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Kingston SSDNow V Series SNV425-S2/64GB 2.5
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2 out of 5 eggs Signs of being faulty after about a year 04/15/2012

This review is from: Kingston SSDNow V Series SNV425-S2/64GB 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Much less power consumption/heat, far quieter (I may have heard a very faint high-frequency electrical buzz come from it when accessed), and much more durable than mechanical hard drives.

Long enough warranty in my case (expires February 2013).

Cons: Still quite expensive, as all SSD's.

Despite benchmarks showing drastically improved read/write times, I had a hard time noticing any real improvement in load times over a 400GB SATA2 HDD. My lack of doing any actual time comparisons likely contributed to my difficulty in seeing any difference. Regardless, it was nowhere near as blazing fast as many people claim to experience from SSD's.

After about a year, I started getting corruption and read errors. I followed partitioning instructions specifically for SSD's which at first I thought helped, but eventually the read errors returned and I couldn't boot (appeared to hit the error in the middle of loading GRUB). Apparently the only workaround at that point is to format and reinstall the OS, and wait for it to inevitably happen again a month or two later. Oddly enough, SMART reported no problems.

Other Thoughts: I bought this since it was in my price range with decent value for SSD's at the time and I really liked the advantages of SSD. As detailed above, I got considerably less than I expected. I still support SSD as a technology and I assume I just ended up with a faulty one.

I hope the issue isn't too common with this model, otherwise the warranty might not be much help. If worst comes to worst, I might need to sell it for a few bucks and buy a newer/better SSD.

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