Samsung 830 – Series MZ-7PC256N/AM 256 GB 2.5 Inch SATA III MLC Internal SSD Laptop Kit with Norton Ghost 15

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Samsung 830 - Series MZ-7PC256N/AM 256 GB 2.5 Inch SATA III MLC Internal SSD Laptop Kit With Norton Ghost 15

Samsung 830 – Series MZ-7PC256N/AM 256 GB 2.5 Inch SATA III MLC Internal SSD Laptop Kit with Norton Ghost 15

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  • Enables you to boot up your computer in as little as 15 seconds
  • Energy efficient – improve your battery life by up to 30 minutes
  • Outstanding Multitasking Performance – It’s the ideal solution for your everyday computing needs, such as web browsing, document creation, viewing or editing multimedia files, playing PC games, etc.
  • Superior Reliability ? from the world’s #1 DRAM, NAND Flash and SSD Supplier, all Samsung SSD’s feature 100% genuine Samsung components
  • Industry-leading Design – Stunning design and precision engineering ? inside and out. Brushed metal case blocks dust and corrosion and it measures only 7mm thick, so it can even accommodate the latest ultra-slim laptop PCs.
  • A complete, user-friendly solution ? Comes with all the components you need to upgrade your desktop PC. Also includes Norton Ghost — the most preferred consumer and business Drive Migration solution today
  • Backed by a three-year limited warranty

The Samsung SSD 830 Series boasts superior random read speeds and faster sequential read and write speeds (up to 520 MB/s & 400 MB/s respectively). It’s the ideal solution for your everyday computing needs, such as web browsing, document creation, viewing or editing multimedia files, playing PC games, etc. As the world’s #1 DRAM, NAND Flash, and SSD supplier, Samsung has unique, industry-leading engineering resources, technologies, and manufacturing processes as well as more stringent quality and testing standards. All Samsung SSDs are designed and built completely in-house. Optimized for exceptional, sustained performance, the 830 Series features unrivaled reliability through its specially-engineered wear-leveling and garbage collection algorithms. The Samsung SSD 830 Series features stunning design and precision engineering – inside and out. It measures only 7mm thick, so it can even accommodate the latest ultra-slim laptop PCs. Magician Software Samsung’s SSD Magician software eli
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Samsung 830 – Series MZ-7PC256N/AM 256 GB 2.5 Inch SATA III MLC Internal SSD Laptop Kit with Norton Ghost 15

Samsung 830 - Series MZ-7PC256N/AM 256 GB 2.5 Inch SATA III MLC Internal SSD Laptop Kit With Norton Ghost 15

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  1. 126 of 130 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent SSD & Installation was Easy into my MacBook Pro, November 26, 2011
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    Goodo

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    This review is from: Samsung 830 – Series MZ-7PC256N/AM 256 GB 2.5 Inch SATA III MLC Internal SSD Laptop Kit with Norton Ghost 15 (Personal Computers)

    This is my very first Solid State Drive (SSD) purchase, which I put into my late 2008 unibody 15-inch Macbook Pro (MBP) 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4 GB of RAM. I was initially going to purchase a new laptop as my MBP seemed to be running a bit slower and hung up here and there when I had many applications running. In particular, I experienced considerable slowness and lag after I would finish using my VirtualBox (free virtualization software) to access Windows XP whenever I needed to use Internet Explorer.

    My main reason for choosing the Samsung 830 SSD over others, was due to the fact that Samsung makes all the components in this SSD and that Apple themselves currently use Samsung and Toshiba as suppliers for SSD – and we all know how serious Apple is about their quality control and selection of vendors/suppliers they use. In addition, I had read good reviews from online sources such as AnandTech.

    I wanted something that was reliable and was easy to set up. In addition, this SSD does not need a separate enclosure as the device itself is enclosed and it comes with the SATA/USB connection cable.

    For all of you out there with a Macbook thinking about upgrading, I would highly recommend this. I read through tons of websites and how to’s and wanted to share the steps I took below in swapping out my hard drive for the SSD, for those of you out there thinking about upgrading their MBP with a SSD in simple steps. See below (bear in mind that depending on the model and year of your MBP, it maybe easy or more difficult to access your hard drive vs mine)

    All I had to do to replace my hard drive with this SSD (for my Macbook Pro) was to:

    1) Download Carbon Copy Cloner (free, find it using google)
    2) Open the Carbon Copy Cloner application
    3) Insert the SATA connection (the SATA/USB connection is included in the box) into the Samsung 830 SSD, and plug in the USB connector into my MBP -> use Disk Utility to format the SSD (do your partitions once it’s been formatted if you want)
    4) Then using Carbon Copy Cloner -> clone my current hard drive into the Samsung 830 SSD (took me about 2 hours or less to copy over 140GB worth of data)
    5) Test the Samsung 830 SSD by booting up through the external Samsung 830 SSD, by restarting the MBP, then holding onto the Option key before the gray screen appears, then boot it up
    6) Once external booting through the external SSD is successful, shut down the MBP, open and swap out the hard drive with the SSD (make sure you have the necessary tools to open and access your hard drive in your MBP)
    7) Power up your new MBP and enjoy your new and fast Samsung 830 SSD

    *After I had cloned my hard drive to my new Samsung 830 SSD, it took me a whole 15-20 minutes to swap out the hard drive and I’m now using my MBP to type this review. I read some PC users installing their SSD’s taking ages, reinstalling software and operating systems. This is the easiest and simplest solution for me (thanks to Carbon Copy Cloner as it copies everything including the operating system) and allows me to get back to work on my MBP with little to no down time and no hassles with reinstalling anything* Just in case people were wondering, this was my first time swapping out any hard drive, so I have little experience with computer components, yet it was super easy for me to do.

    I’m currently running my new SSD with no issues and enjoying the speed that comes with having a SSD vs the traditional hard drive. I’m glad I chose Samsung. As I use my MBP primarily for work, I need the reliability and do not want the hassle of having my SSD returned or having the controller die on me as I read happens on a lot of other SSD’s.

    Thanks for reading my very first review/post on amazon and enjoy everyone, hope it will help some of you Mac users out there : )

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  2. 52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    NEED FOR SPEED! You got it… and without losing the factory F4 recovery option. HERE IS HOW!, March 13, 2012

    This drive is FAST, FAST, FAST there is no way going back to traditional mechanical HDD (Hard Disk Drives).
    Read no further, if you want a fast drive that works… THIS IS IT!

    EASY
    Surprisingly easy to set up and to transfer the Win 7 OS (Operating System).
    You don’t have to be a software expert to do this.
    The SSD comes with USB/SATA cable and Norton Ghost 15 for transferring your “old” OS.

    Actually, I thought I was in for a major task but it was VERY easy and fast.
    Two laptops are now set up with the Samsung 830 Series drives. During this process I learned a couple things (explained below).

    DECISIONS BEFORE YOU START
    You can either:

    1. Ghost the original OS and your installed programs to the new SSD (from the “old” HDD)
    2. Or do a clean install of the OS.

    You must have a recovery disk(s) (normally made by you when the computer is new) or an original OS disk to perform option 2.
    Even an upgrade OS disk will work for a clean install as Microsoft has relaxed their policies (Google: Microsoft Says Windows 7 Install Workaround Is Legal)

    Both options were available to me because both of our Samsung laptops came with the FULL version of Win 7 on DVD (very unusual these days – what a delight).
    Models: Samsung 17″ NP-RF711-S03US (SATA II) and Samsung 15.6″ NP700Z5A-S03US (SATA III) now equipped with 256GB and 512GB SSDs respectively.

    OPTION 1 – Very Quick
    Ghosting is your best choice if the computer and OS is “fresh” out of the box.
    It is also preferable if everything is running smoothly and you want to avoid reinstalling all your favorite programs.
    You maintain all the drivers, factory software and your own software.
    (But you also inherit any problems or bloatware* present on the current system).

    *Promotional software you have to pay extra for after a trial period.

    OPTION 2 – Takes Longer
    A “clean install” is your best choice if your OS has issues or you want to get rid of a lot of bloatware or programs you never use.
    Your computer will normally run faster after a clean install.
    NOTE: It makes it a lot easier if you download (and Unzip) Drivers and the manufacturers Software from the PC manufactures website before you start the install as you have to load all these after the clean install (or at least the drivers).
    Hint: Download them to the C: partition on the HDD “before you do anything else”. Then you have easy access after Ghosting – and boy do they install fast!
    You just double-click on the Setup.exe (also marked Application) for each driver.

    TRANSFERRING THE OPERATING SYSTEM TO THE NEW SSD (Option 1)
    The Samsung SSD comes with Norton Ghost and a “custom” User Manual outlining how to transfer your HDD to the new Samsung SSD. This “custom” Manual can be found on the SSD Magician DVD (also included).
    Read the “custom” Manual BEFORE you start.
    Pay special attention to two important points:
    A) You must “initialize” the SSD first. Connect the new SSD with the included cable to a USB port and follow the instructions in the “custom” manual for how to do this (real easy).
    B) If your HDD have a 100MB SYSTEM partition you MUST Ghost this partition before any other partitions.

    TO MY DISAPPOINTMENT…
    GHOST can not transfer the PC manufacturer’s recovery partition from the original HDD to the new drive. THIS PARTITION CAN NOT BE COPIED!
    This is disappointing especially for laptop users as the F4 option for restoring the system normally presented at boot-up will no longer work.
    I have had to recover my old laptop being on the road where F4 saved me (as I don’t carry backup disks when I travel).

    Anyway, the transfer was easy and after replacing the HDD with the Ghosted SSD everything was just as before EXCEPT THE SPEED. A reboot takes approximately 22 seconds and programs are near instant when you start them. Time wise it seems like a program is already running when you click the icon (except for some very large CAD programs).

    Obviously I tried Ghosting the recovery partition anyway, thinking perhaps there was a way – but no – not using Norton Ghost.
    Instead while trying different backup and restore schemes I tried EaseUS ToDo Backup Free (a free application for home use). IT DID IT!!!
    The recover partition transferred flawlessly using the Clone -> Partition Clone -> Sector by Sector option.
    Actually you may be able to use the Clone -> Disk Clone option for the entire drive (NOTE: I have not tried it myself but the option is available)

    USING THE “OLD” HDD FOR STORAGE AND BACKUP
    My 750GB 5800 RPM HDD was put to use in the 17″ laptop as it had two drive bays (one was empty).
    The other 750GB 7200 RPM HDD from the 15″ laptop was put to use in an…

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  3. 20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Voice of Reason… the Samsung 830 SSD in a Vaio Z790 Notebook is Fantastic!, January 2, 2012
    This review is from: Samsung 830 – Series MZ-7PC256N/AM 256 GB 2.5 Inch SATA III MLC Internal SSD Laptop Kit with Norton Ghost 15 (Personal Computers)

    This SSD rocks! I dropped the 256GB version into my 2009, Sata Rev. 2, 3Gb/s, Vaio Z790 Notebook (*See Pics) without a single issue, loaded Windows 7 x 64-bit onto it and was up and running in about 15 minutes! The Samsung Magician software “tunes” your SSD by telling you what you should disable when you run it and will do it for you with a single click. After a performance optimization check, you’re good to go. You can also leave everything running ‘as is’ and manage settings on your own if you please as well. Firmware updates can be done right on your desktop without having to use any bootloaders either like the 470 series does but the boot method does still exist as an option.

    Even though I have a Sata Rev. 2, 3Gb/s board, I’m still getting 250-280MB/s Sequential Reads & Writes and my whole system is as snappy as can be. I bought this Sata Rev. 3 drive in case I feel like upgrading my laptop in the future which will then take full advantage of a 6Gb/s board, thus improving large file transfer speeds (roughly 350-550MB/s sequential reads & writes) but in no way am I missing out in real world use until that time comes. Sata Rev. 2 speed is more than sufficient for opening programs and bombing around your machine! Transferring large files to my WD 5400 rpm portable back up drive seemed to take as long as ever so it seems to me that one would need an SSD back up drive to hit those high transfer speeds anyway. That luxury can wait ’til another day! : )

    I especially love the instant multi-tasking ability. This is where I think you get the value for your money the most. No more lag and dogging it when running a video and then opening 2 or 3 more more windows and other programs as things come to mind. It used to drive me nuts before playing the waiting game. Now it’s just click and bang, it opens and it’s there. What’s really great is that this kind of performance is achieved on my CPU power saver mode which keeps the fan noise to a minimum. Crazy!

    I waited 2 years to get one of these because I wouldn’t pay the outrageous $600-$800 price tag on principle alone. But for under $400 with a 3 year warranty, the new Batman Game (a 16GB torrent file download BTW!), Full Norton Ghost (on Disk), a Sata to USB cable and a 2.5mm spacer (drive is 7mm) I went for it. It’s still pricey but at least it’s a satisfying pricey (to me anyway). If a snappy system is worth it to you, then go for it! This SSD removed my sense of impatience which is exactly what I was hoping for.

    Intel & Samsung have the most favourable reliability reviews out there and this being the latest to hit the market, being built entirely in house without any third party components or controllers, the stellar reviews on the 470 series, the 3 year warranty and better price is why I chose the Samsung over the Intel.

    A couple of technical things to note is that this SSD apparently uses a 256MB cache for user data that is volatile during a sudden power loss. This doesn’t concern me because if my notebook ever became accidentally unplugged my battery would take over and it is always charged. If my battery did ever happen to lose its charge and I lost tomorrow’s powerpoint presentation that I was working on it would give a new meaning to back up your work at regular intervals! There have also been concerns about TRIM/ GC not occurring until idle but I have already used 180GB of space that isn’t going to change much and there is zero slow down with what I have left. I also ran a background program to see TRIM activity and the Magician GC from the TRIM command starts as SOON as you stop doing something. All I can say is listen to the voice of reason here… this SSD is fassst & good enough!

    Finally, FYI, the 3 year warranty at the back of the manual (pdf) is broken down into 3 parts. If something ever went wrong with the SSD, credit would be applied as follows…

    Within One year 100%
    Within Two years 75%
    Within Three years 50%

    Later!

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