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SSD Recommendations For A Laptop - September 23, 2014, 09:01 AM

I've got an older MBP that still runs off a HDD that I want to refresh before the Yosemite launch in a few weeks.

Thinking about dual drive system, running the O/S and programs off the SDD and relocating the HDD to the optical bay then using this solely for storage.

I haven't kept abreast of SDD tech lately, but I know some of you are knee deep in this stuff. Who makes the most reliable and power efficient drives at the moment?

Probably looking for a capacity range of 120-160GB as storage will be handled by the spinning platter.



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September 23, 2014, 09:02 AM

Crucial has good stuff at good prices in my experience.


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September 23, 2014, 09:10 AM

I have Samsung Evo's in both of my MBP's.. no problems thus far.

I also have Kingston Hyper X in my windows pc. No problems with that either.


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September 23, 2014, 09:22 AM

Crucials MX100 line is great for the price:performance

There's a sale right now at Newegg (I haven't bothered comparing around):

Crucial MX100 256GB model for $100 using code: EMCPAHG23
Crucial MX100 CT256MX100SSD1 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Newegg.com

I just ordered another Samsung Evo 840 1TB from them for $390, have two in the desktop and this one will go in the next laptop.


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September 23, 2014, 09:23 AM

Kingston V300 120GB for $60.

Kingston SSDNow V300 Series SV300S37A/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Newegg.com


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September 23, 2014, 10:23 AM

There is a good deal on the Crucial right now and it's a good drive. I prefer the Samsungs even after the read problem. They'll fix that. In the meantime, the Samsung drives like the 840 evo are way better on power.

But pretty much any SSD will make your laptop feel like a new machine. if it's an old laptop, just get the cheapest one that has the capacity you need.
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September 23, 2014, 10:26 AM

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Crucials MX100 line is great for the priceerformance

There's a sale right now at Newegg (I haven't bothered comparing around):

Crucial MX100 256GB model for $100 using code: EMCPAHG23
Crucial MX100 CT256MX100SSD1 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Newegg.com

I just ordered another Samsung Evo 840 1TB from them for $390, have two in the desktop and this one will go in the next laptop.

Was doing some quick reading between calls and saw the S840 Evo & Pro are both highly praised. Looks like they give you some bonuses too - the transfer cables, cloning software, and some drive encryption software.



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The cables only come with the full retail kits. Most deals are on the bare drives. If you're looking for that, make sure you get the correct SKU - otherwise you're going to Monoprice.com for a SATA->USB3.0 cable.
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Found the Samsung 840 for $70 a/f Rebate & Coupon Code and free shipping.

Samsung 840 EVO 120GB Desktop SSD Kit - 2.5 Form Factor, SATA III 6 Gb/s, Up To 540 MB/s Read Speed, Up To 410 MB/s Write Speed, 7mm Thickness, Samsung 3-core MEX Controller - MZ-7TE120KW at TigerDirect.com
I'm sure I won't be able to do much better than that.


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I am rocking the Seagate 600 Series. No issues at all in my mac...


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Found the Samsung 840 for $70 a/f Rebate & Coupon Code and free shipping.

Samsung 840 EVO 120GB Desktop SSD Kit - 2.5 Form Factor, SATA III 6 Gb/s, Up To 540 MB/s Read Speed, Up To 410 MB/s Write Speed, 7mm Thickness, Samsung 3-core MEX Controller - MZ-7TE120KW at TigerDirect.com
I'm sure I won't be able to do much better than that.


Thanks for the help troops.
The kingston V300 is really a nice drive if you're looking for best quality for the lowest price. Can't go wrong with the 840's either.


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September 23, 2014, 12:37 PM

I've got a V300 in my desktop and it has been great. I had originally bought it for my laptop, but ended up putting a Samsung 840 in it (The samsung was a higher capacity and I didn't have room for a second drive in the laptop)


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September 23, 2014, 01:21 PM

I was going to suggest the Samsung, but it looks like that is what you've settled on. Solid choice all around.


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September 23, 2014, 01:48 PM

I did the same thing with my 2010 MBP. Still running strong to this day.
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September 23, 2014, 11:01 PM

There is an inexpensive enclosure for the Superdrive once you remove it for the rare time you need it. It is on Amazon and was a plug and play affair for me.


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