Reviews and Problems with Transcend Standard Series (TS8GSSD25S,TS16GSSD500,TS32GSSD500,TS32GSSD25S,TS64GSSD500,TS64GSSD25S,TS128GSSD25S,TS256GSSD25S,TS512GSSD25S)
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Gets the job done well, few alternatives at this price.
Ian Williams, Amazon
18 May 2012
Summary: I'll say up front that I'm a big fan of Transcend products, so I'm just slightly biased. I have a lot of their USB flash drives, and my experience with those products is what encouraged me to get this SSD. I have a 1GHz 12" PowerBook that has been struggling with overall performance. It is 8 years old. Luckily, I don't use it for day-to-day work, I only really need it for building software diagnostic images.
Summary: This was the replacement for My Western Dig. 10,000 RPM drive. Moved a dual boot XP/Win-7 operating systems with Acronis to drive C: and drive D:... need to tune a little and change caches sizes but once you touch up the OS's they load fast and run even faster than the ten-thousand RPM Western Dig. drives.
Summary: Bought this to replace the HDD in my Toshiba P-25 NB Computer. Unfortunately, the unit is bigger than a standard HDD, and does fit in the caddy. I was able to put it in the computer without the caddy, and it did work OK. (Not the ideal situation). I did a full format in less than 1 minute (vs 30 minutes for a regular drive). I then "Cloned" my drive to the SSD with Norton Ghost 2003 which took about 19 Minutes for about 19 Gig's. VERY FAST boot up time compared to HDD.
Summary: I bought this SSD for an 7 or 8 year old 'project notebook' that someone gave me a little over a year ago. I call it a 'project notebook' because it's not something that I need day to day, but it's something that I get to run Linux on that I add various improvements and tweaks over time to see what it can do. Before installing this SSD, I was running Ubuntu 9.04 on a 7200 rpm traditional hard drive with 512 MB of RAM.
Summary: I bought this 128GB SSD drive in April 2009 to replace a 120GB PATA drive I had in my laptop so I did not have to worry about the drive being put out of business due to shock or vibration. It has fulfilled that purpose. However, my observation is that its speed is not really better than its disk counterpart and I also noticed that power usage went up, that is, my laptop hibernated faster than it did with my hard disk.
Summary: Considering this is a laptop drive with an IDE interface, there probably isn't much of a market that can take full advantage of it. I installed this drive on an older laptop. While there was a noticeable increase in access time, it was almost a waste how fast it was, given that the board had only a 66MHz bus speed. I had a slightly newer laptop which also accepted the drive - but all things considered, I preferred the 60Gb drive that was already in it.
Summary: Solid state technology has not matured yet for replacing current hard drive technologies. A lot of people have gripes about hard drive speed but fail to realize that SSD technology, unless using single level cell (SLC) drives, cannot replace traditional 5400 rpm drives. That said, this drive does work well in balance with a system with appropriate hardware spec and appropriate software configuration.
Summary: I bought the SSD for use with a low-wattage mini-computer (Koolu). It's basically used for web surfing, email, and light computing. The SSD is used for the operating system, which Transcend doesn't recommend (they recommend the SLC, not the MLC; but the SLC is lots more expensive). For my uses, it works pretty well. I'm running Xubuntu with a 800 Megahertz processer and 512 ram. It takes about 3 minutes to boot. Most apps load in about 30 seconds.
Summary: One formatted - with disc management on Windows XP - the OS readily recognised the SSD in either of two USB-caddies. Impressive, compared even with 20GB hard drives. Now for getting it into the hard drive position of my Dell Latitude C640: Physically, it is not exactly the same size as a hard drive. At the outer end the fixing holes are slightly further from the end than is a comfortable fit for the caddy-end.
Summary: Gegenüber herrkömmlichen Festplatten sticht die Transcend durch Ihre Geschwindigkeit besonders hervor. Ihre Inbetriebnahme ist geräuschelos und schont daher die Nerven. Ein laden des Betriebssystems ist bei ca. 20 Sekunken möglich. Leider eignet sich die Festplatte als Systemplatte aufgrund Ihrer Speichergröße nur bedingt. Schnell ist die Kapazität erschöpft und machen Verlagerungen von Daten unabdingbar.