Background on Solid State Drives
Solid-state drives (SSDs) store data electrically, rather than on magnetic disks like traditional hard drives (HDDs). This means there is virtually no delay when seeking a specific bit of data, and if the drives are well manufactured they can also perform faster at both reading and writing than most hard drives. Because it is a newer technology the price per GB is a lot higher than traditional HDDs, but it is coming down quickly.
These drives also tend to be offered in 2.5" sizes, meaning they can fit in laptops just as well desktops. Early models are not as energy efficient as laptop HDDs, but they are a lot faster - so if you don't need a ton of space they can be a great mobile drive solution. There are also smaller form factor options for SSDs available in some systems, like mSATA and M.2.
I love the SSDs. Prices are getting better, the performance is excellent, and they're incredibly reliable! One of the common worries I get from folks is that they'll wear out quickly. We've been carrying them for about seven years and our failure rates on these have been well below that of our platter drives. On top of that, the theoretical lifespan of these drives is something along the lines of 15-20 years (or more) with typical use. It's just not something I worry about with SSDs anymore.
Perfect for notebooks, SSDs are ideal for energy-efficient mobile computing to extend battery life, increase access time, and provide a durable alternative to conventional hard disc drives with superior shock resistance. High capacities and low power consuming NAND flash technology provide the necessary performance and battery life boosts generated by the proliferation of mobile gaming and new ultra-thin laptops. With fast access and seek times combined with excellent reliability, SSDs are the answer for consumers demanding this latest storage technology.
This is a very fast drive, has a lower failure rate than mechanical drives, and comes with a 10-year parts warranty from Samsung. I tend to recommend a 500GB or larger SSD for Windows OS though, and these smaller drives for either scratch drive or Secondary drive.
|Interface||SATA 6 Gb/s|
|Form Factor||2.5 Inch|
|Idle Noise||0 dB|
|Seek Noise||0 dB|
|Endurance (TBW)||150 TB|
|Sequential Read||Up to 550 MB/s|
|Sequential Write||Up to 520 MB/s|
|Random 4KB Read||Up to 100,000 IOPS|
|Random 4KB Write||Up to 90,000 IOPS|
- Ultimate Read/Write Performance
Samsung's 850 PRO, the world's first 32 layer 3D V-NAND, provides up to 100K IOPS Random Read Speed and 470 MB/s Sequential Write speed and the option of enabling Samsung RAPID mode, which can kick up to even higher speeds. With up to 2x the speed and density of conventional 2D flash, you get the most speed available for gaming and real world performance
- Enhanced Endurance and Reliability
With an industry-leading 10 year, 150 TBW warranty, the 850 PRO offers unbeatable reliability. When combined with the 850 PRO's 256-bit AES Self-Encrypting Drive (SED) security technology, you can rely on your files being secure and available whenever you need them.
- Efficient Power Management
Featuring a 4th generation MEX Controller, the 850 PRO offers one of the most energy-efficient drives on the market, using up to 50% less power than traditional hard drives. It has the lowest active write power consumption and supports device sleep mode, which lowers power consumption to under 2mW.
10 Year or 150 TBW
- Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SATA3 2.5inch SSD Utility
- Samsung Magician
Version 5.1 Released 05/29/17
For Win7_64, Win8_64, Win10_64, Svr2012_64
- Samsung Magician
Configure a small form factor PC with the Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SATA3 2.5inch SSD.