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SanDisk SDSSDX-240G-G25 240GB Extreme SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5in Internal Solid State Drive

SanDisk SDSSDX-240G-G25 240GB Extreme SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5in Internal Solid State Drive

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SanDisk SDSSDX-240G-G25 240GB Extreme SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5in Internal Solid State Drive

SanDisk SDSSDX-240G-G25 240GB Extreme SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5in Internal Solid State Drive

  • Interface:Serial ATA-600
  • Width:70 mm
  • Depth:101 mm
  • Weight:78 g
  • Features:Shock resistant

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  1. RayG says:
    30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very fast SSD drive, 20 Mar 2012
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    This SanDisk 120GB SSD is 2.5″ in size, which is physically the size of a standard laptop hard disk. This means it will slot nicely into virtually any laptop as a replacement drive, but out of the box it won’t fit into a standard 3.5″ drive bay on a desktop computer. You will need a 2.5″ to 3.5″ converter bracket, but this isn’t supplied, so you will need to purchase one of these yourself if you want to mount this correctly in a desktop PC. Fortunately, they are pretty cheap and readily available on Amazon, like this one here Icy Dock MB882SP-1S-2B 2.5 inch to 3.5 inch SATA HDD/SSD Converter – Black. Having SATA connections makes physically installing the drive a breeze, once you have the right adaptor to hold the drive in place. For laptops it’s usually a matter of simply pulling out your old drive and slotting this one in.

    It’s a SATA III drive, and is also backwards compatible with SATA II. The bandwidth limit of SATA II is 3 Gb/s, and this drive reads at a theoretical maximum rate of 550 MB/s (about 4.4 Gb/s), so in theory you will be limiting the speed of this SSD by using a SATA II connection. In reality however, there won’t be that much of a difference as the peak speed of an SSD drive is rarely ever reached in everyday use. Using a SATA III connection will give you a bandwidth limit of 6 Gb/s, which will theoretically allow you to max out your SSD’s read/write speed.

    Being a solid state drive, it is totally silent and has no moving parts, so shouldn’t get hot or wear out with use. Flash memory does have a finite number of read/write cycles, but modern drives should last for a very long time and are at least comparable with the lifespan of standard hard disk drives.

    Once you have installed the SSD into your computer, you’ll then need to install an operating system. Windows 7 is better optimised for SSDs, but Vista is still OK. I tried to install Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate Edition but for some reason the installation failed with error 0×80070017 (bad media). I was able to install the 32-bit version of Windows 7 without any problems, but in the end I opted for the 64-bit version of Windows Vista Ultimate Edition SP2, which installed flawlessly. If you want to install Windows XP on this you will probably need additional drivers for the installation depending on what storage controller your motherboard uses. For Vista onwards you shouldn’t need anything else. You may need to tweak your BIOS settings to use AHCI or change which SATA controller you use, but the default settings of most motherboards should probably suffice as they are.

    OS installation took about 15 minutes, and then the usual 30 minutes of downloads/restarts while the updates to Windows were applied. Although this phase of the installation didn’t seem that much faster than a fresh HDD installation, once the OS was up and running properly I immediately noticed a massive speed increase in opening applications. IE9 opened virtually instantly, and copying data around on the SSD was lightning quick. I really wasn’t expecting such a noticeable speed increase, but it is much, much faster than my old 7,200 rpm 1TB HDD – and I’m running this off a SATA II connection – it should be even quicker on SATA III.

    The computer I installed this into is actually my media centre, which was previously almost silent apart from the noise of hard disk access. With the SSD installed, the hard disk access noise is now gone, which is great. If you’re installing this on a gaming PC then you may not notice the different in noise level as your GPU fan is probably already loud enough to drown out any HDD noise.

    The only downside to this SSD is, like any SSD, the capacity. 120GB is absolutely fine for my media centre, which basically streams all its data from other sources, and is also fine for a light-use computer that has only a few programs installed. However, most people will find 120GB too small for moderate use and will need to couple this SSD with a larger HDD for storage. The usual setup is to install the operating system on the SSD, and everything else on the HDD, and this should keep Windows snappy while not constraining the amount of data you store. Just make sure that the SSD is set to boot first in your BIOS settings, otherwise your PC may boot from another other HDD if they have their own boot sector set up.

    Overall, this SSD is very impressive. Like any SSD, it may take a bit of fiddling to install correctly, but once up and running it is lightning quick, silent, lightweight, and the 120GB capacity is certainly a large enough for a primary hard disk. A highly recommended SSD.

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  2. Tzifos says:
    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fast, stable SSD, 19 Jun 2012
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    This review is from: SanDisk SDSSDX-240G-G25 240GB Extreme SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5in Internal Solid State Drive (Personal Computers)

    Pros: – Very fast, both from my experience with it, and from currently published “professional” reviews applying their benchmarks. FWIW, this drive falls into Tom’s HW classification of a “Tier One” SSD as of the writing of this review. The site doesn’t list this model specifically because they haven’t reviewed it yet. But a 240GB-256GB drive with 2nd-gen Sandforce and Toggle NAND are Tier One.

    - Stable so far — in 3 weeks of heavy use have not had a blue screen yet.

    - Sandisk makes their own NAND for this drive, which on paper is a good thing for reliability because they can cherry-pick their own NAND and are familiar with it. This advantage is cited frequently for Intel and Samsung SSD’s, which both make their respective NAND’s.

    Cons: – Sandforce controller. A con for some who have been burned by previous SSD’s with Sandforce controllers, or who simply don’t trust Sandforce. To me, it seems like the quality of a Sandforce controller has a lot to do with each SSD manufacturer’s implementation and the firmware that is used. OCZ’s tend to be notorious for issues related to the firmware. I’m comfortable enough that the firmware used in the drive is stable. However, those uncomfortable with Sandforce can look to the Samsung 830 (which uses Samsung’s own controller) or the Crucial m4 (which uses a Marvell controller).

    - No disk copy software or mounting bracket provided. But if you want to install this in a desktop that doesn’t have a 2.5″ bay, you either have to buy a 2.5″ to 3.5″ adapter or zip-tie it in.

    Other Thoughts: For those contemplating ANY SSD, it will make a big change in your computing. On my i7-3770k with this SSD and 9 HDD’s, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit boots from BIOS startup to login screen in about 19 seconds flat. Porky programs like MS Word and MS Excel start up like this: ClickLogoUp. Almost instantaneous startup. Massive programs like Adobe Photoshop CS5 start up in a few seconds.

    I have an early 2011 MBP SSD, a 128GB Samsung 830, a 256GB Samsung 830 in different notebooks/desktops. I would NEVER go back to a system/app install via hard drives anymore.

    My own opinion on value: I would pay about 5-10% more to buy this drive over a Crucial m4. Faster, even though most of the time you won’t notice the difference. Better components like Toggle NAND. I would pay about another 5%-10% for a Samsung 830 — should be more solid and so far looks great. If you are transcoding video with an SSD, get the Samsung, it is much faster at incompressible data.

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  3. Dicko says:
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very quick drive for OS install., 20 Mar 2012
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    I’ve used this drive to install my operating system on to speed up my PC as my boot times were getting horribly slow. I installed Windows 7 64 bit on it and it worked straight away which impressed me for starters!

    Now, 120GB is not huge, but it’s certainly ok for a Windows 7 install and a few programs. All my other media is located on my main 1TB hard drive.

    I have to say, it has really made my PC boot, shut down and open and close programs a lot quicker. My boot time has nearly halved and accessing Google chrome is pretty much instant!

    I’m impressed, I just wish these drives came in much larger capacities, but i’m sure they’ll be on their way soon. 500gb would be excellent.

    If you’re building a silent PC just for email and office programs, this is absolutely ideal.

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