Reviews and Problems with Samsung 830 Series (MZ-7PC)
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Donald S., Newegg
25 March 2013
Pros: Great drives that are only limited by the storage size. Fast, fast, fast! Perfect for soho or smb users who have aging computers that need a speed boost but not much local storage. I've installed these and had users literally say WOW. The included SSD magician software makes it easy to tune systems to use the SSD with all the tweaks that can be a pain to make manually.
Cons: Only 64GB could be a con, but in that case just buy a larger capacity drive.
Pros: I bought 2 of these to replace the aging hard drives in my 2 laptops, both purchased new in 2006-2007. Even in a laptop this old, the SSD delivers excellent performance, quiet operation, and longer battery life. I have had the SSD's running now for about 2 months, and no problems so far.
Summary: 1. Difficult to set up. Even experienced users who are familiar with ssd setup can run into snags from system to system because of the different ssd-enabling approaches that motherboards use. You will need to get your hands dirty.
Pros: I would say the best thing about these 128gb 830 series drives is the stability of having a ssd that isn't plotting to die on you at any moment.
Cons: There are some cons involving this drive, or any ssd in general.
Pros: I am using this Samsung 830 Series 128 GB SATA III SSD in a home theater PC build. I have Windows 7 64 bit and applications installed to this drive. You can definitely tell a difference in boot up, shut down, and application launch times. I highly recommend a SSD for HTPC builds, and this drive has performed reliably with 24/7 usage for the past two months.
Cons: This is not a problem with this drive, but SSDs have lower storage capacity compared to hard disk drives. So, for an HTPC application, you basically must also have at least one high capacity hard disk drive for media storage. In my case, I record over the air TV to this drive and then have a script run each night that processes the recordings and moves them over to my FreeNAS home media server.
Pros: I just wrote a review but mistakenly said that I used the Ghost software to image. I actually used Macrium Reflect (Free version ) software to image my hard drive - it will copy the boot sector and all hidden files for an EXACT copy of your drive. You don't really need the kit but I do like the SATA/Power adaptor that the kit comes with - I use it all the time now.
Pros: Not the fastest, but the most reliable. Samsung is a chip manufacturer. They make the MLC chips as well as the controller chips. No Sandforce wonkiness to worry about. No cross-manufacturer-implementation issues. It just WORKS.
Cons: Doesn't come with a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter bracket, but I knew that already. Just alerting the reader they will need to purchase one. The $7 plastic Rosewill unit sold on Newegg is perfect.