• Intel 730 SERIES 2.5-Inch 480 GB Internal Solid State Drive SSDSC2BP480G4R5
  • Intel 730 SERIES 2.5-Inch 480 GB Internal Solid State Drive SSDSC2BP480G4R5
  • Intel 730 SERIES 2.5-Inch 480 GB Internal Solid State Drive SSDSC2BP480G4R5
Intel 730 SERIES 2.5-Inch 480 GB Internal Solid State Drive SSDSC2BP480G4R5
Intel 730 SERIES 2.5-Inch 480 GB Internal Solid State Drive SSDSC2BP480G4R5
Intel 730 SERIES 2.5-Inch 480 GB Internal Solid State Drive SSDSC2BP480G4R5

Intel 730 SERIES 2.5-Inch 480 GB Internal Solid State Drive SSDSC2BP480G4R5

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  • Intel SSD 730 Series 480GB 20nm MLC, SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" form factor. Retail Box
  • Design that delivers high availability, scalability, and for maximum flexibility and price/performance
  • Made in China
  • Sustained Seq Read: Up to 550MB/s2
  • Sustained Seq Write: Up to 470MB/s2
  • Random 4KB4 Reads: Up to 89,000 IOPS
  • Random 4KB4 Writes: Up to 74,000 IOPS
  • Latency-Read: 50 s (TYP) /Write: 60 s (TYP)
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Intel SSDs are the best! As I have seen over the ~10 years of using Intel SSDs (started with a 40GB version) there is nothing better when you look at the whole package of speed and reliability. I had one drive die on me (old 80GB version) about 4 years after using it. I called up the customer support and they sent me out a new 160GB version to replace it because they didn't make the 80GB version anymore. Thats customer service!If you have never used an SSD before you will notice a BLAZING improvement in your overall system responsiveness, boot time, application load time, even games can preform better (able to send more textures faster than a traditional HDD). If you have an Intel Core i5 or i7 and no SSD you are basically wasting your money on the processor because the HDD is slowing you down. Also becuase there are no moving parts it uses less energy to run, is not as hot, and is more reliable during a drop or power fail.If you have a different brand SSD then you likely wont notice as dramatic of improvements in speed, but you will be able to rest assured that the Intel drives are high quality and tested very well. They believe that data loss is unacceptable and you can find reviews online where people with servers using a different brand of SSD eventually switched to Intel and have no problems after the switch.Trust me piece of mind is worth the little extra an Intel drive is compared to the comp. 5works well in the mac pro 2008. improved music recording performance/reliability/stability. works well in the mac pro 2008 for audio recording. no drivers or updates needed. perfect for recording. needed the "Mac Pro [2006-2008] Sled for 2.5" Drives." also on amazon.we have this computer set up off-line as a dedicated work station for recording in Logic Pro. we make very few changes to the system, because when working with older hardware, software and peripherals, things get incompatible in a hurry. you start updating anything and you could orphan an expensive audio interface or your apps or your drivers stop working and then you may have to buy a whole new system. do your background homework when updating anything. note: having cloned the old drives contents to the SSD means we have a complete snapshot of the computer as is - this means we can experiment with updating the OS, new versions of Logic and the new drivers that will be needed to keep the firewire gear talking to the new OS and apps. if we try an update on one drive and it goes haywire, we can simply boot from the old drive and then clone over the mistake on the new drive. no need to do an uninstall or to live with the new OS if it doesn't work for you.here's how we cloned it:I think it's a 3,1 chassis/spec. we used the Disk Utility (comes with mac OS under applications > utilities) to copy the entire contents of the main drive to the SSD. this makes a perfect clone without the need for third party apps (Note: the old drive was a little smaller than the new Intel SSD). once done, we were able to go into preferences and choose the SSD as the boot drive (if you don't do this it will keep booting from the old drive). no issues with compatibility or need to install drivers. we were also able to compare the overall data stored on both drives to make sure that it copied properly. we still have the old drive installed in the machine and can boot from it if the SSD fails or we can just use it to copy old files from it in case we lose something. we plan on backing up (cloning) the entire contents of the SSD to a third drive whenever we record something important. it take about 2 hours for us. it's about 250GB.we use logic to record music in our studio. we were getting errors more recently regarding messages that used phrases like, "too slow to process required audio in time" etc. this drive has solved that problem. reliability has gone from 50% to about 99%. we had one "logic has quit unexpectedly" but that was before we ran the following Disk Utility app maintenance:it's a two step process.go into the disk utility app under applications > utilities.select the drive on leftmake sure you are on the first aid tabclick on "verify disk permissions" and run itafter that click the next button down " repair disk permissions"I think this process just allows the data to be found more quickly. I've been told that it can't hurt anything and that it's should be part of normal system maintenance. I suppose the old drive should be run through this before the clone. why clone something that needs maintenance?good luck! read help sites, google stuff, check "compatibility" specs before doing upgrades and updates - even if you have to email the company. it's better to wait a few days than it is to screw up your whole system. 5My first SSD, a great buy! This items is a replacement for my C drive, also known as boot drive.Firstly, the best part of this drive is that it comes with software to clone. All i had to do was to clone my C drive, then head to bios and change the boot drive from the old mechanical drive, into the new SSD, and that's it.i'm not into benchmarking, so i'll just talk a bit about the experience. For a person who didn't do a fresh install (like many others) i would say that this SSD speeds up the boot by approx 30%. It is an upgrade from a WD Green. Maybe my installation was already fragmented thus the small improvement, but i'm way too lazy to at this point of time to reformat and lose all my settings.All my installs are on a separate Hdd that i installed 2 weeks after this. Once i installed the other, (Sandisk extreme pro) the computer was crazy fast, like less than half the time taken to do anything. But this is another story for another review.i was expecting a 2.5 to 3.5 tray, because i saw it in an unboxing video of another intel SSD, but its not inside. I was also expecting a SSD height increase plate, but its not inside. I thought i got a reseller Kit, but i don't think it is, its just a nice box with SSD and Cd. nonetheless, i got it at all time low price, and that extra adapter tray only cost 2USD from China, i'm very happy. 5Great drive (and A four drive comparision) This was the first SSD I purchased that was not a Samsung 850 Pro. After having had such good luck with the Samsung drives I was nervous to switch to another brand but when I bought this back in May of 2015 the larger Samsung drivers were still too expensive.About a year and a half later the Intel SSD is still going strong in my Intel i7 gaming rig. I don't leave the computer on 24/7 but it is on for a good 4-5 hours every evening and then 48 hours strait every weekend so I would say that the drive has definitely had moderate use in it's life, but not what I would consider heavy use. The drive has also been though a computer rebuild when I went to Windows 10 and a single pass full disk wipe with Killdisk. I certainly would not hesitate to buy another Intel drive after the good experience I have had with this one.*I have included screen shots of Crystal Disk and SSD Life results, both were taken when I wrote this review in December 2016 as well as comparison results for Kingston, Adata, and Samsung drives.*I purchased this SSD on "the egg" because it was on sale but I have gotten into doing more reviews on Amazon and I wanted to share my good experience with this drive with others. 5When We need you, you aren't there to help us Amazon.comI have ordered extensively and almost exclusively through Amazon.com, and the one time I need your help and understanding in returning a defective item, you basically tell me "Screw you" we can't help you with the same eagerness and enthusiasm that you used when buying numerous products from us, please understand it's one thing to order from us, quite another when you have a problem....So, Amazon.com, I will keep my defective drive and try to make it work as best as possible.. But good ratings, recommendations, and answering others questions from me are done, because the illusion is over. Now I know exactly who I'm dealing with.When I need to give you my money, you have a myriad of ways to make sure that happens, But the one time I need your help, company policy says... blah, blah, blah..... NO!!!My dilemma is simple, (Order # 109-0725466-3145069) drive ordered and received is operable, but damaged, send me one and I clone my OS onto it and send you the defective one back via your RMA...I called and talked to you and you "Can't" make that happen.. 3rd party this, third party that... That's a box of rocks and you know it, you don't become a multi BILLION dollar company based on whet you "Can't" do. Unless that is, what you claim you can't do for your customers.So we're good.. I know you now, I have an understanding of who you are... Comment on this message, ignore it, keep it, I'm sure you'll exercise great power in making that decision "In your favor of course" - But I'm posting it on my personal wall as well.. Why?? Because there I have the same power you have, the power not to care what you think or need..Q.. 1One of the BEST SSDs You Can Buy Today This is one fast and highly reliable SSD. You can compare specs till your face turns orange, at which time you may buy a Samsung or other aggressively spec'd out product. Remember that THIS Intel 730 is not only super fast (though it won't finish #1 in any group of tests), it's super reliable in case of a drastic computer failure. Because it uses big capacitors that keep voltage up even when power is suddenly removed, it will complete its writes and not create broken files, as will happen on blazing Samsung/etc drives. The Micron based Crucial drives are the other brand that offers good speed plus solid reliability. This Intel is intended for top of the line performance in a DESKTOP or server chassis environment. Don't even consider it for your laptop, as the heat and extra current usage is not appropriate for laptop usage. The aluminum case dissipates heat well. Over a few years I've installed several 530 and 730 models, and they ALL RUN FLAWLESSLY and still report as "100% good condition" with SSD test softwares. A highly recommended product for PCs running versions of Windows. Be sure to use a secondary drive for user data/documents storage and for "scratch" drive locations and temp files, as on all desktop SSD installations, to keep your users very happy. 5Having been prepared made all this easy I only use the drive for the OS and ... This is the second one the first was a fluke failing in the first two weeks. I was not discouraged and the return policy was outstanding as I imaged the drive and when I got this one I was back in business in less the 11 minutes. I had read the need for back ups and I knew it the drive failed that was it. Having been prepared made all this easy I only use the drive for the OS and programs all my date is triple backed up on regular hard drives. Two which are not hooked up just in case of ransom-ware which happened to me once already I was perpared. 5One of the best upgrades I ever made on my computer! My aging i7 desktop computer was purchased in 2009. After replacing the graphics adapter, I saw that the last real upgrade I can make to it (besides swapping out the motherboard, which would require a new CPU and RAM and is like basically getting a new computer) would be to move to a SSD. From the good reviews, I chose this Intel drive. The 480GB size would let it match my current 450GB drive, and I wouldn't have to uninstall software so that I could move my system over to it.The drive came in a very small package with a SATA cable and a mini-CD. You'll need to have an available SATA power cable in your chassis. Since it's a 2.5" drive, I also purchased an adapter kit so that the drive could be mounted in the 3.5" drive bay (thankfully, the kits are cheap). I used the supplied cable to plug the drive into an existing SATA port on my motherboard, then dangled the drive from an existing SATA power cable that was available. Starting up the computer, the drive was recognized and Windows 8.1 offered to initialize it for my system. You need to do that if you want to access it with the Intel Toolbox or cloning tool (more on that later in the review). Initializing it didn't add any partitions to it, but let Windows now see it as an non-partitioned drive.The mini-CD only contained basic operating manuals and no software. Choose the PDF for your language, and there were basic instructions and a link to the tools needed from Intel. Download the Toolbox and the Intel Data Migration Software (which is a stripped down version of Acronis software tailored for the Intel SSD), and install them. When you run the Data Migration Software, it recognizes the drive, then reboots your computer directly into the software (this must often be done as Windows is usually using the system files and they can't be accessed by programs while it's running). The tool then cloned my existing drive to the SSD (it took about an hour), told me it was done, and then let me shut down the computer. I then pulled out my existing hard drive, mounted the Intel SSD into the adapter bracket, and put the SSD into my computer where my old hard drive was. After plugging in the original cables I used for my original hard drive, I powered up my system and watched as Windows came up with blazing speed. Within seconds, I was at the login screen. After supplying my password, the Start screen popped up a second later. Normally I'd have to wait several minutes for background programs and processes to finish loading because it overtaxes my hard drive too much, but now there was no wait.It was incredible! I rebooted several times just because it was so fun watching it boot so quickly.Some advice..... my system came with a "recovery partition". It was a 14GB partition that would let me restore my computer to its factory settings. My system originally came with Vista, so there's no reason why I'd ever go back that far. When I cloned my hard drive, that partition was cloned too. And, this is IMPORTANT, the partition was *before* my main partition that holds Windows. Even after deleting that partition from the SSD, available space has to be *after* the partition you want to expand/extend. Since that partition is *before* my system partition, I now have a 14GB section of space that will be its own 14GB drive. Yes, I can still use the space, but it's not all that useful to have such a small partition. It'd be much better to have that space added to the main partition. So if you have a recovery partition you don't need anymore, delete it BEFORE you clone your drive.My older motherboard means Windows is using an Intel AHCI driver. There's a feature built into the drive called "trim" that the AHCI driver doesn't support. As the OS deletes files, it tells the SSD that the file has been deleted and that the SSD shouldn't treat those areas anymore as holding data. The Intel AHCI driver doesn't do that, so you have to regularly run the Optimizer from the Toolbox. It's recommended to run it weekly, but it seems to run very quickly (within a minute), so you can do it more frequently. That's about the only drawback I can see from using the drive with the older motherboard (which must support AHCI). It's barely an inconvenience as it can be scheduled to run at regular intervals, so don't let that deter you.Not everything is lightning fast. When loading large games or doing updates, your system still has to process information in memory, so it's not like everything is instantaneous. But it's still amazing how fast things load and how fast Windows starts up and is ready for use. What took minutes before now takes seconds. It's one of the best upgrades I ever made on my computer! 5I can boot windows super fast, all the apps open in less than ... I bought one last november and the second one just one week ago.I bought a new notebook with raid0 capability. I used both disk as one hard drive.I can boot windows super fast, all the apps open in less than five seconds.I believe the future of the hard drives will be ssd with multiple raid arrarys. I recommend this product for controls engineers that works at the field and use heavy software like Siemens step 7, Wincc Flexible, RSLogix and Factory Talk. This product improves my productivity.Regards 5Anyway after that the mac could open it and format it just fine. It really sped up my system and I ... Watch out Mac OSX!...My mac pro (mid-2010 model osx 10.9.5) could not open this drive when I first installed it. Even though all the information was present in system profiler the mac just could not open it. It would attempt to initialize it but no help. I switched over to Windows using bootcamp and initialized the drive using the same type of init the mac uses. (GUID I think). Anyway after that the mac could open it and format it just fine. It really sped up my system and I am glad the price of these drives are coming down enough to be practical at 480gb. So far I have installed one of these for my mac hd and another for my bootcamp windows drive. Both are working flawlessly and boot times and loading times are much faster. The mac pro boot up (spinning wheel time) is ~15 seconds and the Windows is ~ 10 seconds. 5
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Intel SSDs are the best! As I have seen over the ~10 years of using Intel SSDs (started with a 40GB version) there is nothing better when you look at the whole package of speed and reliability. I had one drive die on me (old 80GB version) about 4 years after using it. I called up the customer support and they sent me out a new 160GB version to replace it because they didn't make the 80GB version anymore. Thats customer service!If you have never used an SSD before you will notice a BLAZING improvement in your overall system responsiveness, boot time, application load time, even games can preform better (able to send more textures faster than a traditional HDD). If you have an Intel Core i5 or i7 and no SSD you are basically wasting your money on the processor because the HDD is slowing you down. Also becuase there are no moving parts it uses less energy to run, is not as hot, and is more reliable during a drop or power fail.If you have a different brand SSD then you likely wont notice as dramatic of improvements in speed, but you will be able to rest assured that the Intel drives are high quality and tested very well. They believe that data loss is unacceptable and you can find reviews online where people with servers using a different brand of SSD eventually switched to Intel and have no problems after the switch.Trust me piece of mind is worth the little extra an Intel drive is compared to the comp. 5works well in the mac pro 2008. improved music recording performance/reliability/stability. works well in the mac pro 2008 for audio recording. no drivers or updates needed. perfect for recording. needed the "Mac Pro [2006-2008] Sled for 2.5" Drives." also on amazon.we have this computer set up off-line as a dedicated work station for recording in Logic Pro. we make very few changes to the system, because when working with older hardware, software and peripherals, things get incompatible in a hurry. you start updating anything and you could orphan an expensive audio interface or your apps or your drivers stop working and then you may have to buy a whole new system. do your background homework when updating anything. note: having cloned the old drives contents to the SSD means we have a complete snapshot of the computer as is - this means we can experiment with updating the OS, new versions of Logic and the new drivers that will be needed to keep the firewire gear talking to the new OS and apps. if we try an update on one drive and it goes haywire, we can simply boot from the old drive and then clone over the mistake on the new drive. no need to do an uninstall or to live with the new OS if it doesn't work for you.here's how we cloned it:I think it's a 3,1 chassis/spec. we used the Disk Utility (comes with mac OS under applications > utilities) to copy the entire contents of the main drive to the SSD. this makes a perfect clone without the need for third party apps (Note: the old drive was a little smaller than the new Intel SSD). once done, we were able to go into preferences and choose the SSD as the boot drive (if you don't do this it will keep booting from the old drive). no issues with compatibility or need to install drivers. we were also able to compare the overall data stored on both drives to make sure that it copied properly. we still have the old drive installed in the machine and can boot from it if the SSD fails or we can just use it to copy old files from it in case we lose something. we plan on backing up (cloning) the entire contents of the SSD to a third drive whenever we record something important. it take about 2 hours for us. it's about 250GB.we use logic to record music in our studio. we were getting errors more recently regarding messages that used phrases like, "too slow to process required audio in time" etc. this drive has solved that problem. reliability has gone from 50% to about 99%. we had one "logic has quit unexpectedly" but that was before we ran the following Disk Utility app maintenance:it's a two step process.go into the disk utility app under applications > utilities.select the drive on leftmake sure you are on the first aid tabclick on "verify disk permissions" and run itafter that click the next button down " repair disk permissions"I think this process just allows the data to be found more quickly. I've been told that it can't hurt anything and that it's should be part of normal system maintenance. I suppose the old drive should be run through this before the clone. why clone something that needs maintenance?good luck! read help sites, google stuff, check "compatibility" specs before doing upgrades and updates - even if you have to email the company. it's better to wait a few days than it is to screw up your whole system. 5My first SSD, a great buy! This items is a replacement for my C drive, also known as boot drive.Firstly, the best part of this drive is that it comes with software to clone. All i had to do was to clone my C drive, then head to bios and change the boot drive from the old mechanical drive, into the new SSD, and that's it.i'm not into benchmarking, so i'll just talk a bit about the experience. For a person who didn't do a fresh install (like many others) i would say that this SSD speeds up the boot by approx 30%. It is an upgrade from a WD Green. Maybe my installation was already fragmented thus the small improvement, but i'm way too lazy to at this point of time to reformat and lose all my settings.All my installs are on a separate Hdd that i installed 2 weeks after this. Once i installed the other, (Sandisk extreme pro) the computer was crazy fast, like less than half the time taken to do anything. But this is another story for another review.i was expecting a 2.5 to 3.5 tray, because i saw it in an unboxing video of another intel SSD, but its not inside. I was also expecting a SSD height increase plate, but its not inside. I thought i got a reseller Kit, but i don't think it is, its just a nice box with SSD and Cd. nonetheless, i got it at all time low price, and that extra adapter tray only cost 2USD from China, i'm very happy. 5Great drive (and A four drive comparision) This was the first SSD I purchased that was not a Samsung 850 Pro. After having had such good luck with the Samsung drives I was nervous to switch to another brand but when I bought this back in May of 2015 the larger Samsung drivers were still too expensive.About a year and a half later the Intel SSD is still going strong in my Intel i7 gaming rig. I don't leave the computer on 24/7 but it is on for a good 4-5 hours every evening and then 48 hours strait every weekend so I would say that the drive has definitely had moderate use in it's life, but not what I would consider heavy use. The drive has also been though a computer rebuild when I went to Windows 10 and a single pass full disk wipe with Killdisk. I certainly would not hesitate to buy another Intel drive after the good experience I have had with this one.*I have included screen shots of Crystal Disk and SSD Life results, both were taken when I wrote this review in December 2016 as well as comparison results for Kingston, Adata, and Samsung drives.*I purchased this SSD on "the egg" because it was on sale but I have gotten into doing more reviews on Amazon and I wanted to share my good experience with this drive with others. 5When We need you, you aren't there to help us Amazon.comI have ordered extensively and almost exclusively through Amazon.com, and the one time I need your help and understanding in returning a defective item, you basically tell me "Screw you" we can't help you with the same eagerness and enthusiasm that you used when buying numerous products from us, please understand it's one thing to order from us, quite another when you have a problem....So, Amazon.com, I will keep my defective drive and try to make it work as best as possible.. But good ratings, recommendations, and answering others questions from me are done, because the illusion is over. Now I know exactly who I'm dealing with.When I need to give you my money, you have a myriad of ways to make sure that happens, But the one time I need your help, company policy says... blah, blah, blah..... NO!!!My dilemma is simple, (Order # 109-0725466-3145069) drive ordered and received is operable, but damaged, send me one and I clone my OS onto it and send you the defective one back via your RMA...I called and talked to you and you "Can't" make that happen.. 3rd party this, third party that... That's a box of rocks and you know it, you don't become a multi BILLION dollar company based on whet you "Can't" do. Unless that is, what you claim you can't do for your customers.So we're good.. I know you now, I have an understanding of who you are... Comment on this message, ignore it, keep it, I'm sure you'll exercise great power in making that decision "In your favor of course" - But I'm posting it on my personal wall as well.. Why?? Because there I have the same power you have, the power not to care what you think or need..Q.. 1One of the BEST SSDs You Can Buy Today This is one fast and highly reliable SSD. You can compare specs till your face turns orange, at which time you may buy a Samsung or other aggressively spec'd out product. Remember that THIS Intel 730 is not only super fast (though it won't finish #1 in any group of tests), it's super reliable in case of a drastic computer failure. Because it uses big capacitors that keep voltage up even when power is suddenly removed, it will complete its writes and not create broken files, as will happen on blazing Samsung/etc drives. The Micron based Crucial drives are the other brand that offers good speed plus solid reliability. This Intel is intended for top of the line performance in a DESKTOP or server chassis environment. Don't even consider it for your laptop, as the heat and extra current usage is not appropriate for laptop usage. The aluminum case dissipates heat well. Over a few years I've installed several 530 and 730 models, and they ALL RUN FLAWLESSLY and still report as "100% good condition" with SSD test softwares. A highly recommended product for PCs running versions of Windows. Be sure to use a secondary drive for user data/documents storage and for "scratch" drive locations and temp files, as on all desktop SSD installations, to keep your users very happy. 5Having been prepared made all this easy I only use the drive for the OS and ... This is the second one the first was a fluke failing in the first two weeks. I was not discouraged and the return policy was outstanding as I imaged the drive and when I got this one I was back in business in less the 11 minutes. I had read the need for back ups and I knew it the drive failed that was it. Having been prepared made all this easy I only use the drive for the OS and programs all my date is triple backed up on regular hard drives. Two which are not hooked up just in case of ransom-ware which happened to me once already I was perpared. 5One of the best upgrades I ever made on my computer! My aging i7 desktop computer was purchased in 2009. After replacing the graphics adapter, I saw that the last real upgrade I can make to it (besides swapping out the motherboard, which would require a new CPU and RAM and is like basically getting a new computer) would be to move to a SSD. From the good reviews, I chose this Intel drive. The 480GB size would let it match my current 450GB drive, and I wouldn't have to uninstall software so that I could move my system over to it.The drive came in a very small package with a SATA cable and a mini-CD. You'll need to have an available SATA power cable in your chassis. Since it's a 2.5" drive, I also purchased an adapter kit so that the drive could be mounted in the 3.5" drive bay (thankfully, the kits are cheap). I used the supplied cable to plug the drive into an existing SATA port on my motherboard, then dangled the drive from an existing SATA power cable that was available. Starting up the computer, the drive was recognized and Windows 8.1 offered to initialize it for my system. You need to do that if you want to access it with the Intel Toolbox or cloning tool (more on that later in the review). Initializing it didn't add any partitions to it, but let Windows now see it as an non-partitioned drive.The mini-CD only contained basic operating manuals and no software. Choose the PDF for your language, and there were basic instructions and a link to the tools needed from Intel. Download the Toolbox and the Intel Data Migration Software (which is a stripped down version of Acronis software tailored for the Intel SSD), and install them. When you run the Data Migration Software, it recognizes the drive, then reboots your computer directly into the software (this must often be done as Windows is usually using the system files and they can't be accessed by programs while it's running). The tool then cloned my existing drive to the SSD (it took about an hour), told me it was done, and then let me shut down the computer. I then pulled out my existing hard drive, mounted the Intel SSD into the adapter bracket, and put the SSD into my computer where my old hard drive was. After plugging in the original cables I used for my original hard drive, I powered up my system and watched as Windows came up with blazing speed. Within seconds, I was at the login screen. After supplying my password, the Start screen popped up a second later. Normally I'd have to wait several minutes for background programs and processes to finish loading because it overtaxes my hard drive too much, but now there was no wait.It was incredible! I rebooted several times just because it was so fun watching it boot so quickly.Some advice..... my system came with a "recovery partition". It was a 14GB partition that would let me restore my computer to its factory settings. My system originally came with Vista, so there's no reason why I'd ever go back that far. When I cloned my hard drive, that partition was cloned too. And, this is IMPORTANT, the partition was *before* my main partition that holds Windows. Even after deleting that partition from the SSD, available space has to be *after* the partition you want to expand/extend. Since that partition is *before* my system partition, I now have a 14GB section of space that will be its own 14GB drive. Yes, I can still use the space, but it's not all that useful to have such a small partition. It'd be much better to have that space added to the main partition. So if you have a recovery partition you don't need anymore, delete it BEFORE you clone your drive.My older motherboard means Windows is using an Intel AHCI driver. There's a feature built into the drive called "trim" that the AHCI driver doesn't support. As the OS deletes files, it tells the SSD that the file has been deleted and that the SSD shouldn't treat those areas anymore as holding data. The Intel AHCI driver doesn't do that, so you have to regularly run the Optimizer from the Toolbox. It's recommended to run it weekly, but it seems to run very quickly (within a minute), so you can do it more frequently. That's about the only drawback I can see from using the drive with the older motherboard (which must support AHCI). It's barely an inconvenience as it can be scheduled to run at regular intervals, so don't let that deter you.Not everything is lightning fast. When loading large games or doing updates, your system still has to process information in memory, so it's not like everything is instantaneous. But it's still amazing how fast things load and how fast Windows starts up and is ready for use. What took minutes before now takes seconds. It's one of the best upgrades I ever made on my computer! 5I can boot windows super fast, all the apps open in less than ... I bought one last november and the second one just one week ago.I bought a new notebook with raid0 capability. I used both disk as one hard drive.I can boot windows super fast, all the apps open in less than five seconds.I believe the future of the hard drives will be ssd with multiple raid arrarys. I recommend this product for controls engineers that works at the field and use heavy software like Siemens step 7, Wincc Flexible, RSLogix and Factory Talk. This product improves my productivity.Regards 5Anyway after that the mac could open it and format it just fine. It really sped up my system and I ... Watch out Mac OSX!...My mac pro (mid-2010 model osx 10.9.5) could not open this drive when I first installed it. Even though all the information was present in system profiler the mac just could not open it. It would attempt to initialize it but no help. I switched over to Windows using bootcamp and initialized the drive using the same type of init the mac uses. (GUID I think). Anyway after that the mac could open it and format it just fine. It really sped up my system and I am glad the price of these drives are coming down enough to be practical at 480gb. So far I have installed one of these for my mac hd and another for my bootcamp windows drive. Both are working flawlessly and boot times and loading times are much faster. The mac pro boot up (spinning wheel time) is ~15 seconds and the Windows is ~ 10 seconds. 5
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