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Best Solid State Drives 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated February 1, 2019
Best Solid State Drives of 2018
Come with me. If you’re scouring the market for the best solid state drives, you’d better have the right info before spending your money.
I review the three best solid state drives on the market at the moment. Now, let’s get to the gist of the matter: which are the best solid state drives for the money?
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this solid state drives win the first place?
The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch!
Why did this solid state drives come in second place?
The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made.
Why did this solid state drives take third place?
It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. We are very pleased with the purchase — the product is great! This price is appropriate since the product is very well built.
Solid State Drives Buyer’s Guide
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It’s not going to help you hit 60fps in the latest games, but picking the best SSD for your PC will still give it a tangible speed boost. Don’t just leave your PC chugging away on that old hard drive – supercharge your whole system with an SSD and you’ll wonder how you ever settled for less.
Solid state drives are no longer just the preserve of the PC gaming elite – even the best SSDs are now more affordable than they’ve ever been. And faster too… way, way faster. There are also new technologies being worked on to speed them up and deliver greater, affordable SSD capacities too.
Intel SSD 600p 512GB
Intel’s SSD 600p is a rather un-Intel kind of drive. Where they usually aim to produce high-spec, high-price and high-performance parts the SSD 600p is taking aim at the more mainstream market. It’s kitted out with a cheaper controller and stacked TLC memory to make it one of the most affordable PCIe drives around today. It may not be the fastest, but it’s got equivalently-priced SATA drives licked and with far greater technological longevity too. A great little entry-level NVMe SSD.
Intel 750 Series 400GB
When Intel first dropped their SSD 750 drive it knocked Samsung’s previous generation 950 Pro PCIe SSD off its perch, taking the undisputed crown as the best SSD. While it’s still competitive its write performance is half that of Samsung’s latest 960 series drives which has knocked it back into second place. That said, its 4k random speed is still the best in the business making it a seriously responsive SSD, and the 400GB version is genuinely bordering on affordable right now too.
The Samsung 850 EVO is one of the best internal SSDs on the market. Using its V-NAND technology (vertical layering of the flash drive) it is able to deliver blistering fast speeds.
The drive is available in 120-, 250-, 500GB, 1- and 2TB storage capacities. When our sister publication PC Advisor reviewed the drive, it cost £109.0for the 500GB drive. Prices do fluctuate, so make sure you look out for deals.
When benchmarked through CrystalDiskMark we found the internal SSD to perform very well, with sequential read speeds of 524.4MB/s and write speeds of 512.1MB/s. Its smaller 4K benchmark tests scored impressively with 36.3- read and 106.2MB/s write speeds.
The drive also features AES 256-bit encryption, making it more secure over some other SSDs on the market.
As this is an internal drive, you’ll need to make sure it fits and connects to your Mac. The SSD consumes 4.7W when active and uses only 0.5W whilst being idle.
The drive comes with a five year warranty and has dimensions of 69.85x100x6.8mm.
The SSD is one of the most consistent and fastest drives found in the market today. Installing the internal SSD to an existing Mac system will add a lot of performance over a standard hard disk.
The Samsung Portable SSD Tis a portable storage drive little bigger than the mSATA card inside, and now with capacity to rival traditional laptop hard disks. It comes in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities.
Many consumer gadget fans extol and elevate the virtue of being light in weight and possessing vanishingly small dimensions. And by that measure the Samsung Tis a winner, measuring just 74x58mm, and 10mm thick. It’s incredibly light too at just 51g.
The software on Mac demands you install an additional kernel extension to complete the unlock stage. This SCSI ATA Translation (SAT) SMART extension, despite the name, does not ultimately provide any readable SMART data for Samsung’s software. It really does look like an unnecessary hoop you must jump through, and an annoying extra kernel extension left widowed in the computer’s file system.
The Samsung Portable SSD.app software provides but one function, to access the drive’s AES 25encryption. Once the Tdrive has been set up, it does not require any proprietary software to access the data. costs £280
Hard Drive Specifications and Performance
Now that you know what kind of drive to buy, it’s time to find the best one that fits your needs. Here’s what you need to consider:
Storage capacity. HDDs come in all sizes, capping out at 16TB per drive due to physical limitations. On the other hand, SSDs are much smaller and have reached as high as 60TB. Even so, consumer-level SSDs are rarely larger than 1TB as of this writing.
Transfer speeds. The performance of a consumer-level HDD is determined by many factors, but revolutions per minute (RPMs) is an important one. Higher RPMs means faster transferring of data to and from the drive.
You can ignore the drive’s SATA speed. For example, a modern drive might be listed as 3.0GB/s and 7200RPM. That first value is the SATA speed, which describes the theoretical maximum speed of a SATA connection. No HDD can transfer data at that kind of speed. However, a 7200RPM drive will always be faster than a 5400RPM drive.
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If data security is your primary concern, you might consider something like the Transcend 1TB StoreJet MHDD. It comes with military-grade shock resistance, an anti-shock rubber case, an internal suspension system that can survive drops, and built-in 256-bit AES encryption.
Transcend 500GB StoreJet MMilitary Drop Tested USB 2.0 ExternalHardDrive
Transcend 500GB StoreJet MMilitary Drop Tested USB 2.0 ExternalHardDrive
Military-grade shock resistance, USB 2.0 compliant and backwards compatible with USB 1.0
If speed is of utmost importance and you don’t have that much data to store, then an external SSD might actually be better than an HDD. These are rarer than external HDDs so pickings are slimmer, but good options do exist, such as the Samsung T500GB Portable SSD. Just note that you must use USB 3.to take advantage of its full transfer speed.
Internal Mac Hard Drives
The most important thing is that Mac hard drive upgrades are pretty much DIY projects. You have to tear your device apart just to reach the internal drive, carefully replace it, and then put everything back together. Even the easiest replacement can take at least an hour. This also voids your warranty and any AppleCare insurance you might have
AppleCare: What Are Your Options & Is It Really Worth It?
AppleCare: What Are Your Options & Is It Really Worth It?
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External Hard Drives for Mac
For external drives, you have several connection options, listed in order of increasing data transfer speeds: USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB 3.1, Thunderbolt 2, and Thunderbolt (also known as USB Type-C). We recommend USB 3.0 as the absolute lowest you should go.
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Wrapping It All Up
Now you know all there is to know about buying a new hard drive. Once purchased, be sure to take care of your hard drive
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Who this is for
Buying an SSD is a great way to upgrade almost any one- to five-year-old computer that has a traditional hard drive or a cramped SSD: SSDs are much faster than hard drives at everything from booting to loading games to opening and switching between apps, and today’s SSDs are much larger and cheaper than the SSDs of yesteryear. But, in general, you should spend the money only if you plan on keeping your computer for at least another year, or if you know you can move your new SSD to your next computer: There’s no sense in upgrading a machine that you’re about to replace.
If your computer already has an SSD, the only real reason to get a different SSD is if you’re running out of room on the first one: If your drive is consistently more than 7or 80 percent full, upgrading to a larger SSD is worth considering. Most people won’t notice a speed difference between two different SSDs unless they’re writing huge files every single day—doing stuff like editing 4K video files or designing in AutoCAD or other 3-D modeling software—and care about a few seconds’ worth of improvement. Regardless of which SSD you buy, you’re not likely to notice any lag when you’re firing up apps or launching games.
If your computer already has an SSD, the only real reason to get a different SSD is if you run out of room on the first one.
If you have a desktop PC with room for multiple drives and you need more than 500 GB of storage, consider using our SSD pick for the operating system and programs and adding a traditional hard drive or two for media storage. Though SSDs are much less expensive than they once were, they’re still less economical than traditional hard drives for huge multi-terabyte music and video libraries.
Upgrading to an SSD can make a huge difference for those coming from a mechanical hard drive, and to maximize that advantage you should also upgrade your RAM if your computer has GB or less. (You may as well do it at the same time—after all, why open up your case twice?) For most people, GB of RAM is plenty and should provide a noticeable speed boost in day-to-day use. Only consider upgrading to 1GB if you spend a lot of time in Photoshop or other high-end apps, or if you play a lot of graphically intense games.
One group that should think twice about an SSD upgrade, however, is Mac owners. Though some older (mostly pre-2013) MacBooks can be upgraded with standard SATA drives, the newest MacBooks and MacBook Pros cannot. Laptops from 2013, 2014, or 201often can be upgraded, but only with specialized, expensive drives from just a couple of manufacturers. (For all the messy details, skip down to our Mac section.) As such, this guide is mostly aimed at non-Mac users.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the terminology
SATA refers to both a physical connection type and the information transfer protocol that it carries. The physical connector is used by 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch hard drives, as well as most SSDs. If you have a desktop or a larger laptop, it can probably take a 2.5-inch SATA drive (you’ll want to get a 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch SSD mounting bracket if your desktop can fit only 3.5-inch drives). Drives using the SATA protocol also come with physically smaller mSATA and M.connectors. The current SATA III standard can transfer data at a rate of around 600 MB/s, which most modern drives max out. Unless your machine has an M.PCIe or full-size PCIe slot, you can’t get an SSD that’s any faster.
PCIe is a faster interface that’s capable of data transfer rates of up to 98MB/s per “lane.” Most PCIe SSDs use a four-lane (4x) interface, which adds up to a theoretical speed cap of 3,940 MB/s, or about 6.times faster than SATA. PCIe drives for newer desktop motherboards and almost all ultrabooks are M.cards, though it’s possible to get full-size PCIe cards that will fit in most recent desktops. M.PCIe SSDs tend to use more power than their SATA counterparts, which can slightly increase heat and reduce battery life in notebooks.
M.is a type of physical connector used for both SATA and PCIe SSDs; it’s used in most ultrabooks and high-end desktops. M.drives come in a variety of sizes, but M.2280 (2mm wide by 80 mm long) is the most common. M.PCIe drives can also come in three different “keyings,” which determine how many PCIe lanes the drive uses. When buying an M.drive, it’s important to make sure you’re getting the right interface type, size, and keying for your machine, but it’s not as scary as it might sound. Almost all current M.drives are 2280, most SATA SSDs use B+M keying, and PCIe drives usually use M keying.
NVMe is a new interface protocol for PCIe drives, taking the place of the earlier AHCI protocol used with SATA SSDs and hard drives. Designed from the ground up to work with SSDs and other flash memory, it allows for much faster read and write speeds. Most PCIe SSDs now use NVMe. mSATA drives were used in many ultrabooks before M.became common. Most new laptops use M.2, but many ultrabooks with mSATA ports are still in use, and replacement mSATA SSDs are still available (though they’re becoming rare). mSATA drives generally perform just like their 2.5-inch and M.SATA counterparts.
If you have a laptop, check your manufacturer’s website or use Crucial’s upgrade advisor tools to figure out what drive type your computer uses, and whether you can replace the drive. Be aware that some laptops—recent MacBook Airs and Pros, for example—use proprietary form factors that may make it difficult or impossible to perform a DIY upgrade.
How we picked
For the 1drives that made the cut, we then used trusted third-party reviews and manufacturer product pages to evaluate how each drive fares on our criteria for features you should look for in a good SSD:
A good price. More-expensive SSDs are often better SSDs, but you don’t want to overpay to get extra performance or other features you likely won’t notice or use.
Good performance. Speed is the main reason to buy an SSD, after all! We checked reviews to make sure the drives hit their advertised performance figures and that they would continue to feel speedy over time.
A capacity at or near 500 GB, which currently represents the best mix of value, capacity, and speed. Capacities of TB and above are a plus, though in the era of pervasive cloud storage most people probably won’t need the extra room.
A decent warranty. Three-year warranties are the standard, but higher-end drives sometimes include five- or even 10-year warranties that help them stand out from the crowd.
Durability. Flash memory cells can be written to only so many times before wearing out. While most people will never come anywhere near this limit during the normal lifetime of a drive, higher endurance is a plus.
We also considered a few things that not everyone will need, but that are nice to have if you can get them:
Native support for drive encryption wasn’t a requirement for us, but all of our picks ended up including it. This feature is primarily important for businesses with specific data-privacy requirements, but it’s a nice bonus for the privacy-minded. Drives with native encryption support can offload the work of encrypting and decrypting data from your CPU, saving power and boosting speed.
The Samsung 850 EVO comes in a 2.5-inch SATA form factor (shown) as well as mSATA and m.2. Photo: Nathan Edwards
If we were upgrading a laptop or buying the primary drive for a desktop, we’d get the 500 GB Samsung 850 Evo (also available in M.and mSATA versions). The 850 EVO is fast, cheap, and reliable, and it comes from a company, Samsung, that makes its own SSD controllers, firmware, and NAND. That means Samsung gets first dibs on the good stuff and is able to design the entire SSD from the start so that its components work well together. Samsung has made some of the best SSDs for the past five hardware generations, and this one is no exception: It offers a great combination of price, performance, and capacity, plus ample write endurance, hardware encryption support, and an exceptionally long five-year warranty. The 850 Evo isn’t the cheapest great SSD, but it’s still the best cheap SSD, even two years after its launch.
The 850 Evo uses Samsung’s 3D TLC NAND, so it has a much higher write-endurance rating than its predecessor, the 840 Evo. The 500 GB version is rated for 150 TB of writes, which is competitive against most newer SATA drives. In real life, all SSDs should easily write many times that; wearing out an SSD before the drive itself becomes obsolete is almost impossible.
Because the TLC NAND that Samsung employs isn’t quite as fast by itself as other types of NAND, Samsung includes a feature called TurboWrite, which treats a small portion of the flash storage as faster SLC NAND and caches all incoming write operations there first before writing them to the drive. But this functionality is more important for the 120 GB and 250 GB models than for the 500 GB version. As it’s explained in a review on AnandTech, “At smaller capacities it clearly provides a tremendous performance boost, but at 500GB and 1TB there is enough NAND to provide the parallelism that is needed to max out the SATA 6Gbps interface.”
The 2.5-inch SATA version of Samsung’s 850 Evo. Photo: Nathan Edwards
The 850 Evo comes with Samsung’s great Windows-only Magician software, which lets you tweak drive settings to boost performance or extend service life. The 850 Evo comes with a five-year warranty, which is two more years than the typical warranty. This is noteworthy, not because you’re likely to need it, but because the warranty is a measure of the manufacturer’s faith in its product. This all goes back to Samsung having full control over its supply chain.
If the Samsung 850 Evo is out of stock or you want a TB drive, the Crucial MX300 is currently the best option. The 52GB MX300 is about the same price as the 500 GB 850 Evo, and the TB version is usually or 20 percent cheaper than the Samsung equivalent. The Samsung still has the slightest edge for its speed, warranty, and consistency, but the Crucial MX300 is a very, very close second place.
When comparing drives of the same capacity, the MX300 is slightly slower than the 850 Evo in benchmarks such as those at Tom’s Hardware. In part, this is because Samsung uses better, more-expensive components, including an eight-channel controller and more NAND modules for better parallelization. But the MX300 has Dynamic Write Acceleration, a caching solution similar to Samsung’s TurboWrite, that creates a large buffer to significantly boost the drive’s write speeds. For most people, the speed differences will be indistinguishable.
The MX300 offers slightly better advertised endurance than the 850 Evo—160 TB of writes for the 52GB drive, compared with 150 TB for the 500 GB Samsung. It also provides many of the same features as the 850 Evo, including full-disk encryption and bundled software (including a key for the Acronis True Image cloning software). On the downside, the MX300’s three-year warranty is two years shorter than Samsung’s.
One notable advantage the MX300 can claim over its competition is efficiency. In AnandTech’s punishing Destroyer test, the MX300 consumed less power than any rival, including the already very efficient 850 Evo, delivering “remarkable efficiency for a TLC drive.” More important, it used far less power than competing budget drives, like the OCZ Trion 150—more than 50 percent less, in some cases.
Owners of newer laptops or desktop motherboards who truly need more speed should buy Samsung’s 960 Evo. It combines performance that’s significantly faster than SATA with the great reputation of Samsung’s SSD controllers and flash memory, as well as hardware encryption support that many other M.PCIe drives lack. The biggest downside is its basic three-year warranty, two years less than the older 850 Evo’s warranty.
The 960 Evo manages to be somewhere between two and four times faster than any SATA SSD in most tasks and much cheaper than the 960 Pro (our previous upgrade pick) at the same capacities.
Reviewers like the 960 Evo’s mix of price and performance, but acknowledge that the 960 Pro is the faster drive overall. Billy Tallis of AnandTech has praised the TB version of the drive for its performance consistency over time and its speed relative to competing drives from Toshiba, Intel, and Plextor. Techspot’s Steven Walton says that the 500 GB and TB versions are “outstanding” and have an “unmatched price vs. performance ratio.” Tom’s Hardware’s Chris Ramseyer has been more measured in his praise of the drive and recommends staying away from the 250 GB version entirely because it doesn’t match the performance of higher-capacity versions, but he gave the TB version an Editor Recommended award and says the 500 GB version is “reliable and provides a fair warranty and acceptable price.”
If you want to copy your existing hard drive over to your SSD before you install it, you’ll need cloning software and sometimes additional hardware. All of our recommended SSDs come with access to cloning software: Samsung’s SSDs all ship with the excellent (but Windows-only) Samsung Magician software; MX-class Crucial drives, including the MX300, come with a license key for Acronis True Image HD software. Otherwise you can use the free MiniTool Partition Wizard. On Macs, if you can install a new drive at all, you can use Carbon Copy Cloner.
You’ll need a way to connect your new drive to your computer while you’re cloning the old one. Desktop users need only to hook up the SSD to spare power and data cables in their PC, but laptop users with 2.5-inch SATA drives need a SATA-to-USB enclosure like this one or this one. Some SSDs come with upgrade kits that include a SATA-to-USB adapter, but getting the drive-only version and buying an enclosure is usually less expensive.
It’s available in almost all standard sizes, starting from 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and way up to nearly unlimited 4TB. We also have two different forms of 850 Evo, a normal 2.5-inch, and an M.version.
Both are nearly equal in every in technology and performance. So, you should definitely consider the M.for using y our laptop in hybrid storage mode.
Powered by the 3D V-NAND technology, with mighty 3layers of flash cells compiled together to compete even the costliest SSDs today.
Samsung’s intelligent software and hardware combo proved to consume the least possible power and avoid heating, even under power gaming hours! Whereas the RAPID feature will boost and yield more power out of this gaming SSD.
It’s readily capable of working with the old PC’s without SATA III support, and the Samsung Magician will let you manage every gig of it in a cool way.
850 EVO has been at the topper at blazing speeds of data transfer, even today it can practically compete for very highly costed SSD drives that are double the price of 850 EVO.
Theoretically, it’s a 6GB/s SSD with 540MB/s read and 520MB/s data transfer speeds. Whereas the IOPS performance score ranges between 97K and 89K. Overall, it’s awesomely sufficient for a pro gamer to live with it for years.
You are literally good too with 250GB size, but do check out the latest price of your required capacities in the links below.
SSDs don’t have any moving parts or laser beams to read or write, and that’s how you save battery juice in your gaming laptop or if you are worried about the power supply heating frequently. They generally use 2-watts of power compared to 7-watts of juice by optical hard drives.
Assume that the game library can be accessed quicker than ever. The processor and graphics card doesn’t have to worry about caching game data more frequently, as it’s readily available anytime with much more faster transfer rate. This will increase your overall gaming experience, and that’s why we highly recommend an SSD for some old gaming rigs as well.
The next SSD we are looking at comes straight from Transcend, the SSD370S is bit on the affordable side. But don’t let it hold you back, despite being affordable, the SSD370S manages to give us an impressive performance numbers. Yes, it’s not as fast as the 850 Pro by Samsung, but it’s certainly good enough for people who are not willing to spend a lot of money. So, without further ado, let’s take a look.
Like we stated earlier, the Transcend SSD370S is currently the most budget friendly SSD available in the market, for starters, the SSD is available starting from 3gigs model, and going all the way up to TB. Yes, unlike many other companies, Transcend hasn’t given up on the entry level storage options.
Moving on to the performance bits, according to Transcend, the SSD is capable of giving 520 MB/s read speed, and 460 MB/s write speed when it comes to doing the work sequentially, however, during the testing, the speed was a bit lower, but that’s obviously different for different configurations.
Overall, the Transcend SSD370S is a really, really good SSD made for people who don’t want to dish out a lot of money, it won’t be giving you a ground breaking performance like the 850 Pro or 850 Evo, but it’s still impressive enough.
The next SSD on our list came as a surprise from Crucial. Now we all know about Crucial and how they are one of the best companies when it comes to buying memory, and their foray into the SSD business proved nothing short of impressive.
Much like a lot of other SSDs, the Crucial MX200 starts from 200 gigs, and goes all the way up to TB, that’s not all, the SSD also comes with some enterprise level features that are normally missing from many consumer grade SSDs. With that said, let’s take a look at just how good the Crucial MX200 is.
If you are wondering just how good is Crucial MX200 is, then you should know that it is easily capable of trading blows with the affordable yet powerful Samsung 850 Evo; that comparison alone speaks a lot about just how good of a job Crucial did. The advertised write speed is 55MB/s, and the read speed is 500 MB/s, do keep in mind that both of these speeds are in sequential working mode.
If you are wondering just how reliable this SSD is, as per Crucial, you would have to write 40 gigs of data on the SSD every single day for 2years in order to make the SSD unreliable, and that is some impressive level of performance right there.
Sadly, the SSD only comes with a short, 3-year warranty that doesn’t make it as competitive as other drives in the list, but still, the MX200 is one of the most capable SSD drives on the list that deliver top of the line performance, an attractive price, and some really nice enterprise features.
Very Popular and Most Selling SSD In budget
If you think that the Samsung 850 Pro is on the expensive side for you, don’t worry. The company released an affordable SSD aptly named the Samsung 850 Evo, and today, we are getting a full look at the SSD, and finding out just how big the performance difference is this time around.
The drive starts from the standard 120 gig model, and goes all the way up to the expensive TB model, and for those who are wondering whether or not it comes with the impressive RAPID feature that we found and loved so much in the Evo Pro, you’d be glad to know that it does.
Moving on, as we stated earlier that the SSD comes in a variety of different storage options that will be attractive to those who just wants an SSD as a boot drive, and not fully featured storage device.
Samsung as advertised that the SSD comes with a sequential write speed of 540 MB/s, and read speed of 520 MB/s; the endurance is pretty much everything you would normally expect from the high standards that are set for Samsung, the 120 and the 240 gig variant have the endurance rating of 7TB, and the other variants of endurance rating of 150 TB.
On top of that, the SSD also comes with an impressive 5-year warranty. Our testing revealed that Samsung has delivered one of the most affordably powerful SSDs, and that is a good thing considering the high end SSD market is not in approach of everyone.
OCZ is another company that is trying to make sure it stays relevant in the competition, and their Vector SSD is definitely here to prove it that the company can survive and thrive; it is actually quite affordable than rest of the competition, and starts from 120 gigs, going all the way to 960 gigs.
The main question, however, is if the SSD is a worthy choice for budget oriented user? Well, without wasting anymore time, let’s find that out.
First things first, the OCZ Vector comes with year of warranty, which isn’t the biggest warranty you will get, but still good enough. On the performance side of things, the advertised sequential write speed is 550 MB/s, and the 530 MB/s for the reading on the SSD.
Our testing revealed that the performance of the SSD was impressive enough on all fronts, however, if you are expecting performance like the Samsung 850 Evo or 850 Pro, you should know that it simply doesn’t get there, but considering the price difference, it’s justified. Overall, the OCZ Vector is an impressive enough SSD for budget oriented folks, and will keep you satisfied.
The cards in this list all offer 120GB storage.
While this isn’t a tonne of space, it’s enough to install your operating system and several of your favourite programs or games.
A Windows installation will take up around 8-10GB of storage, leaving you with a good chunk of space remaining.
Obviously once you start install lots of programs storage will disappear fast, but a 120Gb drive is definitely a good way to benefit from the speed of an SSDs on a budget.
SATA III 6Gbps
Biwin is a Chinese manufacturer operating out of Shenzen. Their 128GB SSD gives you a whole extra 8GB for your money. While it has fast read speeds of 511MB/s, its write speeds at 172MB/s, are slower than some other offerings in this price bracket.
The Biwin SSD benefits from a three-year warranty. While this is a worthwhile offering from Biwin, there are lots of options available that provide faster write speeds. But if this goes on sale, it’s certainly an SSD that you should consider.
Optimise Your SSD For Optimal Performance
For the most part, there isn’t much you have to do to optimise your SSD. It’s already really fast and should do it’s job without any adjustment. That said, you can achieve better performance and longevity with a few adjustments.
Basically, it prevents your SSD from being overused. Just like any component, SSDs have limited lifespans. TRIM helps keep your solid-state disk alive a bit longer, so you want to have it enabled if your drive supports it. Here are instructions on how to find out and enable TRIM in Windows and OS X.
Enable Or Disable Hibernation Mode
Mac users can skip this section, but Windows users will want to decide between enabling or disabling hibernation. Both choices offer distinct advantages and disadvantages. When enabled, your computer will resume from hibernation almost as fast as it does from sleep thanks to the speediness of your SSD. On top of that, you won’t use any power when in hibernation mode (which is especially useful for laptop users). The downside is that hibernating will eat up some of your SSD’s limited space and require additional writes to the drive (which shortens its lifespan a tiny bit). If you favour power savings, turn it on. If you want a little extra longevity and storage, turn it off.
Don’t Defragment Your SSD
When data is stored on a drive, it often ends up in various parts that aren’t all in the same place. This is called data fragmentation. It slows down HDDs because the drive’s head needs to move from place to place to read all the little bits of information. This can be fixed using a process called defragmentation, which is built into recent versions of Windows (and higher) and OS X. Because the location of data on an SSD is pretty much irrelevant, as it can quickly access any of it regardless of where it is, defragging a SSD is not only unnecessary but bad for the drive as well.
SSDs have a limited lifespan that’s determined by how much they’re used. While most will last as long as you’d ever need, defragmenting the disk involves reading and writing data unnecessarily and those actions will shorten your SSD’s lifespan. Windows and OS X should know when you’re using an SSD and turn off defragmentation automatically. That said, it’s important to remember not to defragment your solid-state drive. It provides no real benefit and can shorten its life.
You should now be well on your way to a better, faster computer with your solid-state drive. Most of us here at Lifehacker have been enjoying the benefits of SSDs for a few years now and can’t imagine going back to a traditional hard drive. Despite the limitations and the cost, they’re one of the best investments you can make. We hope you enjoy your SSD as much as we’re enjoying ours.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Solid State Drives wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Solid State Drives
- №1 — Crucial MX300 275GB SATA 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive – CT275MX300SSD1
- №2 — Neo Forza NFS06 480GB 2.5 Inch SATA III High Speed up to 550MB/s Read Solid State Drive
- №3 — Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD