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Samsung 256GB 840 Pro Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD)

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Product Highlights
  • Sequential Read Speeds up to 540MB/s
  • Sequential Write Speeds up to 520MB/s
  • Random Read Speed of up to 100K IOPS
  • Random Write Speed of up to 90K IOPS
  • Energy Efficient with No Moving Parts
  • Samsung SSD Magician Software
  • Smart Migration Software
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
  • Windows, Mac & Linux Compatible

The 256GB 840 Pro Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD) from Samsung is an internal storage solution that can handle business or consumer applications. As this drive utilizes no moving parts, it is designed to store and recall your computer or server's data at faster speeds than a hard drive and use less power.

In terms of processing strength, this drive offers sequential read speeds of up to 540MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 520MB/s. It is capable of random read speeds of up to 100K IOPS and random write speeds of up to 90K IOPs. At 0.28-inches thick and only 2.4 ounces, this 840 Pro Series SSD is slim and lightweight enough to accommodate ultra-slim PC cases and ultra-slim laptops.

For business-users, the drive also features Worldwide Name (WWN), LED Indicator support, and AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption (FDE). For added convenience, the 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.

Designed to Perform
Samsung's 840 Pro solid state drive is built with an advanced MDX controller and is designed to deliver high Random and Sequential Read and Write speeds regardless of data type
Built for Reliability
This solid state drive incorporates wear-leveling and garbage collection algorithms so as optimize performance and ensure reliability over time. As an added measure, the drive is sold with a limited five-year warranty
Business-Oriented Features
The 840 SSD 840 PRO Series introduces three important hardware features for businesses: Worldwide Name (WWN), LED Indicator support, and AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption (FDE). The first two features make it easier to integrate the 840 PRO SSD into server and storage systems while the AES Encryption helps safeguard data against attack. By encrypting all information on the disk at the hardware level, there is no detrimental effect on performance
Magician Software for Monitoring Your Drive and Computer System
Samsung's Magician software has been redesigned and includes several business-friendly features including Drive Health Status, Total Bytes Written (TBW), and Disk Scan and Error Reporting functionality. This allows IT managers to monitor drive health and plan hardware replacement cycles
Capacity 256GB
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 100K IOPS
Sequential: up to 540MB/s
Write Speed Random: up to 90K IOPS
Sequential: up to 520MB/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 256GB 840 Pro Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • Software and Manual CD
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Samsung256GB 840 Pro Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD)
     
    4.8

    (based on 154 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (132)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (2)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast (132)
    • Quiet (112)
    • Easy to install (111)
    • Highly compatible (91)
    • Reliable (77)

    Cons

    • Pricey / poor value (38)

    Best Uses

    • High-end multimedia (80)
    • Gaming (53)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Heavy duty user (92), Frequent user (48)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (98), Business (43)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    High Quality - Very Fast HDD Replacement

    I decided to spend the extra money for the Pro version after reading several reviews (both Professional and User). It has a 5 year warranty vs 3 year for the Non-Pro. The...Read complete review

    I decided to spend the extra money for the Pro version after reading several reviews (both Professional and User). It has a 5 year warranty vs 3 year for the Non-Pro. The reason, I learned, is due to the electronic make-up. Basically, those SSD drives with multiples of 8 (64, 128, 256, 512) tend to be more reliable and last longer. The main reason is that the memory location is either on or off (adding a charge and draining the charge). The others use a modified state which can wear out a little sooner. If you are interested, you can find this technical review online. This is not a show stopper for most users though because either one will last a long time with normal usage.
    Next, it is FAST. The read/write specs seem to be accurate...I boot Windows 7 Ultimate (loaded) in less than 30 seconds including my BIOS check and POST. This may be due, in part, to the Samsung Controller (which has gotten high reviews). Not to minimize the other SSDs, of course, but this was just my preference.
    Additionally, I got a great deal on sale which made it very price competitive for me. Oh, it there is a new Firmware available at Samsung's website.
    The only issue I had was that, in order to update the firmware, you have to connect it to a standard SATA port or esata. The software will not recognize it in USB...will tell you it is not an authentic Samsung Drive and abort the update. Others had problems with the software, but I used Acronis to move my HDD data. It worked perfectly.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not compatible with HyperDeck Shuttle 2

    The Samsung 256GB 840 Pro Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD) appeared to be a good match with my recently purchased HyperDeck Shuttle 2 based on specs. The HyperDeck Shuttle 2...Read complete review

    The Samsung 256GB 840 Pro Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD) appeared to be a good match with my recently purchased HyperDeck Shuttle 2 based on specs. The HyperDeck Shuttle 2 would not recognize the drive formatted as either HFS+ or exFAT.

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    5.0

    reliable and fast

    By Brian

    from Pine Brook, NJ

    About Me Heavy Duty User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gaming

      Comments about Samsung 256GB 840 Pro Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD):

      the read/write speeds and random read lives up to the specs listed

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      5.0

      Works very well!

      By Aspiring Filmmaker

      from Norcross, GA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Samsung 256GB 840 Pro Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD):

            Bought two of these to install on a Sonnet Tempo Pro Plus card and set up RAID 0 for a boot drive and they work very well! Getting about 900 MB/s average.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            5.0

            Very Fast

            By Deteria

            from Dallas, TX

            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 840 Pro Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD):

              Easy to install. Very quick OS installation. Fast booting up and quick loading in games.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              5.0

              Super fast

              By Pete

              from Kansas City

              Comments about Samsung 256GB 840 Pro Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD):

              I'm recording live 4:2:2 10 bit Prores HQ to this drive from my Atomos Ninja and it's been flawless and fast.

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              5.0

              Solid & Fast

              By gbgreen

              from Central Jersey

              About Me Frequent User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Expensive

              Best Uses

              • Gaming
              • High-End Multimedia

              Comments about Samsung 256GB 840 Pro Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD):

              I bought this to to get the best performance out of my new Dell Precision M4800. This machine will need to run multiple applications concurrently to provide information real time. So far, the performance is excellent. Boot time from when the Dell logo appears (after hitting the power button) to when the Windows 7 Pro splash screen appears is 7 seconds. Application launch is lightning fast. No problems with multiple concurrent apps (including Windows Media Center recording, real-time timing & scoring app with multiple graphic displays, multiple MS-Excel files, and tethered cell cphone).
              Make sure you read and use the included Samsung Magician software to configure your SSD and Windows for your intended use.
              The included Samsung cloning software is another good reason to choose a Samsung SSD. I had a small language problem (make sure you go to the Samsung web site to get the latest version instead of using the one on the included CD), but otherwise it cloned the OEM hard drive perfectly.

              Overall, for a system where high performance is a priority, this SSD is worth the price. If your needs aren't that severe, save some money and get the (still excellent performing) Samsung 840 Evo model.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              5.0

              Best SSD Ever

              By Kevin

              from Los Angeles, 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 840 Pro Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD):

                This SSD makes my BF4 loads super fast.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                4.0

                Good as Gold

                By aseancat

                from South East Asia

                About Me Heavy Duty User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Samsung 256GB 840 Pro Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD):

                      replaced a non-booting 320Gb HD in iMac 8,1 Late 2008 with this unit. Installed with AdaptaDrive 2.5" to 3.5" Drive Converter Bracket by Newer Technology to fit the space; also mainly to align with the on board drive sockets. wish the price is for a 500Gb instead of 256Gb.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      Performs as advertised

                      By Andriy

                      from Brooklyn, NY

                      About Me Heavy Duty User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fast Windows Boot Up
                        • High-End Multimedia

                        Comments about Samsung 256GB 840 Pro Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD):

                        This product performs great, I use it as internal boot drive on my desktop PC and important programs like adobe cs6. It boots up Windows 7 in less than a minute and starts up programs 5 times faster than my old disk HD (that I now use as internal storage drive)

                        cons: non so far

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        5.0

                        Best Review 2014

                        By gsuburban

                        from Glendora, 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 840 Pro Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD):

                          According to many of the reviews for SSD's, Samsung and Corsair have the better of them and due to the type/make of the controllers. Those are what make or break an SSD, the controller types.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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                          5.0

                          Samsung 256GB 840 Pro

                          By wayne

                          from Georgetown TX

                          About Me Heavy Duty User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast
                          • Quiet
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Gaming
                            • High-End Multimedia

                            Comments about Samsung 256GB 840 Pro Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD):

                            Pros: fast and a lot of room - now we can get 256 Gig for what I payed for 120 gig way back --- I like the Rated for 50GB/day of host writes for 5 years under typical client workloads - this should last a log time -- and it's a MLCell config and not a TLCell which in it self it will make it last last a lot longer -- with over improvisation it will make the cells last longer - it shows 1.5 meg hour MTBF -- and has one of the lowest power draws which is why I bought if to up grade my Laptop -- now faster and the battery will last longer -- the old HD draws 1.5 watts the SSD draws less than .15 watts and at idle .065 watts --- and cones with Samsung SSD Magician 4.x (featuring User-Configurable Overprovisioning, SecureErase and S.M.A.R.T. Drive Analysis)

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            5.0

                            It is what it is

                            By Woo Woooo

                            from San Bernardino

                            About Me Frequent User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install
                            • Fast
                            • Quiet
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Gaming
                              • High-End Multimedia

                              Comments about Samsung 256GB 840 Pro Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD):

                              Just like any other SSD it's FAST!
                              And also doesn't make a sound.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

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                              5.0

                              Great Laptop Upgrade!

                              By Southae

                              from Newport, RI

                              About Me Heavy Duty User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install
                              • Fast
                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • High-End Multimedia

                                Comments about Samsung 256GB 840 Pro Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD):

                                Easy install, fully loads Windows 7 on the laptop in about 10 seconds! Second such Samsung 840 Pro series SSD purchased. Good investment for a somewhat dated, but necessary legacy laptop!

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                4.0

                                Fast SSD

                                By Pastor Rob in AZ

                                from Tonto Basin, AZ

                                About Me Frequent User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Fast
                                • Highly Compatible
                                • Quiet

                                Cons

                                • Software Install Problems

                                Best Uses

                                • Office And Basic Media
                                • Office Basic Media

                                Comments about Samsung 256GB 840 Pro Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD):

                                The drive is fast as expected. I could not get the data migration software that came with the drive to install properly. So I tried to uninstall and then re-install, but I could not get the software to uninstall after the failed install attempt. A total PAIN!!! I ended up cloning my mechanical hdd to the SSD using another third party cloning utility. After that, all worked well.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                4.0

                                Fast SSD drive for notebook

                                By Stringfocus

                                from New York

                                About Me Heavy Duty User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install

                                Cons

                                • Expensive

                                Best Uses

                                • High-End Multimedia

                                Comments about Samsung 256GB 840 Pro Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD):

                                Installed on Thinkpad w530 . Cloned using Samsung software, so far no problems. Loads Win7 super fast.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                5.0

                                Awesomely fast

                                By Fiyero88

                                from Florida

                                Comments about Samsung 256GB 840 Pro Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD):

                                Best hard drive ever and looks as good as it performs

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                                5.0

                                Excellent SSD

                                By sixscrews

                                from Madison WI

                                About Me Heavy Duty User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install
                                • Fast
                                • Lovely
                                • Quiet
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                • Not free

                                Best Uses

                                • Photoshop Box Boot

                                Comments about Samsung 256GB 840 Pro Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD):

                                I use this device as the boot/system drive on a Windows box built on a miniITX motherboard. The previous SSD, 128 GB, was too small so I upgraded to a 256 - and paid the same price I paid for the 128 GB device ~ 2 years ago.

                                Great - easy to install, works on the first try, included transfer software cloned my 128 GB boot device to the new Samsung w/o any trouble - I was on the air in 10 minutes.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                5.0

                                this small SSD boot up windows in 3 sec

                                By pham

                                from phila. pa

                                About Me Heavy Duty User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Fast
                                • Quiet
                                • Reliable
                                • Small

                                Cons

                                • None

                                Best Uses

                                • Graphics
                                • Video

                                Comments about Samsung 256GB 840 Pro Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD):

                                I am very please with this product so far. It take windows 7 boot up time 0nly in 3 seconds, and the computer ready for use.it really fast, I should buy it earlier so that I can enjoy all the lighting speed. And yes I would recommend anyone buy it.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                5.0

                                Best performance and Reliability!

                                By Danderson

                                from New Jersey

                                About Me Heavy Duty User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Expensive
                                • Lacks Adapters
                                • Lacks Included Cables

                                Best Uses

                                • Business Machines
                                • Critical Pc's
                                • Gaming
                                • High-End Multimedia

                                Comments about Samsung 256GB 840 Pro Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD):

                                This may not be the cheapest SSD out there, however its performance is well worth the price tag and I am quite sure this unit will outlast many other major brands.

                                We use this Product (and a combo of EVO and Standard 840 drives) for our Clients and Internal Use.

                                The Only DownSide,
                                Yes it may be a little bit more expensive than others, but the Major Downfall is it comes with absolutely nothing but the Drive!
                                Make sure that you have a Bracket to adapt this particular Size, as well as additional Sata Power / Data cable.

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                                4.0

                                Pain less to migrate and my PC runs fast

                                By Happy Owner

                                from SF, CA

                                About Me Heavy Duty User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install
                                • Fast
                                • Highly Compatible
                                • Quiet

                                Cons

                                • Expensive

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Samsung 256GB 840 Pro Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD):

                                  It is nice for Samsung to include migration software to prepare the SSD and shred your old HD. I save money by not buying a new PC.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

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                                  5.0

                                  Very good ssd

                                  By Super Salch

                                  from Texas

                                  Comments about Samsung 256GB 840 Pro Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD):

                                  Very pleased with the performance, using it for my OS and the speed of programs opening is much improved as well as windows loading time is very fast!!

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