Kingston V300 SSDNow 60GB SATA 3 2.5 Solid State Drive w/Adapter
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- Faster - improves speed of loading applications and system boot up Reliable - with no moving parts, solid-state drives are less likely to fail than standard hard drives
- Economical - design optimized to make migrating to an SSD more affordable Multiple capacities - to fit your workload Form Factor - 2.5-inch drive available in 7.0mm with plastic adapter to fit in 9.5mm system
- Guaranteed - three-year warranty, free technical support Silent - runs silent and cool
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Get more life out of your computer and maximize your existing investment by replacing your old hard drive with a Kingston SSDNow V300 solid-state drive. It's the most cost-efficient way to dramatically improve the responsiveness of your system - and it's less disruptive than migrating your data to a new system. SSDNow V300 features an LSI SandForce controller customized for Kingston and optimized for next-generation Flash memory to deliver the utmost in quality and reliability from two leading SSD brands. Because it's made with solid-state components and has no moving parts, it's shock-proof and withstands drops and bumps. SSDNow V300 is easy to install backed by a three-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.
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Capacity is 55.90 Gib/60,019,835,904 byte.
Bought 2 drives for testing out some different operating systems. Both came with the 505ABBF1 firmware. As these are bare drives I went to the Kingston support site to check on downloads and saw there is a 525ABBF0 firmware available for this model , as well as "Toolbox 2.0" (which is v2.0.7A once extracted and run).
The toolbox software (which only works on Windows ... seems Apple/Unix/Linux users are not worthy of inclusion) has an option for "Firmware Update". Sad to say it is of no use. Clicking the button gives a "There is no firmware available at this time" message. Strange 'cause the 525ABBF0 is listed on the Kingston site. Re-reading the instructions confirms my method was correct ... but nothing gets updated.
When using the "Details" portion of the "Toolbox" software there are options for "Identify Data" and "Smart Data". Each of these options opens up a small window where all the text inside it is highlighted (as if 'Select All / Inverse text' was used on a large word document). It is quite annoying to have all the text displayed that way. A very minor point , but it indicates to me a lack of Quality Assurance in their methods.
The other brands of SSD drives I have are able to have their firmware updated by booting to a USB/CD where an ISO file is at. This method is operating system independent. Kingston forces us to use Windows to update the firmware. I find this an unacceptable limitation.
Before purchasing these 60GB Kingston drives I picked up a pair of 64GB Sandisk drives for $2 more than the (sale priced) 60GB Kingstons. Should have bought 4 Sandisks and skipped the Kingstons.
Once I get the new firmware updated my need for using Kingston Toolbox will likely be finished. Just don't know how to get the new firmware that the Kingston site says is available but their toolbox software says isn't.
+ Not overly expensive & the shipping was free.
+ Very good customer product reviews.
+ Simple installation... I used Casper 8.0 to clone my existing hard disk drive.
+ This drive works perfectly with a PATA (IDE) to SATA adapter.
+ Faster system boot.
- More expensive than a hard disk drive of the same storage capacity.
- Only comes in SATA, so I had to use a PATA (IDE) to SATA adapter.
- The solid state drive access is so fast that the disk activity LED is nearly useless.
- Solid State Drives wear out over time, as each cell in a flash memory bank has a limited number of times it can be written and erased.
I don't need a solid state drive, but I wanted to try one out. As I wrote earlier, my first experience with another brand turned out badly. The first one was DOA & the second one booted twice before giving me a "blue screen" & "disk read error"! After the second replacement, the seller offered to refund my money, which worked for me!
I always run multiple hard disk drives in my computers as a defense against Murphy's Law. This 60 GB solid state drive will be my C: or boot drive.
As a backup, I left my old C: hard disk drive installed, but not connected. I figure if this solid state drive croaks, I can quickly reconnect the old hard disk drive. :)
I have an older motherboard, so I had to use this PATA (IDE) to SATA adapter: SATA to IDE/PATA Converter Adapter (Covert SATA DVD Burner to IDE Interface Motherboard)
► Update - December 30, 2014
I have 2 of these now so I always have a cloned backup. For a low end s0lid state drive, these have given me zero problems! I like these enough to install the Kingston HyperX 3K, 240 GB solid state drives in our new gaming computer build. :)