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5.0 out of 5 stars Great upgrade, easy installation, 9 Oct. 2013
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I purchased a Samsung 840 EVO 250GB to get a bit more life out of a six year old HP PC. To be fair, it had already had some upgrades a couple years into its life giving it 4GB of ram and a separate graphics card. Recently it had become pretty slow and unresponsive, taking fully 10 minutes to start cooperating after being switched on. It was equipped with two 150Gb hard drives, one holding systems and data and the other being a back up drive for data.

Samsung's cloning software worked without a hitch but, stupidly on my part, instead of removing the old systems disk, I inadvertantly swapped out the data back up disk. I was somewhat disappointed then by the performance but, of course, the system was still booting from the original disk instead of the SSD. When I realised my mistake, I re-cloned the old hard drive as Windows had allocated Drive N as the name of the SSD. I then swapped out the original system disk and rebooted. This time the SSD became drive C as it should be and I was then able to reinstall the back up disk.

The difference in performance is staggering. Windows boots to ready to run in approx 60 secs. Programs like Word and Excel take less than 10 secs to load. I had thought that I would have to do a clean install of windows and reinstall of all my programs to cure the slowness fully but the speeds I am getting make this unnecessary. It would though, probably speed things up further.

Some pointers for anyone upgrading to an SSD

1) The initial clone of my system disk (111Gb) was done via USB2 and took about 2 hours. The second clone was done with the SSD installed in a spare drive bay in the computer and took about 35 minutes. The moral of the story is that you can clone the disk via USB 2 but be prepared for a long wait. USB 3 will be much quicker but the PC I was working on did not have it.
2) If you have multiple drives, make sure that you swap out the correct drive
3) When you install the cloned SSD to your computer, temporarily disconnect any other drives as, if you do not, windows might not name your new drive C which can cause all sorts of issues.

Once again, a fantastic upgrade which has injected plenty of new life to a computer which was otherwise just about past its sell by!!
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Initial post: 25 Nov 2013 23:23:41 GMT
My recommendation to you, and anyone else getting a new SSD: always start with a fresh install of windows, you will get rid of the clutter and the install will be optimized for an SSD, also check in the bios the settings and make sure you set your SATA settings to AHCI for best performance from your SSD. My 1year old samsung 830 series SSD still boots from cold to me playing on internet in 30seconds, fresh install and AHCI and you should be seeing performance like that too on this drive

Posted on 1 Jan 2014 11:28:29 GMT
DKL says:
Would you know by any chance if this is a good drive for an iMac?

Posted on 6 Jan 2014 07:27:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Jan 2014 07:32:51 GMT
I was puzzled by your timings, as I have a conventional drive in my laptop and Word takes 7 seconds to load. Also, how long Windows takes to boot consists of two stages. the first is to the login screen, and is quite fast. After that, the additional boot time on a fresh install is also quite fast, but gets progressively slower the more start-up programs you install.

10 minutes sounds excessive for boot-up. There must have been something terribly wrong for it to take that long.

Of course, on a laptop, sleep and hibernate are more intelligent ways of starting/stopping it than a full boot/shutdown. Exit from sleep mode takes only a second or two and from hibernate only as long as it takes to retrieve the contents of your RAM from disk.
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