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SanDisk SDSSDP-064G-G25 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Failed after 5 months, light use 10/30/2013

This review is from: SanDisk SDSSDP-064G-G25 2.5" 64GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Speedy, cost effective. "With no moving parts, the SanDisk SSD endures shocks and vibrations better than traditional spinning-platter hard drives. It is rated at 4.1 million hours mean time before failure2 (MTBF), making it a smart long-term investment."

Cons: Sudden failure. I was in the middle of upgrading to Windows 8.1 when I returned to find that the drive could not be recognized after reboot. I've owned this drive for about 5 months.

Other Thoughts: It is advertised as being more reliable than a mechanical hard drive. I would have to disagree. I've experienced only one hard drive failure in my 20 years of home computing with a 7 year old mechanical drive.
I have the 512MB cousin of this drive in my home PC. Will be replacing it soon because I have no confidence anymore that Sandisk is any more reliable than a cheap knock-off brand. It's a shame really. I was really quite happy with the drive until about 30 minutes ago. What a hassle. The time I've lost is worth more than the drive. SSD is supposed to be reliable.

ASUS RT-AC68U Wireless-AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs About 20x faster and way more reliable than my old wireless router 10/29/2013

This review is from: ASUS RT-AC68U Wireless-AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

Pros: This router is much faster and more reliable than my D-LINK DIR-655.

Benchmark (Transfer 8GB movie over the network)
D-LINK DIR-655 - about 3.5 MBytes sec
This router - 76MB sec.

I honestly wonder if the benchmark was limited by the transfer rate of the mechanical hard drive where the movie was stored. (Its an old-ish drive).

Tip: USB 2.0 is limited to about 25MB sec. I am using the following network adapter
ASUS PCE-AC68 Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Adapter

Cons: ASUS products and drivers have poor grammar. This product is no exception. Also, the CD installed wanted to install a print communications driver without telling me what it was for. I clicked cancel and things are working just fine. I wonder if it was some kind of adware driver.

Other Thoughts: I was having serious wireless issues in my household until I got this router. Suddenly everything is wonderful. My phone, my tablet, my laptop have much better range and speed even on the 2.4GHz band. I am a very pleased customer. If only the setup pages were as good as D-LINK.

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Installed on old Windows Vista computer 06/12/2012

This review is from: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Probably the best SSD around.

Cons: Samsung magician software is garbage; can't believe the quality control here. Samsung needs someone to come in and do a complete re-write of the software. Who did they contract out to write this garbage? Playskool?

1) The UI is broken; when my mouse hovers over the check-box the text becomes impossible to read because you're drawing a + plus symbol in the wrong place.

2) The "Optimize" function crashes when plugged into the 6bps port on my Asus Sabertooth X58 motherboard.

3) Just now when I try to run SSD Magician it says "Initialization of logger module failed. Cannot start application."

SAMSUNG, get your act together. I've been coding C++ and Win32 for years; I can tell you this is not a diffult thing to do and I would even be happy to help you re-write it if you're interested.

Other Thoughts: If you're interested in knowing how much this will speed up your system, read my review.

According to benchmarks, the speed of this drive is about ~372MB in the 6bps port and 242MB in the 3bps port. ASUS Sabertooth X58, 3.33GHz 6C Xeon.

I migrated to this drive from an existing Windows Vista installation. It's hard to tell if the bootup time really is faster; what I can tell you is that the system is more responsive when I first log in. But the thing is, I've got 24GB of RAM and I leave my computer "always on", so everything I need is usually in the file cache all the time-- my working set is about 12 to 16GB most of the time. I really is hard to tell if this is faster without looking at benchmarks.

Interestingly enough, my wife's computer boots up so much faster than mine. She has a clean install of Windows Vista and my old mechanical 7200 drive. I guess I've got too much junk in the computer that SSD just won't solve. I love how fast her computer boots up compared t


Daniel S.'s Profile

Display Name: Daniel S.

Date Joined: 12/16/03

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 05/29/10
  • Last Review: 10/30/13
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