Reviews and Problems with Samsung 470 Series (MZ-5PA)
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Dead at 3 years 1 months
Thomas W., Newegg
3 December 2014
Summary: Showed no signs of failure, just completely died one day. Data recovery is impossible because it will not boot at all and is unseen. Lesson learned if you are going to use ssd drives, back them up often.
Samsung 470 freezes computer and it will not come out of sleep
12 January 2012
Summary: There are no indications that this SSD was not compatible with my notebook. I was surprised, given the good reviews. I was going to RMA it, but waited hoping that the problem would go away or not recur. However, now, it states that this SSD is not returnable nor refundable.
Pros: I was initially very happy with this SSD. When it works it is nice.
Cons: However, it has had problems: it freezes the computer, which did not happen before I got it. Also, the computer will not come out of sleep at times. I have to hold the button to shut it down. Also, the screen seems to freeze, even though the computer is not running any significant task. I have an...
Summary: The 3.5" adapter is only suited for unfixed sata connectors. My sata connectors are fixed inside the case to one side, so i had to connect the SSD by just laying it on the 3.5" plate, instead of screwing it down.
Pros: Not a bad price for 128Gb of space. Somewhat fast speeds.
Cons: Low stability. Had to reinstall windows twice to make it stable. One thing that REALLY bugged me was the misleading "Norton Ghost" addition. It's supposed to have "easy data migration," except it doesn't do that. It's purely nothing but glorified windows backup. If you want everything to work fin...
Summary: I feel that since Samsung made it so difficult to upgrade the F/W they should upgrade them at there cost for shipping and doing the update.
Pros: Great stability now that I stop and think about it. While sitting here trying to think of what to write about I realized that this drive is just very stable. Everyday, with every click it's always the same great performance. Sammy put some thought behind the looks of this drive, obviously for mar...
Cons: This has got to be the biggest dissapointment in all of technology in years. THE F/W UPDATING IS GOING BACK IN TIME. Why in the world of manking would they make it DOS? On my other Intel SSD's you simply burn the F/W to a disc and boot from the CD Drive, and bam it's done. If Intel can do it, why...
Summary: I bought two of these. (Laptop and Desktop installs). Overall, for the LAPTOP purchase, this is an OK and JUST ok buy. Do NOT believe all the hype. If you want great performance, you MUST buy an SSD with the fastest/best controller ship...and this is NOT one of those SSD's.
Pros: Added an hour to my laptop battery life. Nice bonus. Machine boots a LITTLE faster, not like instant on however. The boost in battery life is worth 2 eggs. (Read my desktop review however...) Otherwise, not much else to brag about here.
Cons: Where to begin. The firmware upgrade process is HORRIBLE. The DOS level type program Samsung provides does NOT run under 64bit OS system. Several calls about this are still unreturned/unanswered. Performance gains are MARGINAL at best.
Summary: Keep these things in mind when intalling: - Activate ACHI mode in BIOS first - Update firmware once and (likely) only once: - Consider installing it in an existing OS setup first in order to check and update the firmware.
Pros: Great price / MB (esp when on sale). Great appearance. Very fast - close to 230MB/sec after SSD Magician optimization - still short of advertised but still unbelievably fast. Blows my HDDs out of the water.
Cons: - Terrible firmware update process (see Other Thoughts). SSD "Magician" is anything but when it comes to easily enabling you to update the firmware. It will accurately detect the version and download it to a USB boot drive BUT it wont make a USB drive bootable. So you have to go and search the we...