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This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 EVO 2.5" 500GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7TE500BW
Pros: It's really, really small and 80% of the case inside is empty space. In fact I think Samsung could easily fit 512TB inside and still not use up the entire case.
Really light and fast. This is about the only thing I'd buy from Samsung because this is what they are good at.
The software looks good and you could update firmware and set features.
Cons: Windows 8.1: I tried the samsung clone software 3-5 times and it failed at 21% progress. Google states that my main drive needs defrag - defrag didn't work.
Tried EaseUS Clone but it was a FAIL. Clone completed but the drive was not bootable. Windows repair recovery was useless!!! It couldn't repair or fix anything.
Tried to do a PC Refresh but windows asked for the installation media. What media? 8.1 was a download. Anyway, I inserted my win 8.1 backup boot copy DVD. Says invalid media.
Found a image of 8.1, restored it, then cloned it using the samsung software to the SSD. Finally it worked.
I was kinda upset that I had to do so many rewrites on the SSD during the cloning process because over time, it loses that ability to write.
Some say it is impossible to write it out in 7-10 years. But that's not true if you see the online video tests. You can destroy it in as little as a week if you continuously write/erase on it 24/7 non-stop.
Still bloody expensive. I only purchased it for the boost and I bought a smaller size to save. Besides, I only need it for the operating system.
My system is still slow (but way faster than without the SSD) - only because it takes the OS time to read the other HDs on the system before it loads. If it was only the SSD - my boot up time would be a lot faster.
I think these are not good for raid?
I'm tired of Samsung responding to reviews saying that you should have purchased the desktop kit to get cables and parts with the drive. Are they kidding me? These drives are real expensive. You pay several hundred dollars for the drive - what's the difference of a $5 cable part?????????
At the time of purchase, desktop kits were SOLD OUT. At best, samsung should sell these cable/parts as separate items so we can get them or use your drive serial number as proof of purchase or something. It's just not right.
The drive case is mostly empty except for a small little chip of memory. Sure could fit 512TB inside.
Other Thoughts: I use the SSD just for the OS and installed programs so that they get a fast boost.
Naturally, I switched off hibernating, sleep and the virtual memory swap file. Some suggest that you should just keep 1GB swap file on SSD for faster performance.
I switched off my swap file because I have 32GB RAM. If win wants swap, it can use RAM - besides, only 32% RAM is utilized- so win has to rest to work with.
I've also moved the temp and tmp files to a HD to limit writes and turned off some error reporting and so on - but win 8.1 still constantly writes to the SSD even when I'm not doing anything!
Go to the task manager and look at the C: drive and you'll see constant random writes. I've also turned off write caching and so far no issues because the drive is pretty quick.
In addition, I have setup my documents and other folders on to HDs and I do not use my desktop for storing or managing files, as this uses the SSD. MS advises not to move the User folder as this will prevent future upgrades.
SSD will also be great for storing files as a safety backup if you don't need to constantly backup files.
My system is setup as follows:
HD1: Files, docs, projects, data
HD2: copy of HD1
HD3: Temp/ swap files, scratch disk.
HD4: OS/programs (off line)
This review is from: Windows 8.1 Pro - Full Version (32 & 64-bit)
Pros: Get windows XP instead
Cons: Fails to boot after a few months
Recovery mode doesn't work
Asks for installation media - forgets it's a download
Says recovery disc is invalid
Windows 8.1update is a joke
It's not available from windows update
So my PC no longer works
The fix boot and MBR solutions is a fail
Can't restore PC
Can't refresh PC
Other Thoughts: Only solution is to buy a disc version so that I can reset my old win8 install
That makes it 3 copies Of win8 I own for I PC
I guess that why PCs are on the decline
This review is from: IOGEAR GBU521 USB Bluetooth 4.0 Micro Adapter
Pros: I have heard so much about this adapter from friends. So I decided to buy two of them - one of them as a back up of course.
Cons: None as yet
Other Thoughts: Even though I ordered these 6 days ago, I won't get them until sometime next week. My package is busy making rounds in several other states until it comes back up this way again. I live just outside NJ (2 hours away from the warehouse), where I use to get UPS 3 day packages delivered the next day. Well, those wonderful days are long gone.READ FULL REVIEW