PNY - CS1311 120GB Internal SATA Solid State Drive

Upgrade your PC or Mac computer with this PNY 2.5-inch SATA III SSD. With its high-speed performance, this 120GB solid state drive delivers fast boot-up times and enhanced responsiveness to your device. Built-in flash memory helps to conserve power, making this PNY 2.5-inch SATA III SSD a smart addition to your laptop for extended battery life.

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Overview

What's Included


  • CS1311 120GB Internal SATA Solid State Drive
  • Owner's Guide

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (597 out of 612)

Features


120GB capacity

Enhances performance when booting up and loading applications.

SATA III interface

Backward compatible with SATA II for simple installation in your laptop or computer.

Sequential read speeds up to 560MB/sec.

Along with write speeds up to 420MB/sec. for rapid performance.

Cool and Quiet Operation

Keep your PC cool and quiet with an energy-efficient SSD that won’t overheat.

Energy Efficient

Helps conserve your laptop's battery life when you're on the go.

TRIM support

Improve write speed, and increased drive life.

Shock Proof

The non-volatile NAND in the system enables the SSD to retain its memory if your computer ever falls or is dropped.


Customer rating

4.7
98%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Loving My New and Fast PNY 120gb SSD!

    Posted
    KungFuGrip

    I have to say I was hesitant in ordering another PNY product after having some real issues with some flash drives I've ordered from them recently. But for the great price of $39.99 for a 120gb SSD, I couldn't pass it up. And I'm glad I took a chance on this SSD because on my computer it is fast, especially for an entry level SSD. And it's not until I started using an SSD on an everyday basis that I began to realize how slow a regular HDD is in comparison. Everything that's on the SSD like your OS, programs and apps open up instantly and the boot/shut down times are unreal. Now for me, a 120gb SSD is more than enough for my needs since I'm not a serious gamer and I really just wanted to put my OS and most of the programs I use on a regular basis on it and maybe the occasional game or two that I may be playing at the moment. But, with that said, here's some advice that might help you make up your mind if you're considering between a 120gb or a 240gb SSD. My 120gb came with 105gb and of that 98gb was usable and my Windows 10 Home 64bit OS took up 29gb, plus another 10gb for Photoshop, Firefox, Chrome, antivirus, anti malware, etc. So when I got done putting everything I wanted on my SSD I have 60gb free space out of the 98gb usable space. Another thing I want to add is that I did a FRESH INSTALL of Windows 10 on the SSD using a USB recovery drive which was so simple to do that the entire process including Windows reinstalling itself took me maybe 30/40 minutes and the SSD was good to go with ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEMS at all. Also, the SSD made all the recovery partitions just like my original HDD that came with my computer. Here's the steps I used to install my SSD with Windows 10 and it couldn't have gone any smoother: 1. Disconnect the POWER and SATA cables of any drives in your computer. 2. Install the SSD and let it boot up. After that reboot and go into your BIOS and change the "SATA" setting to AHCI. Then reboot. 3. Now you will either use recovery discs or a USB recovery drive to boot into the SSD and install your OS. 4. After the install of your OS is finished go back into your BIOS and change the boot order (if your are using more than one HDD/SDD) so that you make the SSD with your OS the first in line so your computer knows that's where you want to boot from. After that, your are done my friend and you can start enjoying your new speedy SSD.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    PNY SSD Drive

    Posted
    SurferThousandOaks
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    I was getting my old "backup" computer repaired at Best Buy, trying to install a newer, bigger hard drive, in an older HP machine, to go from a 2Tb HD to a 4Tb data HD. Because the native Win 7 OS on that machine would not recognize larger than 2Tb HD's, they tried but could not clone the new drive to get my Windows 7 OS to move to the new drive, and to get it to work in the older HP environment. The tech had a creative solution and said he would try adding this PNY internal Solid State HD to the computer box, and then put the start up files, & Win 7 OS, on the SSD HD. That Worked. What is very cool about the Tech. doing that, was the side benefit of a much more rapid start up, when I turn that computer on now. It used to take ~10 minutes or longer to get this older HP CPU started, since it is normally kept turned off. Now it starts up and is ready to use in about 2 minutes...... very impressive. This SSD HD was not very expensive, and was a creative solution to upgrading an older computer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The right choice

    Posted
    Jorge
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    My wife has a desktop she uses for her office, a simple i5 desktop. The hard drive. died so I decided to buy a new one. Surprisingly for me, I found that SSD drives got prices down since the last time I bought one. And I found this 120G SSD, for which I immediately research reviews, and it looks pretty good. Well, I bought it, install it, and my wife is so happy. And you know what they say "To be happy, make you wife happy". The drive is very fast, it has no issues with the desktop interface, and installing windows was faster than ever. She was more amazed due to reduction of noise (her desktop is fan-less, so the old HD was the noisy guy). Applications she uses are not fancy, but are database related, and she said there is a huge difference now. The on/off time was greatly improved and I'm very sure consumption also dropped. This is a great choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nothing fancy, but plenty fast for a older machine

    Posted
    JimmyD
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    I have an older 2010 core i7 with a terabyte hard drive. My window's install was flaking out and I decided that it would be nice to upgrade to a SSD boot drive. Since I only have SATA 2, the drive maxes the bus out and a higher end, faster drive would not get me any more speed. Installed easily, BIOS recognized it, I reinstalled windows 10 to it - no issues, and it runs as my boot drive. I deleted the windows install off my terabyte platter drive and kept it as a data drive. Nice thing is Steam recognized the game files on the other drive and did not require re-downloading, the 'installed' the first time I ran them. A couple did need to download a file or two - I used the verify local file integrity checker in Steam. Made for a relatively painless upgrade.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very reasonable

    Posted
    Pooky
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    For USD39, this is an extremely reasonable purchase. I was building another desktop, and I wanted Windows to run from a solid-state drive, and this is perfect for it. They will be only a few other programs running, so I don't need a very large booting hard drive. Of course the data goes on drive D, which is an internal drive and it is a two terabyte regular hard drive. It works well enough for me and Windows 10 starts up and shuts down quickly. The package is minimal. There is no cable or screw of any kind that came with it. I did not expect it and it was fine with me. So if you need one with accessories (bracket, screws and cable), it will have to be bought separately.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Eh, it's a SSD

    Posted
    zenoreilly
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    The real test of any off-the-shelf brand name SSD is not really speed, because they're almost always replacing spindle drives and there's no competition. Between SSDs there are some read-write differences on paper but for the most part Joe Average won't notice any difference on his $200 refurb laptop. The real test will be in 5-10 years when people start worrying about lifespan issues. Bought 4 of these to run VMware nodes and upgrade an old lappy, have had only good experiences with PNY. Unless any of them burst into flames I will probably buy them again assuming Best Buy can keep them on shelves which historically seems to be a challenge; are these being obsoleted?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Small but plenty for casual user

    Posted
    Macfan
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    Works great. Fast as expected. 120GB seems small but when you take a look at the space that a casual user is really using, you realize only 50-80GB are being used by someone who only uses a PC to check email and surf the web. Unless you're taking a ton of pictures or video, or have a lot of music, the 1TB drives in most laptops are just a wow factor to sell you the laptop. I have two of these, one in a laptop and another in desktop PC. It makes a great boot drive in a desktop where you can add a cheap 1TB (or higher) mechanical hard drive for storing Steam games.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great value for money

    Posted
    laptopgeek24
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    First of all, know that 120gigs WILL be enough for most people. I have all my drivers installed with windows 10 and full Microsoft office and many web browsers and all of this only takes up 17gigs. Get the PNY over samsung or any other competitor because this offers basically the same product but at a much lower price. Finally, know that the 120gig model is the slowest, gives about 280mbps read and write while my 240gig gives 540 read and 515 write so maybe it is worth getting higher capacities but even the 120gig is extremely fast and improves battery considerably.

    I would recommend this to a friend






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