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Quality S.S.D liked the migration software that you can use with Samsung. Makes the whole copy transition easy. Have these S.S.D in 6 other computers with no problems to date. Made a couple of my old computer super fast to boot.
My kids were getting sick of Minecraft taking 10 minutes to load on their XBox One X so I installed the Samsung EVO 960 internally for them, this gave the OS a tremendous boost in response time and makes their games and levels load much faster, they also have much less trouble with assets popping in because the hard drive isn't a slow dinosaur anymore. Thank spaghetti monster the new consoles finally have solid state drives by default, if only they had listened to PC gamers sooner right?
My old laptop finally died, and I needed a new one for school. My budget's tight, so I bought a cheaper laptop & I decided to upgrade it to 16GB RAM and 250GB SSD. I'd heard good things about Samsung's SSDs in terms of their low cost and painless installation, so I picked up the 250GB SSD since I only ever end up using about 200GB of my storage space, tops (but I am a notorious multitasker, which can make using any laptop with a HDD, regardless of its total storage capacity or how much is used, incredibly slow and frustrating).
After installation and setup (which was relatively painless), the changes were pretty obvious:
- Boot time: 2-4 minutes (at its fastest) with the HDD. 15 seconds (at its slowest!) with the SSD. After using it for about a month, it does slow down a little bit (mine averages to about 20 seconds now), but it's still leagues from taking minutes at a time just to reach the login screen. If for no other reason, I would upgrade to an SSD for this. - The internal fan used to start up almost instantly and the laptop would overheat with more than 2 programs (or 3-4 browser tabs) open at a time. It's almost silent now unless I'm actively rendering something, & even then the sound is minimal. My external laptop fan actually makes more sound than my laptop now. I can multitask in peace and nothing crashes or lags unless I'm doing anything particularly demanding. Programs install in under a minute (for programs 1GB > in size), I can move files around with no obvious slowing of other processes, everything just feels like it runs so much smoother. - OS installation was a bit difficult only because I had trouble converting the disk image into something readable by the SSD, but I've determined that was more likely a problem with the flash drive I was using than the SSD itself. Definitely make sure you know what you're doing before doing a fresh install of any OS on the drive. It still wound up working just fine, was just a few extra hours of trying to figure out what exactly went wrong with it.
Performance-wise, I'll admit I don't get the hype around Samsung SSDs some reviewers mention. Maybe I'm just inobservant, but I haven't noticed anything that makes the Samsung SSD really stand out from other SSDs. What got me was the cost, since I've bought SSDs in the past that had far less storage or were slower for 2x, even 3x the cost of this one. I'd say that if you're looking to upgrade to an SSD that does its job without promising something extra and doesn't cost a ton of money, Samsung SSDs are great for that & I'll definitely be buying another soon.
Also I didn't upgrade my RAM at the time of writing this so that this review was only about how the laptop runs on a bare minimum RAM (4 GB) after upgrading to a Samsung SSD. :) After upgrading my RAM as well this laptop runs better than some higher-end laptops and even some desktop computers I've owned in the past. It took almost no effort to upgrade it, and I'm sure anyone who has bare minimum understanding of how a computer's parts work could revive old laptops, make use of cheap/lower-end ones, etc. instead of spending a ridiculous amount of $ on brand new higher-end laptops that need frequent repairs or can't be easily upgraded on your own. Just make sure you're getting the right parts for your make of laptop/computer so you're not wasting your money on something you can't use!
If you have an older computer, just clone your 'boot' drive (software is downloadable from Samsung)...and you have a NEW, FAST computer! Used mine to revive an ancient 11 year old desktop...runs as fast as my 2 year old laptop, now!
This HD is excellent, i installed it into an older laptop that had a 5400rpm spindle drive which took over 2 minutes to boot. Once I installed this drive the laptop fully boots from turn on in less than 20 secs. So an excellent buy.
SSD's are amazing and increase the speed drastically over that of a mechanical hard drive. It used to be that they were expensive and the storage wasn't quite there but nowadays there really is no reason not to switch over to one.
This SSD is much faster than the drive it is replacing. I do have some concern as to the longevity of the drive as, much of what I have read say they do not have a long service life. We shall see. So far it is a good purchase. I gave it a low score on gaming as I don't game so I can't comment.