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Corsair 120GB 2.5" Reactor Series Solid State Drive £174.99 @ Dabs
Corsair 120GB 2.5" Reactor Series Solid State Drive £174.99 @ Dabs

Corsair 120GB 2.5" Reactor Series Solid State Drive £174.99 @ Dabs

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Nice to see the larger SSD's becoming affordable (Was £285 in Feb!). Good brand too.

Features

* Maximum sequential read speed 250MB/s
* Maximum sequential write speed 170MB/s
* Latest generation JMicron JMF612 controller and MLC NAND flash for fast performance.
* 128MB DRAM cache for stutter-free performance
* Internal SATA II connectivity
* USB 2.0 connectivity for disk cloning or for use as external drive
* TRIM support (O/S support required)
* No moving parts for increased durability and reliability and quieter operations over standard hard disk drives
* Decreased power usage for increased notebook or netbook battery life
* 2.5" form factor for your portable computer needs
* Included 2.5" to 3.5" bracket for installation on your desktop computer
* Three year warranty

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Hi All.. Got a fairly decent system i7 930 6gig ram etc etc but want a ssd now to bring the hard drive up to spec.. so I'm looking for an SSD with min 120 gig and no more than £200.. Just gonna use it mainly for win 7, apps and footie manager.. Can someone / anyone tell me what the best SSD available at the mo is that meets my requirements?
Also how do I go about cloning my existing hdrive as I'm using over 500 gig what with films, games, music etc..
Do i need to delete everything off to get it down to sub 120 gig?
Thanks

T2009

Hi All.. Got a fairly decent system i7 930 6gig ram etc etc but want a … Hi All.. Got a fairly decent system i7 930 6gig ram etc etc but want a ssd now to bring the hard drive up to spec.. so I'm looking for an SSD with min 120 gig and no more than £200.. Just gonna use it mainly for win 7, apps and footie manager.. Can someone / anyone tell me what the best SSD available at the mo is that meets my requirements?Also how do I go about cloning my existing hdrive as I'm using over 500 gig what with films, games, music etc..Do i need to delete everything off to get it down to sub 120 gig?Thanks


This is probably the best deal on a 120GB model atm to be fair. Don't delete anything. Keep your existing drive as a storage drive and re-install win7 onto this 1. You should keep your SSD for Windows and Programs and keep all your data on your existing drive.

T2009

Also how do I go about cloning my existing hdrive as I'm using over 500 … Also how do I go about cloning my existing hdrive as I'm using over 500 gig what with films, games, music etc..Do i need to delete everything off to get it down to sub 120 gig?Thanks



You could just clone the system/user folders using imaging software like ghost or trueimage. However, you should really do a fresh install.

Original Poster

Having a quick look, I would say this is the best bet sub £200. If you aren't planning on re-installing windows, and are planning on cloning/imaging your old drive, you will need to bring it down to below the size of the SSD you are getting. Personally, I would allways go for a re-install when replacing your system drive. Might be worth doing, as windows 7 detect SSD's during install.. (Not sure what it does if you migrate to a SSD, hopefully it would detect and add TRIM..)

THIS is another option at that price range, not sure which is 'better' to be honest, SSDs aren't my area of expertise...

EDIT: read and write speeds are marginally slower on the Kingston I just posted, it is a wee bit cheaper though ~£9 odd!

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Nobull

THIS is another option at that price range, not sure which is 'better' to … THIS is another option at that price range, not sure which is 'better' to be honest, SSDs aren't my area of expertise...


The Kingston has a 100MB/sec. read; 80MB/sec. write
This drive has a 250MB/S read, 170MB write ...
That's big margin ...

Edited by: "djfluff" 5th Aug 2010

Do you think the OCZ Vertex 2E is worth the £100 premium over this? Is it just the faster read/write speeds that are the key differences?

Thanks all.. I'll wait till I get in to see if there are any more comments and provided there aren't any negatives. I'll take the plunge.. and for what it's worth I've given you all thumbs ups.. I'm assuming that's the same as repping..

It's been this price for at least 2 weeks. But suggest people read around about the Corsair Reactor series.

No firmware update is available, and there are a lot of reports of the drive not being seen by BIOS when start up computer. And after multiple reboots it becomes visible again.

Seems Corsair hasn't been able to identify the cause. Corsair forum link
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