Reviews and Problems with Transcend Standard Series (TS8GSSD25S,TS16GSSD500,TS32GSSD500,TS32GSSD25S,TS64GSSD500,TS64GSSD25S,TS128GSSD25S,TS256GSSD25S,TS512GSSD25S)
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SLOW. Unthinkably slow.
12 September 2013
Summary: Yes, it's functional, but it's so pitifully slow that my spinning magnetic drive is literally orders of magnitude faster. Unless you are desperate for the power savings it may provide (which I didn't test, because it was unusable for me due to the speed problems), you should not buy this.
Summary: I bought this disk for a Gateway M520 and even though installing both Ubuntu and Windows was successful and I could see the data in the disk, the disk never managed to boot the computer at all.
Summary: I tried installing it, but it is hardly recognized by the computers (both Windows and Mac) when I tried to copy image into it. I tried switching the jumper settings, sometimes it showed up as 7.3 GB drive, sometimes as "unrecognizable" drive. Really hard to work on this, so I had to send it back.
Summary: This drive is an ssd but it is slower than my old hard drive. I have installed Intel SSD drive but bought this becase it was IDE. The drive is very slow. The drive pauses for a while and then speeds up. The drive is slow on the Write procces and Fast on the read.
Even if the price goes to $0, it's still not worth it.
30 April 2011
Summary: Newegg will not take it back. Transcend does NOT have a firmware update for this drive on their website. This is the OLDER hardware version 6140-S2 for which there is currently no firmware upgrade available.
Pros: Compatible with older laptops. Boot times are somewhat improved. Gives you more time to do other things (see end of "other thoughts")
Cons: Can't be returned. Transcend won't help either. This drive is UNBELIEVABLY slow when it approaches 1/3 usage. Write operations are so slow that installing an older game (original Half Life) from an image -- which takes 35 SECONDS with a mechanical drive -- took more than 45 minutes with this SSD ...
Cons: Can't get a refund... don't even want a replacement... this thing is SO SLOW when you load Windows XP on it and it's in an old Inspiron 4150. Didn't try it in anything else and frankly don't want to waste anymore time on this drive. When you load the OS, it takes forever for the drive to stop tas...
Summary: I put this drive in a t41 series laptop last March, nearly 1 year and 1 week later it died. The laptop did light duty server work. ran linux, offered nfs and cifs shares of a drobo via usb, ran squeezecenter for audio devices, and sometimes hosted a vmware guest box.
Summary: Maybe retailers forget that people ordering online: Order WAIT And hope NOT to Return WAIT
Cons: After 2 days... slow went to slow went to even slower. Item was sent back and now out of stock. I guess that "Stuff" happens, but I think it was impersonable to simply refund this purchase without giving me an option to substitute/alternate or something. I guess it's easier to "Press a button"
Summary: I had hoped to have gotten a much better version of the Transcend SSD, given how slow the first gen was reported to be. This one was supposed to be the improved generation. But still, the SSD sucks. I have an OCZ SATA Agility 1, and it clearly outperforms this SSD.
Pros: Initially, it will amaze you with its speed. But once several apps have been installed, and the drive has been dirtied, the drive slows down. I only filled up 5GB, and it already slowwwweeeeddd down.
Cons: I rec'd my SSD, installed WinXP SP2, and it was initially fast. But then, after I installed a few more apps (MSIE 8, MS Office), the drive slowed down drastically! I only filled up 5GB, with 25.5GB still free, and the SSD was already slow. Hadn't even installed antivirus or anything else. Boot up...