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SAMSUNG 840 Series 2.5
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3 out of 5 eggs MUST FORMAT BEFORE ACCESSING 12/10/2013

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Series 2.5" 250GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7TD250BW

Pros: TBD. I just got my laptop to recognize this SSD
Samsung tech support was helpful in getting this drive running on my laptop.

Cons: To someone who does very little hardware swapping or has little experience with formatting drives, it may not be immediately apparent that simply plugging the drive in as external storage or for data migration does not allow for access to the drive. The drive is not accessible until it has been formatted.

Other Thoughts: I initially purchased this as external storage but recently decided it would work better as a primary drive for my new laptop. Im stubborn and most of the time a DIY'er so I was frustrated when I couldn't get my old or new laptop to recognize this SSD. I feel like a moron but I haven't had to format a hard drive in years and this being my first experience with a SSD, I figured it would just pop up like a flash drive if I plugged it in as an external. After trying for more than a few hours this weekend and lots of googling I got myself nowhere. It came down to a call to samsung tech support to figure out that it just needed a quick format. I'm also new to windows 8 so they told me where to find disk management to format the drive. The manual for this SSD just shows how to plug the drive in for data migration, but no reference to formatting prior to that. I just feel like it wouldn't be that hard to have a quick windows/mac formatting walkthrough, or at least a mention of formatting prior to use. I was also disappointed to hear that after all of this, their data migration software cant handle a drive with a recovery partition and will fail to clone. so now I will have to download a separate migration software in order to install this SSD to my new laptop. I will update or rerate the actual performance of this product after I have some time to evaluate it.


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