Samsung - 850 EVO 500GB Internal Serial ATA Solid State Drive for Laptops and PC

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With TurboWrite technology, this Samsung 850 EVO MZ-75E500B 500GB internal SATA hard drive allows you to quickly update files. The 32-layer 3D VNAND flash memory ensures reliable performance, and AES 256-bit encryption keeps your data private.

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Overview

What's Included


  • 500GB Internal SATA Solid State Drive for Laptops and PC
  • Owner's manual
  • Software CD

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2656 out of 2692)

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Features


500GB storage capacity

Provides plenty of space for music, movies, photos and other digital data.

Serial ATA interface

For a simple connection to your computer.

Sequential read speeds up to 540MB/sec., write speeds up to 520MB/sec.

Ensure a rapid response when updating and accessing files. TurboWrite technology accelerates data transfer for efficient operation.

512MB cache buffer

For enhanced processing speed.

32-layer 3D VNAND flash memory

Delivers optimal performance.

AES 256-bit hardware encryption

Helps safeguard sensitive data.


Overall customer rating

4.9
99%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great little SSD!

    Posted
    danielg1984
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member
    • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

    Great SSD! I bought two of these, a 250GB for my laptop and a 500GB for my desktop. Both are working flawlessly on day 1. I can notice a difference in boot up time on both the laptop (SATA II) and the desktop (SATA III). The desktop clone was very easy and I used the software included with the SSD to do it. There are some limitations with the included software though. It can only clone your primary drive. This was problematic for me when it came to my laptop. With the desktop I simply hooked the SSD internally to a SATA and power and booted up, then cloned. I initially attempted to pull the HDD from my laptop and hook it inside my desktop along with the SSD and try to clone, but the Samsung software would not allow it. I attempted another clone software and all looked well, until I installed the SSD in my laptop and attempted to boot. It did not work for me. I attempted to pull three different USB interfaces from three different external HDDs but none of them allowed the laptop to even recognize that the SSD was connected. I guess they weren't configured for SSDs. Finally, I broke down and went to Best Buy to buy an overpriced SATA to USB cable that came packaged with more cloning software. I ended up having to use that software because the Samsung software still couldn't see the SSD. That software failed initially and I had to run it a second time. Finally, I was up and running. Here is the one I bought: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apricorn-data-transfer-cable-gray/3459621.p?id=1218404120715&skuId=3459621 So, for the desktop clone, it was extremely easy using the supplied software. With the laptop, not so much. Lesson learned here, make sure you have a SATA to USB adapter before you attempt to use this for a laptop. Speeds on my desktop (SATA III interface, 500GB): Sequential Read: 542 MB/s Sequential Write: 519 MB/s Random Read (IOPS): 77507 Random Write (IOPS): 63234 Speeds on my laptop (SATA II interface, 250GB): Sequential Read: 252 MB/s Sequential Write: 239 MB/s Random Read (IOPS): 32698 Random Write (IOPS): 31065 Obviously on an older SATA II connection, this thing will not get the full bandwidth, as it will be capped at 300 MB/s. But, I can still definitely notice an improvement on my laptop, and I am coming from a 7200RPM HDD, which is already better than most laptops. For reference, I am using a Toshiba Portege R705-P35 that is almost 6 years old and still running strong. Bottom line, this is an awesome performance upgrade whether you have a six year old laptop or a pretty decent desktop. You will notice a difference in boot up time and program launching time. It is worth it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast SSD and great for anyone looking to upgrade

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

    Samsung has always been known for having great Solid State Drives (SSD) throughout the years and this drive is no difference. These drives are meant to speed up the day to day to tasks by a marginal amount. This could mean that just booting up and logging into your computer could take a matter of seconds. This drive not only improves booting up but also improves applications. You’ll notice many applications will open and load on the fly. If you currently have a mechanical drive (HDD) and on the fence on whether to upgrade to a this SSD, then all I will say is “Once you go Solid State, you’ll never go back”. Setup: Setup was as easy as pulling out the old drive and popping the SSD into the slot. The hardest part was determining if I’d like reinstall the OS (operating system) or move all the data from the old drive over. I highly recommend reinstalling the OS so you can start off fresh and worry about moving over corrupted files from the old drive. NOTE: 1. You’ll need an adapter/bay if you’re upgrading a drive in your desktop (tower) if the case doesn’t already come with one. 2. If you decide to move the data from the old drive over, then you’ll need a cable (SATA to USB) to transfer the files over. PROS: - Faster Speeds from booting up the drive to faster application loading - 5-year warranty if the drive were to stop working randomly (hasn’t happened with the 4 I currently have) - Software available for data migration (moving data over from your old hard drive). - Faster read and write speeds than majority of the competitors out there CONS: - The drive uses a SATA connector versus the newer M.2 drives that many newer motherboards are starting to support. - If you’re upgrading the drive in a desktop (tower) then you’re going to need to need a 2.5 in to 3.5 in adapter/bay to add it to the tower. This isn’t included in the box. - There isn’t a cable (SATA to USB) to transfer data from the old drive to the new drive. You’ll have to purchase a cable if you’d like to pull everything over. The alternative option would be the reinstall the OS you currently have. All in all, whether you’re looking to get your first SSD or your tenth, you’re going to be happy with this drive. Samsung has been well known for their great drives and definitely won’t be disappointed with this one. I’ll say this one last time, “Once you go Solid State, you’ll never go back”.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Revived 5-Year Old Laptop. Easy to Install

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

    Wow. Seriously. If you're looking for an SSD for your aging laptop, get this one immediately. Thanks to this SSD I was able to revive a 5 year old Sony Vaio (purchased in 2012, 8GB of RAM, i7, 500GB hard drive). Before researching for SSDs, I was considering buying a brand new laptop as I was sick and tired of dealing with my old Vaio. Little did I know that a simple hard drive swap would solve ALL the issues. Long story short, my computer had been acting up for at least 2 years. I didn't really care much because I had been using a company laptop all this time; however, every time I wanted to deal with personal work on my Vaio, the computer would take forever for simple tasks like opening chrome, firefox, word, excel, etc. I noticed that disk usage was at 100% constantly and that was the culprit of the issue. I googled several ways to solve this issue. I was surprised to find out how common this was on old non-SSD hard drives. I literally tried at least 10 things like activating/deactivating things on the command line, updating drivers, etc. NOTHING worked. Disk drive would still be at 100% constantly. I'm glad I researched SSDs as it saved me thousands of dollars instead of buying a brand new laptop with the specs that I wanted (i even thought about getting a $2,800 mac). I pulled the trigger when I concluded that the culprit of the issue was my hard drive, so I decided to give the SSD a shot. If it didn't work, I thought, I could return it and try other things. In addition, the installation was extremely easy. It took me probably 30 minutes altogether. You only need screwdrivers, the smaller size kind. I had read some reviews that the SSD did not come with a case. While that is correct, my laptop already had a case where the old SSD was sitting, so this did not affect me. It was literally just a swap utilizing existing screws. Finally, I did not use the data migration software as I had transferred all my data to an external hard drive in advance. I did a clean Windows 10 installation on the SSD and all my problems were solved. Bottom line: get this SSD if you're tired of the slowness of your aging computer. I can finally turn on my Sony Vaio again and get to work in seconds. I've been using this new SSD for a month now and the performance is simply outstanding. If you have any questions, let me know! I'm extremely satisfied and I'm trying to convince my dad to do the same thing on his also old laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An Excellent Solid State

    Posted
    Avid0Bluray0Collector
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    This solid state works exceptionally well and fast. I upgraded from a hard drive and I'm seeing a huge improvement in speed and functionality. I read a lot of reviews online about solid states, their stability and longevity, both of which have greatly improved over the past few years. The Samsung Evo and Pro solid states are currently among the most recommended of any solid states to buy for their performance and longevity for the price. The Samsung Evo's have a 5 year warranty and the Samsung Pro's have a 10 year warranty. The Pro's are meant for heavy usage and would be great for gamers and video and music editors, but unnecessary for most people. Most people would only need the Evo's since most people wouldn't be constantly erasing data, such as save to this drive, backing it up and erasing it or using this drive for more temporary usage such as a music or video editors working on a project and when done backing up their work on another drive and erasing it from this drive. That being said this drive likely would last most people 10+ years with no problems. Hope this review helps others with their purchase. I know this is a vital and important part of your computer especially if this is going to be your primary drive running your operating system, unless this is your secondary drive or you're doing a dual boot.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Super easy upgrade for Older Desktops...

    Posted
    Brian589
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I have an old HP Desktop and didn't want to shell out over a thousand bucks for a new PC. By adding a Solid State Drive, I'm amazed at how fast my PC boots, basically in about 30 seconds using windows 7. I don't use my Desktop for gaming, but it was frustrating just how slow the mechanical 7,200 rpm drive was. I did an install of Windows 7 using the back up discs and loaded everything onto the SSD. I've read that cloning a drive can be frustrating and this particular drive does not have the adapter needed for cloning. The OEM install is a long and pain staking process, but after all the updates are done, I'm pleased to report that I have no issues. Many users are against loading all of the files on the SSD, I don't plan on overly taxing the drive and if something should happen, I have a perfectly fine OS on the old hard drive. I've seen a lot of shall I say, paranoia of a failing SSD, and why one would load the OS and applications on this drive and use a separate drive for storage. Again, I use my pc for basic tasks only here. The Sales associate did not sell me an adapter to screw this into the bay, so I was a little upset, but I simply zip tied it just above where the old Hard Drive sits. This doesn't seem to be a problem since an SSD has no moving parts.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Laptop Upgrade Option - Highly Recommend

    Posted
    RhodyGeek65
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I had been contemplating an upgrade for my laptop hard drive for sometime now. When the price dropped below $200 for a 500 GB SSD, I knew it was time. The sale for this model definitely sealed the deal. What is nice about this package is that it comes with a CD-ROM that contains two software - one to clone and transfer the contents of the old mechanical based drive, and the performance tuning utility. I bought an Insignia USB enclosure so that I can clone the old drive over USB 2.0 interface on my laptop. I was thinking of using my Acronis TrueImage to clone the drive, but if you do not have Acronis or other disk cloning software or hardware, no worries - the drive comes with a cloning software. No need to purchase a special software for cloning your drive. The cloning software worked flawlessly. It took me about 5.5 hours to clone the drive, but once it was done, the rest was easy. If you have USB 3.0 or eSATA port, then it would take less time to clone your old drive. Once the disk was installed, I immediately noticed how fast Windows 10 Pro on my aging Dell E6510 started. After the installation, I ran the Samsung Magician utility to optimize the performance. I also took it's recommendation and changed the hard drive interface mode from the legacy IDE to AHCI. That probably improved the performance by a few percentage point. When changing the disk mode from IDE to AHCI via BIOS, the Windows 10 does not pick up the change automatically, and will result in a Blue Screen. You need to do a simple registry change while you still have the drive running in IDE in order to take advantage of the new AHCI mode. I ran Passmark Performance Test to see how much faster it is. The Disk Mark changed from 2768 to 3440. That is over 1/3 improvement on the Disk IOPS performance. Windows launch is much quicker, and all the Office applications that used to take minutes to launch, now takes less than 20 seconds to launch. I cannot be any happier now. This is by far the best upgrade that you can do for your laptop, along with maxing out the DRAM modules.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great performance upgrade!

    Posted
    white2t

    I have a 5 year old laptop, HP Envy 15t 1100 CTO it has a I7 1.73 GHz processor with 6GB memory and 500HD 7200 rpm with Win7 Pro SP1. Really didn't want to spend additional dollars to get new laptop but need speed improvement. It just way to slow or locks up. This upgrade dramatically gave me a boost in performance. Not just boot up but everything, including net surfing. For those do it yourself types like me, only thing I would like to pass along is 1. Remember to get the cable-connector that goes from your USB to this device or buy a SSD enclosure. 2. Your old internal HD must have flat SATA contacts versus pins on older IDE drives. I used an ANKER HHD/SSD USB 3.0 enclosure and slide the Samsung SSD into it then connected it to the USB on my laptop. No problems noted. It was somewhere around an hour to copy about 250GB from old to new SSD HD. For some reason it took longer to download Microsoft updates on my WIN & Pro operating system. I think it lost track of which ones where previously completed. It would take too long to explain why. I do not recommend a novice tackle disassemble of your laptop because there are about 20-25 or tiny screws and internal cables to keep track of. Take it to the Geek squad or someone else. If you try this yourself, keep distractions to minimum and your cats locked up/out because will try to swat tiny screws into every crack and crevice that may be nearly impossible to recover. O the joy! Hope this review helps your decision. This is really a great product; I highly recommend it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Super easy install of Samsung SSD

    Posted
    ComputerChick
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I purchased the Samsung EVO 850 SSD to add to my HP Envy m7 laptop. It has two drive bays. The current drive was a 1 TB hard drive. I wanted to use this SSD as my main drive that holds all my programs and the operating system. And then use my 1 TB HDD as storage of all my docs and files. I had to purchase the USB to Sata HDD/SDD adapter and some rubber bumpers so the drive would stay securely in place. Here is the steps I took once I had everything: 1. Downloaded the Samsung Migration and Samsung Magician software. It came with the SSD on a disk but my DVD drive wasn't working so I just downloaded them from the Samsung site. 2. Connected the Samsung EVO SSD using the USB adapter. 3. Using the Data Migration software I cloned my current computer hard drive to the new SSD. There was one hiccup when doing so but I just walked through the troubleshooting steps on the screen, did a restart and the Migration software did the rest. 4. After the HDD was cloned to the SSD I turned off the computer and opened up the back to install the SSD. I took out the old HDD and put the SSD in the main bay where the HDD was located. 5. I closed up the computer and started it back up to make sure the SSD was working and sure enough it stared up instantly!! 6. I shutdown the computer and opened it back up to install my HDD in the second bay. 7. When I started my computer back up it was still booting from the SSD drive but wasn't recognizing the HDD. I had to go to Disk Management by right clicking on the Windows icon in the lower right corner and choosing Disk Management. From there I needed to right click on the HDD drive and select Online. It automatically assigned the drive a letter and I was able to access the old drive. 8. Then I changed anything that I wanted to go to my old drive by going to Properties, Location on each of the items (Music, Videos, Pictures) and pointing it to drive G. So all in all it was a super simple process. My only regret is I didn't do it a long time ago. ;)

    I would recommend this to a friend





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