Samsung - 850 PRO 512GB Internal SATA III Solid State Drive for Laptops

Upgrade your laptop's storage with this Samsung 850 PRO MZ-7KE512BW internal SATA III solid state drive, which offers a generous 512GB capacity for digital data. SED (Self-Encrypting Drive) technology controls access to private information.

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Overview

What's Included


  • 850 PRO 512GB Internal SATA III Solid State Drive for Laptops
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (166 out of 168)

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Features


512GB storage capacity

Offers plenty of room for music, movies, games and more.

SATA III interface

Allows simple connection to your computer.

Read speeds up to 550MB/sec., write speeds up to 520MB/sec.

Deliver a fast response when updating files. Random read speeds up to 100,000 @ 4KB/QD32, random write speeds up to 90,000 @ 4KB/QD32.

3D V-NAND architecture

Features 32 stacked cell layers for optimal density and performance with a small footprint.

SED (Self-Encrypting Drive) technology

With AES 256-bit hardware-based, full-disk encryption helps keep sensitive data private. Crypto erase feature makes it easy to delete data or sanitize the drive.

Complies with TCG Opal v2.0 standard and Microsoft eDrive IEEE 1667 protocol.

Dynamic Thermal Guard protection

Monitors and maintains the drive's operating temperature and utilizes a throttle feature to automatically drop temperature levels to safeguard stored data.

RAPID mode

Boosts operating speed. Device Sleep mode support for Ultrabook laptops helps conserve power.

One-Stop Install Navigator software

Helps you quickly transfer data and apps. Samsung Magician software provides benchmarking, advanced OS optimization, disk-health-status tracking and OP (overprovisioning) tools.

Compatible with PC

For use at home or in the office.


Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars with 168 reviews

99%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great drive for the technology of tomorrow

    Posted
    Mark
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    I purchased an Asus 2-in-1 Q552U laptop a little over 6 months ago and swapped its internal 1TB mechanical drive for a new Samsung 850 Pro 512GB Solid State Drive and love it. I wanted the higher stability for a portable device, the better performance for a longer period, and the greater speed for my work that solid state drives promise. And that computer with that SSD is fast. It takes all of 7 seconds for start-up bios, with the speed feeling almost the same as turning on a light switch. Doing an “intelligent sector” clone of C using Macrium free version takes 8 minutes, and doing an exact copy (copying empty space as well as data space) takes 1 hour and 20 minutes—and that is through a USB port to an external spin drive (The 1TB that came out of the computer was put in an external case to serve as a clone back-up.). Webroot Secure Anywhere Antivirus and Security already has a light footprint. With the SSD, the entire computer is scanned in 35 seconds. The Pro version has a 10-year warranty and the faster speeds. If buying an SSD in conjunction with the purchase of a new computer for upgrading the computer’s drive, it might also be worth considering the Geek Squad Protect and Support plans. While I typically do not buy service and warranty plans, it is an excellent investment if swapping the drive. The drive change is covered under the Plan, the manufacturer’s warranty is going to be void upon changing the drive, the Geek Squad Plan can substitute for that warranty, and there is a certain amount of set-up required for a change-out from the HD to the SSD. I bought the plan which covered the install, and I am very glad that I did. Note that some settings and maintenance schedules may need changing for the SSD. A couple of great articles helpful to me were “SSD Optimization Tips for Windows 10 You May Want to Know” (at disk-partition dot com), “12 Things You Must Do When Running a Solid State Drive in Windows 7” by Miguel Leiva-Gomez (at maketecheasier dot com), and Scott Hanselman’s article at hanselman dot com titled, “The Real and Complete Story – Does Windows Defragment your SSD?” I made sure to enable TRIM, and it may be helpful to discuss the points important to you with those doing the swap before swapping. This is a great drive and will put your machine in steed for the technology of tomorrow.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Product just a couple of things to be aware

    Posted
    FCTom
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    This is a great SSD. I decided on it because of the 10 year warranty. The things I ran into are one this drive is thinner than the HD in my laptop. It's not much thinner but just enough that it was possible to push it all the way into the HD slot without engaging the connectors. At first I thought it wasn't compatible with my old laptop as the BIOS reported no hard drive. A little searching online found the fix pull the drive back out and adjust it's angle a little bit and make sure you could feel the connectors seat as you pushed the disk back in. The second thing was using the Samsung Magician software I found I had some reliability issues running optimized for speed on my nine year old Dell Latitude D820. Using the setup for maximum reliability the disk has been rock solid. I first cloned my Windows 7 HD to the new disk then did an upgrade to Windows 10. While the Samsung Magician software reported it was the latest version a newer version was available at their web site that fully supports Windows 10. Even with my old laptop that can't fully utilize all the performance features of this SSD it makes booting/shutting down and opening apps very fast. I have an i7 desktop with 12GB of RAM I use for things I need processor performance like photo editing but for general web browsing and simple word processing/spreadsheet work it's nice to keep the old laptop running sitting in an easy chair in the living room. If I end up replacing the laptop any time in the near future I can put my old HD back into the laptop and use this SSD to swap out a less expensive drive option in the new laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Drive Transfer Software Works Like a Champ

    Posted
    Stan

    Purchased the drive. Took it home and was concerned that Windows would boot up properly along with other applications functioning properly after swapping this drive in for the older smaller SSD. Rest assured that as long as you have the ports/cables required within your PC, the process works smoothly. My PC build has two drives, one SSD and one a classic HD. I followed all safe practices, unplugged the classic HD (Note: the Operating System is loaded on the SSD, not this drive) and plugged the new SSD in it's place. Then I ran the included software on the CD which was a simple process. It automatically recognized the old and new drive and provided the opportunity for me to verify everything was correct before it started. Once complete, I shut everything down, swapped the new SSD in for the old and plugged my classic HD back in. Everything booted right up into Windows and all of my applications are functioning correctly. I've successfully more than doubled the space available on my operating system boot drive without incurring the pain of performing a complete reinstall of Windows, my applications and data. Thank You Samsung and Best Buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Like a whole new computer

    Posted
    BIGASN
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    I've been looking at upgrading the hard drive on my 2010 MacBook Pro for a while after upgrading to Yosemite, which made it extremely slow. For a while I thought it was RAM related, but I noticed that Yosemite allocates files differently and was made with SSD speeds in mind, so I figured the only way to get my baby purring again is to upgrade. Swapping out the hard drives was pretty simple, and I just did a simple recovery from Time Machine instead of a fresh install of Yosemite. PROBLEM SOLVED! My MacBook Pro is blazing fast again, the hang ups it had looking for files is gone, and everything is snappy. I went from waiting 4 minute boot up times to now just waiting maybe 30 seconds. It's fast and I love it. There's cheaper SSD's to go with, but I work with a lot of big files doing photo and video editing so I wanted the best. You will not be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exactly what I expected

    Posted
    Brad
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    I bought this for my Mid 2012 macbook pro. My mac had slowed down significantly, it could only read and write at about 50 Mb/s. After replacing the hard drive, I'm hitting 500 MB/s read and write. The install was pretty straight forward: Make sure you back up your data and create a bootable mac os flash drive You need to get a screw driver that has a super small phillips head and also a T6. When removing the hard drive, make sure to disconnect the battery. After you get it swapped out, boot up the computer with your flash drive plugged in. Then you will have to format the hard drive to the mac system. Then follow the instructions!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    Posted
    BBJim
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    Very easy to install and set up. Transferred files with no problems. I first loaded Windows 10 Pro off the Windows web site. No extra charge since I already had Windows 10 Pro installed on my disc drive. I loaded the programs I already owned from the internet and disc. Installed files from back ups I had made in the past. Including QuickBooks. Extremely easy with the software included with the Samsung 850 Pro. Installing the hardware is easy too. Just pull the plugins from your old hard drive and plug them into the new Pro 850. Install your version of Windows from the Microsoft web site. The software will guide your from there. I was working with QuickBooks rep and he was amazed at how fast my QuickBooks loaded. He was used to this taking much longer with other customers systems he has dealt with.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great upgrade

    Posted
    cath8r
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    The price of these drives keeps dropping and I decided to get a couple for the kids' computers. Honestly, I see an all-around performance increase...not just in boot time (which takes about 5 seconds total), but in loading programs and even with running games to some extent. It won't be long before mechanical drives go the way of the floppy disc. Until then, get yourself one of these and replace your slow drive. BTW, people complain about the software but the latest version works perfectly with windows 10 and below. I had zero issues cloning my drives with it on 3 different laptops. I'm writing this several weeks after the upgrades and still not a single problem....

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Talk about FAST!!!!!!!!

    Posted
    SteveInQuincy
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    My wife has a 4 year old Dell XPS L702X laptop with a 598gb HDD. This drive physically installed effortlessly. However, since this 512gb SSD drive replaced a 598gb HDD drive I wasn't able to use my Dell restore discs. The Dell install app stopped the restore process because the new drive was not the same size (in gigabytes) as the old. So I found an old Win 7 disc and did a fresh install. Then upgraded to Win 10. Then went on a driver hunt. Wow, is this thing fast! Laptop boot time from power on to login prompt went from 112 seconds with the old drive to 13 seconds with this new SSD. Login time from hitting Enter at login to ready to run went from 75 seconds to 8 seconds. I'm very, very impressed! Now, I have to do my desktop PC....

    I would recommend this to a friend





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