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PNY - CS1311 480GB Internal SATA III Solid State Drive

Handle more data than ever before with this PNY 480GB solid-state hard drive. Fast operation is assured thanks to the SATA III connection that delivers at data up to 6 Gbps, and a lack of moving parts means reliability is exceptional. Reduce energy use and enjoy quieter operation with this PNY 480GB solid-state hard drive.

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    What's Included


    • CS1311 480GB Internal SATA III Solid State Drive
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    • Acronis data migration software

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    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (812 out of 835)

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    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.


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    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 835 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great drive for the price. Easy upgrade.

      Posted
      TiMeToRn
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I have the 480 gb in my HP 2-in-1, and the 960gb in my old gaming laptop. For the price-per-gb on an SSD, this is a really good deal, even without the sale price. Performance wise, there are better options out there. Installation in my 2-in-1 and in my gaming laptop was pretty straightforward. The hard part was opening up the netbook since it had to be completely taken apart and had no access panel, but youtube was very helpful with that. Once I had it open, it's pretty much just plug-n-play. Ideally you'll want to just do a fresh OS install, and mount your old drive in an external enclosure to copy your old files over and use for extra storage. Pick up a USB thumb drive if you don't have a DVD drive. All versions of windows can be downloaded for free from Microsoft. You'll need an activation code to validate though. Just type in all zeroes if you don't have an activation code. Windows 10 doesn't have the annoying windows activation popups found in previous versions, you just can't right click the desktop to change the background image unless you have a valid activation key. You'll have to right click an image and set it as your wallpaper from there. Most pre-built systems have an activation key sticker on them somewhere. If you can't find a sticker, and you're a smart person with access to google, you can probably find a way to recover your current activation key. If you prefer to have all of your old programs and settings, just on the newer drive, and not have to go through the whole setup process, you'll still need an external drive enclosure to clone your old drive to the new one, unless you have room for two hard drives. In the instructions with this drive you'll find a free product key for a hard drive utility. Follow the instructions there to do a complete clone of your hard drive. You'll need to make sure the entire drive image is cloned over, not just copied, otherwise you'll have problems booting into windows, and you'll need to load up a windows installation disk to load up into boot recovery mode. If you're having trouble with the included software, there's plenty of other free options available that will do the trick like "clonezilla". Either way, before you pull your old drive out, make sure you have the following. 1: New Hard drive 2: Windows installation drive, for installing windows, or recovering boot manager, either on DVD or USB thumb drive. 3: External hard drive connector or enclosure so you can clone your old hard drive, or copy over important files, and to use the old drive as external storage/backup 4: Your windows activation key. If you're going from an old-style hard DISK, you will notice a MASSIVE improvement in load times of windows and all of your programs. It will make your computing experience overall snappier. This is a great upgrade to breath new life into an aging computer as long as you don't have too many other limiting factors. If you're just looking to upgrade from a smaller SSD, the performance of this drive can be a little underwhelming. The drive is lighter in weight than a traditional hard disk, has no moving parts, so you don't have to worry about your disk headers crashing from bumps and bangs. There's a 3 year warranty, the manufacture doesn't specify any limitations on this drive as far as maximum program/erase cycles. Generally SSDs have a limited number of read/writes they can perform before they start to give up and become unreliable. As long as you're not writing 100gb/day to this drive, you shouldn't have to worry about it not lasting the 3 years. Everyday users who don't do a whole lot of file transfers could expect to get 5-7 years out of their drives. If you have important files though, it's always a good idea to do regular backups. It's definitely worth picking up one of these drives, especially when they go on sale. Pricing at BestBuy with this particular product is often competitive with online retailers, sometimes cheaper, especially when you factor in the cost of shipping.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fast, Affordable, Solid Performer

      Posted
      Autobot032
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      My laptop came with a rather powerful AMD APU but was held back by a small amount of RAM and a spacious but incredibly slow HDD. (5400 RPM!) I swapped out the HDD for a SSD and the performance change was noticeable in an instant. I decided to remove my optical drive and put the HDD in it's place for a ton of storage, it caused lag between the drives and my games would lock up for 3-5 seconds while online and that can't happen in a competition! Replaced the HDD with this PNY SSD and not only did the lag go away, but I've never seen a computer run this fast! Windows 10 start up took 10-12 seconds, while shut down took 15-30 seconds (the platters of the HDD needed to spin up and down to perform the operations.) Now, with both SSDs in place... Start up is about 5-6 seconds and shut down is about 10-12. I can barely close the lid before the PC is shut down. It's incredible! The access time on this SSD is blazing fast compared to a HDD and apparently there are even faster PNY SSDs! (Trust me, an average PC user wouldn't need much more than this. There is such a thing as overkill. lol) Reading and writing to the disc is almost instantaneous and there are times when the visuals of the PC don't match up with the work happening in the background. Such as saving a word pad, the saved file will show up in my personal folder before the pad itself even has a chance to close out in the window that I had just been working on. It used to be a pretty good lag of 5-10 seconds to save (which is reasonable on a lot of PCs, really) and now, I can't even describe the time taken, it's just so doggone fast. Installation was simple, just slide it into a caddy or bolt it to the case with a couple of screws, plug in the sata cabling and reboot your PC, done. It's incredibly simple. Very thin, very light, but packs a lot of power. Highly recommended, especially at sales pricing. (full disclosure, I bought this at sales pricing) The first upgrade you should do for your PC is swapping out your HDD for a SSD, you'll revitalize an old clunker into feeling brand new and this PNY SSD is a good place to start.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      PNY is the cheapest actual Name Brand

      Posted
      Brian1118
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I bought an older PNY SSD, and I must say they've really upped their game since then. In the past, they had slower SSD's, but not they're almost as fast as industry leaders like SanDisk and Samsung. My older PNY XLR8 drive was actually noticeably slower in real world use, but this new one may be slower on paper than a Samsung Evo, but in real life usage I can't really tell the difference. Almost 500gb for this insanely low price is a GREAT deal. Boot up times for the computer I put this in went from over 1 minute (on a magnetic spinner "regular" hard drive) to around 10 seconds flat. I used the included Acronis TrueImage code (which was on the paper flodout "manual") to active a copy of TrueImage that I downloaded online and then used to clone the contents of the old hard drive to this new one. Then I just set the bios to boot from the new SSD instead of the old HDD (which I kept with its contents intact, but as a storage drive) and poof, the computer was ready to go and better than it was when it was new. Now, since this is a budget drive, it won't come with a SATA cable or a 3.5" adapter bracket and it only includes 4 screws, and it doesn't have a CD with the Acronis software, but I knew all that going in, and I was fine with that. The case I was using had 1 SSD slot anyway, although if you have an older case, you may need a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter, which you'll have to buy separately. All in all, this is the cheapest SSD that's actually worth it imho, and cheaper non name-brand drives may not actually work as well. PNY is the cheapest brand name I've run across that is actually good and that I would consider a "name brand", so if you want good stuff for cheap (albeit not GREAT stuff, just decent to good) PNY is a good way to go. If you need ram, Best Buy often has some heat shielded, low-profile DDR ram from PNY on sale as well, even inside physical stores. It's often worth looking at because the prices are as cheap or cheaper than prices you'll find online.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Read this is a good ssd for a competitive price.

      Posted
      Matt
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I cannot honestly rate this drive as I returned the item before using it. I assume it is as good as they have said it is. I just wanted to let you guys know that I had placed my order while the drive was available, in quantity, from a local Best Buy store. Sadly, my item wasn't pulled in a timely manner and after hours of waiting for a confirmation text, I called. Turns out stores are docked if they miss a pull. My item wasn't pulled and had the inventory manager been more concerned in not getting pinged for a missed pull than in satisfying my order, he could have passed it to along to a nearby store saving me the trouble of calling the main service number, twice. Long story short - I had to convince a customer service rep that I was telling the truth in this matter even though the time sequence of events in their system clearly showed my order was finally dropped while I was talking with the store's manager about it. Funny thing was, the inventory manager didn't tell me he was dropping my order - it was only after we ended the call that I got a text from BB telling me that that was the course of action he had just taken. Had he done anything sooner, another nearby store could have fulfilled my order. By the time this all happened, stock was gone. The customer service rep I talked with took more effort than should have needed to finally get my item shipped to meet the same standard had my item been dealt with in a timely manner. So, after receiving the drive - I returned it. I liked the drive and the price - just not the manner in which I had to jump through hoops in order to get it. If by some chance there is less than ten of an item at the time you order the item online it might be in your best interest, fellow shoppers, to check on that order within an hour of doing so or you might have the fun of writing about your experience as I just did. Good luck!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Upgrade I ever did

      Posted
      50Bubbles
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      The drive works flawlessly. I upgraded an Intel i5 system. Here's what I recommend to anyone trying to upgrade an a computer that has a standard (non SSD harddrive). 1. Back it up to a USB drive. (stop complaining, you should have been doing this all along!) 2. Ignore the cloning function even if you have the software for it (it came with the PNY drive.) Cloning clones all the problems you have on your existing PC. The software itself is not always friendly either. 3. Make sure you have the license number for the windows system that's installed on your machine. You'll need it. (Mine was on a sticker on the back of the unit). 4. Go to microsoft site and create a bootable windows 10 install disk (I used a 128 gig USB for that). 5. Research how to access the bios on your machine (you'll need to be able to set it up to boot from your CD or USB) 6. Install your new SSD HD (pretty easy for newer pcs.- it'll probably use the same cable that plugged into the current HD - sata drive) 7. Boot from the install disk you created with Microsoft 8. Let the boot disk install Windows 10 on your new harddrive (you will be asked some questions in the process). It will help if you have access to the system and component drivers but you can find them on the web. 9. Do this upgrade and you have a clean PC with no bloatware and it will be screaming fast!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Faster for less!

      Posted
      MackBolan
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member
      • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

      I've used all brands of SSD's in the past, so consider this a professional opinion. On white paper, online reviews this controller #cs1311 is the budget line, however in performance it beats the more expensive #cs2111 series drives. Longevity? Never had one go bad yet on any brand. Speed wise this drive out performs the Samsung EVO 850 in the "real world". That's my tests via Crystal Disk on my system. Mileage may vary but the speed is what it is. It hits the specs on the box easily & consistently. The entire CS1311 series drives are just awesome drives. Why pay more? This is the best middle road drive you can buy for the money. Spending more on Samsung, is more paying for the name than anything you can time in real life. Ease of installation is another key feature, even comes with a spacer for thicker drive bays. You get a free Acronis download to use to clone your old drive & you can keep using it's other features as well after you're done. I've installed 10 of these for customers with zero issues.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A decent drive for what I paid.

      Posted
      Realmofreal
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I got this at Best Buy when it was on sale so for the price per gig it was a great deal. The build seems sturdy and it was easy to install. The performance is good for a triple cell SSD. It came with migration software, drive utilities and the latest flash version. For cons I'd say at it's price point you could get a 500GB SSD Samsung EVO for a little more than would perform better with extra space This SSD wouldn't perform a RAID 0 with my Sandisk Ultra II 480GB SSD when it should of. I couldn't load Windows 10 on it in a RAID 0. I guess it's best to have matching drives from the same manufacturer and the same storage capacity. I was however able to still install programs on it after it was formatted. A little tip for some people that may have a problem with this. Sometime you'll get a drive like this and a Windows install won't recognize it. It's best to make sure the drive is formatted before trying to put an OS on it. I ran into that problem before and after a format it was not an issue anymore.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great drive; very speedy

      Posted
      Shutterbug
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Until now, I have been very skeptical of the SSD drives, mostly due to price. I went to Best Buy to replace another drive that had lived it's useful life. I was inquiring as to whether one of the new drives was a 5600 or 7200 RPM drives since it wasn't listed on the box. The associate began talking up the SSD, and I was again skeptical, however, the more he talked it up, the more interested I became. I bought the 480 Gb drive and loaded my "heavy hitter" programs on it such as PhotoShop, etc. It made a tremendous difference as to how fast the large programs now load. Also, no noise, no fan, just lays there and does a tremendous job. If you get a chance, pick one up. It's worth the money.

      I would recommend this to a friend




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