Summary: The SSD died in just 18 months of normal usage. I'm hoping this would last for 3 or more years. Pros: * Nice upgrade kit complete with screwdriver, USB External Drive Bay, Acronis Migration Software and desktop mounting plate. * Amazingly fast transfer speed. Cons: * Expensive. * Not rugged as it claim to be. I've probably received a lemon but Kingston should provide superior quality control for their product at this cost.
Fast and loved it, UNTIL IT DIED after just a few months
Chris Oakes, Amazon
29 July 2012
Summary: Feb-July 29. I absolutely loved the drive at first. It had a very easy installation, was recognized instantly in my rig, and the performance was great. That was until it died. No warning at all, just Blue Screen one day, and it failed to even recognize system BIOS. I tried putting it in the enclosure as well, with no luck. Did not even last 6 months. And with the lack of warning, I didn't even have a chance to backup my data.
Summary: So, purchased this late last year and I repeatedly get BSODs now (at least 1x/week). Also, data stored on this drive has become corrupted twice (and it is my billing info, so that costs me money when I cannot recover the data file). Other than a slight increase in speed, I cannot find anything redeeming about the drive and would not purchase another.
Summary: Now that the holidays are over I'm going to try getting some help from Kingston tech support, but at this point I'd rather return this thing and get a Samsung, Intel or something else with a non-SandForce controller and be done with it.
Pros: Fast as advertised, easy installation, easy to transfer all files from another drive with included software and cable.
Cons: SandForce needs to go back to the drawing board with their controller. I haven't had this many BSOD's since I was using WindowsME, and I can't install the latest firmware update because Kingston's updater can't find my Kingston SSD (it finds the OCZ one just fine though). Tried different SATA ports and known good cables to no avail.
Summary: Got regular BSODs, about once 2-3 days. Returned and got a new one, same story. The worst thing is that after the BSOD, the SSD will enter some kind of weird state and will not be recognized by the SATA controller, until you manually turn the computer OFF and then do a cold boot. Hopefully fixed now. Performance-wise, fairly impressive.
Pros: As someone who has never owned an SSD before this one, it's like night and day. A full boot takes no longer than 15-20 seconds, load screens are almost non-existent in games, apps launch in almost no time.
Cons: Every few hours I get a "KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR" BSOD. I don't seem to be the only one having this issue either. The system will remain un-bootable until the PSU is shut off for a few seconds, and returned. I'll probably end up RMA'ing this one but am hopeful that the issue isn't persistent with another new drive.
Summary: after spending this kind of cash for a high performance drive, the last thing I want to put up with is stablity issues. Things seemed to go a little to easy when it came to getting it up and running, and for 2 weeks I was just loving it. But then I finally got arround to using it as I intended (video conversion, editing, transcoding, and transfer to a secondary storage array), only to find myself in a world of hurt.
Summary: Boot up speed of laptop with windows 7 and 8GB of RAM is amazingly fast. Opening MS Office applications happens in less than 1 second, and running VMware software (main reason I bought this SSD) is very good. Everything was good for three weeks until I was forced by my IT department to enable Hard Disk Drive password protection from my computer BIOS.
Summary: Purchased 1 of these drives, and it failed in 2 systems. After about 15 days, I noticed the computer would just BSOD, then the drive would fail to be detected until I powered down the PC completely and powered it back up again. The first board was an older Abit AB9 QuadGT system. I was in the process of upgrading the whole PC.