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5.0 out of 5 stars My First SSD - amazing experience, 7 Jun. 2013
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I just bought one of these to install in my new Lenovo Y500 (ordered at the same time). It's my first experience of using an SSD. As I write I'm using a laptop which absolutely flies along thanks at least in part to this device. I can't believe how quickly the laptop starts up and shuts down and applications launch in the blink of an eye. I've kept the 1TB HDD which came with the Y500 and am now using this SSD for OS & programmes and the HDD for the bulk of the data.

I noted other buyer's warnings about the firmware revision and checked mine as soon as I had installed it and before cloning over my system partition. This was purchased on 5th June 2013 and the firmware was fully up to date - version 07MH. Installation was a doddle, simply plug it in and screw it down, and yes this drive comes supplied with two of the required screws (my Y500 only needed one of them).

It's early days yet and I'm still in the process of setting up my laptop and getting my data transferred over etc, so I've not done any intensive work with it yet. I'm really looking forward to seeing how Lightroom responds with this baby to hold the catalogue. I would imagine I'll pop back to give some more impressions once I've been using this rig in anger for a little while.
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Initial post: 17 Jun 2013 00:44:39 BDT
C. Tweed says:
A little over a week later and I'm still just as delighted with this drive (and the laptop I installed it in). Windows 8 seemed quite fast to boot using the HDD supplied with the laptop anyway, but with this SSD there really is no point in putting the machine into any kind of sleep mode. It boots so fast that it's just not worth thinking about.

I've only done a bit of light work in Lightroom and Photoshop so far, but have been very impressed with the responsiveness of both. I have my raw photo files held on the traditional HDD (1/2TB or so of them so really no option but to do that at the moment) but Lightroom and its catalogue and caches are stored on the SSD.

SSDs really are a game changer in terms of performance. I hope I never have to go back to chugging along on a spindle of rotating platters again!
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