Hopefully this won't be too critical but this drive came absolutely naked. Not one word of documentation. Now from what I've read Seagate is proposing this drive is a consumer packaged drive. I have voice my criticism in the past about manufactures that sell components and package them as consumer products without providing adequate documentation or instruction on how to use them. There was not one wit of documentation for this drive it arrived as a bare drive in a static envelope.
A simple bit of documentation on how to install and format the drive would have been enormously helpful. While I know how to do that but I'm not sure the average consumer wouldn't have to do a bit of research to be able to use the drive at all. Once the drive was formatted it was recognized by my computer and I was able to access it and test it.
In a totally unscientific manner, I transferred a 62.1mb file from my D drive to the SSD drive and to a normal mechanical Hitachi drive. Both drives were hooked up via USB 2.0. Transfer speed from D to SSD was 7.3 seconds. Transfer speed from D to Hitachi was 5.0 seconds. Then I transferred the same drive from the SSD drive to a third USB drive and it took 4.9 seconds while the same file transfer from the Hitachi to the third USB drive took 7.2 seconds. My numbers did not change dramatically regardless of the repeated attempts. The speed is impacted by the drives being USB rather that directly connected to the computer buss. I’m not willing to tear open one of my boxes to test it with a direct connection. If and when my laptop drive dies and I replace it with this drive I will update this review with my tests at that time.
To reiterate, I set it up to be used as a USB external so the speed won't necessarily read as accurately as far as if it was installed internally in a computer. Not only are these drives more stable due to the solid state construction they're all so much faster than a mechanical drive because there are no moving parts. With the increased use of cloud storage the small size of the SSD drive will not be as big a handicap is it used to be. As economy of scale ramps up no doubt they will also decrease in price from the current price of $189.00.
Over all its a nice little drive.
· Upgrades existing laptops by replacing client 2.5-inch HDDs with fast, rugged client SSDs
· Delivers nearly 4× faster boot times and more than 2× faster application load times when compared to typical laptop HDDs
· Significantly reduces the amount of time end-users must wait before using their devices
· No mechanical, moving parts helps ensure data stays safe even if laptop is dropped or bumped while operating
· Supports SATA 6 Gb/s interface
· The ultimate upgrade drive for road warriors, power users, executives and gamers?work and play faster
From the Manufacturer
The Ultimate Performance Upgrade for Your Laptop
The Seagate 600 SSD is the ultimate upgrade drive when you want to work and play faster. 'SSD' stands for solid state drive, which means there are no moving parts to slow you down. It's also more rugged than traditional hard drives, offering additional data protection if you bump or drop your laptop while operating.
High-Speed Bootups Get You Going Faster
Your laptop will boot up to 50% faster when you replace the hard drive with a Seagate 600 SSD. No more waiting to get to work, or to get into your game.
Keeps You Moving at Top Speed
Faster bootups are just the beginning. With the Seagate 600 SSD your laptop will also launch applications and access data up to 50% faster, so you'll enjoy superior responsiveness as you work or play.
Delivers More Rugged Data Protection
With no moving parts, the Seagate 600 SSD is more rugged and shock resistant than standard hard drives. If your laptop gets bumped or dropped while operating, there are no rotating platters or drive heads that could get damaged and compromise your data.
orks in Any Laptop
The Seagate 600 SSD installs and communicates with your laptop exactly like a standard hard drive. It supports the SATA 6Gb/s interface, and it's compatible with major operating systems and laptops. The Seagate 600 SSD is also the only 2.5-inch SSD available in both 7mm and 5mm z-heights for thin and ultra-thin laptops.
Gives You Space for Work or Play.
The Seagate 600 SSD comes in a full range of capacity points, from 120GB to 480GB, so you get plenty of storage for your documents, games, videos and more.