[QUOTE=mccoady;2641703]Thanks bigmike7 and Dean!
Dean since you’ve never steered me wrong in the past I’ll take your word that the Samsung 830 series SSD is what I need I definitely want one that’s reliable and easy to setup yet still fast.
Since I missed them on sale and as much as I hate to I probably need to wait until they go on sale again I’m kind of leaning toward the 256GB one since I’m currently using about 125Gb of my laptop’s 250GB drive.
What is the NE site you’re talking about?[/QUOTE]
You’re welcome. Yes, it sounds like the 256GB is your best option if you intend to clone your old Win 7 installation instead of doing a fresh install. The 830 notebook kit includes a SATA to usb adapter to allow you connect the new drive to your notebook for cloning your existing drive to the 830 before installing it. Another value-added feature of the Samsung.
You may want to have a look in your bios settings to see if your hard drive controller is running in AHCI or IDE mode to get a sense of how challenging it will be to clone the drive vs fresh install. SSD run faster/better in AHCI mode. There are plenty of guides around the net to change Windows registry to enable AHCI, but it will be just a little trickier if your current WIN7 is configured for IDE.
Sorry for the cryptic abbreviation :o. As Kerry said, I meant Newegg, and I was recommending that you click on the “feedback” tab on either of the pages that I linked to in my post. If you look around at feedback on other SSDs at Newegg, you will come across too many cases of manufacturers that are working out the bugs in their hardware/firmware using us as the guinea pigs :(.
I don’t make this recommendation lightly. I’m using the 128GB 830 myself. When I had to build a machine for a family member recently I very much wanted to treat her to a zippy SSD machine, but she is someone that just wants to use a computer. Not tweak it, not update firmware, not wrestle with it. And honestly, though I love her dearly, I had had enough of the over-the-phone troubleshooting and on-site repairs keeping her old Dell desktop just barely running for the last year. I was HIGHLY motivated to do the research and find a trouble-free SSD ) .
She just giggles now when I ask her how her computer is doing