Notice: As of June 2012, all new units ships and sold through Buy.com include revised firmware.
Kingston’s SSDNow V200 lets you stretch your system without stretching your budget. Designed for notebook and desktop hard drive replacements and upgrades, it maximizes your computer investment while boosting the performance of the system and its applications. It’s available in 64GB, 128GB and 256 GB capacity kits that make switching to an SSD easy and affordable. Kits include cables, brackets, cloning software and HDD enclosure and installation video — everything needed to get started.
SSDNow V200 makes computers more responsive than ever. Boot up is quicker and applications load faster than ever before. More reliable and more durable than a traditional hard drive, V200 is backed by a three-year warranty, 24/7 technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.
Kudos to Kingston for recognizing a problem and dealing with it professionally, which is a rare commodity now days. The SSDNow V200 has made a successful comeback, and just plain works from the moment you plug it in. For those of you on a budget that are looking for an inexpensive way to get yourself in the SSD game, but still want a drive that performs as advertised, the Kingston SSDNow V200 deserves a serious look.Given that the Kingston SSDNow v200 has a terrific price, and performs as advertised or above, it’s easy to award it our Overclockers Tech Gold Award!
At the end of the day, the Kingston SSDNow V200 is a remarkable comeback story about an underdog SSD that was knocked out of the ring and came back like a champion. We'll refrain from making too many Rocky movie references, but this sequel is probably worth the price of admission ... particularly when you consider that Kingston is aggressively pricing the V200 with a MSRP that is "40 percent lower" than the original V200 and actual retail store prices expected to approach around $1 per GB.
Bought it for the drive - nice and fast2/24/2012
I bought this kit when it had a good rebate. All I needed was the SSD drive for a new desktop build, but this kit was cheaper than the bare drive at the time. My first SSD, so I've nothing similar to compare it too, but it sure is fast. Win7 boots in from power up in about 20 sec. Highly recommended.
for Dell D620 with WinXP2/2/2012
The instructional video is on one CD. The bootable Acronis software is on another CD. I needed the enclosed spacer to change the SSD thickness from 7 mm to 9.5 mm. It is a good idea to get this kit (not just the bare drive) if you want to update your laptop from an older hard disk to a new SSD. Now my Dell D620 is much much quieter. And it is somewhat faster as well. This SSD likely will be transferred to a newer laptop at some point, and it has SATA III compatibility (a good thing). The old disk now can serve as an external disk (perhaps to sometimes backup the laptop in case it was lost somehow).
for Mac and WinXP1/23/2012
Files save at only 100MBps, an old controller chip design in this, but it does it's own "garbage collection"; you need that on Macs or Windows xP, since they don't offer the "TRIM" method to avoid file-save stuttering as the drive ages. Drive duplicator CD (Acronis TrueImage, name-brand PCs launch that from their SystemRestore HotKey) is easy to use. Your old drive can stay in the included USB2 shell when the swap is complete.
This makes your computer so much faster. When opening Outlook I barely see the opening screen before the email opens up. It used to display loading this and that, not now BAM it's up. COOL............... One thing I had to do was adjust the partions, for some reason it made my restore partion the same size as the data????