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Kingston SV200 SATA3 2.5 7mm 128GB Solid State Drive
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Kingston's SSDNow V200 lets you stretch your system without stretching your budget. Designed for notebook and desktop hard drive replacements and upgrades, it maximises your computer investment while boosting the performance of the system and its applications. It's available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacity kits that make switching to an SSD easy and affordable. Kits include cables, brackets, cloning software and HDD enclosure and installation video - everything needed to get started. SSDNow V200 makes com
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Installed into an old laptop with a SATA2 interface running Windows 7 32 bit, I haven't found it any slower (or faster) than the 64GB Crucial M4 SSD in real world use. Boot up time is the same, about 35 seconds for the desktop to appear.
When I run the Windows Experience Index speed test, the disk index returns a rating of 7.8 out of maximum of 7.9 for the M4, the Kingston V200 returns a lower 7.3.
I eventually transferred it permanently to an old laptop which runs Vista 32 bit and cloned the original hard drive to the new V200 SSD. The disk index for the original 5400rpm hard drive was 5.3. The Kingston V200 reported 5.8 - far lower improvement than I expected. This may be due to Vista as I have tested a Win 7 image installed onto the V200 in same laptop and I vaguely recalled it returned an index of 7.3.
Vista does boot up quicker. It used to take over 50 seconds for the desktop to appear and the hard drive activity light continued to flicker. The laptop wasn't 'usuable' until after a minute had passed while it got its act together. Now it boots up in about 35 seconds and is 'usuable' almost immediately.
I also use Microsoft Security Essential antivirus software. If I use it to scan the Program files folder, it would take over 7.5 minutes to complete with the original 5400rpm hard drive. It now completes the same task in just under 5.5 minutes with the Kingston V200 SSD using Vista.
The only other issue, is the SSD seems to run hotter than the old hard drive or my Crucial M4 SSD. I use CPUID HW Monitor to check the SSD, and after about an hour's use, the temperature of the SSD can reach 50 Celcius. Searching on Google, it seems like it is a known issue with the V200 when fitted into laptops. I briefly tried the V200 in my desktop PC and it ran a lot cooler due to better cooling/ventilation.
Update: Installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview edition without any difficulty after removing Vista by formatting the SSD.
If your computer has a SATA3 interface, I would suggest buying a different SSD.
It proved slower than the hard drive it was supposed to replace (write performance is dismal).
If you complain, Kingston will exchange for a different model under the warranty; but much better not to have the hassle in the first place!
I can't understand why these are still on sale.
Google "kingston ssdnow v200 problems" for a 20+ page discussion of other people having problems. (Links aren't allowed in here)
Now, I do have a 3 year old motherboard and store all my music, docs, pictures on a old 500 GB hdd, and this might make a difference, but I suspect that with SSD's, as with everything else, you get what you pay for. Like I say, if you're considering this as an upgrade for a laptop hard drive then it is probably worth it, but for a desktop it would probably be worth spending another £30 or so and getting a Crucial M4 or similar.
i suggest buy crucial new release of their 7mm ssd for lenovo x220. bit pricy but it works smoothly and wei increase to 7.9 for hdd. the booth up is amazing around 10-15 seconds and turning it off is less than 6 seconds.
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