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SanDisk Ultra Plus 256GB SATA 6.0GB/s 2.5-Inch 7mm Height Solid State Drive (SSD) With Read Up To 530MB/s- SDSSDHP-256G-G25 [Old Version]

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  • Increased performance for faster boot and application load times
  • Increased reliability and durability over traditional hard drives
  • Consistently high data transfer speeds
  • Backed by a 3 year limited warranty
  • Operating temperature: -32 Degree F to 158 Degree F (0 Degree C to 70 Degree C)
  • Shock Resistant: up to 1500 G @ 0.5 m/sec
  • Power Consumption (active): 0.12w
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Capacity: 256 GB | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging

Sandisk 256 GB Internal Solid State Drive SDSSDHP-256G-G25 Hard Drives - Internal

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Capacity:256 GB  |  Product Packaging:Standard Packaging

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Hard Drive 256 GB
Brand Name SanDisk
Item model number SDSSDHP-256G-G25
Item Weight 1.9 ounces
Product Dimensions 2.8 x 4 x 0.3 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 2.75 x 3.96 x 0.28 inches
Color Black
Flash Memory Size 256
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA-600

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ASIN B0093HMLAS
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4.6 out of 5 stars 809 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #714 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Internal Hard Drives
Shipping Weight 2.1 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available December 21, 2012

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From the Manufacturer

Improve the performance and extend the life of your laptop.
Enjoy Accelerated PC Performance

Upgrade your laptop and enjoy fast, reliable performance with the SanDisk Ultra Plus Solid State Drive. Great for home and business users, and featuring a storage capacity of 256 GB (1), this SSD delivers sequential read speeds of up to 530 megabytes per second (MB/s) and sequential write speeds of up to 445 MB/s (2). This means you can multitask, run graphics-intensive applications, and transfer large files with ease, as well boot up and shut down your machine without having to wait.

Designed to Keep Your Data Safe

Housed in a durable aluminum case, the SanDisk Ultra Plus has been engineered to resist shocks and vibrations, preserve the integrity of your data, and prevent data loss. The SanDisk Ultra Plus also supports thermal throttling, which protects critical drive components against extremely high temperatures. SanDisk's online SSD Toolkit allows you to check the health and performance of the SSD and upgrade firmware.

Quiet, Stable Operation and Low Power Consumption

Unlike traditional hard disk drives in computers, solid disk drives contain no moving parts, making them cooler and quieter and less likely to break. SSDs are also more energy-efficient than standard HDDs for longer laptop battery life. According to a SanDisk research paper, an SSD can extend the life of a laptop by up to 33 percent (3).

SanDisk SSDs are engineered to deliver sustained high performance over time.
Sustained High Performance for Business and Home Users

Rather than focus on peak speeds, which may be achieved only for a few seconds at a time, SanDisk maximizes real operating speeds and performance consistency over a long period of time. Thanks to a Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) of 2 million hours (4), the SanDisk Ultra Plus can deliver years of fast, reliable performance, whether you're working with graphics-intensive applications or transferring big files at work.

Tiered caching across storage layers increases write speed and disk endurance.
Faster Write Speeds and Safer Data with nCache Technology

To optimize the user experience, the SanDisk Ultra Plus contains nCache--a large, non-volatile write cache that consolidates small writes to boost random write performance and the long-term data endurance of the drive. This proprietary technology from SanDisk is designed to mediate how modern-day operating systems and flash memory interoperate. The result is faster response times and better multitasking without stuttering.

Multitask, run graphics-intensive applications, and transfer large files with ease.
Reliable Performance with an Extended MTBF

Like other SanDisk solid state drives, the SanDisk Ultra Plus offers a Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) of 2 million hours based on a parts stress analysis (4). MTBF is the predicted amount of time the drive will operate without failure and is a measure of reliability.

This SSD monitors and provides updates on its health status.
Monitor the Health of Your SSD in Real Time

Thanks to S. M.A. R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) capabilities, this solid state drive can detect and report on various indicators of reliability and alert you of an impending drive failure while there is still time to take action.

SSDs deliver cool, quiet operation and consume less power than typical HDDs.
The Advantage of SSDs

Why replace your computer's hard disk drive with a solid state drive? SSDs offer a number of advantages over traditional hard drives. Because they contain no moving parts, SanDisk SSDs are less likely to break, and they deliver cooler and quieter operation and consume less power than standard 7,200 RPM hard drives. In addition, SanDisk SSDs are cased in aluminum and are rigorously tested to resist shocks and vibrations. This, along with fast read and write speeds for games and more, makes an SSD a compelling option, and it's easy to remove an HDD and install an SSD without losing any data.

Legal Disclaimers

(1) 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. Actual user capacity less. (2) Up to stated speed. Based on internal testing; performance may vary depending upon host device, OS, and application. 1 megabyte (MB) = 1 million bytes. (3) As compared to 7,200 RPM SATA 2.5-inch hard drive. Based on published specifications and internal benchmarking tests. (4) Based on internal testing using Telcordia stress part testing.


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Size: 256 GBPackage Type: Standard Packaging Verified Purchase
>>> Important update regarding Yosemite and aftermarket SSDs - see below

***Update: March 29, 2014. This is a great SSD - hits the sweet spot between price and speed. I've installed a few Crucial M500's and I believe this SanDisk is faster in the 128 and 256 GB range. The Crucial M500 is at full speed in the 480 and 960 GB models. (See AnandTech site for technical reviews of any/all SSD's)***

So far so good - as others have said, it gave a tremendous speed boost. No more spinning beach balls. For this price how can you not do this upgrade?

This was a very simple installation in a 13" macbook (Alum.) late 2008. The HDD is located next to the battery, just under the battery cover.

I put it in right out of the box. Others prefer to pre-load the SSD externally, using a SATA to USB adapter (not included) and I didn't have one so I tried my own approach and it worked fine. I use Time Machine, so I had a current back-up already. After installing the Sandisk SSD (out of the box) I booted in Recovery Mode. Press the power button while holding down Command + "R" until the apple logo appears, then you can let go of the two keys.

First, I used Disk Utility to format the new SSD (under Utilities in the menu bar). Choose the Sandisk SSD, click the tab for Erase, and then look in the lower right corner: the Partition Map Scheme needs to be GUID Partition Table. If it is, set the formatting to Mac OS Extended (Journaled). You can name it the traditional "Macintosh HD." This takes less than a minute.

If the Partition Map Scheme is not GUID, move on to the "Partition" tab in Disk Utility, and change the Partition Layout from "Current" to "1 Partition.
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I've heard and read about how fast a Solid State Drive will perform, especially on startup. I tried this drive on my 5 year old Sony Vaio laptop.

Before install, I timed the startup and shutdown (Windows 7).
power on to login screen = 1:04
password entry to desktop = 26 seconds
shutdown = 16 seconds

After SSD install:
power on to login screen = 25 seconds
password entry to desktop = 3 seconds
shutdown = 3 seconds

The windows "Experience Index" for the drive is 7.8 (on a scale of 1.0 to 7.9).

I think anyone would agree that speaks for itself. Now I have a different problem, I have to buy one for my other computer..
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I'm using this drive inside my HP 8540w laptop, bought a drive caddy with it and I've got the drive in my CD-ROM slot. Since almost everything can be downloaded as an ISO now, I use the CD drive like twice a year. I have all of my VMware Workstation virtual machines running on this drive - I have a test lab with 10 VMs running on it and the drive handles it all like a champ.
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Introduction:
I run an old Toshiba Satellite U205-S5067 in full original factory configuration. She spins an old Hitachi 5400rpm 160gb hard drive. She has a boot sequence similar to that of the Millennium Falcon... slow and unpredictable.
Sometimes she boots really fast, like three minutes from bios password to fully operational. Sometimes she boots slower than that, like five, or more, minutes to operational. Average boot time is certainly over four minutes. Usually I get to the login screen and then go get a drink to avoid the endless waiting. If I had to wait for my little machine to save me, Darth Vader would have me for sure.

The Fix:
Introduce a little techno miracle called SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD. The drive is so light that I actually thought the package from Amazon was empty until I opened it. Gladly, the drive was inside the package.

I used the Apricorn SATA Wire and Cloning Software Upgrade Kit to clone my old hard drive in less than two hours. Then I swapped out the old Hard Drive for the new clone SSD. The result is a computer that boots from bios password to fully operational in less than one minute. Every single time!

I cannot begin to describe how much faster my machine is at everything it does. Boot time, web browsing, software start up, etc.: everything is faster, much faster. Thanks to this little techno miracle I feel certain that my stolen plans for the Death Star will now remain safely in our rebel hands. Thank the Maker.

PS If you are not a techno-geek super nerd: This is a really really good hard drive. It has no moving parts and it's really fast. Buy it.

PPS The SATA Wire with Cloning Software made this upgrade a simple, almost plug and play, operation. Highly recommended.
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Bought this to upgrade my 64GB starting drive for Toshiba notebook. Came in with all the tools to fit the drive in the bay. My original bay is a bit thicker and the package came with a plastic frame to fill the gap. Will update after 1 month of usage. I just installed it tonight with a cloning software from Apricorn.

Update 1/7/2014 - Drive died after 6 months of use and cannot recovered.
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I bought this to replace my 7-year old Dell laptop's internal HDD. Transferring data is quite simple if you have a Linux PC with 2 vacant SATA ports. Just remove the old HDD from the laptop (be sure to shut down the OS and remove the battery before doing so). Connect HDD and SSD to the Linux PC. Say "dd if=/dev/sdb of=/dev/sdc bs=16M" or similar. Wait for several tens of minutes. Insert the new SSD to the lap top. Voila! You'll see 1/10 boot time. Everything looks much faster than before. You recall what you experienced when you bought the laptop several years ago.

You must have a new SSD greater in capacity than the old HDD if you want to use the above sector-to-sector copy technic which is faster and safer than file-by-file copy. I used a 256GB SSD to replace a 160GB HDD. The excess disk space can be easily utilized by creating a new partition or extending an existing partition.

One caveat. After installing the SSD, the laptop started exhibiting a short (3-5 seconds) "breathing" every once in a while (~5 hours or so). It is probably due to some SSD internal cache operation which I did not see with a HDD. It's not to worry as long as the PC is used for interactive applications (not for real-time ones).
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