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Samsung MZ-5PA256 256 GB Solid State Drive

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  • Spend more time doing and less time waiting. Samsung Solid State Drives access data a lot faster than standard hard drives. This means less time for a computer to boot up or programs to launch.
  • Samsung?s Solid State Drive design has a look to match its performance. The sturdy brushed metal hard shell case protects from shock, dust and corrosion.
  • A Samsung SSD drive has no moving parts so it uses two-thirds less power than a typical hard drive. This adds an average of 30 minutes to a laptop?s battery or decreases the amount of electricity needed to run a hard drive on a desktop computer.
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Samsung
  • Model: MZ-5PA256/US
  • Hard Disk Size: 256.0 GB
  • Form Factor: 2.5-Inch

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003Z6Q8YI
  • Item model number: MZ-5PA256/US
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 27, 2010

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Whether you're a technology enthusiast or a hardcore gamer, the Samsung 470 Series Solid-State Drive can help you get more done on your PC in less time. The 470 Series allows you to boot up your computer in as little as 15 seconds and launch games and apps faster, and it uses two-thirds less power than typical hard disk drives. In addition, because the device has no moving parts--unlike traditional hard drives--it provides exceptional reliability, protecting your data from impact or mechanical failure. A brushed metal shell resists shock, and also blocks dust and corrosion. With 256 GB, this is the flagship model in the 470 Series.

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470 Series 256 GB
Solid-State Drive
At a Glance:

  • Enables you to boot up your computer in as little as 15 seconds
  • Energy efficient--improve your battery life by up to 30 minutes
  • Solid-state design provides greater protection against shock for your data
  • Brushed metal case blocks dust and corrosion
  • Quicker cutscenes and graphic loads for gamers
  • Faster startup and application loading for everyday users
  • Backed by a three-year limited warranty
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64GB SATA II 2.5-Inch 470 Series SSD Product Shot
Boots up computers in as little as 15 seconds and improves multitasking. View larger.
64GB SATA II 2.5-Inch 470 Series SSD Product Shot
Energy-efficient nonmoving parts add an average of 30 minutes to your laptop's battery. View larger.

Faster Performance
Protected by a brushed metal hard shell case. View larger.
Faster Performance, Improved Multitasking
With the Samsung 470 Series Solid-State Drive, you can spend more time doing and less time waiting. The device offers sequential read speeds of up to 250 MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 170 MB/s. This means that computers can boot up in as little as 15 seconds and programs can open faster. The drive also features TRIM support to ensure that write speeds won't decrease over time (note: please ensure that your computer's operating system also has TRIM support).

The 470 Series also delivers improved multitasking, so that you can easily edit photos, for instance, while downloading a movie.

Solid Brushed Metal Design
The Samsung 470 Series Solid-State Drive features a sturdy, brushed metal hard shell case to protect it from shock, dust, and corrosion. The lack of moving parts also makes your data less susceptible to impact than with traditional hard disk drives. And, at 2.4 ounces, the device ensures that your laptop is lightweight and easy to carry. The drive's 2.5-inch form factor is compatible with most laptops, notebooks, and desktops.

Energy Efficient to Extend Your Laptop's Battery
Like all solid-state drives, the Samsung 470 Series Solid-State Drives have no moving parts. As a result, it uses two-thirds less power than a typical hard drive. This adds an average of 30 minutes to a laptop's battery--so you can stay on the go longer--and decreases the amount of electricity needed to run a hard drive on a desktop computer. No moving parts also means no noise or delays from hard drive spin-ups.

Optimized for a Superior Gaming Experience
If you're a gamer, the optimized solid-state technology in the 470 Series can give you an extra edge, offering quicker cutscenes and graphic loads. The product also adds up to 30 minutes of gaming time to a laptop's battery life--enabling you to stay in the game longer, with less energy consumption.

Compatibility and Warranty Information
The Samsung 470 Series Solid-State 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 0.37 by 2.75 by 3.94 inches (H x W x D), and weighs 2.4 ounces.

The Samsung 470 Series Solid-State Drive is backed by a three-year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Samsung 470 Series 256 GB Solid-State Drive.


Samsung 470-Series SSD
Capacity64 GB128 GB256 GB
ModelMZ-5PA064MZ-5PA128MZ-5PA0256
InterfaceSerial ATASerial ATASerial ATA
Sequential ReadUp to 250 MB/secUp to 250 MB/secUp to 250 MB/sec
Sequential WriteUp to 170 MB/secUp to 220 MB/secUp to 220 MB/sec
Random Read31K IOPS31K IOPS31K IOPS
Random Write11K IOPS20K IOPS21K IOPS

Product Description

Samsung Solid State Drives leap over the performance of traditional hard drives with its stylish enclosure, reliability, durability and energy efficiency. With Samsung focused on every technological detail, the NAND flash, controller and DRAM are made to work together-streamlining performance and resulting in lightning fast read/writes for even the most demanding users.

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Photoshop, in particular, is much quicker to load.
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It was priced well compared to other SSDs and it looks pretty cool.
D. Glover
Solid state drives are currently much more expensive than HDD's.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steven on April 25, 2011
I have several SSD's that I've used over the years. From an Intel 32GB E-Extreme SLC, Intel 80GB G2, Patriot 64GB, Corsair F-120GB, with my latest one being the Samsung 256GB model. I can honestly say that I cannot tell a difference between the Samsung and my Intels. I have never experienced one hiccup with this drive, boot times are very respectable. The biggest downside of this drive is the procedure that you must use to update the firmware. Why Samsung chose this type of upgrading is beyond me. On my Intel's I simply create a disc from the file, slap it in my drive bay and boot. The F/W updates in seconds and you do not lose your OS. So simple, so easy. I guess it's just one of the little things that helps add to the price of the Intels.
I honestly feel that you can't go wrong with any type of SSD these days. 2 or 3 years ago I would not be stating that. BTW, the Corsair SSD has been the worst of my SSD's and nothing can even come close to the boot start up times with my Patriot. It has the worst performance specs of them all, go figure!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 2, 2011
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A definite must have for gaming. These SS Drives are super fast. No more HDD drives for me. I'll only use HDD drives for storage till the prices really come down on the SS Drives.

This is my second one with zero problems so far. Can't wait till I can purchase a 3 TB SS drive for around $300.

Solid State Drive (SSD) Pro's and Benefits

Solid state drives have no spin up time, meaning they are instantly ready to read or write to the drive, while HDD's may need up to around 2 seconds before they can actually access the drive. Solid state drives are also able to both read and write files at about twice the speeds of hard disk drives. This means your computer will boot faster and video games and other programs will load quicker! SSD's also do not need to be defragmented, in contrast a fragmented HDD will greatly reduce read/write times of the hard disk drives and slow your computer down. SSD's are also much less likely to break if you drop them or if they sustain an impact, because they have no moving parts. Strong magnetic fields can corrupt an HDD, while the SSD's are unaffected by magnets. Solid state drives also consume much less power and produce much less heat than hard disk drives do (2W SDD vs 7W HDD power consumption).

Solid State Drive (SSD) Cons

The only two current cons to having a solid state drive is if you need to encrypt data or you don't want to fork out the extra cash to buy one. Currently the most popular SSD are based on MLC NAND flash memory and this type of memory cannot overwrite files and can only write information to empty blocks or previously erased blocks. This means that if you have a file on your computer and you use a program to encrypt it, the old data is not overwritten and can still be accessed.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By MK on March 8, 2011
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I installed Samsung SSD 256G on my 2010 MacBook Pro.
Most of all, the duration to boot the OS X and Windows 7 reduced significantly.
It is super silent and generates much less heat.
Definately worth its price!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Wang VINE VOICE on October 15, 2011
Samsung is considered by many online technology review sites as the manufacturer of one of the most reliable solid state drives. The main drawbacks of its products have been the high prices and the relatively slow speed. Even this latest model only supports SATA II and 250MB/s read speed. But I have been looking for a new boot drive for my main desktop, which is 3 years old and only has SATA II anyway, so when the price comes down recently, making this SSD by far the cheapest among the three reliable brands (the others are Crucial and Intel), I jump at the opportunity.

The specific model on sale last week was the MZ-5PA256B instead of the MZ-5PA256C (this one on this page at Amazon, MZ-5PA256, is last quarter's model, with no frills, period), so although I receive Norton Ghost in the package, a 3.5" desktop adapter is not included. This poses no problem as I have one sitting around from an OCZ SSD. Norton Ghost is pretty good, far better than Acronis, but I already have EaseUs To Do Free (which is free indeed), so I don't have to bother with the included software at all. All I have to do is to clean up the old 1TB boot drive to the point of containing only 210GB of bloated software (mostly by moving My Documents, My Music, My Picture and My Video to a separate data drive), use EaseUs to copy the partition over, reboot, reset the BIOS to boot from the SSD, and voila! Boot time is cut in half.

I have also changed the boot drive in a new Dell notebook with very similar specifications to a Crucial SATA II SSD. The boot time there is even shorter. I don't think the difference really implies any inferiority of the Samsung drive. Instead, the fact that I reinstalled Windows 7 fresh onto the Dell probably gives it the additional speed boost.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Glover on August 22, 2011
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Sure by the time you read this the price will have gone up, or more likely down, but I paid $399 shipped and sold by Amazon for this 256 gig SSD... I bought it to replace the 160 gig 7200rpm Seagate drive I had in my 2007 Apple Macbook Pro 17". That's the Santa Rosa 3,1 version for those keeping score. I needed more room and I liked the appeal of this SSD. The appeal being the weight, size, speed, noise, and low power draw (standard SSD stuff) and hopefully save some battery. I could have purchased a bigger traditional HDD but I was looking for ways to make my Intel Core 2 Duo run faster (I also doubled the RAM to 4GB with some Crucial 2GB 256Mx64PC2-5300 CT25664AC667 DDR2 200-Pin SODIMM Laptop Memory). It was priced well compared to other SSDs and it looks pretty cool. In fact it's probably the most expensive thing that I've bought that I'll never see again... Excluding some dental work. I was shocked at how light this thing was. Anyway, I installed it earlier today, and it was pretty easy to do. I bought a Kingwin Dock Master Single Bay 2.5-Inc and 3.5-Inch SATA Docking Station with USB 2.0, DM-2535U (Black), and used Carbon Copy Cloner to back up to the SSD prior to cracking the hood. So far so good. I'm typing this review on my Mac... so hey, I got it to boot and (thanks to the RAM also) things seem a little bit quicker. Everything's gravy.
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