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Samsung SSD 830 2.5inch SATA III 6GBps 128GB Desktop Accessory Kit with Free Norton Ghost 15

by Samsung
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Experience great lag-free performance ideal for multitasking
  • Rest easy with reliable and robust in-house Samsung engineering
  • Upgrade easily and quickly with the comprehensive kit included
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight59 g
Product Dimensions10 x 7 x 0.7 cm
Item model numberMZ-7PC128D/EU
RAM Size256 MB
Hard Drive Size128 GB
Lithium Battery Packagingbatteries_contained_in_equipment
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 30,863 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight381 g
Date First Available7 Oct 2011

Product Description

Box Contains

1x LG Electronics E2251VR
Power Cord
D-Sub cable
DVI-D cable
Manufacturer's warranty card

Product Description

SSD,R:520MB/s,W:400MB/s,7mm 830 Series,Incl. Norton Ghost

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent drive 5 May 2012
By chris x
Its an awesome drive.
Bought in preferance to a OCZ
Has its own biult-in samsung controller, so no problems with conflicts which some ssd's are having probs with
Less read time than some ssd's BUT a huge 256mb cache that apparently means the overall performance is better than higher read/write competitors.
Ive got one installed and its FAST, and its only running at 3GB/s
Improves startup a lot, program open & close a lot (esp lotsa tabs on internet browsers), program running (photoshop is better)

I was used to a samsung 1TB F1 spinpoint hard drive, which apparently had high read/write times anyway.

I got the basic kit and theres no 2.5-3.5 bracket with it, might be worth getting the more exprensive upgrade kit (this one) if you need the bracket. this comes with more software too, and a sata cable.

Read up a bit b4 you buy, there are ssd problems are about on the web, it seems the samsung 830 is problem-free, very good quality.

In short very reliable and very fast. Just what you want from a drive
Worth the extra because of reliability. Who wants a drive that dies 6 month down the line? Data loss :(

Tips for looking for SSD upgrade -
- Make sure you mobo supports AHCI in the bios. read some info on the web if u dont know what this is. (Mine supports it but im currently running at IDE, need to check how my other HDDs are affected if i change, and if i can continue running my SSD in IDE safely, but works fine now)
- If youre spending on sata3 (6gb/s) make sure your mobo supports it (might only be sata 1 or 2 - 1.5 or 3gb/s)
- Make sure you got the power and dta connections to spare - a sata power connection from your power supply, and a spare sata port (and cable) on your mobo.
- Make sure you got a spare slot in your case!

Remember - dont defrag your SSD! Not good for it
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speed with Samsung quality 24 Mar 2012
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Bundling the Norton Ghost software partly explains the price being higher than for some similar products. However this SSD also has a 256MB cache which is used by the Samsung software to optimise performance. I Have mine installed as the Boot drive and am very pleased with it. I do not have comparative performance figures but it is certainly quicker to boot and load programs, even though my computer is already fairly high spec. I use quite a bit of Samsung kit (TV , BluRay, Sound, Laptop, Hard disks) and like their quality. 4 weeks in and I am delighted. Will possibly buy another.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This review is from a pensioner who is on the wrong side of 70 and not particularly tech savvy. I own a Dell Dimension 8400 which is approximately 7 years old and it was running out of hard disc space, so an upgrade rather than a new machine seemed to be the least costly option. Reading the reviews of SSD's was helpful, if at times a little confusing, however after reading a review by Ab I decided to pick up the courage and give it a try. The SSD has now been running for some weeks and it is a significant improvement over the mechanical version in terms of speed, capacity and it is also quieter. I did make some mistakes in the process and listing them here may help anyone else who may be considering a similar venture.

1) My computer does not support SATA 3 and so the disc read and write speeds are much slower than than the SSD is capable of, however as previously mentioned, it is still much better than the mechanical disc that it replaced. I guess that I could have chosen a lower specified SSD and saved some cash.

2) On copying the mechanical hard disc I was not careful enough on the selection of options and now have a partitioned hard disc, one partition being the same size as the original disc and the other utilising the remaining capacity of the SSD.

3) After copying the original drive, the boot up files have been amended in some way, so that there is an option given on start up to choose the operating system. This is not much of an issue as one key press continues the start routine. However the greater concern is that I used to hibernate the computer rather than shut it down, so that start up was much quicker. Now if hibernation is selected, it will shut down and then immediately reboot which is annoying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great SSD let down by bundled Norton SW 3 Jun 2012
I have been delighted with this SSD from Samsung. It is fast and reliable. Great price/performance.

HOWEVER - Be aware that the Norton Ghost software is difficult to use - and really never successfully copied my boot drive over. So I reluctantly did a clean install.
A clean install is very time consuming, and requires you to have all the necessary serial numbers and installation disks. Expect to have to do this, and you won't be upset like I was.

I have 25 years experience with PCs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, Good utility software, 3yr Warranty 27 Aug 2012
By Ab
This is probably the best drive for the quality wise with the advantage of the bundled Samsung utility and Norton Ghost - worth 20 - plus the hard drive bracket (which actually fits as opposed to some, e.g. older Akasa, that are too short for some cases).

I've now installed about 6 of these to Dell Optiplex 745/755 systems running XP. The utility software to optimise the OS and SSD performance is important for XP as it isnt SSD aware like Vista or Windows 7.

"The Performance Optimization feature automatically consolidates disparate data and prepares invalid memory for future use. It accomplishes these tasks by force executing two very important SSD maintenance features: TRIM and Garbage Collection."

You don't really need this for Windows 7 but as it says "Of course, Windows 7 users can use Performance Optimization as well if they wish to force Garbage Collection and TRIM to run at a particular time rather than in the background."

The 'OS Optimsation' feature prolongs SSD life by disabling Super Fetch, Defragmentation, Ready Boost, Indexing Service and Disk power down.

Ensure AHCI is enabled in the BIOS (if available) after first loading the AHCI device driver for your chipset and you will have a faster system.

I saw comment that its hard to clone an existing disk - well it isnt.

1. Connect the disk to a SATA port (or a usb port if you use an adapter - free in the Laptop Kit)
2. Go to Windows 'Disk Management' and it will automatically recognize the disk (say Yes to write signature) but don't format it
3. Load Ghost in Windows
4. Select the 'disk copy' option
5. Ensure 'Copy MBR' and 'Make Disk Bootable' options are selected
6. After copying: shutdown, remove old disk, move the SSD to the primary chanel and reboot
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Bought this as part of building my new desktop PC but installed it in my old Pentium D for a few weeks before and WOW. What a difference it made! Read more
Published 3 months ago by W. Neethling
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best purchases I'ever made
2 years and still going strong and light blazing fast.

Very very reliable, rock-stable read-write speeds. No performance degradation whatsoever. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alk K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
If anyone is hesitating about the change to a SSD, my advice is - DON'T. This will add such a boost to your productivity. Read more
Published 9 months ago by blag
5.0 out of 5 stars Speed, speed, speed.
Great as a boot drive. Pair it up with a few Hitachi 4TB drives and you're laughing. Comes with a useful utility to tune the OS for SSD, can also benchmark all your drives.
Published 15 months ago by z1000
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product
While I was not impressed with the Norton ghost software it came with, I was very pleased with the drive itself. Read more
Published 16 months ago by JustAyo
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and silent
Built as part of a quiet PC build. Obviously is totally silent, but you really notice the lack of any HDD noise. Read more
Published 16 months ago by JP
4.0 out of 5 stars very good drive
This drive is excellent, the only reason I gave it 4 stars not 5 is that I currently have an issue where its slow on threaded i/o on my main rig, but the same drive I put in my... Read more
Published 16 months ago by C. Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars So far so good
Have it installed on my media server as a boot drive. Running for a few weeks now and no complaints. Have it in a SATA 2 3G port and works like a charm. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ciscodude
5.0 out of 5 stars No problems
Installed Windows 8 64 bit, no problems.

Quiet and fast PC now.

Installation kit simple but effective.

Would buy again.
Published 18 months ago by Mr. David R. Piercy
4.0 out of 5 stars fast and no problems
This works as advertised and I have had no problems installing - though I did a careful data backup and used it for the system drive with a clean Win 7 install. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Zebopp
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