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Kingston SSDNow V100 256GB SATA II 3GB/s 2.5 Inch Solid State Drive SV100S2/256GZ

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256 GB
  • 250MB/sec read and 230MB/sec write speeds
  • Faster boot times and application loads than hard drives
  • No moving mechanical parts gives it longer life and ability to handle rougher conditions
  • Backed by Kingstons three year warranty and 24/7 tech support
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Technical Details

Size: 256 GB
  • Brand Name: Kingston
  • Model Number: SV100S2/256GZ
  • Hard Disk Size: 256.0 GB
  • Form Factor: 2.5-Inch

Product Description

Size: 256 GB

Product Description

Kingston technology’s ssdnowv100 solid-state drive dramatically improves performance with impressive speeds. it makes any user more productive by speeding up boot times and application loads while removing hard drive crashes or failures. ssdnow v100 is ideal for consumers or small businesses looking for an affordable way to extend the life of desktops or notebooks at a lower cost than a replacement system. it’s perfect for home users, freelance designers and photographers, video editors, researchers, administrators and educators, and anyone who travels for their job. it’s built with no moving parts to provide durability and reliability and meet the needs of professionals in the office or on the road.

From the Manufacturer

Increase performance and productivity while extending the life of your computer with the Kingston SSDNow V100 256 GB Drive. The solid-state drive is built with no moving parts, making it far less susceptible to damage from shock and vibration than traditional hard drives. Utilizing NAND flash technology and a SATA interface, the drive delivers data throughput of up to 3 Gb/s. The drive also supports TRIM technology for optimized performance and the SMART monitoring system to detect problems so you can prevent drive failure. This Kingston V100 drive is an easy way to improve the performance of your notebook or desktop computer without incurring the cost of buying a new one.

Kingston SSDNow V100 Drive

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SSDNow V100 256 GB Drive

At a Glance:

  • 256 GB of memory and SATA interface for increased performance
  • Solid-state drive is quieter, cooler, and uses less power than traditional drive
  • Flash-based components for durable, shock-resistant storage
  • Supports TRIM and SMART features for optimum performance and reliability
  • Backed by a three-year warranty

"Incredibly, the 40-month-old SSD-equipped T61 outperformed its much younger rival delivering an average boot time of just 1.4 minutes..."

--Kevin Workman
IT Architect, Qualcomm
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SATA Interface and NAND Technology for Faster Speed

Featuring a 2.5-inch form factor with flash memory components, the V100 solid-state drive uses NAND flash technology for storage, enabling read speeds of up to 250 MB/s and write speeds of up to 145 MB/s. And the convenient 2.5-inch size fits everywhere a regular hard drive does, including external enclosures.

With 256 GB of storage, the SSDNow V100 Drive has plenty of capacity for today's demanding applications. Its SATA interface, with data throughput of up to 3.0 Gb/s, launches programs and copies files rapidly, decreasing your wait time and increasing your productivity. Also, the drive's TRIM Command feature, compatible with Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Linux 2.6.33, allows it to maintain optimum performance. And for added peace of mind, it supports SMART (Self-Monitoring Analysis Reporting Technology), which alerts you to problems before they occur, so you get increased performance and reliability in one fast drive.

Upgrade Your Desktop's Performance

If you have a sluggish desktop system that needs an upgrade, the Kingston SSDNow V100 Drive is an ideal solution. Adding the drive to your desktop computer enables it to boot faster by utilizing the speed of the drive's flash-based technology. And, the V100 works alongside your existing hard drive, optimizing its performance.

Extend the Life of Your Notebook

By upgrading your notebook with the SSDNow V100 Drive, you'll extend its life and get plenty of capacity to run today's powerful applications. You'll get the memory you need, decrease boot-up time, and increase your productivity. And with the drive's solid-state design, your notebook will run silently and operate cooler while using less power.

To make it easier for desktop and notebook users to upgrade their computers, the SSDNow V100 Drive with Notebook Upgrade Kit Bundle and the SSDNow V100 Drive with Desktop Upgrade Kit Bundle are also available.

Greater Reliability than Traditional Drives

Most hard drives spin on a platter, making them susceptible to vibrations and sensitive to bumps, especially when you're on the go. The Kingston SSDNow V100 Drive is built with flash-based technology that uses no moving parts. The result is a durable and more reliable notebook that runs faster and quieter.

Reduced Power Consumption

The Kingston SSDNow V100 Drive not only increases performance--it also operates on less power while generating less heat, reducing its environmental impact. At a fraction of the cost of a new system, you'll save money and lower your energy consumption.

The SSDNow V100 Drive is backed by a three-year warranty.

What's in the Box

128 GB solid-state drive.

Product Details

Size: 256 GB
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 2 x 6.4 inches ; 2.7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B004BDORN8
  • Item model number: SV100S2/256GZ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 8, 2010

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bruce on September 18, 2011
Size: 64 GB
I should've paid attention to the numerous negative reviews posted on Kingston SSDNow hard drives where the SSD hard drives failed less than 4 months after initial usage. My Kingston SSD had the D110225a firmware that was supposed to minimize the well known failure rate. Mine just failed after receiving a BSOD and is no longer recognized by the motherboard (tried in two different computers with different cables). A quick google search showed many others with the same issue even with the D110225a firmware. Looks like all my data is lost at this point.

Over my 15+ years of owning multiple mechanical hard drives, I have never experienced a hard drive failure. SSD hard drives are built to be robust but Kingston's quality seems to have degraded over the years.

Do NOT purchase this SSD unless you plan to back up regularly and will be waiting until the hard drive finally decides to crap out on you!
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105 of 134 people found the following review helpful By Adrian R on June 24, 2011
Size: 128 GB Verified Purchase
I've been using this for about 4 months. Although there was a failure 2 months ago, I rebuilt the system and everything seemed to be fine. Since then I've been using the system and everything's been going very well. Last night when I went to bed, I was working from a computer that was fast and reliable. Woke up this morning to an expensive paper weight.

My big rammed, fast quad core system with two working WD Black drives, is unable to boot because my SSD is nolonger detected.

Prior to introducing the SSD, the system was reliable and I only introduced the SSD to enhance boot and app startup performance.

After two failures I think the temporary availability of quicker boot time is far offset by the massive inconvenience that this has and will cause.

IMHO, SSD is the way to go, but the Kingston's 128GB version seems to have a field failure rate that renders it useless.


Kingston? Over to you...

Update 12th July, 2011

I find it interesting that people do not find such a review helpful, when the main message is for users to be cautious and not to rely excessively on this piece of storage equipment. With as many other reviewers indicating similar experiences there is clearly a problem that needs to be addressed (although, potentially Kingston already has if it is simply the firmware situation). At the least Kingston could have provided further information through MS Update or on locations like this.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Anderson on November 8, 2011
Size: 128 GB
I purchased this SSD at another retailer for a reasonable price (for an SSD) and immediately installed it in my Macbook Pro with Leopard. It was AWESOME... Until it died and would no longer boot. I figured it was a fluke and reformatted the SSD and reloaded the OS. A week later - it was unable to boot again and required another rebuild. I sent this P.O.S. into Kingston support on my nickle and received a brand new one after a few weeks. I immediately installed the new one and re-installed the OS (Snow Leopard this time). It was AWESOME - for two weeks. Same issue.

Really - I must be a VERY SLOW LEARNER and an overall glutton for punishment - because I have re-installed 4 times and am thinking about doing it again. OSX is so stinking fast with an SSD and my poor Macbook is just so slow without it.

So - please - if you learn anything from reading this - DO NOT WASTE THE MONEY ON THIS PIECE OF CRAP. It will only break your heart.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. James on July 11, 2011
Size: 64 GB
Bought this for use as the primary system drive for installing the OS. For the price it's real fast. Only drawback I can say goes for all SSD's in general - the price. Hard to justify what you would spend for a 2TB 3.5" drive, on a 64GB drive. Hopefully, in time, prices will come down & drive capacities will go up. On a side note I should add that though the write speeds seem a bit on the slow side on paper (around 140 mbps), realistically this is not a problem - at least not for me. Right from boot up to shut down every response is instant. This includes working with heavy weights like photoshop, dreamweaver, IDE's like eclipse, games (nfs-hot pursuit 2010, Crysis 2, Metro 2033) etc. The reason for this I think is, since it's my primary drive, apart from the OS installation, data is mostly being read from it, not written to.
Oh & I forgot to mention ... it has TRIM (works with Windows 7 & BIOS drive controller mode set to AHCI), NCQ, & APM. It doesn't have AAM which isn't needed anyway since it's an SSD & so has no moving parts & is totally silent.
Finally the most important part:
Kingston's site says you need to install the firmware update for specific drive S/Ns to prevent sudden death of the drive ! For anyone interested, the link is:


All in all I'm pretty chuffed with my purchase. Hope you'll be too !

EDIT: The Kingston firmware update link seems to have been gobbled up for whatever reasons! So just check the 5th comment for this review, where I've posted it again.
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