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About this product
- Product DescriptionUnique and stylish in design, the 256 GB Samsung MZ5PA256 is a 2.5-inch NAND flash solid state drive suitable for laptops. This Samsung internal SSD has a hard shell case making it shock-, dust- and corrosion-resistant. As the Samsung internal SSD uses NAND flash memory, it retains the stored data in the absence of constant power supply or during sudden power outages through data persistence. With a cache memory of 64 MB in the controller, the NAND flash solid state drive lets you to search stored records in seconds. The DRAM in this 256 GB Samsung MZ5PA256 helps you to quickly and easily access the data with high data security.
- Product Features
- Extremely fast performance
Spend more time doing and less time waiting. Samsung Solid-State Drives access data a lot faster than standard hard drives. This means less time for a computer to boot up or programs to launch. Data is available much quicker and overall response time is significantly improved.
- Distinctive brushed metal design
Samsung's Solid-State Drive design has a look to match its performance. The sturdy brushed metal hard shell case protects from shock, dust and corrosion. Since there are no moving parts inside the drive, there is a greater reliability to protect data. And with a light weight, it makes laptops lighter to carry.
- Outstanding efficiency
A Samsung SSD drive has no moving parts so it uses two-thirds less power than a typical hard drive. This adds an average of 30 minutes to a laptop's battery or decreases the amount of electricity needed to run a hard drive on a desktop computer.
- Extremely fast performance
- Hard Drive TypeSSD
- InterfaceSATA I
- DesignationLaptop Computer
- External Data Transfer Rate300Mbps
- Form Factor2.5"
- Height0.37 in.
- Width2.75 in.
- Depth3.93 in.
- Weight0.15 lbs
Most relevant reviews
- knarfohFeb 09, 2012by
Great decision to buy this hard drive
Over the recent Christmas holidays, I finally purchased myself a new laptop. Loved everything about the laptop, but its use is limited to traveling, away from home, etc. The laptop came with a 640gB hard drive. After reading about SSD hard drives and comparing prices, I settled on this one. To be honest, the price was so much better then all the other places I considered buying from (including other AMAZON vendors), that I dove in and purchased. Fortunately, it was easy to replace the standard hard drive that came with my laptop (an HP model) that the hardware exchange was very east. But first, I checked the Samsung website for any firmware updates (there was one for the drive the I purchased) and made the firmware update first; second, I used Acronis True Image home software to clone my existing hardware. To clone the hard drive, I purchased a USB 3.0 enclosure which was remarkably inexpensive at the local Micro Center store (I live in Columbus, Ohio). My plan was to use the enclosure for cloning the SSD drive then afterwards use the enclosure to permanently house my old laptop hard drive so I could use it between my different computers. The cloning went flawlessly and I swapped out the SSD with HHD drive and rebooted. The performance and speedy boot time is amazing. Make sure you use the utility that comes with the SSD to manage it in the future. For example, SSD should not be defragmented like regular hard drives. The utility helps identify your SSD hard drive and instructs you on how to set it up. For example, if you have the Microsoft built-in defragmentor scheduled to do automatic defrags, it will tell you to turn it off, etc. Some of you might wonder why I wanted to exchange a 640gb hard drive for a 256gb SSD. My laptop is not my principal computer (although it is a VERY good laptop). I do not have the need for massive storage on my laptop. Right now, with Windows 7 installed, my laptop is only using about 25% of the capacity of the SSD. I feel personally, this size drive will be more then enough for my needs. I did buy the optional hard drive kit for my laptop from HP and if I ever need additional storage, I always can install a second hard drive in the second laptop bay. I am impatient and when you begin to install software on your computer, you know how much of a lag will develop when booting, switching between programs, etc. An SSD drive is wonderful and eliminates the waits we all have become accustomed to when using our laptops. Good buy. Great customer service from the seller. I know SSD are a little pricey based upon traditional hard drive prices,but this was quite a bargain and I love it for the convenience. Read full review
- olmogorovJun 06, 2011by
Definitively this is new technology. It is awesome!
The computer has significantly increased its speed. Some computationally intensive processes running on this hard drive had decreased the time required to a fifth. And there are some cases (when there is read-only activity) that performance increased 25 times. Quite easy to install on my Dell M6400, I am using this as a secondary hard drive. This kind of update seems to work better than ram increase, I will explain myself below. Of course RAM memory upgrade is important when you are under 2 GB. In my case, I did not notice almost any difference when I increased RAM from 8 to 16 GB (I am running windows 7 ultimate 64 bits). But after changing the conventional hard drive to this solid state drive made a quite significant difference. If you are thinking in an upgrade of ram consider if you have a OS running on 64 bits. If you are in a 32 bit system or if you already have over 4 GB better consider replacing your hard drive(s). It is 5-10 times the price but it makes the worth: your computer will become 5-25 times faster. :) Read full review
- johnzittelNov 02, 2011by
Great value for the money.
This ssd rocks. A lot faster than the sata drive that I had in my laptop. However, the version that I bought off ebay from DellParts, is not the official Samsung MZ5PA256. It shows up as a Samsung PM810, an OEM hardrive from Dell, so SSD Magician from Samsung's website won't work on it. Instead there are tweaks through Google that you can make on your Win 7 computer to bring it up to par. It comes with the latest firmware, as Dell has no updates for it (one reason I don't own a Dell pc), and the Samsung firmware update aren't recognized. I bought this drive though, for like 200 bucks less than the official one from Samsung, so I can not complain at all. I am very satisfied with this hardrive.
- sts1ssOct 04, 2011by
Great product...this is a "no brainer" upgrade
Great drive... I purchased it primarily to minimize risk of data loss on my laptop.The solid state drive has the added benefits of reduced noise, heat, and power consumption along with increased speed. My original plan was to purchase one. I ended up with three. One installed and running, one being used as a backup to the installed drive, and finally I keep one in my laptop bag for use as a very large "thumb drive"... well not exactly, it's too big to be called a thumb drive, but it is lightweight and durable, so I use it to transport files when I need to move them. Hands down best purchase/upgrade for your laptop is the move to a solid state drive!
- goblin-rcDec 11, 2012by
Computer can fly :)
OS booting faster than ever. Computer is flying now. File transfer rate very fast. Capacity is enough for OS and other programs. I'm using for Microsoft Flight Simulator X and simulator going fast for opening, rendering and also flying :)