Reviews and Problems with Transcend Standard Series (TS8GSSD25S,TS16GSSD500,TS32GSSD500,TS32GSSD25S,TS64GSSD500,TS64GSSD25S,TS128GSSD25S,TS256GSSD25S,TS512GSSD25S)
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An improvement on HDD
Man Friday, Amazon
26 February 2013
Summary: Pros: Better performance than the WD80 HDD from Compaq EVO N610c it replaced. Improved battery life. the improvements are marginal. Cons: Not the fastest SSD out there but for PATA interface in such an old laptop my expectations were met.
Summary: I returned the drive because my 2004 HP zv5000 could not recognize it at boot up. Otherwise, the drive appeared to function normally. This drive, worked great: http://www.amazon.com/KingSpec-Solid-State-SM2235-Controller/dp/B0049AAMJ6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1335066636&sr=8-2
Summary: ****WARNING**** Not for Novices! It works for XP but not without MAJOR Tweaking. As others have said the drive may work better for Linux than Windows. I did not try it on Linux myself but I did install it on an older style Dell Laptop with an XP OS.
Summary: I tried this IDE SSD in my old IBM (Lenovo) T41 laptop PC, and it fit and worked. It loaded Windows XP SP2 including formatting with blazing speed. I just sat here and giggled as I watched it go.
Summary: Do your homework BEFORE trying to install - correct partition alignment is a MUST for even marginally acceptable performance. Moving temp files onto a RAM disk helps, but is impractical on machines with smaller RAM sizes.
Pros: The only PATA SSD that I could find. Lower power consumption with a noticeable increase in read performance over a 5400 RPM mechanical drive. Less vulnerable to damage from physical abuse.
Cons: If you buy this unit expecting a blazingly fast drop-in-replacement for a mechanical hard drive, especially running WinXP you are likely to be disappointed. The improved read performance is balanced by a write performance below that of the average HD, and frequent controller stalls freezing WinXP...
Summary: Not pleased with the product; however, since it does appear to work as advertised, it is not a candidate for RMA. Note the advertising fails to market the specs which actually make the SSD useful, since they are apparently so poor.
Pros: Bought in June 2010. Works generally as advertised on box, i.e. 80MB/s sequential read, 50MB/s sequential write, and Windows 7 compatible (check pictures of the 32GB version for box specs). Benchmarks pretty well with Atto Disk Benchmark; not so well with CrystalDiskMark. Came loaded with most re...
Cons: Freezes and stutters with Windows XP, often at or just after boot screens, even with oft noted partition alignment. Install machine was a 5-year-old Dell D600 that had maxed out CPU and RAM with an 802.11n card. There were no issues with the 5400rpm HDD previously installed. Switching to Windows ...
Summary: After the disk was nearly full (~1GB free) my wife complained that the web browser was slow. I think this was because of the slow write speed. Putting back the regular disk made web browsing faster. Of course the boot time went up. This is OK since we leave it on most of the time.
Pros: Initially made my wife's Dell D600 much faster to boot.
Pros: Purchased several of these IDE SSD drives and they have worked very well at speeding up older laptops. Great for longer battery run times as well.
Cons: No cons with the drives. I would give it 5 eggs except they are not in stock in New Jersey. I wish New Egg would keep all of their items in stock in the New Jersey warehouse otherwise why have this warehouse for us east coast customers?
Summary: I purchased this to upgrade a friends laptop. While waiting for her to drop off her laptop I decided to test it out on my HP DV4165. I had previously upgraded to a 7200 rpm laptop HDD back in January 2007 so it was already a pretty fast drive.
Pros: Quiet & Cool After booting and re-booting three times, watcing an hour of HD web TV (Heros) I opened the HDD cover and the new drive was about the ambient temperature of the inside of the case.
Cons: cost per GB transfer speed for small reads/writes When surfing the web, my primary use for a laptop, I found it to be slow. It seemed to lag or be less responsive then the old spin/platter HDD.
Pros: this guy is pretty fast, i'm getting reads of 40mb/s and writes of 15mb/s (this was over a usb adaptor).
Cons: the drive often stalls when trying to open internet explorer, which makes this not such a great drive. i will probably be putting the spinning drive back into my laptop and reserve this one for my external drive.