|Hard Drive||256 GB|
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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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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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***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.Read more ›
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..
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.
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.
Update 1/7/2014 - Drive died after 6 months of use and cannot recovered.
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quick and quiet. What else do you want for your HTPC or media PC.Published 1 month ago by Naes Nelom
I installed this drive in my laptop and it worked perfectly in the beginning. 6 months after installation, my laptop could no longer find the drive, nor was it being recognized in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anthony Tuttle
Ordered it for a client with a bad hdd and it was much better than the original, speed on this thing was amazing and overall a fast and solid drive. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dalvin Ramos Candanedo
I use this in my back up computer. It was a decent price and moderately fast when I purchased it. A year later it is still going strong. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jon Huthsing
Maybe I'm spoiled but my older smaller SSD booted Windows faster. Having said that, I love these things compared to a traditional HDD and I wish I could afford a bigger one and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Victor D