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SAMSUNG 470 Series MZ-5PA256C/AM 2.5" 256GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) w/ Desktop Upgrade Kit and Norton Ghost 15

  • 2.5"
  • 256GB
  • SATA II
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Whether you're a technology enthusiast or a hardcore gamer, the Samsung 470 Series Solid-State Drive can help you get more done on your PC in less time. The 470 Series allows you to boot up your computer in as little as 15 seconds and launch games and apps faster, and it uses two-thirds less power than typical hard disk drives. In addition, because the device has no moving parts--unlike traditional hard drives--it provides exceptional reliability, protecting your data from impact or mechanical failure. A brushed metal shell resists shock, and it also blocks dust and corrosion. And thanks to the included Norton Ghost software, you can transfer files to your new SSD without frustration. The Samsung 470 Series is available with 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.

  • newegg Faster Performance, Improved Multitasking With sequential read speeds of up to 250 MB/s and write speeds of up to 220 MB/s, the Samsung 470 Series Solid-State Drive allows you to spend more time doing and less time waiting. The drive also features TRIM support to ensure that write speeds won't decrease over time (note: please ensure that your computer's operating system also has TRIM support). The 470 Series also delivers improved multitasking, so that you can easily edit photos, for instance, while downloading a movie.
  • newegg Includes Norton Ghost Software The Samsung 470 comes with a full version of Norton Ghost 15.0, a disk-cloning program that makes data migration much easier. With Norton Ghost's "Copy My Hard Drive" feature, you can copy your entire system to your SSD with just a few mouse clicks. The program creates an exact copy of your original computing environment; there's no need to reinstall your OS, patches, drivers, or other programs. Norton Ghost also provides a Software Recovery Disk service, which lets you easily restore your system if it crashes--even when your OS won't start up. Customizable, event-based backup features provide additional protection against unexpected data loss.
  • newegg Solid Brushed Metal Design The Samsung 470 Series Solid-State Drive features a sturdy, brushed metal hard shell case to protect it from shock, dust, and corrosion. The lack of moving parts also makes your data less susceptible to impact than with traditional hard disk drives. And, at 2.4 ounces, the device ensures that your laptop is lightweight and easy to carry. The drive's 2.5-inch form factor is compatible with most laptops, notebooks, and desktops.
  • newegg Longer Battery Life Why be burdened with the weight of extra batteries, when you’re on the move? With the Samsung SSD 470, you gain an average of 30 minutes extra battery life per charge vs. conventional HDDs. Since it has no moving parts like old-style HDDs, the Samsung SSD 470 consumes a lot less power, resulting in a longer battery life.

Learn more about the SAMSUNG MZ-5PA256C/AM

General

Brand
SAMSUNG
Series
470 Series
Model
MZ-5PA256C/AM
Device Type
Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Used For
Consumer

Physical

Form Factor
2.5"
Capacity
256GB
Memory Components
MLC
Interface
SATA II
Height
2.75"
Width
3.94"
Depth
0.37"

Performance

Max Sequential Read
Up to 250MB/s
Max Sequential Write
Up to 220MB/s
4KB Random Read
Up to 31,000 IOPS
4KB Random Write
Up to 21,000 IOPS
MTBF
1,500,000 hours

Features

Features
US Trade Agreements Act (TAA) Compliant

RAID Support


Trim Support (with supported OS)

Hardware Compatibility: Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), Vista, XP, MAC OSX, Linux


Software Compatibility: Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), Vista (SP1 and above), XP (SP2 and above), Windows Server 2008 (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows Server 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit with SP2 and above)

Environmental

Power Consumption (Idle)
0.14W
Power Consumption (Active)
0.24W

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
3 years limited
Labor
3 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Daniel S.
  • 6/11/2013 12:54:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth the money

Pros: Fast, reliable, awesome.

Cons: None

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  • James T.
  • 11/6/2011 8:40:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast and Reliable

Pros: I originally had my heart set on buying an Intel SSD because of the reliability but I just couldn't justify the price. I snagged this drive when it was on sale here for ~329.00 and I just had to get it. I always buy Samsung monitors and TV's and I knew they're quality would transfer to their SSD product line.

I was correct. The drive is not only solid and reliable, but it's also extremely fast. My cold boot time is easily under 15 seconds. My programs instantly load and software installations are very fast as well. I am a very happy customer!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: If installing on Windows 7, ensure TRIM is enabled and turn off disk defrag. I installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 on the drive. It automatically enabled TRIM but disk defrag was still enabled. These are the two most important things to check in Windows 7 when running on it on an SSD. All the other tweaks you read about online are entirely optional.

ALSO: Do NOT run the performance benchmark program (Samsung Magician software) because it constantly writes the SSD, causing drive degradation over time and cut down it's lifespan.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/13/2011 8:35:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat drive

Pros: Fast and reliable. Zero problems.

Cons: Other than price, none.

Other Thoughts: Great drive. I've owned many other SSDs as well. This one has been trouble free, which is really what I wanted. Samsung did a great job on this one.

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  • Edward R.
  • 8/29/2011 7:10:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMy first SSD

Pros: New build. Plugged it in, Bios saw it, Windows 7 recognized it and installed itself in about 10 minutes.

All the stories about boot times and program loads are true. Cold boot takes 12-15 seconds. Word, Excel, Chrome, etc. are, for all intents, instant loads. I have a 2TB mechanical drive on the machine, and going from the instant SSD to the mechanical drive feels is very, very noticeable.

I was surprised that Windows Experience Index came out at 'only' 7.7 though. Maybe the mechanical drive lowered the score?

Cons: Price.

Other Thoughts: From my reading, I understand that SSD's slow down after the initial couple weeks use, and I'm curious to see what that translates to with this drive.

The drive itself is very small. I expected the 2.5" form-factor. It's also quite thin and very, very light.

Was very nervous about getting an SSD, considering the cost and the 'plug-n-pray' stories I've heard, but I've had good experiences with Samsung's products, and this, so far, has been another one.

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