Reviews and Problems with Transcend Standard Series (TS8GSSD25S,TS16GSSD500,TS32GSSD500,TS32GSSD25S,TS64GSSD500,TS64GSSD25S,TS128GSSD25S,TS256GSSD25S,TS512GSSD25S)
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Transcend 2.5 ide ssd is very slow
16 February 2012
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. Do not wast your money buying this drive it is best to get a regular drive. I bought a ide hard drive with 7200Rpm to replace the ssd drive. Transcend should be a shame to put such junk out for sale.
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. I used it for web browsing maybe 6 times in a year if I needed to look something up. Mostly the laptop just hummed along server files. The drive itself was very fast in linux, no speed problems.
Summary: Could copy files to it and from it but when cloning it with my OS I could not get it to be recognized. Contacted Transcend and they said this drive had to be sent back to them for a firmware upgrade to be used as a boot drive. It's been over a month and I'm awaiting it's return.
Summary: I'm not sure why the other reviewers were having such bad luck with this. Perhaps they just don't understand how solid state disks work and what they are good for? I think this drive is very fast and you can't beat the price. We have a couple of them running some Linux and FreeBSD servers and they perform wonderfully. Update - Well, they worked wonderfully for a while, but we had 2 of them fail long before I would have expected.
Summary: Formatting is really fast; installing windows xp broke of suddenly, my notebook getting extremely hot in the meantime. None of three computers found the card then, no further formatting or installing was possible. This Transcend card is definitely an absolute flop.
Summary: This product was recommended to us by our IT staff to replace a printer hard drive, that has lived it's life. Our printer is not able to manage the speed of the solid state and therefore, we had to return it.
Summary: Don't even think about buying this garbage drive. It went down in price from 450 to about 70 dollars. That should tell you something. Horrible write and read speads. Old drive from 2000 is faster. Totally the WRONG DRIVE to buy. Stay FAR FAR FAR away. This is a truely a P.O.S.
another flop - did Transcend even test these first?
Jehrico76 "Jehr", Amazon
2 February 2008
Summary: My experience mirrors the others above. I installed the product in a regular PC, one I had built and was using as an HTPC, so I wanted an SSD to make the system more quiet. Very quick format, over four hours to install XP. I stuck with it anyways. Anytime I do anything once I'm in XP, it's VERY slow. It takes about 4-5 minutes for any random application to load (like JRiver Media Center, Adobe Reader, Firefox, etc).
Summary: My experience matches the previous reviewer's description. Windows XP installation took about 4 hours before I just gave up. I own a Samsung 1.8" SSD in a Toshiba Libretto U100 that is lightning fast compared to this Transcend piece of junk. Very disappointed. I recommend staying away.