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A good SSD
on 29 December 2014
A great piece of kit which has so improved my HP Pavilion 15-p156sa laptop (running Win 8.1)! However, Samsung don't make life easy.
I decided to clone my current HDD as I deemed this the better route. On reflection, as its a fairly new laptop, I may have been better off with a rebuild. Indeed, based on my exploits, see below, that's what I'd recommend! Anyway,.....
Firstly, based on user feedback, I decided to update the 1TB SSD with the Samsung Performance Restoration tool which I downloaded. I then discovered that, like the standard Samsung Magician software, it doesn't support these drives when connected via USB. As such, you have to undertake what I was loathe to do, that is, take the laptop to bits, installed the new SSD and then clone it, test it, upgrade it and finally test it again! A process I didn't want to repeat if the SSD proved to be faulty or Cloning failed!
As such, to avoid the above, I initially used Acronis True Image instead (I had a free copy from a previous Crucial SSD clone) with the SSD connected via a caddy to a USB port. This seemed to work fine even with the multiple partitions on my HDD. I then checked it out with CHKDSK and all tested OK. Then , the bit I was dreading, dismantling my laptop.
Why HP can't put a simple flap in the bottom cover (as always used to be the case) I don't know!
Anyway, after about 25 screws, some swearing and broken fingernails (unclipping the laptop top cover), in went the SSD, and the process was reversed (apart from the swearing which continued).
Fingers crossed, power on, a visit to BIOS, and up came the laptop! And quickly too. Boot was about 7 seconds compared with over 2 minutes previously.
So far, so good! So I then ran the Performance Restoration tool to upgrade the firmware. This completed telling me all had gone well. I rebooted and the laptop continually blue screened and failed to start. Investigation showed a corrupt file system and no recovery. Hmmm.......
Anyway, there was no going back now! So I put the old HDD in the caddy, got the Acronis DVD back in the drive, and cloned again to the SSD. The laptop now booted OK once more (though I've put the HDD and Acronis DVD in a safe place just in case!).
I then checked the firmware/performance upgrade was still good. It was. So I then ran the Samsung Magician software to check and optimise performance (which was straight forward ).
I am now the very happy owner of a very quick laptop, the SSD performs well and, apparently, reliably. Battery run time has also been extended. Indeed, I couldn't be more pleased.
I have given 5 Stars for the performance, despite the software! This SSD is highly recommended assuming you are prepared for the trials ahead, are persistent and patient! The rewards are worth it.