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Give your notebook computer a high-speed performance boost with the SanDisk Ultra Plus Solid State Drive (SSD). An ideal memory solution for gamers and video editors, this SSD delivers much faster performance than a traditional 7,200-RPM hard drive. And since it operates without any mechanical parts, the drive can improve the reliability and longevity of your system. The 7-millimetre drive comes with a 2-millimetre spacer to ease installation for notebook computers.
The SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD delivers the fast data rates required to support next-generation games, photo-editing programmes, and other memory-intensive applications. The 64GB model SSD can achieve read speeds of up to 520MB/s. You'll enjoy smoother overall system performance from start-up to shutdown, with near-instant programme loading and faster operating system boot-up.
The SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD also offers fast write speeds, with rates up to 155MB/s for the 64GB model. This ensures quicker file transfers, so you'll spend less time waiting and more time sharing, organising, and using your data.
With a mean-time-before-failure (MTBF) of two million hours, the SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD can run longer and more reliably than a traditional hard drive. The SSDs lack of mechanical parts makes it less susceptible to wear and degradation, increasing its lifespan and reliability. The drive is also shock resistant, so it can safely store your data, even in harsh conditions.
Thanks to its solid state architecture, the SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD consumes less power and runs cooler than a traditional HDD. This places less of a burden on your power supply and cooling system, improving the overall longevity of your system. The SSD also runs quietly, so you can enjoy gaming and media without distraction.
Available in capacities up to 256GB, the SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD gives you ample space to store games, applications, and your operating system. You can also use the drive to back up personal data, such as photos, videos, scanned documents, and office files.
Measuring just 7-millimetres in height, the SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD is designed for compatibility with a variety of notebook form factors. The SSD includes a 2-millimetre spacer, enabling installation in larger notebook drive bays.
The SanDisk Ultra Plus Solid State Drive is compatible with SATA Revision 3.0 6GB/s interfaces and is backwards compatible with SATA Revision 2.0 3GB/s and SATA Revision 1.0 1.5GB/s interfaces. Some notebook installations may require an available optical drive bay.
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35 Likes
Heavyweight
voodooboard
forcedv
Currently have Windows 8 on the laptop and would love to speed it up.

What software are you guys using to migrate (clone) everything to SSD?

I recommend a clean install.
Clean install all the way!! Takes 8 minutes to install on a fast SSD like a Samsung Evo or Crucial M550.
Takes more like 8 hours:
1) Partition and format (5min)
2) instal Win7 or win8 (let's say 8 min but probably more)
3) Install WiFi driver to be able to get updates (could be quite tricky on certain laptops)
4) Get updates, and drivers offered by Windows update (can take an hour to download and 30 min to install)
5) Install specific drivers not offerd by update (30 min)
6) Install every single little program you had before, like Office, utiilities etc (1 hour(
7) Configure everything, get your dropbox files in (1 hour)
etc etc etc... 8 mins.. lol
14 Likes
forcedv
Currently have Windows 8 on the laptop and would love to speed it up.

What software are you guys using to migrate (clone) everything to SSD?

I recommend a clean install.
6 Likes
MaximusRo
Heavyweight
voodooboard
forcedv
Currently have Windows 8 on the laptop and would love to speed it up.

What software are you guys using to migrate (clone) everything to SSD?

I recommend a clean install.
Clean install all the way!! Takes 8 minutes to install on a fast SSD like a Samsung Evo or Crucial M550.
Takes more like 8 hours:
1) Partition and format (5min)
2) instal Win7 or win8 (let's say 8 min but probably more)
3) Install WiFi driver to be able to get updates (could be quite tricky on certain laptops)
4) Get updates, and drivers offered by Windows update (can take an hour to download and 30 min to install)
5) Install specific drivers not offerd by update (30 min)
6) Install every single little program you had before, like Office, utiilities etc (1 hour(
7) Configure everything, get your dropbox files in (1 hour)
etc etc etc... 8 mins.. lol

Why do you instantly need a wireless connection?
Ethernet is faster for most unless you have brand new wireless n built in which case finding driver won't be a problem.

A full reinstall is always the best option when moving to an ssd or it won't be optimised.
Yes its a bit more time consuming but you only need to do it once.

And to be honest I wouldn't bother partitioning an ssd.

Install windows, install updates, install your drivers, then make a backup.
Install all your essential programs and remap all the personal files to a separate drive/partition.
Clear all the windows update cache, temp files and clear the registry, create another backup.

If your ssd dies or you have any other troubles your now looking at about 10/15 mins to have the machine back up and running with all your personal files and folders in tact.

I also run thru seams ssd guide for windows before the first backup, Google for it it's decent.
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pattern
This deal brings nothing but regrets to my heart
The heart has no regrets, it is your mind that has regrets and maybe also your wallet! :)

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#1
Hot :)
[HUKD Deal Editor] 3 Likes #2
nublets2k
Freezing. Pay £11 MX100 and get a drive that's 10x better.

Love these comments........You have been a member nearly 5 years, The deal temperature is generally blue if it's freezing.
3 Likes #3
nublets2k
Freezing. Pay £11 more for the MX100 and get a drive that's 10x better.

10x better? X)
2 Likes #4
Yay. 25pish per gb

Edited By: montana78 on Jul 02, 2014 19:55
#5
Maybe the MX100 will come down in price but the SanDisk Ultra Plus is a highly regarded drive.
#6
I voted this hot, but I did buy a Sandisk SSD from PCWorld a month ago (I know but look I was desperate) and it failed within 30 minutes of getting it. Guess I was unlucky. Then again I've had Crucial and OCZ (no surprise) SSDs fail too. Not owned Intel or Samsung yet, but I'm going to get one of those brands for my next SSD.
banned#7
Looks hot for me.
#8
This any good for a gaming desktop?
#9
Currently have Windows 8 on the laptop and would love to speed it up.

What software are you guys using to migrate (clone) everything to SSD?
14 Likes #10
forcedv
Currently have Windows 8 on the laptop and would love to speed it up.

What software are you guys using to migrate (clone) everything to SSD?

I recommend a clean install.
1 Like #11
forcedv
Currently have Windows 8 on the laptop and would love to speed it up.

What software are you guys using to migrate (clone) everything to SSD?

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-drive-cloning-software.htm

Scroll down on that page, some decent free ones there. I've also used Mini Tool Drive Copy as well.

http://www.minitool-drivecopy.com/

Some decent paid ones are EaeUS and Acronis.

Whatever you use, if there's an option to align for SSD then use it. Check whatever software you do use will align the partition for SSD or you'll have to do it manually.


Edited By: fishmaster on Jul 02, 2014 20:56
1 Like #12
Macrium reflect is good.
Clonezilla can be a bit daunting.

WD are offering a free download of Acronis true image, I used that to clone an office pc hard drive this week without any problems.
#14
Good post buzz. Hot from me. I have this drive and it's excellent.
3 Likes #15
voodooboard
forcedv
Currently have Windows 8 on the laptop and would love to speed it up.

What software are you guys using to migrate (clone) everything to SSD?

I recommend a clean install.

A clean install involves getting an original Windows 8 ISO, using a generic licence key to install and then using another tool to read the embedded key from the BIOS to activate Windows. A clone would be far easier for this person.
#16
fishmaster
forcedv
Currently have Windows 8 on the laptop and would love to speed it up.

What software are you guys using to migrate (clone) everything to SSD?

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-drive-cloning-software.htm

Scroll down on that page, some decent free ones there. I've also used Mini Tool Drive Copy as well.

http://www.minitool-drivecopy.com/

Some decent paid ones are EaeUS and Acronis.

Whatever you use, if there's an option to align for SSD then use it. Check whatever software you do use will align the partition for SSD or you'll have to do it manually.

One more reason to stick with Samsung SSDs... they come with Data Migration software, it is incredibly easy to use and effective.
Does everything.
Have 3 Samsung SSDs at the moment, no failures, always bought Samsung and paid more to avoid reliability issues.
I looked at Sandisk months ago and comments on Amazon suggested issues... seems Samsung have the lowest failure rate in the business.
1 Like #17
fishmaster
voodooboard
forcedv
Currently have Windows 8 on the laptop and would love to speed it up.

What software are you guys using to migrate (clone) everything to SSD?

I recommend a clean install.

A clean install involves getting an original Windows 8 ISO, using a generic licence key to install and then using another tool to read the embedded key from the BIOS to activate Windows. A clone would be far easier for this person.

Not if they have recovery discs, we don't know what they have, I wouldn't assume anything. Clean install should always be the preferred option. It isn't always the most realistic, depends entirely on the individuals circumstances. In case of no recovery discs or Windows install/driver discs supplied by the manufacturer then next best would be cloning.

Edited By: SartoriX on Jul 02, 2014 22:05
#18
55p more than earlier in the week, but as cheap as I can find that size of drive at the mo
#19
This is a cracking price for this size drive from a relatively reputable brand. Any idea what the warranty is on this?
#20
Nobull
This is a cracking price for this size drive from a relatively reputable brand. Any idea what the warranty is on this?

These are brand new and comes with 12 months warranty
2 Likes #21
voodooboard
forcedv
Currently have Windows 8 on the laptop and would love to speed it up.

What software are you guys using to migrate (clone) everything to SSD?

I recommend a clean install.
Clean install all the way!! Takes 8 minutes to install on a fast SSD like a Samsung Evo or Crucial M550. Also go for a 256GB model more for performance gains rather than capacity.
You can download Win 8.1 from the MS site for free as long as you have a key (not sure about an oem copy though)
http://www.cnet.com/uk/how-to/how-to-download-the-official-microsoft-windows-8-1-iso/
If you are forced to clone make sure to apply the numerous SSD optimisations. Samsungs Magician automates this process. Oh and keep firmware up to date
#22
godofwar7
Nobull
This is a cracking price for this size drive from a relatively reputable brand. Any idea what the warranty is on this?

These are brand new and comes with 12 months warranty

I guess the 12 months is with Currys. SanDisk appear to have a 3 year limited warranty

http://www.sandisk.co.uk/about-sandisk/warranty-and-user-guides/warranty-table/
1 Like #23
Why would you clean install and spend time loading all the drivers and programs etc? Just do a clone like any other sane person would. Download Hirens tools, and use Norton Ghost. Job done.
#24
Searcher2
SanDisk appear to have a 3 year limited warranty

That's good news.

Can someone confirm if the data and power sockets on these SSD's are the same size as a standard 3.5" HDD? Going to stick this in a desktop.
2 Likes #25
Why would you clean install and spend time loading all the drivers and programs etc?

Because then the SSD wouldn't be optimised for Windows, you'd have to spend more time deleting files in the registry to sort out the problems, and it might fail sooner because of the increased system writes to the drive etc. Installing takes less than ten minutes, and you can migrate your applications over once it's optimised.
1 Like #26
My first SSD, held off long enough! Hopefully I won't be disappointed. Great price.
#27
david1274
Searcher2
SanDisk appear to have a 3 year limited warranty

That's good news.

Can someone confirm if the data and power sockets on these SSD's are the same size as a standard 3.5" HDD? Going to stick this in a desktop.

They are standard SATA power and data connections yes.
#28
So is it generally fairly simple to 'clone'? I want to speed up my PC and stuff, but really have no idea where to start. The language is a bit foreign to me.
3 Likes #29
wonkypops
Why would you clean install and spend time loading all the drivers and programs etc?

Because then the SSD wouldn't be optimised for Windows, you'd have to spend more time deleting files in the registry to sort out the problems, and it might fail sooner because of the increased system writes to the drive etc. Installing takes less than ten minutes, and you can migrate your applications over once it's optimised.

It may take 10 minutes to install Windows but apps could take a lot longer and then you may have specific configuration options that could take many hours.

I would just use any basic imaging/clone program, align with minitools and follow any of the basic online guides to further optimise for SSD use.
2 Likes #30
This deal brings nothing but regrets to my heart
#31
herrbz
So is it generally fairly simple to 'clone'? I want to speed up my PC and stuff, but really have no idea where to start. The language is a bit foreign to me.

Yes pretty much, all a clone does is take an exact copy of one disk drive and put it on the other.
Basically you have both your original and new drive plugged in, run the software, tell it which is the source disk, which is the destination disk and hit go. (in a nutshell that is) Can get problematic if you have a bigger disk than the new disks capacity. Which is often the case if coming from a hard disk to an SSD...

Personally I don't bother with it, I have my PC backed up elsewhere and just restore files I need or access them from the backup disk directly. Bootable USB drive with Windows installer on and done, no old clutter left around.
#32
Heat added - good price and from PCWorld !? Heat added.
@ Billythebubble - for gaming? It'll certainly load the games faster, after that though you won't notice any difference, most people use an SSD for the OS and then a HDD for storage (installing games). I guess with 256GB you can now afford to install the games on the same drive....
Something I notice is when playing games such as Company of Heroes 2 or StarCraft 2 it doesn't matter that you have the fastest rig (or load times) when you play against others you still have to wait for their machine to load the maps! Something like PlanetSide 2 would imho benefit from an SSD - especially if you "die" a lot, though it won't make that much difference as you still have to wait for the frag cool down and that's part of the game - no amount of speed/power will change that wait period!

I guess what I am trying to say is when SSDs first came out the cost/GB was considered by most to be too high to use for game installs, now at around 25p/GB the issue is less relevent, modern drives also have higher w/r cycles, blah, blah, blah....
#33
bobbler
herrbz
So is it generally fairly simple to 'clone'? I want to speed up my PC and stuff, but really have no idea where to start. The language is a bit foreign to me.

Yes pretty much, all a clone does is take an exact copy of one disk drive and put it on the other.
Basically you have both your original and new drive plugged in, run the software, tell it which is the source disk, which is the destination disk and hit go. (in a nutshell that is) Can get problematic if you have a bigger disk than the new disks capacity. Which is often the case if coming from a hard disk to an SSD...

Personally I don't bother with it, I have my PC backed up elsewhere and just restore files I need or access them from the backup disk directly. Bootable USB drive with Windows installer on and done, no old clutter left around.

Ok thanks! Yeah I had heard about the issue if the SSD is smaller (which it's usually going to be), but I'll keep investigating. Need to buy the actual SSD first (_;)
35 Likes #34
Heavyweight
voodooboard
forcedv
Currently have Windows 8 on the laptop and would love to speed it up.

What software are you guys using to migrate (clone) everything to SSD?

I recommend a clean install.
Clean install all the way!! Takes 8 minutes to install on a fast SSD like a Samsung Evo or Crucial M550.
Takes more like 8 hours:
1) Partition and format (5min)
2) instal Win7 or win8 (let's say 8 min but probably more)
3) Install WiFi driver to be able to get updates (could be quite tricky on certain laptops)
4) Get updates, and drivers offered by Windows update (can take an hour to download and 30 min to install)
5) Install specific drivers not offerd by update (30 min)
6) Install every single little program you had before, like Office, utiilities etc (1 hour(
7) Configure everything, get your dropbox files in (1 hour)
etc etc etc... 8 mins.. lol
5 Likes #35
pattern
This deal brings nothing but regrets to my heart
The heart has no regrets, it is your mind that has regrets and maybe also your wallet! :)
#36
Billythebubble
This any good for a gaming desktop?

Yep, I have this in mine.
1 Like #37
MaximusRo
Heavyweight
voodooboard
forcedv
Currently have Windows 8 on the laptop and would love to speed it up.

What software are you guys using to migrate (clone) everything to SSD?

I recommend a clean install.
Clean install all the way!! Takes 8 minutes to install on a fast SSD like a Samsung Evo or Crucial M550.
Takes more like 8 hours:
1) Partition and format (5min)
2) instal Win7 or win8 (let's say 8 min but probably more)
3) Install WiFi driver to be able to get updates (could be quite tricky on certain laptops)
4) Get updates, and drivers offered by Windows update (can take an hour to download and 30 min to install)
5) Install specific drivers not offerd by update (30 min)
6) Install every single little program you had before, like Office, utiilities etc (1 hour(
7) Configure everything, get your dropbox files in (1 hour)
etc etc etc... 8 mins.. lol

Clean install on an OEM laptop is achievable but not for the faint hearted as summarised by fishmaster on page 1. It won't take 8 hours and does have the advantages of removing all the manufacturer bloat. A new HDD means its relatively risk-free since you have the original install available on the old hdd. Its important to know whether your PC/Laptop originally had 8.0 ir 8.1 installed. You will need a tool like Belarc advisor (there are others) to read you embedded key, a copy of the Windows 8.1 "Core" iso (burnt to a usb).

You will also need to consider keeing the UEFI/GPT partitioning or to go back to the older (but easier) CSM/MBR. Any obscure drivers that Window doesn't find should be available from your original hdd (copy the drivers folder across, and just point any unknown devices at it). You need to install but not activate Windows using a generic 8.1 key (Google) and then use the "slmgr -ipk" command to change the product key to your embedded one before you activate.

Did this recently in about half an hour (to be installed, activated and drivers all configured), its the reading up on it which takes the time and then the customisation and program installation. If you google the process for your particular laptop (or a similar model) you should find guides that will save you a bit of time. There's some basic ssd chcecks to make (defragmentatiion, prefetch, superfetch) once its all installed whichever way you decide to go

If you are ever going to clean install, then a new ssd, with your old hdd as a safety net is the time to do it
#38
Billythebubble
This any good for a gaming desktop?

Yes.
#39
I got this a little bit cheaper but still this is a great price!

My 2011 i3 laptop was loading windows 7 in 1.5 minutes.

Now: 30 seconds from powering up I'm using Word or Tinternet.

Using clean install of W7 H.P.

System is fast like I'm using a new laptop again :)
#40
Hot price

Thanks OP

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