Samsung 840 Series 500GB 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive, 530MB/s Read and 330MB/s Write Speed

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About Samsung

The Samsung 840 Series 500GB 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive is perfect for gaming, web surfing and playing multimedia files. In terms of processing strength, it offers sequential read speeds up to 530MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 330MB/s. At 0.28-inches thick and only 2.4 ounces, the 840 Series SSD is slim and lightweight enough to accommodate ultra-slim PC cases and ultra-slim laptops.

For added convenience, the internal solid state drive comes with Samsung's Magician software, which enables performance benchmarking, optimization, firmware updates, data security and over-provisioning. It also comes with Smart Migration software so you can easily migrate data from your old drive to this one.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast (8),Easy to install (6),Quiet (6),Highly compatible (5),Lightweight (5),Inexpensive (4),Reliable (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Frequent user (5)

Samsung Features

  • Migrating Your Old Drive's Data: Samsung's 3-step Smart Migration software is designed to make migrating your old drive's data to your new 840 solid state drive quick and easy
  • Magician Software for Monitoring Your Drive and Computer System: Samsung Magician software is designed to maximize the performance of the drive and increase its lifespan. In addition, it features a Drive Health Status, Total Bytes Written and Disk Scan and Error Reporting functionality

Samsung Specifications

Capacity
500GB
Drive Type
Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Interface
SATA III (6 Gb/s)
Design
2.5" (63.5 mm) ultra-slim 0.28" (7.0 mm) form factor
Read Speed
Random: Up to 97K IOPS
Sequential: Up to 530MB/s
Write Speed
Random: Up to 63K IOPS
Sequential: Up to 330MB/s
Power Consumption
0.15W
Voltage
5V±5%
System Requirements
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
Mac OSX
Linux
Operating Temperature
32 to 140deg.F (0 to 60deg.C)
Weight
2.4oz (68g)
Mfr #
MZ-7TD500BW
SKU
SSG7TD500BW

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.8

(based on 16 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Speed Demon!

This drive has made my Mac Mini scream! Everything is so fast now. I plan on adding an 840 EVO to my laptop ASAP.

Reviewed by 16 customers

 
4.0

Cutting edge ... has it's advantages

By

from Rockaway Beach, Oregon

This is the largest of three SSD's that I have purchased from Samsung. The other two are on other machines, my wife's and a reserve laptop. The installation of the migration program was quick and simple and the subsequent transfer of the Sat III drive was without events. I'm a bit leary of the SSD's for the obvious reason that if it's gone you've lost everything, as happened in the smaller 120 GB 840 drive. That may be an exception but it does temper the rating a tad. I should state that contacting customer service was quick and painless with good response and assistance. I'm impressed with the Samsung Magician program which allows the drive to be optimized to improve functioning. Just the upgrade to a SSD is a step forward but with improved tweaking and newer firmware the experience is enhanced. I highly recommend the drives but caution others to make frequent backups to ensure retention of data and programs.

 
5.0

Speed Demon!

By

from Undisclosed

This drive has made my Mac Mini scream! Everything is so fast now. I plan on adding an 840 EVO to my laptop ASAP.

 
5.0

Day and night difference

By

from Louisiana

fast, saves battery life on laptops, faster start up and shut downs, nice software

 
4.0

Samsung Solid State Drive.

By

from Tempe, Arizona  -  Infrequent User

I have a 4 year old Toshiba 305 laptop with Vista which I had already upgraded to a 7200 RPM Seagate drive. My attempt to upgrade to Windows 7 ruined an entire weekend, ultimately failed, and I am told, resulted in disciplinary action on the Microsoft tech helper who could not make the upgrade work. I had a lot of programs on the drive for which I did not have the installation disks, so I did not want to do a clean install for 7. The main problem with Vista was the very slow start up time. It took 2 minutes 45 seconds to reach the log-on screen, even with the 7200 RPM drive. I shopped for a year before buying the Samsung. Searching on-line, the Samsung seemed to be the ONLY SSD that did not have frequent reports of blue screens and returns to the manufacturer. Also, my IT guy told me Samsung was the best, so when the price was right, I jumped. Well, I was very disappointed with the installation instructions. Basically, there were none. I looked at the Intel Web site for instructions installing their SSD, followed those instructions, and everything worked fine. I still had to do a lot experimenting inside the "Magic" program for wear leveling and optimization. When all was done, my time to log on was dropped only to 2 minutes, which is not much of an improvement. The big surprise is that applications just "pop" open almost instantly. Much faster than my Windows 7 quad core machine. Well, it has been less than a week, so reliability testing is yet to come. My main hope for faster start up was disappointing, but the way it opens applications is just astonishing-something I did not expect, but it does make this 4 year old Vista machine quite zippy.

 
5.0

awesome fast

By

from roanoke  -  Frequent User

moving up from an OCZ 120GB that got bricked by power outtage...this Samsung is awesome by far.

 
5.0

Great drives at a great price

By

from El Segundo, CA  -  Frequent User

Arrived very quick.

 
5.0

Solid State Hard Drive

By

from Bahrain  -  Frequent User

I am extremely happy with the performance of the driver I purchased from Adorama. The price was outstanding as is the hard driver. I received the hard driver very quickly after ordering so I am very happy!!!

 
4.0

Fast, low cost SSD

By

from CT  -  Heavy Duty User

Didn't come with mounting bracket or transfer cable as shown in installation guide. Installation manual on CD was useless - you need to have cloned & installed an SSD before.

 
5.0

Wow, what a difference

By

from Phoenix, AZ

I thought i needed a new laptop. I am glad i decided to try upgrading the original hard drive with this ssd instead. The difference in performance is amazing. If you have an older laptop without one, seriously consider this as an option before you spend the additional money on a new one. I couldnt believe how much time you wait for data just being retrieved from the drive.

 
5.0

Solid Drive

By

from Virginia  -  Frequent User

So far this has been a great drive. I cannot speak to it's reliability at this point, but everything I have read would indicate that it should last. The only difficulty iI had was updating the firmware on a MacBook. It would be nice if Samsung made it a little easier for us Mac users.

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Questions about this item:

Shopper  Will this drive fit into a brand new 15" Mac book pro laptop?
NOEL A  Very likely that it will fit; but Macs are not very friendly for "do-it-yourself" upgrades. If you wanted to make upgrades easily, you should have bought a Windows PC. My recommendation is that you make the upgrade thru the Apple Store.
Mm M  I have two 2010 IMAC 27" i7 Lion computers. Is your drive fully compatible with the IMAC?
AMARAT W  My computer is an i7 PC not IMAC. I am sorry I can't answer your question. As for the product, I am very happy with it.
Shopper  Is this compatible with 2011 MacBook Pro?
CHATCHARIN K  I replaced the drive on my original MacBook mid 2009 with this solid state drive. I imagine it will work fine on a newer model with better performance. Sorry that I cannot give you a difinative answer.
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