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Samsung 860 EVO 500GB 2 5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD MZ 76E500B AM

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2019 (Refresh Now)
9.5
SCORE
/10
Total Reviews
997
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550 GB
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Review Summary - 967 recent, verified reviews

Detailed Mode
Overall performance
 374
speed, faster, performance, boot, hdd
+99%
-1%
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" ...  these Samsung SSD have never let me down, never had a failure yet.  ...  "
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" ...  All the SATA SSDs I've seen are usually capped at roughly ~500 read/write speeds, so I didn't have any expectations coming in since it's basically the same ssd in terms of day to day performance.  ...  "
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" ...  Performance increase from a HDD was really noticeable, of course.  ...  "
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" ...  Samsung SSD is the best and fastest  ...  "
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" ...  I wasn't sure if I'd like SSD's, but now that I've got this one in my main power system I'm suitably impressed. ... It makes my system appear to run 2x or 3x faster than with the old mechanical drive. ... I'll be upgrading all my systems to SSD's  ...  "
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" ...  all I used this particular computer for was basic web browsing, word processing, light Excel -- nothing that required a new and faster chip. ... And by now, I've had the SSD installed and running daily for about 6 months so I can say that it has performed reliably with a little history under its belt.  ...  "
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" ...  I was a bit scared and skeptical about migrating my hard drive to this new SSD.  ...  "
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" ...  Works great, very fast.  ...  "
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Memory
 209
ssd, hard drive, boot, 1tb, 500gb
+96%
-4%
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" ...  The drive incredibly fast.  ...  "
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" ...  My second Samsung SSD Drive, I have the 850 and now the 860.  ...  "
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" ...  Windows 10 boots up in a fraction of the time compared to the mechanical hard drive.  ...  "
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" ...  I still have several 60GB drives that I paid more than I did for this 1TB drive many years ago and they are all still ticking. ... These Samsung drives have never had any issues being recognized by BIOS, clone correctly the first time, and I never think about them again.  ...  "
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" ...  I HIGHLY RECOMMEND REPLACING A SATA DRIVE WITH THIS DRIVE,  ...  "
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" ...  I use them primarily to upgrade older PCs, transferring the image from spinning disk to SSD and installing the SSD in the PC. ... They are low cost enough now to be practical as external backup drives too, making the backup process much, much faster.  ...  "
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" ...  Can't go wrong with Samsung drives  ...  "
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" ...  With The mascool 2.5 external case I had around the drive would not show up tho it worked fine with my standard spare mechanical hd.  ...  "
Device Compatibility
 143
ssd, macbook pro, mac, pc, hard drive
+96%
-4%
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" ...  A well needed replacement for my husband computer, Samsung is an awesome product!!  ...  "
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" ...  This SSD gave new life to my old Sony laptop. ... The laptop boot time went from 4 minutes to just under 30 seconds and it's up and running!  ...  "
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" ...  Super fast and save us so much money than buying a laptop that comes with the factory SSD.  ...  "
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" ...  This gave my laptop new life  ...  "
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" ...  Good, solid drive and worked well with my MacBook Pro Mid 2012 model.  ...  "
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" ...  I used it to upgrade my mid2012 macbook pro and now it works faster.  ...  "
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" ...  Highly recommend to speed up any laptop, or desktop!  ...  "
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" ...  Bought this when I finally decided to upgrade to Windows 10.  ...  "
Setup
 109
install, easy, installation, software, samsung
+98%
-2%
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" ...  No issues, easy install.  ...  "
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" ...  Installation was easy and the install occurred on the 860.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to use and install. ... Easy to installing.  ...  "
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" ...  THIS SSD WAS SO EASY TO INSTALL AND WHAT A SPEED DIFFERENCE !!!  ...  "
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" ...  This was easy to install in my MacBook Pro and when I called Apple to install the software they all assumed it would take hours to install the new software (because it typically does with a normal hard drive) so they scheduled a call back with me and hung up and the softward download in less than a half hour.  ...  "
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" ...  As windows gets more advanced, the easy stuff goes away.  ...  "
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" ...  super easy to install using software provided. ... ** If you can read, you can install it - no technical knowledge required - just watch a youtrube on how to unscrew the back cover of your laptop and disk dirve  ...  "
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" ...  What is there to say about the Samsung EVO line, but that it's great - installation in a MacBook Pro 2012 was easy, turned a sluggish dinosaur computer usable again  ...  "
Software Platform
 102
software, ssd, windows 10, samsung magician, os
+79%
-21%
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" ...  Best software for cloning your old drive.  ...  "
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" ...  Popped it into my desktop, loaded Windows 10 and I was up and running in no time.  ...  "
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" ...  Very awesome and with the migration program it's easy to transfer your old os.  ...  "
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" ...  I have a smaller/faster/more-expensive Samsung SSD for my main data/OS drive.  ...  "
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" ...  With the old drive it took 5 minutes 45 seconds to fully restart with all background apps up and the laptop ready to use. ... With this new drive my computer will restart in 30 seconds to password and 1 minute 30 seconds to full restart with all background apps running. ... applications load much faster now, and there is considerably less lag time when using them.  ...  "
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" ...  I used to cringe when I saw windows had an update and had to restart my laptop.  ...  "
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" ...  The Samsung specific cloning software was super easy to use and it only took me about an hour to set my computer up.  ...  "
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" ...  I would expect better from the software, but using Macrium Reflect's free version was good enough to get the job done. ... "Samsung Magician" software has been a fantastic addition to the software suite that Samsung provides with their SSDs and helps give me benchmarks on performance, life-cycle, and more.  ...  "
Product Reliability
 75
working, laptop, ssd, year old, hdd
+85%
-15%
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" ...  Transferred over to this new drive 5 months ago.  ...  "
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" ...  I have 5 Samsung SSDs and they all do great, even after years of use.  ...  "
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" ...  Working as expected!  ...  "
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" ...  All I can say is that I've had this installed for over a year now, and have never had any issues.  ...  "
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" ...  2 months of using, and still no issues.  ...  "
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" ...  The hard drive usage was frequently 100%.  ...  "
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" ...  No failures or errors at all.  ...  "
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" ...  I’m several days into usage now of the SSD and I’ve encountered no problems so far.  ...  "
Ease of Use
 64
easy, install, software, easy to use, fast
+100%
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" ...  Easy to use and install. ... Easy to installing.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to install  ...  "
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" ...  After that it became a breeze.  ...  "
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" ...  The 860 EVO is easier to install and it's just as fast for my purposes.  ...  "
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" ...  This is a easy to use product and the only brand I will by.  ...  "
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" ...  I might have spent a few dollars more for a drive of the same capacity, but the software really was easy to use and now I'm kicking myself for waiting as long as I did.  ...  "
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" ...  It was easy to install along with the software that comes with it  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to install and use  ...  "
Price
 51
worth, good, performance, money, worth the money
+98%
-2%
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" ...  Only thing I can tell you is to buy it (or several) on black Friday for that amazing price.  ...  "
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" ...  actually the 500Gig at 70 bucks is plenty for most people.  ...  "
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" ...  Great Samsung quality and performance at a decent price.  ...  "
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" ...  The price paid for this item was a good price as well.  ...  "
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" ...  The warranties are getting longer and the prices are getting cheaper.  ...  "
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" ...  Good cost-effectiveness  ...  "
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" ...  + Large, great price  ...  "
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" ...  Amazon had the best price.  ...  "
Apps
 43
software, ssd, drive, clone, samsung magician
+84%
-16%
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" ...  Runs like expected and the Samsung device cloning software is awesome so I didn't have to reinstall Windows  ...  "
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" ...  Just got to go to the web site and download file and follow some simple instr.  ...  "
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" ...  Samsung clone software is easy and fast.  ...  "
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" ...  It went pretty easy especially with the Samsung software Migration software (NOT SAMSUNG MAGICIAN).  ...  "
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" ...  My shitty $300 laptop now runs like a charm doing the simple tasks I wanted it to (opening browser windows, word processing, etc).  ...  "
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" ...  Check your specs after the install with Blackmagic Disk Speed Test app (it's a free app).  ...  "
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" ...  The Samsung magician app was also very easy to use when paired with the USB to SATA cable I also purchased.  ...  "
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" ...  The installation was a breeze because of the Samsung's Data migration software.  ...  "
Ports
 43
usb, usb 3 0, ssd, drive, hard drive
+81%
-19%
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" ...  ** It does require a SATA to USB connector for use in copying the existing hard drive - available on Amazon for arond $9-12.  ...  "
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" ...  Once there look for the boot order and enable and select the USB thumb drive from the list.  ...  "
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" ...  The Samsung magician app was also very easy to use when paired with the USB to SATA cable I also purchased.  ...  "
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" ...  You'll need a sata to USB connection if you plan on doing this.  ...  "
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" ...  I also bought a hard drive usb case to put my old hdd in, which came with a foam sticker.  ...  "
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" ...  Using an adapter cable and Samsung's data management software cloning the old drive was extremely easy. ... With a USB 3 port it took about 3 hours to clone a 500 gb drive.  ...  "
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" ...  You will need an SATA adapter cable to connect your new SSD to your laptop for the cloning process.  ...  "
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" ...  Cloning my system over was easy and fast with the USB-C connection instead of USB 3.0.  ...  "
Gaming
 29
gaming, drive, load, game, ssd
+100%
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" ...  It's great for a fast boot and what I love it for in particular is gaming.  ...  "
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" ...  I cloned windows to this drive for my boot and installed my games onto it.  ...  "
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" ...  Considering getting a second one now that the prices have dropped and an eventual sale to make a dedicated internal SSD for storing games.  ...  "
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" ...  Where do I begin, this SSD i bought with the hopes to help load me in quicker playing games on my PC and boy am I not disappointed< I used to hate being the guy holding up lobbies to start, now with this SSD I bought an external case to make it and external SSD so I can take it on the go for LAN events, boy it loads quick Cloning my OS was a challenge since i already had so much stuff saved on my hard drive but after uninstalling stuff and clearing it makes my loading so quick and easy.  ...  "
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" ...  This is more than enough for my current PC gaming setup, as every game loads faster than most people with old hard drives do.  ...  "
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" ...  Installed in a Asus G75VW gaming laptop.  ...  "
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" ...  I replaced my D drive in my gaming laptop with this drive. ... If you're a gamer, this drive is for you. ... Games load lightening fast.  ...  "
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" ...  This is the only SSD I use and I have installed them in 11 devices from gaming PC's, to gaming laptops, to a few Xbox One X consoles.  ...  "
Marketplace
 21
advertised, went, exactly, described, works
+81%
-19%
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" ...  I really liked the product and service  ...  "
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" ...  I've attached image.  ...  "
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" ...  Works as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  oh btw it came as advertised. ... thanks amazon for making me the best part of you guys!  ...  "
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" ...  Pros: Fast shipping by Amazon!  ...  "
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" ...  10/10 would recommend (especially when Amazon has them on sale).  ...  "
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" ...  Exactly as advertised except showed up a day early.  ...  "
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" ...  Amazon, I love you.  ...  "
Build Quality
 20
build, well, ssd, plastic, good
+85%
-15%
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" ...  They are located on the back of the case and I simple slid the SSD down into the slot and put two screws in it.  ...  "
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" ...  The drive appears to be made of high quality materials.  ...  "
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" ...  I can tell I bought a winner just from handling it and it is very durable.  ...  "
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" ...  It's fits very well, one year of daily used without problems.  ...  "
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" ...  Works very well, build material is high quality.  ...  "
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" ...  I like storing my media on solid state drives because they are light and no moving parts to damage.  ...  "
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" ...  Samsung dropped the ball here, somehow.  ...  "
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" ...  The 2.5inch bay SSD mount had all screws tightly sealed in small plastic ziplock bags and were taped over to ensure they were all there.  ...  "
Fit
 17
laptop, ssd, bracket, pc, fits
+100%
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" ...  Even though the ssd/hdd is secured with screw posts and brackets in the laptop, I still recommend putting a piece of foam to fill the space since this ssd is about half the height of the original hdd.  ...  "
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" ...  This product fits to the T the exact description.  ...  "
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" ...  Highly recommend but as always do your research before and make sure it fits your need.  ...  "
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" ...  Just my latest builds needed something that's for sure reliable and Samsung fit the bill.  ...  "
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" ...  It's fits very well, one year of daily used without problems.  ...  "
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" ...  You cannot go wrong from purchasing this PSU for your small case.  ...  "
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" ...  Overall easy install as long as you have a bracket on your case for it, if not double sided tape works!  ...  "
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" ...  Came on time and fits perfectly.  ...  "
Delivery
 13
fast, product, good, expected, arrived
+92%
-8%
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" ...  Item arrived as expected  ...  "
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" ...  Very fast delivery too, quicker than expected!  ...  "
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" ...  Great product and fast delivery!!!  ...  "
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" ...  very fast delivery  ...  "
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" ...  I expected excellence from Samsung and the product delivered didn’t disappoint me.  ...  "
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" ...  The drive was delivered in perfect condition.  ...  "
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" ...  Quick delivery, well packaged, and as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  Fast delivery and good stuff  ...  "
Resolution
 12
laptop, ssd, old, youtube, watch
+92%
-8%
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" ...  I then swapped the HD and was ready to go in minutes.  ...  "
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" ...  Rebuilt my Alienware laptop and put this ssd hd in.  ...  "
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" ...  Its a Godsend solid state hd :)  ...  "
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" ...  - Lock screen to full load of desktop: Old HD was 50 seconds.  ...  "
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" ...   Watch this video in HD on my Youtube channel: skyforce95  ...  "
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" ...  The SPEED WAS JUST awesome from the 5 year old 500 GB HD that was in the MacBook.  ...  "
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" ...  So when my laptop started to have problems with its HD I swapped it for an SSD.  ...  "
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" ...  The best HD ever.  ...  "
CD/DVD
 11
hard, drive, old, faster, software
+100%
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" ...  It's faster than a mechanical hard disk drive.  ...  "
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" ...  I purchased this hard drive for my Mom's HP Pavilion all-in-one PC.  ...  "
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" ...  He ordered it for me and cloned the old hard disk onto this one and it works just fine.  ...  "
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" ...  The software that copies to the new drive is provided by the same company.  ...  "
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" ...  I should have swapped out my 1 terabyte hard disk for an SSD a long time ago.  ...  "
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" ...  No spinning disks faster start up and process  ...  "
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" ...  Upgrading laptop from old style hard disk was easy and fast.  ...  "
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" ...  My programs, such as Photoshop are up 10 x faster than with the Disc Hard Drive.  ...  "
USB
 11
sata to usb, usb 3 0, hard drive, external, enclosure
+82%
-18%
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" ...  That's with an external USB setup.  ...  "
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" ...  The laptop came with a 750GB hard drive.  ...  "
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" ...  1. install mojave on usb and create a bootable usb using free disk drill 3 ... 3. install mojave from usb  ...  "
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" ...  (2) You need a SATA-USB adapter.  ...  "
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" ...  Once there look for the boot order and enable and select the USB thumb drive from the list.  ...  "
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" ...  I just purchased a new Mac Mini and added this as an external drive in a USB-C housing and so far so good.  ...  "
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" ...  Migrated my hard drive here, keep this connected through a usb.  ...  "
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" ...  and are a great replacement for traditional SATA drives.  ...  "
Product As Described
 10
exactly, described, works, came
+100%
comment
" ...  oh btw it came as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  Just as described!  ...  "
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" ...  See pics for differences .  ...  "
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" ...  It works as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  Great Product and exactly as described.  ...  "
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" ...  Exactly as advertised except showed up a day early.  ...  "
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" ...  Works as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  Exactly as expected  ...  "
Returns
 9
returned, amazon, replaced, refund, one
-100%
comment
" ...  Amazon of course accepted the return.  ...  "
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" ...  Returned and replaced with another of the same model, exact same issue.  ...  "
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" ...  It is a bad defected then returned it back .  ...  "
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" ...  I RETURNED IT  ...  "
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" ...  Unfortunately, can’t return it as I’m outside the 30 day return window.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm returning this product today.  ...  "
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" ...  Amazon offered a refund if I returned it  ...  "
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" ...  So I returned it and Purchased another one on Amazon.  ...  "
For Running
 7
runs, problems, little, investment, year old
+100%
comment
" ...  It was been running without issue for two months now, and was worth the investment.  ...  "
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" ...  I was considering to repace my old laptop, but with this little update it was enough to keep it running.  ...  "
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" ...  Up in running with no problems.  ...  "
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" ...  First 2 are over a year old and still running with no problems.  ...  "
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" ...  Runs pretty good so far with Divinity 2 and Soul Calibur VI.  ...  "
Storage
 7
got, good, capacity, 500gb, thing
+86%
-14%
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" ...  Bought the 500GB but perhaps should have sprung for the 1TB for more space.  ...  "
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" ...  With 500GB of storage - I don't anticipate running out of space anytime soon.  ...  "
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" ...  Lots of space for a good price, would recommend  ...  "
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" ...  load times are faster than ever and now I finally have enough space for everything I've got.  ...  "
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" ...  Works so far, glad I got twice the space for less with the evo.  ...  "
Sound Quality
 6
+100%
comment
" ...  No noise, no worries about anything.  ...  "
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" ...  I said goodbye to the HDD noise and now enjoy total silence with the SSD's.  ...  "
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" ...  And the old desktop is a lot quieter!  ...  "
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" ...  So nice and dead silent!  ...  "
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" ...  I just barely got it today and switched out everything for my system and it sounds great.  ...  "
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" ...  And much quieter.  ...  "
Firmware
 6
upgrade, update, software, samsung, mac
+50%
-50%
comment
" ...  Do not Expect Samsung to fix this garbage on a firmware update, the complaints have been going around since June 26 2018, and Samsung's only solution is to upgrade your PC to a Intel.  ...  "
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" ...  Also, because Samsung hasn't written a Mac version of the Magician, updating the firmware should be a good time.  ...  "
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" ...  Even with the newest drivers from AMD, the latest firmware from Samsung, and the newest firmware for my motherboard (an MSI 970 Gaming), there is currently no remedy.  ...  "
Drivers
 6
driver, amd, storahci, install, ssd
+50%
-50%
comment
" ...  All of this testing was using Windows 10 native AHCI driver "storahci". ... Very early on I had the AMD AHCI driver installed, and whereas fine with other drives I have, the Samsung drive was completely unstable using that driver (system crashes, delays, freezes), so I reverted to storahci which was stable with the SSD, but did not resolve C7 errors or performance issues. ... Left screenshot is the Samsung 860 EVO on AMD SB950 using storahci drivers.  ...  "
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" ...  Tried to install driver but device not found - the data cable is fine worked with drives I already have.  ...  "
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" ...  I tried for several days to mitigate the problem by not using the AMD drivers and instead using the default Microsoft SATA drivers. ... Even with the newest drivers from AMD, the latest firmware from Samsung, and the newest firmware for my motherboard (an MSI 970 Gaming), there is currently no remedy.  ...  "
Battery Life
 5
hours, battery, one, new, every
+80%
-20%
comment
" ...  We'll see how long it lasts.  ...  "
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" ...  Not sure what "battery life" rating means for an SSD, but o.m.g.  ...  "
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" ...  We replaced the apple lab top battery, now I have a better one than the new one  ...  "
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" ...  Best way to boost performance and battery life of laptops.  ...  "
Lagging
 4
time, boot, laptop, working, slow
+25%
-75%
comment
" ...  Not as bad as before but still hangs and freezes.  ...  "
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" ...  It is a hard lockup and only hard reset can do.  ...  "
Cables
 4
sata, come, drive, connection, screws
+25%
-75%
comment
" ...  These are typically communication errors caused by bad cable or connection, but apparently not in this case.  ...  "
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" ...  I received the product with package already open and the connector shows the scratches from previous cable connection.  ...  "
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" ...  It failed to come with screws and SATA cable. ... May try other PSU cable.  ...  "
Defective Delivery
 4
working, condition
+25%
-75%
comment
" ...  I only opened three (all of which had the wrong product inside) but returned all 8 assuming the remaining 5 also had the issue.  ...  "
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" ...  I contacted Samsung and the discussion we had led to the conclusion the unit was defective.  ...  "
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" ...  Item defective, not working.  ...  "
Display Clarity
 4
seconds, machine, lock, would, pc
+25%
-75%
comment
" ...  The screen will just lock up and will do nothing, no BSOD, no logs, Nothing.  ...  "
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" ...  My fridge, microwave, both large screen TVs, etc .  ...  "
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" ...  The machine wouldn't need to be completely restarted, but it would wait a few seconds before the screen would turn back on and I'd have to re-enter my Windows password.  ...  "
Size
 4
small, size, simple, percentile, bit
+100%
comment
" ...  Start up on the portable is much faster now.  ...  "
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" ...  Keep this in mind when choosing a size.  ...  "
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" ...  It's small and simple.  ...  "
Capacity
 3
+100%
comment
" ...  Works great, more room, and definitely faster.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm an independent IT guy who supports small businesses.  ...  "
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" ...  It's like instantly adding a room to a house.  ...  "
Device Stand
 3
bracket, screws, hard, adapter
+67%
-33%
comment
" ...  Also if your low on mounting screws pick a few as well.  ...  "
Cleaning
 3
clean, drives, computer
+67%
-33%
comment
" ...  Did a clean install of Win7 on the new SSD and I saw a significant reduction in boot time.  ...  "
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" ...  Then clean drive, active partition, mount it and fill it up.  ...  "
Comfort
 3
+67%
-33%
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" ...  Had to watch a few videos to install (didn't want to make a mistake), but after getting comfortable.  ...  "
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" ...  Nothing to wear out or crash either.  ...  "

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Specifications

Body
Size:  0.69 meters
Memory
Memory:  550 GB