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4.0 out of 5 stars Good way to revive an aging laptop, 3 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5 inch SATA Solid State Drive (Accessory)
I used one of these to upgrade a Dell Studio 17 laptop bought in Nov 2009. It replaced a Seagate ST9320423AS 320Gb conventional drive. I was expecting a big improvement in boot-up times and program loading but was surprised at the improvement in speed of web pages coming up. Pages that load cached pictures snap up in impressive style although my rural internet service is slow and many pages still pause and stutter in the old way. Programs running from the local hard disk were never a real problem; however editing pictures, particularly from raw files, has speeded up dramatically. On the whole it has been a very worthwhile way to update the aging laptop.

There are however some caveats. Replacing your hard drive is a technical operation, not for the under-confident. You need an external SATA connector and disk cloning software to do it. The supplied utility expects to see Norton Ghost to work which is either pointless or cynical marketing. I already had Acronis True Image Home installed; I was able to use that and it went without hitch. I had prepared my disk for the operation before I started, since the SSD was smaller than the previous disk. I moved all my pictures onto a network drive and then ran defragment from the Disc Properties - tools.

Another problem is that depending on the laptop design you may not be able to use the original drive as a second disk. My laptop has a space for it but needs a special bracket with right-angle SATA adapter. I can't find the bracket available as a spare on the internet but If I ring around I may find one. If your replacement SSD is much smaller than the original disk this might be a problem but if you have the external connector and disk cloning software you have the best backup system possible, just keep cloning to the old disk and you are ready to go again within minutes of a total disk catastrophe.

The 230 series was very little cheaper at the time but the PRO a lot more expensive. Most of what I say would apply to any SSD, this one just happened to be the best value at the time. So compare current prices and make your own judgement. Also if you don't have the cloning software there is a deal Samsung SSD 830 2.5inch SATA III 6GBps 256GB Notebook Accessory Kit with Free Norton Ghost 15

PS Mrs Happy is my partner and would not be up to changing a Hard drive! we use the same computer I would change the profile but I just can't be bothered.
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Initial post: 26 Dec 2012 10:54:39 GMT
Mark L says:
You can also use Clonezilla, a free open-source cloning software program
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