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SAMSUNG 850 Pro Series MZ-7KE1T0BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Long warranty
Good Performance
Large Capacity

Cons: ATTO Disk Benchmark (same settings):
Samsung 850 Pro 1TB -- 512, 547
An older 240GB SSD -- 525, 551
Slightly slower than my older-tech SSD

High Price

Other Thoughts: The warranty is the chief reason for purchasing this, rather than a cheaper 1TB-class drive.

The second reason is that TRIM is reported to work in Ubuntu for only two brands -- one is Samsung.

The rated number of writes for the 850 Pro is not proportionately higher than other SSDs (with typically 1 year, 3 year or 5 year warranties).

The ten year warranty is chiefly a marketing tool, not a reliable measure of longevity.. I presume Samsung will honor it.

Price will drop significantly in less than one year.
I would buy more for a few hundred less.

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SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD512BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fast
512GB is big enough
Large SSDs generally live longer, because cell wear is spread out
Five year warranty

Cons: None
See "Other thoughts" to maximize your chances you won't have any Cons.

Other Thoughts: I have several 256GB 840 Pro SSDs.
One got sick -- was taking 90 seconds to boot on Haswell i7-4770K system.

Rather than trading it for someone else's used drive, I fixed it myself:
1) Install Samsung Magician - get the latest online
2) Update the drive firmware via Magician
3) Run power cycles --
A - Turn on the computer and run 20+ minutes without touching it
B - Shut down and disconnect the drive power cable for 30+ seconds
C - Repeat A & B at least once
4) Set the drive to Maximum Reliability in Magician
5) Set up recommended Over Provisioning in Magician
My sick drive was returned to totally healthy

Before my 256GB Samsung took ill, I had never installed Magician;
now I will never run a Samsung SSD without it.

Of course, I have already used Magician to set up this new 512GB drive.

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Syba SY-ACC65066 12-in-1 Mini Screwdriver Set for Small Gadget Repairs
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs Got my money's worth ! 01/09/2014

This review is from: Syba SY-ACC65066 12-in-1 Mini Screwdriver Set for Small Gadget Repairs

Pros: Bits look OK
Handle looks OK

Cons: Bits fall out of the handle -- no obvious way to hold them in

There's a spacer inside the handle -- this spacer also falls out, and anyway does not hold the bits in. The spacer is not magnetized, and the aluminum handle is, of course, not magnetic.

The slots inside the handle are not sized to hold the bits in the handle -- one pair of slots is too loose, the other pair (90 degrees away) is too tight .

Instructions are nonexistent, so if I missed the secret when I took Screwdrivers 101, I won't further my education here.

I have found better sets at the dollar store.

Other Thoughts: Came free with a combo. The MAIN item is magnificent.

If I am unfairly characterizing this product, I will post the secret which makes this product function well, after the secret is revealed to me.

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Display Name: Richard W.

Date Joined: 12/03/07

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