PNY - CS1311 240GB Internal SATA III Solid State Drive

Experience speeds up to 24 times faster than an HDD with this PNY 240BG SSD. It also operates at a lower temperature than a standard hard drive, providing even more performance improvements. Enjoy the drive's quiet operation, and save money on utility bills with this energy-efficient SSD. The PNY 240GB SSD is covered by a three-year warranty.

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What's Included


  • CS1311 240GB Internal SATA III Solid State Drive
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  • Acronis data migration software

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1064 out of 1087)

Features


Trusted Performance

Upgrade to a PNY SSD to experience PC performance that's up to 24x faster than a traditional HDD.

Quality Assurance

All PNY SSDs undergo extensive component and sub-system testing. We utilize high-quality NAND from the industry’s top vendors to ensure a solid SSD.

Proven Reliability

Each SSD is guaranteed to meet the requirements of even the most demanding applications.

Cool and Quiet Operation

Our SSDs reduce operating temperature and potential damage from overheating.

Energy Efficient

If you’re aiming to build a silent, green PC, PNY SSDs are a must have on item your checklist.

Shock Proof

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

Built by Experts

With a world class SSD engineering team based in Silicon Valley, we are well positioned to take advantage of emerging technologies.

Creating Jobs in the USA

With our headquarters and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in NJ, more than 80% of our global workforce is in the USA.


Customer rating

4.8
98%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

3.5

Pros

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    vicious

    Posted
    Tape
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This SSD really impressed me, I went from a slloooww 52 second startup running El Capitan to a quick 13 second startup. Everything just pops, and like the "use to be" Walmart express line "no waiting" After buying this drive I did a search on the net for the 10 best SSD and to my surprise this PNY wasn't listed so I went to in-depth search mode and there really isn't any difference, the difference was like the warranty and other non essential things that I care not about. My main concern is speed and it does excellent in that aspect. It's like the retina and non retina screen, doesn't really matter. The reason I say" it doesn't matter" is because the human eye can only detect so much and the older we get the less it will detect. The Samsung was in the top 2-3 SSD but I talked to owners of the Samsung and they told me it isn't worth swapping, the difference is not significant enough nor can you really tell. I did a speed test and this PNY - CS1311 240GB SSD recorded 550MB/sec write and 575MB/sec read speeds, The Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD recorded 540MBs write and 520MB/sec read speeds. Just make sure you enable the Trim and the s.m.a.r.t. feature is automatically enabled by Apple if you use it in your MacBook or iMac, I am using it in my MacBook Pro so I had to go into Terminal and enable Trim.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy, fast, inexpensive

    Posted
    AboveAverageConsumer
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    I have had PNY SSD in my desktop for almost two years now and it works great. So I decided to buy another one for my new low-to-mid range Lenovo laptop to speed up its boot, sleep, wake, hibernate and shutdown. The hard drive would previously be at 100% usage for a few minutes after boot or resume and would make it a little sluggish. The drive includes a redemption key for a partial version of Acronis True Image 2016. It includes enough features to clone, backup and restore hard drives. I wasn't able to get the Clone Disk to work from inside Windows. But I read Acronis' instruction manual and it recommended performing the Backup/Restore method for hard drives with muliple partitions using the included USB Media boot option. True Image created a bootable USB for me to boot directly into True Image. So I installed the new drive where my old hard drive was, then attached my old hard drive with a USB cable as well as a third USB external drive as well as the USB drive to my laptop. The bootable True Image allowed me to make a perfect image of my existing hard drive (Seagate drive from Lenovo that came with 5 parititions) to my third hard drive for emergency restoration, just in case. Then I was able to restore that image to the new drive. About 60 minutes later after the backup and restore with about 100GB of my 1TB drive being used, I disconnected all the external drives and rebooted my machine to see that it booted up just as it had before, except about 5-10 times as fast. (If you don't have an external SATA-USB cable to attach your old hard drive, you can use the other internal hard drive SATA connection in your machine, if you have one. The software makes it real easy to determine which drive is which using the name and size of the drive (in GBs). I had to use a SATA-USB cable because my laptop only has one slot for an internal hard drive.)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid SSD; bundled s/w inadequate version

    Posted
    ssquitiere
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    It's been a solid drive thus far, and performance is as expected. The physical height profile on this disk drive's case is very low, even for an SSD. It's close to 1/8th inch thinner than traditional 2.5" form factor hard drives, but the package includes a plastic spacer (i.e. stabilizer) for use in drive cages or laptop drive bays which are older and expecting that taller profile. Figuring out whether you need the spacer or not can be a bit of a crapshoot. Though the adhesive on the spacer will come off, I recommend dry fitting your SSD first and then determining whether there is a gap in your installation and whether the spacer will fit, prior to adhering the spacer to the drive the moment you open the box. Bundled with the item is a version of Acronis' True Image product for doing backups, migrations, and disk cloning. Now, I like the True Image product a lot, and previously used many different Acronis products in both the home, and professionally for work; however, what was bundled was insufficient. It's what I might call teaser-ware. It provided some of the features of the main true image product, but not all of them, without paying for an additional license. For the migration that I intended to do from an existing 2.5" magnetic/mechanical (spinning) hard disk drive to this SSD, the most important thing that was lacking was the ability to create a boot disk in order to do a clean image outside of the OS, and then be able to boot to a an interface that would allow me to deploy that image on to the new SSD once I had installed it. Granted, there are ways to get around that, but that is my preferred method. Therefore, rather than using the Acronis software, I ended up just using the totally freeware from Macrium to complete my migration.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    PNY CS-1311 is a WINNER

    Posted
    CaptainK

    In a i7-3537U 2.0 - 2.5 Ghz laptop with 8Gb of memory, using the PNYCS-1311 a cold boot of Windows 10 is under 13 seconds. CrystalDiskMark 5.2.0 x64 (C) 2007-2016 hiyohiyo ----------------------------------------------------------------------- * MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s] * KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 565.717 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 539.734 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 61.067 MB/s [ 14908.9 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 56.424 MB/s [ 13775.4 IOPS] Sequential Read (T= 1) : 478.425 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 476.473 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 15.809 MB/s [ 3859.6 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 29.076 MB/s [ 7098.6 IOPS] Test : 500 MiB [C: 18.5% (41.2/223.3 GiB)] (x2) [Interval=5 sec] Date : 2016/12/21 7:29:52 OS : Windows 10 [10.0 Build 10240] (x64) This makes this drive a winner for the price I paid of $59 at BestBuy

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Shockingly Great SSD

    Posted
    Animekid117
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    I bought this PNY drive because it was cheap and my store didn't carry Intel branded drives any longer. I bought this to speed up my ASUS Q550L which while being a high end laptop with an i7, was not fast at all thanks to the 5400 RPM hard drive that ASUS decided to pair with it. From there I cloned the old hard drive using the provided software and swapped out the drives once the process was done and kept the old drive is a dark safe place in the packaging that the SSD came in. After having the SSD for nearly a month in the same laptop all I have to say is that I am impressed for the speed that this SSD gives. It is actually faster than my Intel 530 series SSD that is in my desktop, and that is saying something from a no name memory mfg that sources B grade MLC NAND. Using Crystal Disk Mark I was able to net 540 MB/s consistent read and writes in Windows 10. All in all a very good drive for the money I spent. Oh yeah and Best Buy price matched this down for a sale that Amazon had.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A GREAT deal worth EVERY cent!

    Posted
    TechGuy81

    I have only had the drive for about a month, but it has proved it's worth in spades. After I've had it for several months, barring any issues, I'll update this to 5 stars without question. I used this drive to replace a WD Green Caviar SATA HDD I had begrudgingly used as my system drive in my custom tower build. Since the Green drives are energy savers this thing blows it out of the water in terms of speed!! My boot time has been reduced from about 5 minutes to maybe 15s. I am now using the 2TB green drive as a secondary storage drive and running purely my OS on this SSD and anything it runs is light years faster. Since I have a custom tower I had plenty of physical location choices for installation, so that wasn't a problem. It fit into a slot perfectly with the included spacer. I didn't make use of the Acronis software download as I wanted to perform a clean install, so I have no input for that; But the full installation was quick, successful, and runs like a dream. If you're looking to replace an old HDD and see excellent, immediate performance gains, this drive is a great value!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Quality Brand Name, Great Value, System Enhancer

    Posted
    TheyCallMeBruce
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    I purchased the PNY 240GB SSD to replace the factory installed HDD in my HP Pavilion dv6 laptop. Acronis True Image software is included with the purchase of this item and made cloning my existing HDD quick and easy. You must have an HDD SATA external hard drive disk enclosure case and cable to accomplish the image transfer. Once the image transfer was complete I easily removed the HDD and installed the SSD. The system startup used to take approx. a minute to boot up but now only requires no more than 20 seconds. Read and write speeds for making backup copies is remarkable especially when using USB 3.0 ports and drives. My system operates at a noticeably lower temperature than with the original HDD. I immediately noticed an increased improvement in system performance with the newly installed SSD. The new drive produces no sound whatsoever and operates at a reduced power draw resulting in increased energy efficiency. Overall this drive has exceeded my expectations and was a worthwhile investment. It is backed by a generous three year manufacturer warranty. PNY is a leading manufacturer of SSDs so that combined with the great deal offered by Best Buy made this an easy purchase decision.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product poor included linked cloning app

    Posted
    olboatman
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    I have to admit that this is my first experience with an SSD in anything other than phones and tablets so I don't have much to compare it to other than spinning hd's. It works as advertised and does what I want. My new Windows 10 64 bit machine boots and shuts down in just seconds. My only complaint is with the included cloning software you download with the link provided in the package. In my case I used the automatic proportional scaling function based on the difference between the capacity of the 1TB spinner I was cloning to the 240gb SSD. It reduced the recovery partition size to the point that immediately it was giving alerts that the partition was full anytime the machine was up. At that point you're sort of in a "catch 22" because the program won't let you change the partition size without clearing the drive utilizing a command line utility within windows, booting from the original spinner after disconnecting the ssd or reassigning the boot order in bios, starting over and manually setting the partition sizes. Took a day or so of researching and reading to finally figure out how to fix it. I'd be inclined to use a different cloning program the next time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

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  • Computer ShopperRating, 3.5 out of 5Josh Norem on February 5, 2016
    PNY CS1311 (240GB) Review and Ratings
    The CS1311 is a fine first SSD if you're upgrading from a hard drive. Despite the bare-bones bundle and software, PNY's aggressive pricing makes it a good value pick.Full Review




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