Summary: I am sure this is a great drive, but the Acronis cloning software that comes with it is out of date and won't boot from the CD/DVD drive on my Alienware Aurora R4 computer with UEFI type BIOS. Have been in contact with Kingston support who have tried to be helpful, but so far nothing works. They had me download and burn a CD which they said would fix the problem, too bad it was the same 4 year old software that came with the drive.
"Somewhat ok ssd for the price." Can get speeds close to as advertised on compressed files only!
Jacob D. Kuilan, Amazon
1 October 2012
Summary: The Kingston SSDNow V+200 is a low to mid level performing SSD. Spec wise it's it uses the same tried and tested Sandforce sf-2281 controller that many SSD makers use. I don't know if it is it's firmware but it has slower performance than most others using the same controller like the Vertex 3 or the SanDisk Extreme Even though it's slower it's still way faster than what any HDD can offer on the market without Raid 0.
Great performance in general, unstable boot performance
Daniel Wong, Amazon
8 August 2012
Summary: Easy setup with the right tool, which is not included in this model. I used the clone utility that came with Kingston's SSDnow Upgrade Bundle Kit from a previous purchase. Boot up time is much faster than regular HDD for most of the time. However, once in a while, boot up takes a big hit and the drive seems to be busy "forever" before the login screen is presented. I thought I got a defective drive with unpredictable performance and requested a replacement.
Summary: I bought this on feb 16 2012 and in the last few days the drive started giving me blue screen errors about a minute after full boot. Emailed Kingston tech support and they are going to send me a different model. The cloning software worked really easy and surprisingly fast. Very user friendly The external hdd adapter takes a little getting used to. The plastic does seem like if it gets dropped it will crack. And the adapter is just a plastic ring that adheres to the ssd.
Summary: When it works, this drive is very good. The first one i had lasted 3 days. But i returned it, and got a replacement immediately, which is still running fast 15 months later. Read some of the other reviews - it looks like about 25% of these fail within a few weeks. But the ones that don't are good.
Summary: SSD is very fast but first one crashed after 14 months and had to be replaced under warranty from the manufacturers, I then bought a second matching one and now have them in a mirrored raid array. I only use the SSD for my operating system and programs and keep all my files, data etc. on normal hard drives. Booting up is very fast and the computer is ready to be used about 5 - 10 seconds after you log on, a big improvement over a hard drive.
Summary: Given that when I purchased this the kit was cheaper than the bare drive I feel slightly guilty criticising the cloning software shipped with the bundle. The Kingston 90GB SSD is excellent and has cut my boot time by a third and software applications start significantly faster. However the installation did not go as smoothly as I had hoped.
Summary: Do not buy if your motherboard doesnt support AHCI in the BIOS. This isnt stated anywhere but mine didnt so unit failed after approx 10 days use !! Also the 120gb will only be OK if your existing HDD is of similar size OR very underutilised as the Acronis software supplied will only clone if what it thinks is sufficient space is available on the SSD.