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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    vicious

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    Tape
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    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

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    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

    1st SSD

    Posted
    JKH456
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    Saw this on sale and figured it was a good choice for my 1st SSD purchase. I am using it in my 6 year old HP DV7 that previously had a Seagate Hybrid drive. The included software made the transitions pretty straight forward and quick. Biggest issue was cleaning out the 750gb Seagate drive to get it down to an easier to handle size for the SSD. The Seagate hybrid drive made a huge improvement from the original standard hdd so I wasn't expecting a huge difference with this SSD since it is a budget SSD. I did notice a slightly faster boot up time for Win 7. But definitely noticed the difference when it came to programs starting up. I am very happy with the performance of this SSD in my old laptop. And glad that my DV7 has 2 hdd bays so I am able to take advantage of an SSD main drive and still have a 1TB hdd 2nd drive to store pictures, videos etc. on and have the SSD for programs. For my 1st SSD I couldn't ask for more considering price and performance.

    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

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not the cure...

    Posted
    Walt
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    Brought my MacBook Pro to the Geek squad for diagnosis & potential repairs because it no longer booted. After several attempts by the Geek squad to emulate my problem [the pc was following Murphy's law], they concluded my hard drive was faulty or was going to fail shortly & recommended installation of a new, solid state drive to correct the booting problem. Such was not to be the case: after using the computer [at home] for a short time, the screen locked-up [froze] again & the computer would not boot after being shut down. This problem manifested itself at the store for the Geek squad who kept it for a few more days & then told me it was fixed [again]. Needless to say, it failed again for me [at home] & I returned it once more to the Geek squad. It was after the third attempt by the Geek squad to fix my MacBook Pro with the newly installed Sata III solid state drive, that they told me they were unable to continue on with repairs. While the problems with my pc might not have been totally related to either the old or the newly installed hard drive, it was clear the Geek squad had let me down with their attempt to fix my machine.....

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best value & performance!

    Posted
    MackBolan
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    These come in a few sizes, but I have used both the 240GB & 480GB versions in customer computers. I currently use one now as a "boot" drive. This brand/model can be used to replace ANY SATA hard drive in a desktop, laptop, Mac, or anything else needing a SATA drive. The speeds are as advertised, I get 480mb/s read/write while in Windows, so the speed is true. Overall installed size (GB) is larger than most drives. It can be used as a "stand alone" backup by simply using a "dock". Add all that to a low price & it's a winner all day. It has a 3 year warranty, I'm not even close. This one's in use 2000 hours & no issues. Should you need cloning software or partition tools, Acronis Home is provided via a download & code. In store you have basically 3 choices of brand/type/price SSD. This one's in the middle & the best value due to speed, construction, warranty, ease of install, & price. Not quoting my cost, but these hover around the $60 mark for a 240GB. Stay away from SanDisk SSD's (3 all were junk). The other brands I've had no problems with, just if you pay more, you're buying the name & not extra speed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great addition to a disk drive desktop or laptop

    Posted
    CECE
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    I would give 5 stars except for the crummy Acronis software they offer. This software is ostensibly to transfer the hard drive image, but genuinely, without a doubt and truly, stinks, we're talking 3 day old in the sun fish here. Having worked with it a couple of times, I'd say its more of a come on to try to sell the full version. For a desktop, a 3.5 in adapter makes a neater job. Microsoft is harder than ever to get your activation keys back if not handy, but it can be done. Personally, I enjoy such challenge. The upshot is lightning fast boot up and shut down. Eventually, you'll break even on the hours you spent changing. It's a project for an experienced computer fiddler though. Don't let 'em sell you on the easy Acronis image transfer nonsense, you'll have to do it yourself. Back up your stuff and prepare for a project. Oh, and the SSD is pretty slick.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Faster than most SSDs... Great value

    Posted
    Cody
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    I love these SSD's! I bought one and it's the fastest of several SSDs that I own. I decided to buy a second one and configure them in a RAID stripe configuration. I get over a GB/sec read and write times. Decompressing archives and loading large apps/games is so blazing fast. One of the best values I've had recently on any piece of tech. The screenshot attached shoes this 2x SSD raid config, a 2x HDD raid config, and a memory disk on DDR3 1600 dual channel RAM. The results speak for themselves!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast Fast Fast

    Posted
    TechTime
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    I thought I must be missing something when I saw the price on this. I thought I was reading the specs wrong. I have used PNY hard drives in the past and they have always lasted and not given me problems. I double and triple checked and researched this SSD online and I bought it cause it was a steal for the size and speed. I replaced my HDD in my new laptop with the PNY SSD and the research I did was right. This thing blazes! The specs on performance for any SSD of this speed are aprox over 300% faster than a HDD. My laptop boots in 3 seconds now. Gaming is hitchless. Large programs run and open quick. File transfers are lightening. If you don't have an SSD get one, you'll be very happy you did. PNY has good solid ones too for good deals. I'll be taking advantage of more of these for sure.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good entry into SSD

    Posted
    BestBuyer
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    I installed this SSD into an early 2009 iMac. The computer's motherboard can't negotiate SATA III speeds, so I am not able to test the true effectiveness of this new drive. I do notice an increase in speed, but it's only maybe a 30-40% improvement based on the old boot-up and program loading times. The boot up took around 45-50 seconds with the HDD, and now takes maybe 30-35 seconds. The program load time doesn't seem to have as noticeable of an improvement. Again, though, this is on a machine that can't utilize the full potential of the SSD. The fan may not need to come on any more in my old computer, and the energy used should also be lowered by this SSD, which is an added reason to make the switch to SSD, especially if you are nearing or are at the end of the useful life of an HDD.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great little but powerful SSD drive

    Posted
    BestbuyMiramesashopper
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    This is great drive at a great price. I installed Win7 and then upgraded to Win10 without any issue. My computer now boots and runs great. The drive did come with a SW to clone the drive but I went from 1TB drive to 256GB drive the SW did not go well. SW actually wasted lots of my time. I wanted to see if it can copy over programs that I need and nothing else but it failed. I had multiple partitions on my 1TB drive, I only wanted to clone "C" but it was not properly able to do it. I ended up reinstalling everything. Drive is great but I am taking one star off due to the no so smart SW that I was hoping to use for data transfer. The SW was also not full featured SW.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is it people, the future has arrived!

    Posted
    1STUNNA
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    I work in IT and I'm always replacing bad hard drives and now that 240GB SSDs can be bought for $65 you'd be crazy not to buy one. I almost exclusively replace hard drives with this SSD. It makes your PC faster than its ever been, even when it was brand new it wasn't as fast as it is with a SSD in it (unless it came with an SSD, obvi). I think that this is the tipping point, the beginning of the steep adoption rate of the S-curve. Everyone should be getting one now, there's little reason to purchase a normal hard drive now because 99% of people have less data on their PCs than this drive can hold. It's much faster and more reliable than a normal hard drive and now it's basically the same price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Solid State Drive

    Posted
    Tomas
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    I bought this when Best Buy was running a sale, so I got it at a great price and installed it in my computer without any issues. The software that you can download from PNY to clone your drive worked great and had my computer up and running off the Solid State Drive in no time. I installed this in a desktop, so if you are going to do the same keep in mind that it does not come with a mounting bracket or any additional cables to hook it up. I had purchased a bracket and cables previously so I had them on hand when I was installing it.. But if you would not have the 2.5 to 3.5 bracket or SATA cables you will need to purchase them before hand to properly install this in a desktop PC.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Shortened download times for X-Plane 11 scenery.

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    SimPilot
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    Installed this SSD in #01 high-end gaming machine with three 2560x1440 monitors running X-Plane 10 and 11 for the Flight Zone in the Aerospace Museum of California near Sacramento, CA. Mostly we are giving 5th thru 12th grade students a flight experience to get them to consider a career in Aviation. We often change scenery (X-Plane 11 has 35,000+ airports all over the world) and 15 seconds for downloads is lots better than 30 to 60 seconds waiting time while the student just sits there. I plan on buying 6 more of these (we have a total of 7 flight simulator computers) as soon as the Museum Executive Director authorizes the expenditure.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    High quality drive at a budget price

    Posted
    ghastlyone
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    We are at a point in time when ssd drives are offering huge performance increases for little relative cost. The unfortunate thing is PC manufacturers have not kept up with the consumer demand and still use slower and cheaper mechanical hard drives as much as they can get away with in their mid to lower end systems. This new ssd drive series from PNY is the answer to that problem. High performance ,low price, free access to migration software and a 3 year warranty gives you a huge upgrade in terms of real world performance. Windows boots faster, programs load quicker, overall "feel" of an ssd upgrade can make you feel like you bought a new computer!

    I would recommend this to a friend