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Kingston SSDNow V100 SV100S2/128GZ 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Great deal on a solid drive! 10/15/2011

This review is from: Kingston SSDNow V100 SV100S2/128GZ 2.5" 128GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast reads & writes, simple to install.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Installed without any problems in my HP 6360b ProBook notebook. I replaced a 7,200 rpm drive and it improved my boot time from 1 minute, 45 seconds to 33 seconds! This is with Windows 7 Pro 64-bit.

It is listed as a 128GB drive but has 118GB available after formatting. It also increased the battery life in my notebook by over two hours. With the 7,200 rpm drive I was getting 4 hours, 15 minutes on a full charge. After installing this SSD drive I'm getting 6 hours, 20 minutes. I love it!

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HP ProBook 6360b (XU055UT#ABA) Notebook Intel Core i5 2410M (2.30GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 3000 13.3
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 1) Memory is expandable to 16GB (comes with 4GB)
2) Comes wth a 7,200 RPM hard drive
3) Windows 7 Pro 64-bit installed and includes DVDs with 32 and 64 bit OS versions in case you need to reinstall.
4) Will run Linux if you you prefer, even the webcam and fingerprint reader have drivers. (HP supports SUSE but I installed Fedora with no problem.
5) Keyboard is very nice for a 13.3" machine. The keys have a nice, easy touch and are well spaced, very comfortable to type on.

Cons: 1) Video memory is shared, not dedicated.
2) Boots rather slow for a dual core I5 with 8GB RAM. (I upgraded RAM to 8GB). It takes 1 minute 45 seconds to boot Win 7 Pro.
3) The internal SATA interface is SATA 2. If you plan to add an SSD drive don't spend the extra money for a SATA 3 drive because it will only run at SATA 2 speed.

Other Thoughts: Overall I am very happy with this computer. My only real disappointment was the the SATA 2 interface. I feel that this computer would be the the best in its class if it had SATA 3.

After a month, I replaced the 7,200 RPM hard drive with a SATA 2 SSD drive and it improved the boot time with Windows 7 Pro to 33 seconds. I later switched to a dual-boot setup with Fedora 15, 64-bit Linux and Win 7 Pro 64-bit. It boots Fedora in approximately 17 seconds.

I love that this machine supports Linux as well as windows. HP officially supports SUSE but I have had no problems running Fedora 15 on it.

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Date Joined: 10/22/10

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