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[Amazon Canada] Silicon Power 128GB SATA III 2.5" 3D NAND Internal SSD - $27.99

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sid8tive wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 9:42 am
For a basic HDD to SSD upgrade, SP SSDs are more than enough. Sure, one wants better brand/quality, get a Crucial (or similar). But for upgrading an aging laptop or just to use as a spare, this SSD is more than sufficient - especially given the price! Thanks OP.
Agreed. It brought my dad's old thinkpad back to life. for less than $30 bucks.
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huntclub wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 11:40 am
It's a small SLC cache, not entirely SLC.
And there is no SLC, just faked SLC using TLC... just like virtually every other TLC drive in the world. :facepalm:

I'll admit that I own 2 of the older (and faster) SP SSDs with the Phison S8 but these were 480GB models and I would be very hesitant to buy an SP 128GB and expect it to live very long. Reviews are bad and with only 128GB there is no "wear" to run and hide as the drive will just get mashed in regular use.

And yes, if you have a 100-year old granny you don't care about who uses her 2008 laptop once a month to play Minesweeper, then yes, this would probably be an upgrade. :facepalm:
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olibaba wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 12:31 pm
What's the catch?
Don't use it as a boot drive on a system you actually have important data on.
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JackWhyte wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 12:37 pm
And there is no SLC, just faked SLC using TLC... just like virtually every other TLC drive in the world. :facepalm:

I'll admit that I own 2 of the older (and faster) SP SSDs with the Phison S8 but these were 480GB models and I would be very hesitant to buy an SP 128GB and expect it to live very long. Reviews are bad and with only 128GB there is no "wear" to run and hide as the drive will just get mashed in regular use.

And yes, if you have a 100-year old granny you don't care about who uses her 2008 laptop once a month to play Minesweeper, then yes, this would probably be an upgrade. :facepalm:
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I use the free version of macrium its been pretty decent but i'm not an expert at cloning yet.
how does this compare to clonezilla and is it free?

btw, what do you all generally do for cloning: physically install
1. physically install the new drive in the computer, initialize then clone to it?
or
2. clone the existing drive to the new one externally, then install the new drive?
sid8tive wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 10:47 am
Agreed. Clonezilla does a good job. Boot from Live USB/CD/DVD and clone away. Works for me everytime.
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sid8tive wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 10:47 am
Agreed. Clonezilla does a good job. Boot from Live USB/CD/DVD and clone away. Works for me everytime.
In the past I found the cloning tools were easy when going to larger drives. Will Clonezilla or other current tools take a 1 TB HDD down to a 128 GB SSD easily?

Fresh Win10 install on SSD is fast so I usually go that way since I know it will be clean as well.
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vrredflag wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 1:14 pm
I use the free version of macrium its been pretty decent but i'm not an expert at cloning yet.
how does this compare to clonezilla and is it free?

btw, what do you all generally do for cloning: physically install
1. the new drive in the computer, initialize then clone to it?
or
2. clone the existing drive to the new one externally, then install the new drive?
Macrium is also decent. In fact, even a bootable version of Acronis (used to be free afaik) works as well. Clonezilla is free, yeah.

I usually do #2: clone externally and then install/swap. I see #1 as having the same effect, so either would be a good way.
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for anyone who doesn't want to order, if you're near one, Memory Express also has an 120 GB ADATA Ultimate SU650 for $29.99 ($10 off).
Been like that since the beginning of the year, ends tomorrow though. Seems like no one is buying them.
Says its 3d nand not sure if its faster than this drive (can you really notice a diff between ssd speeds in real life?) or more reliable.
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FrozenPegger wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 1:17 pm
In the past I found the cloning tools were easy when going to larger drives. Will Clonezilla or other current tools take a 1 TB HDD down to a 128 GB SSD easily?
Great question. I've never tried this (Larger >> Smaller), but the approach (in theory) using Clonezilla/similar tools would be:

1. Take a backup (always!)
2. Shrink source partition to be smaller than the destination drive/partition.
3. Clone (in case of Clonezilla, you have to disable it from doing size checks, etc. to allow the cloning to proceed - this is accomplished in its Advanced Mode).
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In for 2. Thanks.
Cheap enough to have spares in the drawer.
I bought 7 120gb SSDs about 3 years ago at the Source, Gigastone brand posted here. Used in 5 machines. 2 htpc, and 3 non-critical laptops. Of the 7, 2 have already failed.
So, I will have another 2 as backups again. I don't mind cheap 2nd or 3rd tier brands. Though I would never use them in our main main systems that that we do our primary work on.
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govas19 wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 6:49 pm
The Kingston A400 is 29.99, for $2 more it seems a better quality drive.
Kingston is way better to deal with warranty too probably. I had a 3yr old early 60gb ssd (2009?) that died just within the warranty. They replaced it with a newer model that was 3x faster without much question, and that was a $94 ssd back then.

I just put 3 of these kingstons in 3 systems from 2010-2011 and those things are faster than brand new $400 PCs again, so they'll probably get another 3-5yrs before retirement. Benchmark numbers aren't far off samsung evo or crucial mx series enough to matter.
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thedealhunter2000 wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 10:34 am
For those planning on cloning an HD with windows on it he recommends Samsung EVO drives. Watch here (pre-cued to 4:43)

0 credibility because of this.

1) Why would I spend extra money on a drive I probably don't need just for cloning software
2) How the hell are you screwing up that badly that it's failing on every other drive?
3) Have you never heard of Clonezilla?

I seriously got dumber just watching this clip.

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