Reviews and Problems with Kingston SSDNow V200 - series (SV200S3)
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Big Improvement over Previous Model
R M., Newegg
11 April 2013
Summary: Our original SV100 64GB model had the file-writing slowdown problem which was a problem for several different brands of SSDs. We sent it to Kingston and they replaced it with this newer model SV200. Since much of what we all do every day on our computers involves reading and writing small size files, we noticed the improvement with this drive right away.
Pros: Good upgrade from previous model SV100. Small file performance is noticeably faster. Shipped with latest firmware for last several months. Inexpensive Windows boot drive.
Pros: Other reviews say its slower than other ssds, well I don't have any experience with other ssds but I will say compared my old sata 1 hdd it's crazy fast I can't even begin to compare them. And I guess there are some reviews based on old firmware, but it looks like I missed that set of issues. And seems pretty affordable for a 120 gig ssd
Summary: There are two things that caused this drive to get such a low score in previous reviews, and both are things you shouldn't experience. 1. Acronis cannot initialize this drive. This seems to be a bug in Acronis and may have been resolved now. Windows can initialize the drive perfectly fine. 2. poor write speeds. This was a problem due to bad firmware that plagued this drive and the 64B version, but that has been resolved.
Pros: It's thinness makes it compatible with my laptop which requires a 7mm drive. I can get read speeds of 350MB/s, which surprised me because I thought my laptop could only do SATA II. Includes a plastic thingy that you stick on the side in order for it to sit properly in cases/laptops designed for standard 2.5" drives, which I used to make my old laptop's HDD sit properly in a USB enclosure
Cons: After installing Windows 7 to it I was having an issue where I'd get a WEI of 5.9. running winsat disk in an elevated command was showing I was getting very bad latencys on Long IOs. However, this seemed to have resolved itself once I finished installing all of the Windows updates.
Summary: It's only one day into ownership here and I actually purchased this to speed up a relative's computer. It had been on an IDE hard drive, but had plenty of SATA ports on new motherboard, so I ordered this unit. Going from the IDE HDD to the SSD was such a huge performance boost. Complete reboot of Windows XP takes about a minute. I didn't waste any time figuring out what the sticky-sided plastic cheap thing was that they provided in the package.
Pros: Fast, good price, trustworthy brand, good warranty It has 4 mounting holes on the bottom, and 2 mounting holes on each side, so you have a couple different options for mounting it.
Cons: Does not come with mounting bracket or even mounting screws, but does come with some sort of sticky mount that I didn't bother figuring out how to use. But for the price, no complaints. It also does not come with a SATA cable, of course, but to my knowledge, none of these do.
Summary: This is my first SSD. Put this into my computer and did a fresh Win7 Pro 64 install. Running fantastic, no issues recognizing the drive, and it is blazing fast. Shuts down in less than a few seconds. Start time is probably about 10 seconds, maybe less. As long as it doesn't die on me any time soon I'm extremely happy with it.
Pros: Was easy to install. Cheap for the capacity. Speeds are great compared to my 7200.
Cons: Maybe no mounting bracket but I didn't expect one.
Pros: I could not get Windows 7 to recognize the drive after having used Acronis to format it. I eMailed Kingston tech support and they told me to use Windows 7 to initialize it. I did, and it worked perfectly.
Cons: They should include in their instructions the steps required by Windows 7 to get the machine to recognize their drives because Acronis is the program of choice for Seagate and WD and I have used Acronis to initialize/format 50 or more drives including Patriot, Crucial, and would you believe Kingston SSD's
Summary: This is a very good SSD it's fast (boots Windows 7 from cold start in 18 seconds). Windows WEI is 7.4 with this drive up from 5.9 with a 7200 rpm Western Digital disk drive. The low reviews on this SSD is from people that don't know what they are doing when they install it. If they would go into computer management/disk management and initialize the drive then it would work fine. I have 2 in desk top systems and I have ordered 2 more of these drives for laptop upgrades.
Summary: For the reviewer who could not find the drive after it was "properly formatted", in windows 7, the drive needs to be assigned a drive letter and partition in disk management under computer management before you can see the disk under 'computer'.
Summary: The majority of the negative reviews of this drive model are of the 64 & 128 GB models. The 256 has a 5 star. The reason why these have a bad rap is that their was a bug in their firmware that made the drive write very slowly near the beginning of 2012. It was a software bug and they fixed it as soon as they found out about it. My drive shipped with the new firmware and works as specified so don't listen to any of the reviews about this drive being slow because its not.
Pros: Better then SATA II performance = more then fast enough. Low price Reliable company Solid build quality
Cons: Not as fast as other SATA III drives. Bad reviews because of old firmware drivers.