Extremely easy to install, came right up and worked. The only reason I did not rate the 970 EVO five (5) stars is because of my experience with Samsung Magician.
Here is my story/experience with the installation:
I have an HP desktop computer running Windows 10 Pro. In my case I had to remove my video card to get to the M.2 port to install it - other than that installing the 970 EVO was a "breeze." When I rebooted my machine, the drive was there, no problems ... It was really THAT easy.
Next step, I downloaded the latest version of Samsung Magician. It said that there was a newer version of the firmware for the 970 EVO, but it was unable to install it for some reason - so I just ignored that part. Next problem with Samsung Magician ... it said it was "not compatible" with my existing "C Drive" which is a SanDisk 512GB SATA SSD - pretty vanilla - nothing fancy. Once again, not impressed. I already own Acronis True Image, so I simply used it to clone my existing SSD "C Drive" to the new 970 EVO; Acronis had that part done in 10 minutes ... I love Acronis! Not impressed at all with Samsung "Magician" (the "magic" was very flawed in my case).
I pulled my existing "C Drive" out and rebooted. Everything worked great. Total time to install, move the OS to the new drive, and reboot - maybe 45 minutes to include working through the problems with Samsung "Magician."
My guess it takes all of maybe 4 or 5 seconds for my computer to boot now and the Windows login screen to appear - and Shutdown is maybe 2-3 seconds. Bottom line, very impressive drive, and the price on Amazon is RIGHT for the performance improvement!
Samsung Magician Software is not for cloning. It allows you to optimize and manage your system for peak SSD performance. It also supports RAPID mode for 2x faster performance by utilizing unused PC memory (DRAM) as high-speed cache storage. Additionally, Samsung Magician is compatible with Samsung-branded SSDs only. Samsung Magician cannot authenticate other branded SSDs.
The Samsung Data Migration Software is what you need to use to migrate all the data and applications from your existing drive to the 970 EVO SSD.
Should you ever have questions or need assistance using this product, please contact Samsung Customer Support.
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