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    My two cents to the site reviewers...

    The other point that gets lost when comparing SSDs is that the relative performance between the slowest and the fastest SSD, is usually quite insignificant in actual system performance. In a blind test most PC users would not be able to differentiate a slow SATA II SSD from the fastest benchmarked SATA III SSD. Part of the reason is because the benchmarks show the optimum performance and not the typical performance once an SSD is load with files and other debris. The benches should be used more as a reference point but not the total basis for deciding if an update is necessary or a reasonable value. Most PC builders update the hardware when they build a new box so they have matched, contemporary hardware. There are some folks who just like new toys who change HDDs or SSDs or CPUs or GPUs more frequently, because a PC is more for entertainment than as a useful tool. It all depends on the person and the situation. Some folks don't update for 5 years and they are completely happy.
  2. Matrix- If it's any consolation you could take the fastest SSD and the slowest SSD and hardly see any performance difference between them in daily use for a typical PC. The advertised benchmark performances are used to sell the drives. If the SSD maker uses proper disclosure they will say that the results are on a new drive with no other data or programs installed and that the results are the best possible and not necessarily the typical results that consumers are likely to see. In normal use the benches would be lower but overall the speed improvement is significant over a HDD.
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    Samsung 840 PRO over provisioning ?

    The articles claiming large percentages of over provisioning is advantageous actually show that unless you are exchanging mega volumes of data daily, there is no advantage in more the ~8%-10% over provisioning. Servers might benefit from increased over provisioning but few desktop/laptop users will.
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    How to install Win7 on SSD

    I can't answer all of your questions but I'll answer what I can from personal experience with other laptops... 1. You can update the SSD firmware whenever it's convenient but you might want to do it first in the unlikely event you have a fail firmware update. Newer versions of SSD firmware usually fix problems that have been discovered and/or improve overall performance/reliabilty. The SSD maker usually has a firmware utility on their website or with the SSD package, to facilitate the proper firmware update. It's very important to do this correctly or the drive may need to be returned to the SSD maker's Tech Support for repair. 2. Cloning or a fresh Win 7 install is a perplexing question if you have a lot of data on your existing HDD that you want to keep as is. A fresh install is what the SSD makers all recommend yet some of them supply cloning software. If you clone you may have issues with Windoze not allowing you to use their Update Process meaning you can't do security or other updates. This is a royal PITA and a Windoze issue that should not occur but does for many people who clone no matter what cloning software is used. A search will show you the many issues. Microsoft has an online "Fix It" routine that will tell you it fixed the problem but it does not. If you decide to clone I have found Acronis to work well and it will re-size partitions for different size drives. I don't know anything about Samsung's software but you can use a caddy/cable with USB connection to clone the HDD to the SSD. Option #2 I do not know if you can use the ISO on a bare SSD??? You should be able to try this approach without harm, I would think. The SSD can always be secure erased if need be to start over, though most folks don't feel that a secure erase is really necessary. A search will show you the options and software. 3. I do not believe that you will be able to use "repair" to fix the new SSD after cloning or using an ISO image. 4. Lenovo's key is likely only going to work with the OE install not a fresh install. The Lenovo drivers could be installed on a fresh install however.
  5. With all due respect you would never be able to actually tell the difference in read/write speed of any of these SSDs in use. The only place that you can see minute differences is in benches. The SSD makers just as the HDD and GPU makers slowly figure out how to write algorithms that show optimum performance in the benches but not necessarily the same performance difference in actual use. I would suggest you buy the drives with the best historical reliability - which is very difficult to determine as there is almost no useful, accurate reliability data available any where on HDDs or SSDs. Another possible purchasing criteria might be the companies reputation for customer service and honoring their products warranty. Be sure to read the warranty carefully as there are some unsavory terms and conditions in some warranties. Company reputation and service IMO should be paramount over benches as benches really mean nothing in actual use of the drives.
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    Reliability a premium

    No offense intended but the length of the warranty does not imply better reliability. Maybe 10 years ago there was some validity to that theory when true enterprise quality HDDs existed but not since HDDs have became a commodity. The same is true of consumer grade SSDs. The price of the product has the extended warranty cost built in. Consumers have absolutely no means to know the reliability of any HDD or SSd other than if there is a high incident report on a specific model HDD/SSD. Other than that it's a crap shoot. I also would not trust the cloud. The professionals that I know who need to archive lots of client data use DVDs.
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    Plextor M5S price?

    The M5Pro is definitely worth the extra ~$10. I'm surprised Plextor hasn't discontinued the M5S and similar slower models. I believe they use a better TRIM and over provisioning scheme in the M5P, also.
  8. Most UPS batteries last 3-5 years of service under normal use. Mine seem to always make it to ~5 years which is a reasonable lifespan all things considered. The batteries used in a UPS are typically of the VRLA (valve-regulated-lead-acid), glass mat variety. While not super high tech these sealed batteries prevent any chance of acid leaks while providing a good number of full discharge cycles before needing to be replaced. Most UPS battery manufacturers provide extensive discharge rate data and usable cycle info. for their batteries. It is quite common for UPS batteries to be fully discharged when the infrastructure does not have stand-by generators to cut-in when the grid goes dead. The key component in any UPS is the switching time, then the ability to correct for power surges and brown outs - all of which can cause damage to sensitive electronics. Run time for many commerical applications with a UPS is intended just to allow for powering the equipment down or until alternate power is enabled.
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    Hard disk replacement

    Yes it is likely that your HDD is failing and should be replaced immediately. There are usually only two removable panels on a laptop to change the HDD and RAM. I'm not familiar with your particular model laptop but if you don't have a manual that shows you this info., there is likely an online tutorial that will help. A Google or similar search should find this. Any 2.5" SATA II HDD should fit and work as will 2.5" SATA III HDDs but you only get ~60% of the advertised SATA III performance on a SATA II port IME.
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    SSD for Lenovo Thinkpad W510

    SATA II and SATA III drives work on either style port. IME a SATA II SSD on a SATA II port will only deliver ~60% of the advertised performance if you are using a newer O/S like Win7. On earlier O/S's the performance is even lower and there is no SSD TRIM function in Vista or similar. FYI to ALL - Imaging a Windows O/S can and often does result in an O/S that will not allow you to use the Windows Update feature meaning that you can no longer do security or other important updates. Microsucks tech support is clueless to the cause or a solution other than a fresh install. Microsucks online repair function claims to have found and fixed the problem when you run it but it doesn't. The cloning issue exists in all versions of XP, Vista, Win7 and it appears even in Win8 according to early reports. Some people have found an inconsistent means to delete O/S files, change registry setings, then reestablish the files, etc. to resolve this issue on some but not all cloned drives. If being able to do Windoze updates is important to you, you may want to go to the trouble of doing a clean install and then transferring files which is a royal PITA due to Microsucks inability to write a proper O/S.
  11. IME, you simply are not going to see much difference in laptop HDD performance, especially in 2.5" drives which are painfully slow. As an example moving from a 5400 rpm to 7200 rpm 2.5" drive is almost unnoticable IME, as is significant increases in capacity. The numbers may look significant but the real world overall performance is so slow that the changes are trivial. Hybrids are a mixed bag also but typically a little better performance than a conventional HDD. If you need large storage capacity in a 2.5" laptop HDD then you're kinda stuck with slow performance often in exchange for better reliability and compatibility than an SSD or hybrid.
  12. Since there is no practical means to create an accurate SSD reliability database the point is moot.
  13. I'm late here but... virtually no one here or elsewhere has enough statistical data to even come close to knowing what the top ten most reliable consumer grade SSDs are let alone the top two. There simply is no way to obtain any legitimate statistical data on SSDs or even HDDs to make an informed purchasing decision regarding "reliability". It's unfortunate but it's reality and it's not about to change any time soon. When it comes to SSD reliability it's a crap shoot. You simply get what you get and it's not always good or even consistent amongst models let alone amongst brands. Many people base their reliability or compatibility rating on a sample of a few units, which is statistically insignificant in most cases. If there are a lot of reports of drive failures that would tend to have more validity than reports of non-issues. People who don't experience an SSD issue believe there are none and those who do experience an SSD issue know they exists. None of us know to what degree the reliability or compatibility issues exist, but SSDs are still going thru growing pains with design, NAND and construction techniques changing almost weekly. Thus it's no surprise that reliability is not high on the list of SSD assets. For those who care about an SSD warranty, I'd get the warranty terms and conditions in writing - typically at the manufacturer's website. Read them carefully as you might be quite surprised at what they state and what limitations exist.
  14. Is there a reason why you couldn't use HDD cloning software to transfer everything? I know from personal experience Acronis can re-size the partitions when going from a larger HDD to a smaller SSD. Acronis typically has a free 30 day trial on their software online as well as other cloning software plus freeware.
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    Linux compatible PCIe SSD?

    Linux performance may be significantly different than benchmarks from Windoze, so you might want to obtain certified test results on Linux when trying to make an informed purchasing decision. I'd also recommend carefully reading the SSD warranties and documented compatibility and operational issues prior to purchase as you may be in for quite a surprise.