say is "It was worth every penny" the impact that SSD has had on my laptop has made huge amounts of difference to speed, saving of files, locating of files, the system boots up almost 3x as fast as before, programs and apps open up in twice the amount of time as before and generally the whole system just feels a hell lot more responsive, I've lost about 30GB of storage space in comparison to the 500GB previously installed which just really means I need to learn to manage my data better and keep on top of deleting the unecessary files which are just laying around.
The installation is very easy providing you know how to gain access to where your hdd or sdd is, once you have removed the old the new just slots in. usually just slide in and out design is standard throughout most manufacturers.
I would recommend the purchase of this for anyone in need of extra storage or those hoping to improve the speed or performance of their system. Thanks for reading please rate.
SanDisk Extreme 240 GB is one of the (for now) high capacity SSDs that you can buy. If the term SSD is unfamiliar, this stands for Solid State Disk, as opposed to the traditional hard disk drives (HDD) which have moving parts. You may be familiar with the description of the speed of the traditional hard disk drives in 'rpm'. When a disk is said to be 7200rpm, that refers to the spinning rate (rpm = revolutions per minute). Most traditional hard disk drives (HDD) mounted in laptops have a spin rate of 5400rpm. The presence of moving parts, especially at that quite fast speed makes these drives prone to breakdown but the commonest challenge is the heat generated hence the need for efficient cooling systems in computers. These, in turn, can be quite noisy. Using an SSD instead of the traditional HDD solves all these problems at one fell swoop.
So back to the SanDisk Extreme. Not all SSDs are created equal and the SanDisk Extreme has a claim to be one of the best ones. It is fast; extremely fast. The difference between this and the traditional HDDs is quite remarkable. Many people aim to buy this to replace the traditional HDD in their laptops but also desktop computers. This kind of upgrade gives multiple advantages: There is an eye-popping uptick in the boot-up speed. Old laptops bought in 2011 or before will typically take an average of 30-60 seconds from off, often much longer. This time will be cut-down to less than 15 seconds. To take advantage of that, the operating system needs to be transferred to the SSD. With this particular disk having such a huge capacity (240 GB), you can also install several other essential programs there. This is particularly useful for programs like Photoshop which tend to take an eternity to load on traditional HDD. Also, if you do video-editing, where the transcoding process can be painfully slow, you will perform a jig of joy when you switch to SSD.
Apart from the speed, as mentioned earlier, you are bound to be impressed by how quiet and cool it is. In fact, when you are so used to having the warm surface of a laptop when working on it over a prolonged period, the cool surface can be a little disconcerting. It is also completely silent, a state that you only experience in sleep mode with the traditional HDD. If you are playing music, the background hiss of a laptop is completely abolished. Bliss.
The much reduced need for the fan and the spinning in the HDD means you also see a significant improvement to battery life.
Other advantages, which you are unlikely to put to the test is the claimed resistance to temperature extremes (hence the name), with the disk claimed to remain stable at up to a scorching 95°C and as low as -55°C. Polar explorers may wish to consider that! It is also claimed to withstand shocks and vibrations so that 'heart in the mouth' reaction when you accidentally drop your laptop can be eased, even though you may still need to replace the screen (better that than lost data just before you do that important presentation!)
It is important not to jump to SSD without having all the facts. The SanDisk Extreme, like most modern SSDs, is SATA III and 2.5" in size. That means, if you are intending to fit it into a desktop computer the bays of which are 3.5", you will need to get a 3.5" to 2.5" converter bracket. These can be obtained for less than £10 but that is an extra expense. Laptops do not have this problem since their HDD bays are 2.5" so a perfect fit. Also, many older laptops (pre-2011) will have SATA II (rather than III) connectors. That can be a fatal flaw since, whilst the SSD will connect OK, with SATA II , you will not be able to take advantage of the blistering speed. In fact, the speed is almost halved so the most visible advantage of an SSD is practically lost. However, all the other advantages mentioned above will be there.
Where you source your product is important. Some retailers will honour a warranty without putting you through the mill. Others don't. So, if your SSD was to go wrong within the warranty period and your retailer is giving you the run-around, you may have to deal with SanDisk directly. This is where things can get frustrating. SanDisk service centre for Europe is based in the Czech Republic. You would be obliged to send the disk back there, usually at your cost, to be claimed back later, and it can take an inordinate length of time before you get your replacement. Fortunately, SanDisk SSDs are some of the most reliable out there so you are unlikely to need this service.
SSDs are still significantly dearer compared to similar or even larger capacity traditional HDDs. However, they have come down significantly in price over the last couple of years or so. The price for a 240 GB is a quarter of what it was a mere 18 months ago and that downward trajectory is bound to continue. Still, for the same outlay, you can get an external HDD that is more than 10 times that capacity. You ought to remember, however, capacity is really not the reason you get a Solid State Drive (SSD). The two are different animals.