SSD Upgrade Deals: 120GB for $80, 240GB for $170 from Amazon

Jul 9, 2012 - 10 Comments

SSD

Today only, Amazon Deal of the Day is offering some amazing discounts on ultra-fast SSD drives. The Kingston SSDNow V+200 drives offer whopping 535MB/sec read and 480MB/sec write speeds, giving huge performance boosts to just about any computer they’re installed in. If you’ve been looking to upgrade a Macs hard drive to an SSD, it’s hard to find a better deal than these at 65% off:

Be sure the drive fits your Mac before buying. Most reasonably modern Macs will accept 2.5″ drives without issue, and replacing hard drives on most MacBook, Mac Mini, and MacBook Pro’s is fairly easy, though you’ll want to be at least somewhat technically inclined and comfortable working on the inside of a computer to do it yourself. iMac will also take the drive, but it’s a bit harder to get into. iFixit has a variety of great walkthroughs to facilitate the process if needed.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Hardware

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  1. Phuket says:

    In my experience, Amazon’s liberal return policy means that a lot of products get sent to customers that were pre-owned. For instance I attempted to buy an electronic scale. It arrived with carpet hairs on it.

    For an investment as important as an SSD, I would never buy from Amazon.

  2. Donald Eckhardt says:

    Read the Amazon customer review: Not officially supported on Mac. I bought this drive to run on a MacBook Pro. Assuming that hard drives are standards compliant I figured compatibly would not be an issue. Turns out I was only 1/2 correct. The drive went in easily and was able to get Mac OS installed.

    One problem I noticed was that it was really slow. Too slow for an SSD. Turns out there is a firmware update to fix it, but the Kingston updater only runs on Windows. So had to find a Windows system that I could install this disk in to update the firmware. The drive has to be installed internally as the firmware cannot be updated via a USB enclosure. What a pain. Kingston could have made this process a whole lot easier if they would officially support Apple systems.

    Anyway, the drive seems to be working fine with the new firmware. Much faster now and Mac OS is running like a champ. Because of the firmware issue and poor Mac support I am only giving it 3 stars. But if you are a Windows user you won’t have any issues so 5 stars for you.

  3. Langis Richard says:

    Unavalaible in canada ??
    WTF ???
    Sorry but i had to tell

  4. Kal says:

    Do you guys think the Firmware can be updated via bootcamp?
    Because that would be fantastic :D

  5. David says:

    They are sold out of the 120GB now at that price, but the 240GB is still available at full discount

  6. kralnor says:

    I still can’t justify spending that much money and losing that much storage even if it is ssd. Performance hasnt ever been an.issue with the 7200 rpm drive I put in, while even with external drives I find myself watching my available storage due to the type of work I do.

    • Donald Eckhardt says:

      An excellent compromise is the Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 32 MB Cache 2.5 Inch Solid State Hybrid Drive ST750LX003, which Amazon now sells for $150. I bought one from Amazon for $240 in December, and installed it in a MB. It made a big difference over the disk drive it replaced; booting up is very fast. It was a good value for $240, and even a better one for $150.

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