Kingston 128GB SSDNow V Series SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive - SNV425-S2/128GB
|For more than 20 years, users have relied on Kingston Technology to help them save millions by extending the life of existing computers with memory upgrades. Now Kingston® introduces its second-generation SSDNow V Series drive to help organizations of all sizes and consumers enhance the performance of computers with a Serial ATA (SATA) interface and thus extend their lifecycle.
Adding a solid-state drive to a desktop already using a standard hard disk drive is a smart and efficient way to upgrade. Transferring the operating system and applications from the HDD to the SSD allows the solidstate drive to be used as a bootable drive that takes full advantage of the speed of the Flash-based technology. The SSD and the HDD then co-exist to drive optimal performance in the upgraded desktop.
For notebooks, SSDNow drives are a perfect replacement for hard drives, resulting in faster, more reliable performance. Making this change will improve a notebook’s efficiency in a wide range of tasks, from booting up to running the most robust operating system and demanding applications.
SSDNow uses a standard SATA interface but, unlike a regular HDD, SSD is very rugged and built with no moving parts, making it ideal for power users and road warriors who push the limits of their notebooks. Other benefits include reduced power usage, less noise and less heat generation.
SSDNow V Series drives offer performance gains and power consumption reductions at a fraction of the cost of a new system. For added peace of mind, they’re backed by 24/7 tech support, a three-year warranty and legendary Kingston reliability.
SSD drive going strong!8/23/2012
Kingston is a name I have grown to trust over the years and this SSD drive is no exception. Not the fastest SSD drive by any means, but compared to any 2.5" platter hard drive, even a 7200rpm model, this SSD blows it out of the water. I would highly recommend Kingston SSD drives. This one is still going strong, and I bought a Kingston HyperX recently for my SATA3 connection.
Great performance with rebate10/20/2011
Great price after rebate and easy to install on my MacBook. Better speed than original 5400 rpm drive. Works even better with Trim.
Good deal - with rebate9/1/2011
If you don't already know you need one of this, let me tell you, you want one of this. Putting in my notebook, now it's quiet, less heat, bootup, hibernate real fast. I am running windows 7 x64 btw. So I am too lazy to boot up to check something real quick, 'cause it's real quick now.
Amazing speed, worth every penny.5/23/2011
The speed of this SSD over an conventional platter drive is simply amazing. This is probably the biggest upgrade you can have for your system. Drive has performed superbly and totally worth the price. I could not imagine myself going back to an old platter drive. I was getting 180mb/s read speed and 150mb/s write speed, which is close enough to the spec listed, and honestly, I doubt I would notice any difference anyway if it was faster, stuff already load instantly.
I was unable to transfer the disk of a brand new Lenovo Thinkstation D20 to the Kingston. The software provided by Kingston with the drive is an ISO image of a bootable version of Acronis. The software simply does not allow one to target the SSD when selecting the new hard disk of the Lenovo as the source; Kingston support, although highly available and accessible, was unable to help, citing limitations in the software they provide with the SSD to facilitate the transfer and setup of the device. Since this is an essential part of how most might begin to use an SSD to replace a HD and bring about faster bootup, this is pretty much an off the bat FAIL. I will try to get OS reinstallation disks from Lenovo (nobody ships them with new computers anymore) and build the SSD in this alternate manner, however this step would be undesirable for anyone wanting to transfer the drive of a computer that is other than brand new. One can only get the OS reinstallation disks for free of charge from Lenovo, disks that will properly build the disk image (including recovery sectors), for new computers.
Glad I did the switch2/19/2011
Switched from a 500G 7200RPM Toshiba drive to this one. Windows XP boot time went from 1:35 seconds to 30 seconds. All the software loads up amazingly fast. File copy, Search every thing is way way faster. Not really impressed by the battery life though. May be i had overly high expectation.:-).. But I am planning to get a second drive for my other laptops. Would recommend this to every one. I got the kit, and acronis software to clone my dish was easy to use.
Fast, cheap, and reliable2/17/2011
Installed in a Compaq nc8430 laptop running Windows 7 64-bit and 3GB RAM. First of all this is the least expensive of the solid state drives out there. So I wasn't expecting the highest level of performance. I was a little disappointed that my Windows Experience Index only went from a 5.9 to a 6.5. My previous HDD was a 100GB 7200 RPM drive. That being said, I can tell it's significantly quicker on boot-up, and in general overall performance. I also like that I can have no worries about carrying my laptop around while it is running. Something to keep in mind if you are planning on installing a SSD: It is best to do a clean install of Windows 7. That way Windows can properly align your partitions for maximum performance. Otherwise use a partition alignment tool for other operating systems or if you just migrate from your old HDD to your new. Overall I am pretty pleased with my first SSD purchase. There is none of the skipping or stuttering I’ve read about. Plus Kingston makes good, solid, and reliable products. UPDATE: It has been working flawlessly and I am still impressed at the performance. I bought an additional computer, Compaq 8510p. I bought another one of these drives and installed it in this laptop. The Windows Experience Index is now showing 6.7. It is really impressive how much faster the computer seems. It boots so fast, and applications load almost instantly and run very well. Also, Kingston sends the rebates pretty fast, in about 4 weeks. Bottom line is that if you are looking for an affordable SSD this is an easy one for me to recommend. (Currently seeing them for $125 for 128GB after MIR)
Correction to other reviews2/11/2011
One reviewer said "I haven't been able to hit the advertised read speeds (peak has been about 175mb/s)...". Please note that your computer's processor speed and the size of the files being transferred can both affect the measured read speed. Another reviewer said "There isn't very good information in the descriptions as to the compatibility of these hard drives in older laptops." Please note the words "SATA II" in boldface type in the model name at the top of the page. It is always prudent to research terms you don't understand before spending one's hard-earned cash. Caveat emptor!
Great price with the rebate1/31/2011
Got 2 of these in Raid 0 on my desktop, bumped up the WEI jumped from 5.9 with a WD Velociraptor to 7.3. One star off because the side screw holes for one the SSDs were too small for the M3 screws, which fit in the bottom holes, also fit the holes in the other SDD. Fortunately the dual 2.5"-3.5" drive bay adapter's bad design allowed for a tight fit for the lower SSD, so no screws needed.
Fast drive budget price1/22/2011
With the $50 rebate this is probably the cheapest ssd bigger than 100gb I've seen to date. So after a couple of months searching deal websites I shelled out for this. While I haven't been able to hit the advertised read speeds (peak has been about 175mb/s) the improvement over a 5400rpm laptop drive is huge and well worth the upgrade. Most applications launch in seconds and windows 7 boots to a usable desktop in less than 30 seconds. Very happy so far.
Fast and Quiet1/9/2011
Did I mention fast? I have this installed as my C: drive. PhotoShop loads in less than 4 seconds. All functions are faster.
Solid State Hard Drive9/8/2010
I have a Dell Inspirion 9300 that I bought in 2005. This hard drive does not connect to this older laptop. I tried it in a newer Dell laptop that has a SATA connection for the hard drive and it worked great. Programs opened up much faster as other posts had said. There isn't very good information in the descriptions as to the compatibility of these hard drives in older laptops.
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