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SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The Samsung 840 Evo replaced a 60GB Crucial m4 SSD which was running out of room. When any SSD runs out of room, "disk access" slows down very badly while it tries to write new blocks. Anyway, after a couple of months, my Samsung 840 Evo has reached around 180GB for my Win 7 boot drive, but is running even faster than the Crucial SSD. Samsung has some software "magic" called RAPID mode that can speed up one SSD. Between the improvements of the new SSD and RAPID mode, my boot times almost cut in half (~20 secs).

Cons: Although I desperately needed the new SSD back in January, I noticed that the price has dropped 10% since that time (ah well, prices, dey goes up and dey goes down).

Other Thoughts: Adding an SSD as the boot drive not only helped in my SATA3 (6Gbs) PC, but has also noticeably helped in an older SATA2 (3Gbs) PC. I plan to migrate the boot drive of a 3rd PC from HDD to SSD, very soon.

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ICY DOCK MB990SP-B Dual Bay 2.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: SSD snaps into ICY DOCK and ICY DOCK slides/snaps into HDD slot--no needed for mounting screws! ICY DOCK works well enough that I ordered a 2nd one for an SSD in another PC.

Cons: ICY DOCK is sized to accept a 9.5 mm laptop HDD or SSD. As newer SSDs have a 7mm height, the SSD has some room to move vertically. As long as the ICY DOCK is used in a horizontal HDD slot, the SSD is snug.

Other Thoughts: Pretty much does what it says and at the time of my order there was rebate.

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LG 6X BD-ROM 8X DVD-ROM 24X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-Ray Drive For Notebooks Model CT40N
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Don't forget the Slimline SATA Adapter! 11/09/2013

This review is from: LG 6X BD-ROM 8X DVD-ROM 24X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-Ray Drive For Notebooks Model CT40N

Pros: I recently build a HTPC using the SilverStone SST-SG08B Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case and 600W Power Supply, combo. This case does not have room for a full-size optical drive and so I bought the LG Blu-Ray Drive SATA Model CT40N (OEM). I obviously used this drive to install Windows 8 Pro on my new build and I've since used it to play several Blu-ray movies without a flaw. As there are not a lot of choices for slimline optical, Blu-ray drives and I got mine on sale, this was a good choice.

Cons: If you don't buy laptop drives, you won't know that they require a Slimline SATA connector, not the standard SATA connector. As I found out about this difference beforehand, I bought a StarTech Model SLSATAF20 20in Slimline SATA to SATA with LP4 Power Cable Adapter for the data connection to my mobo and for the power connection to a molex plug in the Silverstone PSU. The tight clearances in the mini-ITX case didn't allow room for an adapter from slimline SATA to standard SATA, so the StarTech cable was the best solution for me.

Other Thoughts: Good buy for the price and has performed as expected

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Display Name: Mark G.

Date Joined: 05/16/04

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  • First Review: 09/17/13
  • Last Review: 03/13/14
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