Reviews and Problems with Transcend Standard Series (TS8GSSD25S,TS16GSSD500,TS32GSSD500,TS32GSSD25S,TS64GSSD500,TS64GSSD25S,TS128GSSD25S,TS256GSSD25S,TS512GSSD25S)
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Buying an IDE (PATA) SSD for an older laptop
26 December 2012
Summary: I originally wanted to buy an IDE SSD, MLC for my older (but still good) Dell laptop. The price of the MLC was affordable. After reading all the reviews, which were very informative, I learned that people with Windows were having a hard time with the MLC technology. That was enough to deter me from buying that drive. The SLC, which was what I needed, was more than I wanted to spend. I continued to stop by about once a week to see if anything changed..
Summary: I picked up this drive as part of my little project to get my old PowerBook G3 (lombard) working again (just for fun really). This drive works great in this us and makes the old PowerBook almost snappy.
Summary: This is a great boot drive for an older Mac (pre-sata) like a mac mini or ibook, though I'm using it as the boot drive for my first generation macbook where it is installed in the optical bay (pata-pata caddy) as I write this review (tip: you must disable smart sleep for this configuration to work). I bought it new and the quality is great.
Summary: Contrary to all of the reviews that say this MLC drive doesn't play nice with Windows, I can confirm that it works just fine with Vista. Dropped this drive into my old Dell Inspiron, inserted a Vista CD, and was up and running within 15 minutes. From someone that has done numerous Windows installs over the years, I can confidently say this is the best experience I've ever had with the process. Is it the fastest drive out there?
Summary: Based on Matthew Parnell's review I felt confident putting this drive in my old Sony VAIO Laptop (circa 2005). Installation worked right out of the box. I am very pleased with the speed and new life this drive has given my old hardware.
Summary: I have an aging, but beloved, Apple PowerBook G4. I was considering a new MacBook, because the PowerBook was slowing down. I read some of the reviews about solid state drives and the G4, and they are right. After I installed the Transcend 32GB SSD, the PB performance is considerably improved. Everything runs much faster, and it boots very quickly. Applications pop up very fast. As a bonus, battery life is about 30% or so higher, it is quiet and much, much cooler running.
Summary: This is one of the few 2.5" IDE SSD drives I could find. Performance wise I couldn't ask for more, this drive brought my older Mac Mini G4 1.25GHz machine back to life! The difference between this SSD and the 5400RPM drive it replaced is night and day. My mini is now extremely fast when booting as well as executing applications. From what I've read, this drive doesn't do too well with Windows; I can say that it works great with OS X.