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SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PC256B/WW

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256 GB
  • Type of Drive :SSD
  • Form Factor:2.5-inch
  • Interface SATA3 (SATA 6Gbits/s)
  • Random Read Speeds: 80,000 IOPS
  • Memory Type Toggle DDR 2xnm class NAND Flash
  • Sequential Read/Write Speeds: 520 MB/s / 160 MB/s
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Product Description

Capacity:256 GB

Product Description

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

From the Manufacturer

Experience fast PC performance--and prolonged battery life--with the Samsung 830 Series Solid-State Drive. This data storage device has a capacity of 256 GB, making it ideal for everyday computing needs like browsing the web, creating documents, viewing multimedia files, or playing PC games. The product features a black-tone, brushed metal design, and at only 0.28 inches thick, it can fit in any computer, even ultra-thin laptops.

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Samsung 830 Series SSD (256 GB)

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  • Enables you to boot up your computer in as little as 15 seconds
  • Energy efficient--improves battery life by up to 30 minutes
  • Solid-state design provides greater shock protection for data
  • Brushed metal case blocks dust and corrosion
  • Superior multi-tasking performance with 3-Core Samsung MCX Controller
  • Samsung SSD Magician 3.0 software simplifies SSD management
  • 100-percent Samsung genuine components
  • Backed by a three-year limited warranty
Samsung 830 SSD
Fast Performance for Everyday Computing

The Samsung 830 Series Solid-State Drive boasts superior random read speeds (up to 80,000 IOPS) and fast sequential read and write speeds (up to 520 MB/s and 400 MB/s, respectively). As a result, it's well suited for a wide range of computing needs, like web browsing, document creation, viewing or editing multimedia files, and playing PC games.

The device enables you to boot up your computer in as little as 15 seconds, and its energy-efficient design can improve your battery life by up to 30 minutes.

This SSD is a drive only. Samsung also offers full installation kits, the 830 Series SSD for Desktop Computers, and the 830 Series SSD for Notebook Computers.

Thin Profile Design

The 830 Series drive is notable for its slim profile and precision design. At only 0.28 inches thick, the device can accommodate ultra-slim PC cases and ultra-slim laptops.

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Easy Drive Management with SSD Magician Software

Samsung's SSD Magician software eliminates the confusion and uncertainties of SSD management, making it simple for you to maximize the performance and lifetime of your Samsung SSD. The software helps maintain the SSD at its peak condition, giving you the same optimal performance and reliability throughout the life of your PC.

In addition to its performance maintenance features, SSD Magician also provides system information and facilitates performance benchmarking, performance optimization, operating system optimization, firmware updates, securely erasing data, and over-provisioning.

Compatibility and Warranty Information

This Samsung drive is compatible with Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X, and Linux systems. The device measures 0.28 by 2.75 by 3.94 inches (H x W x D) and weighs 2.15 ounces.

The Samsung 830 Series Solid-State Drive is backed by a three-year limited warranty.

What's in the Box

Samsung 830 Series Solid-State Drive, Samsung SSD Magician software and manual CD, and documentation.

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SDD
Capacity64 GB128 GB256 GB512 GB
ModelMZ-7PC064B/WWMZ-7PC128B/WWMZ-7PC256B/WWMZ-7PC512B/WW
Type of DriveSolid State
Form Factor2.5-inch standard (Reduced 7mm thickness for use with ultraportables and netbooks)
For Use WithLaptops, ultraportables, netbooks, desktops
InterfaceSATA revision 3.0 (SATA 6Gbits/s)
Random Read Speeds80,000 IOPS
Sequential Read/Write Speeds520 MB/s / 160 MB/s520 MB/s / 320 MB/s520 MB/s / 400 MB/s
Controller3-Core MCX Multi-Core Controller
Type of MemoryToggle DDR 2xnm NAND Flash Memory
Included SoftwareSamsung Magician 3.0
Dimensions0.28 by 2.75 by 3.94 inches (H x W x D)
WarrantyThree-Year Limited

*The Samsung 830 Series SSD Drives also comes in full-installation kit form. These kits include mounting hardware and a copy of Norton Ghost for a seamless upgrade with your current system. If you prefer the full-installation kit, please follow the links below.

Capacity64 GB128 GB256 GB512 GB
Full-installation kit - Notebook model MZ-7PC128N/AMMZ-7PC256N/AMMZ-7PC512N/AM
Full-installation kit - Desktop modelMZ-7PC064D/AMMZ-7PC128D/AMMZ-7PC256D/AMMZ-7PC512D/AM
ENDPRODUCT NAME: Samsung 830 Series SSD (512 GB)


Product Details

Capacity: 256 GB
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 0.3 x 2.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0077CR66A
  • Item model number: MZ-7PC256B/WW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 9, 2012

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79 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Rob on July 21, 2012
Size: 256 GB Verified Purchase
I installed this as my main system drive on my Macbook Pro. It works fine out-of-the-box and everything loads much faster. A complete restart takes under a minute easily, and that's with all kinds of peripherals attached (hard drives, monitors, printers, etc). I can launch Safari in seconds and everything is just much snappier. I moved all of my larger media files (music, photos, videos) to a 2nd hard disc that now lives in the superdrive bay.

There is one big caveat: if you install this on a decent older computer, you'll have a really hard time justifying a new computer. I was in the market for one of those fancy new Macbook Pros w/ Retina display, but after installing this I'm good to go for a couple more years at least. Granted, I'm no power-user by any stretch of the imagination.

I will update this review after the SSD gets some hours on it. If you see no updates, you can assume everything is peachy.

UPDATE 12/10/12

Still going strong. No hiccups whatsoever. Battery life seems better as well. Overall, I'm happy. Will definitely buy another in the future. I'm sold on SSDs.

UPDATE 12/24/13

Still going strong. Have since upgraded to a 15" MBP and swapped out this SSD just like I did in the 13" MBP. Works just as good in the upgraded Mac. Couldn't be happier.
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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Minh Le on April 19, 2012
Size: 512 GB
It took me some days to think about buying a SSD. I read a lot of review, comments and decided to go with Samsung 830 series.
The first impression is it is light and slim. It's slimmer than normal 2.5 inch HDD. The process to upgrade is pretty straight forward. Here are the steps that I did:

1. Connect the SSD to MBP via usb cable then create an ext2 partition.
2. Use Carbon Copy Cloner to copy the entire Mac partition to the SSD.
3. I also have a bootcamp partition that running windows 7, so I use WinClone to create an image for bootcamp partition.
4. Turn off and replace the hard disk. Turn on and It only takes about 15s to boot up.
5. Everything work fine except the TRIM is not supported (TRIM is only supported for Apple SSD), so search google for how to enable the TRIM feature for Mac OS X. It brings you about 10% to 15% performance.
6. Create a windows partition (FAT) and use WinClone again to copy the bootcamp partition from the image to disk.
7. Enjoy the speed.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Thomas on July 2, 2012
Size: 256 GB
Before this drive, I was experiencing 90-120 second startup times and 30-45 second shutdown times (I have a few servers running). Parallels would resume Windows 7 in about 90 seconds.

Now, startups (from clicking the button to login screen) are 25 seconds (13 of which the screen hasn't even turned on yet--the SSD can't speed that up). Tack on 2-4 seconds for logging in and starting my servers, etc. Shutdowns occur in around 10 seconds now, mostly because Crashplan slows things down a bit. Parallels resumes Windows 7 in 7 seconds flat and shuts down in 2-3. Not too shabby.

Here are the steps I followed to install this beast:

Plug SSD into PC to check for latest firmware. Update if necessary. (Mine came with the latest)
Unmount drive then disconnect cables
Put SSD in external eSATA/USB enclosure and plug into Mac
Format with Disk utility as a single "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" partition
Get Carbon Copy Cloner (Free) and open it
In Preferences, ensure first check box (Auto create archive of Lion's Recovery HD volume) is checked
Select Source: Old Macintosh HD
Select all files on the drive
Select Destination: New Macintosh SSD
Click Clone
It should walk you through extracting Lion's Recovery Partition. Just follow the steps
If, for some reason, the clone stops mid-way through, just start it back up again and it should continue where it left off.
Once complete, swap the drives and reboot. You'll need a really small philips head screwdriver and torx driver.

Note: Upon starting up with the new drive, Little Snitch and a couple other random programs on my computer seemed to have lost some of its preferences.

Good luck, and hope this helps someone!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By GeezingInVA on August 2, 2012
Size: 256 GB
This SSD is absolutely amazing! I thought my WD VelociRaptor was an improvement over ordinary HDDs, but this Samsung SSD is light years faster. I'm not a big gamer, but my TrainSim 2013 on Steam used to take upwards of five minutes to load and run, now it takes a bit more than 30 seconds! Happiness!

UPDATED 11-16-2012: The lastest version 3.2 of the SSD Magician software works with Windows 7 64-bit (which the prior version didn't).

By all means purchase the current series of this SSD. It's AMAZING!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Strick1226 on August 12, 2012
Size: 256 GB
I was going to purchase just a single one of these Samsung 830 256GB SSD's for my wife's 2008 13" Macbook, but ended up buying a pair of them due to the combination of some coupons and a sale.

I experimented with performing a SuperDuper copy from my 2011 15" MBP to the Samsung in an external USB-connected SATA HD box. Things looked OK until I realized SuperDuper didn't retain my OS X Lion Recovery partition. Kinda wanted that, so I re-did it with Carbon Copy Cloner -- worked perfectly!!

I used CCC to copy my wife's Snow Leopard HD to her 830 SSD, then upgraded it to Lion, and she LOVES it. For an older machine with "only" a 2 GHz Core2Duo, her 2008 MB *flies* with the SSD. It used to take a couple of minutes to boot up. Now it's maybe 30 seconds, if that.

My 2011 MBP wasn't exactly a slouch to begin with, even with the original 5400 RPM HD. Where the 830 gave my wife's old laptop new life it gave my own a freakish speed I don't think I've since since running an entire Amiga OS instance from within a RAMdisk, way back in the 90's (don't ask). The laptop boots from being powered off in literally 10-15 seconds. Resumes from sleep instantly. Apps launch with one or two bounces--at the MOST--on the Dock. My battery life runtime has increased approximately 20 minutes (maybe not a huge deal, but it counts!) vs. having the mechanical, spinning drive.

I recommend running the Trim Enabler app (just search for it) to ensure your 830 will have trim working on OS X. Other than that, it's as easy as dealing with a lower-than-average-capacity hard drive that's lightning fast.

Highly recommended if you're more interested in massive improvements in overall system and application launching speed vs. actual storage space.
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