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WD My Passport Ultra 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive WDBZFP0010BBK-NESN Black
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4 out of 5 eggs Good Drive For The Money 03/22/2014

This review is from: WD My Passport Ultra 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive WDBZFP0010BBK-NESN Black

Pros: Attractive
Reasonably Fast
Priced Right
Reliable

I use portable hard drives primarily to store System Image backups for multiple computers. I bought this 1TB WD My Passport Ultra to replace a WD My Passport 750 GB unit (needed more capacity). The 750 GB drive benchmarked at: 92.1 MB/s Sequential Read and 88.6 MB/s Sequential write. 4K Read performance was 0.344 MB/s and Write was 0.746.

With the new WD My Passport Ultra one third full, it benchmarks as follows: Sequential Read 112.3 MB/s, Sequential Write 112.6 MB/s. 4K random Read is 0.545 and Write is 1.150.

So the WD Ultra outperforms the non-Ultras by a significant amount. I have two Silicon Power portable drives (a 1TB A15 and a 750 GB A80) and both outperformed my WD 750 GB drive. The 1TB WD Ultra, however, our performs both Silicon Power drives.

The 1TB Ultra drive is also a bit slimmer than (not as thick as) my WD 750 GB non-Ultra drive.

It was on sale for $59.99 when I bought it. I would say it is a bargain at that price.

Cons: Not really a con, but I would have preferred a Red or Blue case but Black was the only color on sale.

Other Thoughts: Some have mentioned they thought the cable was a bit short. It is 19" long which I find long enough. Additionally, it is about 1/2 the thickness of many other USB cables which makes it much easier to "coil up" and store in a Case Logic carrying case along with the drive.

The USB cables that came with my Silicon Power drives were 24" long and much too thick to allow storage in the same case as the drive. I think the dimensions of the USB cable are a plus.

I would recommend it to friends.

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SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5
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1 out of 5 eggs Excellent SSDs; Questionable Cloning Software 12/29/2013

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5" 250GB SATA 6Gb/s TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: ● Samsung currently makes what are probably the best consumer-grade SSDs.

● The Samsung Magician software offers some of the most useful utilities of any manufacturer

● The performance is beyond outstanding

● The pricing is competitive

Cons: The included "Data Migration" software appears to have issues.

I am writing this review with some reluctance as I do not wish (and do not intend) for my observations to cast a shadow on the excellent Samsung SSDs, themselves. I believe Samsung to be the finest consumer-grade SSDs currently available.

This review (and my "1 Egg" score) is limited strictly to the Samsung "Data Migration" cloning software.

As noted in other reviews, the Data Migration software does not always do a perfect job of cloning the source drive. Newegg currently identifies "30 similar statements" to what I will observe below, so I am not the only one experiencing these issues.

I recently -- 12/20/13 -- posted a review praising the EVO 250 SSD but noted that although the included Data Migration software copied my C partition, it failed to copy the "Factory Restore" D partition. Additionally, I also noted that when I installed the cloned drive my graphics card driver had become corrupted and had to be reinstalled (it was - and still is - fine on the source drive).

Since that time, I have also found that on three separate computers (different brands), the drives cloned with Data Migration software (although they did boot up and run) would not allow me to create a System Image backup. I got a message (on all three) reading: "The backup failed. There is not enough disk space to create the volume...".

Counter intuitively, this message is **NOT** referring to lack of space on an external backup drive (mine has over 800 gigs free), but points to an issue with the cloned drive. The problem appears to be due to an unwarranted expansion of the System Reserved volume size brought about by a corruption in the Change Journal system -- on the Data Migration cloned drives.

In all three cases, I (re)cloned the original source drives (to the Samsung SSDs) using Apricorn EZ-Gig and all three times the clones turned out perfect (no corrupted drivers, copied the D partitions) and allowed me to create System Images with no issues.

As previously noted, all three SSDs cloned with Samsung's Data Migration software did boot up OK, so it is quite possible that numerous others who have not yet tried to create a System Image backup of their "Data Migration cloned drives" might experience this problem.

I have been told that Samsung people read these reviews. So I would ask them to look into the issues I have outlined above.

Other Thoughts: I currently own 4 Samsung Pro SSDs and 1 EVO in various computers and they are the best performing SSDs I have ever installed. I had not run into the issues mentioned earlier because the first few times I installed Samsung SSDs, I used EZ-Gig to clone the source drives to the Samsungs. Only recently have I tried/used the Samsung Data Migration software.

Do not allow the above review of Samsung's "Data Migration" software to prejudice you against purchasing a Samsung SSD. I highly recommend them and will purchase more in the future. I would also, however, recommend using Apricorn EZ-Gig (a free download), or some other cloning software you trust, to copy your source drive to the Samsung.

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SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Excellent SSD For The Money 12/20/2013

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5" 250GB SATA 6Gb/s TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: ● It's a Samsung
● It was on sale for $159.99 at the time of purchase
● Included Samsung 'Magician' software offers some great features/benefits
● Cloning software included (but no SATA to USB transfer cable)
● It's fast

Cons: 1. Although the included Data Migration software copied/cloned the C partition of my existing drive, it failed to copy the 19 GiG 'Factory Restore' D partition.

2. After installation of the EVO 250 and boot up, a message appeared that my graphics card had reported an error and was not working. I reinstalled the original drive and the graphics card worked fine. So it appears that the driver became corrupted during the cloning process (to double check, I put the EVO back in and reinstalled the appropriate graphics driver from NVIDIA's Website and the card came up working fine).

The EVO, however, was still missing the 'Factory Restore' D partition. Ultimately, I used Apricorn EZ Gig software to clone the original drive to the EVO (a second time) and EZ Gig copied both the D partition and graphics driver with no issues. But having to clone twice did cost me 96 GiGs -- about two weeks worth -- of additional Writes to the drive.

(I think it is only fair to point out that these issues are not an intrinsic fault with the EVO SSD, itself. If you don't have a 'Factory Restore' partition on your source drive this will not be an issue. I have used the Samsung Data Migration software on other computers without multiple partitions and it worked fine. The graphics card becoming corrupted was likely an anomaly.)

Other Thoughts: I own several Samsung PRO series 256 GIG SSDs. I purchased the 250 GiG EVO to test Samsung's new 'RAPID' technology. RAPID sets aside 1 GIG of system RAM as a cache for the SSD and essentially doubles the sequential Read and Write speeds (the latest Samsung Magician software update (version 4.3) now allows RAPID to be activated on their PRO versions as well). My EVO 250 benchmarked (CrystalDiskMark) at 555 MB/s Sequential Read and 522 MB/s Sequential Write, both slightly better than advertised specs.

After activating RAPID (from the Samsung Magician software) I measured a whopping 1196 MB/s Sequential Read and 1097 MB/s Sequential Write. Other benchmarks also showed significant increases in speed. I then ran benchmarks using AS SSD (Sequential, 4K, 4K-64, and Access time). The score totals for Read and Write were 1402 and 1291 for a total score of 2693 (total AS SSD score with RAPID deactivated was 1179). I was excited (for a while).

RAPID technology only works *after* boot up, so it will not increase your boot speed. But I did anticipate programs opening a bit faster and at least a discernible snappier feel. After numerous openings and closings of programs, I did not notice any apparent difference (or any other differences in performance). So using a stopwatch, I timed the opening speeds of a number of programs I frequently use. I then deactivated RAPID (which requires a reboot) and took the opening-time measurements again. I measured no difference with RAPID activated or deactivated.

At that point, I emailed a friend of mine who is a consumer storage reviewer for a major on-line technical publication. He told me that RAPID does not affect performance early on, but actually maintains 'factory fresh' performance over the life of the drive. In other words, you won't notice an immediate performance increase, but neither will you experience a slow down in Write speed as flash gets used up and retired. So what RAPID does is preserve the 'day one' performance of the drive long-term.

Additionally, the EVO series incorporates a unique SLC-like buffer Samsung calls TurboWrite. This allows the EVO (even with its slower TLC NAND) to Write essentially as fast as the PRO series **until** the buffer fills with data (at which point the data is then written over to the slower TLC NAND).

At $159.99 you would be hard-pressed to find another 250 GiG SSD with the performance of the EVO.

I am not gigging (pun intended) the Samsung 250 EVO any eggs for what I noted under "Cons," as hey were not the fault of the drive itself.

Although I am sticking with the PRO series (much greater Write endurance, five year warranty, and can write data faster over sustained periods of time) I would definitely recommend the EVO 250 to a friend on a budget. Samsung is currently the (overall) SSD King with respect to performance and innovation and the EVO is a great bargain for the price.

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Date Joined: 11/26/12

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