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Samsung 500GB 840 Series 2.5" Solid State Drive with 3.5" Installation Kit

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Product Highlights
  • Kit for Installing Drive in 3.5" Bay
  • Spacer for Fitting Drive in 9.5mm Slot
  • Sequential Write Speed up to 330MB/s
  • Sequential Read Speed up to 530MB/s
  • Random Write Speed up to 63K IOPS
  • Random Read Speed up to 97K IOPS
  • Energy Efficient with No Moving Parts
  • Samsung SSD Magician Software
  • Smart Migration Software
  • Windows, Mac & Linux Compatible

The 500GB 840 Series 2.5" Solid State Drive with 3.5" Installation Kit from Samsung is perfect for gaming, web surfing and playing multimedia files. With the included kit, you can install this solid state drive into a 3.5" drive bay, as commonly found in a desktop computer. You can also use the spacer included with the kit to fit the drive into a 9.5" drive bay, as found in some laptops or notebooks.

In terms of processing strength, this drive offers sequential read speeds up to 530MB/s and sequential write speeds up to up to 330MB/s. It also is capable of random read speeds up to 97K IOPS and of random write speeds up to 63K IOPS.

At 0.28" thick and only 2.4 ounces, the Series 840 SSD is slim and lightweight enough to accommodate ultra-slim PC cases and ultra-slim laptops. For added convenience, the internal solid state drive comes with Samsung's Magician software, which enables performance benchmarking, optimization, firmware updates, data security and over-provisioning. It also comes with Smart Migration software so you can easily migrate data from your old drive to this one.

Migrating Your Old Drive's Data
Samsung's 3-step SmartMigration software is designed to make migrating your old drive's data to your 840 solid state drive quick and easy
Magician Software for Monitoring Your Drive and Computer System
Samsung Magician software is designed to maximize the performance of the drive and increase its lifespan. It provides you with system information, facilitates performance benchmarking, performance optimization, OS optimization, firmware updates, secure erasing, and over provisioning. In addition, it features a Drive Health Status, Total Bytes Written, and Disk Scan and Error Reporting functionality.
All-in-One Installation Kit
The kit comes with SATA data and power cables, screws, a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter bracket, a SATA to USB adapter cable to facilitate easy data migration, and a mounting spacer so that laptops with traditional 9.5mm drive bays can accommodate the Samsung SSD 840 Series' slim 7mm profile
Capacity 500GB
Drive Type Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Interface SATA III (6 Gb/s)
Design 2.5" (63.5 mm) ultra-slim 0.28" (7.0 mm) form factor
Read Speed Random: up to 97K IOPS
Sequential: up to 530MB/s
Write Speed Random: up to 63K IOPS
Sequential: up to 330MB/s
Power Consumption 0.15W
Voltage 5V±5%
System Requirements Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
Mac OSX
Linux
Operating Temperature 32 to 140°F (0 to 60°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) Not specified by the manufacturer
Weight 2.4 oz (68 g)
Samsung 500GB 840 Series 2.5" Solid State Drive with 3.5" Installation Kit
  • Software and Manual CD
  • Quick User Manual
  • 3.5" Bracket with Screws
  • SATA Data and Power Cables
  • Mounting Spacer
  • SATA to USB Adapter Cable
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Samsung500GB 840 Series 2.5" Solid State Drive with 3.5" Installation Kit
     
    4.3

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to install (8)
    • Fast (8)
    • Quiet (8)
    • Highly compatible (6)
    • Reliable (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gaming (6)
      • High-end multimedia (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Heavy duty user (7)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (6), Business (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Very GoodProduct and Good Service

      I work for a large defense contractor, and fix computers on the side. I once swore by the Intel 520 series ssd's but Intel has about made the price of their 480 gig drive...Read complete review

      I work for a large defense contractor, and fix computers on the side. I once swore by the Intel 520 series ssd's but Intel has about made the price of their 480 gig drive unaffordable at over $500. Due to where I work, I repair lots of computers and have recently tested these Samsung drives in my Senior manager's HP laptop. I cloned his drive and installed it, and bingo, buton on to pasword in 10 seconds. I also did a read write comparison with this Samsung against the Intel 520 480 gig, and I wont post the specs, but the intel reads faster than the Samsung, but the Samsung writes faster than the intel. In my opinion, this Samsung is a great drive, and I will continue to use them, because as I state, Intel has priced their drives out of reach for the average worker like me. Additionally, I have used the Crucial M4 ssd, and the Samsung and Intel are much better drives for the price. I also must complement B & H for their service. I have made many purchases from them over the years, including Large JBL speakers, and their service is as good or better than [*]. So from now on when I make an online purchase, B & H will be my first choice. These guys are great, and the Samsung 840 series drives are amazing and very fast. I also like their magician software. I keeps the drive optimized, and updated. Additionally, for those who do not know, once you install an ssd, you must turn off your defrag, or it will shorten the life of the drive. Thanks B & H, you have a permenant customer in Texas.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      BUYER BEWARE

      I'm staff IT at a production facility in LA. I'm very experienced with hardware/software installs/upgrades. I bought these drives for my home business computer.

      One out of two of...Read complete review

      I'm staff IT at a production facility in LA. I'm very experienced with hardware/software installs/upgrades. I bought these drives for my home business computer.

      One out of two of the drives I ordered is faulty. Samsung's Magician Software won't start up (I'm on Windows 7 64 bit). As such, I can't update firmware on the other drive(the one that actually works) which frequently hangs. It's absurd, the time and hassle I've had with these drives. They have been the worst install experience I've ever had and I've built several high-end systems in my career. The drive that works stil doesn't run correctly.

      If Samsung's Magician software would start up, maybe I could diagnose the problem(s).

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      5.0

      World Class SSD Anything Else is Too Slo

      By samdini0

      from Bradenton, FL

      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 500GB 840 Series 2.5" Solid State Drive with 3.5" Installation Kit:

        I purchased this hard drive from B&H because I used to live in NYC and always went here for my purchases. The price was lower than any other retailer online. The shipping could have been quicker, but I fault UPS not B&H so much. The hard drive performed flawlessly from the time I plugged it in. B&H has world class service and I am very happy with my purchase

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        5.0

        Great

        By MrMrdr

        from Los Angles

        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 500GB 840 Series 2.5" Solid State Drive with 3.5" Installation Kit:

          B&H surpassed my expectations in both price & performance/deliver time! Great product from a great company!

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Great drives... Kit, maybe not

          By Mac Editor

          from New Jersey

          About Me Frequent User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Fast
          • Quiet
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • High-End Multimedia

            Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Series 2.5" Solid State Drive with 3.5" Installation Kit:

            The Samsung 840 series drives are fantastic. I own and use several of them. They work great on Mac's (both MacBook Pro's and Mac Pro's) in OS X 10.8.3 with the Trim Enabler "hack".

            Just beware that the 3.5" installation kit does NOT work with Mac Pro towers. You'll need to buy a sled adapter for the proper fit. The USB cable/adapter that is included is very helpful though.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Wow! This baby screams

            By BirdMan72

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Heavy Duty User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Fast
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gaming
              • High-End Multimedia
              • Sata 20

              Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Series 2.5" Solid State Drive with 3.5" Installation Kit:

              Not the fastest SSD, but more than adequate for my SATA 2.0 system. This drive is a huge improvement over WD Caviar Black.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great upgrade investment

              By dl9010

              from New York, NY

              About Me Heavy Duty User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Fast
              • Highly Compatible
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Series 2.5" Solid State Drive with 3.5" Installation Kit:

                  Installed this into my two year old Dell, and boy has it breathed new life into a system which I felt was getting a bit slow. I was most worried about the data transfer program, but it worked like a charm. Boot has gone from around 60 seconds to less than 15. All in all I'm very pleased, and would definitely recommend this SSD.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  1.0

                  BUYER BEWARE

                  By Mike - Lead TD

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Heavy Duty User

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Install
                    • Unreliable

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Series 2.5" Solid State Drive with 3.5" Installation Kit:

                      I'm staff IT at a production facility in LA. I'm very experienced with hardware/software installs/upgrades. I bought these drives for my home business computer.

                      One out of two of the drives I ordered is faulty. Samsung's Magician Software won't start up (I'm on Windows 7 64 bit). As such, I can't update firmware on the other drive(the one that actually works) which frequently hangs. It's absurd, the time and hassle I've had with these drives. They have been the worst install experience I've ever had and I've built several high-end systems in my career. The drive that works stil doesn't run correctly.

                      If Samsung's Magician software would start up, maybe I could diagnose the problem(s).

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      5.0

                      As good as the Intel 520 and much cheape

                      By Dale

                      from Texas

                      About Me Frequent User

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Gaming
                        • High-End Multimedia

                        Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Series 2.5" Solid State Drive with 3.5" Installation Kit:

                        These drives are absolutely fast. I recently installed one in a friend's HP laptop, that was only SATA 2, and the read and write speeds from the 7200 RPM rotary hard drive went from 19.2 mb read to 257.56, and write from 18.6 mb to 261.82. It would most likely be over 500 mbps on a sata 3 controller, but it is still much faster than the original hard drive. Great product, and great service from B & H.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        Very GoodProduct and Good Service

                        By Dale

                        from Fort Worth, Texas

                        About Me Heavy Duty User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Gaming
                        • High-End Multimedia

                        Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Series 2.5" Solid State Drive with 3.5" Installation Kit:

                        I work for a large defense contractor, and fix computers on the side. I once swore by the Intel 520 series ssd's but Intel has about made the price of their 480 gig drive unaffordable at over $500. Due to where I work, I repair lots of computers and have recently tested these Samsung drives in my Senior manager's HP laptop. I cloned his drive and installed it, and bingo, buton on to pasword in 10 seconds. I also did a read write comparison with this Samsung against the Intel 520 480 gig, and I wont post the specs, but the intel reads faster than the Samsung, but the Samsung writes faster than the intel. In my opinion, this Samsung is a great drive, and I will continue to use them, because as I state, Intel has priced their drives out of reach for the average worker like me. Additionally, I have used the Crucial M4 ssd, and the Samsung and Intel are much better drives for the price. I also must complement B & H for their service. I have made many purchases from them over the years, including Large JBL speakers, and their service is as good or better than [*]. So from now on when I make an online purchase, B & H will be my first choice. These guys are great, and the Samsung 840 series drives are amazing and very fast. I also like their magician software. I keeps the drive optimized, and updated. Additionally, for those who do not know, once you install an ssd, you must turn off your defrag, or it will shorten the life of the drive. Thanks B & H, you have a permenant customer in Texas.

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                        5.0

                        Migration concernings

                        By vonfornal

                        from APO Ghazni

                        About Me Heavy Duty User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Fast
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                        • Expensive

                        Best Uses

                        • Gaming
                        • Low Energy Cost

                        Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Series 2.5" Solid State Drive with 3.5" Installation Kit:

                        I would like to migrate my Win system to from SATA drive to SSD drive.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        Easy to install, great performance

                        By hectoro

                        from San Juan, PR

                        About Me Tech Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Capacity
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Laptops
                          • Multimedia

                          Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Series 2.5" Solid State Drive with 3.5" Installation Kit:

                          Bought this SSD for an HP Folio but it wasn't compatible. I was able to install it on my old Dell XPS1210 and although I was worried about compatibility it was easy to install after cloning the HD with the included software. The old computer is working much faster and now I have more space than the previous 80GB capacity of the disk it replaced.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • PC

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