About a week back, well slightly less than that in fact, I decided to change the hard drive on my Dell Inspiron laptop. This Dell Inspiron is getting old. It has been with me for a number of years and it has served its purpose very well. But the hard drive, which was a 320Gb Western Digital Blue, was starting to get slow. So I told myself…it is time I reloaded the operating system on this laptop as it has been about 4 years since it was re-loaded.
The first thing I did was to go to Sim Lim Tower to check out the prices of SSD drives. The results were not encouraging. The prices of SSD hard drives had ballooned. Remember I wrote a post about getting a SanDisk Plus SSD some time back? Well, that very same 240Gb hard drive that I bought for a steal for less than $100 now cost more than $100! And forget about the next step up, the SanDisk 480Gb drive that I saw was on sale for $179 some time back. It had now ballooned in price to $220! I really do not know what is causing the price to suddenly balloon. I suppose it could be something to do with demand out-stripping supply.
Anyhow, what I did was to get back home and then I remembered. Ever since I bought my MacBook Pro, my old Lenovo ThinkPad was not being used much. The reason it was not being used anymore is because the BIOS battery is shot and getting a replacement was not really something I wanted to get. So I told myself to use the old SSD hard drive that was in that Lenovo and load it into my old Dell.
Taking the Dell Inspiron apart was not that difficult, thanks in no small part to the various how-to videos on YouTube. After I switched the hard drives, I loaded Windows 7 Home Premium on it. That version of Windows came with my Dell laptop. After I installed the operating system, I installed the various drivers for it. I started to notice that the SSD was really causing my notebook to start and shutdown much, much quicker.
I must add that when I opened the casing, I decided to also change the BIOS battery with a new CR2032 lithium battery. That is when I faced an issue. The battery when it was removed from its receptacle, two tiny taps holding it in were broken. So what I did was to wedge in some bits of plastic and it worked a treat. Bloody Dell. I really hate booby traps like these!
So now this 5-year-old laptop has a new heart, a new 250Gb hard drive. I am very happy with it and my Dell Inspiron is more zippy now. It feels like I have been given a new laptop!
Looks like SanDisk has done it again. They have unveiled a 1Tb SD card. According to the article I got this from, the SDXC card is only a prototype at this point, with no details available on price or release date. I am already looking forward to this. Before this, they came out with the 512Gb SD card and now this. Things are looking good for portable storage all of a sudden but it also depends on the device this huge capacity SD card is attached to.
Some time back, I wrote about an Intel 80Gb SSD drive that I got from my client. Now that SSD hard drive has started to fill up in an alarming manner. 80Gb just don’t cut it anymore. I had to live without my MP3s, my movies and I had to be very careful that I did not max it out with applications and programs. That is when I decided to bite the bullet, cough up $92 dollars and the result? This Sandisk SSD Plus SSD drive
U saw the review on Amazon. Pretty good I must say. But I was drawn into the price of this drive and the 240Gb capacity of it. It was practically a no-brainer and loading the drive was pretty fast with Windows 7. It has a read speed of up to 535 MB/s, a write speed of up to 445 MB/s and it has a SATA Revision 3.0 (6 Gb/s) interface. It fit in my trusty 5-year-old HP EliteBook notebook with ease and does that notebook fly!
I downloaded some software for it too…the SanDisk SSD Dashboard. The SanDisk SSD Dashboard helps users maintain peak performance of the SanDisk SSD in Windows operating systems with a user-friendly graphical interface. The SanDisk SSD Dashboard includes tools for analysis of the disk (including the disk model, capacity, firmware version, and S.M.A.R.T. attributes) and firmware updates. So in a fact, it is very useful. I have not downloaded the .Net Framework that requires to run it but once I do, I think I will be ready to go
So if you need a good, inexpensive SSD drive, get this. There are faster ones out there but from what I have, this is the least expensive
I have been looking at this SSD drive from SanDisk. Apparently this is an SSD that automatically encrypts in the background to increase performance while enhancing security. SanDisk has touted that this is an SSD that is ideal for corporate PCs and notebooks and features industry-standard security support and a Device Sleep (DEVSLP) low-power mode. Available in sizes from 64Gb to 1Tb, it looks pretty good.
I wonder how much it is going to cost. It looks pretty interesting…
A few months back, while I was attending an audio course, we were given these Kingston USB drives to save our tests and assignments in. Now I have tried these out but sad to say, they lag when compared to the SanDisk ones that I have and am using. I suppose that Kingston uses a different kind of chip than the SanDisk does, or maybe it is my imagination. But what it lacks in the speed department it makes up for in the finish department. This thing shines, and is a beauty to look at. The steel or aluminium exterior just screams “class”. It may be slow but as they say, beggars cannot be choosers.
I knew a person once who had a Suzuki Hayabusa motorbike. That motorbike was a beast…a real beast. At one time, it was one of the fastest motorcycles of its time and it really could shift if you wanted it to. The the other day, I came across another Hayabusa…of sorts. This time something smaller…a Hayabusa thumb drive. My colleague bought this thumb drive because the store had run out of the popular SanDisk ones. They cost about the same as the SanDisk ones but as for being faster, I do not know. My colleague seems happy with them and they seem to do the job. Why Toshiba named them after a very fast motorbike I have no idea.
I bout this about a month back to replace my old 16Gb thumbdrive that was somehow “liberated” from my person. I felt pretty pissed about i because all my files were in that device. But it was of no matter because I had backups and thus when I bought this 32Gb one, I was able to restore all my backups onto this one. I am loving this “massive” 32Gb one so far. There are thumbdrives with bigger capacities but this one, my biggest so far, seems to do the trick and I am very happy with it