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Samsung 256GB 830 Series SSD with Internal Desktop Kit and Norton Ghost 15

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Product Highlights
  • Sequential Write Speed: 400MB/s
  • Sequential Read Speed: 520MB/s
  • Random Write Speed: 30K
  • Random Read Speed: 80K IOPS
  • SATA 6Gbps Interface
  • Installs in Computer with Kit
  • Energy-Efficient and Shock-Resistant
  • Windows, Mac, Linux Compatible

The 256GB 830 Series SSD with Internal Desktop Kit and Norton Ghost 15 from Samsung provides you with a fast solid state drive and a kit for installing it in your desktop computer. This drive enables you to boot up your computer in as little as 15 seconds and is well suited for everyday computing tasks like web surfing or playing PC games. In addition, the Norton Ghost software is included so that you can easily transfer files from your old drive to this solid state drive. Please note that Ghost 15 is not compatible with Windows 8.

Like other solid state drives, this drive has no moving parts, resulting in improved reliability and data protection when compared with traditional hard drives. It features the speedy SATA 6Gbps interface, a storage capacity of 256GB, and is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. For Mac computers, you will need to purchase a 2.5" to 3.5" converter bracket in order to use this hard drive. Please see the Accessories section to the right for a list of recommended peripherals.

Note! The Samsung 256GB 830 Series SSD with Internal Desktop Kit and Norton Ghost 15 is designed, manufactured and certified for general desktop PC and laptop PC environments for use as a primary or secondary drive. It is not intended or allowed to be used in enterprise server systems, workstations, storage systems, PC cache memory or in any other manner.

Outstanding Performance in Multi-Tasking
Samsung's fast random read speed maximize performance* when it matters most. A Samsung SSD is the ideal solution for your everyday computing needs, such as web browsing, document creation, viewing or editing multimedia files, playing PC games, etc. 1
Lightning Fast Speed at Your Command
The 830 Series' sequential read speed provides lightning fast access to your files, loading large multimedia files quickly and smoothly.
Sustained Performance
Samsung SSDs are designed and built completely in-house. The Samsung SSD 830 Series is optimized for exceptional, sustained performance and unrivaled reliability through it's specially- engineered wear-leveling and garbage collection algorithms.
A Complete, User-Friendly Solution
The SSD 830 series is available with a user-friendly installation kit, including a full version of Norton Ghost, an interactive installation guide, and premium installation tools for both desktops and laptops. The desktop installation kit includes a bracket, a SATA cable, and a power cable.
DDR NAND Flash
Samsung's 20-nanometer-class toggle DDR NAND Flash chips enable data transfer rates of up to 133 megabits per second more than three times faster than conventional single-date-rate NAND Flash chips.
3-Core ARM9-based MCX Controller
While most SSD makers rely on generic, dual-core controllers, Samsung has developed its own proprietary, triple-core MCX controllers that excel in multi-tasking and help to assure stead performance over time. Based on an ARM9 controller, its three CPU cores can execute multiple instructions such reading data, writing data and optimization.
256MB DDR2 DRAM Cache Memory
256MB of DRAM cache memory helps maintain stable random read performance, even if the access range is increased.
Faster Performance, Improved Multitasking
The Samsung 830 Series Solid State Drive is tailored for computing tasks like gaming, web surfing, and playing multimedia file and it can boot up your computer in as little as 15 seconds. The device offers random read speeds of up to 80K IOPS, fast sequential read speeds of up to 520MB/s and fast sequential write speeds of 320MB/s. It delivers superior multi-tasking performance with Samsung 3-Core MCX Controller and toggle NAND technology.
Unrivaled Reliability
Samsung designs and manufactures its own NAND, Controller and DRAM Cache components, ensuring exceptional quality and reliability.
Slim, Brushed Metal Design
This 830 Series drive features a sturdy, brushed metal shell to protect it from shock, dust, and corrosion. At 0.28" thick, the SSD is slim enough to accommodate ultra-thin laptop PCs or fit into your desktop computer with an installation kit.
Energy Efficient for Extended Battery Life
As with all solid-state drives, this product contains no moving parts and therefore uses less power than a typical hard drive. Using less power, you can save on energy bills
Norton Ghost 15.0 Software
This 830 Series drive comes with a full version of Norton Ghost 15.0, a disk-cloning program that simplifies data migration and allows you to copy your entire system to your SSD with a couple of mouse clicks. Norton Ghost also offers simple data backup and recovery to keep your data protected throughout the life of the SSD.
Samsung SSD Magician Software
The included Samsung's SSD Magician software provides system information and enables performance benchmarking, performance optimization, OS optimization, firmware updates, data security, and over-provisioning. It helps maintain the SSD at its peak condition throughout the life of your computer.
Type
Product Type Solid State Drive with installation kit
Design 2.5" 7 mm (Ultraslim) Form Factor
Storage
Capacity 256GB
FEATURES
Read Speed Sequential: 520MB/s
Random: 80K IOPS
Write Speed Sequential: 400MB/s
Random: 30K IOPS
Power
Power Consumption 0.12W
Voltage 5V ± 5%
Operating System
Compatible Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), Vista, XP, MAC OSX, Linux
Environmental
Operating Temperature 32 - 140°F (0 - 60°C)
General
Dimensions (WxDxH) 2.75 x 3.94 x 0.28" (7 x 10 x 0.7 cm)
Weight 2.24 oz (63.5 g)
Samsung 256GB 830 Series SSD with Internal Desktop Kit and Norton Ghost 15
  • Installation Kit
  • Norton Ghost 15
  • SSD Magician 3.0
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Samsung256GB 830 Series SSD with Internal Desktop Kit and Norton Ghost 15
     
    4.8

    (based on 50 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (42)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast (43)
    • Easy to install (41)
    • Quiet (41)
    • Reliable (33)
    • Highly compatible (30)

    Cons

    • Pricey / poor value (10)

    Best Uses

    • Gaming (27)
    • High-end multimedia (21)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Heavy duty user (30), Frequent user (17)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (41), Business (8)

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    5.0

    SSD Way of the Future.

    By Don

    from Toledo, OH

    About Me Frequent User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Fast
    • Highly Compatible
    • Quiet
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Expensive

    Best Uses

    • Gaming

    Comments about Samsung 256GB 830 Series SSD with Internal Desktop Kit and Norton Ghost 15:

    I am only using this SSD drive for all my files. I was originally going to get a smaller SSD drive for OS and small files and all the bigger files on a larger HDD. But I realized I didn't need a lot of data drive space in my last computer and never complained of the 8 years I had it.

    Start up is super quick especially with Windows 8 which starts up quicker than Windows 7 anyways. Product is everything I can ask for and I am confident with this SSD after my own research and others. 830 series is a proven SSD and uses toggle NAND compared to other SSDs.

    Only con I can think of is the price but years from now SSD will get cheaper like most hardware. Lastly, I feel the desktop kit and Norton Ghost is not worth the extra money and I would of got the SSD stand alone version. Kit is useful if your pc case does not have built SSD holders, mobo doesn't include sata cables and plus there are free programs out there like Norton Ghost.

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    • Personal

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    5.0

    Fast and smooth.

    By John

    from San Jose, CA

    About Me Heavy Duty User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Fast
    • Highly Compatible
    • Quiet
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Samsung 256GB 830 Series SSD with Internal Desktop Kit and Norton Ghost 15:

        Upgraded from a HDD, my workstation doesnt sound like an airplace hangar anymore. Quiet and fast, excellent product.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        5.0

        SSD up and running

        By JimmyP

        from Gulf Coast, Texas

        About Me Frequent User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Great Packaging
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Samsung 256GB 830 Series SSD with Internal Desktop Kit and Norton Ghost 15:

            Packaging was exceptionally good, portending a good product. The 2.5-to-3.5 adapter tray's screw holes didn't fit my computer case, so I had to drill a hole, which wasn't a big deal.

            I intended to clone my XP c: drive to this new one, but it didn't work out; probably a glitch in my own installation. So I decided to install a fresh version of Windows 7, which went flawlessly. Now have a dual boot machine and intend to install my programs (must I call them apps?) as time permits.

            Booting isn't lightning fast as I had dreamed, but it is good. So far nothing to regret. In fact I may decide to upgrade my MacBook to a Samsung SSD. It's an older model so not sure it's quite worth it. Maybe if prices come down a little more.

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            • Personal

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            5.0

            Drive is good, ghost not so

            By Ernie

            from Los Angeles

            About Me Heavy Duty User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Fast
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Samsung 256GB 830 Series SSD with Internal Desktop Kit and Norton Ghost 15:

                Drive works well. The included Ghost software will not clone only the OS. It can clone the whole drive but this drive is not big enough to include data

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                • Personal

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                5.0

                Performing Great So Far

                By Dave

                from MD

                About Me Frequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Fast
                • Quiet
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Samsung 256GB 830 Series SSD with Internal Desktop Kit and Norton Ghost 15:

                    Fairly easy to install and set up in my new computer build. I am mainly using this for my OS and most used programs. Did not try to use Ghost. No complaints so far.

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                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Top Drive

                    By BigDen

                    from Merida Venezuela

                    About Me Frequent User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Fast
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • High-End Multimedia

                      Comments about Samsung 256GB 830 Series SSD with Internal Desktop Kit and Norton Ghost 15:

                      Certainly lives up to it's claim, this drive performs with a Window Experience Index of 7.8.
                      Boot up time of 40 sec. and shut down of 7 sec. I consider this to be excellent.
                      I used a tial copy of Acronis True Image Home 2012 to clone my hard drive and copy it to my SSD. This went without any problems and took about 20 minutes to complete changed the start up drive in the Bios to the SSD and rebooted all worked perfectly.
                      Shipping by B&H was also excellent shipped international in 4 days.

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                      • Personal

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                      4.0

                      Great Product!

                      By OldManCampbell

                      from Los Angeles

                      About Me Frequent User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Quiet
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                      • Expensive

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Samsung 256GB 830 Series SSD with Internal Desktop Kit and Norton Ghost 15:

                        Can already notice a speed difference, installed seamlessly, the price point is the only reason I docked it a star. Compared to its competitors it's more expensive but the quality makes it worth it.

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                        • Personal

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                        4.0

                        Puts HDD to Shame

                        By Trout Scout

                        from Palmdale CA

                        About Me Frequent User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Quiet
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                        • Difficult To Install

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Samsung 256GB 830 Series SSD with Internal Desktop Kit and Norton Ghost 15:

                          System startup noticeably faster. The tray did not easily fit into an old hard disk slot. Had to use the old tin snips to make it fit.

                          I might have gone for an even faster Intel SSD. Maybe next time.

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                          • Personal

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                          5.0

                          Breathed new life into my Mac

                          By M

                          from Tulsa, OK

                          About Me Heavy Duty User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install
                          • Fast
                          • Highly Compatible
                          • Quiet
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Gaming
                            • High-End Multimedia

                            Comments about Samsung 256GB 830 Series SSD with Internal Desktop Kit and Norton Ghost 15:

                            I have nothing but praise for this SSD. It was easy to copy my data to it and get TRIM going with the TRIM Enabler product.

                            This is the same product that's in many new Macbook Pros.

                            My Mac's power and SATA cables were too short, so be prepared to have to acquire extension cables.

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                            • Personal

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                            5.0

                            Excellent drive in every respect

                            By pva

                            from Lynnwood, WA

                            About Me Heavy Duty User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install
                            • Fast
                            • Highly Compatible
                            • Quiet
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                            • None

                            Best Uses

                            • Everything

                            Comments about Samsung 256GB 830 Series SSD with Internal Desktop Kit and Norton Ghost 15:

                            Upgrade to SSD, first to Intel X25 120 Gb, then to Samsung 830 256 Gb was my best upgrade ever. Now I use Samsung SSD with my desktop PC and moved Intel SSD to my netbook. The speed and overall performance have increased dramatically. The drive is easy to install, there was no compatibility issues with Windows 8 Pro. The price is very reasonable - a year ago I paid the same price for the 120 Gb SSD. I would highly recommend this upgrade to everyone.

                            It comes with Norton Ghost 15. Beware - this version of Norton Ghost will not install on Windows 8, it will give you a confusing message that the product key is invalid. This is a known issue with NG 15 and Windows 8.

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                            4.0

                            QUALITY PRODUCT & EASY TO INSTALL

                            By Bob the bowler

                            from Quad Cities, Illionis

                            About Me Frequent User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install
                            • Fast
                            • Highly Compatible
                            • Quiet
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Samsung 256GB 830 Series SSD with Internal Desktop Kit and Norton Ghost 15:

                                I use the 256GB 830 Series SSD with Internal Desktop Kit as the c: drive and my original terabyte hard drive as my back up and storage devise. Has been working great.

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                                • Personal

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                                5.0

                                Works as Advertised

                                By Anti Buyers Remorse

                                from Columbus, Ohio

                                About Me Frequent User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Fast

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Gaming

                                  Comments about Samsung 256GB 830 Series SSD with Internal Desktop Kit and Norton Ghost 15:

                                  This is my first SSD. I cloned my data from a 1TB western digital black hdd. I read a guide I found on the Internet describing how to migrate to an SSD. It worked well except the migration document didn't mention the need to update the BIOS and windows with the APCI drive option. Keep that in mind if you didn't already know, and remember to update the windows registry before updating BIOS setting to APCI. Windows will BSOD during boot if you don't. A quick search will find how to do it. The process is simple. Once I figured that out, the drive was performing at full speed. I haven't had any problems with it yet. I've owned it for about a month. No BSOD's, no slow downs. It just works. I'm hopeful to get a few years out of it! If you are on the fence and haven't had an SSD before, this is one of the best drives on the market (according to the reviews).

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                                  • Personal

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                                  4.0

                                  My 2nd Samsung SSD 830

                                  By Eyal

                                  from Thailand

                                  About Me Heavy Duty User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install
                                  • Fast
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                  • Sata Cable Not Compatible

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Any High Performance Pc
                                  • Gaming
                                  • High-End Multimedia

                                  Comments about Samsung 256GB 830 Series SSD with Internal Desktop Kit and Norton Ghost 15:

                                  I first purchased this for my laptop and was very impressed with the performance so got another one for the desktop. It works well and comes with everything you need to get it installed and running. One caveat though, the SATA cable is unusually thick, especially the connectors. It actually broke the plastic port on my motherboard (Asus P6T Deluxe V2).

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                                  • Business

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                                  5.0

                                  Most Reliable SSD

                                  By Tech Pro

                                  from New York,USA.

                                  About Me Heavy Duty User

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install
                                  • Fast
                                  • Highly Compatible
                                  • Quiet
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • 247 Downloading
                                    • Gaming
                                    • High-End Multimedia
                                    • Running Windows

                                    Comments about Samsung 256GB 830 Series SSD with Internal Desktop Kit and Norton Ghost 15:

                                    It is the most reliable SSD on the market.

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                                    • Personal

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                                    5.0

                                    Best SSD

                                    By Gazooli

                                    from Montreal Canada

                                    About Me Heavy Duty User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Install
                                    • Fast
                                    • Quiet
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Gaming
                                      • High-End Multimedia
                                      • Mobile PC

                                      Comments about Samsung 256GB 830 Series SSD with Internal Desktop Kit and Norton Ghost 15:

                                      Great Drive. Works great. Great performance.

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                                      • Personal

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                                      4.0

                                      Product delivers

                                      By Will

                                      from Davis, CA

                                      About Me Heavy Duty User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Install
                                      • Fast
                                      • Highly Compatible
                                      • Quiet
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Gaming
                                        • High-End Multimedia

                                        Comments about Samsung 256GB 830 Series SSD with Internal Desktop Kit and Norton Ghost 15:

                                        Good drive, simple installation. Using Adobe Production Premium and it does the trick.

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                                        • Personal

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                                        4.0

                                        Nice size good price

                                        By hansonm

                                        from Moorhead, MN

                                        About Me Frequent User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Fast

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Samsung 256GB 830 Series SSD with Internal Desktop Kit and Norton Ghost 15:

                                            Used this as my c:\ drive so as to speed up boot times and its nice. Awesome deal here people! only issue I had was that it didn't lock into my drive bay very well but that could just be an issue with my case. I would like to get a few more into a nice raid and forget about the mechanical drives forever!

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                                            • Personal

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                                            5.0

                                            B&H offers SSD drive &Norton ghost combo

                                            By bruceman009

                                            from Magnolia Oh

                                            About Me Heavy Duty User

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Install
                                            • Fast
                                            • Highly Compatible
                                            • Quiet
                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Upgrades

                                              Comments about Samsung 256GB 830 Series SSD with Internal Desktop Kit and Norton Ghost 15:

                                              I have been updating both desktop and laptop systems with SSD drives for a couple months now. The 256 SSD drive i got from B&H is big enough for a laptop and big enough for the OS of a desktop. I use the Norton ghost that came with it to transfer the entire drive from the old 7200's to the new SSD. The speed of the drive and the ease of Norton ghost, make this an easy upgrade process.

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                                              • Personal

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                                              5.0

                                              Great product, price.

                                              By JanGG

                                              from Brasil

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Highly Compatible

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Gaming

                                                Comments about Samsung 256GB 830 Series SSD with Internal Desktop Kit and Norton Ghost 15:

                                                Product was back-ordered, but a good price and product.

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                                                5.0

                                                would buy this product again

                                                By bigappleny

                                                from sterling va

                                                About Me Frequent User

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy To Install

                                                Cons

                                                • Can't find norton ghost

                                                Best Uses

                                                • High-End Multimedia

                                                Comments about Samsung 256GB 830 Series SSD with Internal Desktop Kit and Norton Ghost 15:

                                                pretty fast and quiet. brand new in box and easy to install with kits

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                                                • Personal

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