OCZ Petrol 128GB 2.5" SATA III Solid State Drive (SSD) - PTL1-25SAT3-128G
Offered at superior price per gigabyte, the Petrol Series enables further adoption of storage technology designed to improve application performance and computing experiences over traditional hard drives, leveraging the SATA 6Gbps Indilinx Everest platform to deliver superior bandwidth and access and optimized for the complete spectrum of file types and sizes. Proprietary page mapping algorithms allow for steady mixed-workload performance, and advanced features unique to Indilinx include innovative latency reduction technology that enables superior read and write access times as low as 0.06ms.
Equipped with Indilinx's proprietary NDurance™ technology, Petrol ensures the most consistent and reliable performance as well as minimized performance degradation. Putting the benefits of SSDs within the reach of all, Petrol delivers a faster, more responsive computing experience over traditional disk storage.
I have a 15-inch Macintosh unibody laptop (mid 2010) running OS X 10.7 "Lion" with a 500G internal hard drive. A friend put a roughly 120G SSD in his, and put the old HD in place of the DVD-ROM using an adapter you can find on Amazon. (He put the "superdrive" in an external USB enclosure, also available on Amazon.) (I decided I like having an internal DVD drive.) After research, I bought a $12 2.5" USB SATA enclosure and put the SSD in it. I have OS X on my "Time Machine" external backup drive. After cleaning up my internal drive to get rid of junk (using free program "Disk Inventory X" to find big wasteful files,) I booted from the backup drive so my internal drive was static and could be copied to SSD. Then I cloned my internal drive to the SSD using a program I bought called SuperDuper (which has always performed well for me.)
Failed Rather Quickly4/23/2012
Drive failed within a weekend's time. The only good thing I can say about this drive is that in the RMA process with OCZ, they are sending me a much better drive(the Agility 3 120gb)!! So I am getting that one for a cheap price. They definitely have some bugs to work out with this one. ANTOnline did a good job with shipping it to me, I must say! Beware of this drive though!!
Cheap and Worthwhile upgrades.4/11/2012
Bought 2 of these as they are the first SSD's I found at a price Im not in total shock by, however the reviews werent great, but I figured I would take the chance. These were both dropped into older Core 2 Duo laptops to breath a little more life into them and with 1 running Windows 7x64 and the other Windows 8 x64 (Preview) I have been INCREDIBLY impressed with the performance of these over the 7200RPM drives that were there previously. Everything opens nearly instantly, no 1-4 second waits!!
It worked for 2 weeks, then failed. Refused to replace , since UPC code was taken for MIR. Went to OCZ to replace it, 3 weeks has passed since the failure, still without HDD.