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Corsair Force 2.5
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good help on Corsair forums

Cons: Not supported by OEM laptops

Other Thoughts: This SSD might work in your laptop. I purchased this even with some knowledge of compatibility because of the cost. It was more than $100 cheaper than the equivalently size SSD from Samsung or Intel. That advantage is gone.

The problem is that the BIOS on the laptop has to be compatible with the Sandforce controller used in these Corsair drives. The manufacturer of the motherboard of the laptop might provide an updated BIOS. We don't know if the Sandforce controller firmware can/will be updated to be more compatible. This drive is not recommended (by Corsair) for OEM laptops. It all depends on which drives the laptop manufacturer has tested against their laptop. My understanding is that Samsung and Intel controllers are more likely to be tested.

Given the current situation, I would make a different choice.

Corsair Force 2.5
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Works in Toshiba R705-P35 laptop 12/28/2010

This review is from: Corsair Force 2.5" 240GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F240GB2-BRKT

Pros: * Fast
* Shock resistant
* Seems to work in Toshiba laptop

Cons: * Price for this and other SSDs are a little high for their capacity
* Problems with compatibility

Other Thoughts: I decided that I wanted my laptop to be as fast as it could be. I have a Toshiba R705-P35. I purchased this drive to replace the internal drive that came with the laptop. If you follow up on the Corsair forums you'll find a lot of discussion of problems, mostly with compatibility.

I had one minor problem with the BIOS not recognizing the SSD on cold boot in one out of 15 boots. The work around in this case was a power cycle. Other problems reported were BSODs after a sleep (S3 mode). I did not have the sleep problem.

What you need is the drive, an external enclosure, a data copying program, partitioning software, updated BIOS, updated IDE/ATA drivers (Intel RST version 10), Windows 7, AHCI mode in the BIOS, and the latest firmware (version 2.0) for the SSD. You'll need all of this to make this work.

I used the Acronis Disk Director software to partition the drive and copy the data.

I haven't had any problems since I'd made all these changes. Enjoy your SSD!

EVERCOOL VC-EC4510M12S-B VGA Cooling Fan
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs Fan quiet, doesn't fit. 11/14/2006

This review is from: EVERCOOL VC-EC4510M12S-B VGA Cooling Fan

Pros: The fan is quiet, <22dBA.

Cons: The attachment points are not 60 degrees apart. The holes require a screws with low profile heads. There are not recessed holes.

Other Thoughts: I could not find any engineering drawings of the fan. It doesn't fit my video heatsink to shipping is too expensive to return it. It just didn't fit, not the fan's fault. Otherwise, the fan is very nice.


Michael C.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael C.

Date Joined: 01/17/02

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 11/14/06
  • Last Review: 01/31/11
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