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This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: Of all my various SSD's, Samsung is by far my favorite. Also my fastest drives. I started out with a Crucial M4 128GB SSD, followed up by 4 Samsung 830 128 GB SSD's. Those Samsung drives ran circles around the Crucial drive in performance tests, however, in real world use, I really didn't notice any difference. When it came time to upgrade the OS drive in another PC, I chose the 840 EVO and it is as good or better than the Samsung 830 drives I have.
Other Thoughts: Can't go wrong with Samsung SSD drives. I have 5 PC's booting off them (4 Samsung 830 drives and one 840 Evo drive) as well as a laptop booting from a Samsung 840 drive.
Restarting a computer has never been more enjoyable! Sometimes I restart just to amuse myself...
This review is from: Crucial M500 240GB SATA mSATA Internal Solid State Drive CT240M500SSD3
Pros: With my MSI GE70 laptop having 2 available Msata ports, and an installed 750TB HDD, boot times and program load times were just not up to par with all my other PC's running SSD's
I replaced the HDD with a Crucial M4 128GB SSD that I had laying around and picked up this M500 240GB msata to install as a D drive for installing my games too. My new laptop is like it should be now, fast. No issues what so ever.
Other Thoughts: wish the 240GB drives were the same write speed as the 480GB and up drives, but it's such and improvement, I'm not complaining.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: New Sandisk 16GB Cruzer FIT USB 2.0 Flash Mini Pen Drive SDCZ33-016G-A11 RETAIL
Pros: It works
Cons: After much research, Sandisk has decided to have all there newer USB drives be listed as Windows 8 certified. In order to be Windows 8 certified, the drive must load as a local disk, and not load as a removable drive.
Other Thoughts: Since it loads as a local disk, you have the ability to partition the drive in to multiple partitions. This could be a plus for some users (this cannot be done on a drive that loads as removable).
The problem with this is, I have two laptops, as about everyone knows now, when you buy a new laptop, most come with some way to create recovery media. The choices are typically DVD and USB drive. While it is always good to create a set of DVD's for recovery, using them is very time consuming as you need to be at the laptop through the whole process and you will be swapping disks in and out multiple times. I'm not talking about swapping disk one out for disk two, I'm talking about swapping the entire set out up to three times to complete the process.
If you create a USB recovery drive, its a 'boot from USB' process, follow the prompts and let it do it's thing until it is complete.
I have yet to run in to a recovery program from any manufacturer that doesn't require the USB drive to be loaded as removable. I.E. if you buy a sandisk USB drive, and you load the recovery program thinking you are going to create a recovery USB drive, think again. The program will not list this device as an option to use for recovery media.
After spending 45.00+ on two different sandisk drives, I found out the hard way, do not use a USB drive certified for windows 8 for this purpose. The irony is, to create a recovery USB drive for my MSI laptop that came with Windows 8, I used a PNY flash drive, not listed as windows 8 certified, in order to get a successful recovery flash drive.
This drive works, but a person really needs the option to be able to load it as removable, if Microsoft is going to require it to load as local to be certified. I've used Sandisk in the past, they are reliable, but this process of getting this sorted out has soured me from buying any more of their drives as they can't be used for what I typically need them to be used for.