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Salvage Season: Pt 2 – Intel X25-M 160Gb SSD

In this day and age, SSDs are becoming quite ubiquitous for their performance benefits and many systems come with them pre-installed. But not too many years back, SSDs were considered performance items for enthusiasts, commanding high price-tags. Hobbyists like myself … Continue reading

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Note: Samsung 850 EVO Data Retention & Performance Degradation?

I’ve been quite busy lately with a few things, so many posts continue to be stashed on the backburner. To get these posts out often requires some work – experimental work, or even just tidying up images. To make my … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Lexar Professional Workflow DD512 (512Gb) USB 3.0 Storage Drive

One thing I really dislike is slow portable storage. While many manufacturers continue to pump out smaller and smaller USB flash drives at ever diminishing price points, one thing that never seems to satisfy is their performance. Even with advertised … Continue reading

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Notes: Transcend SSD340 Vendor Specific SMART Attributes

Having reviewed the Jmicron JMF667H based Transcend SSD340, one of my biggest frustrations was the lack of documented SMART data variables. Even to this date, CrystalDiskInfo still does not understand the vast majority of the attributes which are Vendor Specific … Continue reading

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Notes: Transcend SSD340 Firmware Update SVN423c

Since my review of the Transcend SSD340 back in August, it seems that Transcend has offered a firmware update. My SSD shipped with firmware SVN423b, and the latest version available from Transcend’s website is SVN423c. Unfortunately, Transcend have not elected … Continue reading

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An SSD in a USB 3.0 Enclosure: Part 3 – Sandisk Extreme II & Transcend SSD340 (again)

For those who are interested in the topic, they might also want to see Part 1 and Part 2 to better understand the caveats and limitations, as it will put this article in a better context. So far, I’ve been … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Sandisk Extreme II 480Gb Solid-State Drive (SDSSDXP-480G)

I think there’s no doubt that I love solid state drives. Can’t have enough of them. While on a “per gigabyte” basis, they look expensive compared to hard drives, their true economy is in saving time and improving performance. To … Continue reading

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An SSD in a USB 3.0 Enclosure: Part 2 – Transcend SSD340 256Gb + StoreJet 25S3

Having just done a review and teardown of the Transcend SSD340 256Gb SSD, astute readers will note that the product was purchased in a bundle with a Transcend branded USB 3.0 2.5″ enclosure. While the inclusion of the enclosure is … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Transcend SSD340 256Gb 2.5″ Solid-State Drive (TS256GSSD340)

Solid state drives are now a vital part of every computer I build and use. Most of my commonly used machines in my fleet have already been outfitted with SSDs, and it has paid dividends in terms of faster response … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Kingmax SME35 Xvalue 240Gb SSD

An SSD is one of the best upgrades you can make today – a machine booting and working with files from a traditional hard drive with spinning platters often sits waiting as the drive seeks away. By using flash memory, … Continue reading

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