- Brand Name: Samsung
- Model Number: MZ-5PA128/US
- Hard Disk Size: 128 GB
- Form Factor: 2.5-Inch
Samsung 128GB Solid State Drive MZ-5PA128
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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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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 128 GB Solid-State Drive.
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Some things to know before you buy.
1) Although it's marketed as 128GB, it's actually 120GB, just like the competition. See FAQ 358344 at [...]
2) Before you install it, write down the serial number found on the drive itself, as the serial number on the box may be different(!), thus saving you to have to remove it once installed. You will need this to register the drive (optional), if you decide to do so. However, you can also register with the serial number on the box, but since the serial number includes info on the date manufactured, it's best to provide the right one.
3) If you use Windows 7, make sure the drive has the latest firmware before you activate Windows 7, and install all your programs and data. Download and install the Samsung SSD Magician, which will tell you whether you need to update the firmware. If so, it will erase the entire drive, so you will have to reinstall everything, and your Win7 activation code may no longer be recognized. Magician does not support OS X or Linux.
4) If you can't download the Magician utility from [...] it may be because your firewall is blocking it. Just temporarily open all the Peer-to-Peer and Instant Messaging ports, and the download should work.
5) Samsung Technical Support is primitive. Live Chat is not available for SSD drives. Email Support has a 72-hour turnaround, although it's been more than 72 hours since I emailed my 2 questions. Phone support hours are shorter than what's listed. There are only 10 questions in the Community Forum, [...] of which only 5 are answered. And the web site is quite slow.Read more ›
I did as others recommended and updated the drive firmware before installing Win7. I went for the Samsung despite the higher price because it had a much lower rate of user reported failure than the Sandforce controller drives.
I am very satisfied.
There's definitely a little configuration needed to bring your computer up to speed. I was able to clone my system drive to the SSD (120GB to 128GB) and boot right into Windows 7 using a free utility I saw on Lifehacker called DriveImageXML. It didn't give me that extra system partition that Windows creates when you do the W7 custom install, but I haven't had a problem.
Windows now boots in 30 seconds every time down from easily over a minute. It shuts down much faster too. Apps like Visual Studio or Photoshop open in 3 seconds consistently. Most games have diminished load times as well. It's quite lovely.
The problem is that you have to fight for space. Luckily Microsoft finally added the decades-old Linux-style symbolic link in Vista and thus 7. Now you can move files and folders off the SSD to another disk (perhaps your old system drive) and symlink them back on the SSD as if they never left. Sometimes you'll feel a delay when Windows wakes the disk up, but it's a good solution to the space crunch needed for this level of performance. My Steamapps folder, for example, is filled with many symlinks. I swap games that I'm playing at the moment onto the SSD and swap old games off, then symlink back.
The conclusion is that so far this drive is flawless and I love it. I don't mind the extra work.
My old drive was a Western Digital Scorpio Blue (5400rpm). It scored a 5.7 on the Windows 7 Experience Index. With this SSD it is now a 7.7 (highest possible is 7.9). There aren't many options for upgrades in a laptop, I had already upgraded the RAM as far as my laptop can handle, but I wanted better performance for video editing. This Samsung is incredibly fast. I've swapped 5400rpm drives for 7200rpm ones, only to barely notice any difference. And if you swapped a 2.4ghz processor, for a similar 3.0ghz, you would also notice very little difference. I think SSDs are definitely the biggest jump in performance attainable from any upgrade in this price range.
I have to be honest though. I am very pleased with its performance, but I was really expecting more given all the other reviews for the Samsung 470 series SSDs. My old time for a complete restart of my computer (from Windows, shut down, restart, log back into Windows) was 69 seconds. With the SSD in, it is now 29 seconds. Again, huge improvement, but based on other peoples' experience I was expecting like 15-20 seconds. So if you buy one of these, just make sure your expectations are realistic, as I'm finding out mine weren't. I was also expecting large programs like Photoshop to open as fast as it takes to open a folder (i.e. instant), but it still takes about 5 seconds (still a big improvement from 10-12 seconds on my old HDD).
I'm also big into superficial stuff, and the appearance of this drive was a huge selling point for me.Read more ›
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